Whether your blog is 5 years old or 6 months, a time is gonna come when you probably want to give it a little upgrade. Make things feel fresh, new and exciting again.

Our hobbies, interests and life can change every year, so why not our online space too?

Firstly, lets take stock.

Log onto your internet browser and view your website as a visitor. See if there are any little bugs that need fixing, and take a note of the things you like, and what you want to change. Is your font easy to read? Are you missing any social media links?

Now we’ve got the basics down, it’s time to research.

Think about what kind of blog lay-out could benefit you the most, what topics sets your soul on fire, and any other passions you have that you could incorporate into your online space. If you’re a fashion blogger, do you have a shopping page where people can buy your outfits? Is having a newsletter something that excites you, or does it feel like jumping on a bandwagon? Remember that there’s no rush, take your time.

At this point, we should have a plan of where we would like to improve our blog, and how we can go about it. You may have already made some of the small changes, and hopefully it’s making you feel even more excited about a fresh, new look.

Always scope out further afield than you might think, whether that’s blog designs, a handy bit of googling to make sure things look as sharp as possible, or checking out different web-designers if you fancy going the full hog. I think especially when making important decisions that can be costly, you want to be certain that you’re going with your gut.

Other things to consider:

  • Think about how your ‘ideal’ blog would look, what images would you feature on there, and would it affect your writing style?
  • Try not to compare to other blogs. Getting inspiration is fine, but don’t copy. Be yourself!
  • Are you happy with your blogging schedule? Would you rather post more or less than you do now?
  • Do you need to inform your readers that you’re undergoing a re-brand? You might want to do this if your website will be unavailable for a few days.

 

Have you ever refreshed your blog? How did you do it?

 

 

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, and I really wanted to write a little piece about it on the blog, as I’m sure someone out there has experienced something similar in regards to social media.

Lately, for me, I’m just seeing way too much of the stuff that I dislike or don’t relate to, or simply find really upsetting. So here’s what I’ve done about it because things have got to change, and being mindful in the content I consume is something that’s very important to me.

 

UNFOLLOW/MUTE

There is always a few opinions about whether it is ‘acceptable’ to unfollow, which of course I think it is, you do you. There isn’t a rule to abide by if something is affecting you negatively. But if that feels too harsh, mute is a god-send. Plus, I’m pretty sure they don’t know that they are muted either.

Sometimes I don’t want to offend or upset anyone, but their tweets are a bit too much for me to read, so I mute them and I can carry on seeing more positive stuff that inspires and uplifts me. You can also ‘ban’ particular words on Twitter which is something I’ve done recently and worked well.

SEEK OUT

Ah, this next bit is the good stuff.

Seek out the things that feel good to you. Go on a follow spree of new amazing accounts on Instagram, find some new blogs to read on your commute, and engage in people who you find motivating!

The internet can be a super positive place if we use it well. Bask in the internet inspiration you surround yourself in. Let it spur you on to keep doing your thing.

PUT YOURSELF FIRST + BE KIND

If you get mid-way down an article that’s gone viral, but you don’t like the vibe it’s giving, stop reading. And if you spend a few mornings on the Daily Mail, don’t judge yourself! But next time, try and catch yourself in the habit if it makes you feel icky.

If you want a day offline, do it.

It’s so important to look after ourselves. Have you ever thought about how many things we are reading every single day that might influence our lives without us knowing it? Lets keep it the right stuff.

What steps do you do to consume content mindfully?

 

Having a blog has always been a huge part of my life, as really, it’s my passion. The more I do it, the happier I feel. Although I’m not at the point where I can take it full-time as a career yet, I use that as a goal and inspiration to work towards.

I post 3 times a week and in this post I’m going to be talking about how I fit it in my everyday schedule.

 

Use your commute.

If I’m not driving and a passenger, I always use this time to schedule my social media. I personally use Buffer and even though you can only schedule 10 tweets in advance, it keeps me going for a few days. You can also use this time while you’re travelling to get caught up on your latest podcast episodes. I love putting in a podcast and going for a long walk.

 

Always be ready. 

By this I mean always have something readily available for you to store post ideas in. Whether that’s a small notebook you carry around with you, or using the Notes app on your phone like I do. For me, inspiration always hits when I’m usually doing something else, so I make sure to type a few words about it so I can come back to it later. If not, I’ll definitely forget about it!

 

Prioritise.

At some point, you’re going to have to prioritise your blog if you want to spend more time on it and build it into something substantial. We all know this of course, but sometimes it can mean missing out on a early night or using your ‘lazy afternoon’ to get ahead of your blog schedule. I really do think that the more time you put into your blog, the more it shows. And because I love doing it, I don’t see it as a chore anyway.

 

Stay updated.

Personally, I love using my lunch breaks at work to catch up on my favourite blogs. These include those from Sophie, Amy, Hannah, Kayte, and Sophie. I love staying up to date with what’s going on online and spending half an hour with my favourite reads always makes me feel inspired to blog myself too.

 

Do you do any of these things?

 

Lets be straight: I’m not blogging for any other reason than for myself and the enjoyment I get from it. I don’t do it to get freebies or to become the next Zoella. And of course every person wants growth in their passion, so it got me thinking about how I’m planning on growing my little space on the web this year…

 

Keep posting regular content

I would love to continue posting every other day on the blog. It means that some weeks there are 3 posts, and the other there are 4, so that seems like a good mix for me. Hopefully I will be able to keep up with this by writing in advance. I also want to keep posting about the topics that I love, whether they are popular or not. I’m definitely thinking of including more mental health posts, but I feel like I’m just not there yet in some ways. I haven’t got any blogging breaks scheduled but you never know how life is going to go, but I’m not going to feel guilty if there is a break in content.

Continue engaging with others

I love reading posts by my favourite bloggers and being inspired by Instagram, so I definitely want to keep engaging online. I hope as I continue blogging, I get to engage with even more people. I’m starting to feel like I’m really building up my own ‘tribe’ online and it’s wonderful to have a group of people I know who are there for me, even if I’ve not met them in person (although hopefully I will meet some more of them this year!)

Staying true to YOU

I feel like as a blogger, you can become consumed by it. Because I love to see what other people write and how they are expressing their journey, it is easy to be influenced, especially if you see that that particular type of content is proving very well received. Thankfully I’ve never let myself get down to the point where I publish something that is completely not me, and I’m starting to realise even more that I’m not going to be a certain type of ‘blogger’, if there is such a thing.

Always stay true to you. The likes, engagement, and comments will come at the right time. But if you’ve been yourself, you will proud without them anyway.

A new venture?

Now I’m throwing this one completely out on a whim, but even typing this possibility excites me so much! I honestly have no idea what this may be, but I’m adding it to the list as I love trying new things, and I feel like I have the freedom to push myself and my content out there a little more, in different ways. Who knows what this may be, but it definitely has me doing a little brainstorm and feeling VERY inspired.. I must also mention that I started my own hashtag! It’s called #postyoureverydaylife and I would love it if you got involved!

Do you plan to grow your blog?

 

We all know writers block, and especially if you are a blogger, it can be something that rears it’s head when we least expect it.

Sometimes it only takes a walk with the dog to get me feeling inspired again, but on other occasions it can take a week or two until I feel like I have anything decent to write about. With that in mind for todays post, I wanted to provide a little blog post inspo for you if you need it.

 

  1. Think piece- something you’ve learnt recently or if your brave enough, something you’re still working through.
  2. How you edit your Instagram
  3. Blog posts you’ve loved reading recently
  4. Creating a slow weekend
  5. Goals for this month
  6. Things that have made you happy this week
  7. What you’ve been reading lately
  8. Tips for a stress-free week
  9. How to sleep better
  10. How to work smarter, not harder
  11. The internet people that inspire me
  12. Where I get my blog post ideas from
  13. Binge-worthy TV shows
  14. How I keep motivated
  15. What no-one told me about blogging
  16. What to do this weekend
  17. How to scroll less
  18. What keeps me feeling creative and inspired
  19. Why ____ is my favourite social media platform
  20. My blog schedule and how I make it work
  21. Products I would/or wouldn’t recommend
  22. How I would spend an ideal weekend
  23. The best piece of advice I’ve been given
  24. Ways to beat the comparison trap
  25. Why numbers do/don’t matter
  26. Ways to make you feel good
  27. Scheduling time in for yourself
  28. My self-care tips and tricks
  29. Things I’ve stopped caring about
  30. How I stay positive

 

Do you ever suffer from writers block? How do you get out of it?