Blogging Tips For Beginners

I’ve been blogging for a year and a half now and I thought it would be good to give you some of my tips that I do to keep my blog active and interesting.


• SCHEDULE POSTS

I never used to schedule posts in fact I really didn’t know how to use wordpress properly. I would make posts as I go and be done with it. Making posts and then scheduling them for the whole week, or every two days, weekly however much times you would like to post on your blog, will show readers that you’re active and your views will be stable.

Before I did this, my views would be great one day and then the next day because I hadn’t posted, I would have none.

• ADD PICTURES TO YOUR POSTS

it spices things up. You can kind of get away with not adding pictures if it’s a brief blog post but if it’s long, it will keep viewers more interested if there’s pictures.

It makes blog posts less boring. You can always get pictures from Pinterest (as long as you link or note that the pictures you’re using are not your own and you note the author) or take your own pictures.

• CREATE SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS

My blog didn’t boom what so ever until this year when I joined twitter. I have mentioned a few times about how amazing twitter has been!

I didn’t want to join twitter or Instagram because I was scared that someone I know would find my blog but now I’m so confident in my blog, I don’t care and the support I’ve got from both platforms has been insane.

Make sure when you join Instagram, twitter, tumblr, LinkedIn (you don’t have to join ALL of those but it’s great because you share your content on there) you use the same name or similar to your blog so that people know it’s you. Also post frequently on there which can be challenging when you’re also juggling posting actively on the blog but there’s apps like Crowdfire & Buffer which help you schedule tweets.

I use Crowdfire it’s amazing. You can create your own automessage to send to new followers which you can then link your socials and blog and it also lets you unfollow people who aren’t following back, you can also follow people who are interested in what your blog is about. For example on Crowdfire it says “keyword follow” you put in keywords such as “beauty” “parenting” keywords that describe your blog and then people on twitter will come up who have used them keywords, so you can follow them which means they’ll be more than likely interested in checking out your page.

• TAG APPROPRIATELY

The use of tagging is important because it’s how people find you online.

For example my post to do with Nu Skin Toothpaste, my tags are ‘nu skin whitening toothpaste Review’ and that post has received so many views from google because ive tagged it correctly and people who will be searching for a review online will be directed to my page.

Make sure you tag properly so if you’ve wrote a review on a beauty product you could put ‘foundation review for oily skin’ or if you’ve wrote a post on tips for dealing with anxiety ‘how to deal with anxiety’ it will make it easier for people to be directed to your page.

• WRITE DOWN YOUR IDEAS

Every blogger goes through a stage where they don’t know what to write. A good thing that’s helped me is if I’m doing something throughout the day and I just think of a title I will write it down in drafts and write the content later or add to it during the week.

It’s normally at night where my mind will spill out all these ideas and I’ll honestly just write titles in my drafts and then add to them during the week.

Some people even get a bloggers diary, which seems amazing to keep organised.

• GET INVOLVED WITH OTHER BLOGS

Its so fun and lovely to read other people’s blogs and it’s nice to build a supportive network of people.

By doing this you’re also seeing what they post about and maybe you’ll be inspired, and by commenting and following you will also show that you’re active, which will make other bloggers & readers want to view your page.

It’s nice to show support to other bloggers!

• BE HONEST AND OPEN WITH READERS

I find that being honest and open and not pretending that your perfect will attract more views and followers. It’s because you can connect and relate to people who are also in the same situation or have something in common with you.

Write honestly and write as if you’re talking to your friend (but of course with punctuation!) this will also make you feel comfortable and words will just flow, and readers will also feel comfortable reading your content.

• MAKE OR GET YOURSELF A LOGO/HEADER MADE

Having a header for your blog will make it seem more official.

There’s an amazing lady who makes headers for £3 and she also makes media kits for £5. Her email address is: Katiescornerblog@outlook.com and she’s also on twitter. She’s incredibly talented and will design however you like her to. Do be patient if you do request a header from Katie as she has a lot of requests but she will get round to replying to your email.

If you would like to experiment, I used to make my own by using an app called MocaDeco and I still use this to make my feature pictures for my posts.


I hope this has been some use to you, please email me or drop me a message on twitter or Instagram if you would like some tips for blogging, I’d be happy to help.

Love,

Louise oxoxo

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Blogger Recognition Award! – Nominated By HayleyxMartin!

Thank you so much to HayleyxMartin for nominating me for the Blogger recognition award!

You are so lovely! Definitely check out her blog the layout and the content is truly amazing.


The rules to the Blogger recognition award are:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

2. Write a post to show your award.

3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.

4. Share two pieces of advice for new bloggers!

5. Choose 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to 

6. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them. Provide the link to the post you created.


How My Blog Started

I began my blog last year February and I'm sure I was coming up to my end stages of pregnancy. At the time I was overwhelmed and scared and wanted a blog so I could put all my thoughts and experiences online hoping to help others in the same scenario as me.

For years I've wanted a blog but I've always been so anxious in case anybody found my blog until recently I've felt like my posts are really helping a lot of people lately especially my positivity and motivational posts, and this gives me so much confidence in what I write.

This year I completely took blogging more seriously as last year I was a new mum and so many life events happened, I needed to focus on being a mum. I've also learned to not be scared of other people's opinions or thoughts about my blog, as long as I write completely what's true to my heart and what I'm feeling, there's nothing wrong with my blog.

Two Pieces of Advice For New Bloggers

1. Be confident with what you're writing! Don't worry about whether people you know of will come across your blog. This will stop you from opening up to people and being true to your followers, being open and honest and spilling out your thoughts on your blog will help other people and will inspire others too depending on what you're writing about. It's also so therapeutic being able to offload on your own personal space on the internet.

2. Join other social media platforms. I say this because in about a week I can't believe how confident I have became just because of the blogging community on twitter and how supportive and active they are! I really recommend making a twitter & following other bloggers. You get inspired and you also get a ton of support from everyone it's really nice and will boost your confidence. It's also nice to look at other people's blogs to see what their style is.


Here are my nominations..

AnasLilBlog

AllThingsAllatt

JazmineHeavenBlog

TheMakeupOcalypse

CharlotteeWhitsey

SunburntAloe

RachelDickinson

MomWithoutLabels

DailyStruggleBus

DewItYourself

MyselfAndJake

LetsFaceItWithJustine

ElephantsVoice

MakeupByMackenzie

AllTheTrinkets


I hope you enjoyed reading about how my blog started and my advice to new bloggers. Thanks Hayley for nominating me. The second nomination in a week!

Love,

Louise oxoxo

Follow me on:

Twitter // Instagram // Pinterest

Absence on my blog and social media!

In all my posts I write to follow me on my social medias but I simply cannot find the time to post!

There’s so much that I’m doing at the moment regarding lifestyle and also fitting in quality time with my son and studying im literally so busy.

I’m trying to get better at this! 

Also in the meantime I’ve ran out of data and I’ve been trying to get internet installed for ages, I won’t be getting internet until the first of august so posts will be slow

Bare with me I have a lot on drafts and also some on schedule. Thank you xx

Louise xx

Get to Know Me Tag!

I’ve been bingeing on YouTube, and saw all these tags and thought it’ll be fun to do one for my blog.

I haven’t got a YouTube channel so I thought I’d just do the tag on here.

I mean I haven’t actually been tagged by someone, I’m just doing this out of fun.

At the end I’ll be tagging a few bloggers if they’re happy to participate!

Feel free to tag me in any of these tag questions because I find them so fun to do.

Hope you enjoy.

QUESTIONS:
1. What is your middle name?

Anne. How plain! 

2. Share you favorite subject in high school.

I loved English literature, I love books and I loved reading and analysing Mice and Men.

3. What is your favorite drink?

Tea, I live for tea. Milky and two sugars.

4. What is your favorite song at the moment?

Unforgettable by French Montana ft Swae Lee

5. What would you (or have you) name your children?

Kylan, the original spelling was Kylon and it had such a spiritual meaning when I read up on it. I also love the names Logan, Alias, Amerie, Olivia and Aria.

6. Have you participated in any sports?

I used to love running and would participate in long run in primary school lol! But wasn’t interested in sport what so ever in secondary.

7. What is your favorite book?

My favourite fiction book is ‘The memory keepers daughter’ by Kim Edwards, it’s such an amazing book. And my favourite life changing books are ‘The Secret and The Power’ which are both sequel books by Rhonda Byrnes.

8. What is your favorite color?

Between Beige and Stone.

9. What is your favorite animal?

Elephants.

10. What is your favorite perfume?

Daisy by Marc Jacobs 

11. What is your favorite holiday?

Christmas, I love seeing my son open his presents and the amazing decorations, also the food. Let’s not forget the food.

12. On a scale from 1 – 10, rate your childhood.

8. I had a great upbringing my mom is an amazing woman and we had wonderful days out.

13. Have you been out of the country?

I’ve only been to Spain but I’m hoping to take my little one to different countries when he’s a bit older.

14. Do you speak any different languages?

Unfortunately no!

15. Do you have any siblings?

I have two brothers and one sister.

16. What is your favorite store?

Next for clothes and Aldis for food shopping haha.

17. What is your favorite restaurant?

Frankies & Bennies!

18. Did you like school?

I actually loved school especially on a Thursday when I’d have childcare or English.

19. Who are some of your favorite YouTubers?

Shirley B. Eniang, Chanel Ambrose, Sara K and Bubzvlogz.

20. What is your favorite movie?

The Vow

21. What are some of your favorite tv shows?

The Kardashians, Mob Wives, The Real Housewives of Atlanta and Orange County and Eastenders.

22. PC or mac?

PC 

23. What phone do you have?

iPhone 6

24. How tall are you?

5’6ft and a half!

25. Do you have any pets?

No, but recently our family dog passed away from old age he lived until he was 17 years old! He was such a well loved dog.
Well I hope you enjoyed getting to know me a little bit more.

I’d like to tag: thepearlylife to do this

Hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know me a little better.


Love,

Louise oxoxo

Follow me on:

Instagram // Twitter // Pinterest 

This or That Tag!

I decided to do this tag because it looked so fun, and you can get to know about what I’m like as a person haha.

I copied and pasted this tag from nikkietutorials website. 

QUESTIONS:

Makeup

Blush or Bronzer: Bronzer because who doesn’t like to look sun kissed?

Lipgloss or Lipstick: Lipstick, I’m not really a lover of lipgloss!

Eyeliner or Mascara: Mascara

Foundation or Concealer: Foundation because my skin is awful!

Neutral or Color Eyeshadow: Neutral all day long.

Pressed or Loose eye shadows: Pressed

Brushes or Sponges: Brushes as they’re easier to clean.
Nails

O.P.I or China Glaze: O.P.I

Long or Short: Short I feel unhygienic with long nails although they look so nice!

Acrylic or Natural: I love Acrylic but I have to go with natural, it’s so much cleaner and easier to type and do housework with.

Brights or Darks: Darks

Flower or No Flower: No flower, as much as I am a hippie.
Body

Perfume or Body Splash: Perfume

Lotion or Body Butter: Body Butter

Body wash or Soap: Body Wash

LUSH or Other Bath Company: Lush is amazing!
Fashion

Jeans or Sweat pants: Jeans, I literally live in them.

Long sleeve or Short: Short

Dresses or Skirts: Dresses

Stripes or Plaid: Plaid looks cuter.

Flip flops or Sandals: Sandals

Scarves or Hats: Scarves

Studs or Dangly Earrings: Studs, big earrings never have suited me.

Necklaces or Bracelets: Necklaces

Heels or Flats: Flats, if I were shorter I would wear heels every day!

Cowboy Boots or Riding Boots: I love riding boots

Jacket or Hoodie: Jacket
Hair

Curly or Straight: Straight! Curly hair is too much to maintain

Bun or Ponytail: Pony Tail

Bobby pins or Butterfly clips: Bobby Pins

Hair spray or Gel: Hair spray

Long or Short: Long

Light or Dark: I love light looks on other people but for myself dark suits me best.

Side sweep bangs or Full bangs: side sweep bangs

Up or Down: Down!
Random

Rain or Shine: Shine

Summer or Winter: Summer

Fall or Spring: Spring I love all the flowers budding.

Chocolate or Vanilla: Vanilla, chocolate can be too sickly.

I’d love to tag aestheticvogue to do this, check out her blog she is ever so sweet.

Hope you have enjoyed! 

Love,

Louise oxoxo

Follow My Social Medias!

I created an Instagram, Twitter and Google+ account yesterday and I’d appreciate if you were to follow me!

You’ll have to bare with me because I’m just getting it all up and running, posts will become frequent once I do this.

I’ll just be posting whatever’s on my mind, my latest posts and it’ll give you a chance to message me privately on any collabs, ideas or even to talk to me one-to-one about anything.

I might make a tumblr, if I do I’ll link that in the list above too.

Thank you, 

Love 

Louise oxoxo

Well hello June!

Don’t you think the year is going quick? 

We’re already half way through the year!

The weather is getting hotter, the flowers are out and the nights are longer which means out in the sun for longer.


I love the months June, July and August.

I hope this month brings you happiness, joy and good luck.

Love,

Louise oxoxo

BENEFITS HIGH BEAM HIGHLIGHTER REVIEW | MAKEUP REVIEW

I purchased the miniature version of the high beam as there was an offer at boots “3 for £15” or it might of been 4. I will lead a link to the boots benefits page and the offer should come up if it is still available. 


The product reminds me of a nail polish, when you unscrew the lid it is attatched to a brush where you can directly apply on your face, and the highlighter is the liquid in the bottle which you dip the brush into which makes it more practical compared to powders, I get it everywhere! 

FIRST IMPRESSIONS: 5/10 I was in two minds when I tested this product, I couldn’t work out if I liked it or not. I think it’s important to blend the product properly and dab it around the area, not just the area that you actually applied it on if you applied it directly to the skin. 

Another way to put the product on would be from the sponge then onto your face, or your finger tips. I find that the highlighter is more effective when applying the highlighter directly onto my skin from the brush but in doing this, if you draw just a line of the highlighter on your face and don’t blend it out properly it won’t look as effective. It will look like a shiny line on your face. So I had to discover ways in what made the highlighter more natural looking. 

WEAR: 5/10 I’m still deciding whether I like this product compared to the powder. I think that the powder highlighters can actually come up more highlighted and pigmented, but the liquid version of the high lighter like this one it blends it better but it’s not as pigmented and you have to apply more than once to get the full effect. You can also built the product, you can choose how highlighted you would prefer your look.

DURATION THROUGHOUT THE DAY: 8/10. The product lasts longer than powder it does settle on the skin better than the powder. 

OVERALL: 7/10. I’m still deciding but I do like the fact the product settles in my skin rather than it sitting on top of my skin, which makes the makeup come off easier. I like that you can build the product depending on how dramatic you want to look but as I’m addicted to highlighter I think that I find the powder versions more pigmented. This product is excellent for natural looking approaches to highlighter, so I think it is worth buying and testing for yourself.

(All pictures used I do not own)