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.

 

Over the past year, lots of my favourite blogs have stopped publishing. Maybe they’ve lost the passion for it, or they just don’t really want to be ‘online’ anymore. But this post is here to tell you why I’m personally, not giving up on blogging.

Writing has always been my true love. My number one way to express myself. And it still is.

There’s just something so comforting and therapeutic to me about sitting down and typing out my thoughts. It feels calming, heck, it feels like coming home. I started blogging not for anyone else to even read it, I just wanted to put my thoughts and feelings out into the world.

I still think blogs have a massive place in this online world. There’s something immersive you get about reading snapshots into someones thoughts that may not always come across in an Instagram caption. It feels like you’re being let in to a private part of their world. An online diary of sorts.

Plus, as we all know, our blogs are the only thing we have that are actually ours. They can’t be shut down immediately (unless you don’t pay your domain renewal).

More so than ever, I feel like I’ve come back to a good place in my blog. I write what I want to say. I publish what feels good to me, whether anyone is going to pop by and read it or not. (It still blows my mind that people actually read it, so thank you!!!)

So that’s me.

Promise I’m not going anywhere!

 

Would you ever give up on blogging?

 

 

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?