I’ve been thinking a lot about my blog recently. My approach to blogging, the content I want to share, and what I want other people to come on this site for, too.

I think in life it’s easy to overcomplicate things. We give ourselves deadlines and strict schedules, and along the way something that was our joy, gets lost a little. I suppose that’s how I’ve kind of been feeling about blogging too, if I’m being totally honest. It was getting to the point where I was putting out posts I didn’t feel excited about, and feeling like it was something that I had to do, no matter whether I wanted to (or more importantly had the time to do, in a busy week).

Over the last two weeks or so I’ve stripped it back a little. I don’t have a schedule (yes ideally I’d like to post twice a week hopefully, but it’s not the end of the world if that doesn’t happen). I’ve wrote posts that I’ve drafted right here, from the notes app on my iPhone that I’m using now. I’ve spoken about stuff that I’ve been passionate about, and sharing things that have been on my mind. It’s felt freeing. And I want more of that.

I’m taking the pressure off to write in a certain way, or about certain popular topics. From now on, I’m just going to share me. My content won’t change and you might not even notice a difference, but I do already. And it feels great.

 

 

What’s your approach to blogging? Has it evolved over the years?

 

This past week has been a pretty busy one! Most days I’ve felt exhausted falling into bed but then too wired to sleep. Now I’m out the other side and don’t have any big plans for the foreseeable future, I thought I’d share my top tips with you on how I manage a super busy period, and stay in tune with myself at the same time.

 

KEEP ORGANISED

This is probably what helps me the most, staying organised! I have a weekly planner where I set out a basic plan for what I’m doing each day, and it keeps me feeling balanced and like I have my sh*t together. There’s nothing worse than feeling like you don’t know if you’re coming or going, so I do this a few days ahead at the start of every week usually.

 

SCHEDULE IN DOWN-TIME

I think this is something that we all let slip by the wayside when times get busy. Self-care is usually the first thing to go, simply because we feel like we don’t have the time. That’s why I like to schedule in my down-time, where I’m doing what I want, just for myself and my own sanity. That can be going for walks, meditating, yoga, or just making sure I go to bed a little bit earlier each night so I can read some of my book to unwind.

 

CHECK YOUR EXPECTATIONS

Something I do pretty regularly is expect too much of myself. I add to much on my to-do list then feel under a lot of pressure to get it all done. I’m learning to not to this as much, and recognise that I don’t have to do everything all in one day, even small tasks are better than nothing. Plus don’t forget there’s always plenty of other days in the week too where you might not be as busy.

 

MAKE THE MOST OF THE LITTLE MOMENTS

I’m talking here about these 10-15 minutes you have before you have to leave the house. Can you fit in a cup of tea and a few mindful moments, maybe read a chapter of a book or sit outside in the Spring sunshine? These moments always fill my cup up when I’m feeling a little frazzled, and I try to cherish them every time.

 

How do you stay balanced in a busy week?

 

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?