What I’ve Learnt From 9 Months as a Self Employed Blogger

I have been blogging in total for almost eight years but I only took the leap and registered as self employed back at the start of this year. It was something I had wanted to do for a while but never felt that I was ‘good’ enough to dedicate myself entirely to my blog. In the end, I kind of fell into it after deciding it would be too expensive...

What I’ve Learnt About SEO Through Blogging 

Before I started blogging, I didn’t really know anything about SEO. In fact, I wasn’t even entirely sure what the letters stood for. For anyone still in the dark, SEO stands for Search Engine Optimisation, which is basically all the backend work that goes on when putting together a blog post to ensure it ranks high in search engines, and allows for your post to do as well as it...

5 Reasons I Love Having Friends Who Blog 

When I first started blogging back in 2011, I was part of a big online group with lots of other girls who had also recently set up blogs. It was lovely to feel such a sense of community and I must admit, I struggled a bit when it came to setting up this blog in 2015 as I didn’t really know anybody else who was blogging at the time. Over...

Tips for Going Self Employed as a Blogger

I’ve been planning on writing this post for a few weeks and never get round to it because, ironically, I now have a fair few collaborative and sponsored posts that I feel I need to prioritise, meaning that some of my more off the cuff posts have been pushed to the back of the queue. See, although I have been blogging now for over seven years, it wasn’t until the...

The Bournemouth Blogger May Meet-Up

Last November I took over my local blogging network, the Bournemouth Bloggers. Since then, I have been working hard to bring as many local venues and businesses together with us influencers (personally hate the word, but some of the members work purely on YouTube or Instragram, so strictly not all Bloggers). I have been really enjoying it and, through running the network, I have made some amazing friends. As well...

Why Instastories is Making Me Fall Back in Love with Instagram

Instagram. The social media platform us bloggers all love to hate. Just when we thought the Facebook algorithm was bad enough, Instagram went one better, with posts we actually want to see being shunted right down the feed and pictures showing up from days ago. What happened to it being instant?  And then, when we thought it couldn’t get any worse, the platform decided to start randomly ‘shadow banning’ users...

Is Blogging Fake? Why I’m Tired of the Tactics & Games in this Industry 

I feel like this post has been bubbling away under the surface for quite some time now, itching to come out, and yet, after finally writing it all down, I hesitated before hitting publish.  For some reason it feels totally taboo to be speaking out about something when it comes to the blogging world, as if by speaking up you risk being ostracised, forever excluded from the blogosphere for the...

My Alternative Bullet Journal – How I’m Planning to Get Organised 

I’ve always loved notebooks. I tend to stockpile them, buying pretty ones and stashing them away, forgetting all about them without ever using them.  When I first heard about bullet journals around a year ago I loved the concept. I bought myself a cheaper version and had a go at making it look like the ones I saw all over Pinterest. I didn’t quite succeed, and worse still, I didn’t...