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 …
Newsletters seem to be a really big thing in the blogging/writing world at the mo and I for one, am all over it. It is a brilliant way of keeping up to date with bloggers who produce them as they come straight to your email (handy!) and share lots of brilliant tips & tricks & ASOS buys you absolutely need. I’ve recently started subscribing to any thrown my way but I thought I would share five of my favourites that you all must go and subscribe to, like immediately.
After my first instalment of this post back in April, I realised that I still needed to share so many more amazing bloggers. When I compiled my list, I didn’t realise how many insanely good blogs I read and I was left with so many who I didn’t manage to write about first time. So voila, here we have the take two version. I spend a lot of time on the internet reading blogs and these 8 ladies cover amazing variations of content: from lifestyle to books to travel to spirituality.
If you think your “to read” list is lacking a little bit, I fully recommend giving these bloggers lot a whirl. I don’t read things that I can’t be bothered with but I find myself continuously checking these ladies blogs for new posts, I’m bordering on obsessive tbh.