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Friday, 30 September 2016

Lately...


Always be good to yourselfHello, my name is Izzie and it's been a couple of months since my last blog post.

I have no idea why writing has become more of a chore than a pleasure lately. Maybe it's my hormones, the weather, or generally feeling a bit 'meh' about writing.

Maybe I needed to take a break and write nothing at all.

Which is exactly what I've been doing all summer.

My daughters are all grown up and taking first steps into the world of adulthood and work. I suspect that they won't live anywhere near the place they called home. Their mum is fine with this. It's proof that they are heading off on their own adventures and that is exactly how it should be. 

What next for the blog and its author though?

Who knows?

Maybe it's time to shake things up a little and see where life takes me?

Watch this space.

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Saturday, 7 May 2016

Tips for the Time-Challenged Blogger

Tine-challenged, bloggingIt's true that blogging will take over your life if you allow it to, and sometimes it's important to remind ourselves that we blog because that's what we love to do.

Here are my top 5 tips for getting ahead and making time for everything else when life is hectic and doesn't allow you the freedom to lavish as much time as you'd like on your blog...

1. Carry a pen, notebook and small camera around with you at all times. You never know when inspiration for a brilliant blog post, or that perfect photo op might arise - and it would be a shame to waste any idea that's potentially useful at a later date. Jot down a few notes (no matter how random) and snap a few photos as you go.

2. Aim to have several posts in reserve for when life gets in the way of everything and time is scarce. Make sure that the posts aren't seasonal or time-sensitive. Book reviews, blogging tips and recipes all work well.

3. Don't panic when you need to write a post in a hurry. If you only have an hour, log off social media, set a timer and commit to writing without interruption. It's amazing what you can achieve if put your mind to it. Get to know what type of posts you can write within a relatively short time scale. For me, it's The Week That Was posts that materialise almost effortlessly. These feature snippets of news from the previous week and, as I've often snapped a few photos during that time - these slot in rather well. Here's an example if you want to take a peek: The Week That Was.

4. Accept that there will be times when you can't be omnipresent on social media, or comment on as many blogs as you'd like to. When pushed for time, I tend to read and comment (or share) posts from twenty or so of my favourite blogs. I won't join in with linkies or comment threads if I know I won't have time to do these justice - as it's unfair to fellow bloggers and hosts. 

5. Remind yourself that it's not the end of the world if you need to step away from blogging for a while. What's going on in real life should always take precedence and because the blogging community is such a fabulous place to be - you'll be able to pick up exactly where you left off. You might even come back to blogging with a fresh outlook and lots of inspired ideas for brilliant new posts.

So that's my top5 tips for bloggers who don't always have as much time as they'd like to lavish on their blogs.

Do you have any tips to add to the list?

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