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┬árecently, 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 ­čÖé

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 ­čśë It’s an essential isn’t it!

 

What’s in your blogging toolkit?

 

Forgive me for the click-bait title, but blogging posts always go down well with you guys, and I thought this would probably be of interest to some of you, as if would to me if it was the other way around!

 

Keep it personal

I don’t know if you noticed this, but over the last few weeks I’ve really been introducing more personal, chatty lifestyle posts to the blog. This wasn’t intentional actually, they were just the kind of stuff I fancied writing about. Thankfully, the more personal posts always seem to do the best in terms of hits and engagement, so it worked out well that what I wanted to write, was also what some people wanted to read! You don’t have to over-share or get super into the nitty gritty, but have a think about some topics you would be interested in having a chat about with your readers.

 

Always promote your posts

This was something I always did anyway, but a couple of months ago I did up my promotional tweets to an extra one or two a day, which I definitely think made a difference. Sure, scheduling social media isn’t the most fun part of the job, but if it works, it’s worth it.

I also spoke a lot more about blog posts on my Instagram captions too. Opening up a discussion about what the post entailed is a great idea and I think personally, it makes people more inclined to go on over and have a read.

 

It’s not the be-all and end all

I know blog views are great and everything, but they don’t mean half as much to me as the comments and engagement I get! A bunch of numbers really doesn’t compare to lovely words by people who just completely understand where you’re coming from, and can relate and support you on your journey.

So while working on getting them higher is great, don’t forget to appreciate the views you get currently- they are not too be downplayed and should definitely be celebrated!

Any other blogging tips post request?

 

I’m not sure I’ve ever blogged about my blogging journey before, so in comes this post! I’m kinda hoping I haven’t anyway or this would render pretty pointless.

I started blogging back in late 2015 with a blog under a different name, but I still very much wrote about the same things I do today.

I was on Blogger and I posted a few times a week for about a year, I probably had about a tenth of the followers I do currently, because I didn’t even use Twitter or Instagram back then- crazy I know right?! It never even entered my mind for some reason, but even if I got one comment it made my day.

I loved it. It was my own personal online space that felt free, welcoming, and accepting. Thankfully it still feels that way today. There’s nothing quite like it, and if you’re a fellow blogger I’m sure you know what I mean when I say that!

In March 2017 I decided I wanted to up this whole blogging thing a little, and use my own real name, put myself ‘out there’ more. I’m pretty proud to say that I actually managed to migrate over onto my own domain all by myself, although it did take me about 3 days and was SO stressful! I just bought a layout from Pipdig, most of which is still very similar now, although a few months ago I mixed the colour up a little.

I also obviously joined Twitter/Instagram/Youtube and have been blown away by how amazing the blogging community is. It’s full of the most supportive, genuinely lovely people who are all cheering you on. It’s pretty great.

Now we’re in June 2018 and I’ve blogged at least twice or three times a week since last year. I still absolutely adore blogging, it’s my favourite thing and I never want to stop doing it. Who knows what may happen in the future but I’m pretty sure I’ll never stray far from this little cosy home.

 

When did you start blogging? Is there anything else about blogging you’d like a post about?

 

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?