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You guys just see the finished product -the new post-, so I thought it would be a cool idea to show a behind the scenes from the getting the idea, scheduling, promoting, and everything else that goes along with blogging!

 

INSPIRATION

I feel like inspiration happens in the most random of times for me. It’s very rare I sit down and brainstorm blog post ideas, they usually spring into my mind when I’m trying to fall asleep (of which I just hope I remember it in the morning, like this one) or when I’m walking the dog. I read my favourite blogs regularly so I would definitely suggest seeing what else is out there and it may lead to a post idea for you! Try not to duplicate though, I’m all for getting inspiration from someone, but make it your own.

THE WRITING

I always write before pictures, which I know may seem strange, but most of my posts aren’t talking about specific products, so I find it easier for me to get all the words out first, whilst I’m feeling chatty! I’m much more of a writer than photographer. I use the YOAST plug-in on WordPress in blog posts to check the SEO and readability of the post.

PICTURES

To be honest, I’m pretty lazy with my blog photography. I usually just use a picture that I’ve taken on my iPhone that sits well within the post. For example, if its a lifestyle post I’ll add a photo I’ve taken of a sunset or a pretty scene. I definitely would like to up my blog photography game in the near future.

SCHEDULE

I work a few posts in advance, so I schedule the post when I have a free gap at 8am on the day I’ve chosen. I find it important to put some kind of routine in my post order, so if I’ve done a ‘blogging’ post, I won’t follow it up with a similar one for the day after.

PROMOTE

One of the important parts I think! I make sure I post on Instagram once the post is live, using the same picture as the post has. I also show it live on my Instagram Stories too. Over the past few months I’ve been making Pinterest Graphics on Canva that I then pin to my Pinterest page with a link to the post, along with adding it on the Pinterest boards I’m a member of.

Did you find this helpful, and do you do any of the same things as me for your posts?

 

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I really wanted to create a lovely new blog series where I can chat to you guys about great moments that have happened in my life lately. Instead of making it weekly and putting pressure on myself, I decided to do ‘5 Moments Of The Month’! Let me know if you like this, I can’t wait to look back on it in the future and remember the wonderful moments.

 

  1. A DAY IN KNARESBOROUGH

I haven’t been to Knaresborough since I was a teenager on a school trip, and Dan had never been. Seeing as it was only 30 minutes away from us, we decided to take a trip one hazy Saturday morning, and we loved it. We had an explore all along the waterside and the little town, and went up to see the castle too. Standing at the castle edge and looking out over the town and river was so incredible, and it was a moment for me when I remember thinking how incredible this world is.

 

   2. SUPRISE AROMATHERAPY MASSAGE

We have a local lady who does great affordable full body massages, and my lovely mum booked me one for a Friday evening as a treat. It was so relaxing I even fell asleep twice, and just what I needed for a bit of ‘me’ time. Linda’s room is always very calming with gorgeous crystals on the windowsill, so it’s always a pleasure to go.

 

3. SISTER DAY OUT

This past weekend, my sister came over from London and we spent the day going to a local wedding fair, shopping around and having lunch out. It was so nice to spend time together, as always. There were a lot of laughs, as is usual with us two. Definitely a day to remember!

 

4. A BIG WORK STEP FOR ME

October brought a big step in my Accounting business, in meeting a brand new client before in a place I’ve never been (anxious people here might understand me more) and I got the job! I won’t lie and say it wasn’t nerve-wracking, but I felt so proud of myself after. It was such a big step for me and my confidence, that I know I won’t feel as nervous when I get another new client.

 

 

5. SLOW WEEKENDS

I’ve got a post coming up about this topic in a few weeks so I won’t harp on about it too much, but I feel like October has been the month where I’ve really appreciated having no set plans on a weekend, and not rushing around trying to fill the days up with different activities. It’s been so nice and refreshing to wake up and have the whole day ahead of us with no routine or have to’s and I’m really enjoying going at a slower pace and appreciating the slower moments on our weekends.

 

How’s October been for you? A good month?

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I really loved putting together the first post of this series, which you can read here, so I thought it was about time to do round two!

These are all blog posts that I’ve truly connected with, and I think you should definitely have a look at.

 

What posts have you loved recently? 

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If, like me, you are super impatient and when you want something, you want it now, this post is for you. Sure I don’t mind working hard for things, but I really do need to work on having the patience that all good things come in due course. Read this when you need reminding that everything is as it should be, for now.

If you’re hurting after a break-up… remember it takes time.

If you’re working hard for that promotion and a better income.. remember it takes time.

If you’re trying to be more mindful..remember  it takes time.

If you’re trying to adopt healthier eating habits and exercise more.. remember it takes time.

If you’re trying to build up you’re blog following.. remember it takes time.

If you’re trying to be a better person everyday.. remember it takes time.

If you’re trying to be more positive.. remember it takes time.

If you’re trying to save up for something special.. remember it takes time.

If you’re trying to be kinder to yourself.. remember it takes time.

It’s great in life to have goals, but don’t get too focused on the outcome. Remember that there is beauty in the journey. It’s definitely something I forget, but I always have that lightbulb moment when I remember that the happiness is a journey, not a destination.

Are you working on anything at the moment that you know will take time?

 

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I chatted to you guys about my favourite moisturisers in this post, so I wanted to give a little shout-out to my favourite face-masks too! I’m really enjoying this format of choosing favourite products and waffling on about them.

First up is the Origins Charcoal Mask, which is the one I always reach for when my skin is having a bad break-out. It’s effective, but not too harsh on my sensitive skin and really helps when I’m having a poor skin day/week. Charcoal masks tend to be a bit more drying for your face so I always make sure I follow this up with something super hydrating.

The L’oreal Pure Glow Mask  is the most affordable of the bunch, and whenever my skin is looking lacklustre, this is the guy I go to. It’s lasted me so long which I’m very happy about, and it has a scrubby feel on your face that can sometimes feel strange to just leave be. Once it’s been removed, my skin is always looking SO much more glow-y, definitely one to add to your Superdrug trip.

My Origins Drink Up Overnight Mask is definitely the least fussy of the lot. As its an overnight treatment, I use it straight before bed and I can *always* tell the difference in the morning. My skin looks a lot plumper and healthier, and it also smells sooo good! I feel like this would suit every skin type.

Me and my gal, Goddess Clay Mask haven’t had the best track record. I got it as a Christmas present and was so excited, but it always seemed to either break me out a little/or do naff all. I decided to give it another go and I found that before I was applying WAY too much product. It even says on the packaging a thin layer *silly me*. Now, I’ve obsessed with it! It’s become a firm favourite and probably the one I’m currently reaching for the most. Its pricey, but it’s going to last a really long time. Add it to your Christmas list immediately!

 

What’s your favourite face mask?