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I know lots of people think blogs have had their time of day, but that’s definitely not the bench I’m sitting on. I still read lots of my favourite blogs every single day, well every other day most likely. There’s something so in-depth about a blog post that I really love, kind of like reading someone’s diary or notes app in their iPhone. Basically, I still love blogs. And here’s some that I really, really love..

Daisybutter // Michelle has quite possibly the dreamiest blog layout and instagram aesethic, but that’s not the only reason why I love her blog. She does lots of lifestyle posts and I really enjoy her ‘Petite Joys’ posts on a Friday, and the weekend ‘Sundaze’ one where she shares other posts she’s loved and highlights of her week. You can see how much time and effort she puts into her blog literally pouring out on every single post, and that’s something I really admire. Plus she’s a fellow T Swift fangirl and that’s a winner in my book.

Thegirlwholovedtowrite // I’ve followed Chelsea’s blog for years, and it’s definitely got a soft spot in my heart! You know when you feel like someone is SO similar to you? That’s how I feel about Chelsea, although she does live at the other side of the world so the chances of us meeting one day are highly unlikely. I just love every single post she writes. They are most often about life in general and personal musings, self development etc, and I always take something from them every time.

JayeRockett // I’ve read Jaye’s blog and Instagram for ages now, and I’m still a fan as much as I was when I discovered her. Honest, relatable and down to earth, Jaye shares lifestyle posts that range from beauty, books, to health and wellness. I always love her recommendations and end up leaving her blog feeling quite spendy..

KateLaVie // Kate’s blog is one of my favourites, I always look forward to reading a new post from her because they are usually about things I’m super interested in (basically anything lifestyle related), but my favourites are probably her monthly goals. I love how her content is always positive and inspires me to do better, and not in a pushy way either. Also, her flat is Pinterest dreamy. Go follow!

5 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD KEEP BLOGGING:

  • Unlike Instagram, all the content is 100% yours. And it’s good to know it probably won’t disppear overnight one day.
  • Imagine 50 years from now and being able to look back and read about your life in your twenties? HOW COOL. Like an online diary, but with prettier pictures.
  • It’s therapeutic! So much so, sometimes it feels like therapy, but a lot cheaper.
  • It could be the new creative hobby you’ve been looking for. Having something you do just for YOU is a lovely thing.
  • It’s an achievement. People are curious beings, whether you have 5 or 500 people reading your blog, that’s still a pretty epic thing to be proud of.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and be sure to check all of these blogs out if you want any new reads. You won’t be disappointed thats for sure. What blogs are you reading at the moment?

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Blogging is something that has changed a lot over the last few years. They don’t seem to be as popular as they once were, but in my opinion there’s definitely still a place for them. You just can’t get the depth on an Instagram caption then you can on your own blog post. Sitting down and typing out my thoughts is still so therapeutic to me. But with all the platforms out there these days, your attention obviously goes elsewhere and you don’t feel like there’s as much time as before as they used to be. That’s why I’ve started blogging a little differently recently, so I thought I’d tell you about it.

minimum once a week posts
Gone are the days when I could easily post 3 times a week. Honestly I just don’t have that much content that I would *really* want to say, and I don’t want to post things that I’m not 100% happy with. Plus I definitely don’t have the time for that right now, and I wouldn’t want to make any changes to priortise it and let something else I enjoy doing too, fall. Once a week minimum works really well for me, and sometimes it’s two posts. I’m not putting any pressure on myself that way, and it means blogging is still something I really enjoy and actually, crave! After a few days, I’m itching to get typing again.

more long-form posts
I still love a short, snappy post, but I’m very much into long posts right now. They feel like I’m giving more value and effort for you guys who read my blog, and that makes me feel very happy. Plus if I’m only posting once a week, I can spend longer to put something together, and really get into the point of what I’m trying to make.

mixed bag of content
I really don’t want to put any restrictions on what kind of posts I want to do. Whether it’s more of a helpful post, lifestyle stuff or book/positivity content, it feels right and good to me, I want to share it. There’s loads of more topics I would love to discuss on here, but I just haven’t found quite the right way to go about it yet.

Basically, I want to put more effort into my posts. I suppose that’s the long and short of it really. Quality over quantity is my new motto where the blog is concerned. So hopefully, I’ll see you in the next post.

Do you have any blogging schedules?


I don’t tend to make a lot of resolutions, years of me breaking them 3 days into a new year has kind of taken its toll! Instead, as you know if you read this blog regularly, I like to make three new monthly goals every single month, things I want to do or focus on throughout the following weeks. Before we get into January, let’s recap on Decembers goals…

DECEMBER RECAP

Keep calm. Maybe I didn’t do this as much as I wanted to, but then again December is always such a busy month for everyone, but I did have a few really chilled out days in there which felt really good.

Embrace the festivities. Now this one I definitely did do! I watched so many Netflix Christmas films and it was FANTASTIC!!! It’s my favourite month of the year and it probably always will be.

Think about exciting plans for 2020. We are still putting plans in motion about booking a city break, but I have a few summer plans with family that will be super fun. I’d love to go to Paris, back to Edinburgh or visit somewhere new like Bath this year so it’s something I’m really thinking about. We have a holiday booked, a center parcs stay, my sisters 30th and my nephews 1st birthday so it’s set to be a great year I think.

 

JANUARY GOALS

Yoga with Adriene 30 day challenge. I do this every year and I always enjoy it so much. Yoga is one of my favourite things to do and something I’m constantly trying to find more time for, which is exactly why this project is perfect for me right now.

Donate. I have lots of books that I’ve read and didn’t love enough to keep, so I want to donate them to charity and have another look through my wardrobe and other places in the house where we have stuff we don’t use anymore. I’m a de-clutter addict, what can I say!

Re-decorate the bedroom. Ever since I heard that we spend half of our lives in bed, I can’t stop thinking about how much I want to love our bedroom. I’m just not happy with it at the moment how it is, it feels way too cluttered and not calm enough for my liking. I want a new (pink) headboard, I’ve ordered some new sheets which I love and seen a few small styling pieces to get too. Hopefully by the end of this month I will have a bedroom that I ADORE *insert heart eye emojiis*

 

Do you have any goals for January?


I’ve read some gems recently so I wanted to check in on the ol blog and chat to you about them! If you’re a book lover like me, then you might like my book Instagram account HERE.

Before I Go To Sleep

I’ve had this on my TBR for ages, I borrowed it from my sister this summer (and nope, I haven’t seen the film). My mum’s read it and told me that it was really good, and she was totally right! It is completely hooking and I couldn’t not stay up and read more of it every single night. It’s a pyschological thriller and I would highly recommend it.

We Met in December

I can’t resist a festive read at this time of year, and I’d seen this raved about online. I actually loved it so much! It’s still one that I think about now, weeks after finishing it. A super sweet ‘rom-com’ read that makes you feel super festive too. It’s very similar to One Day in December that I read last year, but I think I might of enjoyed it even more!

American Royals

Another book I’d seen hyped up on social media, but I just knew I would love it. It’s got a ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ vibe to it, but american and royal- obviously. It is ridiculously addictive and one of those books you keep sneaking in chapters with ALL DAY. I would love to see a film made out of it, and I’m excited to see the next book in the series in 2020.

My Sister, the Serial Killer

I got this in a book swap a few weeks ago, and decided to take it on holiday with us to read it. I ended up reading this in just one day, it’s a super quick read which I was quite surprised about. It’s definitely a unique story and I’ve not really read anything like it before, but I really enjoyed it and can see why other people like it so much too.

 

Have you read any of these?

I did this post earlier on this year about our inspire and create hashtag on Instagram. Since then, we’ve reached over 5,000 entries which is just wonderful, and we’ve expanded our own communities too. I wanted to check in with my fellow creatives and they were kind enough to answer a few questions I had to ask them!

Ghazal (herdaintydays)

  1. What is your number one app for Instagram? Snapseed is my go to app. There is not a single photo on my grid that didn’t get processed in Snapseed. A quick light fix, adjustments on selected areas only. It all got covered!
  2. Do you have any rules or posting schedules that you follow? Instagram helps you with your ideal posting time. If I’m honest, I’m irregular since I’m a mum but posting at my ‘right’ time makes a lot of difference on reach.
  3. Do you have any Instagram story tips? I like my feed cohesive but my stories are random and unfiltered. Raw and full of life. Basically everything that can’t make it on the feed will come on my stories. Highly recommend to use all Instagram’s features to interact with your followers better.


Amy (imagineamy)

  1. What inspires you and the photos you take for Instagram? For me, other creatives on Instagram inspire me. I also get inspiration from books, films, nature and music.
  2. What is your number one app for Instagram? I use Photoshop the most for my edits. I also like Snapseed, Lightroom and BokehCamFX for added magic.
  3. How do we get over creative block? I regularly have to have a break for posting because I have to fill my creative cup back up. I take the pressure off and take photos for fun not with any images in mind. I watch tutorials online and learn new skills just for fun and have a play! If I’m not in the mood just going for a walk or listening to music and doing fun creative things with Dylan my son gets me back in the creative mood. His imagination inspires me. I also scroll Pinterest for ideas too!

 

Ali (homewiththebuckleys)

  1. How do we get over creative block? I get creative blocks all the time. I find creativity is like a muscle, if I don’t keep using it, it gets weak. The best way to get over the creative fear is to just start. Start small. Take a photo of something simple and see where it takes me. I find that practical doing is better than planning.
  2. Christmas is coming up! Any tips for a creative photo? Christmas is the time for all things sparkle. Fairy lights and bokeh on everything in my opinion. I love adding sparkly layers to even the simplest of photos. Also, the pallet changes and becomes more dark and moody, I love that too!
  3. Do you have any Instagram story tips? Stories can be an intimidating place. And story fear is real! I tend to keep stories as true to me and my real life as possible. For me that’s what works best and resonates with my viewers. So my biggest tips are 1. Do what feels comfortable (you don’t have to talk to camera to do great stories) 2. Mix photos and videos through your day 3. Keep them dynamic with gifs, doodles, music or even use an outside app like ‘Unfold’ to create something that stands out.


    Sarah (sarah.simple.moments)

    1. What inspires you and the photos you take for Instagram? My kids inspire me. I want to create a magical world for them, even if it’s only on my photos. According to recent research, now at an earlier age children cease to believe in miracles. It’s very sad, and I want my kids to believe in magic and miracles for aslong as possible.
    2. Engagement can be up and down on Instagram. How can we not let it bother us? It’s a tough question. It’s hard not to look at those numbers, but if you find your tribe and friends here, you can always ask them to make a shoutout for you or to show some love to a post that gained less likes or comments. The creative community is very kind and supportive, so don’t hesitate to ask for help and support.
    3. Who’s your favourite person to follow on Instagram right now? I thought the second question was hard, this is even harder! I can’t choose one, all the profiles I follow I love! They are all unique and different. One of my rules that I teach and do it too is that you should only follow those people whose work really inspires you and you really love.

 

I hope you enjoyed this post and gained a few helpful Instagram tips along the way! If you want to follow me over on Instagram, I’m here and please have a look at the lovely ladies profiles above too.