All of these are things I’ve learned about my own personal blogging journey along the way, it definitely isn’t a set of rules or guidelines that I think everyone should follow, just a friendly bit of advice and knowledge that works for me, when it comes to blogging online. I like to think that we can all help each other along the way when it comes to the internet!

 

It’s crucial for you to be yourself

This is my number one advice for anyone who is struggling with blogging. For me, it always has to come back to being yourself. Try not to look around and see what is popular, but instead have a think about what you feel like sharing, whether that’s a personal essay, a how-to post, or something you’re struggling with recently. I think authenticity is what makes every single persons blog stand out, and it’s personally why some of my favourite blogs are my favourite, I feel like I know their personality, and I want to hear their story.

 

You don’t need a fancy website

I suppose this could be argued because yes they do look great, but I really think as long as your writing and intentions are from the heart, you don’t need to spend loads of money on a ‘good-looking’ website. Obviously your blog needs to be easy to access and able to read, but I don’t see the point in spending lots of money on a layout if there’s no actual content there. I picked up my template from Etsy for about £30 and I don’t think I’ll change it anytime soon.

You, (and your content) are allowed to change

We are all on our own journeys in life, so it’s expected that there will be changes along the way. Whether that’s new boundaries you’ve set about sharing online, or altering the content you share, it’s all okay because it’s yours. For me personally, I used to share a lot of beauty content, but now that isn’t something that I’m passionate about, so I don’t bother writing it anymore. The great thing about blogging is that it’s all up to you, there’s no rules when it comes to what you want to write about.

 

You learn along the way

I like to think in life we are all beginners really, but I know for sure that I am always learning. I don’t think anyone sets up a blog and is a complete genius when it comes to linking, SEO (I’m still not 100% sure on this one), and how to get an audience, but you do learn along the way.

It’s okay to not know everything. Be kind to yourself and remember why you started.

What have you learnt about blogging along the way?

Before this little blog was born, I had a ‘very similar but not under my name’ blog for a good ol’ while, so I feel qualified at this point to look back at my blogging journey and see how it’s evolved over the past years.

When I look back, I feel pretty proud of all the stuff I’ve put out there, consistency is something, for the most part that I’ve kept up to. Obviously, not everything will still be as appropriate as it once was, but I’ve always tried to speak from the heart and be genuine along the way.

Blogging is something I’ve always wanted to do, and I’m sure I’ll continue at it for many years to come, but that’s not to say that it’s always felt super easy. There’s vulnerability hangovers, a comparison to the rest of the blogging market, and niggling thoughts at the back of my mind that maybe I should follow a different path.

Above all that, has been my passion for writing and a willingness to share and connect to others.

When times feel tough, or I crave comfort and light, I turn to typing on an empty page and things always feel a tiny bit better.

I sometimes worry that I don’t have a blogging ‘niche’, a go-to USP that I could use to describe what I want to achieve online, but I guess in the end, it’s just me. Sharing my story in my own, individual way. Whether that’s talking about what’s made me happy lately, life-stuff I want to work towards, or a bit of a heart-to-heart.

In the past I’ve tried to follow other’s lead, giving tips or advice that I don’t feel quite qualified to publish, or writing up things that I find labouring to talk about. I definitely feel like I’m over that part now, and I really do enjoy putting out these blog posts twice a week for you all, and well, for me really.

Who knows what will happen in the next few years, but one things for sure, if you need me, I’ll be here.

 

How has your blog evolved over the years?

 

Blogging is something that is much more than a hobby to me, it’s something I’m extremely passionate about and absolutely love doing. But after a while, it’s totally normal that inspiration can start to fade.

Theres always days I’m not even *on* my laptop (sometimes the best kind of days, right?), but for the most part I have a number of certain sources I use to keep me feeling inspired to blog and share content on here for myself and any lovely people reading this!

 

REAL LIFE

My blog is a very personal part of me, so I use what’s happening in my life to draw on for posts. Whether that’s goals for the month or just a chat on how I’ve been feeling recently, it all goes down as something I might talk about on here. These are usually my most favourite posts to write, and I think they are my most popular too. There’s nothing quite like making yourself a cuppa and just sitting down to type what’s on your mind, it’s so therapeutic!

 

WHAT I’D LIKE TO READ

I often think about what I’d like to read, and that definitely comes into play when planning my blog posts.  I know I love reading anything about creativity, so I try and incorporate that into my own blog schedule too, luckily it’s something I love writing about too.

Posts with simple steps or ‘how tos’ is also something I gravitate towards, so I like to have a good brainstorm as to how I can include that in my blog aswell. If I have an idea but it’s not something I’d usually read, I take a few days to think about it, and end up leaving it in the idea bank for another time.

 

MY FAVOURITE BLOGS

I have loads of blogs out there that I love reading, so sometimes a post can pop up that I really love and want to re-create or share my opinion on that particular topic. Luckily there’s people posting such amazing content on the web these days, inspiration is never short.

 

OTHER

Sometimes something as simple as a tweet or a particular podcast episode I enjoyed recently can spark a blog post idea! When that happens, I usually make a note of it on my phone or write it down in my journal so I can go back to it at a later date.

I also find that when I’m immersed in something I love, painting, baking, or doing yoga, blog post ideas pop up out of nowhere into my mind. I’m not quite sure why that is, but I’ll happily take it!

Taking a step back from even thinking about blogging inspiration can work wonders. Walk your dog, chat to a friend, have a day off and you’ll come back feeling better than before, I promise!

 

Where do you get your blogging inspiration from?

 

Hello again! I mentioned in my last post that went live the other day, that I haven’t been feeling very inspired with blogging at the moment. But, I’ve been thinking of what I want to change up around here, and I’ve come up with a game plan. Enter ‘taking my blog back to basics’

BE LESS STRICT WITH MY SCHEDULE

I’ve always wanted to get posts up 3 times a week, by 8am. However I’ve realised recently, that even though I do still want to be putting out 2-3 posts a week, I don’t really care what time they go live, and to be honest, I don’t think you do either. I know that the blogs I love reading, don’t seem to have a particular schedule, but when I see a new post pop up, I head on over excitedly to read straight away.

GO WITH THE FLOW

With my last post, I whipped it up from bed before an afternoon nap, and put it live straight away. It brought me back to the old school days of blogging, when I didn’t schedule or write in advance, and just went with the flow. I definitely want to do more than that, and I actually find it so much more exciting that way too.

BE PROUD

Something that’s really important to me, is to be proud of my blog. Not that many people in my ‘real’ life actually know about it. It’s not something I shy away from but it’s never something I’ve actively mentioned either, which I think is quite a shame because I do invest a lot of time and hard work into this space. Also, I would love to work with more brands this next few months too (I have a few ones coming up I’m looking forward to sharing!). I love blogging, and I want to shout about it 🙂

Have you ever took this approach to blogging? What would bringing your blog back to basics look like for you?

 

I’ve realised that I use certain apps and particular methods to keep my blog ticking over nicely, so I thought today I’d share with you what helps me, kind of like my blogging toolkit if you will!

 

A journal

A few months ago I bought myself a creative journal that I’m now obsessed with! I use it for all things blogging, and also Instagram idea’s too. I find it so handy having everything in one place, whether that’s blog post plans, or things I want to brainstorm more about. I create a blogging to-do list for myself every week in my creative journal which makes me feel very organised, and means I know what I need to do for which posts that are going live that week!

 

WordPress

I bought my own domain from Godaddy, but I blog on the WordPress platform. I love it and find it so easy to use, although a few years ago I did use Blogger which is still good, especially if you’re new to blogging and want something a bit more straight-forward.

 

Canva

For every blog post, I make a Pinterest graphic on Canva to use once the blog goes live, but in all honesty I’m not that knowledgeable where Pinterest is concerned so I don’t have any tips I’m afraid!

 

Bloglovin

Every post gets published on Bloglovin, which even though gets a hard time, I still use it everyday and I think many others do too. It’s where I go to read most of my favourite blogs as everything is in one place which makes it a lot less faffy.

 

Buffer

I schedule all my tweets on Buffer (I just use the free version, which means I do it every few days) where I promote all my blog posts. I’m not sure how much of my blog traffic comes from Twitter, but I do have a fair few followers over there so I guess it can’t do any harm. I usually do about 4 tweets a day and space them out throughout evenly.

 

Tea, and snacks!

Of course if your blogging, you need tea and snacks right? I always have a cuppa next to me when I’m doing my blogging mojo, plus a sweet treat next to me to keep my energy levels up 😉 It’s an essential isn’t it!

 

What’s in your blogging toolkit?