Hey everyone! Last week the lovely Chloe at C.K Beauty nominated me for the Blogger Recognition Award and it really put a smile on my face. For a number of reasons, my blog has had to take a back seat lately, so it was nice to be included and know that I hadn’t been forgotten! So thanks Chloe!
Why did you start blogging?
I first started my blog to use it as a brain dump. My brain felt so clogged up and I felt like I had way too much stuff on my mind as well as on my plate so I thought this would be a good way to get things off my chest. It’s been just over a year since I started and I can honestly say it’s one of the best things I ever did, as well as one of the only things I’ve carried on with too! I’ve ‘met’ some truly fabulous people on my blogging journey and that in itself is a reason to keep going!
The blogging world is such a competitive place, but because we all have something different to offer it’s also the most supportive place I’ve been a part of too. You do get the odd numpty who likes to ruffle people’s feathers but there are a lot more of us who politely tell them to go forth and multiply so they’re quickly forgotten!
I never put my blog in a niche, and that was simply because I didn’t want to! I waffle on about so many different things, I didn’t want to limit myself to what I could post about so I’m calling myself a lifestyle blogger as that’s where I think I fit in the most. I’ve never had a posting schedule, as basically I’m awful at sticking to things like that, but also because I honestly don’t think I could find things to write about that often! I used to put a lot of pressure on myself to keep doing things regularly but nowadays I just write as and when I get the time, and when I get an idea!
2 pieces of advice for new bloggers
If I could give any advice to a new blogger, I would firstly suggest that creating accounts on social media platforms like Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest are a must! It can be a bit tough maintaining a regular posting schedule and building up a following but they are definitely the main drivers of traffic to my blog (when I get any lol!)
Secondly, like Chloe mentioned, I would definitely say that trying not to get sucked into your views, visitors and follower numbers can be really tough so try to be aware of that. I went through a bit of an obsessive stage checking my views every couple of hours and then getting disheartened when they hadn’t changed since the last time I looked. Seriously, unless you have a LOT of time to spend on your blog and promoting it, just let it ride and see how it goes! Some days I literally get 0 (yes that’s a zero) views because I don’t post very often! I’ve got 3 kids, a husband, full-time job and a house to take care of and check up on so writing new blog posts have to happen when they happen!
- Thank the blogger who nominated you
- Write a blog post on your website showing the award
- Tell the story of why you started blogging
- Give two pieces of advice for new bloggers
- List 15 other bloggers you want to nominate
- Let those 15 bloggers know
- Sam’s Blog
- Sunshine, Raindrops and Tea in the Garden
- Bournemouth Girl
- Seabreeze Corner
- Steph Loves
- Nic’s Healthy Life
- Alisha Valerie
- Life of Emma x
- The Girl in Flat 26
- Carly Bloggs
- Honestly Han
- Not Quite Carrie
- My Best Make
- Iced Coffees & Cold Porridge
So, there we go! I really do appreciate the nomination Chloe, don’t forget to check out her blog here!
Thanks for reading! Until next time, Steff x