I am full of love for the blogging world right now. Every day I thank my lucky stars that I plucked up the courage to start wittering away online and discover a world of incredible writers, photographs and content creators on the internet. I love finding new blogs myself and I’ve done a couple of posts in the past sharing my favourite bloggers to follow. Seeing as it is 2018, it felt darn right to do another one.
To set the scene a little bit, this marvellous idea came to me just after midnight one Tuesday night. I most definitely should have gone to bed but I knew I would forget all about this wave of inspiration the next morning. I practically got myself ready for bed, crawled back into bed and picked a ‘Musical Hits’ playlist on Spotify. And ta-dah!
Writer’s block can be really shit – especially when your ultimate escape route is writing. My blog is easily one of the most enjoyable things in my life – it is definitely one of the things I care about the most. The complete and utter freedom of having total control of the content, the vision and the future is something I thrive of and somewhere I go to to escape. Having the words unable to come is my idea of a literal hell.
I had about three posts to write for the next couple of weeks. With an essay deadline prancing around my shoulder and another hangover day (swear I’m not an alcoholic, just a student who has partied too much recently), it was the perfect day to smash out some blog posts.
I ruddy love my blog. I honestly don’t know what I would do with my time if I didn’t blog and I’m so glad I finally had the courage to take the leap with a hobby I cared about. Blogging is something you can be teased about and it so nearly put me off but here I am, almost two and a half years later, not giving a f*ck. I’ve started to realise the possibilities which can amount from blogging and as a result, I’ve started to make smallish changes.
Blogging is a big abyss full of hundreds of thousands of blogs and it can be really hard to make your mark. I don’t really give a toss about making a mark but it can be so easy to lose your confidence or feel like you just don’t matter in a world full of so many blogs and just give it all up. Making little changes to slightly bigger changes has done a world of good for helping me focus the direction I want to take The Monday Project in and I thought I’d share in case anyone else needs a little foresight …
Although Instagram seems to be the bane of a lot of bloggers right now, I am really enjoying it. I’ve developed a theme of sorts, I’m enjoying creating content for it and most importantly, I’m enjoying finding inspiring feeds to follow.
One of the loveliest things about the summer for me was learning about slow living and embracing it at its fullest. Instagram is a treasure trove of wonderful accounts, there is nothing you can’t see on there but I’ve been focussing in on following feeds that genuinely give me joy to look at. Pictures I feel inspired from, that make me feel calm when I look, captions I enjoy reading. For a little bit of relaxation and some inspiration, I fully recommend checking these ones out.
I recently attend the Scottish Bloggers Collective meeting Glasgow about working with PRs and brands. It was the first event of its kind in Glasgow (it was also hosted in Edinburgh) and was held in the lovely Epoch restaurant in Princes Square. It was something a little different to do on a Thursday night and I got to meet some lovely bloggers. It was really nice to put faces to blogs and get to see people face to face. The event was sponsored by Old J Spiced Rum and oh my god, the spiced apple daiquiri has changed my life. My new favourite cocktail.
There was also a talk from Lauren from Wave PR on working with brands which I found super interesting. I haven’t really done much with brands before and I’ve never approached anyone myself so it was super interesting to hear about it from a PR perspective. It has definitely inspired me to reach out and put myself out there as you never know where opportunities might be! I thought I’d share five things I learnt in case anyone else is needing inspiration …