Happy Blogiversary to me!

Whoop! Today is my 1 year blogiversary! A year ago today I decided to share my life and create my little space. What a year it’s been! I look back on my first ever post on the 11.01.16 here and it feels like a lifetime ago. I didn’t write much, just an introduction but I knew NOTHING about blogging, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. My knowledge and skills have improved drastically over the last 12 months and what I love about blogging is that it’s a continuous learning journey! I don’t feel like I’ll ever be up there with the best but I don’t strive to be. I just enjoy writing about my life and my little bubble and I hope when I’m older I can look back on this with fond memories and think “ahhh, I forgot we did that”.

I have major blogging goals for 2017 and I intend to put my all in to this little online diary because towards the back end of last year it did tail off as I was so busy –  but not this year. When I get to 11th January 2018 I want to look back and think “bloody hell, 2017 was such a good year!” I won’t go into too much detail about what my blogging goals are just yet but I intend to work hard on them.

One of the best things about my blog, which I think I’ll forever be grateful for is the photo’s it MADE me take. If you know me at all you know I absolutely adore my camera! I love taking pictures, I love capturing the moment and I love making the memories and it’s very easy when your busy to forget to take those photos and those memories. Having this blog makes me remember to take them and most importantly to share them! Even my husband has jumped on the band wagon and prompts me to take them because he knows how special they are too. My photography skills are definitely not on par with the likes of David Bailey but I have noticed a huge improvement in the last 12 months and again, it’s definitely something I want to work on for the next 12 months!

Lastly, I want to thank the people that read my blog (this sounds a bit like an acceptance speech at the BAFTAs! -It’s not! ha!) because without those readers and the engagement I get with them I probably would have give this up ages ago. Readership is hugely special in blogging and the fact that people take the time out of their day to read my little musings and more importantly, relate to it, just makes it all the more worthwhile!

Here’s to a fantastic 2017!

XOXOXO

 

Diary of an imperfect mum

Tips for starting your own blog

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I am by no means an experienced blogger. I am definitely not the most popular blogger but I do have my content read and shared and it is something that I definitely love doing.

I get asked a lot by people on how I got into blogging and why I blog which I’ve covered in previous posts but I also get a lot of people telling me that they would love to blog but wouldn’t know where to start with it so I decided to put together this post in order to help new bloggers create the blog that they are after.

You may feel like you need to be a computer whizz or know a lot about websites in order to create a blog but let me tell you that you don’t. I have basic computer skills and I manage to pull it off so if I can do it, anyone can do it!

Choose a blog hosting site

This can be used as a base for your blog. The most popular ones are WordPress (what I use) or Blogger. They are incredibly easy to use and help you set your blog up by using step by step guides. There are hundreds of free templates that you can use to help layout your blog the way you want and they give you plenty of tools in order to help manage your blog (such as stat pages etc)

Sign up to social media

Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Bloglovin’ are all great tools to use in order to get people reading your blog. It’s a great way to network and socialise with other bloggers and you can also find other blogs you like via these platforms. Don’t forget to use hashtags (particularly on Twitter and Instagram) when promoting your blog!

Find your blogging niche – and stick to it

Good content on a blog is crucial as it encourages the readers to read your blog and keep coming back to read. Have a genre on what you want to blog about (parenting, lifestyle, beauty, cookery, DIY etc) and try to stick to it. Be passionate about what you write. Don’t write an article about “how to fix a toilet seat” if you have no interest in DIY (especially if your blog isn’t a DIY related blog) when you really want to write about “top 5 Autumn trends for 2016”.

Keep it simple

Have a clean and easy to read blog. No bright colours and fussy writing. Also make sure that your blog is easy to navigate. Get in touch with other bloggers for their opinion on your blog if you are not sure.

Use photographs

I love to see photographs in blogs. It breaks the content up and makes it more appealing. Try to use good quality photos that are relevant to the post.

Post regularly

Try and post regularly as it keeps readers interested and keeps them coming back to your site. That said, quality is better than quantity so don’t post something for the sake of it.

Ask

Most bloggers are friendly enough so if you want any advice or help then the best thing to do is ASK. If you don’t ask you won’t know. We all start from the bottom and work our way up. Everyone was a new blogger at some stage.

I hope this has been helpful for you if you are thinking of starting your own blog. If you enjoy reading my posts you can find me over on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Bloglovin’ (Links in the sidebar) – Come and say hello!

XOXOXO