Hello, October! | Tips For Surviving #Blogtober2019

Hello, October! | Tips For Surviving #Blogtober2019

Hello! I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ❤ Happy October to you! I’m very happy that October is here, although I must say with regret that it’s still hot and humid where I live. It may be November by the time it’s nice and cool outside! Either way, I’m going to make sure it’s cheerful and festive here on my blog all month long. 😉

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Blog Coaching Questions | September 2019

Blog Coaching Questions | September 2019

Hey there! I hope you’re having a great weekend. 🙂 It’s been a while since I extended an invitation to the blogging community to ask me any questions you may have about blogging, so that’s what I’m doing today! While I’ve written several posts sharing my tips and tricks over the past few years, it’s always nice to give bloggers the chance to have a specific question answered.

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How To Write A Great Blog Post: My 5 Rules

How To Write A Great Blog Post: My 5 Rules

Hello! I hope you’re doing well. ❤ In this post, I will be sharing some of my top blogging advice with you!

I have been blogging since 2011, so I’ve had a lot of experience when it comes to reaching an audience and striking up conversation. Today, I am happy to share with you the five rules I follow when writing my own blog posts. I’ve also found that when other bloggers apply these rules of writing in their own posts, I am more likely to enjoy reading them and eventually comment!

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5 Tips On How To Enjoy Blogging With Two Blogs

5 Tips On How To Enjoy Blogging With Two Blogs

Earlier this week, I announced that I created a new blog, which is called Living For His Delight! This was a huge decision, and even though I doubted at first that I’d be able to balance life with two blogs, I decided to put the effort and thought into figuring out how I could make it work for me. After making lots of lists (haha) and doing some major decision-making, I have come up with five tips to share with you today on managing two blogs and enjoying it! I hope you enjoy this advice, and hey, if you haven’t created a second blog yet, this may inspire you to. haha

5 Tips On How To Enjoy Blogging With Two Blogs

#1: Make sure that every post you share on each blog makes you happy to write.

The day after I created my new blog, I began writing down the post ideas I had for Dreaming of Guatemala. What surprised and disappointed me, however, was that I was putting a lot more thought into what I wanted to share on Living For His Delight, so the post ideas for this blog were – how shall I put it … mediocre. I mean, they matched my niche, and some of them were even part of different ongoing series I share here, but I wouldn’t have been proud of them if I’d written them. I was trying to create more content than I was capable of instead of balancing out my schedule to accommodate a second blog. So, I definitely recommend that you make sure that the posts you’re writing for both of your blogs is what makes you happy to blog about!

#2: Don’t feel bad if you go back and forth between favoring one blog over the other.

If your presence on your blogs keeps teeter-tottering, don’t worry about it. Post schedules are helpful, but if they take away our peace, then they’ve defeated their purpose! I’d love to find a balance in enjoying both Dreaming of Guatemala and Living For His Delight, but there may be weeks where I write five posts for this blog and only one for the other, or vice versa. The point of having two blogs is to give yourself two different platforms to write about what you love, so don’t worry about keeping your content even; let the inspiration come.

#3: Keep up with organizing your blogging thoughts/plans.

I cannot stress the importance of this enough! It is an essential part of blogging if you only have one site, but when you add another one into the mix, then you have to start keeping your thoughts organized in two different ways, haha! You have to answer questions like, What post/s do I want to share on which blog/s? and, Should I have a post schedule for one and not the other? Figuring things out as you’re able to is the key to staying sane in blogging. (Bet you didn’t know it was that simple, and I bet you’re surprised I gave that to you for free haha)

#4: Don’t share content just for the sake of having post material.

This should be a given, but we’ve all had those posts where we only wrote it to continue a series, or we’d been thinking about it and decided it was “decent enough” to post, etc. Blogging should always be enjoyable. It’s tempting to share lots of posts, but please don’t do it if it means you’re rushing them out! I’d rather have one long, thorough, amazing post from a blogger once a week than seven short posts that don’t have much depth from the same blogger. Quality over quantity applies very well in blogging!

#5: Decide if post schedule/s work for you.

I have a love-hate relationship with post schedules. Sometimes, I thrive with them; other times, they drag me down. It is very beneficial to try schedules out, but it is equally important to drop them when they don’t work. Right now, I’m transitioning into having two blogs, so I don’t have a schedule for either blog (except for the Mindful Living Challenge on Tuesday’s – self plug!).

I hope these tips have inspired you! Let me know if you have any questions related to running multiple blogs, or if you have any blogging questions in general. I’d love to help (:

25 Blog Post Ideas For Book Bloggers

25 Blog Post Ideas For Book Bloggers

In this collaboration post, I have teamed up with El from ElatedBooks to bring you some awesome blog post ideas for book bloggers! Below, you will find the first ten ideas, and the other fifteen are on her post. I hope you enjoy!

Related Post: 25 Blog Post Ideas For Lifestyle Bloggers

25 Blog Post Ideas For Book Bloggers

Hey! I’m El, I’m a book blogger but also talk about random stuff like my new plant babies (my adorable new cacti Mike & America 😂)  So I guess you could say I’m also kinda a life-style blogger but this post is strictly book blogging! I’ve shared 10 ideas with Maggie but I’ve got 15 more on my blog if you want to check them out!

1. Book review

This is probably the most obvious one! 😂 When you’ve finished a book, blog about what you liked/disliked about it, rate it and/or dissect bits of it (characters, plot, world…)

2. Book/merch haul

This is a super fun and easy post – just talk about new books you got or book merch, and make sure to add pictures to break up all the text (because no one wants to listen to you get excited for too long… kidding!)

3. TBR list (To Be Read)

There are 2 ways to do this one:

  1. Write up a list of books you plan to read that month/year – this can be mainly for you, so you can plan what to read but it also lets your readers 😉 know what to expect from coming posts or even gives them a chance to read a book mentioned and discuss it with you.
  2. Just as a general TBR list – pick out some of the books on your TBR list and explain why you want to read them, this is a good way to get suggestions about books, whether it’s someone saying one of the books actually isn’t worth the read or if it’s someone saying that they read some of the books on the list and that you should read [insert book’s name]

4. A Book challenge

I’ve never done a book challenge but they’re normally floating around all the time in the community. Like, at the moment, I’ve heard a lot about the year of the Asian reading challenge, where you try to read as many books by Asian authors. That’s just one example but there are loads of others so keep an eye out or start one yourself!

5. Book competition

I’ve never done this but I think it could be cool to pit 2 or more books against each other and compare them to find…THE ULTIMATE BOOK.

6. Writing posts

Lots of readers love writing too so whether you’re participating in NaNoWriMo and want to give updates or you’re just posting a short (or long, whatever floats your boat) story, it’s a great place to get advice and see reactions to your writing!

7. A collab

Kinda like this one! 😂 Anything really, for example: asking each other questions about books or doing a joint review.

8. Favourite book(s)

Either doing a list of your favourite books, or just going back and re-reading or reviewing your favourites!

9. Character aesthetics

This used to be such a big thing! It’s a little bit more work but I love looking at character aesthetics posts! You’re basically making a mood board for a specific character, or I guess you could also do it for a whole book or world.

10. Book update

This is something that I do monthly, it’s a nice way to round up what you’ve read/are reading without going on for too long, because, especially if you hated a book, you don’t want to dedicate a whole post to it! You can also include books that you want to read before the next month.

… and CLICK HERE for
the other 15 ideas!

I hope you enjoyed this post! I had so much fun collaborating with El (:

How I Stay Organized As A Blogger

How I Stay Organized As A Blogger

“Organization isn’t about perfection; it’s about efficiency, reducing stress and clutter, and unleashing your creativity!” – Unknown

Staying organized as a blogger takes a lot of hard work.

To the casual onlooker, it may not seem like much – I mean, you have the dashboard to keep everything organized, right?

No, not at all.

What happens when you have an idea for a blog post out of the blue? Where do the loose pages with collected blog post ideas even end up? And where in the world are those pictures you saved for a post so long ago?

Things get lost so easily when you’re a blogger, which is why finding effective ways to keep up with all the inspiration, as well as keeping the essential supplies organized and close by, is an important part of being a blogger.

In this post, I share with you some of the tips I’ve come up with from my blogging experience over the years.

(And yes, the picture of my little rainbow lorikeet may seem irrelevant to you. It is not synonymous with ‘blogging’ in the traditional sense, but it certainly is for me! If you’ve been following my blog for a while, then you’ll remember him [or her] from my header, where he watched over my blog for a long time. 😉 )

How I Stay Organized As A Blogger

#1: I have a folder on the family computer with all of my blog-related photos.

This includes profile pictures, featured images, various photos used in past posts, as well as any images I saved but haven’t used in a post yet. This ensures that they won’t get deleted from my phone or lost in the rest of my digital photos, which I’ve deeply appreciated while blogging on Dreaming of Guatemala! I wouldn’t recommend saving EVERY picture you’ve ever used in a post (if you’ve been blogging for as long as me), but I would definitely backup the most important ones – anything you might possibly want to have the original file for and not just the one in your blog’s media library.

#2: I consistently go through my drafts.

If I didn’t do this, then I would have dozens of post ideas that I ran out of motivation to write long ago. lol It’s normal for a blogger to frequently change their mind about what they want to post, so I’m sure this happens for most of us! By keeping my drafts tidy, I only have the ones I’m actually wanting to work on over the next week or two. (I do think it’s a good idea to have a comprehensive list of post titles somewhere – either on paper or a document on your computer – but it can get very distracting if all of those long-term ideas are in your current drafts.) That leads me to my next point:

#3: I change up how I document my ideas.

This may seem vague lol, but I’ll explain it to you! In the first six months that I was blogging on Dreaming of Guatemala, I liked the thought of having a single place where I jotted down all of my blogging thoughts. It seemed like a very organized idea, because then it’s all in one place, right? The more time I’ve spent coming up with post ideas, I’ve noticed that I stay more inspired to come up with content when I give myself various places to do so.

Here are some examples:

  • A single draft on your blog. (I have one of these started for future topics for my mindful living challenge!)
  • A notepad. (This is a great idea for quickly writing all of your current ideas for posts.)
  • A pretty notebook. (This is the main reason I switch up where I blog plan; staying inspired! A notebook with a pretty cover just does that.)
  • A loose piece of paper. (I know, this can get risky lol, but I keep them safely filed in my desk drawers! I’ll decorate the top of the page with my blog name in pretty calligraphy, which creates a fresh space to track my blogging plans.)

#4: I update my categories from time to time.

Have you ever created a category too hastily, only to realize months later that you only shared one or two posts under it?? I’ve done this several time, which is why occasionally going through my categories and combining tiny ones with main topics keeps me focused. It’s also a good idea to create new categories every so often, because keeping your content up-to-date with what you’re currently learning about means that you’re focusing on blogging about what you love!

Thanks for reading! I hope this could provide greater insight into who I am as a blogger (: