When I started blogging back in 2010, I never thought it would be something I would still be doing 7 years later, but here I am still tapping away. My blogging has gone through peaks and troughs, with various levels of effort from me. When Sausage started school, I was able to go along to more blogging events during school hours and I went to some really cool things, like the gaming event in a hotel basement or the time that I got a manicure and makeover in a spa just because the brand liked my blog.
Burrito Baby is going to be three in a couple of weeks which means that, from Easter, she could be in nursery for a few hours a week if we decided to. I’m still umming and ahhing about it, and haven’t made any concrete plans, but I do like the idea of having a few child-free hours aweek again so that I can focus on myself.
Being able to travel more for blogging would be really great; I miss the hustle and bustle of events, meeting up with other bloggers and just getting a change of scenery for a day. I’d also like an excuse to buy a lovely new laptop backpack for travelling with my tech, but that doesn’t seem like a concrete enough reason to put my baby in playschool!!
I’m also planning on investing in a new camera this year and possibly some sort of backdrop set-up for taking better pictures. Every single blogger who I’d consider a ‘top blogger’ has beautiful imagery on their site and although I’m happy with my blog I’d really like to take it to the next level. I’m also looking into photography courses so that I can learn the basics of how to really get the best shots.
Another thing I’m planning to do is getting involved in more blog hops and regular linkys. One of the hardest parts of blogging is coming up with new, original content on a daily basis and it’s something which really fluctuates for me. However, when I blog more it somehow makes me more creative and I’m able to come up with more things to write about, so getting a few prompts each week should really help.
Another thing which makes a good blogger is by reading other blogs and sharing their content. Blogging is a community and as such a bit of love can go a long way. People are always happier to share posts and leave comments if there’s reciprocation but it should also be natural and genuine – if you find a post you love, share it and comment on it without the expectation of reciprocation and it’ll always be nice when it happens!
Do you have any plans for being a better blogger in 2017? Do you know of any amazing linkys that I should be joining in with? Which events will you be attending this year?