I can’t believe we are now heading into our 3rd month of the year and that 2019 is nearly a quarter of the way through! To see you through to the quarter year mark here are some of the posts I will be sharing on the blog this month.
Recipe of the month – a lovely, creamy, vegan mushroom tagliatelle
Monthly Goals for March
10 Things That Have Happened Since Leaving Facebook
Top 10 Thursday posts including Cleaning Products, Laundry Products and Quick Cleaning Ideas
Upcycle Project – Table Lamp
What Is Upcycling?
The Importance of Having a Content Plan
Defining my Blog
These posts will be up on my blog on a Tuesday, Thursday (Top 10) and Friday!
There will be a few other posts shared during the month too so keep an eye out for them!!!
This morning I awoke to several notifications on my phone from WordPress…Nothing unusual there, but one of them was from My Quirky Friend who had nominated me for The Real Neat Blog Award! Thank you so much!!!! I’m so touched to have been considered for this award and, just like them, this is my first blog award!
Although a blogger doesn’t really need to participate in any award nominations, I don’t mind as it gives me a chance to show my appreciation to other bloggers. Plus, it’s free exposure should you wish to participate. Now, for the rules:
Put the award logo on your blog.
Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.
Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.
Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog, etc.)
What inspired you to start blogging? I was inspired to start this blog as I wanted to start writing again. I had a few blogs in the past, and really enjoyed creating content and posting to them though they were a bit all over the place – I never blogged regularly and the blogs were too niche in topic to fully write about everything. While I was off from work I decided that I would like to start writing again and so, this blog was born!
What’s the weirdest food/dish you enjoy eating? I love so many different foods but I think that the weirdest is strong cheddar and strawberry jam sandwiches (using white bread)!
What is your favorite topic to blog about? I don’t really have one kind of topic that I enjoy writing more about than another, all of the topics I write about on this blog are ones I really enjoy writing about!
What do you like to do in your down time? In my down time I really like to curl up on the sofa with a blanket, my dog Roxy, a glass of wine and watch Gilmore Girls on Netflix, read, work on my blog or do a jigsaw puzzle.
Are there any other writers/bloggers in your family? No, but they are all pretty creative in their own way, my Mum is an awesome knitter, my Dad is really good at painting and drawing, my one brother are really good at technical things like fixing computers and cars and my youngest brother is good at cooking.
How close do you live to the town/city you grew up in? I live about 3.5 miles from the town I grew up in and my parents still live in the house I grew up in too.
What’s the best advice you have for other bloggers? Post regularly, interact with your followers, write about things you love, your hobbies, interests and what you have a passion for, don’t ever get disheartened by stats – they are there to guide you. And most of all, have fun and enjoy the process!
My Questions to You…
If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do?
What is your star sign, and do you show any of the signs traits in your personality?
If you had £1000 given to you, how would you spend it?
I’ve not really been writing this blog for that long, around 5 months really, but in that time I have really enjoyed the process from thinking about topics to write about, researching the topics, taking photos and actually sitting down and creating the post.
I love the freedom my blog gives me to write about whatever I wish, I have covered some of my mental health issues, decorating, things I have done, projects I have been working on and a lot more besides that!
I love how blogging has become part of my life again and how I find it quite a calming thing just to be able to sit and write. Blogging seems to slow my mind and I find I can focus on it without any distractions.
I love getting notifications when my post has gone live (I write my posts a short while in advance), and I find that little ping and message appearing on my phone screen gives me a sense of achievement and, so far, has never failed to raise a smile.
I love sitting down and reading the posts that the people I follow have written and try to make it a daily habit. I find that reading posts is so much more interesting than skimming through other social media platforms.
I really enjoy being part of a community that takes time to express themselves and their hobbies, ideas and interests through writing and images, being able to connect and have conversations with people who have similar ideas, and I love being able to share my thoughts and creativity with other.
I love how there is so much more to blogging than writing and publishing content.
The nights are slowly starting to get shorter and the days are gradually stretching out and growing in minutes and before we know it Spring will have well and truly sprung, but until then I have all these posts lined up for you…
Recipe of the Month
Hygge – What is it?
A-Z of Date Ideas
Why I Love Blogging
Upcycle Project – Fake Flowers
The Art of Thrifting
My Favorite Outfit for Spring
I hope you will enjoy reading these posts as much as I have enjoyed planning them and putting them together!
I’m not far off hitting a blog milestone – 100 followers… I currently have 87 followers (Thank you to each and every one of you!) and it got me thinking about how I’d like to celebrate reaching 100 follows…currently I have 3 ideas but am keeping them to myself for the time being!
Getting close to a blog milestone made me think about other milestones that are worth celebrating. I am already planning my Blogversary #1 but I have also been thinking about whether to celebrate any other kinds of milestones.
I had ideas for celebrating
100th blog post, 200th blog post, 300th blog post etc…
Even when I’m not actively writing and publishing blog posts I can always find something blog related to work on.
In the last few weeks I have signed up to Ko-fi which is a page for people who love what I do to help support me and the growth of my blog. I would love to be able to upgrade my blog plan and be able to offer products for sale – I am currently looking at designing my own range of printed and printable blog diaries and planners and any support would help towards the cost of upgrading so I could add a store element to this blog in which to sell from. I have added a handy little button into the sidebar.
I have also gotten myself an account with Pinterest so I can share my blog posts on there and find other interesting people to follow too. The sign up process was really quick and easy and I thought it would be fairly easy to add my images and blog posts to the site too. However, between starting this blog and now, I have upgraded my phone and lost a load of my blog photos which were taken on my old phone and don’t seem to have been saved anywhere. I was going to make the photos into pins and have the pin link back to the relevant blog post. I have spent a few hours going back and forth between my blog and the photos I have still got and attempted to create some kind of order to them. In the end I decided it would be easier to go through all my blog posts and save the images to folders titled with the post they are associated with. Hopefully, by the end of the weekend I will have most, if not all, past posts pinned and linked back to the blog!
I also added a widget to the sidebar for visitors to easily find and follow me on Pinterest and updated my “Follow Me” information in my drop down menu on my blog home page.
Other tweaks I have made include adding metadata for Google, Pinterest and Bing into my settings, updating the Categories so all of the titles start with capital letters and creating logos for some of my blog posts (like the one found in my Top 10 Thursday posts). I have added a new link to my drop down menu (Blog Toolkit) which is a list of all the items I use to help me create my blog posts. And, finally, when checking that the menu and widgets worked I decided that I didn’t like the tag cloud and the way the categories were displayed so I removed the tag cloud and have added the categories as a drop down menu. I’m still undecided on the Archive menu widget and think I may remove the Twitter and Instagram feed from the sidebar as it feels a bit cluttered and too busy for my liking.
Away from the actual blog site I have been doing some background work on my schedule and content plan. I have scheduled the bulk of my posts into my calendar up until April so I know what I am needing to work on over the next month or so!
What sort of things have you been working on blog wise, either on the blog itself or in the background?
I am now on Pinterest, you can find me here. My plan is to now go through all my blog posts, all 60 of them, create pins and boards for them and find some people to follow on there. I have no real idea of what I am doing with it all yet as I’m sort of learning as I go but if you have any tips or anything that may help, or if you have an account and you would like a new follower then feel free to drop me a comment, I’d really appreciate it!