Why You Should Start A Blog | Guest Post By Zainab Chats

Hello everyone! Welcome back to my blog. Today is a bonus post, since I don’t usually post on Thursdays. However, I was offered the chance to be interviewed for my lovely friend Zainab’s ‘Blogger Confessions’ series. Therefore I thought it was appropriate to share Zainab’s corresponding guest post on the same day. Hope that made sense, it is a little hard to explain! Today Zainab is taking you through Why YOU Should Start A Blog. This seems very appropriate for my Pinterest audience. I am bombarded with DMs on Pinterest daily ‘what advantage is a blog to my business’ ‘how should I start blogging’. To clear up those frequently asked questions, Zainab took it upon herself to write a guest post summarising it all.

If you are interested in beginning a blog, I’m always here to offer assistance. A DM on Instagram is the easiest way to communicate with me. I also have a ‘blog strategy’ section on my website. Need some tips to help grow your blog? Look no further than over there! 

This is supposed to be a guest post, so I’ll shut up. Hope you enjoy Zainab’s, quite literal, chats!

Hello, everyone! My name is Zainab, from my blog Zainab Chats! I was so thrilled when Catherine asked my to guest post on her blog, so I thought what better post than telling you why any of you should start a blog! I’ll be going through some post ideas and the best platforms to begin blogging with.

Why Should I Start A Blog?

So one of the questions I get a lot is: why did I start my blog? The answer always is, blogging is a way for me to express myself! It can be a way for you to express yourself too, writing things down always helps me to clear my mind and I know it’s a great stress reliever for other people too! So, if you ever feel stressed, you can write a blog post and that could benefit your mood. Another reason why is the community. I guarantee you, once you start blogging you’re going to see a lot of positive comments or DMs from people saying you’ve inspired them or helped them with something, that’s how lovely the blogging community is and you will meet so many amazing people that can help you with your blog or give you some great opportunities!

Where Do I Start A Blog?

Okay, now that I’ve convinced you to start a blog, let’s get into the fun! How do you start a blog? Well, there are so many blogging platforms to choose from! I started off on Blogger which is free and all you need is your Google Account. While Blogger is great for beginners, as I got more serious about blogging I found that there were many issues: I couldn’t customise how my site looked and as not many people used Blogger, and I never got a comment! So, if you’re looking for somewhere to just put your writing, Blogger is the platform for you.

However, if you’re looking to share your tips with people I would definitely recommend WordPress! WordPress is one of the most popular blogging sites out there, and it really focuses on community. Even if you don’t advertise your blog, people can find it through the WordPress Reader and you can find new blogs to read too. WordPress also offers a free plan for beginners as well as a paid plan if you’re looking to be more serious!

Get Started! 

Okay, now that you have decided to make a blog and you chose your platform, get writing! Use your blog to express your ideas, thoughts and feelings! Everyone loves reading new blog content so I can guarantee you will find some loyal readers, so keep persevering and trying to grow your blog. 

Thanks so much to Catherine once again for letting me write my guest post! Bye everyone!

That’s it from Zainab today. If you enjoyed, please do continue reading Zainab’s blog for similar content (just click here!). She also owns a stunning Instagram, which I will link here. Zainab never fails to make me smile, and I hope you could see her positive vibe through today’s post. 

I’ll see you back again tomorrow with another post!

Why did you start a blog? Who is your biggest blogging inspiration?

catherine x

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5 Advantages of Blogging Over Social Media | How To Grow Your Brand

Hello everyone! Welcome back to my blog. You all know I love adding a question to the end of my blog posts. On last Friday’s post I posed the question, ‘which do you prefer: blogging or social media?’. The response I had was pro-blogging. That’s how the idea to write this post came about! I don’t want to appear biased, because I myself use Instagram and Pinterest a lot. I will make a part two to this 5 Advantages Of Social Media Over Blogging. Let me know if you’d like to see that!

Without further ado, let’s get into it. 

The Blogging Algorithm Works

First and foremost, with blogging the algorithm works. Any of you who use Instagram will know it takes a lot of trial and error to finally have a post ‘blow up’. With blogging, as long as you are equipped with the right tools, your blog post can easily blow up. If it is good content it will be pushed to the top of search results, be over everyone’s Pinterest feed, and get good response. My yoga post, that I made at the start of the year, astonished me by getting over a 100 likes (when I usually get 20). It took off because I added the right tags, quality photos and conveyed a positive message. Unlike with Instagram, where a post can have all the correct criteria, yet still flop.

There’s More Diversity 

There is more diversity in the blogosphere! I am using Instagram as my main social media to compare to, here. Instagram finely tunes what posts you like to display more posts like that. Okay, that made no sense. Even I had to read it twice. For example, if you like a cat photo, you will be shown more cat photos. However in blogging you are displayed many different types of material. Your feed is only full of things you follow – so you are in control of what it looks like.

You Can Make Strong Bonds Faster

Now this is a controversial one: you can build stronger bonds through blogging than you can on social media. Please don’t come for me on this. I have made the best, kindest, most amazing Internet best friend through social media and emails. Her name is Florence, and we’ve been friends for more than 3 years. It’s not impossible to build close friends through social media. However, in a short time frame, clients can communicate better with you through a blog post than an Instagram caption. If you want to start a business, creating a blog is the easiest way to make reliable, honest customers. Social media, on the other hand, is a bit hit or miss. A Tweet is so short, how can you convey your business’ message in 180 characters?

You Don’t ‘Scroll’ Through Blog Posts

Tying in with the previous statement, people don’t skip over blog posts. You don’t just scroll through. Once you’ve read the first paragraph, you stay until the end. Unlike with Twitter or Instagram, you can’t keep flicking past until you find something intriguing. Honestly, I don’t read every Instagram caption I see. With blog posts I do. Now that might just be a me thing, but after consulting a few people on Instagram I’ve learned that I’m not alone. If you’re wanting to really make an impact with your writings, a blog is the route to go down. I know lots of people make a success from Instagram, I’m not denying that, but I think an accompanying blog does no harm. I have an Instagram with almost 1.5k followers (thank you so, so much for that) but what is the main focus? My blog!

Blogs. Retain. Audiences. 

It’s much easier to retain an audience with blogging. With Instagram people come and go: my core Instagram supporters are all those who also read my blog. Some blog readers have been here since the beginning (I see you Maryam and Caz) but I could scroll back to an old Instagram post and see a commenter that I’ve not heard from in ages. There’s none of that ‘follow for follow’ culture in blogging, which I’m super thankful for.

I loved writing this post so much, so I hope you also loved reading it! Don’t forget I will be doing a part two, so you better stay tuned for that. In relation to today’s post, I’m going to link my social medias here:

What is your favourite social media platform?

Hope you all have an awesome Wednesday, packed full of positivity. In response to this posts question, I think I’m going to have to say Pinterest is my favourite social media. If you do have a Pinterest, feel free to follow me then I can follow you back! I only started it up last week but I’m loving it so far. 

catherine x

Inspiring Bloggers Tag | Social Media, Blogging and Self-Love!

Before we begin, I need to thank the wonderful Pooja for nominating me. She is such a lovely and supportive member of the blogging community, and is constantly engaging with my content! Thank you for making this post possible, because I anticipate it’s going to be a fun one.

Rules

  • Thank the person who chose you.
  • Include the logo in your post.
  • Answer the questions asked to you.
  • Choose the bloggers who’ve inspired you (maximum 10)
  • Add a feature of their blog which you admire.
  • Ask them five questions.

Questions

Do you prefer blogging or social media?

Unfortunately I spend way more time on Instagram than WordPress, however it’s a habit I want to change. Blogging is a more versatile platform and I appreciate it no end! Unlike YouTube, blogging isn’t an over-saturated platform and everyone earns an audience, whether that be big or small. Blogs are so fun to work on and there’s such a range of content, especially on WordPress.

What is your favourite post that you’ve published so far?

This is such a hard question! I love my post where I discussed all things blogging. It was a lengthy one but people seemed to enjoy it. It’s called The Hustler Blogger Award, and I’ve linked it here if you want to read it (please do!)

What is one thing you are grateful for?

One thing? There are so many things to be grateful for. While I’m sat writing, I’m surrounded by my family. I’m so lucky to be with people during lockdown. Despite enjoying my own company very thoroughly, I would go mental without them.

What inspires you to continue blogging?

I’ve got to make the most out of my short time on Earth, and blogging is a perfect way to do so. I find other people and build bonds, discuss controversial topics and expand my brain. It’s like schooling outside of school, and you all know I’m a big fan of learning! 

What is one thing you love about yourself?

I don’t know. Right now I’m in an inspirational rut and finding it so hard to commit to school work. What I used to appreciate about myself was my constant commitment to productivity, now that’s non-existent. It’s okay to have bad days, but this is a long string of bad days that I can’t seem to work my way out of. I stick to a routine, I do things I love, but I keep encountering a lack of energy and a desire to just read, blog, repeat. As a perfectionist, I find it hard to commit to work if I know I can’t complete it to my best ability. That’s my hardest fence to climb, but as I previously mentioned, I just don’t have the energy! 

*sorry for the abundance of personal pronouns in that paragraph, however you don’t talk back so it’s naturally a very one-sided conversation*

My Nominees

The Cozy Potato – Victoria really deserves to dubbed an inspiring blogger because of the effort she puts into her blog. Alongside a podcast, Victoria posts consistently on her blog. Plus, her Instagram is beautiful which you need to check out!

Simple Little Things – I discovered Ana very recently and she has an awesome blog. Very new to the blogosphere, but already writes with so much experience. On Instagram we have little chats and her commitment to blogging is inspirational. 

Zainab Chats – Pooja is to thank for introducing me to Zainab. She hosts an awesome blog with so much precision and planning that I almost think she is inhuman! Love the success she is making for herself through blogging. 

Meghan’s Teen Life – Meghan is so lovely! Her kind words make my day and when she pops on her Instagram story to chat – I smile instantly. We’ve recently collaborated so I encourage you to check out that post if you have time. She was so fun to work with, always spreading positivity. 

Times Of Trials – Anushka has recently began an Instagram account, which is where I found her blog. It’s such a fun website to read because it’s a real insight into a teen’s mind – which I find endlessly relatable. 

I’ve nominated upcoming bloggers who I find genuinely inspiring. Instead of my regular nominee list, I wanted to share a group of bloggers that you need to support! They are all quite small on WordPress now, but with your support can grow. So go and offer them support. All their blogs are linked above.

My Questions

  • What are you grateful for today?
  • What is your experience with Pinterest, has it grown your blog at all?
  • As a content creator, are there any problems you encounter?
  • What songs have you been listening to on repeat?
  • What does your content schedule look like?

Unfortunately we’ve come to the end of today’s post! I hope you enjoyed reading my answers. If I haven’t nominated you, still feel free to complete the tag. Just pingback to this post so that I can see it (copy and paste the link into your post). On the other hand, if I have nominated you don’t feel pressure to complete the tag. It’s all for fun!

Do you prefer blogging or social media?

I would love to write a post about my experience of both, so please do start up a conversation in the comments! Can’t wait to hear from you all. 

Happy Friday,

catherine x

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Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award | Life Chats, Self-Love & Getting Out Of A Slump!

Honestly, I’m a little bit drained of energy, Although I am incredibly excited to write this post, my eyes are barely open. I’m sat in a really thick jumper on a summer day, and I’m still cold. I don’t know what is wrong with me! Perhaps it’s because all I’ve eaten today is watermelon and cake mixture… and a cookie… oops? Although my window looks out into the garden so I can see a barbecue being cooked up outside. No meat for me, just a veggie skewer, but exciting all the same.

This morning I woke up at the grand hour of 9:00. That’s very late for me, but it did not deter me from having a good day. I ate watermelon for my breakfast, then baked a cake. I washed up the breakfast dishes, let the bunnies out for a run, then took a ton of bookstagram content. From tomorrow, the first official day of the summer holidays, I am going to be posting on my bookstagram every day. Make sure to check out my account to stay up to date with all of the bookish content!

Following that, I went for a walk with my brother (that autocorrected to bother, which is a little bit hilarious). We had a nice chat while walking in the sunshine! Once I arrived back home, I decorated the cake I had baked previously that morning. Of course I put on an episode of Doctor Who while doing so.

We didn’t have lunch, because we are having a mid-afternoon barbecue. I don’t know why we decided to have it mid-afternoon, but oh well. Hopefully I can eat soon! I’m terribly hungry! 

Oh, and then I sat in the sunshine editing the photos I took in the morning. While doing so I listened to Niall Horan. I absolutely LOVE his album Flicker, so it’s been playing on repeat.

That brings us to now, quarter past three in the afternoon where I have decided to write a blog post. I’m really excited to bring you this post, the ‘Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award’. I was kindly nominated by the lovely blogger behind ‘Hiddenzzzzz’. I highly recommend you check out their awesome blog! They are so lovely too. I look forward to answering the questions, so I hope you look forward to reading them!

Stick around until the end to see if you have been nominated. Without any more rambling, let’s get into the post:

Rules

1. Thank the person who have nominated you and provide a link back to his/her blog

2. Answer their questions

3. Nominate up to 9 other bloggers and ask them 5 new questions

4. Notify the nominees by commenting on their blog

5. List the rules and display the “Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award” logo

6. Provide a link to the creator of Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award: Rising Star

Questions

What motivates you to keep growing your blog?

Seeing my impact on other people’s lives inspires me to continue branching out to other creators, therefore growing my blog. ‘The Plastic Plan’ in particular (my climate change series) has gained so many positive responses from young activists like me. Seeing my writing help other people be more environmentally conscious will never fail to inspire me. Because even my small platform of 730 followers can make a difference. That’s a school full of people that want to listen to my ramblings!

These were some initial ideas for The Plastic Plan series!

What message do you want to give to the world?

I wish for my lasting legacy to be kindness. Sometimes, more often that I’d like, I snap at people. I might give up on something too soon because I’m tired of it. I want to build resistance against that, I want to be less selfish and give my time to worthy causes. When I eventually depart from this planet, I hope the small amount of people who did know me remember me as the kind one.

What is your current favourite book?

I can’t answer that question! There are so many current favourites. But also I’ve been in a reading slump which isn’t fun. With the libraries not being open, I haven’t been able to get my hands on any physical books. Although the eBook option is available (which I’m eternally grateful for) they don’t spark the same sort of magic. I’m sure readers will understand what I mean! If you do love reading, you should check out my bookstagram. Cheeky little plug I know! But I post bookish content every day on there.

These are the sorts of photos I post on my bookstagram!

When was the last time you felt uninspired?

Probably last week. I wish I had a better relationship with inspiration. It naturally comes in waves, but those waves differ in size. At the moment I have loads of ideas, but I’m too excited by them that I don’t have the commitment to sit down and properly write them out!

Sneak peek to my August bullet journal set up!

What do you love about yourself?

I love that I don’t care what people think about my blog. Offline, there are bitchy girls that tease me about my blog. But it doesn’t affect me in the slightest. I don’t even know what their aim is, because they would never be able to stop me from blogging. In fact, the more they tease me, the more motivated I am to prove them wrong! I like that part of my personality. I know some people are really sensitive to teasing. 

I Nominate

Francine @ Ancine’s Alley

Meg @ What Meg Means

Jessica @ Jessica E Larsen

Pooja @ Life’s Fine Whine

Rachel @ Little World Of Rachel

Everything Me

Victoria @ The Cozy Potato

Anushka @ Times Of Trials

Rose @ Girl Online

My Questions

  1. What book are you reading?
  2. What song/s have you playing on repeat recently?
  3. How do you stay motivated?
  4. What tip would you give to anyone trying to get out of a writing slump?
  5. What is the most valuable piece of advice you have been given?

Right, so that’s it for today’s post! I’m really looking forward to seeing your responses. Don’t forget that if you weren’t nominated you can still take part! Just copy and paste this link into your post so that I can see it. Hope you have liked the rambly posts this week! I will probably go back to a less chatty style on Friday’s upload. Please leave your honest opinion on the long posts this week! I don’t mind receiving your criticism. 

What song/s have you been playing on repeat recently?

Stay tuned, because I might react to your favourite songs in a later post!

catherine x

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My Top 10 Favourite Feelings | Expressing Gratitude & Another Huge Announcement!

I want to thank Xandria for coming up with such an original idea for a tag, and to Pooja from lifesfinewhine for nominating me. Pooja is the absolute queen of blogging and I’m honoured to participate in this! I know you nominated me a month or two ago but in came school work to ruin the plans of being productive with this blog. So let’s get on to the tag, despite its delay in being written.

The Rules

List out 10 of your favourite feelings! It’s honestly just that simple!

Heavy rain as I go to sleep

Rain at any time of day has a satisfying sound, but particularly at night with the window slightly ajar. Water in any form brings me a sense of belonging – a cosy, homely feeling – especially the ocean! My dream is to have a house on a seafront, ideally in Scotland.

The satisfaction of writing a lengthy journal entry, and getting everything off my chest

Since chatting with some girls about LOA on a group chat, I have become fully invested in journaling. Lots of people recommend it as the activity to do as you first wake up, but it doesn’t matter the time of day for me. It could be 11pm and I would still feel the same satisfaction! Journaling honestly DOES change your life. And I know you hear people talk about it a lot as the ‘best thing that has ever happened to them’ but they’re not lying. I was in your position once, thinking that I don’t need to journal or not having enough time to journal. Now I do and it’s the best daily habit to implement. 

Completing my to-do list!

I rarely complete an entire to-do list, so when I do it feels so satisfying!

Sitting down on the sofa after a long and tiring walk

Nothing beats this. Sometimes I go for a fast-paced walk, get a *bit* sweaty, and because of how fast I’m walking, I can’t really feel any sensation in my body. But when I return home and I finally stand completely still, I am overcome all exhaustion and usually just flop on to the sofa with a cup of tea. 

Seeing someones face light up when they see me, and vice versa

It’s the specific moment when someone turns from a concentrated frown, to then lift their eyes up and smile at you! It never fails to give me a warm feeling. A smile is like carrying your own sunshine. It does genuinely brighten up people’s day!

A breeze on a hot day

Anywhere in the world this feels good, but by the seaside especially. You could be a hot, sweaty mess then this gentle breeze passes through the trees and you suddenly feel grounded and less bothered by the heat.

Finishing a hardback book

Book lovers can relate! Whenever I finish a hardback, I snap it together so it makes a loud clap. I’m currently reading a hardback, and that’s one of the motivators to get me through it. 

The cat coming to sit on my bed during the night

If you don’t follow my Instagram (you should), you won’t know who Pikachu is. Our family’s gorgeous cat tends to sleep on our beds at night, usually taking her pick between my brother and I. It’s a silent sibling competition, that we never voice aloud. But when Pikachu comes on to my bed at night it’s an unspoken win over my brother hehe. 

Going outside in the early hours of a frosty morning, and inhaling the cool, fresh air

It’s 6am on Monday 22nd November. You have just woken up to a dark sky, and you hear the cat meowing downstairs. You let her out of the front door, to be confronted by a wall of cool air. You take a big breath in, but the cold makes your nose numb and senseless. On the exhale, you can see your warm breath against the air, forming a cloud. It’s an unbeatable sensation, one that you can’t wait until winter to experience again. 

Opening a can of beans with a ring pull

I don’t use a snazzy plastic device like this GIF does. But the visual is there.

I Nominate:

Ebullience

Meg @ Baking By Meg

Thank you for reading today’s post! Let me know in the comments what one of your favourite feelings is. You can also participate in this tag if you would like! Pingback to this post so that I can see it. 

What is one of your favourite feelings?

catherine x

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HUGE Announcement For All Book Lovers!

If you’d read this far, you may me interested in my new account on Instagram! This time last year I had a bookstagram. It gradually morphed into a lifestyle account, which now has over 1.4K followers (thank you all so much!). Posting book content on there seemed a bit inappropriate, considering the audience are more interesting in the positivity and lifestyle niches. SO I went the extra mile to start up a new bookstagram, @kittyjadebooks, to satisfy all of my bookish needs! I post daily photos of books, regularly update you on my story and am always chatting about books with all of you. If that’s something you’re interested in, click here. Thank you so much for the support already! I’m very excited for the future of that account.