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Social Media & Blog Statistics - May 2018.

So we're halfway through the year - how in the hell did that happen? 

I felt all motivated and prepared to make 2018 'my year' for blogging. I was going to pitch to brands, to secure more paid work than ever, to have a blog overhaul, a new look, a new focus, have more viral content and generally kick ass. But then the 'death of blogging' phase kicked in and we all lost motivation and social media became more the big thing and I just got too busy in my own life and here we are - I am feeling the slow decline the same as the rest of us. 

GDPR & What It Means For Bloggers.

The GDPR deadline is looming and businesses and bloggers alike are panicking. This guide will hopefully put your mind at ease that it doesn't need to be the big ball ache everyone is claiming it is and make it easy for you to implement the changes you need. I have already begun the steps to make my blog and businesses compliant with GDPR and take it from someone who likely is collecting a hella lot more data than you are - it can be a few small changes that take you up to date.

5 Minutes With My Advertisers - May 2018.

It's another month and it's another set of advertisers on my sidebar for the next few weeks. If you're a long standing reader of this blog then a lot of these gals will be no stranger to you, you probably already follow them - and if you don't after all this time then really what are you playing at? 

I spose it's a testament to my blogging advertising packages that these girls return month on month on month which makes my heart all happy but I really do enjoy promoting them as people I loved long before they signed up. 

This month I have 4 returning advertisers who you'll know the faces and logos and blog names of and 2 new to my roundups that maybe you don't follow yet. Read on to see who we have!

Phone Or Camera | The Eternal Blogging Debate.

Tale as old as tiiiiiiime.....

That age old question that ever blogger has posed at least once in their lifetime; should we be snapping away on our phones or splashing out on a decent camera? Maybe you've already popped the pennies on a camera, maybe you're furiously reading Olympus Pen reviews right now or maybe you're happy with the trusty old iPhone in your back pocket. 

Social Media & Blog Statistics - March 2018.

I had a funny old March and I think my stats match it. I found myself too busy to dedicate a lot of time to my blog and similarly my social media fell by the wayside with the exception of Instagram. I didn't really feel my blog this month, I wrote some stuff I was pleased with but I generally didn't write as much as I wanted and maybs that came off and that's why my stats dropped a little? Idk, let's get into it. 

Social Media & Blog Statistics - February 2018.

I was never going to beat January was I? February can easily be looked at as a bit of a failure on my part because isn't the aim of blogging and tracking your stats to be improving every month? If you even skim read January's blog stats post it's clear to see I had what will probably be the best stats month of the year and it's always the case as my traffic spikes when people start looking for bullet journal inspiration on Pinterest

That being said, I always treat January as one on it's own, a stand alone month where everyone and their dog is on my blog and then we move on and up from there. I might take a quick peek at my December stats to see how February's fair against a more normal month. 

5 Minutes With My Advertisers - March 2018

My advertisers this month have had to be a lil patient with me. In case I didn't bang on about it enough I started March in Venice (full post coming soon) and have hit the ground running to catch up and thus, here we are 10 days in and my advertising post is only just going live. 

Luckily for me most of these cherubs are returning advertisers so know how uhm, lax I can be, and I am very pleased to be introducing them. 

7 Failsafe Ways To Motivate Yourself When You Work From Home.

Working freelance from home sure has it's perks there's no doubt about that. 

There's the lack off office politics, there's the free timetables, the ability to take a day off on a whim, not having to fill in time sheets and don't even get me started on the perks of working from your sofa. 

But for all it's highlights of course, like any job it has it's pitfalls. Working from home and working for yourself has it's strains and the biggest of all comes from the knowledge that you and you alone are making your cash. Sick day? You ain't getting paid. Holiday? You're losing money as the days go on. 

It can be a ballache for your mojo so here's 7 of my failsafe ways to stay motivated when working from home:

5 Minutes With My Advertisers - February 2018.

It's that time of the month again my friends. 

No not that time of the month. It's time to introduce my advertisers for the next few weeks. For me, those lost few days in February feels like a month in itself and February feels like it's over and done with in a flash so really idk why you crazy lot ever sign up to advertise in Feb. But I love ya all for it anyway. 

Here's the new and returning faces advertising on my sidebar this month. 

Twenty Something Meltdown Is Two!

My blogs second official birthday cropped up on me very quickly and uhm, actually passed me by. It was in fact yesterday that this little blog turned 2 and I celebrated by erm.....forgetting. I class this as my 'proper' blog beginnings and thus we're somehow only 2 years in? Seems like a life time. 

This time last year I wrote a 'my first year in numbers' blog post which I really enjoyed looking back on so I decided it was the most appropriate way to celebrate it this year as well. 

5 Easy Ways To Update Your Blog.

I don't want to keep harping on about 'new year new you' but isn't that what the entire of January is for? Until February when we're all like lol new year same old me at least anyway. 

But there's no escaping the feeling that at this time of the year you have the chance to refresh everything and your blog is no different. By the time I hit December 31st I was desperate to have a refresh of my site and so come the beginning of 2018 I set about updating in in the smallest of ways that maybe you didn't even notice but made a huge difference to me. 

Here's 5 teeny tiny ways to update your blog that doesn't involve changing your entire theme;

5 Minutes With My January Advertisers 2018.

How we're already on my first advertisers post of 2018 is beyond me. It feels like 2 minutes since I was writing the first one of 2017 and yet here we are in a fresh new year with (some) fresh faces and lots of fresh makeovers. 

I am excited to be in 2018, I think maybe you've gathered that from my recent blog posts and my Insta stories but I am also really excited for my advertisers. Lots of the girls who grace my sidebar return month on month and it gives me a chance to really watch their blogs change, develop and grow and it's great when these are some of my fav bloggers and online pals. 

7 Ways To Spread Festive Joy Online.

Christmas is a time for spreading festive joy and this year I think we're embracing it more than ever. I've seen more anti advents and good deeds for every day of December than I have gift guides and wishlists and this year I am extending the festive spirit to my online pals. 

The squad have a secret santa on the go (omfg I am so close to spoiling it) and I have cards on the way to bloggers all over the UK and now I have a tiny list of 7 lovely things you can do online to make someones Christmas. 

The 12 Days Of Christmas.

Ok so traditionally the 12 days of Christmas are the 12 following the big day but what's the point in me waxing lyrical about festivities that have passed? My 12 days will run from tomorrow right through to Christmas Eve itself and looks something a little like this......

5 Minutes With My Advertisers - December 2017.

It's the last month of the year and the last 2017 advertising round up I'm writing and wtf where did the time go? 

This year I feel like my advertising packages have properly taken off, I have a LOT of returning faces and I rarely have to promote my deals to get them filled and I hope that's a testament to the work I put in and maybe shows people actually find it useful? Either that or ya'll just pay money to have me say nice things about me no? 

But anyway, onto December's bunch which features a lot of logos you'll probably have seen before in some shape or another (just maybe some more recent than others). 

11 Things Blogging Has Taught You To Add To Your CV.

 

So you might not be the next Zoella. So you might not have 100,000,000 pageviews to your name. So you might not be working with Charlotte Tilbury or be the next face of ASOS, but you'd be surprised how much you've gained from your blog. 

Whether it's a full time job, a side hustle or just a hobby - your blog has given you a million and one transferrable skills to add to your CV, talk about in your next job interview and give you good stead and experience for your next career move. 

Here's 11 things to get on your LinkedIn page immediately.