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A Bloggers Survival Guide: First Year Of Blogging

It’s amazing to think that one year ago today, I shared my very first post on Hello Bexa. In 365 days, I have published 136 posts and had the opportunity to do some pretty awesome things and chat to some pretty awesome people. I wanted to make this post a bit different than just listing everything I’ve done in this first year of blogging (you can see all my posts here). Instead I wanted to acknowledge the fact that yes blogging is cool, but it is incredibly hard at times too.

I want to take this opportunity to share with you a few things I have learned on how to survive in the blogging world. Here goes:

If you want support, be supportive.

This is something I learned pretty quickly. If you want blog comments, go leave blog comments. If you want Twitter followers, go follow people. If you want engagement, go interact. Make the first move and surprise yourself. I was once asked how I got 50 comments on my latest post, there is no secret, I just simply (it took hours) read and left 50 comments on other blogs. In my experience, the majority of bloggers are kind and will happily return the blog love.

You don’t need to follow a set of rules. 

The blogging world is packed with great advice, but you don’t need to follow a set of rules to be successful. Just because it’s available doesn’t mean you need to use it. Personally, I don’t schedule tweets, I don’t use Instagram stories, I don’t spend much time on Pinterest and Facebook and so on. If it works for you, great. If not, don’t stress. Focus on what you enjoy rather than trying to be everywhere and do everything.

Make your social media a positive place.

Social media is wonderful for discovering, interacting and supporting fellow bloggers. But it can also be a negative and overwhelming place at times too. Recognise when it’s not making you feel good, stop scrolling and go do something else. Social media should enhance your blogging experience, not hinder it. Find ways to control your social media, rather than letting it control you.

Know when you need a break.

Whether that is a day off from social media or a week or so away from blogging, we all need a rest sometimes. Don’t feel guilty if life gets in the way, it happens. Your blog will still be waiting for you when you return. It’s true that creativity suffers when we are feeling exhausted and stressed. It doesn’t matter if you skip a blog post or relax your schedule. The phrase is overused but seriously, be kind to yourself.

You are going to feel insecure at times.

Unfortunately, comparison and self-doubt come as part of the package of being a blogger. It is inevitable we are going to feel inadequate at times when there are tons of bloggers everywhere, all seemingly doing incredible things, getting fabulous opportunities and striking up amazing friendships. It is easy to feel less than and left out. If you feel like this, accept it is a normal reaction but don’t dwell there for too long. Shake it off and remember people like you, because you are you.

There is space for everyone. 

Every single blogger is unique. We each have our own special skills, talents, ways with words, quirks and personalities.  Your voice is just as important as anyone else’s. Don’t be afraid to be yourself and share your passions (even if they are not ‘on trend’). Dare to be different and stand out from the crowd.

Being a blogger is a roller coaster ride of highs and lows, but it is a journey I am excited to be on and I wouldn’t change a thing. Thank you so much to everyone who has connected with me, supported me, been kind and made this such an amazing experience so far. I am forever grateful to all the lovely people I have met along the way and I’m looking forward to see what the next year brings in this crazy blogging world.

What would be in your bloggers survival guide? Feel free to leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you!

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The Kind Blogger Award

On Wednesday, the wonderful Ruth nominated me for The Kind Blogger Award. It honestly made my day, Ruth is always so sweet and supportive and said some really kind, thoughtful and encouraging things about me and my blog. Thank you Ruth! You are awesome <3

THE RULES

  1. Thank the Blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 5 questions set out by the aforementioned Blogger.
  3. Nominate 1 person who you feel is worthy of this award.
  4. Give 3 reasons for nominating this person.
  5. List these rules and display the Award Logo/ Badge on your own blog.

RUTH’S QUESTIONS

You’ve worked with some great businesses to share their products – do you have any favourites?

I would say my favourite one so far has been with Beauty h. It was a last minute opportunity which I applied for on Twitter, and the very next day my mum and I were treated to a Spa Day in the New Forest for National Best Friends Day. It was lovely to be able to spend some spontaneous mum/daughter time, enjoy a massage, drink tea, eat cake and play crazy golf. A recent favourite is Back To Uni Essentials with Ryman Stationery mainly because I am a stationery addict.

In terms of blogging, what are your goals in the next 12 months?

Ooh good question. To be honest, I have never set any blogging goals, I just like to be surprised by whatever comes next. Although, as my final Open Uni course starts in October, I would say my main goal for the next 12 months is to try and balance blogging and studying.

Name one place on your travel bucket list and share why you’d like to visit there.

I would love to visit Bali because it looks beautiful and it’s all about the yoga. Going to Bali for a yoga retreat would be the absolute dream.

As Autumn has now arrived, what is your favourite thing about this season?

Dr. Martens, fluffy jumpers, hot chocolate, bubble baths, being all cosy indoors when it’s cold outside.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?

“Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try”. You never know what you are capable of unless you give it a go. Try something new and surprise yourself.

THE RECIPIENT

It’s so hard to just pick one blogger for this award as there are so many awesome bloggers out there. I have decided to pass the kindness onto the lovely Jade from jademarie.co.uk

I have always admired Jade’s gorgeous photography and enjoy catching up with her fantastic blog posts, plus she has the coolest hair. Not only that, but I’m sure everyone who knows Jade will agree that she is such a kind and supportive member of the blogging community. Jade has included me in her Follow Friday’s on Twitter ever since we became friends last year and she is always so warm, friendly and approachable. Jade also co-runs Creators Clan, a twitter community for creatives and is always retweeting my posts. I am forever grateful for her continued kindness and as she has just launched her shop, I also wanted to share with you some of her awesome printables which you can buy once and use forever.

Stay tuned as Jade has more fabulous blogging products in the pipeline too…

Daily Schedule – Printable: Perfectly plan out your day (including those all important breaks!) with this printable daily schedule. Running from 6am – 11pm, you can write down any meetings or appointments you have, as well as plan out any other activities you have for the day. Need to put a load of washing in? Want to make sure you take some self care time? Plan out revision or work hours? You can do all that and more!

Blog Post Planner – Printable: Never forget a post idea again! This blog post planner allows you to plan out your latest blog post ideas; including title ideas, the main point and a section to bullet point the points you want to make. It includes: SEO Title, Category, Posts Main Point, Breakdown Of Main Point, Share It On Social Media Tick Boxes.

Daily Planner – Printable: This daily planner printable allows you to plan out your day, help you stay organised and on top of your to do list. It includes: Positive Quote Section, Main Goals Section, Gratitude Section, 16 Bullet Point Sections, Highlight Section.

THE QUESTIONS FOR JADE:

  1. As a student, can you share your best advice on how to balance blogging/studying/everything else.
  2. What is your proudest blogging achievement so far?
  3. Describe what your perfect day would be like.
  4. What are your top 3 favourite books?
  5. Can you tell us about any exciting new projects you have coming up?

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Twitter 10K Stationery Giveaway

On Monday, I reached 10K Twitter followers. Crazy, I know. I’ve been in disbelief ever since 1K, so this has really blown my mind. I have been blogging since October 2017 and these past ten months have been pretty incredible. So as a big THANK YOU to all my followers, I want to do a big stationery giveaway. As who doesn’t love a bit of pretty stationery, inspirational quotes and washi tape (all the heart eyes).

I have specially handpicked a big bundle of fabulous stationery and blogging goodies from my favourite places around the internet. For a chance to win EVERYTHING in this photo see details at the end of the post. But first, here is a little sneak peak of what is included in the giveaway:

Inspirational quotes are an essential part of my life. Here is a little collection from a few of my favourites: Pastel Elixir, Katie Abey and Dot Creates. I am also including 10 Happiness Cards from August TreatBox for a bit of added tropical summer vibes and positivity.

The Ultimate Blog Planner and stickers by Dot Creates This is such a fab way to plan every blog post, keep track of stats and feel motivated. These stickers are featured on my Christmas Blogmas Planner which is very special to me as it was the first stationery item I reviewed on my blog.

Dot Creates Believe and Achieve colour stickers and You Got This! sticker sheet.

There are tons and tons of motivational quotes in very pretty writing throughout the planner.

Password Book by Busy B, List Pad by Busy B and Paperchase Pastel Washi Tape. Now every blogger knows how handy a list pad can be, but does every blogger know how important a password book can be too? Busy B have designed a pretty way to keep all those passwords safe so you will never need to reset your password again. Also, pastel washi tape. No explanation needed.

Sass & Bell Party Ring Coasters and Beauty And The Beast Blogging Notes notebook by Papier. I discovered Papier and all it’s awesome notebook designs a while ago when I brought my own personalized Yoga Fitness Journal notebook for the Comfort Zone Challenge with Alys. The notebook was perfect for that purpose but I knew I’d be back for more pretty goodies. I was right and here is a Beauty And The Beast Bloggers notebook (personalized by me). Also, I’m throwing in some Party Ring Coasters because who can’t say no to a fun-sized pastel party biscuit.

For a chance to win EVERYTHING in this post all you have to do is:

1. FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER @HELLOBEXA

2. RT MY PINNED TWEET

That’s it! I will pick the winner at random on Friday 17th August 2018 at 6pm. Good luck to everyone who takes part!

What is your favourite item in the giveaway? Are you a stationery addict like me? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear from you!

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Blogs Change Lives by Aby Moore – Book Review + Giveaway

Ask anyone in my family and they will tell you I am pretty impulsive when it comes to buying things. A few years ago I randomly bought a £300 stripey retractable patio awning to go outside the back doors of my flat just because it was a particularly sunny day. I’ve hardly used it since. Anyway, this week’s purchase was slightly less extreme but it didn’t take much time to decide that I wanted Blogs Change Lives by Aby Moore in my Amazon shopping basket. I’m pleased to say there are no regrets with this decision.

I tweeted on Wednesday that I read an entire book in 2 days and this was the book in question. Once I started, I honestly could not put it down. Every single page is jammed packed full of positivity, motivation and the inspirational story of how Aby transformed her blog You Baby Me Mummy (which started as online baby book for her daughter Ava) into an awesome blogging career.

“There was no grand plan; no thoughts of world domination. Just a broken mum recording her life to try and fill a hole which had appeared.” 

Aby talks openly and honestly about her struggles with postnatal depression and how she found therapy in blogging. Over time, her online space helped grow her confidence, self-esteem as she connected with other like-minded people and found her place in the blogging world. Now, Aby is a full time blogging strategist with a passion for helping mamas turn their blogs into a thriving business. You Baby Me Mummy has become one of the UK’s top family lifestyle blogs plus Aby has created tons of helpful blog resources and e-courses to inspire others too.

“My blog has given me a sense of pride and accomplishment, my own corner of the internet. It’s given me back self-worth.”

Blogs Change Lives is not just for mum-bloggers though, this book speaks to every blogger of every niche. This morning I was using the practical advice Aby shared on using Google Search Console to ‘crawl your blog’ so Google finds it easier. I have also learned more on SEO, how to pitch to brands, collaborations, social media, self-promotion and various different income streams that your blog can generate. I really enjoyed the chapter on the common misconception that ‘bloggers just get stuff for free’ and the truth about how much time and effort really goes into running a blog.

“Never be afraid of leaping. Give yourself permission to try different things on for size and your super power will unveil itself to you, believe me, mine did.”

The thing I love about this book the most is that Aby’s hard work and determination shines through. She believes anyone with the passion can let blogging change their life. In the space of five years, Aby has collaborated with incredible international brands (like Amazon, Sky TV, Tesco, Pampers and Joules), grown a social following of over 60,000, helped raise thousands of pounds for children’s charities, launched The Revolution Inner Circle in 2017 with the intention of creating a supportive space focused on success for Mama entrepreneurs, been featured in newspapers, appeared on radio and been a finalist for many awards. Wow! And to think all this started by creating a blog. Well done Aby!

“Success doesn’t happen overnight, it takes consistency to start making an impact on the world” 

After reading this, I felt super motivated and inspired and honestly think every single blogger needs to read this book. So I went on Amazon and bought another copy to be won in a Twitter Giveaway!

If you would like a chance to win Blogs Change Lives by Aby Moore all you need to do is:

  1. FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER @HELLOBEXA

  2. FOLLOW ABY ON TWITTER @ YOUBABYMEMUMMY

  3. RT MY PINNED TWEET 

One winner will be chosen at random on Wednesday 11th July at 6pm. Good luck to everyone who takes part! However, if you are like me, and want to read the book straight away, you can always go order a copy right now on Amazon.

Have you read this book? Let me know what you think in the comments! I’d love to hear from you.

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