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10 Blog Posts From 2018 That Will Help & Inspire You

I’ve always found so much enjoyment in relating to and being inspired by other blogs. Before my own had even become a concept, I found myself filling my free time with beauty reviews and travel content. With so many amazing blogs and therefore posts, it can be difficult to keep up and make sure you’re not missing out on the best quality content. Here’s a roundup of 10 of my favourite blog posts from 2018, and why they’ll inspire you too.

7 Tips For Shooting Outfit Photos For Instagram

If one of your upcoming resolutions is to work on your Instagram game, then this post is for you. Who better to take Insta photography tips from than Hannah Gale herself? This isn’t one of those posts that lures you in with empty promises and then tells you nothing new. It’s not one full of complicated presets or an expensive shopping list of things you need either. It really is just 7 straightforward tips that can be adopted by anyone.

Musings on Self-Confidence (and Her Twin Sister Self-Doubt)

Saida’s blog is full of witty and interesting content. With a whole category dedicated to self-confidence, it’s the place to go if you’re in need of a little reassurance that you’re not the only one struggling with it. This post is scarily relatable and discusses ways of improving self-confidence both gently and realistically.


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Am I a Bad Friend?

We’ve all been through friendship breakups or less dramatic periods of just growing apart. When we lose friends its natural to question what we did wrong, and it can be difficult not to blame ourselves. If you relate to this even a little, then Scarlett’s honest discussion on the topic is something that you’ll benefit from. This post takes guilt out of the equation and will inspire you to cut off any deadwood friendships going into the new year.

Everything Fake About My Instagram

If you don’t follow Esther’s Instagram, then you’re missing out. If her aspirational feed and lovely personality aren’t enough, this posts honest discussion about everything fake behind some of her 2018 shots will really lift your mood. Other creators will find this hilariously relatable, and if you’re not one, then its just a fun glimpse into some of the crazy things some of us do for the ‘gram.


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Why We Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Praise Ourselves

In The Frow is one of the first blogs I discovered and the only of these that I still avidly follow. Every single one of her posts and YouTube videos is different and she’s held my interest for years. Although best known for her fashion content, her lifestyle posts and honest discussions are my favourite and this one is no exception.

What if University Isn’t the Best Three Years of Your Life?

Beth has a way with words that is enviable. I find her lifestyle discussions incredibly relatable and appreciate her say-it-as-it-is manner. Having been through a less than usual (and less than enjoyable) University experience myself, I can fully recommend this post to you if you also feel let down or that others had it better.


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KELLY PRINCE WRITES Sometimes I Feel Like I’m Missing the Mark

I discovered Kelly on Instagram, and although I’ve only had the time to check out her blog a couple of times, this post immediately became a favourite. It’s reassurance to anyone who feels like they haven’t achieved what they’d planned to by now and a reminder that the grass isn’t always greener.

Where to Find the Best Hot Chocolate in the North East

This pick may look a little out of place in a sea of lifestyle posts, especially considering I’m not from the North East. Chloe had been carrying out research and therefore inadvertently teasing me with delicious looking hot chocolate Instagram content for a while. By the time she published this post, I was emotionally invested and not at all disappointed. At this time of year especially, it’s definitely an inspirational post; just in a different sense of the word. It features a piece on Hotel Chocolat too so is handy even for those who don’t live or visit the North East.


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Here’s Why Your Blog Isn’t Successful

A brutally honest discussion on why your blog isn’t successful. This post is so inspiring and will really make you reconsider your approach to blogging and maybe even the industry in general. It isn’t full of empty promises or click-bait that won’t get you anywhere, it’s hard-hitting and is forceful enough to either make you or break you.

Autumn Box Swap with Soph Hearts

Hello Bexa is one of the most positive and supportive bloggers I know. Of course I had to include our collaboration! Reading and enjoying so many of her previous collaborative posts directly inspired me to reach out to her and set this one up. It’s all about self-care so hopefully its also inspiring in its own right too.

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  • Reply Ashleigh Hitter

    My aim this year is to discover so lots of new bloggers, so this post has been perfect. Thank you.

    Ashleigh x

    January 1, 2019 at 5:47 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Oh I’m so glad you’ve found it helpful, I hope you love these posts as much as I did! x

      January 1, 2019 at 10:26 pm
  • Reply Bryony Baker

    Hannah Gale’s insta post had been one of my favourites from the year too; it is weird how Iphone pictures do better than camera ones occasionally. It does make you wonder x

    January 1, 2019 at 6:10 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Its just s helpful and down to earth isn’t it? I take all of my pictures on an iPhone at the minute and this made me feel much better about it haha! x

      January 1, 2019 at 10:28 pm
  • Reply Chloe - New Girl in Toon

    Ahhh thank you so so much for the mention! And I’m sitting alongside some truly amazing blog posts as well … feel very honoured!

    OMG, that hot chocolate mission was just crazy, it was all I was banging on about for months wasn’t it?!!

    January 1, 2019 at 6:25 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Of course! Haha you did post a lot about it but I definitely wasn’t complaining- I love hot chocolate and all of them look amazing! x

      January 1, 2019 at 10:29 pm
  • Reply Ana Teresa Pessoa

    God what a great post to start the new year sharing the love, and what inspirational ladies are featured!

    January 1, 2019 at 7:47 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thank you, I’m so glad you think so x

      January 1, 2019 at 10:32 pm
  • Reply Eena

    I love this post! Thanks for sharing this post – definitely interested in Forever Amber’s entry. I’ll definitely give it a read right now. Thank you!

    cabin twenty-four

    January 1, 2019 at 8:59 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’m so glad! I hope you love it as much as I did x

      January 1, 2019 at 10:36 pm
  • Reply Becca Hargate

    I loved this post so much! Thanks for sharing new great reads for me!

    January 1, 2019 at 9:29 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’m so glad, I hope you love them! x

      January 1, 2019 at 10:38 pm
  • Reply Madiha | Me VS The Odds

    Beths post on university really resonated with me, so I was so glad to see her mentioned in your top 2018 roundup post!
    Just read Hannahs post and I’ve got to admit, framing the shot is something I never do?!? Hoping to implement these tips in 2019 for better insta worthy pics!

    January 3, 2019 at 3:21 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it too and that you think Hannah’s post will help you- its definitely made Instagram much easier and more enjoyable for me! x

      January 3, 2019 at 4:13 pm
  • Reply Bexa

    Aww, thanks so much for the mention Soph, that is so sweet of you! I loved our collab, it was definitely one of my blogging highlights for 2018. These posts are so inspirational, I’ve just read Esther’s and Amber’s and thought they were great, so refreshingly honest and interesting. I’m off to read some others now! Thanks for sharing your favourites and wishing you a very happy new year lovely! <3 xx

    Bexa |

    January 3, 2019 at 11:24 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      Of course, I really enjoyed the collaboration and it was a highlight for me too! I’m so glad you like the two you’ve read so far and hope you like the others too! Have a wonderful 2019! x

      January 3, 2019 at 8:49 pm
  • Reply Samantha

    Lovely idea for a post! These are fab posts to read! Especially Hannah Gales tips! I Could use some help with outfit shots. x

    Samantha |

    January 3, 2019 at 7:37 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thank you! I’m glad you think so too, I find her tips really helpful! x

      January 3, 2019 at 8:37 pm
  • Reply Saida - She talks Glam

    Such a varied and inspiring list, Soph! I am thrilled that you included one of my blogposts and let me tell you I really enjoy reading your content too! I hope 2019 is full of new challenges and successes for us. Sending big hugssss!!! Xx


    January 6, 2019 at 10:23 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thank you Saida, it was great to have met you and I’ve been loving your content! Fingers crossed, have a wonderful 2019! x

      January 6, 2019 at 6:04 pm
  • Reply Lucy

    Checking out all of these posts now, Beth’s post about uni seems particularly interesting/fitting to my life right now (I’m not overly loving uni at the moment) so that should be an interesting read!

    Lucy | Forever September

    January 6, 2019 at 6:59 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I hope you love them as much as I did! x

      January 6, 2019 at 8:20 pm
  • Reply New Lune

    Such a fab post! I’ll definitely check out these blog posts, thanks for sharing! x

    January 7, 2019 at 2:40 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thank you! I hope you love them as much as I did! x

      January 7, 2019 at 10:03 pm
  • Reply Eleanor

    I love this post. Now I have lots of other content to check out!

    January 13, 2019 at 8:05 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thank you! I hope you love it all as much as I did x

      January 13, 2019 at 8:33 pm
  • Reply Lindsey

    What a beautiful idea for a post, I loved this! Going to go and check out these other posts now – always looking for new bloggers so thank you so much for this!

    January 13, 2019 at 8:06 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thank you! I hope you like the posts as much as I did! x

      January 13, 2019 at 8:41 pm
  • Reply Kayla Jayne

    I absolutely love it when people share others work, supporting others bloggers is something I love to do, even if its just engagement, or sending them a quick message to let them know how much I’m loving their work.

    In this post, I’m instantly drawn to Hannah Gales post, along with Forever Amber’s and I can’t wait to read more. Thanks for sharing Soph!

    Kayla ♥︎

    January 13, 2019 at 8:15 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I completely agree, they’re both great posts so I hope you like them as much as I do! x

      January 14, 2019 at 7:13 pm
  • Reply What Corinne Did

    I have read a few of those blog posts already! Love Beth Sandland and Forever Amber (even got her book)! Also love Hello Bexa! She does cutest photos! SO many more posts to read tonight!

    January 13, 2019 at 8:16 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’m so glad you love them too! I hope I’ve introduced you to some new favourites! x

      January 14, 2019 at 7:15 pm
  • Reply Nancy

    The thing I love about the blogging community is that we inspire each other in so many ways. I love these posts that you’ve shared! So many of them are very relatable and overall helpful. Oh man, I can feel the post about being a bad friend. At the end of the day, friendship is a two-way street. I’m still looking for a delicious hot chocolate place in the states, hehe. Thanks for sharing these inspirational posts!

    Nancy ♥

    January 13, 2019 at 8:25 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I love it too, I’m so glad you like them as much as I do! I related to the friendship post a little too much too! Haha well I’m sure you’ll have fun on your search! x

      January 14, 2019 at 7:20 pm
  • Reply Amy

    What a lovely way to start the year by sharing so many others. You have picked out a great selection here!

    Amy x

    January 13, 2019 at 9:04 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thank you, I hope you like any you check out! x

      January 14, 2019 at 7:18 pm
  • Reply Alice

    I am SO glad I stumbled across this post, there are so many posts on this list I need to read. The friendship one in particular is one I need to read today, I think your early twenties are definitely the time when you start questioning the people you’re surrounding yourself with and also second guessing yourself. And also, I’m always up for reading about hot chocolates!
    Alice Xx

    January 13, 2019 at 9:12 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I hope you love them as much as I do! I agree, I related to that one on a little too deep a level, and it’s reassuring to know it’s something we all go through! x

      January 14, 2019 at 7:24 pm
  • Reply Jasmine Burke

    There are so many amazing blogs here, I’m definitely going to check them out! Already bookmarked Beth and Scarlett’s posts as they seem right up my street!

    Jas xx |

    January 13, 2019 at 9:15 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I love them all! I hope you do too x

      January 15, 2019 at 2:05 pm
  • Reply Lydia

    Thank you great list. These are going to be so helpful to start out my 2019 with some inspiration.

    January 13, 2019 at 9:52 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’m so glad you think so! Enjoy! x

      January 15, 2019 at 2:23 pm
  • Reply Julia

    One of my aims this year is to read more blogs so this really helped with that!! Bexa is definitely one of my favourite bloggers with how supportive she is and all her content is always amazing!! I loved the Scarlett London post when it came out too because what she said really resonated with me and reassured me about friendships and contact. I’ll definitely be checking out Chloe’s post though because those hot chocolates look heavenly!

    January 13, 2019 at 10:23 pm
  • Reply Penny France

    This is a great idea, loved reading this! I follow some of these amazing ladies already but I will definitely have the check the others out. Penny x

    January 13, 2019 at 10:33 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thank you! I hope you love the others as much as I do x

      January 15, 2019 at 2:11 pm
  • Reply Erin

    Love the idea of sharing and discovering new blogs! Great roundup! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    January 14, 2019 at 1:42 am
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