25 Blog Post Ideas For Lifestyle Bloggers

25 Blog Post Ideas For Lifestyle Bloggers

Hi there! I hope you’re having a beautiful weekend. ❤ In this post, I have collaborated with one of the best bloggers I know: Oxria! She has an absolutely amazing lifestyle blog, which you can go check out for yourself here. For today, I will be sharing with you some of the awesome blog post ideas for lifestyle bloggers she came up with! She wrote a great list of twenty-five creative and intriguing ideas for any lifestyle blogger to become inspired by, which is why I’m excited to share them with you today! Thanks for reading!

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Blog Coaching – May 2018

Blog Coaching – May 2018

Hey there! I hope you’re doing well ❤ Happy Saturday to you! 🙂 In the second attempted draft of this post, haha, I have decided to answer every question I was asked on this post and not just the ones which had answers equaling (in total) over a thousand words. I’d love for this to be short and fun, yet informative and inspiring as well! And fitting it into one post would be great, too 🙂 So, if you had a question for me last week, or you wanted to read an answer to someone else’s question, this is the right place to be! I have some blogging advice to share with you ❤ I hope you learn something and enjoy!

Top 3 Questions + My Answers

Thanks so much to Raf for sharing these amazing questions! ❤

1. How do you grow your blog?
Answer: I have fun conversations with people, pick catchy titles for my posts, and share posts weekly!

2. How many times a week should I be posting?
Answer: I personally love to see 3-4 posts from my favorite bloggers each week, and that’s a great way to stay active in the community.

3. What are the best times to post?
Answer: The morning (usually 8-9AM EST) is when my posts get the most response!

Blog Coaching
Questions + Answers

Lydia: How do you come up with pictures that are relevant to your post and where do you go most to find them?

Answer: Unsplash and Pexels are my best friend! I also love incorporating my own photography into my posts, as well (: It takes some experimenting to figure out which pictures you love pairing with which posts, but by rule of thumb, I’ve found out that nature photos are good for updates/inspirational posts, silhouette photos are great for more personal/insightful posts, and laptop/desk photos are fantastic for blog-related posts!

Lydia: Would you recommend putting a list of your categories on the sidebar?

Answer: Yes! It makes navigating your blog for other readers so much easier. ❤

Lydia: How do you increase blog traffic?

Answer: Do a blog challenge. Browse the Reader for a while and interact with others. Write a post that you know for sure others will want to read. Catch up on reading your friends’ blogs. Basically, put time and effort into keeping your blog updated and your community presence current!

Caz: How’s best in your opinion to showcase your older posts?

Answer: This is a fantastic question, especially for bloggers who have been writing for a long time and have many older posts to share! I’ve personally found that writing a second part to an older post, as well as having blog categories that easily lead back to those awesome posts, is an effective way to draw attention back to older content.

El: Got any tips for when you get bloggers’ block?

Answer: Browse Pinterest for inspiration. Work on the drafts you still have on your dashboard. Create a list of all the ideas of possible blog posts that come to you. Continue working on an old blog series you used to write – anything to keep those creative blogging juices flowing!

SaRitzy: What made you continue to blog?

Answer: On Dreaming of Guatemala, it has definitely been this community. Having the support of others has inspired me every day to keep going! After that, the constant inspiration I have to write about the world around me fuels every blog post, and every comment I leave on others’ blogs makes me happy to know I’m making a difference, if even in the smallest of ways.

Ariana: How would you say to get your blog out there?

Answer: Last winter, I started by browsing the Reader all. the. time! From there, I would branch out to the friends of my friends, participate in blog parties and little competitions – before long, I started showing up in WordPress search results! I think the key to catching people’s attention are GOOD TITLES. I’m not talking about the clickbait-y ones, no – the short, to-the-point, interesting ones. Especially the ones that make people curious!

Kelsey: What’s the best way to bring positive feedback to your blog?

Answer: The one way I know you can do this for sure is by simply being yourself. By this, I mean to share what’s on your heart, let readers know what you’re going through and where you’re coming from – it makes a blogger much more real and easier to relate to. You can picture who’s behind the blog when you know that they’re just as purely human as you are. So, write posts that express what’s on your heart and have true conversations with people – I know they’ll be coming back for more.

Marie: What do you do when your views go down drastically?

Answer: Well first of all, I get discouraged haha, but then I go deeper and analyze why the views have dropped. Usually, it will be because I wrote a less popular post, or it was a holiday weekend, etc. When that happens, I tend to go work on some new post ideas I know readers will like, in the mindset that maybe it was just a down week for everyone.

Shannon: What’s the #1 way to grow your follow count without spamming all your other social media platforms with blog links?

Answer: The one time I saw a huge spike in my stats was when I did the 30-day blogging challenge last May! It took dedication, for sure, but this has proven true every time: blogging daily does something for your stats. Everyone just keeps coming back every day for more, haha!

Lizzy: How do you make your graphics and featured images?

Answer: I use RookieCam (which is free in the app store!)! If I need more filters and effects than what it has to offer, PicLab and Superimpose are awesome, as well.

Thank you so very much for reading! Let me know in the comments below if you learned something new. ❤ And be sure to check out my other Blogging Tips for more inspiration! If you guys want, I can do this blog coaching again next month 🙂

I hope you have a beautiful day!

— Maggie

Blog Coaching Questions | May 2018

Blog Coaching Questions | May 2018

Hey there! I hope you’re having a great weekend! 🙂 When I reached the blogging milestone of 2,000 followers last week (which I’m still excited about, thank you sooo much!), I shared that I would try out free monthly blog coaching right here on my blog! This is a way that I can definitely give back to the community, because I love sharing blogging tips and advice, and with nearly seven years of experience, I have a lot to share!

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Bloggers Going Self-Hosted | Oxria’s Story

Bloggers Going Self-Hosted | Oxria’s Story

Hi there! I hope you’re doing well. Happy Saturday to you! ❤ For this post, I have decided to feature a lovely blogger I know in a new type of spotlight! My good friend, Oxria, recently went self-hosted (you can find her new site here!), and I can’t tell you how happy I am for her! She has been wanting to do this for a while, and I must say that her new domain is absolutely wonderful. ❤ I know that it would make her so happy if you could check out and subscribe to her new blog! I promise you, it will be worth it to see her posts show up in your Reader! She shares her beautiful art, gorgeous photography, and she’s a budding vlogger, too – there’s no way I could dislike any of what she shares.

The topic of this post is on Oxria’s going self-hosted experience! She was very sweet and answered some of the questions I had about how it worked for her to switch domains, and I’m really excited to share those informative answers with you today. Make sure to let us know in the comments below if her story has encouraged or inspired you, and I’m sure she’d love to answer any questions you have! Let’s get right into this!

Bloggers Going Self-Hosted –
Featuring Oxria

1. Why did you decide to go self-hosted?

The reason why I decided to go self-hosted is because I wanted to have full control of my blog and the thought of my blog just being oxria.com sounded so cool to me! 🙂

2. Which host are you using?

I’m using BlueHost. I read a lot about different hosts before switching my blog to self-hosted and BlueHost seemed like the best option to me (I liked the plans they offer).

3. Was it easy to make the switch? Why or why not?

Hmm, I wouldn’t say it was too hard. A not-so-easy part, for me, was saving enough money. Unfortunately, going self-hosted isn’t free (I’m sure everyone already knows that). But yeah, switching was pretty easy. The hardest thing about it though, is getting used to having full control of my website. Being in charge of everything can get overwhelming. I’m sure I’ll slowly get used to it, though. 😀

4. Which aspects of having your own website
are you most excited about?

As I said, one of the aspects I’m very excited about is having my own domain (oxria.com instead of oxria.wordpress.com)! Another thing that I love about it is the customization. I can now change anything and make it look the way I want. The new blog theme I’ve chosen also makes me very excited (I’ve been wanting to buy that theme for a year! It’s one of my favourite themes out there!).

5. Is there anything you’re still figuring out?

Oh yeah, pretty much everything, haha. I lost access to my website the other day, because I changed the URL and apparently you’re not supposed to do that (there’s a lot of things I have to learn), and I thought, “This is it. I’ve lost my blog.” Thanks to a tutorial on YouTube, I managed to get it back, but oh boy – wasn’t that a stressful experience! I’m still trying to figure out how everything works, how to change the font (I know it’s basic stuff, but I’m a newbie), how to make the photos quality better and a lot of other things.

6. What are some posts coming up
that you’re excited about writing and sharing?

I want to share more of my personality on oxria.com. I don’t have any particular posts in mind just yet, but I’m very excited to continue sharing experiences from my daily life, as well as drawings I make. 😀

7. Would you recommend that other bloggers
go self-hosted, too?

I think it really depends on what you want. If you want to have your own domain and full control of your blog, go self-hosted! If not, sticking to a free blogging platform is completely fine!

“I definitely think everyone should read about the differences between a free blog and a self-hosted blog before deciding whether or not to make the switch.”

I’d like to thank Oxria for collaborating with me on this post, and a huge thanks to you for reading it! I love seeing what bloggers who go self-hosted accomplish on their new websites, because customization and having your own “brand,” so to say, is really exciting.

If you are a blogger who has also gone self-hosted,
email me at dreamingofguatemala@yahoo.com
for a chance to be spotlighted on one of these posts!

Let us know in the comments below:

What are YOUR questions
about going self-hosted?

Happy Easter weekend to you!

— Maggie

The Importance Of Community On Your Blog

The Importance Of Community On Your Blog

Hi guys! I hope you’re having a fantastic weekend. ❤ For this post, I wanted to share some more blogging tips with you! I love writing these posts, because I have so much to share. 🙂 For those who don’t know, I’ve been using WordPress since I was 10 years old haha, so I am quite familiar with how things work around here.

One thing I’ve learned a lot about this past year is how one grows their blog, and my personal favorite way to do this is by building a community. ❤ I hope that these tips may speak to you, and possibly encourage you to reach out to others across the website, too! Without further ado, let’s check out these tips.

The Importance Of Community
On Your Blog

You know your readers are real. There are some bloggers who flourish by simply writing for themselves, which I think is amazing! I’ve been there before myself, and it is extremely therapeutic and relaxing – even fun at times. However, when you are writing for an audience, it’s hard to address the crowd when your only readers are coming from Pinterest, Facebook, or some other online source. (Don’t get me wrong, socializing across platforms is a surefire way to spread the word about your site! But by itself, it won’t get you far.) By having conversations with your commenters, visiting their sites and supporting them back, and by browsing the Reader, as well, you’ll come across some extremely genuine bloggers.

It allows you to connect with your audience. You can interact with others who share similar interests, and you’ll be able to have more conversations in the comments! Knowing what your readers are like, even which types of posts by you they prefer, is one of my favorite ways to build the community.

Related Post: 12 Fun and Easy Ways to Grow Your Blog’s Audience

More bloggers will be able to find out about you! If you’re just a blogger whom others occasionally find in the Reader because you tag your posts, then it will take you a while to build an audience. However, when you comment on others’ blogs, then their readers will see the conversations you’re having with them! I’ve always enjoyed blog-hopping in this way, because if a blogger whose posts I enjoy also talks to this other blogger, chances are I’ll like their site, as well!

It’s a beautiful way to have a support system. There have been a few times over the past year when I truly appreciated having real readers, because when you’re going through something hard, it is good to have people to talk to. Sharing prayer requests and simply having a place to go when I’m sad or stressed helps me feel better. Plus, by sharing what you’re going through and how you’ve overcome those difficulties, it inspires others who are in a similar place!

You’ll know you’re entertaining and inspiring real people, making a difference in the lives of others. This is the number one reason I love the fact that I connect with my readers and reach out to new ones!

Blogging by itself is a beautiful way to get creative and have fun through writing, but it is also about potentially brightening someone else’s life, or even day.

Don’t underestimate the power of a kind and genuine post! It may make all the difference in the life of another 🙂

Thank you sooo much for reading! I hope that I could inspire you today, and I’m praying that you have a beautiful Saturday. ❤

Let me know in the comments below:

Why do YOU love the blog community?

— Maggie

5 Tips For Balancing Blogging With Life

5 Tips For Balancing Blogging With Life

Hello! Happy Saturday to you 🙂 ❤ I have some blogging tips I’d love to share on this fine weekend! I was thinking about how it’s hard sometimes to write posts and comment on blogs as much as we’d like to, so below, I have shared five tips that may help you find a better way to balance blogging with the rest of life!

If there’s ever a blogging topic you’d like me to cover, please let me know in the comments, because I’d be happy to help. ❤ I hope you enjoy today’s post!

5 Tips For Balancing Blogging With Life

1. Frequently re-evaluate why you’re blogging at the moment. Are you working on growing your audience right now? Or are you writing to help cope with something going on in your life? Your answer to this will help you see just how much time and effort you should be putting into blogging currently. There’s no shame in blogging less when life needs more of your attention; we all understand that our blogging friends go through stressful situations at times, and we’d rather them take a break when necessary than to keep posting. ❤ Juggling blogging with the rest of life can be a challenge, but we’ve all been there before!

2. Keep a list (that works for you!) full of blogging inspiration. For you, this could be post title ideas, topics you want to cover, photos that inspire you to write, some quickly-started drafts on your dashboard – whatever fuels your creativity! I’ve found over the months that a written list of potential titles and topics inspires me the most, so finding what works best for you is important. Try some of these ideas out and start (or continue) writing that inspiration down!

Related Post: 9 Awesome Ways to Write Better Blog Posts

3. Choose a time during the week to write / blog. Having a certain day, or slot of time, etc, that you write the week’s post and read others’ blogs is something I’ve found to be helpful! That consistency helps create a wonderful habit, because then you’re training yourself to remember and make time to blog! This usually helps me the most with reading my friends’ blogs, which I love doing over one weekend instead of spreading it out through the week. It helps me to stay focused on what I’m reading (:

4. Hold yourself to a usual standard, without it being a burden.For example, at the moment, I’d love to share three to four posts a week. However, it may end up being more or less depending on what I write, and by reminding myself there will be differences in my blogging schedule per week helps me to remember that there will be inconsistencies. Keeping in mind what you’d like to share weekly / monthly is great, but never let it get to the point of making blogging unenjoyable.

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5. Work on posts in steps. If you’re a blogger who has at least experimented with formatting, customization, and all of the other little things that go into constructing a blog post, then you’ll understand the benefits of this tip! Sitting down and writing it all in just one sitting is quite a feat for me, since I put so much into each post. So, if you’re like me, you’d probably appreciate breaking it down into steps. For example; come up with the title, write basic ideas, get pictures for post, write post, format text, choose tags, then post. These could be done over the course of a few hours, or a week! It depends on how much time you have available, and what you’re inspired to do. The key, as I’ve mentioned, is finding what works for you. ❤

Thank you so much for reading! Praying these tips will help you to blog happier and more comfortably (: Let me know in the comments below:

What are some of YOUR blogging tips?

— Maggie

Sharing Our 2018 Blogging Goals + 10 Ideas For Yours!

Sharing Our 2018 Blogging Goals + 10 Ideas For Yours!

Hey there, guys! Happy Saturday 🙂 ❤ Recently, I have seen different bloggers write about what they’d like to get done on their blogs in 2018, and I thought that I would do the same – only I will be inviting you guys to share yours, too!

I think it’s awesome that the new year inspires the blogging community to step up their game by making little improvements here and there, and reaching higher, too. We all have different ways we’d like to blog this year, and today I have been thinking through mine.

Do you have 2018 blogging goals? Even if they are simply to post more or reach the next follower milestone for your blog, those are beautiful places to start. I’m sure that as we make our way through January, we will be able to more clearly see what direction our blogs are taking.

If you’d like to have some goal ideas to work toward this year, or would just like to get inspired, look no further! I have come up with 10 ideas for blogging goals in 2018. I hope they can motivate you, and that you truly enjoy blogging this year! ❤

10 Blog Goal Ideas

1. Find a new blog theme that you absolutely love.
2. Redesign the layout of your site.
3. Update your profile picture.
4. Write new types of posts / blog series.
5. Collaborate with other bloggers.
6. Get a printable calendar (like this one!) and plan out your blogging month.
7. Experiment with your photography skills to include in future posts.
8. Participate in a 7-day or 30-day writing challenge.
9. Look into going self-hosted (if you’re interested!).
10. Host a blog party or virtual get-together.

My 2018 Blogging Goal

Yes, I only have one true goal in mind when it comes to blogging this year! That goal is to simply blog comfortably. Just like I described in detail back on this post, writing current posts that make me truly happy to compose and share is what I am passionate about on WordPress this year. ❤

Let me know in the comments below:

What are YOUR blogging goals?
Do you have any suggestions for others?

— Maggie

4 Inspirational Bloggers You Should Know About

4 Inspirational Bloggers You Should Know About

Hey guys! Happy Saturday to you 🙂 ❤ How’s your weekend going? I hope you’re doing well! In this post, I am happy to be able to share some of the awesome bloggers that I know. Their blogs are a huge encouragement to me, and I know that you will benefit from the inspiring posts they write, too! I’ve chosen to feature some of the ones I’ve truly been getting a lot out of recently, which means I may have to write a second post like this in the future.

Let me know in the comments below if you’re motivated by these bloggers, too! I won’t be listing them in any kind of order, just where I saw them in my Reader. 🙂 ❤

Inspirational Bloggers
You Should Know About

This lovely blogger, whom I’ve known since last summer, shares posts about what’s going on in her life, what she’s accomplishing, as well as very inspirational thoughts about living life to the fullest! She’s actually the first person I interviewed for my Spotlight Saturday series, and to this day is one of my favorite bloggers. 🙂

Incomplete Thinker’s Most Recent Post: Planning for 2018

Through Ink & Image, a beautiful blog run by artist/blogger Lynn Abbott, is one of the most inspiring blogs I’ve ever come across! Her gorgeous paintings paired with stories from her life, selections from the Bible, and motivational messages are absolutely wonderful. Any time I read a new post of hers, I feel so inspired afterward, and I know that all of her readers feel the same way! ❤

Lynn’s Most Recent Post: Revue: Grace Givers

Mary, a blogger who recently came across my blog, just recently revamped Woods & Roads for the new year! She has written about her new year’s resolutions and they have been a big encouragement to me. I’ve enjoyed talking to her, and I can’t wait to see what else she’ll write!

Mary’s Most Recent Post: Resolution #5: More Reading & Writing, Less Netflix

This is another lovely blog I’ve really been enjoying lately, and it is run by a sweet girl named Jordan! Dreamer’s Outlet is a place for her to write about inspiration from her life, as well as motivation she regularly shares with her readers. Her posts are fun and inspiring to read, especially her ones centered on new years!

Jordan’s Most Recent Post: New Year’s Food for Thought

Thank you so much for reading, guys!! It would make me so happy if you could check out some of these blogs (I love them so much!), and let me know in the comments below if you enjoy them as much as I do. 🙂

Do YOU love these blogs?

Happy weekend!

— Maggie