Blogging Goals, Creativity and Why I’m Abandoning Numbers in 2018

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2017 was my second year of blogging and I was in full planning mode at the end of 2016. I was buzzing with ideas for content, and was busy setting goals for the year ahead. I followed all the good goal setting advice and made sure that my goals were all ambitious and measurable, and that meant I ended up setting a lot of goals around numbers. Because that's the measure of a successful blog, isn't it? Follower numbers, page views, rankings - I had all kinds of goals that I was determined to achieve in 2017. And the reality is that I haven't achieved any of them. There are all kinds of reasons for that, a newborn baby being just the ...

How I Rediscovered My Instagram Love

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A while back I wrote about how I'd fallen out of love with Instagram. I know I wasn't alone in that - the algorithm changes and the follow/unfollow culture meant that so many people were becoming disillusioned with the platform. I'd found my follower numbers plummeting and I wasn't picking up any new followers either, so the whole thing started to become very depressing. But lately I've been feeling the love again, and I put that down to a number of ways in which I've changed my approach.   Relaxing my approach to what I post I admit it - I got caught up in all the advice to only post your 'best' photos. I'd ponder over whether a photo was instagram worthy, ...

How I Fell Out of Love with Instagram

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Of all the social media platforms, Instagram has long been my favourite. I love documenting those little snippets from our daily lives and capturing our family as it grows. I love the positive vibe it has, the supportive community that I've found there, and the connections and friendships I've forged with other Instagrammers. But recently I've fallen out of love with it all and I'm not entirely sure why.   Yet another algorithm change... There's no doubt that Instagram has changed the algorithm yet again - I'm not seeing my favourites in my feed and I'm having to remember to head over to their accounts to see their recent posts. Even those that I have notifications set up for I'm missing, as the ...

Growing your Instagram Following

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I don't profess to be an expert on Instagram by any means. But it's fast become my favourite social media platform, my 'happy place', and I'm really pleased to have built a following of over 2000 followers from scratch in a year. It's perhaps not a hugely impressive figure compared to accounts with over 10K, but it's one that is very achievable for someone starting out. Of course, it goes without saying that follower numbers aren't the be all and end all, but if you're serious about using your Instagram account as a business, then a large follower count is a huge part of why a brand would want to work with you, as well as factoring into things like your Tots100 and Klout ...

Embracing being a ‘Mummy Blogger’

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When I first started out blogging, I resisted calling myself a Mummy Blogger. I blogged about being a mum, sure, but I also blogged about beauty, fashion, and interiors - I was determined to prove that there was more to me than being a mum! When you hear the words 'mummy blogger', the chances are that the person saying it will have a kind of sneering tone - a disbelief that blogging about life as a parent could ever be a 'thing' - and, even amongst other bloggers, I noticed a general feeling that mummy bloggers were looked down on. But after a year of blogging, I think my posts have settled down into what I would loosely describe as 'family lifestyle' - ...

Hot Pink Wellingtons is One Year Old!

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I can't quite believe it, but somewhere along the line a whole year has gone by since I started blogging! I'm so proud of what my little site has become over this year, and everything I've achieved. I wrote a reflection on 6 months of blogging, and I'm so pleased that all those things I loved at six months are still so relevant now - the community, the emotional outlet, the creative element. Rather than repeating myself here, I thought it would be nice to look back at the highlights of this year and the things I'm most proud of achieving with my blog. Instagram I find it hard to believe now, but it took me a long time to set up ...

The Best Instagram Hashtags for Parent Bloggers

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So it's no secret that I'm a huge lover of Instagram. Despite my initial hesitation, it's grown to be my 'happy place', and rarely a day goes by that I don't upload a photo of what we're up to. When I started out, I was hesitant to use hashtags, and didn't really understand them, but I've come to realise how important they are to getting your photos seen and liked by as many people as possible, and connect with other users who share the same interests as you. There are so many instagram hashtags for parent bloggers that it can be a bit overwhelming, so I wanted to share the ones that have really worked for me to grow my ...

My favourite Up and Coming Instagram Accounts

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Before I started blogging, I didn't see the point in Instagram. I rarely shared photos to my facebook feed, so why would I be interested in sharing photos with people I didn't know on Instagram? But since an Instagram account is pretty much an essential part of a blogger's toolkit I signed up and it's rapidly become my favourite social media outlet and has fuelled a love of photography that I never knew I had. I love the positive vibe that Instagram has - it's just a lovely few minutes out of my day to scroll through my feed and see beautiful snapshots of people's lives. At first I was quite restrained in terms of interacting with people, and I would see ...

Sharing the Blog Love – Showcase 6

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I can't believe we're in August already? Where is the summer going - and more importantly, what happened to the sun? We were so pleased that so many of you managed to join us last week for #SharingtheBlogLove - a record 38 of you lovely people linked up! And it's even more amazing to see how many of you really are sharing the blog love by leaving loads of lovely comments - we love seeing our hashtag sprinkled over your posts when we're stopping by to read. There were loads of great posts to choose from last week, and here are my 4 favourites to share with you.   The Butterfly Mother I loved Laura's Letter to her son. Laura's writing is always beautiful - ...

#SharingtheBlogLove – A new linky

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One of the aspects of blogging that I've most enjoyed since I started has been the amazing community that exists around it. I've always been an avid reader of blogs, but the sheer number that I read now has grown massively and I find there is always a new up and coming blog that I discover and love. #SharingtheBlogLove is a new linky venture which I've set up with the lovely Laura from Dear Bear and Beany. We both wanted to give something back to the blogging community, so the idea of this linky is that it will be a weekly showcase of our favourite posts, introducing you to new bloggers you might not know, and highlighting the talent that is ...