I started blogging when I was about 4 months pregnant with Alice! I had left my job and had a fair bit of time on my hands, so I quickly got into the swing of blogging every day. After Alice was born, I found it a lot harder to keep up with blogging. However, I knew it was something I didn't want to give up, so I just sort of made it work! I now blog nearly every single day and always strive to have new, fresh and interesting content that I would want to read myself. I thought I would share a few tips to fellow mummy bloggers who spend the best part of their day chasing run away toddlers!
Scheduled posts. I can not stress how amazing it is to be able to schedule posts. It means that when I do get a couple of hours to myself, I can write up as many posts as my heart desires and schedule them all for the week ahead! I am always one week ahead on my blog. Every post was created a week ago. This means I have all week to take photos and when I have a bad day with Alice, I don't have to stress about falling behind with the blog!
You don't have to blog about one thing. A lot of people go on about having to find a niche and sticking to it completely. Well... when you are a mummy life isn't all about one thing. So why should your blog? You don't have to only blog about your baby. You don't have to only blog arts and crafts. Why not say your blog is a "lifestyle" blog and blog about anything you fancy?! I prefer reading blogs with a big of variety anyway!
Be positive. I know it can be really tempting when you have a terrible day with the little ones to write up a depressing, awful post about how rubbish life is. But be careful if you do. I like to keep my blog a positive, happy place, not just for my reader but for me to! If I am having a bad day, looking back through my blog full of happiness and fun things we have done makes me feel better! Besides, being up all night with a teething toddler probably isn't the thing you will want to remember about them when they are leaving home for university in the future...
Take photos. Good photos. Photography is such a huge passion of mine, even more so now I have a daughter who is growing and changing so much every day. Taking good quality photos is never a waste of time. Always have your camera/ camera phone with you and snap away whenever you can! The first thing that I look at when I click on a new blog is the quality of the photographs. You don't need the best camera in the world, you just need clear, colourful and interesting photos that capture the moment! And make them big! Small photos are just so awful on a blog!
Put yourself in the blog. This doesn't mean you absolutely have to have a million photos of yourself in every blog post. It just has to be... you. Here's a quick tip, write as if you are talking to your best friend. I love reading blogs where I can hear the bloggers voice in my head. I can imagine what sort of person they are, I can imagine having a cup of tea and a chat with them. Because their blog just reflects their personality completely. The best blogs are original. But it takes time to develop your voice, so keep going. You never know where you will end up!