Taking my blog to the next level

taking blog to the next level

I first started this blog last December to keep my brain active whilst on maternity leave. I knew that I would miss writing whilst taking a year off from my career in PR, and I wanted something ‘for me’ whilst spending my days singing along to Mr Maker and wondering if Mr Tumble actually has shares in Cbeebies (could he be on any more programmes??) 

taking blog to the next levelBut I really had no idea how much I would come to love this little space – my little space – and how completely obsessed I would become with it! My blog very quickly became my new favourite hobby, and any spare time I have to myself is spent writing and discovering new posts. I’ve always been quite creative but I also get bored very easily, so sticking to new hobbies has always been something I’ve struggled with. But blogging really does have it all – writing, reading, designing, photographing, dare I say it – I even enjoy the challenge of coding (until it goes wrong!) There is always something new to learn and I love discovering new plugins, apps and updates and learning some new hack every day.

Most of all I love the blogging community which is so supportive and I’ve been really inspired reading about other people’s life experiences – every day I read a new post or discover an amazing blog that inspires me or teaches me something new. Each blog is so different and so personal and I never get bored of discovering new bloggers.

So, with all this love I have, I figure it’s time to take my blog to the next level and I’ve been pondering what it is that I really want to get out of my blogging efforts.

1. Get better at social

This is very un-blogger like of me, but I admit I’ve always looked at social media as a ‘necessary evil’ and I’ve been pretty rubbish at keeping on top of it in the past.

Even though I’ve had my Twitter account for the past six years, I’ve only really ‘got it’ since I started blogging. I love browsing my feed and always use it to discover new posts, but I must get better at engaging with others through it.

I’ve also struggled with my Facebook page, preferring to use my personal account so far to promote my posts. Family and friends are always so supportive but I always feel as though I’m spamming them! So I’m going to concentrate more on building and growing my dedicated blog Facebook page.

I’m quite a visual person so Pinterest and Instagram come more naturally to me, but I do need to use them more as a blogging tool – rather than for just admiring pretty images!

2. Do more of what I love

When I first started this blog I knew that I wanted to write about my journey as a first-time mum, along with some general lifestyle topics that are relevant to me. I love writing about my parenting journey and never run out of things to discuss on the topic, but I also want to write more about interiors so will be focusing on our home projects – of which we always have many underway!

I also want to write more about the West Midlands – I love where we live and I want to use my blog as a way to explore more of what Birmingham and the wider region has to offer.

I’m not always comfortable with posting numerous photos of Taylor on the blog, so I never wanted her to be the sole focus and I’m happy with the balance of parenting/lifestyle that I’ve maintained so far.

3. Approach brands I want to work with

When I started blogging it certainly wasn’t to make money or ‘get freebies’ (which, by the way, are never ever free and are every bit earned), but I’ve really enjoyed working with the brands that have approached me so far and its something I would like to do more of in the future.

So I’m planning to start approaching those brands that I really want to work with directly – why wait for them to find me? PRs are always on the look out for decent bloggers to collaborate with for their clients and I don’t think that bloggers are taking full advantage of the opportunities that are out there for them. I would love to make a decent income from my blog one day.

4. Take better photographs

I’m a complete sucker for a pretty photograph – give me light, artistic imagery and I will be there, pawing over your posts. I’m a little obsessed with getting the right look for my blog and I know that I need to improve my photography in order to get it to where I’d be happy. I even have an DSLR camera under our bed that I haven’t got out since our honeymoon (the one I bought when I planned to take up photography)…I love the camera on my Galaxy Note 4, but do feel that it’s time to join the ‘proper bloggers’ and learn how to use a ‘proper camera’.

5. Spend more time writing (and less time faffing!)

At the moment I’m publishing twice a week which is working quite well for me. I would like to publish more often, but I really am such a  faffer! I can easily see away a whole evening simply by re-sizing my header (only to change it back), trying a new colour palette or trying to understand why I can’t install a new plugin that I really really (don’t) need! I know that this time could be much better spent writing and reading posts and I really need to just stop it already. I’m happy with the look of my blog now so I’m hoping I’ll be able to dedicate more time to writing.

Are you currently trying to take your blog to the next level? What are your goals?

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  1. Random Musings
    October 14, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    It’s fab that you know exactly where you want to go with your blog. I fall into the faffing category too I waste a lot of time tinkering about with things that are often irrelevant! #WAYWOW
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    1. Mum in Brum
      October 17, 2015 at 10:30 am

      Oh so glad it’s not just me! Thanks for stopping by x

  2. Jenn
    October 14, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    I am so with you on struggling with Facebook 🙂 This is my next goal in my blogging journey: to make more out of it and somehow learn to like it as much as I love Instagram and Pinterest 🙂
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    1. Mum in Brum
      October 17, 2015 at 10:32 am

      Ah that’s good to hear that not everyone gets Facebook. I just find it really difficult to distinguish between what goes on my personal profile and what goes on my public one – I always think ‘why would someone want to know that?’ but I guess they do. I read somewhere recently that you should treat your public one like its a personal account so I’m trying to approach it more like that now 🙂

  3. Karen
    October 14, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    It’s great to take time to reflect and evaluate what your goals are for moving forward. “Faffing” can be a real time waster for me too, as I start out with a certain task in mind and then end up finding out about a new plugin – and I so hear you on wanting to change my colour palatte!
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    1. Mum in Brum
      October 17, 2015 at 10:33 am

      A fellow faffer! I often think it’s just me tinkering around whilst everyone else is sat writing great, meaningful posts. Nice to hear I’m not the only one x

  4. Mary-In the boondocks
    October 14, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    You made me laugh about the faffing. I on the other hand spend so much time on FB because I support friends and look at what is going on … so you see we each have our chosen social media. Your post was very well written and to the point. It takes a lot of work to go from point A to point B and also to decide what you want out of your blog, quality or quantity.
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    1. Mum in Brum
      October 20, 2015 at 10:39 pm

      Thanks Mary! I like to think I’m all about the quality – plus I’m pretty slow at writing posts so I’d be up all night if I planned to post every day! 🙂

  5. Life Loving
    October 15, 2015 at 6:19 am

    This is so me too! I had no patience with hobbies and have started a million different ones. Until I started blogging and I too feel just like you. I love all the different elements to it. I think because I work in marketing for my day to day so it’s nice to be able to use all the skills I’ve learnt over the years in a different way.

    Sally @ Life Loving
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    1. Mum in Brum
      October 17, 2015 at 10:39 am

      It is great isn’t it – there’s always something new to learn and some way you can improve. Marketing skills are definitely transferable and as you say, it’s nice to be able to still put them to use away from the office. x

  6. Katie
    October 15, 2015 at 9:01 am

    I feel the same about most of these points but doing what you love is key – I think my little girl has taken over my blog recently and I forget that I do have other interests too! Xx
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    1. Mum in Brum
      October 17, 2015 at 10:41 am

      It is so easy to write about your kids though as they provide such entertainment every day and you’re always thinking ‘there’s another post idea!’. Although I have enjoyed expanding my categories recently. Thanks for stopping by xx

  7. Mimiroseandme
    October 15, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    Great post. I think that these are great goals for you to take your blog to the next level. I need to up my game by publishing more posts a week and increase my traffic to my Facebook page, this one I am really struggling with. Thanks for linking up lovely read. x
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    1. Mum in Brum
      October 20, 2015 at 10:45 pm

      Thanks! Facebook is such a tricky one isn’t it?! I don’t understand why some posts reach hundreds and others only reach a handful. I think I need to understand it better x

  8. Melanie Greenhalgh
    October 16, 2015 at 1:16 am

    Speaking of Faffing – I am suppose to be writing my business plan at the moment and am feeling a bit overwhelmed – so why not do my reading and commenting. I agree with taking it to the next level and I have been through a few different phases but think I know how the blog and I will work together to create a new career for me. Photography is where I want to improve too – finding time to get some training is another thing all together! Gotta make time…… Mel xx #btilliantblogposts

    1. Mum in Brum
      October 20, 2015 at 10:48 pm

      Ooh that sounds very exciting that you’re looking at making a career out of your blog – good for you! Good luck with it x

  9. sarah
    October 16, 2015 at 8:57 am

    Yes social media can be tricky – facebook and pinterest seem to be where I struggle. I also get distracted with faffing about, trying to make everything look perfect ! #PicknMix
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    1. Mum in Brum
      October 20, 2015 at 10:54 pm

      To be honest, I find it difficult to use all social media to promote my posts – it’s difficult to get the balance right and I always feel as though I’m spamming people! Glad it’s not just me who’s a faffer 🙂

  10. Robyn
    October 16, 2015 at 9:15 am

    Great post and very inspiring for a new blogger. I wish I could be as enthusiastic as you about the technical side of it, but I generally get overwhelmed and call in the tech guy (my husband!). Definitely trying to get it to the next level by gaining some readers that aren’t relatives – gotta start somewhere! #PicknMix
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    1. Mum in Brum
      October 20, 2015 at 10:51 pm

      Thanks Robyn, at leatsyour husband is the tech guy – mines a complete technophobe so I have no choice but to embrace it! Good luck with taking yours to the next level 🙂

  11. Catie
    October 16, 2015 at 9:58 am

    Oh yes, I am a faffer too. I can’t help playing with hacks I’ve found through goggle or other bloggers. It is the perfectionist in me! Some great goals! I too need to focus more on approaching PRs. I’d love to work with brands.

    1. Mum in Brum
      October 20, 2015 at 11:01 pm

      There are so many hacks it’s difficult to keep up! Good luck with approaching PRs and working with brands x

  12. Joanna @mumbalance
    October 16, 2015 at 11:03 am

    It’s great that you are enjoying blogging so much – it is o addictive!
    I must admit I’ve found social media a bit of a chore t start with, but with time (and more interaction) I now enjoy it.
    Don’t worry about not posting pictures of Taylor on the blog. I don’t show my toddler’s face and it hasn’t been a problem. A mummy too(number 1 blogger on TOTS100) keeps her children’s privacy, so it’s not a must.

    Good luck xx

    1. Mum in Brum
      October 20, 2015 at 11:06 pm

      I think that is the key – to look at social media as a social place to enjoy good chat, rather than as somewhere to promote blog posts. Good to hear that you don’t always need to show your children to be a parenting blogger. It’s something I’ve been questioning for some time. I think as Taylor gets older it’s definitely something I will do less of xx

  13. Laura @ Life with Baby Kicks
    October 16, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Some grea goals. I love Facebook, twitter I’m getting to grips with but I’m no good at photography it’s all dodgy phone photos. Something I must improve on! #thelist
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    1. Mum in Brum
      October 20, 2015 at 11:08 pm

      Most of my photos are from my Samsung phone at the moment – I did dig out the SLR but to be honest there wasn’t a world of difference! So I think I’ll mainly stick with my phone and just use the camera for product shots. Thanks for stopping by x

  14. Elena
    October 16, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    Totally in the same situation as you. I am a faffer too and spend too much time admiring other people’s blogs and thinking of things to change instead of posting more often.
    My goals are to post more often and increase my blog traffic

    1. Mum in Brum
      October 20, 2015 at 10:59 pm

      It is far too easily to get distracted with so many great blogs out there! Good luck with posting more often – I’ve picked up the pace on mine this past couple of weeks and have realised it’s just about staying more focused on the task in hand. Thanks for stopping by x

  15. theloveofacaptain
    October 16, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    Yes! Im good a faffing too. Far too much time on social media trying to promote posts and less time writing them – blogger fail.

    Nice post xx #PicknMix
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    1. Mum in Brum
      October 20, 2015 at 10:55 pm

      I’m so with you on this one – so difficult to stay focused! x

  16. arthurwears
    October 16, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    haha i am also guilty of faffing! Although i have only been blogging for 2.5 months so i kind of did need to do a few things like adding social media follow buttons etc! #picknmix
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    1. Mum in Brum
      October 17, 2015 at 10:47 am

      Hope you’re enjoying blogging so far – I will pop over and have a gander or your site. I’ve been blogging for almost a year now so I think I need to stop with the faffing now! I am finally happy with my site now so hopefully I’ll be able to leave it alone for a little bit 🙂 x

  17. Claire at Tin Box Traveller
    October 16, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    Reading the first paragraph of this was spooky – we’ve come from the same background and blog for the same reasons. Snap! Faffing is also one of my vices. Time to get more organised! I went to Blogcamp with Tots100 yesterday and that gave me some direction for getting my self in order to take my blog to the next level. One of the biggest takeaways (a part from ‘don’t sleep’, which isn’t really what you want to hear) was to set your own rules for getting blog/life balance. Without some boundaries you’re not going to achieve the goals you want in either domain #thelist
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    1. Mum in Brum
      October 17, 2015 at 10:50 am

      Haha spooky! Thanks for the tip that’s really good advice. I think if you start setting unrealistic goals for yourself you’re never going to be happy with what you’ve actually achieved. So I’m trying to set goals that I know I can reach. I definitely need to get more organised too – especially since no sleep is most definitely not an option for me! I’d also like to go to a blogger event at some point, glad you found Blogcamp useful x

  18. Chloe
    October 16, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    I love this! I can definitely relate to spending an evening changing things around, only to change them back. I’ve not yet started to monetise my blog but have just started the transition into doing just that. I get approached by brands and PRS occasionally but I’ve never thought about approaching them myself. Good luck with moving to the next level! 😀 xx
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    1. Mum in Brum
      October 20, 2015 at 11:14 pm

      Hi Chloe, so nice to hear that it’s not just me who faffs! I love your new header btw. You should definitely monetise your blog – it’s fab and you deserve something back for all of the effort you put into it. I’m currently looking into the different ways of doing this other than sponsored posts. It would be great to hear how you get on xx

  19. Laura's Lovely Blog
    October 16, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    Great post, your photos look pretty fab to me though 🙂
    I think my next step is to think about approaching brands too, I have been too chicken so far! #picknmix
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    1. Mum in Brum
      October 17, 2015 at 10:55 am

      Thanks Laura! I’m getting there with the photos but there’s always room for improvement. Good luck with approaching brands – what’s the worst that can happen? They ignore you and so what? thanks for stopping by x

  20. Katy (What Katy Said)
    October 16, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    Your blog is really beautiful so definitely don’t worry about that side of things. I post one or two times a day but then I have found myself compromising on doing other things. If you are doing well and 2 times a week is working then don’t worry too much about doing more. 🙂 #Brillblogposts
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    1. Mum in Brum
      October 17, 2015 at 10:53 am

      Thanks katy that’s really nice to hear 🙂 Good advice – I think I will build up the post gradually rather than setting unrealistic goals for myself. I think if I stopped tinkering with my blog I will have a little more time to write, but don’t think any more than three posts a week is realistic for me at the moment. I don’t know how you write two times a day – you must be super organised! 🙂

  21. Jessica Powell
    October 16, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    I definitely need to try and make more of my social media; I always gravitate back to Tumblr because it’s so low effort! I keep thinking I should be more focused with what I blog about (so I could say this is a parenting / whatever blog) but then I just find something totally random – and off topic – I *must* cover. 🙂
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    1. Mum in Brum
      October 17, 2015 at 2:23 pm

      I don’t use Tumblr at all – I have a profile but never really got much further. I’d be interested to know how it works as I just got confused by whether it’s a separate blog or not?! I think the odd random post is fine – as long as you’re interested in whatever you write about it will make a good post. x

  22. Laura
    October 16, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    I’m totally new to blogging so my initial aim is to keep it up! I’ve attracted a fair number of views from my Facebook group but reading articles on how to use it to best effect has been pretty daunting i.e. It sounds like a lot of work.

    I really like Twitter because I like the amount of text and find it easy to scan. Instagram is still new to me but I can sense there’s a risk I could be a bit obsessive with some of the more beautiful streams!

    Found this post really thought provoking so thank you!
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    1. Mum in Brum
      October 17, 2015 at 2:26 pm

      No problem, glad you enjoyed the read! The social side of things is pretty daunting when you look into what other successful bloggers are doing to drive traffic. I think one of the most important things is to not constantly compare yourself to what others are doing and grow at your own pace. Set goals that are right for you and never forget that you’ve built something from nothing. Good luck with growing your blog xx

  23. Nikki Frank-Hamilton
    October 17, 2015 at 3:08 am

    Natalie, I love this, I really do. You know I am constantly working, on making things better, and I’m working on a lot of the same things as you are. I love your blog and the way you write, keep on going, it will get easier and bigger and better every day!
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    1. Mum in Brum
      October 17, 2015 at 2:31 pm

      Aw thanks so much Nikki that’s so nice to hear. I love your enthusiasm for growing your blog and helping other bloggers with theirs. It is hard not to get overwhelmed at times by everything else that comes with writing – for me the social side is a big challenge. I think I do need to spend a couple of months concentrating more on writing and achieving these goals which I think I can do 🙂

  24. Leandra
    October 17, 2015 at 7:26 am

    I’d love to take my blog to the next level, the problem is that I have quite a good job and work out of the home for 40 hours a week so I’m struggling to find the right balance. Good luck to you, I hope you manage to take your blog to just where you want it to be 😀 #thelist
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    1. Mum in Brum
      October 17, 2015 at 2:33 pm

      I will be starting work again soon (hopefully not full time) so it will be difficult to grow my blog at the same time. You must find it a huge challenge with 40 hours every week – I’d struggle just to write a post I think! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  25. Helena
    October 17, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    It’s great to have goals and accomplish them. I wish you well in yours and hope you have more fun. #TheList

  26. Mudpie Fridays
    October 17, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    I have only been doing this for 7 months and I still faff a lot! I have managed to get posting up to ever other day (I work full time and have a 3.5 year old) so I think thats probably my limit. I like to schedule the weeks posts in advance so I don’t need to worry about them but thats a bit hit and miss at the moment 🙂 mainly to do with the faffing. I love the look of your blog and think its great you have a plan. Thats something I am very much lacking! Maybe I will add it to my faffing list 🙂 xx #PickNMix
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    1. Mum in Brum
      October 20, 2015 at 11:18 pm

      Wow, you’ve done so well to fit posting in every other day whilst working full time – well done you! That is so organised to schedule posts a week in advance – I keep meaning to do this, but I just get too excited when I finish drafting a post and can’t resist the ‘publish immediately’ button! I must try harder. Good luck with reducing that faffing list 🙂 xx

  27. becca farrelly
    October 17, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    Great post! Iam at the point where I want to start doing this ‘properly’ now. I need to take better photographs and make more time to look at getting my own blog facebook page, pinterest and linked in. These are my aims over the next few months. Its so hard to know how to make that leap and (for me) give the necessary time to doing so 🙂


  28. Becky (@educatingR)
    October 18, 2015 at 8:29 am

    I can relate to so many of these. I struggle to find time in my dailynlofento tweet and update my Facebook page but I really want to start using them more. I too will get faffing with my blog design and be there for hours! I need up the amount I’m publishing as it probably averages at once a week but I struggle to fit it in as I’m a teacher and have work to do at home too. Thanks for linking up to #sundaystars
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  29. Morgan Prince
    October 18, 2015 at 9:28 am

    Great post, I’ve been feeling like this lately too. I think the pull that blogging has can take over and you’re swept up into a world of writing, events, all sorts. I’ve loved blogging, I’ve been doing it for nearly four years, and in that time my blog has grown steadily. It sounds like you have a great plan, now comes the hard bit – sticking to it! 😉 #KCACOLS
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  30. Jenny
    October 18, 2015 at 10:08 am

    My next step is to go self hosted! I’ve found that approaching direct to brands and PRs works well, they can only say no! #KCACOLS
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    1. Mum in Brum
      October 20, 2015 at 11:26 pm

      I went self-hosted earlier this year and it was definitely worth it! I had a few problems as I already had my own domain name and didn’t realise that I needed to transfer it across which meant contacting the domain register in the States- but got there in the end! Good luck with your move to self-hosted x

  31. Martin - At Home With The Boys
    October 18, 2015 at 11:05 am

    A post I can relate to, especially 1-4.

    My photos need to improve big time, especially my food ones, not any easy task when all I have, is an Andriod.

    Facebook keep changing the rules and I’ve discovered over time, that unless you’re on top of them on a daily basis, there’s a lot to learn. Their recent changes is the biggest and has affected most people without them realising. Promoting your content on your personal page is far more effective because unless people add your pages to their favourites (restricted to only 30), your followers don’t see your posts unless they visit your page.

    As for number 5, I limit myself to four posts a week. I read so many people complaining of being ‘blogged down’ because they are trying to write to many posts. Always choose quality over quantity.

    Thanks for sharing #KCACOLS
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    1. Mum in Brum
      October 20, 2015 at 11:24 pm

      Hi Martin, thanks for sharing the Facebook info – that really explains a lot. I always wonder why my personal updates receive a lot more traction Four posts a week is pretty good going – I think three is probably my limit at the moment. Good luck with improving your pics and getting your blog where you want it to be 🙂

  32. Rachel
    October 18, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    I’m with you on the social media. It is so difficult to keep up with. I don’t have a facebook page as I know I wouldn’t manage to keep it up to date. Good luck with your changes #sundaystars xx
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    1. Mum in Brum
      October 20, 2015 at 10:32 pm

      I do struggle with Facebook – hoping to get better at it soon xx

  33. Talya
    October 18, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    Number 5 I think is the critical thing here! Good luck getting to the next level hon x #sundaystars
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  34. Megan - Truly Madly Kids
    October 18, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    I tackle each bit of social separately and concentrating on them, really does build up a good audience. Remember each platform has a different audience, so play to that and then you can guarantee engagement.

    Take a look at our image of the week posts, we have lots of photography tips there!

    Good luck!
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    1. Mum in Brum
      October 20, 2015 at 10:19 am

      Great advice! I think I do need to concentrate on each social platform separately and do them well individually rather than trying to nail them all at the same time. Thanks for the tips!

  35. Something Crunchy Mummy
    October 18, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    Great post. I have loved blogging since I started but went about off track with trying to publish EVERY day, so trying to figure out where to go. #picknmix xx
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    1. Mum in Brum
      October 20, 2015 at 10:15 pm

      Thanks! Yep, I do think I’d be putting too much pressure on myself if I chose to publish every day and I worry that I’d start going for quantity over quantity. I think the most important thing is to set goals that are achievable within our lifestyles. I’m sure you’ll get back on track soon xx 🙂

  36. Mrs Tubbs
    October 18, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    Excellent advice for bloggers however long you’ve been blogging. I still need to be better at social than I am. #KCACOLS
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  37. Kirsty
    October 18, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    What a great post. I’m a newbie blogger and my goals are similar. I love Facebook but hate it at the same time. My followers will not grow at all no matter what I try and do… #sundaystars xx
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    1. Mum in Brum
      October 20, 2015 at 10:03 pm

      It is so hard to grow followers – I haven’t figured it out myself yet! There are just so many different platforms and it’s hard to know where to focus your efforts. I think the most important thing is to blog because we enjoy it and then everything else will eventually follow- that’s what I’m hoping anyway! x

  38. Sarah HP
    October 18, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    I’ve only been blogging for a couple of months but totally have the bug although in so ways I’m still a bit clueless! I’m constantly thinking about ideas to write about and interesting ways I can approach subjects and I am a bit of site stat obsessive. I agree that there really is endless things that you can do and I think there is always more that I could/should be doing. My area that seriously needs work is the look of my blog it really doesn’t look how I’d like it to just yet. #KCACOLS
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    1. Mum in Brum
      October 20, 2015 at 9:56 pm

      Hi Sarah, it does take a while to really get into it – I’ve almost been at it a year now and I’m only just at that stage where I’d say I’m ‘happy’ with my blog and its direction. It is so difficult not to get hung up on site stats- I think we’re all guilty of constantly refreshing the page (there must be a mistake!) Keep writing those posts and it will grow – and most importantly, enjoy it x

  39. Gemma @ Confessions of a Nagging Mother
    October 19, 2015 at 9:34 am

    I always think it is very brave of bloggers to approach companies, I couldn’t do it even though I wish I had the guts to! I hate social media, about to set up an instagram account for my blog which I have been putting off!


    Gemma xx

  40. Everything Mummy
    October 19, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    Fab post all great points that will defo take your blog up a level. They are all things that I also need to work on i’ve become a lazy little thing recently great post and good luck with your future blogging! Thanks for linking up to #SundayStars x
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    1. Mum in Brum
      October 19, 2015 at 10:08 pm

      Thanks Amy. It is difficult (I find it impossible) not to have those blogging lulls and we’re allowed to be lazy from time to time! Thanks for stopping by x

  41. Nadia - ScandiMummy
    October 19, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    Hi Natalie,

    The similarities between us are slightly uncanny… besides the obvious ones regarding looks and names with N, I could have written this post. I started my blog in May based on the same criteria as you. I’m also a first time mum finding my way, and the blog has become my second baby. I feel like I want to do more with it and I’m looking at enhancing similar areas. Though I will have to add linkies to my list. I join in a few, but want to participate more. This is the first time I’ve visited your blog, but I’ll look forward to following you.

    Nadia – ScandiMummy x
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    1. Mum in Brum
      October 19, 2015 at 10:06 pm

      Ha that is uncanny! So glad you’re enjoying blogging – it really is like a second baby isn’t it?! But I do feel that there is a lot of time and effort needed to really make it work and it can be overwhelming at times. I would definitely recommend linkies – I’ve discovered so many brilliant blogs through them and it’s a great way to increase exposure for those posts you spend so long writing. Your blog looks fab x

      1. Nadia - ScandiMummy
        October 19, 2015 at 10:32 pm

        Yes, I wish I had more time, but can see a big change from when Caspian was 3-4 months and slept a lot more to now being 8 months and full of beans wanting lots of attention (which I’m happy to give), but between that, teething and not going to sleep at night and me returning to work it’s hard to progress with everything. So at the moment I’m content if I do one new thing with the blog every day. And like you I do get caught up in perfecting everything, which can be quite time consuming. When he starts nursery a couple of days a week in the new year, I hope for more of a routine.

        Nadia – ScandiMummy x
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        1. Mum in Brum
          October 20, 2015 at 9:49 pm

          I think one new thing with your blog every day is a great aim. The most important thing is that you set goals that will work for your work/life/baby balance. I for one know that I will not be blogging every day anytime soon as it’s just not realistic for me with a ten month old (who also needs lots of attention!) Plus I’m pretty slow at writing posts so I’d be at it forever! Good luck with establishing more of a routine in the new year 🙂

  42. You Baby Me Mummy
    October 19, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    You are doing so well with your great blog. It sounds like you enjoy blogging as much as I do, so addictive! I know you will achieve great things with your blog lovely. Thanks for linking up to #TheList x
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    1. Mum in Brum
      October 20, 2015 at 9:46 pm

      Ah thanks Aby, lovely to hear. It really is pretty addictive isn’t it?! Especially when there’s always room for improvement and the ‘blogging tasks’ are never finished. It’s great to find something that I love doing so much – as you have. Fingers crossed for those great things x

  43. Lara
    October 20, 2015 at 8:17 am

    This is a great post. It seems like you are focused about what you need to do. Good luck! x #TwinklyTuesdays

    1. Mum in Brum
      October 20, 2015 at 9:42 pm

      Thanks so much – it’s just about putting it into action now! x

  44. The Speed Bump
    October 20, 2015 at 9:05 am

    Great post! I totally agree with you, and there’s some brilliant advice in there for anyone looking to kick the blogging up a notch. I’m having a similar kind of ‘blog re-evaluation’ right now, thinking about what I want from it etc, so it’s really interesting to read about others in the same boat. Great post! #twinklytuesday
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    1. Mum in Brum
      October 20, 2015 at 9:43 pm

      Thank you! Good luck with your blog re-evaluation and getting what you want out of it. It can be so difficult to stay focused when the blogging tasks are endless! x

  45. Adrian
    October 20, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    It’s amazing what you’ve achieved in less than a year! You should be very proud. I’ve been blogging for just over a year and haven’t got nearly as far. All these tips are things I need to do more too. It’s always a struggle to find time but just keep doing what you love. Judging by the amazing number of comments on here you’re doing something right! #twinklytuesday

    1. Mum in Brum
      October 25, 2015 at 8:57 pm

      Thanks so much Adrian, that’s so nice to hear! It is so difficult to find time isn’t it – and there always seems to be something to do, or something to write about – blogging tasks are never ending. But if we enjoy it then that is the most important thing isn’t it? Thanks for stopping by – good luck with growing your blog!

  46. Fionnuala
    October 20, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    Good for you that you have a plan and know where you want to take things.
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  48. A Cornish Mum
    October 21, 2015 at 11:11 am

    I really need to do some approaching, I’m a little lazy and wait for them to contact me 😉 I love blogging as well, my life is so different now that I’m doing it 🙂
    Thanks for linking up to #Picknmix
    Stevie x x
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    1. Mum in Brum
      October 22, 2015 at 9:54 am

      I think it’s easier said than done – I haven’t started to look yet but I imagine that finding the right PR for a brand probably isn’t that simple. Definitely easier to wait for them to come to you, but I’m definitely going to have a look into it. 🙂

  49. Mummyandmonkeys
    October 21, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    Great list. I get approached quite a bit now but am absolutely rubbish at approaching brands I want to work with. I need to make a media pack and think it will be easier then. I wish I had more time to write. Thanks for linking to #PickNMix
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    1. Mum in Brum
      October 22, 2015 at 9:43 am

      Yes, a media pack is definitely on my ‘to do’ list as well. Perhaps if I spent less time faffing I will get around to writing one! x

  50. Molly
    October 22, 2015 at 5:55 am

    I’ve been blogging five years now, eek, though not consistently, and I feel that even though I knew nothing when I started my blog, my blog was more authentic then and I want to get back to that. I started doing more sponsored posts, redesigned my blog, try to take better photographs etc, but the time spent on that has meant means it loses the spontaneity I had at the start, when I would just think ‘oh that’s a good idea for a blog post’ and sit down and write something. So that’s what I want to do – take my blog to the next level by going back to the start, but with the improvements to the design of my site that I’ve made since. Hope that makes sense!
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    1. Mum in Brum
      October 25, 2015 at 8:54 pm

      I completely get where you’re coming from and think that’s a great goal. When you try and commercialise your blog a bit I do think it can be difficult to maintain your own tone of voice and always still write from the heart. I’ve contemplated trying to write more posts but have concluded that quality is better than quality and I don’t want to get to the point where I’m putting pressure on myself and just posting for the sake of it. Five years is pretty good going – you must’ve learnt so much in that time. x

  51. A Moment with Franca
    October 23, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    Wow Natalie, look how many comments have you had!! You are already doing this pretty well!! Well done!! I agree with all of this! If you want this to be something more than a hobby it is important to start acting like that: do more social media (interact with others is crucial), write more often, get better with the photos (I struggle with this one a lot! LOL), write more about the things that you really are passionate about works really well and finally approaching brands is the best way always. I have done this since a couple of weeks I started blogging and it has been always positive so I can say that it is worth doing that! Thank you so much for joining me at #KCACOLS every week. I really love to see your posts in this linky!! I really hope you join me again on Sunday! 🙂 xx
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    1. Mum in Brum
      October 25, 2015 at 8:01 pm

      That’s really great to hear Franca! I’m yet to hear from another blogger who approached brands themselves so it’s good to know that it works for you. Do you have a media pack? I’m thinking that I should put one together. It is great having so many comments – so nice to know that people read the posts you spend so long writing! I’ve learnt that with blogging it’s all about getting back what you put in – all of that hard work pays off in the end. I’m loving the #KCACOLS linky – you’re doing such a great job! 🙂 xxx

  52. Su {Ethan & Evelyn}
    October 25, 2015 at 8:34 am

    Haha! I’m with you on 5. SPEND MORE TIME WRITING (AND LESS TIME FAFFING!). I need to do more of this too! But it is so difficult when you want everything to be perfect! 🙂
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    1. Mum in Brum
      October 25, 2015 at 7:31 pm

      I know, I’m getting gradually better at it but there’s always something that can be improved! Blogging is just a never-ending quest for perfection! 🙂

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