My 2018 Blog Goals (& honest chat)

   Well hello there – and a happy new year to you all! I know I’m a little bit late on the whole 2018 posts but hey, I do have a reason.. plus better late than ever ey? So, here’s my reason: on the run up to the New Year, more or less everyone in my house had the sickness bug, and no matter how hard I tried to avoid it, it hit me at 2AM on New Years Day. I even missed the London midnight fireworks (which I have NEVER missed – cries). My biggest worry was of course my little bubba and if everything would be OK with me vomming non stop. Thankfully, bubs has been kicking around A LOT in there and didn’t seem phased by it, so I’d say I’m pretty relaxed that everything is good. Also – I had a midwife appointment today and she confirmed everything was cushty. I just made sure I had a HELL of a lot of water and plenty of rest.

Originally, I didn’t actually plan on doing a reflections/goals for 2018 post – I did my little ‘2017 review ‘ on Instagram (which FYI I was obsessed with watching everyone’s!), and thought that would be it. But then I read a lot of other bloggers posts, and naturally became inspired to do my own. I mean, 2017 has been a huge year for me, mostly on a personal level (ahem, found out I was pregnant) but also blog wise. I upped my photography game massively and plan to carry on with this by *hopefully* investing in a new lens for my camera. I finally visited Amsterdam and fell in LOVE with the place, as well as visiting so many beautiful places in the UK. I got my first paid opportunities with my blog which was SUCH an achievement for me, and got to work with some amazing brands too. Deep down though, I know that I didn’t invest anywhere near as much time into my blog as I’d wanted to. I think I went almost 2 months at one point without putting up a post… and sure I was busy because I work full time, but it was also because I just couldn’t be bothered and wasn’t motivated (there, I said it). I also spent a hell of a lot of time comparing myself to others and thinking my blog just wasn’t good enough – but at the same time I wasn’t helping myself either, I just let it get to me but didn’t actually do anything about it. In 2018 I really want to up my game – both for my blog and Instagram. I’ve always been a believer that hard work gets you to where you want to be, and I’ve seen that with so many of my blogging friends who are smashing their goals because they work their asses off.  

 And that’s how I plan on doing the same with my blog – I’m going to *finally* invest in buying my own domain and personalising my blog so it’s my own little space that I have full control over. I’m going to make the effort in the evenings and weekends to write posts instead of watching re-runs of Friends and slobbing around on the sofa (although there is nothing wrong with this every now and again ladies & gents). I also want to start commenting on blogs again – this is something that really went down the drain for me in 2017. I just stopped commenting on posts – and I think this massively impacted my inspiration and motivation to blog. I am going to make a massive effort to read more blogs again – because it’s something that I absolutely LOVE doing, and there is nothing better than seeing the hard work other bloggers put into their posts to help inspire you to. I also plan on putting out some interior posts too – I LOVE seeing little snippets of people’s rooms/living areas/kitchens etc – so really want to introduce some interior to my blog! Not to mention I will have a whole nursery to share with you soon (eeeek!).

Of course – this year I will also become a MOMMA (omg still hasn’t quite sunk in), so of course I will be planning some pregnancy/new mum posts which I am SO excited for! More on this in a separate post though 🙂

And lastly – let’s talk about Instagram. The thing that we all hate right now but are all so determined to make work because we are wishing HARD that Instagram do us all a favour and fix up soon. I know it’s the biggest pain in the ass but it is probably still one of my fave social media platforms to use. And in 2018 I really want to up my game on Insta too – I don’t want to put a number on how many followers I want, I just want a feed that I love to look at and know that I am doing everything I can to grow my Instagram organically. And can we PLEASE say goodbye to the follow/unfollow game?

 

And that’s my round up of where I want my blog to go this year – I really want to make 2018 the year I fall in love with my blog again and be proud of the posts I put out there. If you’ve done a post on your goals for 2018 – let me know because I want to have a read!

Lots of love,

Saira xxx


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How To Motivate Yourself To Blog

Do you ever get those days where you want to sit down and write down all the blog posts you have in mind – but it just does not happen. No matter how much you want to, the words just don’t come. Your motivation is non existent, and everything else just seems so distracting. You spend hours scrolling through the internet, watching cat videos & conspiracy theories (ahem, not me), but you know you should be typing up that review of your new makeup brushes…

Now – in the (almost) 2 years I’ve been blogging (wow has it been that long?!), I have found that certain things really help me get in the right blogging mind, not just the inspiration side but also writing. Of course – whenever I find certain things that help me blogwise -it’s always a good idea to share them. I know that most bloggers go through the same thing (we rant about it on Twitter all the time right guys) – so ya gal here as got some things that can help you feel inspired & motivated when you are in a bit of a slump.

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Have a blog set up

For some people, they can find the inspiration to write anywhere – whether that is on the bus/train, on their lunch break or on the sofa whilst watching TV. For me – I need a proper set up. I’m talking cosy pillows & blankets, a cuppa & plenty of candles & fairy lights. Even in the summer, I love having candles & a warm drink. I find just being in this sort of chilled environment helps me stay motivated and want to write. It also inspires me to come up with ideas too. If I’m ever feeling a little lost for ideas, I just get in my cosy environment & think about the things that have effected me recently & what I’ve been loving – and some ideas always spring into my head !

Pinterest is your SAVIOUR

Pinterest has so many ideas & inspiration – if I’m ever stuck for ideas I always have a trawl through Pinterest. Whether it is inspo for some post ideas or blog/Instagram shots – Pinterest always has something to help. Plus – making season themed boards is SO much fun – have you SEEN the Autumn ones?!

Sometimes your thoughts/feelings are the best posts

For a while, I’d only feel motivated to blog if I had new beauty products/an interesting, hot topic to post about – simply because I felt like that was what brought in the most views. This eventually made me stress out when I didn’t have anything ‘exciting’ to post about. Then one day – I just literally sat down & wrote a whole blog post about everything that was on my mind. It was almost like a diary entry – and I posted it – and not only did it get a good response, but I felt like a massive weight had been lifted off my shoulders too. I actually LOVE reading personal, diary-like blog posts too – I think they help you really connect with the blogger too. So, don’t feel disheartened if you don’t have any new products to talk about – your thoughts are enough loves.

Read other blogs & gain inspiration 

Now – I’m not saying go and copy another bloggers post idea – they probably worked their ass off to not only come up with the idea, but to put the whole thing together. But – getting inspiration from other blog posts is definitely a way to motivate yourself and get some ideas. I always feel so out of the loop when I don’t read other blogs, so I always make sure I set aside some time every few days to have a scroll through my fave blogs. Funnily enough – I always find I miss writing blog posts when I read others – so that always helps me get motivated!

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Lastly – blog for YOURSELF & because you LOVE it

Sometimes – no matter what you do – the words/motivation just don’t come to you. If this happens to me, I find taking a few days out really helps. This usually leads me to find inspiration and realise how much I miss blogging. Also – blog because you LOVE to, not because you’re trying to get the next PR package or some extra followers. Blogging is so much fun & it should be something that you do to relax & unwind – but if it is becoming something that stresses you, it’s time to take a few days out. Trust me – you will come back feeling more motivated than ever!

There we have it – a few little pointers that I always find help motivate and inspire me to write when I am having one of those rubbish, slump moments with my blog. If you have other tips you use – make sure to let me know !

Guys – I can’t even tell you how excited I am for the next few months – it is almost AUTUMN – I am already planning my “reasons to be excited for Autumn” post – as well as some other content. I have a few Summer themed posts coming up – then it is ALL about Autumn (how many times did I say Autumn then!?).

Take care m’loves – and I will see you all in my next post!

Love, Saira x