It is nearly half way through December and I cannot believe it’s close to the end of 2019. This year has definitely flown by and this year has been great for my blog. I am wanting to reflect on 2019. Reflection is key to appreciate what you have achieved and the progression you have made. I have definitely pushed myself out of my comfort zone and taken more accountability with my blog and creating a strict schedule. I have gathered a list of my favourite 5 blog posts that I worked on this year.
Winter is here! The cold weather is drawing in, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy yourself or have fun family days out. You can utilise the weather! I have complied a list of 40 different activities that you can participate in and make some wonderful memories with your family or friends this winter. I am definitely going to try and tick off as many of these as I can.
The Christmas period can be expensive but it doesn’t need to be. You can have a wonderful holiday without having to worry about financial pressures. I usually worry each year about buying enough for my family members, I want to treat them as much as I can. But I have to remind myself it is not all about the presents and money, it’s the thought and spending time with them that really matters. I actually started Christmas shopping early, for the first year in a long time and it has definitely taken the pressure off. I have compiled a list of tips to stay on budget, I hope these can help you if you are finding it stressful.
This is a very different post to what I would usually share on my blog, but I thought my blog is a great platform to increase awareness regarding aspects of mental health and the avenues of help and support that are available to you.
I can’t believe it is already December and is going to be Christmas soon. I am so excited! I can’t believe that 2019 is in it’s last month, where has the time gone? For me, this year has definitely been one of the fastest years that I can remember. I really enjoyed getting creative with this months set up and excited to see what you think.
There is no right or wrong way of blogging, it is an individual journey, however there are certain blogging mishaps you will want to avoid making. I have been blogging for over 2 years and have seen these be visible within the blogging community. I thought I would shed some light on these mishaps, if you are new to blogging you are definitely going to want to avoid making these mistakes. There is still so much I am learning from my blogging journey and looking forward to learning more.
Here are 6 mistakes you shouldn’t make:
#1 Not declaring when you have posted content that is sponsored or gifted
Declaring if your content is sponsored, if you were gifted a product/service, or if you are paid for your thoughts, is an important aspect of blogging. You want to be authentic, it’s what makes you relatable and if you are using your blog as a business, you want to build a positive reputation.
#2 Not proofreading your content before you post
Proofreading your writing before you publish is so important, it allows you to pick up on any mistakes or misspelling you may have missed. You can’t expect others to read your posts, if you are not even prepared to proofread your writing.
#3 Copying content
This is the biggest no no! Every blogger works so hard on their content and to have an individual copy your content whether that is all of it or a parts of your blog post. It is wrong! If you like a tag or an idea that you want to share your own thoughts on, make sure you give credit to the original creator.
#4 Putting quantity over quality
There is a myth that putting loads of blog posts a week means you will have higher blog views, this is not necessarily the case. You have to post quality content that is well written and that your audience can engage with and relate too. Self promotion is a huge part of building your audience.
#5 Not leaving genuine comments
When you read other people’s blog posts and commit to commenting, you should leave genuine or constructive comments. Leaving two or three word comments are usually seen as not genuine. Writing thoughtful and helpful comments shows other bloggers that you are supportive and you will start building a supportive audience.
#6 Getting caught up in online disagreements
Not everyone gets on with everyone, that is life and that is no different to the online community. Online disagreements happen and other people get involved. Things you say are a reflection on yourself. Try to stay neutral. Again, if your blog is a business you need to protect your own reputation.
These are just a few things you need to think about when you are blogging. Of course everyone makes mistakes but its important you learn and grow from them. Are there any blogging mishaps or mistakes you feel bloggers should be avoiding? I’d love to hear in the comments.
Christmas, the festive season can be a joyous occasion, but with so much going on it is so hard for it not get stressful sometimes. At this time you want to be able to enjoy the build up to Christmas. I have in previous years left most things to the last minute and it is always such a rush and end up stressing about everything. I am sharing some tips I have already started using to get ready for Christmas also writing this post will help me stick to these and check them off.