Being productive is not my forte. If I had a penny for every time I’ve been sat staring blankly at the computer screen or spring cleaning my room – because it was so much more urgent than tomorrows blog post – I would be rich my friend. But I’m not, I’m broke and unproductive. However, I have found some handy ways of making the most of my time, little tricks I use to focus and if I really cannot focus, ways to still be productive. 5 steps to being more productive write manageable lists I am queen list maker. There’s nothing I love more than writing lists, even as a child I wrote lists upon lists – at least now they have some form of use, though I have been know to write things I’ve already done purely for the sense of achievement when ticking it off. When you write a list, you should always be super realistic. Don’t write an a4 to do list – you ain’t never gonna get that done in a day and when you don’t you’ll feel like a failure. I also find that personally, if I see a huge list I instantly remember something else I could do to avoid said scary list. Writing a more manageable list makes you way more productive – and if you really must have your a4 list, split it into manageable chunks. Background noise is a good thing Personally, I cannot concentrate in deadly silence, my mind wanders and before I know it I’m at the checkout on Asos and the blog post is just a distant memory. blog post who? I find there’s a fine line when it comes to background noise, it has to be something to fill the silence without drawing your attention away from your writing. For me, the radio works best for this heart FM I salute you, I do love Grimmy but the presenters on Radio 1 are far too talky and distracting! This little radio I was sent from EMIE has been my absolute saviour. It’s about the size of an a6 piece of paper, lightweight and totally instagrammable. Small, lightweight and photogenic . . in other words a bloggers dream, perfect for those ‘work situation” shots! Obviously it does have a function too, background noise. . because it’s small I’ve been carrying it round everywhere with me, by the shower, in the kitchen . .probably not socially acceptable to take it on the train . . Don’t procrastinate Procrasination is the thief of joy. I truly believe this, how can you ever relax when you know you should be doing something else? If you do something, see it through from start to finish and don’t stop to clean out your make up drawer – it has been known. I am queen of procrastinating, there’s always someone who wants to go for lunch or the dog needs walking and I haven’t washed my make up brushes in ages. Honestly the things I’ll do to avoid working. Preparation is key I always schedule my posts because I find it hard…

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How to Use Social Media to build your blogs following

Knowing when and how to promote your blog is such a key part of being a blogger. Sooo, I thought for this weeks blog tips post I would talk about the ways you can use social media to build your blogs following. How to build your blogs following using Social Media Social media is a great free way of building up your blogs following. Most of my tips will probably make you go . .duh!  But I’d say they ain’t all that obvious and unless you know, you don’t know. . you know?! Twitter Tag brands and blogger groups in your tweet Whenever I share my blog posts on twitter I always tag either the brand I’m talking about or/and blogger groups. Incase you didn’t know, there’s so many groups that will retweet you. . like they’re dedicated to retweeting blogs . . I know. Some of the groups I regularly tag are below but I’m always finding new ones and there’s lots that are great for specific posts: @femalebloggerRT @fashbeautylife @UKbloggers1 @lovingblogs @lbloggerschat @blogginggals (use #blogginggals) @TheGirlGangHQ (make sure you also #thegirlgang) @bloggingconnect @BBlogRT Join in on blogger chats Blogger chats are another great way of building your following and getting people over to your blog. It’s also great for finding out new information and sharing tips with other bloggers. They usually have a topic such as working with brands or blog photography and the chat allows bloggers to swap experiences and share ideas. Some of the chats I regularly join in with I’ve listed below but I’m sure if none of these are relevant to you, if you do your research there’ll be hundreds to join in with! Monday #BDIB  – 7-8pm #Fbloggers – 8-9pm Tuesday #fblchat – 8-9pm #bloghour – 9-10pm Wednesday #lbloggers – 7-8pm #bbloggers – 8-9pm Friday #BDIB – 8-9pm Saturday #fblchat – 3-4pm Sunday #lbloggers – 7-8pm #bbloggers – 8-9pm Keep Active Twitter more than any other social media is one you need to stay active on. The more active you are, the more your following will grow. This is another reason why group chats are great, I try to join in at least 1 a week, regularly tweet my blog posts and try to post in between just general tweets like I love my dog . .you get the picture! Instagram Tag brands and inspiration pages in your photos and use relevant hashtags This is kind of similar to the Twitter one but obviously, as we all know Instagram is a tough nut to crack! I find that when I get reposted by a brand or inspirational page my blog views go way up. Once when ootdmagazine reposted me and I got way over 500 views in about an hour! Crazy. Tagging inspirational pages, brands and using specific brand hashtags are amazing ways of getting noticed for that all important re post! With OOTDmagazine you can also go to their website and submit images to give yourself more chances of being re posted! Be interactive I know that the more your following grows the harder this is, but…

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How To Make Your Blog Post Stand Out

I’ve found over the past few weeks my posts have been getting more attention than before. I know that this obviously comes with growth, but I do believe there’s certain tips and tricks that you can use to make your blog post stand out. Obviously, the next step was to share these tips with you lovely people! Make your blog post stand out Choose Your Featured Image Wisely Your featured image should be one thats carefully selected. I’m on wordpress so I’m not sure on the other blogging platforms, but I know you can set it with wordpress so you should be able to with the others! To me, someone who is very drawn to beautiful imagery- aren’t we all, setting your featured image to one that you think will draw the reader in without giving away too much of the post is so important when trying to make your blog post stand out. For example, when I’m doing an outfit post, I pick an image that will draw the reader in but not show the whole outfit . . did you see what I did there? Site’s like Bloglovin’ generally take the first image from your post so make sure thats something you consider too! Personally I always pick a landscape image for my first and featured image as I find it sit’s nicely when sharing it on social media and it’s guaranteed not to stretch on sites like Bloglovin’. Use A Catchy Title The second, or equal first most important thing to consider when trying to make your blog post stand out, is the title. It’s got to be something that will capture the readers attention and make them want to read more. I find this harder with fashion posts but I’ve certainly got better than my past titles, usually something along the lines of monochrome . . I guess someone who likes monochrome or a loyal reader might click through but someone who stumbles upon it isn’t likely to click through. If you want to ace your title then make sure you read my post on how to create a killer blog title. Consider Your First Sentence The first sentence plays two important parts in getting the readers attention. The first sentence is pulled through to sites like Bloglovin’, Facebook and sometimes Twitter when shared. So you have your title, image and first sentence. It’s another way of getting the reader interested and wanting to read on. Secondly, the first sentence is what will determine whether the reader continues to scroll or clicks straight off of your post. Obviously we hope that the whole of our blog post will be interesting and captivate the reader, but nailing that first sentence will make your blog post stand out more than nailing the last. Are Your Photos Up To Scratch? As I said before, the first image is by far the most important in your post. However, your imagery in general can help to make your blog post stand out.…

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80 Killer Blog Post Ideas

Seen as so many of you found my post on what to do when you hit a blogging block so useful, I thought I would re-create one of the posts I myself find helpful, one helluva list of blog post ideas! I’ve mainly focused on fashion and beauty as that’s kinda my bag, but I’ve added in some lifestyly bits too! I had to include my new favourite beauty bits in these photos, incase you didn’t already know Sigma have the best brushes. I’ve got the 3dhd Kabuki Brush, the 3dhd Precision Brush and the blush affair set and I love them all and use each one daily! Their brush cleaning mat is also a dream to use. Fashion Blog Post Ideas Trend Update – talk about the latest trend with some inspiration How to Wear A Trend – show how to incorporate the latest trend into your wardrobe Wishlist – payday? birthday? is there a particular shop you’re in love with at the minute? Your go-to Outfit What’s in my Bag  All Time Favourite Piece Shoe Collection Bag Collection 10 things under £10 – (this could work with anything really but people love cheap fashion!) New in – wardrobe updates A Week of Outfits 3 Ways to Wear – pick an item and show different way’s to wear it How to Dress for Your Body Shape Fashion Goals – is there a look your striving for or a new trend you want to try out? Wardrobe Tour Fashion Hacks Favourite Season to Dress For Item’s You Don’t Wear But Can’t Get Rid Of Designer Dupes Compare Your Style Now to When You First Started Blogging Style Inspiration Shopping Tips – do you have any tips and tricks for when you go shopping? Wardrobe Essentials Most Expensive Fashion Purchase Day to Night Look Wedding Guest Outfit Idea – or you could focus on another occasion i.e. valentines day Style Do’s and Don’ts Tonal Outfit – why don’t you try an all black or all white look? Beauty Blog Post Ideas Everyday Makeup Routine Favourite Evening Look Favourite Lipsticks  Make-up For When You Can’t Be Bothered Favourite Beauty Bloggers How To Do a Smokey Eye 7 Tips for Your Skin Type Beauty Hacks Beauty Products You Can’t Live Without Most Used Make Up Brushes Morning Skincare Routine Night Time Skincare Routine Beauty Goals – is there a certain look you wan’t to master? Maybe you want to try out a different look? What’s In My Make Up Bag Perfume Collection Make Up Storage / Collection Tour Haircare Routine Top 5 Foundations High End Beauty Favourites Budget Beauty Favourites Favourite Youtube Beauty Tutorials Recreate Someone Famous’ Make Up Everyday Hair Budget Dupes for High End Make Up Products Most Expensive Beauty Purchase New Beauty Launches Favourite Statement Lip Colours Favourite Beauty Brands  Lifestyle Blog Post Ideas Favourite Bloggers Favourite Instagram Accounts Why You Started Blogging What Your Blog Name Means 10 Facts about Yourself Round Up Of Your Favourite Blog Posts Interior Inspiration Favourite Places To Shop – which shops do you…

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Building Relationships Between Brands and Bloggers

I’d like to think that most brands I work with I have managed to build an ongoing working relationship with. This post was actually requested by the lovely Nikita, so here are my tips on how to navigate your way to building relationships between brands and bloggers! Brands and Bloggers Need Each Other I think it’s so important to remember this throughout, that not only do you need them but they also need you. Brands and bloggers are both guilty of forgetting that it can be a mutually great thing when the collaboration is done right. Whilst I have had great working relationships with brands I’ve also had people tell me “there’s plenty of other bloggers that will do it” when I’m not happy with their terms, my answer? ask them then! Whilst brands can really help you to build your blogging portfolio and get your name out there, if it’s not a mutually beneficial collaboration and you’re not comfortable with what they’re asking, don’t do it. Your worth more and at the end of the day it’s your name on the blog so you have to be happy with everything you put out to the world. If you blog about something you’re giving it your seal of approval and readers value this the most, don’t take advantage of it! “You’ve got to crack a few eggs to make an omelette” Your not going to be making money from collaborations and working with big brands overnight. However, if there’s a brand you really want to get in with, why don’t you buy something and do a post on it anyway? Use all their hashtags, email them and let them know you did the post and ask for feedback and you never know where it could lead. Kirk my photographer used this quote to me when I was trying to justify a massive Misguided order in the 50% sale – you know the one that crashed their website? A brand I would love to work with, unfortunately the order wouldn’t go through and then the stuff was sold out damn you Misguided, but I’m definitely bearing this excuse/justification/great idea in mind for the next time I’m debating at the checkout. Go above and beyond expectations I think this is so important, if you’re just starting out and someone asks you to do something for them, wow them. Going above and beyond will make them sit up and watch what you’re doing, it also shows you’re creative, reliable and use your initiative . . all great things. A recent example I have of this is when I did a denim collaboration on instagram with Asos. They asked for one instagram photo, I posted several over a few weeks and did a blog post. If you have the time and the ideas, why would you not do it just because they haven’t paid or asked for it . . you have to work up to that by impressing them and showing how valuable you are. Don’t be afraid to reach out This is one that…

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