How I'm Finally Happy with my Blog

Wednesday, 27 April 2016
I'll be honest, I'm sure all bloggers have been unhappy with their blogs at some point or another, I for one sure have. Probably at least once a day I see a tweet saying someone can't find the motivation or that they hate their photography or even that they aren't happy with they blog as a whole. I'll be honest, I've done it too and there's nothing wrong with it. I've changed a few things around my blog, and I'm now feeling a lot more positive so I thought I'd share them with you, in case they are able help you too!

How to be happy with your blog

  1. Firstly, you see the Bloglovin' follow button in my sidebar? It no longer shows the amount of followers. When it used to show followers I was able to see every follow and also every unfollow, and the unfollows always got me down. What didn't they like? Was it my personality? My brain would go through a million different thoughts and it would end up getting me down and I'd lose motivation. Honestly, just changing that one little element made me feel 10x better about my blog. You can still see my stats, I update them every month on my Work With Me page, but I don't need to see them to often anymore!

  2. Then there is my template. I've been through so so many. Tweaking them here and there, adding stuff, reading so many HTML posts I feel like I'm now fluent (I'm not.) In the end I decided that instead of trawling through the free ones online I'd look to Etsy to find one that really suited my needs. Luckily it wasn't all too expensive and does everything I need it to. There are so many different templates to suit all price ranges, if you're not loving your template, take a look, I'm sure you'll find something.

  3. My header. Once I changed my template my header didn't look right. I'd gone through all the fonts PicMonkey had to offer and went on to looking for other free fonts. Eventually I found one which was licenced for commercial use and that I really liked which now makes up my header. (I hope you like it.) All you need is a change and you might find it really helps.

  4. Finally is that I have distanced my Instagram and Blog. There is still a link in my bio but the things I post can literally be anything. Some people find that Instagram is a great source of traffic but I found it quite a difficult tool to master. Without the clickable links I had to hope that people would go through to my bio which they wouldn't necessarily do. So I decided to use my IG for semi personal posts and also products I'm loving. It's really taken the pressure off me and I can now enjoy posting more.

Those four things really helped me, maybe they will help you too. Our corners of the internet are all so important to each and every one of us, so being able to enjoy them more should make blogging the best hobby!



8 comments:

  1. Wonderful post, I'm glad to hear this! xoxo

    Vildana from Living Like V & Stalia Is BAE

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  2. I really loved reading this! I've just come across your blog and I love it, I love the monochrome feel of the header and the font is beautiful :D I too struggle to find a good one on PicMonkey! xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara | (doing follow for follow on bloglovin or instagram)

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    1. Thank you so much, I wasn't sure how this post would be received really. If you search for free fonts lots of places have free commercial ones too, many not as generic as the usual PicMonkey ones!xx

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  3. Glad you're loving your blog again!
    Often just getting a new template can give you your motivation back.

    I do totally understand what you mean about the Bloglovin widget though! I've got hardly any followers over there as I don't particulalrly promote it and I did wonder if it put anyone off?

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    Claire
    http://www.theclairediary.co.uk

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    1. I don't think it puts people off as such I just think that I don't need to see when people stop following. When the count goes up I am really happy but when it goes down it's a bummer!xx

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  4. I actually did that with Instagram to begin with - I know myself, I'd be constantly stressing myself on whether or not I'm posting enough, too much, am I spamming, do I look ridiculous, trying to promote my blog, etc? Now I just post all the book pics I want, and if I feel like it I might promote one post, but at least there isn't all that pressure!
    Thanks for writing this, by the way, always happy know I'm not the only one feeling a bit lost sometimes :)

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    1. Instagram and blog are definitely good separate. Like you say, one or two blog related posts never hurt but I just feel happier separating them xx

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