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Blogging tip: Write for yourself first

Many pro bloggers advise you to write for your audience and search engines when you start blogging. This is correct. You should write for search engines and your readers but when you have a new blog, the best thing you can do for yourself and your blog is to write for yourself first. Once you start writing for yourself, everything else will fall into place. You will learn along the way what works for your blog niche, what type of blog posts bring in more traffic, and the types that bring in more engagement. The more you blog, you more you will understand what works and what doesn’t. That way you can twerk as you go along.

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Blogging tip: Write for yourself first

I see many new bloggers falling into the trap of writing like every other blogger. They don’t put their own spin on their blog posts. Their blog looks like every other popular blog on their web and there is no originality. There is a very thin line between being getting inspiration and outright copying. I know it is tempting to be a little bit too inspired while grabbing blog post ideas from your favourite blogs, and this is where many newbie bloggers kill their blogging career before it even gets started.

It is so important to write for yourself first especially in your early blogging days. Your blog needs to bring something new and fresh to the web. That is the only way to stand out in the saturated world of blogging. Anything else, and you just get buried on the web. My advice is to play out with your creativity and discover where your strength is. It could be in your writing tone, photography, video content, or knowledge in a particular niche. There is always room to bring something new and fresh; writing for yourself first is the way to find out what that is.

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When it comes to blogging for success, there is really no tip. One rule could work great for one blog and not for another. The only way to know which rule works for you is to play around with different blogging tips and be original. Practice makes perfect with blogging. The more you blog, the better you become, and the faster you learn. Experience is the best teacher, so if you are contemplating starting a blog, just start and learn as you go along. Good luck xx

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Embroidery designs and files with Design Bundles

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I have always been interested in designing and creating things from scratch. Many years ago, I played around with the idea of becoming a fashion designer. That idea disappeared shortly after naturally. I realised I was not a natural when it came to sewing and designing pieces/accessories. The interest wasn’t really there either. I still remember when a good friend tried to get me into crotchet. She created many lovely little cardigans and blankets for the kiddies when they were babies, but I just wasn’t interested in those sorts of things at all. Fast forward a few years now, we are still in lockdown and there is a lot more time to do many things at home, and I know many people are playing around with baking, cooking, sewing, and a lot more at home. If you are interested in embroidery designs, you will find this post very useful.

Pretty Unicorn Eyes Head Floral Design

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Embroidery Designs

Embroidery designs have been around for a very long time and they are still quite popular. The easiest way to describe embroidery is as an art of decorating using materials like fabrics, pearls, beads, sequins, and quills, alongside a needle to apply thread. Embroidery designs are always very eye-catching and artistic. I find them very creative which is why they always catch my attention. You can easily spot embroidery designs on caps, hats, dresses, skirts, tops, blankets, coats, dress shirts, and many more. The designs always stand out so beautifully, which is why I love going for pieces and accessories with some embroidered pattern on them.

Embroidery file formats are the ways in which embroidery designs are saved in a software format or a machine format. Usually. you will need to have an embroidery machine and the right software to transfer files to your machine so you can use the designs. Before you purchase an embroidery design, you will need to find out which format will be compatible with your machine. When it comes to embroidery files, this is where Design Bundles comes in to save the day.

Design Bundles

Design Bundles was created in July 2016 to provide affordable digital products like patterns, mockups, templates, graphics, craft files, and illustrations. The brand has over 1 million users and 150,000 marketplace products. Design Bundles works as the bridge connecting independent designers with customers in search of creative discounted designs. There are thousands of design options available for various projects, so it is worth having a look on the website for sure.

Here are 2 of my favourite designs from Design Bundles –

Floral Wreath for Monogram Frame in 5 sizes

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This floral wreath is simply beautiful. I love the design a lot. The pastel floral look caught my eye immediately. This design is a digital file/instant download. It comes in  5 sizes, 7 colours with 7 thread change. I can picture this design on a dress or skirt for me. It would look so pretty.

Unicorns Australian Wattle Machine Embroidery Design in 2 s

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My daughter is a huge fan of unicorns. I know she would love this stunning design right here. It will look amazing on a top for her. I can already picture the design on a black/blue top. It will look so good. This beauty is an instant download machine embroidery design in 2 sizes.

What do you think of these designs?

Top tips for getting a great night’s sleep

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Getting enough sleep is essential for maintaining good mental and physical health. When we don’t get enough high-quality sleep, we can feel grumpy and find it difficult to concentrate throughout the day. If you’re struggling to catch enough Z’s, check out our top tips below that will help you sleep soundly.

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Declutter your bedroom

Did you know – a messy bedroom can have a direct impact on your quality of sleep? According to an article by Good Housekeeping, a study has found that people with untidy, cluttered bedrooms “take longer to fall asleep than those with neat and tidy rooms – leading to increased tiredness”. So, if you want to get a great night’s sleep, give your bedroom a tidy, putting everything in its rightful place and popping as much as you can into storage. This will make your room a much more calm and restful space.

Stay away from screens before bed

It’s also worth reducing your screen time before bed, as this can also help you drop off to sleep easier. TVs, smartphones, and other devices emit light which can interfere with your body’s internal clock. The sleep foundation state that the artificial blue light “suppresses the release of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin and makes it more difficult to fall asleep” and also “delays the onset of REM sleep”. For this reason, you should stay away from screens around an hour before bedtime to help improve your sleep.

Get the temperature and light right

Your ability to sleep is affected by the light and temperature of your bedroom. Our bodies recognise when it is time to sleep by the setting of the sun, so making your room is as dark and cool as possible will improve the quality of your sleep. If you have issues with light infiltration, invest in some blackout curtains to make your room darker. If you often find your room is too warm, then try opening a door or window to increase air circulation. You can also try improving your sleeping pattern by popping a light-based wake up alarm on your bedside tables – which slowly wakes you using natural-looking light.

Try relaxation techniques

There are a whole host of relaxation techniques that can help you to wind down before bed. It’s worth trialling a few different things to see what works best for you. For example, you could sink into a long, warm bubble bath before bed to relax the mind and body. You could also try yoga or meditation – there are plenty of videos to follow online as well as apps to aid meditation. Or, you could simply get lost in a great book, or listen to calming music.

Why not try these tips today and see how they may help you to get a great night’s sleep?

 

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