7 things being in lockdown has taught us. The things we won’t forget.

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Seriously guys, how crazy has this year been for us? Not one of us had a clue that 2020 was gonna lead to us being stuck in our houses for months on end. Unable to see our friends or families. Having to queue for hours on end to get inside a shop, only to see that they are pretty much out of stock on everything. Being in lockdown really has been a shock to us all. The thing is being in lockdown has taught us a lot. We’ve all experienced things that we will never forget.

Although the coronavirus has not disappeared on us completely yet, we are returning to normality. Well no. Not the normal we knew. The new normal. It seems to be happening quickly. Although we are still being cautious. Staying in where ever possible. Reducing contact and wearing a face cover when required. Even our pubs are open again! And 2 meters became 1. Insane right?

things being in lockdown has taught us
Just one of my finished projects from lockdown!

So what are the things being in lockdown has taught us?

We really do know how to support each other.

Being in lockdown has taught us to naturally support each other. We didn’t need telling. Checking in on our neighbours and shopping for the vulnerable and shielding. We connected with the people around us to support them, through a crazy and unsettling time. The best thing was learning that our support network was huge. It didn’t matter who you are. Someone was checking in to see that we were okay.

If anything we learnt how we can support others in a multitude of ways. And the best thing was the sharing! we showed we cared by sharing what we had when someone was in need.

We learnt to be creative with what we have.

All of a sudden we were confined to our houses, with most of the shops having to close, leaving us with the supermarkets, and a few odd shops that managed to stay open because they ‘sold food’ (like The Range?)

But mostly we became creative with the things we had lying around the house. We turned old fabric into facemasks! and uplifted our houses for most of the period with amazing skills! and a lot of flicking through Pinterest. We baked, we cooked, we crafted our time away.

How to appreciate the things we have in life.

God, where would have been without technology. Honestly? Because it kept in in communication a lot over the past few months. Even if it was a Facebook update letting us know that it’s day 67 of lockdown and your sick of everything right now. We did, however, learn new ways of keeping in touch with each other. We video called most days. Recording ourselves doing silly crap on Tik Tok. Most of all. And we had a lot of fun with it.

We learnt how much we took for granted.

We didn’t realise how good our lives were until we had our freedom taken from us for months as we were thrown into lockdown. No longer able to come and go as we please like normal. Or just being able to see our friends. A trip to the cinema or a shopping day. I don’t even think I realised how often we went out to eat until lockdown and it wasn’t an option! Honestly.

We really learnt to care more.

Everything felt really scary for a while, in fact, it still does now. So when we asked if someone was OK? We really meant it. We learnt the importance of caring for others.

My favourite moment of lockdown was video calling my nan for the first time! It was funny as well as being amazing cause I missed her so much! Just checking in with her for 5 minutes really made a difference too.

Self care is really important, and we know this even more now.

We should all know what self-care is. If you don’t check out this post here. It will explain everything.

We all seemed to start focusing on self-care so much more the past few months. Lockdown has been so hard on many of our mental healths. So we took extra time to look after the most important person! You! With little pamper sessions, and chances to read here or there. Its been kinda nice at times. Until it got boring anyway? But we still valued our self-care.

Anything can happen. anything can change.

The final thing I want to mention that being in lockdown has taught us is the change. One of the harshest realities that we have learnt since the start of coronavirus and the lockdown period, is how anything can change for any one of us.

We started 2020 full of plans and hopes for the year, to which the coronavirus has left crushed. Like our wedding. So many people have been left looking for employment as many businesses shut and could not cope under the economic downfall. It sucks! but we support each other through it!

And as we return to normal, we are also learning the ‘new normal’. As things won’t quite ever be the same again it appears.

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Starting your own blog and joining the blogging community.

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Good morning! I hope you are all still staying safe and aren’t too bored in the weird situation of lockdown due to the coronavirus right now. It is pretty scary out there! So today I wanted to share something that would encourage others to get sharing! I am sharing with you how to start your own blog. I’ve honestly wanted to do a post like this for ages but had been putting it off. Since we are currently in a time full of freedom at the moment, I thought now would be a perfect time since there is literally nothing stopping you right now! starting a blog is an opportunity to start something that will keep your mind occupied during this lockdown. You too can share whatever you like with the world! Your thoughts, your ambitions and your opinions and advice!

Blogging can be a brilliant hobby or it could be your next business adventure! It is up to you how you want to run your blog, but it does have the opportunity to be a way for you to make some extra cash!

Starting your own blog can seem sorta scary before you start, like wondering if anyone would even bother to read what you are posting about. How other peoples blogs would be so much better. Basically my advice is that you need to stop with these thoughts. Blogging has made me so much more confident in life! and every day my passion has grown and I am finding new things I want to talk about and share about with my readers!

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You can read the reason behind why I blog here.

Where to start when starting your own blog…

Step One – The first decision to make…

Your blog identity! A name that for your blog that represents you and what you care about. I won’t lie that this is a pretty big decision out of all the decisions you will need to make. Although it is not impossible to change your blog name later down the line, it can be quite frustrating and cause some difficulties for the blogger.

It’s always useful to have a reason why you blog. This is my reason, here.

Step two – Deciding where to create your blog?

There are a few options on what platform you could use for your blog. I highly recommend using WordPress. WordPress is the biggest platform for blog accounts and has the most flexibility for the blogger themselves. Whereas I found the blogger platform quite restrictive in places.

Step three – Choose whether or not To opt for a Self-Hosting plan?

If you are thinking about self-hosting your blog this will mean you need to run a word press account, a registered domain, and a hosting package through a hosting server. I have used a couple of hosting servers in the past, and I stayed with GoDaddy for a long time but found that their customer service was on the decline. So I moved to Skystra. I have been impressed by Skystra Customer support, and how they supported moving hosting. Also with a month free hosting to trial Skystra when you sign up! It is brilliant!

When I was purchasing a hosting account with Skystra I chose their WordPress Go service. Which is a really ideal package for anyone running a single blog. Another reason I chose to go with Skystra hosting is that they include SSL in their package. Which is important for your website to have. Most other providers charge separately for this. It was one of the other reasons I wanted to move my websites hosting.

starting your own blog

So you have now you are all set up, your blogging platform is now ready for content! so what next?

What’s the first thing to do once you’ve created your blog account?

Once you have your own blog up and running, whether you have chosen to pay for self-hosting or have a free WordPress account, it is time to get working on your blog. First things first, it is time to decide what you want for the design to be, and how the blog is going to look. It is your own blog and it is totally up to you what the appearance of the blog will be. Concentrate on reflecting your personality, not what other blogs look like.

Messing around with the different free themes that they have available in the themes store, and customising these to your preferences may take time, and I am constantly changing and trying to improve mine. It is a job that I call working progress because of the progression of your blog

What to write first?

So now that you are starting your own blog, the first thing your blog needs is an about me page, like mine here. You are about me page is going to tell the reader about who you are and what your blog is about. You should also explain what your blog niche is on this page if you have one. A lot of bloggers will tell you if you are going to be a blogger you will need a niche. However, if you are not planning to earn money from blogging, I wouldn’t say that this was an urgent decision to make. You need to take the beginning of your blogging journey to learn your blogging style.

Blogging Media…

When you are starting your own blog you will need to start thinking about creating your own media for your blog. your images are just as important as your writing. Taking your own blog photos does not mean that you need to have a fancy camera. A lot of my images have been taken using my iPhone. Although taking your own blog images can be trying at times, I also really enjoy being creative with flat lays and images for my blog! before long you will be taking photos every 5 minutes because you might use it in your next blog post! honestly! (I literally love blog image props).

Stuck for ideas for blog photos? This post is for you, here.

If you are struggling to take images yourself you could always use stock images. Some stock images are free and some you can pay for.
The only thing with stock images is that the images you are then using are not unique to your blog.

Planning, Planning and more planning.

I am a lover of notebooks and planning as it is, but when I started to concentrate on my blog more and more I really did find a reason to fill up all of my empty notebooks. Planning is such an important part of running your blog, as you will want to store your ideas for blog posts somewhere! And sometimes a pen and paper is the best way to focus on planning with no further distractions. I find that If I have planned a post well enough I will find the content writing a lot easier.

Tip: Try and make a list of 100 blog post ideas to help you get started with your blog.

Lastly…

ENJOY! Seriously! Now you have created your blog, and started your journey as a blogger the door is open for you to achieve so much. Enjoy writing, being creative and spreading love on the internet.

Worried about writers block? Check out how to overcome writers block, here.

If you started a blog and then decide that it is not really your thing, that’s ok too! At least you tried something new at the end of the day. I would always suggest trying something before deciding it is something that you cant do! If you don’t try you will never know.

I would love to know what stops you from creating your own blog?! Or how you influence others into blogging! Let me know in the comments below! Or check out the Contact me page.

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