It’s been a long-ass time since I did a Q&A on my blog. I think it was this one, waaaay back last year. Whilst I love doing those chill and chatty Q&A’s, I didn’t just want to do another one about me. Let’s face it, you know about me by now. You know I love Yoga. I have a dog. That I think Disney is the best thing ever. Yadda yadda.
So instead I wanted to do a Q&A which might help my readers at the same time. So off I popped onto Twitter to ask if anyone had any blogging specific questions they’d like some quick fire answers to in a blog post.
And that’s what you’re getting.
Please do check out the links provided within the questions for a more detailed answer on anything that I’ve mentioned.
How to keep creative with your blog?
You’re in luck! I actually wrote a WHOLE blog post about this on my blog last month, so check out that post here for a much more detailed answer. But in short, think outside the box, do things in your day to day that inspire you, consume inspirational and creative content from others (but don’t copy it) and don’t be afraid to try something new.
How to enjoy promoting your blog on social media?
You can’t. Sorry. I find promoting my blog on social media hands down the most boring aspect of blogging. I hate it. But it’s CRUCIAL for your growth and engagement. So it’s just one of them things I’m afraid. You’ve just gotta suck it up. I guess one way to enjoy it more is to ask questions and get a response from your followers, so you can start a conversation.
Also, keeping on top of it. Organization is a big theme in my answers here because I find being organized basically makes EVERYTHING better and easier. So although it might not make you ENJOY IT more necessarily, it will make it less stressful. If you schedule things in advance and keep track of what you’ve scheduled.
What are some eye catching ways to set out your posts?
I don’t know about eye-catching but there’s definitely some important things to consider when structuring your blog posts. You can find a more detailed post on that here but what you definitely want to avoid is too much text in one great big chunk. It’s totally overwhelming to read and more often than not, people won’t bother. Think headings, paragraphs galore and imagery.
Speaking of which, images are a super easy way to add something eye-catching to your posts. Humans respond to visuals. If taking photos isn’t your idea of fun, consider stock images instead.
How can you keep motivated to write enough posts a month / year?
Firstly, you need to establish how much content you want to put out each month / year and figure out a schedule for your blog. Not everyone strictly NEEDS a schedule but if you’re adamant on posting 5 times a week but not sure you’re going to be motivated enough due to other commitments, kids, jobs, a social life, then it’s not going to work.
But that’s okay – nobody is judging. Blogging is hard to juggle with everything else going on in life too. You also need to be 100% passionate and inspired by the topics you write about. If you’re not, the motivation isn’t going to be there. Establish your schedule. Establish your passions. And the motivation should always be there.
And if it’s not, give yourself a break. Your blog will be there waiting for you when you get back.
Do you schedule older articles to post across your social media or concentrate on new content?
I can’t speak for everyone but me personally, if I had a new post up THAT DAY then I’ll stick to promoting that post, especially on Twitter. If I don’t have a new post live that day, then I’ll schedule new and old content across my platforms. Don’t forget, your new followers might not have seen some of your older posts!
A good rule of thumb is: new post, old post, popular post.
How to break bad habits and stay on track?
Yikes, I think it depends what those bad habits are. In regards to blogging and business, bad habits probably come under procrastinating or not being organized – something along those lines. Which can be hard to break. But I think organization is key and staying organized can really help keep you on track.
Other good ways to keep yourself on track is by acknowledging your achievements, keeping track of things and writing things down.
What would you say is your ratio of collaborations achieved through pitching and collaborations that approached you first?
For me personally, I’d say it’s about 50/50. Although if you want help on pitching, then Kirsty Leanne’s eBook is what you need. She’s the QUEEN of pitching. I’m very active in seeking out opportunities for myself. You can find a more detailed post on that here but every day, I’m searching Twitter hash tags, Facebook groups and various websites for things to apply for and express my interest in.
So although I do get contacted directly from some brands and PR’s out of the blue, a lot of my emails from brands and PR’s come from things I’ve applied for.
How do you think of different things to blog about?
It depends what your blog is about in the first place. Whether you have a niche or not and if you do, how you can expand within that niche. For example, if you have a beauty blog, you can definitely branch out into Vegan beauty, high end beauty, affordable beauty etc. You don’t have to limit yourself in one box.
I also think just staying inspired helps massively with coming up with blog post ideas. Use Pinterest, read other people’s content and definitely write down any ideas you have. Even if they seem really silly at the time – because you might be able to use them in some way!
How can you grow your blog quickly?
I think the important thing to remember here that quick blog growth isn’t the most important thing. Growing a engaged, authentic and loyal follower base is much more important. Who would want 1,000 followers that never engaged with you, when you could have 100 that commented on everything you posted?
But the thing that rocketed the growth for me is consistency. And just really putting ALL my effort into my blog. Because effort and passion really do show. I started blogging consistently every week. I made more of an effort with the imagery in my blog posts. I engaged more on social media. And started focusing on SEO.