How to love blogging & how I fell back in love with blogging

Wham! I’m back! I LOVE blogging – strong statement, but totally true.

I’ve actually had my blog set up since 2012 and occasionally, if I got bored, I would write a half-arsed post every now and then.  It wasn’t great, I’ve gone back and re-edited and even deleted some old posts – they were shocking! I literally had no idea.

2015/16 I was a little more into it, got more involved and even started looking at analytics and fancy SEO stuff. I downloaded plugins to my WordPress dashboard just because I read I ‘should’ have them – I’ve lost count of how many blogging advice posts I’ve read – which in all honesty pretty much say the same thing anyway! (no offence intended). I didn’t quite get it, I was trying at least, but I just felt as though I had lost my umph!

Then for some reason, 2017 has become my year for really upping my blogging game. The inspiration and motivation to really do it, like properly get into it was back – in full force! I’ve really started to enjoy blogging a lot more and it’s all down to some really simple – and in hindsight, obvious – changes. I’m publishing regularly, I have different varied content, some exciting sponsored posts and I currently have eight posts sat in draft form! What the heck happened? I’m going to try and figure that one out now and thought I’d share some of the reasons why I truly do love blogging. I’d love to hear why you do, too.

How to love blogging

How to love blogging1. Go With the Flow. Firstly, I’ve come to realise in the last few weeks that I kind of treat my blog like a diary, I thrash away at a post (like now) sometimes with no idea of the direction it’s going to take and it’s actually really therapeutic. Then, I’ll go back, tidy up, correct spellings and grammar plus take out anything too revealing (it’s not a real diary remember) and add headings etc.  The more I get into writing about things, the more relaxed I start to feel – funny huh? If you tend to be more structured and write a plan (I occasionally do this) then I highly recommend trying the ‘bash it out and see what happens’ technique.

Blog about it2. Write About What You Know. I decided around December 2016  it was time to expand my blog from being just about cakes, recipes and baking to also include lifestyle and parenting related posts – they say to ‘write about what you know’ and whilst baking is still ‘what I know’ (and love), parenting is too.  Plus, I’ve learnt that the parenting blogging industry is literally the most friendly group of bloggers to exist! Baking groups, along with the cake-world in general, can be quite bitchy and whilst I do have a few lovely cake friends, its a very ‘each for their own’ kind of industry.  Which leads me to think that the reason I’m enjoying it more is because I feel like I belong here a little more – does that make sense?

3. Sort Your Design Out. I re-vamped! Changed my theme, spent hours optimising, SEO’ing and generally faffing about! I began learning new things and started to actually understand it more. I  deleted wishy-washy, no-sense or pointless posts, shed a few tears when my blog went self-hosted and I thought I’d lost it all. Blogging is one of the few things that I know I will get out of it what I put in and my time and effort always pays off, even if it’s in a way I didn’t expect it to. Remember it’s always going to be an ongoing project too. If you don’t love the look of your blog then your’re never going to love writing for it too! SORT…IT…OUT! That’s it… well done… 😉

4. Tidy Up Your Social Media. By this I mean, unfollow spammy people, or accounts that post content you never interact with.  I also removed spam type followers on Twitter and Instagram and the reason for this is whatever engagement I was going to receive I wanted it to be genuine, not bots or accounts purely out to up their likes.  Instagram was driving me insane, people followed me to purposely just get a follow back! It’s also rude – morons 😉 So, I got rid, deleted and even blocked.  When an account has 10k followers but only 25 likes on a photo – there’s something not quite right there!

5. Work Out If You Want To Sponsor Content. I realised that if I wanted to continue with my Facebook page I needed to understand when my followers were online and when they interacted the most, and if I really wanted them to see my blog posts I also needed to sponsor them. I now spend £5 a post to reach out and spread the word… it works! Facebook is a business itself after all, so yep.. have a coffee on me Zuckerberg!

6. Blog About Whatever You Want. Overall, I only write about what I want to write about.  The online world is a magical place and I’ve been lucky to now to take part in some collaborations, reviews, paid for posts and have been sent a few packages with free goodies in and it’s fab! So, in conclusion – you don’t have to be the best writer, it’s not like you’re writing a book is it, you just have to relax, take your time and enjoy it! Everyone has a story – tell it! Even when I do accept a sponsored post I’ll only say yes if I truly have a vested interest in the product and will always use my own words and comments. Blogging has actually made me a better writer too.

7. Focus On You. Don’t worry about what other bloggers are doing and instead focus on you, no-one can do that better than you right? Tell your own stories, they’ll be unique and they’ll be yours! (I still struggle with personal posts, I get embarrassed if I publish something personal and go and hide for a couple of hours once a post is out there). Your blog serves as a personal account of your ‘journey’ (cheese alert) and gives you something to look back at when you want to reminisce and see where you’ve been, what you’ve done, and how you’ve gotten here. So, this is as much aimed at me as it you reading – “don’t be afraid to open up and bare a little bit of your soul” What’s the worst that can happen?

8. Don’t Dwell On Your Numbers. Finally, last but not least, I stopped worrying about stats, numbers and flipping bounce rates.  I mean, I wasn’t doing bad and some weeks averaging over 500 visitors a day! I may still be a small fish in a big pond, but I was really enjoying it this way, so I now only check my stats once a day, at the end of the day. That’s it. It is what it is…

How do you feel about blogging? Do you love it? Are you struggling? Do you have any favourite blogs that inspire you? I’d love to hear about your story.

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9 Comments

  1. 21st March 2017 / 1:10 pm

    Good for you! I spent hours and hours on some of this a few years ago but now my blog is like a graveyard full of sad, old posts and I’m struggling to get my mojo back! xxx

    • hellocuppies
      21st March 2017 / 1:13 pm

      Oh Sam, but you have such a good writing technique too. You’re dead lucky as your personality comes through in your writing and you keep it real! There’s no harm in getting rid of those old posts you hate, I must have deleted about 20 altogether! They were so embarrassing! xx

  2. Donna
    21st March 2017 / 2:03 pm

    Its a shame you said you’ve found the caking world bitchy. I’ve found the complete opposite. I’d hate for your followers to read that and think that’s how the majority are.

    • hellocuppies
      21st March 2017 / 2:09 pm

      I know, huge shame, but I certainly don’t think it’s all like that & don’t think the majority are either 🙂 just had a few bad experiences, have even written about it once as it was quite upsetting. In hindsight I also think that this probably happens in any industry x

  3. Lucy Webb
    21st March 2017 / 2:58 pm

    I’ve been considering starting a blog but questioning my ability (silly but true) and also what I would write about! I follow some other parenting blogs that are quite crude with the language they use and makes me wonder if people only find swearing and silly innuendo interesting. Food for thought x

    • hellocuppies
      21st March 2017 / 3:02 pm

      I used to wonder what the heck I’d write about too, but it kinda just happens! I follow a couple that swear and really go to town on the language, I find them funny and it suits them, but I could never be like that! I’d be mortified – ha! I follow quite a few that never swear and I genuinely find them interesting and inspiring. You should definitely give it a go if you have the time, it’s really quite therapeutic. You have so much you could share and help others with. 🙂

  4. 28th March 2017 / 5:04 pm

    Thanks, great tips. Absolutely I love blogging!! You encouraged me to keep going!!

  5. 29th March 2017 / 1:19 am

    I agree about not worrying about what other bloggers are doing. It used to stress me when I noticed how fast other bloggers were growing until I realized that everything is not what it seems and everyone has their own journey. Now just focusing on me and its been good.

  6. 30th March 2017 / 12:02 pm

    You and I have a lot of similarities. I’ve been running my blog for a long time, but it’s only recently that I’ve really ramped up the content. I would also say that I really love the autonomy I have to write what I please, when I please. All though sometimes it feels like you’re writing into a vacuum, it’s awesome to know I’ve always got the outlet.

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