30 April 2017

Dominate the Blogging World Using Just 6 Basic Essentials Now

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I've been blogging for nearly 3 summers now. Over these years, I've definitely learnt a thing (or six) that make the process easier. With no school or uni to attend this summer, you have free time to really hone in on your current blog and make it extraordinary, or create a blog from scratch; It's never too late to begin.

#1 Pin board: Organization//Planning and Managing


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I have no clue where I'd be without my trusty black pin board. Whenever a new thought, idea or inspiration bounces around in my blogging brain, it goes straight onto my pin board. Separating my board into sections also helps me keep track of key areas of focus or future interest. Pinning (no, not on Pinterest, although that's fun too) gives me a lot of joy. If you've ever wondered how to stay organized with your life, the answer is a pin board.

I've been shopping around for a new pin board recently, and I found a great and good quality one (see here)*. I've fallen in love with the size, fabric and colour of the board. I think this would take anyones blog to the next level. BONUS: It comes with 10 colourful pins.

#2 Notebook: Ideation//Drafting

IMAGE: AMAZON (HERE)
After an idea is quickly scribbled down on my pin board, it gets neatly written in my Notebook. I use Notebooks to remember ideas for particular posts that I intend to write in the future, and come up with the 'nitty-gritty' detail for my blog. If I come across a witty line or words of wisdom that I think I may want to reference in a post one day, it goes straight into my notebook.

I'm a sucker for notebooks. BIG TIME. I've recently stumbled upon a brightly coloured, and beautifully designed notebook (see here)*.This notebook is the perfect size for blog planning. It is a hard cover (which I personally prefer). The notebook provides headings like 'reminders' or 'to do' which is always helpful when organizing posts.

#3 Blogging Pens: Fun// Visual Aesthetic

IMAGE: AMAZON (HERE)
Science has proven time and time again that humans react positively to colour, so why not bring it into your blogging? I don't know about you, but I love using certain pens; Some pens write so smoothly that I end up writing my name over and over again (which depletes the pen's ink...but that's not the point).

I found 12 multi-coloured gel pens that come in bright, diamond-headed tips (see here)*. Reviews say that the pens go beyond previous customer's expectations and write so smoothly that people just want to keep writing! And, if you're a blogger, or a student, then that wouldn't be a bad thing. It may just inspire you. BONUS: Money back guarantee if you're dissatisfied.

#4 Sticky Notes: Blogging on the Move

Sticky Notes in notebook

Have you ever been out at a movie when a terrific blog post idea pops into your mind? Or maybe you're in the loo at the mall and inspiration strikes! I'm old fashioned; I like to write things down as opposed to using my phone's notes. I usually end up with posts so far down in 'notes' that I never see them again. Small notepads (or sticky notes) are always carried around with me in my bag. It also means I can use those pretty pens that I really like more often! The sticky notes can go into your notebook and onto your pin board- how's that for organization? You'll be the most organized blogger around!

I use sticky notes that are similar to these*. They're small enough to put in my bag, but still gets my idea down. I also really like the colour pop that these add to the white pages of my notebooks and paper on the pin boards. I like to think of sticky notes as the throw cushions that add that dash of colour.

#5 Marble Photography Sheets: Aesthetic//Design

A PAIR TO THE SPARE (HERE)
Research has proven that the internet takes well to lighter images. Many bloggers fake a light, beige/grey marble tile texture behind their photographs by buying marble sheets of paper. I've used marble textures as backdrops to some of my photos. Alternatively, I use fabric which provides depth in the form of self-made creases and folds.

I found a really good quality grey marble adhesive sheets (see here)*. This colour looks great against any sort of product or prop. This adhesive gives the appearance of an expensive marble tile adding great aesthetic quality to blog images.

#6 Fairy Lights (with hanging Photographs): Visual Aesthetic//Photography

IMAGE: AMAZON (HERE)
I've used fairy lights time and time again in my blog posts, like here. Fairy lights look great in the background of photographs, often adding that extra sparkle. They can be strung amongst product shots, or as a background to a Youtube video. 

However, fairy lights these days aren't very creative. They're all very much the same...or that's what I thought. I found these* the other day and I AM IN LOVE! It's multi-functional in the sense that it has the beauty of fairy lights, with the added prettiness of hanging your personal photos!

I hope you take some of these tips forwards and implement them into your blog. If you do, please do let me know so I can maybe check it out!

What are your blogging essentials? What does/does not work well for your organization?

Till next time-
Steph

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22 comments

  1. I love your design and these are awesome tips!!

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    1. Thank you Nabila! Hope they help!

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  2. wow, you are so organized!
    the only thing I do is to make a calendar to schedule the posts of the month, and everything else goes on the way hahahah
    thank you very much for sharing your tips!

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    1. Haha, I just enjoy working with my pin board!
      I don't plan each post.

      Thanks for the comment, Cilia!
      Always appreciated

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  3. These are great tips, I love reading about organization and essentials!

    http://www.myclusterofthoughts.com/

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    1. Thanks Katherine!

      Hope they help/inspire you!

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  4. Amazing tips! I have a little notebook in which I write all of my post ideas. Scheduling is so important if you want to be on top of everything. xx

    Antonia || Sweet Passions

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    1. Antonia, I couldn't agree more!
      Scheduling posts is very helpful!

      Notebooks work wonders with organization.

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  5. Yesss I absolutely love pretty stationary, it definitely makes me feel more productive :D (I hope heh)

    xx Sofia | SOFIAADOT

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    1. Um...who doesn't like pretty stationery? Haha!

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    1. Happy to help fellow bloggers out!

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  7. Such a helpful post! Thank you :)

    http://www.ellamaygarrett.com

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    1. Happy to help!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment!

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  8. These are great tips! I'll definitely be saving this for future reference!!! x


    Victoria | VictoriaaHelenn

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    1. Great!

      Let me know if you end up using any!

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  9. Steph, what a fab post. I love that a lot of these points were based around beautiful stationary, honestly one of my highlights of blogging!

    Those pens look amazing and I'm already planning on what to use the marble background for. (I'm sold!)

    Xxxxxxx

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    1. THANK YOU SO MUCH MEGAN!

      I also love shopping for stationery (the pretty kind, particularly).

      Yay! I'd love to see how you use them! If you decide to use them in a post, please do let me know so I can check it out!

      Thanks for the comment, Meg!

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  10. Great ideas and essentials!! A notebook is something I am always using when it comes to blogging. I'm always jotting down ideas or notes xx

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Notebooks are great! Much better than 'notes' on a phone, in my opinion.

      Thanks Lauren!

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  11. I really need to improve my organisation when it comes to my blog, thank you for this post!

    Lauren x Huggled

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    1. I hope these tips are able to help you in some way- even if it offers just a dash of inspiration.

      Thanks for the comment, Lauren!

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