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My blogging Month: April 2017

1st May 2017
Blogging Month April

April has come and gone in the blink of an eye hasn’t it? Before long it will be summer and hopefully I’ll be spending more weekends outdoors.

This month has seen a few collaborations, a speaking gig at a blog conference and a couple of things that I usually refer to as ‘epic fails’ but aren’t really – it’s just me giving myself a hard time! So I’ll start with my ‘epic fails’ and as usual end on a high note.

‘Epic Fail’ number 1

Over Easter I went to DisneyWorld in Florida with the kids and my parents. The holiday was a VERY generous Christmas present from my parents and we had the most brilliant time. This isn’t the ‘Epic Fail’ of course, but I wanted to have at least one blog post published about the trip and at least one video done. The most I’ve managed to achieve on this is a video review on the Plaza Premium Business Lounge at Heathrow’s Terminal 2.

Actually, that’s a lie. Girlwrighter and I also knocked up a video about our mini shopping haul in Florida. It was mini because it’s so expensive for Brits right now.

Anyway, I could probably knock out at least 10 blog posts about the trip, but like many bloggers raising a family and working full time are commitments that come first, leaving fewer hours than I’d like spent on the blog.

‘Epic Fail’ number 2

I was really disappointed with a well known brand who contacted me to see if they could work with me. Without naming names, they wanted me to come up with some ideas to update an area of my home and write about thrifty tips on saving money.

The blog post was of course right up my street and I had planned to update a corner of my garden to make it a real ‘English Country Garden’ complete with a weathered looking desk, beautiful English flowers, some lovely ornaments…you get the drift.

So while on holiday VIP and I planned what we’d buy (doing some pretty thorough research online) and I had pretty much finished writing up the post on the plane on the way home. The only thing that need doing was ordering the products online and photographing them.

To cut a long story short (you can read more about my views on this in Vuelio’s Blogger In The Spotlight interview with me), they ended up emailing me saying they can’t work on the project due to budget constraints. I thought it was rather mean after a publishing date for the post had been agreed – and then three weeks later they changed their mind.

I do love working with brands and PRs, but there does need to be more transparency – I’d be interested to hear what other bloggers think about this too – feel free to leave your comments on this below!

Collaborations

I was beyond excited when Debenhams got in touch with me to see if I’d like to work with them. Work with Debenhams and be rewarded for the privilege? Hell yeah! So despite me being away for two weeks over Easter I was determined to pull out all the stops to make this happen.

The result was a blog post about taking your spring home from ‘drab to fab’ with some Spring Cleaning Tips and Decoration. You should have seen the delivery I received though – in fact, you can because I took a picture before I opened the boxes of items I’d chosen myself for the project….

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Guest posts & opportunities

One of my fave brands, DotComGiftShop got in touch to let me know that they’d written an article reviewing their favourite interior design bloggers, and that I had been featured! If you’d like a read it’s right here! 

Also, you may remember from my January Blogging Month Report I reported on my HIBS chart progress where I was placed in 255th position and in February I’d climbed to 247th position. I worked out that if I were ever to take the top spot that it would take me two-and-a-half years to get there.

I checked it the other day and it appears that I’ve jumped to 191st on HIBS, which means that in two months I’ve jumped 48 spaces. I have absolutely no idea how they determine rankings, but I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing.

Other writing gigs have included 50 Things Only Dads With Daughters Know on the Meet Other Mums website and I was also interviewed on Alex’s That Butterfly Effect blog for her #WonderMamaTribe series, chatting about my son Luis, who was born with clubfoot. There are some wonderful comments on the post which have been supportive and lovely to read.

My vlogging channel

As usual I’ve been continuing with the Weekly Scoops on my YouTube channel, where every week I highlight 10 new things in travel and interiors. It’s hard work putting this together every week, but despite my low subscriber numbers I’ve had some really positive feedback from people on it.

While I’m on the subject of positive feedback, I received a lovely note from another blogger who had found me through my Instagram channel. She wrote me a note asking where I’d been all her life and that she loved what I wrote about and how I wrote it  – basically that she was my biggest fan. I was on such a high that week as you can imagine.

I’m a big advocate for letting other bloggers know that you’ve enjoyed their latest post or supporting them by sharing their content on social media. I think it’s important (and nice) for other bloggers to support each other in this way. Stronger in numbers and all that.

Conference call

As I mentioned, I was one of Traverse’s conference speakers at Traverse 17 this weekend just gone. Along with my lovely friend (and also an editor), Tania O’Donnell, we spoke at length about How to Successfully Pitch To Editors (and get them coming back for more).

I’ve been inundated with messages following the event – all in praise and saying how useful and insightful the session was. I think I probably enjoyed it above everyone (I love helping others), so without going down a career change, I’d like to start putting myself forward for more opportunities like this – and possibly smaller focus groups.

Blog learning

I discovered LINKILIKE – an automatic content seeding tool, which provides focused, quick and authentic reach for content.

I attended a few other speaker sessions at Traverse 17 and I have learnt soooooooo much. Two sessions that particularly stood out for me was Monika Stott’s Money Making Game Changers session where she spoke about tips for travel bloggers and working with brands and Judith Lewis’ 12 Tips For A Better SEO Life.

I am literally buzzing with ideas now and if I didn’t know anything about SEO before, I certainly know about it now – and boy, have I been doing a few things wrong!

My new logo

If you haven’t yet noticed I’ve got a new header logo for my blog (which is also featured on my Facebook Page)  and I had a simple logo made to go with it which looks like this…

Both of these I got designed through Fiverr – of course, they weren’t just £5 – you can choose higher spec packages, but I’m thrilled with the result! Let me know what you think!

The Blogging Month At A Glance

What was great? My highlight this month by far was my speaking gig at The Traverse 17 conference in London.
What wasn’t?
The disappointment I felt after being let down by a brand when I had put a lot of time and effort into something that was agreed on.
Goals for May:
Explore more speaker opportunities as I got such a kick out of this and sort out (and implement) some strategies for SEO that I gleaned from Judith’s conference session.

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41 comments

Laura - Surface House 13th May 2017 at 11:26 am

Love the openness and honesty in your blog posts. Your personality shines in them and its SO addictive..!
Going to explore more posts now.

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LaurettaCWright 13th May 2017 at 2:31 pm

That’s very kind, thanks Laura – you’ve made my day!

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Stephanie 9th May 2017 at 9:20 pm

I love your new Logo, it’s perfect and bright!

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LaurettaCWright 9th May 2017 at 9:28 pm

Thanks very much! 🙂

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Cal at Family Makes 7th May 2017 at 10:00 pm

So sorry to hear that you got let down by a brand, but sounds like you have plenty more to make up for it! I must start doing more with brands. Congratulations on all of your positive feedback – all well deserved of course. And finally, congratulations on your logo makeover – lovely and fresh to match your spring theme at home too!

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LaurettaCWright 7th May 2017 at 10:23 pm

That’s super kind – thanks Carol! X

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Rebecca Smith 4th May 2017 at 8:42 pm

Sounds like it has been a fab month except for being let down by the brand – so disheartening when that happens!

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LaurettaCWright 4th May 2017 at 9:03 pm

Thanks Rebecca – certainly was!

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Jessica 3rd May 2017 at 11:41 pm

April sounds like it was busy for you. I like your new logo! I hope you can get all you want done in May accomplished. Keep up the awesome work!

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LaurettaCWright 4th May 2017 at 6:00 am

Thanks so much Jessica…..onwards and upwards hopefully!

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Caroline 3rd May 2017 at 9:32 am

Another fantastic month Lauretta, you should be super proud!

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LaurettaCWright 3rd May 2017 at 9:52 am

That’s very kind – thanks Caroline. There are so many things I feel I’ve failed on though, but yes, it’s important to look at the positive X

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Kirsty 2nd May 2017 at 2:55 pm

What a busy month. I love the new logo it looks great. What a shame about the content post though.

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LaurettaCWright 2nd May 2017 at 5:21 pm

Thanks so much Kirsty!

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Clair 2nd May 2017 at 2:10 pm

I love reading about your trip to Florida… I go in 196 days ahhh!

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LaurettaCWright 2nd May 2017 at 5:34 pm

I hope I can get some content on the site before then – might help with your trip!

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Musings of a tired mummy...zzz... 2nd May 2017 at 12:45 pm

Wow busy month! I’m glad you had a fab holiday even if you didn’t post too much about it! 🙂 Looking forward to finding out how May goes for you

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LaurettaCWright 2nd May 2017 at 5:47 pm

Thanks so much!

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Kara 2nd May 2017 at 7:13 am

I really wanted to go to Traverse but due to my husband’s job we just cannot do a bank holiday weekend. I am very jealous of your Disney trip, I long to take the kids there and I have lost count of times a PR has promised something and then backed out, but that is the nature of blogging

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LaurettaCWright 2nd May 2017 at 7:18 am

Thanks Kara – shame about the PR thing…I work with PRs on a daily basis as part of my job and they’re a lovely lot – I couldn’t do my job without them. I’ve never had problems like the ones I face with my blogging hat on, which leads me to believe the blogging industry isn’t being taken seriously by some, which is a huge shame.

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Ana De- Jesus 1st May 2017 at 11:30 pm

I was meant to attend Traverse and I was so gutted that I couldn’t go as it sounds like there was amazing workshops. How amazing that you got to be a speaker ! xx

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Julie Syl Kalungi 1st May 2017 at 9:06 pm

I love your logo, it embraces your blog ethos. I trly dont know what I wold do if a brand did that to us. Wow you have been a really busy bee and you so deserve all the success coming your way! Well done you!

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LaurettaCWright 1st May 2017 at 10:05 pm

That’s very kind thanks Julie. It has been particularly busy lately so I think May will quieten down a bit which will be nice! Thanks for your comments.

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shelley 1st May 2017 at 4:03 pm

Oh no such a shame with the brand and that it never happened, hate those situations. especially because you’ve already done all the work, what a shame! xx

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LaurettaCWright 1st May 2017 at 5:02 pm

Yes it was annoying, but I guess it’s now a learning lesson…!

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kerry 1st May 2017 at 4:00 pm

Sounds like a fab, productive month, well done you x. I totally get where your coming from regarding time. I feel like Im constantly juggling time. I will admit here though that my time management isnt great, I get distracted so easily!

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LaurettaCWright 1st May 2017 at 5:03 pm

It’s tricky isn’t it? I think I just need more focus (and fewer interruptions from people when I’m trying to dedicate time to something!)

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Gareth Torrance 1st May 2017 at 3:08 pm

I have to say, your new logo is really nice! And I’ve not heard of Linkilike before!

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LaurettaCWright 1st May 2017 at 5:03 pm

Thanks Gareth – good to know others are liking the new logo too!

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Emma 1st May 2017 at 2:39 pm

It sounds like you have had a really amazing month, it’s a shame that a collaboration fell through last minute. I do find that some brands sometimes take bloggers for granted and underestimate their reach and influence. Well done on the conference as well… that’s a great achievement.

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LaurettaCWright 1st May 2017 at 5:04 pm

Thanks so much Emma. Yes, I agree that bloggers need to be given more credibility for some of the work we produce – and the huge amount of time and effort that goes into some of our posts.

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Chrissy Faery 1st May 2017 at 1:10 pm

Wow! It sounds like you’ve had an incredible month! Your new logo is adorable! <3 xxx

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LaurettaCWright 1st May 2017 at 1:23 pm

Thanks Chrissy – that’s very kind!

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Sus // roughmeasures.com 1st May 2017 at 1:03 pm

It sounds like a fantastic month – the Florida trip sounds amazing! I get so disheartened when brands don’t have enough budget and pull out!
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LaurettaCWright 1st May 2017 at 1:25 pm

Sounds like the same has happened to you – I don’t so much mind the pulling out, but the fact that they didn’t tell me for a while.

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Newcastle Family Life 1st May 2017 at 12:11 pm

It sounds like you have had such a busy month. I love your new logo, really captures what your blog is about. I hope you had an amazing time in Florida, I can’t wait to revisit someday soon. xx

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Helen 1st May 2017 at 10:58 am

It sounds like an amazing month! I can’t wait to hear about your holiday, it’s somewhere I’ve always wanted to go.

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LaurettaCWright 1st May 2017 at 11:17 am

Thanks Helen – I’ll do my best to work on them 😉 x

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Helen 1st May 2017 at 10:40 am

What a good blogging month overall – so many fantastic opportunities. Well done 🙂

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Jon 1st May 2017 at 10:37 am

Sounds like it’s been a fantastic month! Those are some BIG boxes from Debenhams btw!! lol

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LaurettaCWright 1st May 2017 at 11:17 am

Thanks Jon – they were nearly as big as I am!

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