halloween zombie

Halloween is coming up quick but there's still time to get ready! One of our favorite places any time of the year is Goodwill stores since it's a great place to get used (and sometimes brand new) items that you can make into the ultimate Halloween costume. Even better is that money spent at Goodwill stores helps fund their programs and services to help people find jobs, earn paychecks and care fo their families. It's a win-win for everyone in the community!

free photo of classic car

One of the biggest challenges that most bloggers face is where to find free photos and other images that are suitable for use in blog posts. It wasn't too long ago that most bloggers simply just pulled whatever images they needed from other sites, without paying attention to the rights. However, as our sites grow, a couple things have probably happened that will make you re-evaluate that theory. The first is that someone may "borrow" one of your images and the second is that you read about someone getting sued for thousands of dollars because they used an image without licensing it properly.

man on laptop

One of the challenges facing every blogger is the negotiation dance with brands. For some campaigns one might get $500 and on the next you might only get offered $250 ... and once in a while you might get much much more! For me personally, when writing at ManTripping.com this is a challenge I constantly face. The reality is that I don't have a standard rate and depending on the sponsor, I'm willing to work for different amounts and even alternative types of compensation.

creating context

Blogging used to be entirely a work of passion for me, it was what I did when I was inspired to share something awesome. Somewhere along the line as I got better and increased my reach it became a job. No, all to offen I will write posts for brands that featured mock-ups of dinner parties or posing a car on a rock pretending that I had done something epic. That's not bad, but I miss the good old days when content was natural and the creator's genuine passion shines through. This is not a challenge just for me - but I think for most other professional and aspiring bloggers too. The harder we work, the less time we have, and honestly it's tough pretending to be awesome every minute of every day. I'm not content to just sit there and accept my fate, so here's what I am doing and what you can do to join me as well!

large block advisors

It's almost the end of "Tax Season", so we're going to be celebrating a bit and sharing tips, tricks, and advice to make things even easier next year. We'll be joined by the folks from @BlockAdvisors to share some of their professional advice as well as how they can help small business owners be more prepared to face financial challenges not just every spring - but throughout the year.

Block Advisors is more than just a "one and done" tax service and they believe in establishing a dependable relationship with their clients to provide advice all year round for those of us who are self-employed. This of course includes tax preparation advice but also other aspects of your financial security that connect to taxes including payroll help, and support to ensure your identity is safe as well.

Plus, we'll be giving away $50 dollar gift cards about every 20 minutes so make sure you are registered for a chance to win!


April 12 at 11 am ET / 8 am PT


This Twitter Party is hosted by #MenWhoBlog who will be giving away 2 $50 Gift Cards about every 20 minutes!

How To Enter for a Chance to Win:

  1. Tweet this Promotional Tweet: "Join @MenWhoBlog #BlockAdvisors #TwitterParty! The Importance of a Year-Round Tax Advisor 4/12 at 11am ET #sweeps: http://bit.ly/25PYKRU"
  2. Follow the official twitter accounts for the Host @MenWhoBlog as well as (optional) guests, and panelists. 
  3. Add the URL to your Promotional Tweet in the comments below letting us know you're joining the Twitter Party.
  4. Participate in the #BlockAdvisors Twitter Party between the hours of 11 am - Noon Eastern Time (8-9 am PT) by contributing a minimum of one unique tweet responding to a question asked by the Host or comment made by Host, Co-Hosts, or Special Guests and using the hashtag #BlockAdvisors and #sweepstakes. Additional Tweets are appreciated but do not increase your chances of winning, only one entry per person will be accepted.

Please click here to see official rules.


How to Participate in the Twitter Party:

  1. Monitor the official Twitter Party Hashtag, #BlockAdvisors
  2. Follow @MenWhoBlog for questions that will be presented as "Q1: What is your best advice? #BlockAdvisors"
  3. ReTweet questions and your favorite comments by others participating in the party
  4. Answer questions by responding in this format making sure to include the hashtag #BlockAdvisors, "A1: Get started early! #BlockAdvisors"
  5. Make some new friends, ask @BlockAdvisors questions, and most importantly - have fun!

Blogger Co-Hosts and Special Guests:

Also follow these blogger co-hosts and special guests ...


  • @BlockAdvisors


  • @MenWhoBlog


  • @ManTripping
  • @StacieInAtlanta
  • @GeekDad248
  • @Gunaxin
  • @ConsumerQueen

Other Special Guests:

  • @SurvivalMom
  • @FormulaMom
  • @TheRebelChick
  • @MelissaHurst
  • @MidgetMomma1200

RSVP by Posting the Link to Your Tweet as a Comment Below ...

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