When I started blogging 7 years years ago, yes that long ago. I was blogging on Blogspot and found the platform difficult to navigate unless I used my computer. I even gave Tumblr a go, as well as a hosted blog on my old website. They all have their merits but didn’t work for me at the time.
Fast forward to 2018 and I blog from WordPress. I miagrated my content over from Blogspot. What I did notice was I getting some great blogging ideas and they would languish in my drafts. This includes going to photography meet ups and involvement with Instagram challenges. When I last looked there was 35!
So I am going to look through and see what can be published and delete the rest. These posts won’t be posted on my front page, but I will refer back to them throughout the year.
Now, so this doesn’t continue to happen do you have any tips, tricks or suggestions to help plan my blog posts better? I do have a Pinterest board with blogging tips, but I find there is a lot advice based in the US. There’s nothing wrong with this at all, I am asking with the hope bloggers and readers will reach out.
For the last three years I have been writing down positive things/moments that happened to me and putting them in a jar. I started doing this so I would stop concentrating everything that would go wrong.
On the 1st January I prepared a jar and got some sticky notes ready. At first I had to search really hard to find things that were positive. Then I broke it down and looked at the basics, like I brushed my hair. Building up to things like paying someone a compliment or buying flowers for my friends.
There are no hard and fast rules on keeping a happy jar, such as find something to write everyday. Some days I would write down as much as 5 things and the next day, nothing.
When I needed cheering up I would dip into the jar and remember what I had found positive. This would also encourage me to keep writing down positive things.
Before I knew it and the time had come to empty the jar.
I would sit on my own and unfold the sticky notes. It was emotional sometimes but really good to remember the moments that had taken place that past year.
Some tips that helped me.
Put a pen and notes in the jar, then there are no excuses.
Place the jar somewhere you will be encouraged to write your moments.
You don’t have to use a posh jar and colourful paper.
Don’t worry if you can’t think of anything to write.
I have enjoyed this process and how it helps me to remember positive things and moments. I would encourage anyone to try it, but there is no pressure.
Thank you for reading this post and I hope 2018 is a positive year for you all.
With 19 days until Christmas day there are lots of advent calendars, prompt challenges and vlogs in my social media feeds.
I started posting about #MeetTheMakerWeek by Joanne Hawker and then got busy so didn’t finish all of the prompts. This challenge was a short one of six day. Taking part in this challenge gave me the chance to check out the feeds on Instagram of other makers.
I joined a group on Facebook called Brum Bloggers and they are running #brumblogmas. I got apprehensive about finding the time to produce content for 24 days in a row. Then I re-read the post and it said you could dip in and mix up the order of the prompts. I have signed up and will post some content based on the prompts.
Finally, an Instagram challenge from the Blurt Foundation called #blurtmerrycalmness. Again I will dip in and out of this challenge. I the Blurt Foundation has some interesting and inspiring articles and merchandise relating to mental health.
With that in mind I have decided not to put my big tree up this year and I will leave you with a shot from last year. I want the festive season to be a time of reflection, rest and gratitude.
As I think about going to bed tonight my mind goes back to the fact today was World Mental Health Day. Lots of friends have shared their struggle with mental health. There always seems to be an assumption that other people have got their lives together but no. A hidden fight is going on in their lives.
My mental health is why I knit and crochet. At a point in my life where I couldn’t make sense of who I was I found knitting. I struggled with insomnia and still have sleep issues but at it’s worst I learnt to crochet from videos on YouTube. I don’t knit to sell as I find the pressure crippling. If I decide to knit something for someone, it’s my choice and it’s not as stressful.
Over the last year I have had the opportunity to learn about pain management, pacing and self care. This has given me a fresh outlook on my life and how to stop shrinking.
I still have a long way to go but have already made small positive steps. Tonight I took some time to knit and it felt good.