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5 Ways To Stay Motivated As A Blogger

In the photo: The Mug Of Motivation by Katie Abey / To Do List Doodle Pad by The Native State / Notebook by Pastel Elixir / Rainbow Unicorn Notebook by Half Pint Home / Doughnut Ever Give Up Postcard by Just The Beginning-x

Unless you are a blogger, it is hard to explain to someone just how demanding being a blogger actually is. We do a lot of things, right? We have to divide our time between content creating, promoting, researching, learning, supporting, keeping up with our social medias and so on. On top of all that, we need to be constantly thinking ahead and planning the next post, trying to keep our ideas fresh, interesting and original.

There is never a dull moment as a blogger and when we are full of inspiration it is the best thing ever! However, what happens when ideas run dry, enthusiasm fades and we have no idea what to write about next. It can happen to any of us at any time, so if you are feeling like you have lost your blogging spark, here are 5 ways to help you stay motivated and full of new and exciting ideas…

1. Browse Pinterest

The quickest way to get inspired is to get ideas from other bloggers. If you look at Pinterest Group Boards you can see thousands of awesome blog posts, all in one place. Last year, I created a group board called Share Your Blog Posts, which currently has over 30K pins and hundreds of active pinners. Group Boards for bloggers are a fantastic way to get inspired as well as share you latest posts with others – everyone is welcome (feel free to drop me an e-mail if you would like to be join and I’ll invite you).

2. Put Yourself Out There

Teaming up with brands and working on collaborative posts is such an awesome way to create new and exciting content. Jenny from Jenny In Neverland has written a fantastic post on How And Where To Find Blogging Opportunities which covers everything you could possibly need to know. Also, Chloe from Chloe Chats has written such a helpful and detailed post on Tips & Advice On How To Write Up A Pitch To Brands.

It can be disheartening when you don’t get a response, but be persistent, keep applying and putting yourself out there and you never know what exciting e-mail might arrived in your inbox next…

3. Write It Down

I’m such a planner nerd and a pretty notebook can do wonders for keeping me inspired. Recently, I shared my Stationery Essentials For Bloggers to show how I plan, organise and keep up with my blogging life. I find that using a daily to-do list helps me stay on track and motivated. I also keep a couple of notebook nearby to jot down thoughts and ideas whenever inspiration strikes. Nice stationery can be so encouraging.

4. Interact, Support & Engage

Being a blogger can get lonely at times but thankfully there is a fantastic community of supportive people and we can all encourage each other. Sometimes all it takes is a genuine and friendly comment that could give someone a huge motivational boost. Just knowing their post has been read, enjoyed and appreciated could make the world of difference, and it only takes five minutes of your time.

Every Sunday at 9am I host the Sunday Blog Swap on Twitter, an all day thread where you can share your latest blog posts, comment, like and make new friends! Come along and support your fellow bloggers! =)

Other favourites include: Teacup Club (Monday & Thursday at 5pm), Sophie from Glow Steady (Tuesday at 8pm) and Bloggers Tribe (Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 8pm).

5. Have Fun!

Last but not least, to stay motivated you need to enjoy what you do. If you are feeling bored with your blog, spice things up and make some changes. Set yourself a challenge, a project or try something completely new. Why not team up with a blogging friend and do a collab? I’ve had lots of fun with these kinda posts and it’s a great way to bring fresh ideas together. 

A few collab ideas: A Pinterest Challenge, A Comfort Zone Challenge, A Subscription Box Review, Inspirational Books, A Product Review, A Stationery Box Swap, A Craft Project and A Seasonal Box Swap.

There are no rules to blogging, you don’t need to be a book blogger to review a book, or a masterchef to bake a cake, or an artist to do something creative. The possibilities are endless and you never know, you might just surprise yourself! Stepping out of our comfort zone is what keeps life interesting.

I hope you enjoyed these tips and suggestions! How do you stay motivated as a blogger? Let me know in the comments – I’d love to hear from you!

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Stationery Essentials For Bloggers

If you follow me on Twitter, you know I am often tweeting about my love of all things stationery. Whether that is a pretty new notebook or my collection of washi tapes, stationery holds a special place in my heart. After getting a gorgeous new Heidi Swapp planner for Christmas (thank you Vicky!) and recently a couple of cute new notebooks (thank you me!), I thought it would be a good time to blog about the stationery I am currently using to keep my blogging life up-to-date and organised… well, attempting to anyway!

In this post: Heidi Swapp Gold Stripe Memory Planner / Little Moments Heidi Swapp StickersCat, Dinosaur, Unicorn Notebook by Anna Alekseeva / Bright Ideas Notebook by Rachel Ellen Designs / To Do List Doodle Pad by The Native State / Born To Blog Mug by Ruth In Revolt 

This month I treated myself to two new pretty notebooks. Does anyone else find new stationery motivating? It makes me want to write, learn, brainstorm, doodle, take over the world, anything!

Notebook #1 is the awesome Cat, Dinosaur, Unicorn Notebook by Anna Alekseeva which I am using for blogging research. One of my 2019 ambitions is to learn Pinterest for blogging and not just look at cute cats and holidays to the Maldives. I am hoping the Cats, Dinosaurs and Unicorns will help me in my quest, I have even enrolled on a Pinterest Course, so wish me luck please!

Notebook #2 is the adorable Bright Ideas Notebook by Rachel Ellen Designs which I discovered in John Lewis and thought it was too cute to leave in the shop. This book is for all my future blog post ideas.

This month, I haven’t planned very far ahead on my blogging calendar but I find keeping a list of posts very helpful. I use the To Do List Doodle Pad by The Native State which is really cute, and as I blog twice a week I can fit a whole month on each page. When I have a blog post idea or collaboration, I jot it down in pencil so I know what’s coming up. I also make a note of it in my planner so I know when to write the post.

The lovely Ruth from Ruth In Revolt sent me this fantastic Born To Blog mug at Christmas which I adore and it has proved very handy for storing all my colouring pencils. It sits on my desk for whenever I get the urge to get all creative and you’ll see that everything in my planner is colour coded (planner nerd here).

And here is the star of the show, the stationery item I cannot live without, my planner. Every year, my sister buys me a new planner and this year it is the beautiful Heidi Swapp Gold Stripe Memory Planner complete with Little Moments Heidi Swapp Stickers and gold, pink and black washi tape (all the heart eyes!).

Every Sunday I decorate my pages with a few stickers and washi tape and I am ready for the week ahead.

My favourite sticker, pretty much describes my mood everyday, ha ha.

Here is a snapshot of my planner in all it’s colour coded glory. This was the first week of the year, so it was pretty quiet, normally I do a bit more than lunch, blog and swim (actually, or do I?) Netflix not included.

Enjoy the little things – like going to Hobbycraft <3

These are my current stationery essentials for blogging, although I am sure I’ll pick up some more throughout the year (I can never resist a pretty notebook or a few cute washi tapes!). I hope you enjoyed seeing how I keep my blogging life organised and colourful. What are your stationery must haves for blogging? Let me know in the comments – I’d love to hear from you!

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Dream Plan Do Planner Giveaway

Boom. And just like that, here we are at a brand new year, hello 2019. I hope you all had a great Christmas doing Christmassy things, if I could sum up the festive period in three words it would be cheese, PJs and Netflix (living my best chilled out life right there). What three words would best describe your Christmas? Let me know in the comments! So to kick-start the new year in the most organised way possible I’m going to be doing a Dream Plan Do 2019 planner giveaway! Woo yeah, exciting!

To enter, please see details at the end of the post, but firstly, let’s take a look inside:

Dream Plan Do is a journal that helps ambitious creatives with their dreams, plans and ideas and encourages us to turn them into a reality. It is perfect if you are looking to grow your blog from a hobby and turn it into your career. It is created by Patricia van den Akker, an experienced business adviser, trainer and coach to thousands of creatives. The aim of the book is to help you dream bigger and think more strategically, plan how you get from A to B and take action to move your business forward.

It’s full of helpful exercises to enable you to plan in detail, write down your thoughts and regularly reflect on where you are going. Dream Plan Do allows you to think with clarity and focus by asking the right questions and giving practical step-by-step advice. It covers a variety of important topics such as creating your brand, social media strategy, managing your time and finances, marketing and selling online.

Dream Plan Do helps you spend your time and energy more wisely. It’s like having your own personal coach. It is packed full of information, giving you new ideas and strategies. There is space to record your financial, marketing and social media statistics to see which areas need focusing on.

Throughout the planner there are interesting pages from various creatives explaining how Dream Plan Do worked for them. They each offer tips and suggestions on how to get the most out of the book and share their success stories on how it improved their business.

Every three months there is the opportunity to set some goals and break them down into do-able actions. It helps you to prioritize what really matters instead of just adding more to your to-do list. It works on all aspects of your creative business, including the parts you have been avoiding.

I really like the time management section as it explains how we can group similar tasks together and allocate them to specific days in the week. For example, as bloggers, we might spend a chunk of time content creating, some time on promotion, some time on reading and commenting on blogs and so on.

Having a detailed plan is a simple way to stay focused and organised. There are TONS of pages in this planner which will keep you on the right track in having the most successful year yet. The book is beautifully designed and also comes with an annual wall planner with space for your own appointments and all the major design and craft events in the UK and abroad (inc. with the giveaway).

If you would like a chance to win the Dream Plan Do 2019 planner (RRP £38.00) all you need to do is:

  1. FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER @HELLOBEXA

  2. FOLLOW DREAM PLAN DO ON TWITTER @DREAMPLANDO_COM

  3. RT MY PINNED TWEET 

One winner will be chosen at random on Wednesday 9th Jan 2019 at 6pm. Good luck to everyone who takes part! Have you made any plans for 2019 yet? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear from you!

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Social Media For A New Age by Katie Brockhurst

In the photo: Notebooks by Pastel Elixir

Whenever I post a book review, you can guarantee the subject is either going to be self-development or blogging. Today’s review is all about social media, a topic which I find fascinating, as some days I love it and think it is awesome, and other days I feel completely disconnected, exhausted and overwhelmed. So instead of trying to figure it all out myself, I decided to check out Social Media For A New Age by Katie Brockhurst.

Katie is known to her clients as a ‘Social Media Angel’, and spends her time coaching and consulting for mind-body-spirit authors and experts across the world. Katie has a background in broadcast, music and entertainment and now uses her knowledge, experience, creativity and intuition to share her unique approach to social media. Her book is written for those who know the potential of social media but don’t want to lose themselves in scrolling, comparison and doing what the so-called experts tell them to do.

Check out Katie on Twitter / Instagram / Facebook

You know when you read a few pages and immediately think, yes this is the book for me! Well, I got that feeling with Social Media For A New Age. Katie straight away acknowledges those common anxieties that come with being online and vulnerable such as the fear of being judged, the fear that we are not good enough, fear of being too different, too spammy, too boring and so on. Then helps us figure out why we use social media, what our values are, and how we can show up fully with integrity and authenticity.

Katie explains that we all have two sides when it comes to social media: the soul and the ego. The social media ego wants all the likes, a big following, it wants to look important, successful and in control. The social media soul wants community, connection, engagement with like-minded people, it wants to support, share and make friends. Both sides play a part in our social media journey, and Katie helps us understand and recognize when the balance is shifting and what we can do to regain control.

Social Media For A New Age doesn’t tell you how to get the clicks, the follows and the likes, instead it encourages us to make genuine connections, build real relationships, share our passions, take breaks and be ourselves online. It gives us a fresh perspective – social media doesn’t have to be a source of self-doubt, jealously, separation and anxiety, but a place of friendship, collaborations, creativity and community. It reminds us that we are in control, it should be a safe place to create, innovate and share.

Thank you Katie for sending me this book, I found it to be a refreshing read. We often see so much online about how to grow your platform, beat that algorithm, use those hashtags, schedule those tweets and so on. Instead, this book offers a gentle, comfortable and natural approach on getting the most out of your social media to make it an enriching and enjoyable experience. I would therefore thoroughly recommend Social Media For A New Age to anyone with a Facebook, Instagram and Twitter account.

*This is a sponsored post which means I received a product/payment in exchange for an honest review. All views are my own.

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