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Top Four Tips For New Bloggers

Hello, and welcome. Yesterday was my five year blogging anniversary. Woo hoo!! So I thought I’d celebrate this monumental goal by sharing my top four tips. These are all things I wish I’d known at the start. But don’t let any of these tips overwhelm you; the most important step in becoming a blogger is to start. Many bloggers, myself included, have learnt through trial and error.

Tip number one: Know your audience.

Once you’ve decided what your content is going to be, include a brief bio on your About Page, outlining who you are, and what content your covering. Whether its about lifestyle, a travel journal, or writing, you’ll gain loyal readers by being consistent.

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Tip number two: Write great content.

This is the most important tip. Once you’ve defined what your blog is going to be about, start crafting content that’s informative, helpful and engaging. And don’t forget to edit your post! Blogging should be written as if your having a chat with a friend… in your voice. Don’t be afraid to inject your personality into each post, readers will connect with your style and return for more. Finding your blogging voice takes time; it took me a year. So just relax, have fun, and I’m sure that energy will be picked up through your posts.

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Tip number three: Include quality images.

Readers tend to scan posts, only stopping if something catches their eye. That’s why images are important, they grab views attention. Don’t forget to use images that are royalty-free, meaning the owner of the image won’t expect a fee.

My three favourite sites are: Unsplash, Pixabay and Pexels. On top of that, I create my header images in Canva: The app is super easy to use, and allows me to add text to my images. It offers a variety of templates, and some free images too.

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Tip number four: The layout.

Remember, white space is your friend. Many readers will be viewing posts via their smart phones. Less is more: reams of text will be overwhelming, to readers, so keep your posts punchy and precise. Divide the page between images, text and headers. This allows readers to scan, to find the most relevant information and looks aesthetically pleasing.

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So there you have it, my top tips to get you started on your blogging journey. To all my fellow bloggers, do you have a tip worth sharing? You’re tip might teach me something new, so please share it with me. Or are you a relatively new blogger? Come say hi, so I can checkout your blog. You know I love hearing from you.

Thanks for stopping by, until next time, Much Love.

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© Author Lorraine Ambers and http://www.lorraineambers.com, 2020.

Three Tips to Harness your Creativity

Today I want to introduce my 3 tips on how to keep your creativity cup full and overflowing.

We all have divine times where our creativity is bursting into life. Where the sun sparkles, the birds chirp and we become our own version of a Disney character. Filled with the joy of a new quest, the pen becomes an extension of our essence and the words simply flow.

Unfortunately, the opposite is also true. When life has dealt us the short-straw, the world around us dulls to greys, and putting one word in front of the other becomes impossible. Some call it writer’s block, I call it writer’s burnout. The stress and strain of life take its toll. Robbing the very thing that we held most dear:

Our passion. Our creativity. Our art.

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Tip One: Silence that inner critique and keep going despite its cruel taunts. Remember that every artist goes through times of self-doubt, the secret to overcoming them is to reach out to those around you for support. I’m a huge champion of this blogging community, they have become a virtual family, offering words of encouragement from a like-minded perspective. I love you all.

Twitters #writingcommunity is another great resource. For more practical advice on conquering this negative beast; read my post on  Overcoming Self-doubt.

“The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”
― Sylvia Plath

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Tip Two: Allow yourself time to fuel your Inspiration. There is an abundance of beauty in the world, use everything in your disposal to re-boost your creativity. Books, movies, art, nature or even the hustle and bustle of a busy town. Take nothing for granted. Though every story has been told before, it has never been expressed by you. So feast on the stories surrounding you and then retell the tale.

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.”
― Martha Graham

Tip Three: Let’s not forget that without darkness it’s hard to admire the light. Many artists, myself included, struggle with mental health issues. In times like these, be kind to yourself and practice the steps that help you into recovery. Though you won’t appreciate it at the time, our art is often made stronger for our empathy and compassion to the burdens of life. It is the silver lining to a thunderous storm.

“One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

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Thanks for stopping by.

Do you have a tip on harnessing creativity? Why not share it with me?

You know I love hearing from you.

Until next time, Much Love.

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© Author Lorraine Ambers and http://www.lorraineambers.com, 2018.