What To Do When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed With Blogging

What To Do When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed With Blogging

I’m pacing up and down in my living room, phone in hand, thinking of how I’m going to complete a post about how to stop feeling overwhelmed with blogging when I’m encountering those feelings myself. Haha I’ve been overwhelmed with blogging so many times but I’ve always managed to come out alive and kicking!

Finding the motivation to write, publish and promote posts can be difficult for some bloggers. Blogging can be hard sometimes. And trust me, I totally understand how difficult it is to keep up with writing posts, sharing them, promoting and engaging with your community. It can easily turn into a full-time job.

Overwhelmed with blogging….

I usually overwhelmed when I have a mountain of tasks I need to complete. I wake up some mornings dreading all my Pinterest pins, blogging posts and Instagram pictures I have to keep up with. Then instead of actually doing it, I shut down and do nothing at all.

Once I have a long to-do list I begin to prioritize what is really important and that can leave my blogging as a second priority (I know).

I often shut down because I ask myself “why is this causing so much anxiety for me? Is it even that serious”. The answer to me is no, nothing is never that serious. Which results in me pushing all my blogging duties aside.

It can also be extremely demoralizing when you are pushing out posts and you’re not getting the engagement you want or you are working for. It’s in those times that it is most tempting to ask yourself if you should to quit or keep going?

And sometimes…it’s just not fun. That’s the one thing I dread the most. I never want to get to a point in my blog where I feel like writing is a chore. I always want it to be fun and something I look forward to.

Ask yourself what is really important.

What is really important? Blogging to me is important but at this time in my life is it really important to cause more anxiety than my education? Or my health? No it’s not.

I’ve always gotten some form of anxiety/FOMO from social media so I always aggressively take action when I feel it creeping up again. I try to re-center my thoughts and focus on what is really important. Doing this removes those feelings of anxiety.

Only do the bare minimum and what is necessary

You’re not super woman. It’s okay to not be able to do 1000 things at once. Try to focus on one thing and do that well. Last week, I didn’t want to read any posts or pin on Pinterest. I guess you could say I took a break because I didn’t have the mental energy to do blogging stuff. I just wanted to binge watch Stranger things 2. LOL

All I did was like a few pictures on my Instagram. It really took the pressure off for a while and now I’m ready to go back in full force!

Always try to automate things that can be automated. Automate your Pinterest with Tailwind. You could even automate your Instagram. At the moment, I don’t do either because I don’t want to spend that money yet. But once I do, it will definitely ease the pressure of keeping up with blogging for me! I highly recommend it.

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Force yourself to write, Even if you don’t feel like it.

When I don’t feel like writing, I write. Even if it’s the shittiest thing I’ve ever written in my life I’ll keep typing and finish the post. I can then later go back and edit it. Which usually turns out to be a really good post!

You don’t have to be completely inspired each time you write a post. I highly doubt that even the greatest writers were inspired each time they put the ink on paper. So write away!

Don’t get hung up on numbers

It’s fun when you’re growing in numbers but very discouraging when you are not gaining followers or even losing them! My fellow blogger friends often complain about losing followers so I can empathise with them over this situation.

Never compromise yourself for a few followers or likes. It soooo exhausting and burns you out faster than you can imagine. I know numbers are all the rage right now in the blogging world but I believe we are shifting towards an engagement-centric community soon. It doesn’t matter, as long as your 50, 100 or 1000 followers are engaged that is amazing in itself.

Your blog, your rules

It’s your blog and you make the rules. When I had 15 followers and now I have 2400, I always had an audience that genuinely enjoyed my content. I listened to them but I always blogged about what truly interested me. I made the rules as I saw fit and because of this, it’s more difficult for me to be overwhelmed with blogging.

At the end of the day, do what makes you happy with your blog and if something is making you feel unpleasant, scrap it! It takes the edge off knowing you are completely in control of your blogging outcome…


I hope I’ve helped you with some ways to get over those overwhelming feelings over your blog.

I would love to know if you’ve ever felt overwhelmed with blogging?

What methods do you use to ease that pressure?

How To Get Your First 500 Followers On Instagram

Instagram has changed. Gone are the days where you take a photo straight from your iPhone, slap on a Valencia filter, put one or two hashtags and call it a day. Instagram has evolved into a powerhouse especially for bloggers and influencers! I have had Instagram for 5 years now so I have seen many changes in the app. However, it wasn’t until 5 months ago I decided to create a separate Instagram for my blog and grow it. I have amassed a lot of amazing followers so I would like to share how to get followers on instagram!

A lot of the strategies that bloggers tout as the best strategies honestly do not work. Hashtagging brings almost no returns now. It is also a complete waste of time spending hours on your phone liking and commenting on people’s photos in the hopes that someone will follow you.

I needed to find a method that worked so I read lots of blogs on how to get followers on Instagram. My main criteria was that the method should be cheap and show a noticeable growth in followers without spending hours on Instagram.  After a few tweakings and experiments, I found it!

I didn’t use any follow bots/automatic liking systems because I don’t have the money and I wanted a more organic growth. Growing your Instagram this way is definitely slower than using bots but I’ve found that the audience you build will be more engaged. Also, as your following increases, the amount of followers you gain increase exponentially so patience is the name of the game!

Post (Semi) Often

I’m guilty of not posting often because I don’t have the time to take pictures for the week and schedule them. Whoever does this is a true champion! How do you do it?!??!

Posting frequently on Instagram is a no – brainer. It’s always the key to growing any social media account. Post frequent, high quality posts. The more often you post, the more exposure you get and a greater chance of more people seeing your Instagram and following you! Most experts say posting once a day is optimum for growing your account.

But it’s not absolutely necessary. I only post once or twice a week and I get followers everyday. Do what frequency is best for you and makes you comfortable. Just be consistent. Consistency is key.

Do A Follow Train

This is the most important thing that has made my instagram grow these past 5 months. I do a follow spree 5-6 times a week and I have seen a lot of growth from this method. Here is how I do it

At peak hour, (which is 7-10 pm for my time zone) I click on the latest posts from a user I follow and see who liked it. Once I’m there I visit the pages of whoever liked their picture. I like the users pictures and then follow them. I usually follow 10-15 people on these days. They will usually follow you back. I have a 70% success rate using this method. This method is absolutely necessary for me.

One thing to consider is a users follower to following ratio. If a user has a massive gap between followers/following, do not expect a follow back. It also helps to follow people who are interested in the same things as you are. So I usually follow a lot of bloggers and females age 18-30 because I know they fit my demographic of who I am trying to reach!

Instagram Pods

Instagram pods are completely optional but they do help somewhat in engagement on photos. An Instagram pod is a group of bloggers on an Instagram group chat (usually 15) who comment and like on every post anyone shares in the group. There’s no limit on the amount of instagram pods you can join, but one pod is a lot to keep up with!

It’s nice to have a group of bloggers that will always like your pictures and comment. I also ask for blogging advice and general chit-chat from time to time on the group chat so it’s a nice community to be in. However it’s not necessary, Instagram pods are so new and you can grow your account without one.

Follow a theme

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Once someone visits your page for the first time, the overall impression that they get is what will make them decide to click the follow button. Themed Instagram can help drive people to click the follow button. I love having a themed Instagram, but it’s not always the easiest thing for me to achieve.

My theme is currently (to the best of my knowledge) lots of white space with a pop of neutral colors. I don’t overthink my theme and frankly I don’t care. As long as my pictures look decent I’m posting it.

You can tweak and try different themes to see what gets the most likes and comments. If a streamlined theme works for you, do it. It’s also good to have a theme when you are branding yourself on social media because you can be easily recognized by your style of photos. It’s all dependent on what you personally want!

Once you implement these tips, you will see an organic growth of your Instagram with highly engaged followers. I hope you got some amazing tips on how to get followers on Instagram!

Instagram is fun, but my new favourite social media is definitely Pinterest because I get lots of traffic from there. I wrote an extended post on how to get started using Pinterest and drive traffic to your blog. Do check it out!

How To Create The Perfect Pinterest Profile And Drive Traffic To Your Blog

How To Create The Perfect Pinterest Profile And Drive Traffic To Your Blog

I had an overwhelming amount of requests on my last post for tips on how to get started with Pinterest and use it to drive traffic to your blog. When I first started blogging, Pinterest was an app that was not on my radar at all. I actually thought Pinterest was just a personal scrapbook where you save random stuff like recipes and wedding ideas. Pinterest is actually those things, but it’s so much more!

I didn’t realise that Pinterest could be a great source of traffic till I stumbled across it on an article that talked about ways you could drive traffic to your blog. I was intrigued, but I was shocked when I found out that 90% of some bloggers traffic came from Pinterest.

I wanted to know more so I read many articles which were mostly confusing, but I slowly began to get it and now my Pinterest game is improving! I’m shocked at how Pinterest brings a steady amount of traffic to my blog. I can’t say the same about my other social media accounts which only peak whenever I post something new and I don’t have the time to post daily.

Before I begin, I am by no means a Pinterest expert. I think I’m the last person that should be giving advice on Pinterest but since a lot of people really want to know how to use Pinterest from my perspective, I am happy to make this post!

My traffic from Pinterest is also pitiful compared to other bloggers and I am still figuring it out. I only started using Pinterest last month after half-assing it for 3 months! The improvement is amazing and thats why I’m beginning to really like Pinterest. So as I go along, I will continue to share what I have learned from Pinterest to you!

So What Is Pinterest Anyway? 

Pinterest is a social media/ bookmarking site that allows you to share, search and “pin” any interesting image you find on the internet. You can organise your interests in board, re-pin other people’s photos and follow them. Pinterest is filled with photographs, recipes, informatics and many more stuff. Which is why it is perfect for bloggers.

How Does The Algorithm Work?

The reason why I like Pinterest in particular is because your feed is highly tailored to your interests. If you have ever used Pinterest, you would notice that when you search for something (like chicken nuggets) and go back to you home page, similar photos of what you searched for will begin to pop up on your feed.

This good as a blogger because your stuff can pop up on someones homepage without you having thousands of followers or re-pins. However, I recently learnt that Pinterest favours accounts that pin often. So I strive to pin 5-10 things each day.

Creating Your Pinterest Profile

Your profile is really important in Pinterest and it’s important for it to be visually pleasing and easy to read/navigate. With a good profile, you will appear higher in search results and allow readers to visit your blog! Here are some of the things our Pinterest profile needs:

  1. A business account.
  2. An easy to read bio that explains what your blog is about.
  3. A profile picture
  4. An explanatory username
  5. Seven to twenty boards related to your blogging topic.

 

First of all, you need to create a business account. Which you can easily do here. Having a business account gives you access to Pinterest analytics and ads. Which is invaluable for a blogger. Just like viewing your blogging stats, it’s also good to view your Pinterest stats to see what Pins were popular, insights into your followers and average daily impressions! Here’s a snapshot of my recent stats!

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Quick Tip: You also need to confirm your website is yours on Pinterest! Here’s a guide to help you achieve that.

Now, on to my Pinterest profile. I currently have 16 boards consisting of things I enjoy but are somewhat related to my niche. I add a new board every 2 weeks. Theres a lot of makeup, hair, beauty and photography pictures/tips.

It is important to pin within your niche because the if people that follow you are interested in your pins, they will probably click and visit your blog!

Your bio also needs to convey what your blog is about in a few words. Be direct and straight to the point. There’s usually no need to beat around the bush in the bio section. The perfect bio should ideally explain what you do and there should be a link to your website so people can visit it straight from your profile!

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It may be helpful to have a username that contains a tagline of what your blog is about. This is to make it easier for people visiting your blog and pinning your posts to know what type of blogger you are.

Finally, a profile picture. Duh! You don’t need to think too much about this one because I didn’t. Just make sure you have a profile picture there! You could use a clear selfie of your face and you’re good to go!

 

Pinterest Boards

Once you’re done with your bio, you can usually start searching for photos and pinning right away! Search for things relevant to your niche that can be organised in a board. Once you see something you like, click the pin button and create a board for it to be located it. It’s that simple!

Here are some things a board needs:

  1. A strong description (Oops I haven’t completed this lmao.)
  2. A straight to the point title.
  3. Cohesive set of posts with a minimum of 20 pins.

It’s also good to pin popular and visually appealing pins. It seems like the more popular a pin is, the more people will find it and consequently visit your page. So because of that, I strive to strategically pin high quality or popular pins each time.

You may also need to create a separate board for your blog so all your personal blog pins go there.

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Once you’re pinning other people’s photos, you can inject some of your personal pins into the mix! However, you shouldn’t spam your boards with all your pins. 80% of your pins should be other people’s pins and 20% should be yours. So always try to balance it out.

That is all you need for making you Pinterest profile ready! Once you have a legit looking profile, you will definitely get more visits to your blog.

I sincerely hope this was as helpful as possible. I was once confused starting out on Pinterest so I’m happy to be helping other people navigate this website even though I’m still a baby blogger/Pinterester.

This post is just how to build an optimum Pinterest profile but there is so much more things you can learn about Pinterest too.

In my subsequent posts, I will discuss about making your images pinnable, how to edit them and promote them and pinning strategies to increase your exposure. These tips really increased my engagement and I hope they work for you too.

Thank you so much for reading and give my baby Pinterest account a follow!

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My 6 Apps For Better Blogging

My 6 Apps For Better Blogging

I have been blogging for a little over 4 months now and it has really been a lot of fun so far.  Blogging is fun, but it can also be a lot of work. Using apps makes blogging easier and better for me. Without it, I would literally be a hot mess. Here are some of the apps I use on my iPhone and Macbook for better blogging!

WordPress

Duh, WordPress.com has an app! It’s an amazing app because it connects the community of WordPress bloggers together in a single stream. It’s also really easy to use and see all the people you follow. Think of it as Instagram, but for blogs. You can tag your posts, search for blog posts under categories or tags and even follow blogs.

You can also edit your website, write and publish blog posts all within a few swipes of your finger. It has made blogging so much easier because I do not rely on my laptop so much anymore. I can literally blog on the go! Also, a large proportion of my traffic comes from the WordPress Reader and Pinterest so I am very active on this app!

 

MinimaList

If you love a no-nonsense, simplistic to-do list then this app is perfect for you. Most reminder and to-do list apps are somewhat complicated for me. I wanted an app that I could simply write a task and strike it off when I was done. I use this app to keep track of all my blogging ideas and chores and it’s great for keeping me organized!

Photoscape- X

Unfortunately this app is only available to MacBook users. If you happen to own a MacBook, this app will take your editing game to the next level. I edit all my Instagram photos and blogging photos here and it is really simple to navigate and use! It has filters, collage makers, graphic and even a gif maker. I’m very glad I discovered this app!

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Instagram

Instagram is really popular among bloggers because it is a great way to get your blog out there. If your blog relies heavily on visuals then Instagram is the perfect app to use. But having great photos is only half the battle on Instagram right? There is a bit of skill that goes into using the ‘gram that I’m yet to hack completely!

Instagram is one of the first social media sites I joined. I have been on Instagram for 5 years now but I finally started from scratch created a separate Instagram for my blog 3 months ago. I currently have 460 followers and I actually prefer this account to my personal account because there is so much more engagement there!

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If you use Instagram for blogging, I would suggest you download this app to track who follows and unfollows you. It is helpful because a lot of  people on Instagram follow you just to unfollow you 2-3 days later. This is because they are using bots. With this app, you will know exactly who they are and act accordingly! Speaking of followers, I would also love to do an Instagram blog series once I reach 500 followers there. Would you like to see it? 

Pinterest

I started using this app recently but I didnt even know Pinterest was a form of social media till 2 months ago. I didnt know what is was used for and I also didn’t know that it was such a great way for discovering blogs and driving traffic to yours. Ever since I started implementing some simple tips, I have seen a massive increase in Pinterest traffic on my blog. I still haven’t hacked this site yet, but I will definitely share some tips when I am absolutely sure of what works!

Thank you for reading! I hope you enjoyed this post. What apps do you use for blogging? 

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4 Ways To Improve Your Blog Photos 

4 Ways To Improve Your Blog Photos 

Taking photos is an integral part of social media these days and this includes blogs! Having a few high quality, interesting photos on your blog increases your chances of viewers reading your posts. I have been blogging for a few months now and I have learnt a few tips that helped improve and increase my knowledge on blog photography. Here they are!

 

1. Invest in a quality camera:- I currently use a Canon Powershot SX700HS which is a compact digital camera. I also have a Canon 600D which is a larger DSLR camera but I personally think the digital camera is sufficient for basic blog photography. You can also get digital camera’s for under $200, but spending hundreds of dollars can be impractical for many new bloggers. Using your smart phone camera is a great option to take pictures. I take pictures with my iPhone 6 and 5 occasionally (The first image above was taken on my iPhone 5!). However, investing in a quality camera is only half the battle. Learning how to control basic functions such as the white balance, ISO and Aperture can really increase the quality of your photos.

2. Pay close attention to your lighting :-  It can make or break your picture. The best tip I can give is to take your pictures facing natural sunlight near a window. Preferably at morning or late evening, diffused by the curtains. I have learnt my lesson the hard way multiple times. My current house lacks a lot of natural lighting so my recent photographs have suffered significantly. Here is an example of one of my least favorite photos on my blog:

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It was taken in a dim room at night. Personally, I think it looks washed out, dull, and grainy. It was also a pain editing this photo because it was so dark to begin with!

But one of my older pictures, taken under a window with natural sunlight. Looks more natural and sharp. Here:

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So adequate lighting is very important in a picture.

3. Change your angle:- Experiment taking photos at different angles. It could be facing up, facing down or at 90 degrees. Placing your subject off the camera also adds an interesting and unique vibe to your photograph than straight on. Experiment with this the next time you take a picture and see if it comes out nice.

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4. Edit your photos:- I use apps on my iPhone and MacBook to edit my photos. Most pictures hardly ever come out perfect so it is good practice to edit your pictures before posting them on your blog. Here are my favorite iPhone and Macbook applications:

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  • VSCO :- Most people know this app, for a good reason! It is a great editing app that has a wide array of filters to use.
  • Canva :- This app superimposes texts on your photos. I recently discovered this app and I think it’s a valuable app for bloggers.

MacBook

  •  Photoscape X:- Most extensive editing app I know in the Apple Store. It’s also completely free! It’s amazing for editing photos on your laptop.

Those are my tips for improving your blog photography. I’m still a beginner and improving but I hope this was helpful and you enjoyed this post!

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