I was in two minds about whether to write this post for one simple reason: I’m in no way techie. Ultimately though, that’s exactly why I’ve decided that I should. The majority of bloggers that I know are in the same boat, we write about lots of interests but coding isn’t one of them. Beauty gurus? I follow plenty, but IT gurus? Only a couple.
Blogging & Social Media
A few months ago (okay, half a year) saw me complete a whole year of blogging and I truly felt like it was time for a refresh. Alongside a re-brand I decided to take the plunge and go self-hosted. I also switched things up with a whole new page layout and general blog redesign. I wouldn’t have had the confidence to do any of this without reading helpful posts about the experience of other bloggers, so I guess now it’s my turn. Even if I am a little overdue! Although it’s necessary to provide you with a little background information, the purpose of this post is to lay out all of the factors you should consider when going self-hosted to simplify the process.
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.
Things have been a little agreeable over here lately, haven’t they? Responsible, some may argue. Although there’s nothing I love more than sitting down to write about great beauty products and happy things, occasionally a little controversy rears its head and I feel compelled to share my opinions. The last thing I want to do is use this little space of mine as a place to vent – circa 2013 Tumblr style. However, following a series of events, I’d like to discuss blogging and question whatever happened to creative license?
In the very recent past, Pinterest was an enigma to me. I was absolutely baffled by how to use it and why so many bloggers swear by its traffic-driving abilities. If trying to figure out whether it’s a legitimate business advantage or just a fun way to procrastinate sounds familiar, then you’ve come to the right place. Although I’m far from an expert there’s no doubt that I’ve made progress with it recently.
In honour of my recent blog anniversary, I recently shared 12 lessons that I learned in my first year in the blogging industry. My second lesson is one which I feel needs some elaboration:
It’s been just over a year since I plucked up enough courage to start my very own blog. What began as my very own creative project soon turned into something bigger; I grew a sense of belonging within the community and began receiving more opportunities to work with amazing brands. It still baffles, scares and excites me in equal measure that so many people seem to be interested in little old me; the stories that I have to tell and the opinions that I share. Fear of failure and lack of confidence held me back from blogging for a long time, but after a year of Sophie Hearts, now Soph Hearts the only thing I regret is not establishing myself sooner. I’ve learned a lot of lessons in the past year so what better place to share them than right here?
As a blogger, content creator and avid Instagrammer, I know that images are everything. The old warning ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ has become irrelevant in our day and age, in which we place as much value on accompanying images as we do the content itself. We double tap the dreamy, well-lit pictures, the perfect flat-lays and pretty poses which draw us in and leave us wanting more.