I think if I had to choose one word to sum up my blogging experience this month it would be clarity. And that’s because I’ve sat up and started to get much more organised.
As someone who hates leaving everything until the last minute, I decided to work extra hard to get on top of the workload so that I could start implementing a consistent posting schedule.
I made the decision to do so in response to something posted by the lovely Aby from YouBabyMeMummy. Well, I say she’s lovely…I haven’t actually yet met her in person yet (I plan to at BritMums!), but she must be genuinely nice as she offers such great advice and resources for us bloggers!
And it was one of these resources (her Blogging Roadmap) that gave me a kick up the backside to put a posting schedule in place. In case you’re interested, I’ve now decided to post twice a week as well as updating my 10 New Things page is updated every Friday morning.
Now that’s sorted, I’ve got a few goals of my own for the next few months
- More guest posting!
- Get my email opt-in done (my ebook – which is a work in progress!)
- Start thinking about a product – something that I could sell perhaps. This doesn’t necessarily have to be a physical product – it could be a service that I provide, which is more my style.
The lovely Girl About Townhouse put my name forward for the Amara Interior Blog Awards after I nominated her for ‘Best Craft Blog’ (vote for Caroline here).
The voting ends on Friday 15th September and, if you think I’m a deservibg candidate, I’d love a few supporting votes for Best Interior Lifestyle Blog.
I wouldn’t say I’ve had any major fails this month – most of the things that haven’t yet transpired are still a work in progress, so I’m happy that they’ll get done – eventually!
Lobster Homeware sent me a lobster apron – but not any old lobster apron; it’s an award-winning apron by UK brand, Lobster Homeware.
It retails from £20, which might seem a bit chewy for an apron, however, they’ve literally thought of everything when it comes to designing this – lots of great features, which I showcased in a weekly scoop with the help of my daughter.
Also in the same video, I hooked up with Original Clean 1886, the authorized UK distributor of Faultless Starch/Bon Ami Company products from the USA. The company sent me a range of cleaning products to try out and, I have to say, I’ve been thoroughly impressed with them so far. I’m still working my way through them even now! The company is continuing to grow – and its range is now available at Fenwick Brent Cross.
Tricks for busy bees!
I was pretty chuffed to be asked to contribute to the Niix Tricks for Busy Women eBook, which is a comprehensive guide of fun, clever tricks to help busy women fit more time into their daily routine! Especially when I got the following comment from the PR: “You’ve been a dream to work with and I hope we can work together on bigger projects in the future!” Now there’s music to my ears and makes all the hard work pay off.
Anyway, you can download the guide, for free, in full here: http://niix.fit/blog/tips-tricks-time-saving-hacks/ – and do feel free to share it with others!
BritMums asked if I’d share my thoughts on #BritMums17 in the run up to the conference.
I made a bit of a boo boo and thought the write up was initially for my blog and ended up publishing this; it was actually meant for the BritMums’ website and so I ended up rewriting another story, this time with a different angle by picking out some of the sessions that caught my eye on the schedule.
The schedule has since been updated and you can see what it looks like here.
Meanwhile, Money.co.uk sent me an article entitled ‘6 travel money mistakes to avoid’ – some great tips! You can download it from here.
And finally, I recently contributed to an industry report on Wearable Technology with Reckless Agency. It's a fascinating read and gives an insight into the future of wearable tech and what we can expect – have a read here.
Who I met
I haven’t actually managed to get out this much (I was too busy trying to get ahead with the blogging!), but I did manage to attend the Blogosphere Summer Party in London earlier this month.
I met a few bloggers there and exchanged business cards with them – and they also got a mention on the post I wrote about the event.
In the charts (HIBS)
My Domain Authority (DA) has stayed the same this month. I’m at 29 and I just need to hit that 30 mark! I’ve heard that bigger brands start working with bloggers who have a DA of 30 or above, so I’m using it as a bit of a benchmark to aim for.
I did see some movement on the HIBS chart though – moving from 121st position to 109th. Nine more positions to move and I’m going out for that meal to celebrate joining the top 100 list! Watch this space as they say!
My vlogging channel
I finally got round to finishing my Disney World Diaries, with the final video showcasing our final day in Magic Kingdom. Check out the playlist here.
Other than vlogging about the Blogosphere party, I also put together a video review of Mark Warner’s San Lucianu Resort in Corsica.
The review follows my write-up on the whole trip itself – and the resort as a family-friendly destination and I have been meaning to put something like that together for a while!
Another video review was on a new recycling bin called the EKO Neo Cube Step Pedal Bin. I actually loved the bin and I've chucked out my old bin in favour of the EKO Neo Cube, which is great for recycling as well as general waste.
And finally, if you follow my Weekly Scoop playlist you might have noticed that Girlwrighter has stopped joining me; instead we decided to launch a new Playlist on my YouTube channel called #TweenTalk.
The first episode (on pets) is up and running; so do check out what my nine-year old and I have to say about pets! Oh – and please leave a suggestion on what you’d like us to chat about next!
I’ve been running the #SnappedUp Linky with Family Makes for quite a few months now. Some months are great and we get more than five bloggers linking up – and some are thin on the ground.
This always surprises me as we’ve offered a competition prize every month and with the chances of winning a prize very high indeed, I suspected more bloggers would join in.
Anyway, the Aug/Sep Linky is ending really soon (for the chance to win a French Chateau Living coffee-table style book), but I’ve got a whopping four prizes to give away in the September/October Linky!
As bloggers, we’re always looking for ways to create beautiful images and graphics to make you stand out – and Fotojet Designer allows you to do just that.
It’s a photo editor, collage maker and graphic designer – all in one sweet package. You’ll probably be using something like Canva (it’s very similar), but my giveaway offers FOUR annual subscription copies of the FotoJet Plus package for either the Pc or Mac – worth $34.99 each!
The other good news is that I’ve extended the Linky to include product reviews as well as hauls – please do stop by and link up.
The Blogging Month At A Glance
What was great? Attending the Blogosphere Summer Party!
What wasn’t? Being skint which meant that I couldn’t afford to hire someone to design my ebook or even get a pro video introduction for my YouTube channel (something I’ve been wanting to do for a while)
Goals for September: Get a pro introduction made for my channel!
A Blogging Board Pin
I linked up with…