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?

 

I did a post on Reasons To Start A Blog but I realised I’ve never done a post on how to get started.

I know most of you probably have your own blog already, but just incase you don’t and are thinking about one, heres how to start a blog (in my words anyway)…

 

FIND YOUR WHY

That is the reason you want to start a blog. Sorry to tell you but if it’s for free products then you’re probably not going to get on too well, it takes *years* to build up a repututable blog.

So why do you want to start. Is it to share your interests? To document your life? You’ll most likely have a gut instinct on what yours is, and when you do hold on to it tight and let’s make it happen. You won’t regret it, I promise. Starting a blog feels so exciting.

 

CHOOSE A NAME WISELY

Choosing a name for your blog can be tricky, and if in doubt I would say just go with your own name. Most of the time people end up rebranding back to that again anyway, and it can diffuse confusion.

I would also highly recommend buying your own domain, but can be a bit pricey but is SO worth it. You can also pay monthly for it too, I got mine from Godaddy and I also use their stats trackers and WordPress plugin too.

 

GO AT YOUR OWN PACE

It can be very tempting to start writing immediately and launching your posts out there into the Blogosphere willy nilly. Instead, start planning out a post structure in your journal and spend a few days thinking about the content you want to write.

There’s no rush. You could even write posts and not publish them if you want to flex your writing muscles and see where your creativity takes you.

 

 INTERACT

The final thing!

Of course all of these are optional and totally dependant on what you actually want to do, but the blogging community is so awesome you would regret not getting involved! Don’t be intimidated, everyone is super friendly and welcoming.

Blogger chats, starting an Instagram and reading other bloggers posts are all great ways to interact with others and you will also gain engagement on your blog too.

Are you thinking about starting a blog? Or if you already have one, how long have you been blogging for?

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There are so many great blogging tips out there, but I can totally understand why sometimes it can feel a bit puzzling as we are bombarded with information how to get the best views, engagement and blog statistics. Today I wanted to share what has worked for me personally, in the hopes that it might work for you too.

 

Be consistent

I find being consistent really helps when growing your blog, and the blogs I love to read usually have at least a few posts up a week too. Of course life can get in the way, and you don’t have to be that regimented that you end up posting things you don’t want to, but having a small schedule will mean that of course you get more blog views, but actually more importantly, people will start coming back to read more regularly when there’s fresh content for them. For some reason it always suprises me that I get the most blog views on a day when I’ve just posted, but I suppose that’s pretty obvious.

 

Plan ahead

This one is optional but I love to plan ahead in terms of blog posts, and be in front by at least a few posts. I find it so much easier to write when I’m not pressured to get a post up, and the words always flow freely without me forcing them. To totally contradict my last point, if you wanted to get ahead of yourself I don’t think it would be a bad thing to have a week off on posting if that means you can get a number of posts written up and scheduled in the meantime. I have a post about my blogging schedule which I’ll link here which might give you a bit more information on how I do it.

 

 

Approach brands yourself

I’ve only started doing this recently, so I’m not the most experienced blogger in this area but, I think it’s something we all need to do more. To be totally honest, I got bored of having weird emails that are so irrelevant to my blog, so I’m going out to find my own. And, it actually paid off! I’m starting to work with more and more different brands now that I love and am super happy to collaborate with. It always makes me feel proud of myself and this blog!

Sure, some people decline and others don’t even reply, but one or two respond and are so lovely! Try not to be too imitated, they are just normal people at the end of the day, just be honest and polite. Let me know if you would like a more in-depth post about this and I’ll definitely put one together!

 

Be genuine

In terms of everything to with blogging and general social media engagement, being genuine is so key. If you liked someones post, tell them what you liked about it instead of the generic ‘Great post!’. If you want to blog about a specific topic because it feels right to you, do it. If you don’t like a picture, don’t post it to your Instagram just in the hopes other might like it instead. (I’ve done that and you just want to delete it after) I always share the good and bad parts of my day because life isn’t perfect, and neither are Instagram feeds.

Be yourself, there is only one of you.

 

What blogging tips have worked for you, any of these?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A few months ago I decided to have a little week-long blogging break, which I don’t think I’ve ever done since I started Natalie Leanne in April. There was a number of reasons I wanted to step away from the laptop for a while, one being posting every other day can be quite time-consuming. I was a bit scared and nervous at the beginning, what if I didn’t miss it and didn’t come back? Thankfully that didn’t happen and I’m still here to tell the story 😉

 

If it becomes a chore…

Unless you do this as your full-time income, then you can totally have some time-off (well, you can anyway but whatever). You most likely started your blog as a passion project for yourself, and the last thing you want to happen is to lose your love for it. I always think you should never force yourself to post, it can lead to things feeling more rushed, and more than likely you can end up unhappy with the content you’re putting out there.

If other life events need your attention

Sometimes life just gets a bit too busy, and blogging can fall to the wayside. And that’s totally okay, by the way. Even if your blog is one of your top priorities, some things we can’t control and they need your time and attention. Having time off will help you feel less pressured, and will give you some time for yourself to rest when you really need to.

If you’ve lost inspiration and creativity

I find my inspiration and creativity go together hand in hand. When they’re there, it’s all good, however some times they can disappear for a while. I don’t know about you, but I can’t force out posts. I usually get all my ideas at the most random of times (the shower, before I go to bed, on a walk etc) so I make the most of jotting down them when they arrive so it saves some stress later. If I’m really struggling, I try to not let myself even think about it for a few days and sooner or later it all gets back to normal.

What I learnt from my week off:

  • Blog stats didn’t fall off the face of the earth, so that’s good to know.
  • It actually went super quick, but I did feel a lot more rested and ready to write again after a break.
  • Jot down ideas you have whilst your not blogging in a journal, so you can save them for later.
  • You realise how much time you actually spend. It’s not just the writing, there is pictures, scheduling and promoting too, amongst other stuff.

 

Have you ever had a blogging break?