I recall suffering from FOMO in my early teenage years, before the social media takeover. A vague memory comes to me of wistfully wondering what else was out there. That there must be more for me than a little life in the Norfolk countryside. How entitled, right? But we’re worse now.
Blogging & Social Media
Anyone who views their blog as a business will know the importance of tracking statistics. Looking back at popular posts and where traffic is coming from is incredibly helpful and I also find it interesting. I wrote a similar round-up post last year, summarising my most popular posts of 2018, so I thought I’d take some time, again, to look over my top 5 blog topics. This time of 2019.
I’ve moaned about it plenty myself, but I sometimes feel a little bad for Instagram. I know, I know, the ALGORITHM, but hear me out. For all its flaws, the positive implications it has on our lives is largely overshadowed by, well, everything else. From the comparison game to rude comments or poor engagement, it takes the brunt of our irritation even though it’s certainly not solely responsible.
Throughout my relatively short time blogging, I’ve considered the entire concept of it more times than I can count. What does posting so much of myself online mean?
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.
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.
There’s something really satisfying about the beginning of a new year. Reflecting back on the biggest achievements of the last before making new goals is a common ritual, and amongst other things, it’s had me considering my blog. Looking back at my most popular posts helps me gain a better understanding of what type of content is going down well. So today I thought that I’d share it in the form of a roundup! Not only does this give a chance to catch up on what’s arguably my best content, but it might also give you a better insight on what people are eager to read than just your own stats will provide.
I love that this post is the most popular of 2018. Some of these are really out of the box ways to do your good deeds (if I do say so myself) and although others may illicit a duh response, we could all do with the reminder to actively be more kind.
It’s not surprising that this one is chasing the top spot. Any recommendations which help to simplify blog work are always appreciated. These are all great apps, but I now use UNUM instead of Planoly, which allows more image uploads.
This one features a few Primark dupes and discusses them in comparison to the products they’re copied from. I still stand by the opinions so it’s worth checking out if you’re on the hunt for some great dupes (and an insight into which to avoid).
Soph Hearts saw it’s first birthday this Summer, alongside a re-brand. I didn’t expect this post to do so well as I thought that it was a little personal. It seems to have really helped quite a few readers though, which is great! If you’re interested in what I learnt in my first year as a blogger, this one is for you.
I’ve done plenty of things and spent plenty of money, all in the name of Instagram. This post is a discussion about 2018’s Instagram hypes and whether you should buy into them yourself. As you can imagine, I quite enjoyed ‘conducting research’ for this post.
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