I am perennially behind on blogger tags. Whether I’ve been tagged in a fun challenge or nominated for a blogger-to-blogger award, I’m always so grateful to be a part of this community and feel such a sense of joy that I’ll get to nominate other bloggers.
Thank you to Ruth of ThatAutisticFitChick for my second Blogger Recognition Award nomination – click here for her original post. She writes about all things fitness and wellness-related from healthy eating, fitness, and body confidence. Also, she uses her blog to spread greater awareness of Autism. Read more about Ruth here.
Rules of the Blogger Recognition Award
- Thank the blogger that nominated you
- Write a post to show your award
- Give a brief story of how your blog started
- Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers
- Select 15 bloggers to whom you want to give this award
- Let each Blogger know that you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.
How I Maintain The Newbury Girl
I explained the full genesis of my blog in my first Blogger Recognition Award post. Rather than retelling how my blog got started, I’m going to touch on how I keep my blog going and growing.
As I sit here and write this post, I am a Full-Time graduate student who also works two part-time jobs with irregular schedules. Even though blogging is my passion, the rigor of my coursework and work commitments can sometimes dull my drive. Other times, my workload becomes so overwhelming that I don’t have time to devote to crafting new posts. But despite all this, I have been posting 2-3 posts consistently for six months.
How do I combat these down periods and avoid burnout? Please see my essential tips below.
Essential Advice for New Bloggers
Consistency is a key factor in success when it comes to blogging. For some, consistency means finding time to write or shoot every single day. For others with hectic, irregular schedules, consistency can be cheated “cheated” by the following:
- Planning ahead
- Writing a few constant series
- Automating wherever I can
Planning Ahead | There are a few elements that go into planning ahead: creating an edit calendar, writing posts in bulk, and shooting photos in bulk. I typically like to have a month and a half worth of posts pre-written (excluding photography).
From a photography perspective, I often shoot my flat lays far ahead of time because beauty products typically photograph best when they are untouched, so oftentimes, I’ll shoot my photos before I write my post.
Writing Series | I have a quite a few on-going series on my blog: Bad or Rad (in-depth reviews on current beauty releases), Back-in-Time Beauty (reviews on cult classics), Seasonal Empties / Declutters, Blogger Love (Blogging Advice + Blogger Tags)… and I have a few more on the way. Why is it helpful to write posts that are a part of a series?
Writing a few consistent series helps with blog post brainstorming and helps to speed up the writing process. For example, my Bad or Rad series follows a strict template because I want to be sure I am being consistent in the information I share in each review.
Automating Where Possible | I try to schedule all blog promo posts because this helps me to maintain consistency. I use apps like Buffer (for Twitter), Planoly (for Instagram), and the WordPress Scheduler (for my blog). By automating these posts, I am able to be more consistent with my posting days and times and it is harder for difficult or crazy life to prevent me from posting.
My nominations for the Blogger Recognition Award
Rather than nominating fifteen bloggers, I am only going to nominate six bloggers since I have a few more nominations to work through.
- Linda @ Rocking the Spectrum
- Desiree @ It’s Better in Heels
- Hunida @ Hunida’s Blog
- Alex @ All Things Alexx
- Gabby @ Gabby Abigail
- Nancy @ Exquisitely Me
As always, I know that not all of you will write this post – but I am so excited to be nominating you. Not only are you incredibly gifted bloggers, but you actively inspire and support others in the community. I’m so grateful to have met you this past year and if nothing else, I hope that this nomination brings a smile to your faces.
What bloggers inspire you? What was the best piece of advice you received as a new blogger? Let me know in the comments below.