How I beat writer’s​ block as a blogger

When you first start your blog, I bet you any money your mind had been filled with countless amount of ideas and expectations for what the blog is going to be like. Your enthusiasm at this point was at its very peak. I’m describing myself here that is exactly what I was like. I had a thousand and one ideas for what my space on the web was going to look like! and I knew exactly what I was gonna be posting, Well Kind of I did make the mistake of not keeping notes in the beginning, but I have learnt from that! believe me!

When it comes to running a blog it definitely brings you new challenges and obstacles to overcome. Honestly Becoming a blogger can be a pretty tough world to Step in to at times, but no matter what those challenges are it’s an amazing passion that many of us share. However just life so many things in life it can be pretty difficult to be 100% motivated and engaged at all times, right? For a blogger we call this writers block, or as I put it ‘no mojojo’ and it’s not really the most ideal feeling to encounter for yourself or your writing.

So it is really not always easy to have a constant flow of words, and this makes creating decent content extremely hard. I have not met a single blogger or writer yet that has said they have never encounted writers block! It seems to be a demon for everyone one! and worst yet, you never quite know when that demon is gonna creep up on you.

So what can you do to beat the beast? I have listed my ways of overcoming writers blog and keeping my content coming!

Take breaks

It’s so important to know when to take a moment away from the screen, even better get out of the house if you can. The more time you spend living the more you will find things to write about. Seriously! with every experience you encounter your ideas will blossom naturally.

Jot ideas down

That’s right! Grab a pen, find a notebook and sit and jot down all the ideas for blog posts you can possibly think of. No idea is too small!

It’s adamant that you will come up with ideas when you least expect it. So where possible write it down as soon as possible and if your out? I find useful is having an electronic notebook on my phone. I use OneNote and then copy it in to an actual notebook later.

Read more blogs and do some research

Connecting with bloggers, engaging with the blogging community and reading the content that is already out there is honestly such an amazing way of finding inspiration for yourself when your feeling a bit stuck for blog posts. Do as much research as you can about a subject and be inspired just by visiting you friends pages. It’s such a simple method of finding inspiration.

Oh! And definitely check out Pinterest for ideas. There are so many people out there sharing their blog post ideas that can really help guide you when your completely stuck.

Don’t force it!

This may sound a bit daft but I honestly believe you shouldn’t be forcing your content. Do not get to worried about how long it has been since you last hit publish. It is so much more important to make sure that you are writing about things that makes you passionate in life. When you have something you will just know because your feel so confident in your work.

Keep positive and never give up.

Struggling for ideas, not feeling motivated, having little plan can be so disheartening and if you let it can take control, so think about the reason you first started writing, the first ever blog post that you sent available to the world to see. Why did you do that? Its so useful and inspiring to remember the reason you started doing what you do! You can inspire yourself even more to be as amazing as you are.

So…

No matter where you are in the writers slump don’t ever give up. Take care of yourself before you continue to work on your blog space.

I would love to hear your ideas about how you keep yourself motivated and inspired as well as how you beat writers block. Leave your comments below.

Sunshine Blogger Award

It’s wednesday so firstly, Happy hump day everyone! You are now half way through the week atleast!! I am so excited to have been nominated by such a supportive blogger, Latisha with her blog renewinspiration, for the Sunshine Blogger Award.

Rules for the Sunshine Blogger Award

• Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blogging site.
• List the Sunshine Blogger Award rules and display the logo on your site.
• Answer the Sunshine Blogger Award questions.
• Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
• Notify the nominees about their nominations by commenting on one of their blog posts.

Questions asked by Latisha

What do you enjoy about writing and/or blogging?

There is so much that I actually enjoy about blogging. I really enjoy writing content that means things to me, especially when I feel like my creative voice is being heard. Another thing, the blogging community is such a supportive and amazing world, and its a community I am proud to be apart of.

Do you enjoy journaling in your spare time? Why or why not?

Yes! I am a big journal fan, I love keeping a Bujo when I can (Bullet Journal) and I keep a happy planner with My daily activities and memories.

What’s your favourite book you’ve ever read?

Oh I love reading so much, how could I possibly answer this question… My most recent fravourite has to be lauren graham’s ‘In conclusion, Dont worry about it’, Its a brilliant read.

What’s your favourite inspirational quote?

‘Never let the fear of striking out, keep you from playing the game’ this quote actually comes from the Cinderella story movie and has always spoken out to me. The words have always reminded me that no matter what I should not let fear win, or let confidence get in the way. Just a sweet reminder to keep fighting for what you are trying to achieve.

What is your favorite social media platform?

It has to be twitter, for conversation and Instagram to get inspiration and keep up to date with photos, I do use Facebook but I am not a massive lover like I used to be.

Have you ever written a book? If so, what is the title of it?

No I have never written a book, but at the moment, if I could, I would. I am pretty certain I could write a book on my past experiences, even I know that would be hilareous reading.

Do you visit your local zoo? If so, what is your favourite animal?

YES! I love Zoos, All of them! but of course I have a Marwell Zoo (which is our local one) annual pass, and we go as much as humanly possible! My favourite animal has always been the flamingos, but really I love all animals.

Where would you like to travel if money was not an issue?

America! straight away, do not even need to think about that one! I would have to travel around all of the states though!

What’s your favourite sport to watch and/or play?

EEP, So to be honest. I am not the biggest sports lover or watcher. At a push, I like to watch the Gymnastics but I wouldn’t go out of my way to watch it.

Do you like to volunteer at your local soup kitchen or donate money to local charities?

I try to be charitable where ever I possibly can, A few years ago I abseiled down the Spinikar tower, in Portsmouth, to raise money for Autism Hampshire UK. I also visit local charity shops, and donate to whatever I can when I can, but theres always more I could do, I admit that.

Who supports your writing and/or blogging efforts?

My social following is still growing but I would like to think all my friends and family but I would love to know who supports me in my writing and blogging efforts Just as I would support any of them.

Questions for my Nominees

  • What made you start your blog and what do you enjoy most about blogging?
  • where is your workspace?
  • What’s your main goal to achieve in the next 5 years of your life?
  • What is your favourite place to visit?
  • If you could start a course in anything right now, what would it be?
  • What’s your favourite Disney character and why?
  • What’s your favourite social media platform?
  • when you were a child, What would your dream job be?
  • Who inspires you most in life?
  • If you won the lottery, what would be the first thing you do?
  • If you could give your life a musical title, what would you call your musical?

My Sunshine Blogger Award Nominees

So if you could please just take a moment to support these wonderful bloggers by visiting their websites and commenting on some of their blog posts that would be just fab! after all, we are all here to support each other!

Thank you again to Latisha for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award! it has definitely made my day today. Hopefully, my nominees can have a smile shared also!

7 must have apps for bloggers

Generally,  we spend so much time using our mobile phones. Phones are not just phones anymore, they are more like mini personal assistants. As a blogger, if we are not tied to the computer the chances are we’re steaming from the iPad or phone, or maybe that is just me?  Whether it is checking social media, reading through a million emails,  which I as a person can be quite bad at doing, It is probable that it is blog related in some form. 

So what apps are best for blogging? Well, these are my top 7 personal preference, these apps I connect to me promoting and building my blog. 

Canava

This had to be my first mention, because Canava has literally become my favourite app for making blog graphics and logos! I also find it useful for some of my other hobbies (I’ve recently been using Canava to make labels for penpaling) Canava is great and has a wide range of stock photos that you can use and include on your blog, and their is a free version. It is deffintly worth checking this one out.

Twitter

Have I mentioned how much I have fallen in love with Twitter recently? I use this alot more then I do facebook, and I have met so many friends and learnt so much through the blogging community just by being on twitter. not only the massive community and support that being on twitter has given me though, Twitter is great for promoting your work.

This graphic also made on Canva!

BlogLovin

I am still a new user to Blog Lovin! but I am loving this more and more everyday!

Pinterest

I am often saying ‘Pinterest is life’ Im constantly inspired by others, and I am able to share my own pins promoting my ideas with links to my blog, Its a social platform heaven. I would suggest to any new blogger to take a look into pinterest in a heartbeat.

WordPress

Depending on your blogger platform you should definitely have your blogging app installed to your devices, this will keep you up to date with your blog constantly, and does not really need a big explanation for being a top app.

OneNote

When I do not have one of my many note books to score down my thoughts and blog ideas for later, Im using OneNote? Now Why would someone who owns a million notebooks need a digital one?
I have One Note installed on all devices, I keep digital back ups of most of my notes, and I always try to use One Note when Im out somewhere where I don’t have access to a pen and paper, After all you never know when your gonna have a brain wave. If your not a massive stationary fan, then you definitely need to consider OneNote for blog planning.

Hoote Suite

Finally Hoote Suite, This is a great app for scheduling content to multiple social media accounts. I’m also a fan of the calendar view that this app had to show when your posts are scheduled for!

What apps do you use to keep your blog on its toes?

What I’ve learnt about blogging… So FAR.

I remember, I first started creating blog content years ago, and it was kinda this thing that I would start, stop, start and stop, and really this never went anywhere. I then started looking at other blogs and then I got so inspired, that was it, I wanted to start my own fully functioning working blog and it would work! … that was the plan and I am still working on it to this day! When I started this blog, it was a step up from the times before, I don’t actually think I realized how big of a world I was really stepping foot into. (and no I do not mean that negatively!) The addiction to blogging, The social community of bloggers, the world I was entering into, and how amazing having a blog could be. How Having a blog, has changed me, because it has. Since I started blogging, I have come across new opportunities, met new people and really opened up a massive door to enjoying a new aspect of me.

Blogging is not easy, and its not an all bliss world. So I wanted to share with you guys how much I have learnt, and what so far!

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The blogging community is massive – There is so many people out there in the world, and so many others that you can meet and become friends with. Each friend I have made from blogging has been amazing and so supportive.

Blogging is hard work – Ok so if you are thinking about starting off a blog, please do not get under the impression that its gonna be a hit success on day 1, that doesn’t really happen. Your blog is only as successful as you make it, and to make your blog really work, you need to put as much time and effort into your work as possible! I wouldn’t give up on the down days though I’ve found that at times it’s so tempting to give up! but if you give up on your dreams, they don’t happen.

Planning is important – If you are like me keeping a blog plan is important. Planning means you are able to keep up to date, remember important dates and tasks. Planning is a great way of keeping your blog going. especially when it comes to sharing your blog and gaining engagement.

You can end up thinking about your blog 24/7 – Literally, Once you start writing a blog you can end up thinking of your work constantly! It is like a full addiction, a massive passion and becomes a massive part of your life.
Now I am not just talking about the next time your gonna get to tap your fingers on the keyboard and make the next post for your readers, the more you get into your blog, the more you begin to put in, money, sweat, and tears. It is not just about the content at all, its the sharing and promoting, preparation and care.

Research is so important – I am a passionate learner! Literally. I love to learn new things, I love to be inspired by others, so that being said it probably goes in my favour when it comes to my blogging life. I’m constantly reading others blogs, pinteresting and reading about blogging, and learning off other bloggers. There is a serious legal side to some things, and I have read about how some have got themselves in trouble by doing certain things. By doing my research into what I am doing and taking interest in the other bloggers around the world, I am teaching myself more and more everyday.

Images are a pretty big deal– Although words are a massive part of blogging of course! Images are just important, and you wanna have decent images at that. There are hundreds of stock images sites, that allow you to use their images for free.
But taking your own images is fun, gives your blog a unique creative twist, and definitely gives it that personal touch of your personality.

Canava is a great app for images!

Security and Backups – If you’ve read my previous posts, you may have been reading when I nearly lost my blog. Oh my GOD. My biggest blogging Fail (you can read that here) That day was awful. I had been having a downtime and not been checking my dashboard, my site had been attacked and taken over with a virus, I don’t know what it was but I never even knew a website could be attacked with such things till that day, and so straight away I learnt the importance of backing up your work! Every single month!

Scheduling posts is a blogging GOD – When I am feeling particularly creative and inspired one day I am able to write a couple of blog posts in a few hours, and schedule them to come out online at different times. which is such a good thing as I can organize my blog better then I can organize myself sometimes?

It’s a competitive world – Have you ever heard the phrase its a dog eat dog world? hmm? I suppose a bloggers world is the same, in some ways! Each blogger has very similar goals to yours! you need to try and remember that! because you should never let a negative hit put you down on your own work!

Is there anything you have learnt since you started a blog? Like I mentioned earlier! I love to learn off others! so leave me a comment below with something you have learnt 🙂

35 things that make me happy!

So the best thing about the blogging community has to be being inspired by other amazing bloggers. Like Mxrshmarshmellows blog. Who just created a very similar post. It really made me question what makes me happy and got me thinking.

So I though it would be great to share what makes me happy with you guys.

  1. My Emmy.
  2. Bright colours and lots of pink.
  3. Coffee (I literally just got some llama love vanilla)
  4. Make up. Even when staying in.
  5. Paper craft. Whatever I can get my hands on.
  6. Seeing my friends and family.
  7. Music.
  8. Camembert days.
  9. Happy planners.
  10. Disney anything. Have I mentioned that I love Disney???
  11. Matching socks. Actually cute socks. I mean any socks.
  12. Glitter. A lot of glitter.
  13. Friends. The tv show.
  14. Going to the zoo.
  15. Flowers around me.
  16. Taking lots of photos.
  17. Unicorns
  18. Primark hauls. Probably shopping in general.
  19. Watching musicals.
  20. Receiving happy mail.
  21. Spending days just watching films.
  22. Writing my blog.
  23. Reading books.
  24. My love for all animals.
  25. Pinterest.
  26. Wearing oversized hoodies.
  27. Adult colouring books.
  28. Giving gifts to my favourite people.
  29. Pretty mugs. I’m addicted to mugs.
  30. Daddy daughter days.
  31. Summer and being in the sun.
  32. Adventures to new places.
  33. Overspending on stationary and notebooks.
  34. Blossom trees.
  35. Making new friends.

I’d love to know what makes you happy? Leave a comment below telling me.