Do You Want Your Blog To Be More Than A Hobby?

Running a blog is one of the most satisfying and enjoyable things that you can do. After all, what could be better than spending your time writing about the things that you love and that you’re really passionate about? Of course, most of us live pretty hectic and full lives so the idea of setting aside a lot of time and effort to work on something that really doesn’t function as much more than a hobby can be kind of difficult to justify, but do you want your blog to be more than a hobby?

What if you wanted to take your blog and turn it into something more than just a hobby?

What if you wanted to take that passion and turn it into a career?

Do you want your blog to be more than a hobby?

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Well here are a few things that you need to do if you want to get started.

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Need More Blog Views? Become an Expert

People may have expected blogs to have dropped in popularity in favour of YouTube commentaries, but the truth is that we’re reading blogs more than ever. Of course, if you’re looking to start your own blog, or want to improve one you’ve already started, then you need to think about why people are still visiting blogs so regularly. Well, it’s the same reason that most people read anything; because they want to be informed.

How to be an expert in blogging

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How to Revive a Stale Blog With the Help of Original Content

Blogging can be tough. Unless you have a topic that is giving you an infinite amount of content to write about, you’re probably going to run out of ideas sooner or later and you might start running into a creative wall. I know this has happened to me!

It can spell the death of an otherwise informative and interesting blog, and it’s one of the things that writers fear the most when they turn their blogs from a hobby into a full-time job. Sadly, many writers try to get around the problem of a creative block by using questionable tactics. For instance, they might decide to repurpose an old post and disguise it as a new one, or they might hire third-party ghostwriters to make content for their blog.

While these are perfectly acceptable, it doesn’t add interesting and creative content (most of the time). Thankfully, there are ways to rekindle that creative mind of yours if you’re being faced with a stale blog.

With a little tinkering, creative thinking and a lot of hard work, you could revive a stale blog in just under a week with the following tips.

Revive a Stale Blog With the Help of Original Content

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The Morning Sidekick Journal Review

You know how much I love to read and write, so when I was asked if I wanted to have a look at a new type of journal I squealed in delight! Yes!!

I’m in love with my new journal! – just wanted to get that out there!

The Morning Sidekick Journal is amazing. Full of ideas and tips to help you get the most out of life.

The Morning Sidekick Journal Review

It’s beautiful to hold. Hardback with fantastic thick pages, the feel of a quality product. It has one of those great bookmarks, so you won’t lose your place and an elastic band to keep it closed. There is the option of having a pdf version as well, so you can fill in on your laptop, if that’s the better option for you.

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New Mum Stories Guest Post – Me vs She

Hello and welcome to my new guest post series New Mum Stories. This weeks post is from the lovely Mouse, Moo & Me Too  

This is a lovely heartfelt post that I’m sure many of us can relate to at the start of our motherhood journey.

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Me vs She

“You look like you’ve got such a strong bond with her. You have, haven’t you? You’ve bonded with her?”
 
The question hangs in the air for a moment. I’m at my six-week post-natal check with Mouse, just over three years ago. We sit in the doctor’s room on the top floor of the busy practise. She is a locum, and she doesn’t remember me from a few years previously, when I was a patient at another surgery and terrified that I had skin cancer. She’s kinder now, softer, but still I don’t feel that I can be honest. “Oh, definitely.” I reply. 
 
I think I have bonded with her. I can feel her without looking at her – I sense when she’s awake even if she’s not in the same room, her smell is permanently on my skin, I know each and every little noise that she makes. And yet, in my very darkest hours when my body is begging for sleep, I resent her. There. It’s out. I resent her for changing my life so completely, like taking an immaculately organised drawer of treasures and upending it all over the floor. The treasures are still there, but not in their right place, and some of the really fragile pieces may have broken with the trauma and I don’t know if they can be fixed.
 
Suddenly, she dictates everything. When I sleep, wake, eat, wash, leave the house, sit down, return home. I can’t have a conversation with my husband unless she is otherwise engaged with milk or asleep. I miss him. We’ve barely been married for a year and most of that saw me pregnant and changing. I don’t know how to be his wife without also sustaining another person. I feel so much pressure. I need to shift this baby weight. I need to meet new people. I need to socialise with the people I’ve already met. I need to join groups. I need to maintain the house and have a meal on the table for 6pm. 
 
What I really need is to sleep. To lay down. To ask someone for help. To not have to pretend that I’ve got this. To admit that I don’t know what I’m doing.
 
At my lowest point, I hand her to my husband and say, “There was nothing even wrong with us before. We were fine, just us two. Why did we ever think a baby was a good idea? I don’t even want her.” I don’t even want her. I actually said that. I can remember exactly where I was stood when I said it, in our old kitchen, with the fake marble floor tiles cold against my feet despite the June warmth. Two plates were in front of me, I was trying to assemble dinner. I don’t even want her.
 
She takes, without shame. Nothing comes back – she can barely even focus on me, she looks past me. There are no smiles yet, no coos. I google “why doesn’t my baby like me?” and get thousands of search hits back. It turns out a lot of new mums don’t think that their baby likes them. 
 
And then, one day, we’re laying on the carpet of her old bedroom and I’m singing to her:
 
Rock-a-bye baby, in the treetop
When the wind blows, the cradle will rock.
When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall,
And I’ll catch you baby, cradle and all.
 
That’s not how the lullaby ends. It ends with the baby falling along with the cradle, but I can’t bring myself to sing that line. I suddenly realise that I’ve been loving her with the barriers up, because I can’t take the pain that one day I might lose her. That I’ll have to leave her. That we won’t be here together forever. That one of us will have to live without the other. Have you ever grieved for something before you’ve lost it, because you’re frightened of how strongly you feel?
 
I haven’t bonded with her, because I’ve been protecting my heart. What did I write on her birth announcement card? “She is so new, and yet we have known her forever.” I need to let her in.
 
I let her in.
Thanks Mouse Moo & Me Too.
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Why go self hosted?

I have finally taken the plunge to go self hosted. Little me with my tiny blog in a world with gazillions of other blogs. Fighting the way through for decent page views, visitor numbers and of course doing everything known to man to try to increase my DA.

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So this is my account of what it’s like to go self hosted and why I did.

It’s been over 14 months since I started blogging. I chose to go on blogger as it was very simple to set up for a newbie like me. I don’t have a lot of web experience so the simpler they better.
Now 14 months later I felt as if I had out grown my blog. I wanted to add bits that you are unable to do on blogger. During my 14 months there I have changed my them and header design a few times but you are just limited with what you can do.

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