Sunday, 11 January 2015

5 Things That Make Blogging Easier


Whilst I absolutely love blogging and enjoy it immensely, like anything it can come with its stresses and frustrations. I've been blogging for nearly 3 years now around a full time job, so anything that makes it easier to complete all my blog related tasks, no matter how small, makes all the difference. Here are 5 things that I have made my blogging life much easier;

1. Blu Tac!
I think I blogged for about a year before this amazing discovery, struggling with trying to photograph ever rolling rounded bottles and tubes on flat surfaces! Anna from VDM mentioned it in one of her videos and I went out and bought a pack straight away. It's so simple and almost obvious, but absolute genius! Now I can photograph with a lot less frustration, which is always a good thing.

2. Studio/Daylight Lighting
One of the biggest blogger problems is getting the right lighting to take photos. When I first started blogging I remember running to the window or garden as soon as the sun came out to take photos, hoping they would turn out ok. It was even worse in Autumn/Winter, when I had to rely on weekend weather because it would be dark when I got home. Then a couple of Christmases ago, my other half bought me a softbox cube tent with lamps with daylight bulbs. I don't think a tent to take photos in is essential, especially if you have areas in the house suitable for placing products, but the lighting makes all the difference. You can take photos at any time of day (or night), which is so convenient, especially when you have a busy lifestyle. The photo above was taken at 6pm on a Sunday evening when it was fully dark outside, but you wouldn't know it. Something like this is an investment, but believe me it's worth it.

3. Notes, Lists and... More Notes and More Lists
This is probably an obvious one, but it helps me to be more organised and stops me forgetting things (very easy to do when I have so many other things rattling around my brain). I have a notebook that I carry around in my handbag, as it's something I always have with me, which I use to write bullet point notes about products I'm using. I find this so handy when I come to write up a full product review and means I can write up a review much quicker. I also use the Notes app on my iPhone and have a number of different lists; "Blog Post Ideas", "Blog Photos to Take", "Reviews to Do" and "PR Samples to Do" (the latter lists the samples in order by the planned posting date). I would be completely lost without these lists as they ensure I stay on track.

4. Scheduling
I don't have time these days to sit down and write a post that I want to publish that day or evening. This is why scheduling posts ahead is so much easier for me, because I'll simply forget what posts I was planning to publish and when, or I'll publish a post much later than I actually intended. I usually schedule posts on a weekly basis, setting them up on Blogger so they're ready to go for the coming week. I also schedule my tweets about the blog post using the Buffer app on my iPhone, which is an absolute godsend (big thanks to Amy from Srslylou for this one!). It's so easy and speedy to use, free to download and the big benefit for me is that I don't even have to fire up the laptop to do it. On working days I only have my phone for 40 minutes on my lunch break, so if I want to tweet about a blog post during 9-5, this is the best way I can do it.

5. Being Realistic
If I had a £1.00 for every time I made myself stressed or pressured because of unrealistic blogging goals, I would be a very rich woman. It's taken me a long time to accept that I have limits when it comes to blogging and around my current lifestyle, there's not a lot I can do about it. For example, I can realistically only post 3-4 times a week and sometimes even that is a struggle, but unless I a) barely sleep or b) rarely see any of my friends or family, I personally can't achieve anything more. I know that I will never be up-to-date with my Bloglovin feed and that I can't afford to review all the new makeup releases. But it's ok. My other half completely put it into perspective for me the other day; he said to me, what will happen if you don't? I honestly couldn't think of anything to say, because nothing will happen and I won't let anyone down, including myself. I can only do my best and I have to accept that life gets in the way, otherwise I'll completely suck the fun and energy out of blogging. 

What makes blogging easier for you?

Beauty Bird xx



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  1. Lovely post!!!! Great photos. Would you like to follow each other on GFC?! Let me know and follow me on my blog, I will follow you right back on both GFC and Bloglovin!
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    Tanya
    What makes you beautiful & bloglovin

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  2. I really need to get me some sort of lighting system, working full-time and being in a long-distance relationship (so travelling 1-2 weekends a month) makes taking photos so tricky! x

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Student Lifestyle Blog

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    1. As I'm out of the house all dat Monday to Friday it's a godsend xx

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  3. I use blu tack as well, something so simple but amazing when those bottles try rolling all over the place and yep I also use Buffer x

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    1. Sometimes the simplest things are the best :-) xx

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  4. Errr, I need a soft box haha! Number 5 is so true. I always have to remind myself of this.

    Tara x

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    1. It's hard to follow sometimes, so I do have to remind myself of it fairly often!! xx

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  5. The studio lighting sounds soo handy- light is one of my biggest problems blogging. The picture above turned out so well with it. I'd love to be able to get organised with scheduling. I've tried it in the past and only managed a few weeks. I also used to use blog post planners which were great but I never manage to keep up.
    Julz Obsessions

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    1. I think I may do a more detailed post just on my lighting set up. I've just started doing a monthly blog plan, I hope I keep it up! xx

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  6. Such a helpful post :) I can't believe I've never thought of using blu tac to hold products in place, what a good idea! :)

    Jess xo
    http://just-jesss.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thanks Jess! I know, blu tac is a lifesaver now! xx

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  7. I'm in my fifth year of blogging and still pretty much a newbie at it as I've never really been able to fully dedicate time to it! Now I'm getting organised and I scheduled by blog posts and I am having a post schedule! I want to get some lighting as I think it will help with photos and I am so going to get some blue tack or you know acquire some from work!!
    http://www.allthingskerri.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Sounds like you're very organised :-) Haha good luck with getting the blu tac!! xx

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  8. Great tips, I'm definitely a sucker for making lists too - about EVERYTHING! Was great to read about your lighting setup, it's something I really need to look into x

    Always, Alice x

    Enter my giveaway to win some of my winter beauty favourites!

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    1. Thanks Alice! I think I will do a more detailed post on my lighting set up :-) xx

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  9. Very helpful post, I think I need to get a soft box! daylight in Autumn and Winter is problem sometimes!

    Melissa || www.vintagemelissa.co.uk

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    1. Sometimes it's a pain getting it out and set up each time, but the benefits do outweigh the negatives! xx

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  10. i need to get blue tac and a soft box asap! your blog is lovely btw x

    www.sparklethiscity.blogspot.com

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    1. They're so handy to have! Thank you :-) xx

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  11. haha I love the blue tac idea! Totally genius! x

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  12. I've loved reading this post. All of your tips are definitely great ones. I've never thought about blue tac, great idea; and about light I always struggle with it.

    What I've learnt is to write more articles when I'm inspired and I have time and to collect images whenever I found it. They'll turn useful in future. Have a great start of the week.
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    mari
    www.ilovegreeninspiration.com

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    1. I'm so glad you liked this post. It's definitely a good idea to collate things to use in the future, it'll be a lot easier when it comes to it :-) xx

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  13. These are all fabulous tips! Your lighting tent seems great, I will have to look into them :)

    Style Sunrise ☀

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    1. Thank you! It's so handy, will do a more detailed post on it for definite xx

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  14. Very nice and helpful tips, thank you for sharing them!

    Carpet cleaning Fulham

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    1. Thanks Georgia. I would appreciate not leaving a spam link xx

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  15. I have nearly been blogging for a year and I still haven't got any bluetac. It is something I keep meaning to get but always forget!! xx

    www.lulabelloves.com/blog

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    1. Hopefully you'll remember next time :-) not something you generally pick up often so I can understand why you'd forget! xx

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  16. This post is so helpful! Thanks for sharing. :)
    ♥Natalie
    Yours Truly, NY


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  17. Blu Tac... HOW COME I NEVER THOUGHT OF THIS BEFORE?!
    Every time I have always had rollable item, I've always just kind of found a way to balance it and take the picture before it rolls away, or I've given up and changed how I want the picture to be!
    I've tried using pennies behind the item to stop it from rolling but I find that limits the angle of the picture - I'll be picking a bit of Blu Tac up next time I go into town, for sure!
    - Taisie ♥ | Life by Taisie

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    1. I know right?! That's what I used to do too! xx

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  18. Great tips, especially the blu tack one! Will defo be using that x

    Josie’s Journal

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  19. This is the second time I've read the bluetack tip today - I feel like I've missed out on something big haha.

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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  20. Great post Sasha! Blutac is a godsend - the kids always pinch it from me though! I definitely need to be more organised with a notebook (have them all over the place as it is but never seem to used them fully!) - ideas are always popping into my head and then back out again! Must look into the Buffer thing and also sort out my lighting - and try to put aside some time to do the actual blogging - finding it difficult at the moment but as you say life gets in the way! xx

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    1. Life always gets in the life for definite, there's never enough hours in the day!! xx

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  21. This is such a helpful post, thank you for sharing this with all of us <3 I def need to but studio light, you're completely right. It's winter already and I can't just depend on the sunlight to take pictures or film youtube videos because it gets dark so early and it rains all the time. I was debating if it worth it, but I guess I'm just gonna buy it, it's a great investment because I'm serious about blogging/vlogging. It's my hobby <3

    xo
    colorsinmybubble.blogspot.com

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    1. It's an investment for definite, but I've definitely got my money's worth out of it. I've used it so much since I bought it! xx

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  22. I can't believe I've never thought of the blutack trick!
    Love Hayley,
    Water Painted Dreams

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    1. That's exactly what I thought when I discovered it!! xx

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  23. I can relate to every single one of these! Being realistic in particular. Sometimes our fingers can't type as quick as we hope they will lol

    Holly xx
    www.hollysbeautybox.co.uk

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  24. I love this post so much, especially the last point that you made, its so easy to feel pressured to get posts up etc and I think the blogger in us always wants that time to do more, but its just not realistic. Your so right, nothing bad will happen if I don't get that post up!

    I'm also picking up a pack of blue tack tomorrow haha Genius ;) xx

    Danielle ||Miss Sunshine & Sparkle

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    1. Thanks so much Danielle! The blogger in us definitely wants to do more, but like you said, nothing bad will happen if you don't! xx

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  25. Buffer is a great way of seeing the reach your tweets get :) studio lighting too! I'd be lost without my lamps now :)

    And blu tack.. why didn't I think of that??

    Dannie x
    www.famousinjapan.co.uk

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    1. I love the Buffer app! The Google Analytics app is great too. I'd be lost without my lamps too, and the blu tac!! xx

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  26. Love these tips especially the blu tac one...genius!
    Kirsty x

    PrettyBugBlog.

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  27. I'll have to check out Blu Tac. As someone with a busy schedule, it can be difficult to find time to work on my blog so I always appreciate any tips.

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    1. Blu tac makes life much easier!! I'm glad you liked the post xx

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