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    Blogging

    Expanding the Joyful Blogging Community

    Happy Wednesday! How is your week going? So, if you didn’t know already, I run a Pinterest group board for bloggers called Joyful Blogging. The board is a place for positivity in the blogging community where bloggers can share their content as well as support and discover other bloggers. I always had in my mind that this would be the first step towards creating a larger Joyful Blogging community online, and I’m pleased to say that the community is expanding! Below are the places where you will be able to get involved. Pinterest: As mentioned above, the Pinterest board is one of the places to find Joyful Blogging. I’m a…

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    Changing my Instagram Strategy for a Week (+ the results)

    Ah Instagram. The social media with which most of us have a love/hate relationship, especially bloggers. Finding an Instagram strategy that suits you is a nightmare and that’s only a minor detail. There are many pros and cons. It’s a great place to showcase your creativity and provides a platform to extend your blog’s reach further as well as discover the other amazing talent out there. The list goes on. However… There is also a dark side (aside from when the app literally crashes). We’ve all no doubt seen the reports on the mental health effects of Instagram. I use the app as positively as I can and if ever…

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    Do You Really Need a Niche?

    Do you really need a niche? This question has been at the heart of the blogging community for a long time. I’ve seen various answers, and it’s taken me a while to truly know my opinion on the subject , but here goes. To put it simply, I don’t think you do. I admire bloggers with and without a niche, several of whom have been successful either way. If you have a niche, that’s great. If you have found a niche that works for you, then that’s amazing. You have a topic to focus on and depending on how specific your subject is, then you know your readers will most…

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    Blogging

    What the Social Media Downtime Can Teach Us

    Hey everyone! It feels like it’s been ages since I last did a post, although it was only a week ago. Before we get onto the main event that was the dramatic social media downtime experienced by many yesterday (13/03/19), I just want to give you a quick blog update. Redefining my niche and content I’ve been stressing over my niche and content, so I had a category shuffle and added a couple of new ones. I want to blog more about creative things, not just my bullet journal, so hence the new ‘Creativity‘ section. You can find journal content here as well as any upcoming creative posts. Eco-friendly living…

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    Versatile Blogger Award

    Hey everyone! Something a little bit different for you today and hopefully a way for new readers to get to know me a bit more. The lovely Emily Gabriella nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award, so go and give her blog a read too. The Versatile Blogger Award, like the Sunshine Blogger Award or Blogger Recognition Award, is a way of sharing positivity and a means to give back to the blogging community, but also simply a celebration of blogging. 7 Facts About Me To show the versatility of everyone, the aim is to share 7 facts about yourself and nominate 15 other bloggers to do the same. So,…

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    Why People Won’t Read Your Blog (and How to Fix It)

    When I first started blogging, my traffic was awful! Someone would read my blog, but never come back. This has changed now and I have learnt a lot along the way. It turns out that losing visitors could be for the smallest of reasons. So, once someone has discovered your blog, how do you ensure those readers come back to your site? Or do you know why people won’t read your blog? Over the years, I realised that there are a few things which put me off visiting a blog again and I could relate that to my early blogging days. Here are some ideas on how to improve your…

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    How to Increase Pinterest Views without Tailwind

    We’re talking Pinterest today! I’ve seen a lot of questions on social media from people asking just how do you use Pinterest. Now, I’m not an expert and I’m not one of these bloggers who have got over 1 million views in a month. I mean, do these people must spend their entire lives on Pinterest?! Nevertheless, before Christmas, I had 8000 monthly unique viewers and now I’m at approximately 45000. I’m sharing some tips on how to realistically increase Pinterest views that don’t require a lot of time or effort. You don’t have to pay for a Tailwind subscription either! Just like other social media First things first, just…

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    What Does Being a Successful Blogger Mean?

    When the monthly/annual blog goals come around, a common aim is people wanting their blog to be successful. This got me thinking, what does being a successful blogger mean? Is it easier for some than others? Are you a successful blogger if you have lots of followers and views? What with Instagram and the competitive nature on social media, the number of followers/views has become a big part of blogging. I find this quite sad as numbers don’t mean everything. You could have thousands of followers, but if no one engages with your content, does that make you successful? Working with brands Securing brand collaborations is often considered an achievement…

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    SEO Beginner’s Guide Part 2

    Welcome to my SEO beginner’s guide part 2. If you’ve not read part 1 yet, then head over there first as this is a continuation from yesterday’s guide (part 1 found here). So, we’ve covered the main questions such as what is SEO, how to optimize your posts and what plugins to use. They’re the key aspects. But how do you know if your work is paying off? Well, that’s where Moz, DA and PA come in. The SEO Must Have = Moz Moz is a website focused on all things SEO. The resources available include keyword research and website health checks to name a couple. I recommend making an…

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    Beginner’s Guide to SEO Part 1

    Recently, there’s been a lot of talk about SEO, DA etc. in not only blogging, but the digital industry as a whole. For any new blogger wanting to make an impact, understanding all things SEO is a must. But what exactly is it? Why is it so important for blogging? Welcome to my beginner’s guide to SEO. I’m expecting my parents to read this as well because they’re always asking me what SEO is. What is SEO? First things first, SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. When you have a blog or any website, you want it to perform well on search engines, so that you get more traffic (visitors)…