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Blogging Tips – Blogging In 2012 Vs 2019

Blogging in 2012 is so different from present day 2019. When I set up Fashion and Style Police, I knew I was in the for the long haul. I was passionate about writing and this blog was and is still like one of my children. So I put in my all from day 1. My early blogging days was full of plenty mistakes. I wasn’t really sure what I was doing (shoutout to bloggers that share blogging tips). It was all trial and error, and I had a lot of learning to do. My photography wasn’t great. I was still finding my writing voice so my posts were short and not as good.

 

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Blogging has been a learning curve for me. I am still learning and there is no end to this education thanks to the many changes on the web. Like I said earlier, blogging in 2012 is so different from how it is today. Here are some of the many differences I have noted.

 

You can’t afford to ignore social media in 2019 like you may have done in 2012

Social Media has really changed in the last few years. There were so many platforms available back then that are no longer available now, and there are now new kids on the block. The way we use social media has also changed compared to how we used the platforms in 2012. To succeed as a blogger, you have to keep up with social media pretty much. Ignoring the popular platforms like Instagram and Facebook wouldn’t be smart. A lot of traffic comes from social media platforms. I get a lot of traffic from Facebook in particular, which is why I make sure my Facebook page stays active.

Brands and PRs take into account the amount of followers and engagement you get on your social media platforms. So if you plan to make some money off your blog, you need to start paying attention to social media. Bloggers could afford to neglect their social media platforms in 2012 (I know I did), but definitely not in 2019.

 

New bloggers want their blogs perfect from day 1

Now this is not really a bad thing, it could actually be a good quality depending on how you look at it. However, wanting your new blog perfect from day 1 isn’t really possible. What is blog perfection really? What could be perfect for you, may be amateurish for me. I believe in working to be better than I was yesterday, everyday. I don’t believe in perfection, so it is not something I long for. Which is why I worry when I see new bloggers wanting to get thousand of views, sponsored post opportunities and all after blogging for a month. These things take time, effort, quality photography, good SEO, and a bit of good luck to come most times. In 2012, when I started blogging, I didn’t worry about these things. I just wanted an outlet to create and create is what I did.

New bloggers in 2019 don’t have the patience for that. They want it all from day 1, which is why blogging usually frustrates them because it doesn’t happen that way.

 

 

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More lifestyle blogs

In 2012, blogging was all about niche. A blog had to have a niche and stick to it. Fashion and Style Police was purely a fashion blog where I wrote about fashion and shared my daily outfit. I had a job in an office in Manchester then. So I took outfit pictures every day and shared them on the blog. Along the way, I incorporated beauty and lifestyle, and now I talk about my twins and travel, because we like to do these things. I also share freelance tips as as a self employed freelancer who works from home, and blogging tips; which is why you are reading this post.

In 2019, there are lots of lifestyle blogs around. I think there are more generic lifestyle blogs, than niche blogs, but I may be wrong. This was not the case in 2012. It was all about 1 blog for 1 niche, which is why many bloggers then started off with multiple blogs to enable them write about a variety of topics. I know many people still run niche blogs today, but they are no longer the norm.

 

How long have you been blogging for? Have you noticed any of these changes? Do you have any blogging tips to share?

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Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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Mother’s Day in the UK is a few days away and many of us are still in search of the perfect gifts. So I thought I should share some more gift ideas just incase you are still in search for some Mother”s Day Gift shopping inspiration.

 

 

Ellis James Black Travel Jewellery Keeper

 

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I really like this Ellis James Travel Jewellry Keeper. It comes in Black, Cream and Grey. I have the black version and I really like it. It is a great little gift. Perfect for keeping your  jewellery safe while on holiday. I like that there are enough spaces for earrings, bracelets, necklaces and other little pieces of jewellery.

 

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This little bag is water-resistant and padded for protection. It will make an excellent gift this Mother’s Day. What do you think?

 

Ellis James Black Tall Cosmetic Bag

 

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This Black Tall Cosmetic Bag also by Elis James is another great Mother’s Day gift idea. I love the size. It will be very handy for overnight trips, weekends away and when going on holidays in general. It can also be used to store your cosmetics at home. I like the different compartments. It stores bottles upright thanks to the tall design ( Dimensions: 10.25 W x 7.25 L x 7.0 D inches).

 

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This Ellis James Cosmetic Bag is also padded for protection and water-resistant. What do you think of it?

 

 

Ambielly Cotton Socks Thermal Socks Adult Unisex Socks

 

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Socks are not only great for Father’s Day, Mums can receive them as gifts as well. These Ambielly Cotton Socks Thermal Socks Adult Unisex Socks are great for those on a budget. And with the amazing review on Amazon, you can tell the socks are great quality. They look fab, I love the colourful designs. Good to know they are unisex too! Always nice to be able to share some pieces of clothing with your other half. 

 

 

Vans Women’s Ward Canvas Low-Top Sneakers

 

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I am a fan of the Vans brand. Their shoes are always so cool. This Vans Women’s Ward Canvas Low-Top Sneakers would make a lovely gift this Mother’s Day. I love the soft pink shade and simple design.  It comes in 3 other colours as well – Black, Red and Multi-colour. 

 

 

Mummy Shark T-shirt

 

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This Mummy Shark T-shirt would make a lovely Mother’s Day gift. The whole Mummy Shark trend has made this shirt a desirable option. It comes in different colours – Navy Blue, Royal Blue, Black, Dark Heather, and Asphalt.

 

What do you think of these gift ideas? Are you all sorted for Mother’s Day gifts?

Relationship Therapy Books to Read Before Saying I Do

I am a book lover. I have loved reading books for as long as I could read and I have passed that love over to my kids. They love reading and it makes me very happy. I read all sorts of books, relationship books, self-help books, business books, finance books and more. The goal for 2019 is to read a book a week and so far so good I am on track with my week 3 book already.I learn a lot from reading books, and I love the fact that there is a book for every niche. And Amazon Kindle has made my love for reading a lot stronger thanks to how easy it is to think of a book and start reading in within a minute.

 

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Relationship Therapy Books to Read Before Saying I Do

In the last few months, I have been read a lot of relationship books on my Kindle and I recommend some more than others. These relationship books I recommend are great for intending couples to read before they say their vows. Marriage should be a life long commitment, which is why intending couples need to ensure they go for premarital counseling and ask the right questions before the get married.

There is no reason not to have a form of premarital counseling. With the advancement of technology, you can even have your sessions online if you need to. Myself and my husband had premarital counseling, and I would advise any couple to have some counseling sessions with a qualified therapist before exchanging vows. I would also advise couples to read as many relationship books as possible before their big day.

Here are my 3 top relationship books to read before you get married –

 

The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts by Gary Chapman

I have read this book a few times and I really like it. It explains  the 5 love languages in detail, and I thinks every couple should it. It is a great relationship book to read before you say I do. Gary Chapman is a terrific author. He explains the different 5 expressions of love and how to identify and communicate effectively in a spouse’s “love language.”. This is a great premarital book to read.

 

101 Questions to Ask Before You Get Engaged by H Norman Wright

Many couples fail to get to really know their potential spouses while they are courting. They spend their time on unimportant things and forget to pay attention to things that really matters. This book helps couples ask in-depth and personal questions in order to see if they would make it to the altar. It is definitely worth reading.

 

Questions for Couples: What to Ask Before You Say “I Do”: A Primer for Planning Your Future Together and A Guide to What to Expect From Premarital Counseling (The Wedding Series)

This is another great book to read. It is a guide that offers over 450 realistic and practical questions in 18 categories for intending marriage couples. This book covers topics from Finances and Intimacy to Religion and Children. It also guides couples on what to expect from premarital counselling. It is a great book.

 

Have you read any of these relationship therapy books? What are your thoughts on premarital counselling?

 

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