Tuesday, 3 March 2015

3 YEAR BLOG ANNIVERSARY POST// THINGS I'VE LEARNT ABOUT BLOGGING



Aloha everyone!! Soooo a few exciting things have happened in the past week, namely the start of uni and the THREE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF MY BLOG YAYAYYA WHAT HOW DID THAT HAPPEN SO FAST???!!! It literally feels crazy to even type that sentence... I swear it was only yesterday that I sat down to write my first post. And while I am trying not to make this sappy, I wanted to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to all you lovely people who have been reading! I wasn't sure what sort of post I should write to commemorate this but I thought that I would share some things I've learnt about blogging during my three years as a blogger. Enjoy!

1// POST ABOUT WHAT YOU LOVE
This may seem really self-explanatory, but it's something that a lot of new bloggers seem to struggle with a bit. Only post content that YOU genuinely enjoy and find interesting- don't feel like your blog has to fit a mould or be like everyone else's. Find something that you enjoy writing about, whether it be craft, fashion, cooking etc and go for it! Otherwise, if you blog about a topic just because it seems popular rather than something that you actually enjoy, you will quickly run out of blog post ideas and blogging will be a whole lot less enjoyable.

2// QUALITY OVER QUANTITY
Again, this is pretty self-explanatory but so so important if you really want to take blogging seriously. A blog with high quality content that is updated once a month is a lot more appealing than a blog that uploads mediocre content every day. Find a blogging schedule that works well for you and stick to it; it doesn't matter if you update your blog daily, weekly or every couple of months as long as you are consistent and stick to this so that your readers know when to expect a new post. This is something that I have really struggled with over the years, but I am now getting into the rhythm of posting one a week (usually every Sunday) and have already noticed a dramatic rise in readers since beginning to post regularly!

3// MAKE FRIENDS
Essentially blogging is all about sharing content and connecting with readers, so making friends with other bloggers is really important if you want to make the most out of your blog. If someone comments on your post, then comment back or visit their site... who knows, you might both have a lot in common! Having blogging friends is such a great way to really integrate yourself into the blogging community and meet like-minded people from all over the world.

4// HAVE A SIMPLE LAYOUT
A blog with a clean, simple layout is a lot more appealing than a cluttered and unorganised blog. Studies have shown that readers are more likely to stay on a website with a white background (weird??), and a beautiful looking blog instantly catches the eye of readers who stumble across your site.

Friday, 20 February 2015

GOODBYE HOLIDAYS


As the title of this post suggests, tomorrow is my last day of freedom before I start uni (eek!). While I'm kinda sad to see the end to such a relaxing few months, I am literally so excited for uni to start; so far everyone I've met have been so kind and welcoming and I am really looking forward to starting my degree. While I won't be as free as I have been these past couple of months, I will definitely still be updating B&L at least once a week and can't wait to share this new adventure with you all.

On that note, I will leave you with this quote/background curtesy of Design Love Fest- I think it's the perfect motivational quote for this new chapter!

Are any of you starting university soon? If so, what units are you studying? x