18 Ways To Ensure You’re Blogging Happy In 2018

18 Ways To Ensure You’re Blogging Happy In 2018

We’re about a week into 2018 and I’ve been seeing lots of blogging about blog planning and how to kill it this year. If you’ve read my January focus post for 2018, you’ll know that my focus is about keeping it simple and just being happy. So I thought I’d share with you all about how to ‘blog happy’ in 2018. It’s long so you may want to grab a cuppa, but nothing too groundbreaking. Think of this more as a reminder!

1. Create content that you truly enjoy writing about

I’ve had times in the past where I’ve felt forced to write about a certain topic, or to have my content look a certain way. I realise now, looking back, that these were times when I really did not enjoy blogging. This year why not focus on what you really love and are passionate about. Don’t worry about ‘keeping up with the Jones” or anything like that. Be you.

2. Do not be afraid to step out of the box

Sometimes we have the most creative ideas, but because it’s so different to what everyone else is doing we just let it go. Let’s try not to do that this year. Be bold and take that new approach to the review that thousands have already done, say that you love / dislike the product that is hated / hyped up. It might be that instead of taking pictures in front of random front doors, you take pictures of yourself in the real moment. Be brave.

3. Comparison is the thief of joy

This is one I’ve struggled with a lot over the years. I’ve compared myself to everyone. Whether you’re a blogger or not – I’d always find a way to compare my circumstance with yours. The fact of the matter is that 1) it’s tiring as hell, 2) no one cares, and 3) it’s doing more damage than good to you. Blogging is not a race – I’m not actually sure where the collective destination is if it was. Yes someone or some groups of people appear to be doing better than you (and me!), but that’s their journey. Look to your own journey. Be focused.

4. Read more

I love to read. When I was a lot younger, I’d read a book a week. Now it’s more like a book a month. But reading is something I’m determined to embed into my core routine this year. Reading doesn’t just have to be an 800 page novel. Read more blog posts, websites, news articles, books, magazines – whatever. Reading is key for building your knowledge base and can give you heaps of inspiration for your blog too! Be knowledgeable.

5. Always ask for advice from others

I’ve generally been quite good at asking for help when I need to. I do like to figure things out for myself most of the time, but sometimes that just won’t do. Be open to asking the ‘how-to’s’ and ‘where can I’ questions to those in the know. If you’re not one to ask questions, try to join some Facebook groups that are solely to help bloggers. There are lots out there, you just need to search! Be inquisitive.

6. Show support to other bloggers

Being supportive of others is something I’m very conscious of. I’ve learnt this past year that regardless of how you show support to others, you should always do so without the expectation that you will get the same in return. You can show support by commenting on others posts, videos, Instagram pictures etc. If you know them personally then you could simply send a text through to check on them. However you show support, just make sure it’s genuine. Be supportive.

7. Be consistent but don’t be too stringent when it comes to scheduling

Consistency is key. For me to be truly happy in blogging, I have to actually be blogging. I’m not saying that you should never have a break (please do!). But when you’re back in the mindset to write again, make sure you do so regularly. If having a schedule will help you stick to this, then create one that’s not going to stress you out. I’ve been there to the point of burn out and it’s not a good place to be. Be consistent.

8. Create a mind map of content

Have you ever experienced writer’s block? I think EVERY writer has had this happen to them a few times. To overcome this I try to plan out my content. I’ll be honest and say that I’m not as meticulous as those writers who can plan out each day – definitely not me. I’m more of your list writer. I can write lists all day. But I find that if I don’t think too much about my list, I can then organise it into categories (i.e. topics, months etc). Before long I’ve created some mind maps for me to refer to. I tend to do this until all of my ideas have run out, so every month give or take a week or so. Be a planner.

9. Be willing to share your tips with others

If you weren’t aware – I’m a teacher by profession. I’ve been a teacher for nearly 10 years now, so educating and helping others is something that somewhat comes natural now. I love to write posts that share tips and ideas, as it not only helps others, but it’s also a reference for me in the future! Let’s be honest – these kind of posts are also great for your blog traffic. Be helpful.


10. Take breaks when you need to

In blogging, to be successful (by whatever measure you use), you’ll need to want to work hard. With the rise of blogging as a source of income for some, many want to get in on the action. I’d be lying if I say that I haven’t considered making blogging my ‘job’. However, to do so I know that the hard work needs to be put in. As I mentioned before, I’ve worked so hard that I’ve let myself burnout – but this does no good to anyone. So you really need to have breaks when you know your body needs it. It might be when you start to lose inspiration for writing, or when your stress levels are reaching next level heights. Be smart.

11. Make your content useful, entertaining or informative

Your content is free for you to create however way you want. But also be mindful about what attracts people to your posts. Let your personality shine through and write posts by imagining that you are writing the content you want to see out there. Be relevant.

12. Create friendships within the blogging community

Out of all of the points I’ve mentioned, this is definitely the hardest for me. I’ve had some really negative experiences with bloggers in the past including those that used me for their own gain and those that stop talking to me as they became ‘friends’ with other bigger bloggers. It’s really hurt me and also made me very cautious about the company I keep. Despite the negative experiences I’ve had, I’ve also made some great friends in the community. I don’t have a formula for sifting out the bad apples from the good in this one, but I guess using your intuition is a great place to start. Don’t let the negative stop you though. Be open.

13. Share your posts on social media

This one is quite simple. Don’t expect people to just happen to fall upon your posts. Your post may be the most amazing out there, but if you don’t share your work then it won’t be seen! Be proud.

14. Up your photography skills and try something new

I really try to ensure my pictures look good. I’m getting the hang of flat lays now and props to use. I really want to get into self portrait pictures this year for my blog and Instagram. Pictures can definitely attract people to your blog, so why not make them look great? Be creative.

15. Engage with your readers

It’s very important to reply to those who have taken the time to comment on your blog. In fact, it’s just common courtesy. Also engaging with your readers will give you a sense of accomplishment – in that your work is being recognised and appreciated by others. Be thankful.

16. Share the content of other blogs that you enjoy

Ever heard the term ‘sharing is caring’? Well, I guess another way to show support is by sharing content that really catches your attention. This not only shows the content writer that you’re supportive, but it can also get you noticed by them to. Imagine being able to strike up a friendship with your favourite bloggers! Be generous.

17. Keep your content less staged and more authentic

There’s nothing better than being you. People want to hear you when you write, and not a version of all the other bloggers out there. Also being authentic is something more and more people are looking for. I really believe that the age of the staged, and everything is perfect blogger is dwindling. I know for me I’m much happier when I share my reality with you all than try to put on a sugar coated front. Be authentic.

18. Stay basic and enjoy every moment

I feel that this year, stripping things back and going back to the older days of blogging is really going to bring a lot of satisfaction. It can be like a rat race out there if you let yourself get caught up in it all. You don’t need to have all platforms thriving. Keep it simple  and really enjoy your moment on one platform. Juggling too much can sometimes be a hindrance. Although saying this, I see a few bloggers out there who are really thriving with multiple sites and youtube, so it can be done. Just know your own limits. Be simple.


I hope this post has helped you refocus. Blogging happy is actually quite simple, but we just need to remind ourselves to make it a priority in 2018.

Speak soon

Victoria xx




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32 Comments

  1. January 6, 2018 / 6:43 am

    So glad I came across this blog post. I’ve been struggling with my blog since taking a break. This has made me realise, it’s not always going to be easy, and I’m being too hard on myself. I also have struggled to make blogging friends and thought it was a “just me” situation.

    Thank you for the tips. X

    • January 6, 2018 / 6:45 am

      I’m so glad it was useful for you. You’re definitely not alone! Remember why you got started in the first place and focus on that. 😊

  2. January 6, 2018 / 11:28 am

    I agree, blogging is all about sharing, caring and doing the best you can. I also agree that you should write about the topics you love (unless you are being paid) because the more you take part with the things you enjoy, the happier you will be.

    • January 6, 2018 / 2:13 pm

      Yes! I definitely will be branching out into different topics this year, but all topics that I think that are quite important. It’s important to enjoy what you do.

  3. January 6, 2018 / 12:22 pm

    Aww man this is so spot on Victoria! I really enjoyed reading this post for the helpful reminders. Too right on ‘comparison’ from time to time I have to talk myself down of the figurative ledge LOL, then remind myself why I blog. Honestly, like clear my heard and help people along the way.

    And re flatlays, I shop at The Works and Wilko ;0)

    • January 6, 2018 / 2:11 pm

      Glad you found it useful! I love to shop at those places too for flat lays! I’ve always got an eye open looking for cute accessories lol x

  4. January 6, 2018 / 4:44 pm

    Really great points here, some of which I think I needed reminding of so thank you. I think its really important to enjoy or be interested in what your writing about – otherwise it comes across and isnt interesting for others. Important to engage too and support others 🙂

    • January 6, 2018 / 4:46 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  5. January 7, 2018 / 3:49 pm

    These are such great tips Victoria. I struggled the last month or so with writing consistently and definitely fell under the comparison trap, especially in terms of my photos. This is such a great piece and I really needed it to help inspire me again!

    • January 8, 2018 / 8:10 pm

      So glad that were useful tips for you!

  6. January 7, 2018 / 10:03 pm

    I love these tips. I found myself constantly comparing myself to other bloggers last year and it just made me miserable – I realised I just had to create the content I loved and be pleased with my own progess 🙂

    • January 8, 2018 / 8:11 pm

      Yes definitely! Glad you enjoyed these tips!

  7. January 8, 2018 / 8:08 am

    Great post! Im trying to focus on better blog photos this year and it’s funner than using stock photos for sure!

  8. January 8, 2018 / 9:09 am

    Love this post! I agree with so much and I took a little break myself, not on purpose, it was just the way time went but I felt good when I came back to writing again. And being true to yourself and not comparing is so important. I also spent a lot of time last year improving my photography skills – it was time really well spent.

    • January 8, 2018 / 8:14 pm

      Thank you! All the best for this year! x

  9. January 8, 2018 / 11:00 am

    I definitely agree with supporting bloggers more. I want to promote more people’s posts which I love on social media and showcase items I’ve bought because of bloggers x

    • January 8, 2018 / 8:15 pm

      100% agree!

  10. January 8, 2018 / 12:03 pm

    Love reading posts where I can digest all the information and project them onto my blog straight away! There is a welath of information here that I can use straight away to help my blog! I think the getting out of my comfort zone is the hardest part for me but this year I will be conquering that too!

    http://www.nmdiaries.com

    • January 8, 2018 / 8:16 pm

      So glad it was useful for you. All the best this year! x

  11. January 8, 2018 / 1:55 pm

    Wonderful post! I’ve already made your no. 1 point my focus for this year and I think it will make the world of difference. There are so many other great points though – one I really need to take more notice of is being proud of what you’re producing and making sure that it’s shared everywhere it can be. I’m also hoping to improve my photography skills this year and develop more of my own personal style. I definitely struggled with comparison last year, and I’ve realised that it’s something I will always do – and reading other blogs you admire is essential. It’s working out how to use others as inspiration and channel those feelings positively rather than allowing the comparison to make you feel down on yourself.

    • January 8, 2018 / 8:19 pm

      It’s great to see how similar we all are. There’s so much we can learn from each other too! Glad you enjoyed this post x

  12. January 8, 2018 / 4:13 pm

    What a great reminder of what it’s about, and some great advice. This is such a great start to the year to have such a good list of helpful information.

    • January 8, 2018 / 8:20 pm

      So glad it was useful!

  13. January 8, 2018 / 4:29 pm

    These are similar to my goals for 2018. I’m all about enjoying my blog this year and not stressing over it.

  14. January 8, 2018 / 7:50 pm

    Totally love these! I’m making my blog all about what I love this year and making sure I’m happy with it instead of stressing myself out. I love engaging with my readers, it’s my favourite part.

    Jordanne || Thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk

  15. January 9, 2018 / 10:41 am

    Some great advice here! Especially about enjoying what you do. My mantra is, “if you don’t feel it, don’t blog it!”

  16. January 10, 2018 / 8:28 am

    I love this. I’ve learnt some of these points the hardway over the years. Comparison is definitely the thief of joy and something I’ve stopped doing. I also now mind map my year and know its ok to take a break. x

    • January 12, 2018 / 5:48 pm

      Thank you! x

  17. January 10, 2018 / 9:07 pm

    I have many good points here! For me, this year is going to be about reading more and researching too as I would like to improve so much. But I think you are right to say that enjoying it all is important too!

    • January 12, 2018 / 5:43 pm

      I’m loving reading more already! Such a great past time x

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