New Year – 2018 Round Up & 2019 Goals

New Year – 2018 Round Up & 2019 Goals

Happy New Year! I hope everyone brought in the bells with their loved ones and you weren’t feeling too rough the next day!

I spent January 1st mainly sleeping – not quite sure why I felt so tired but I slept the entire day away! Tried to make up for it on the 2nd as I tried to cram as much as I could so I could say I didn’t waste my time off!

***Disclaimer: This post may contain affiliate links so I may receive a small commission at no cost to you if you choose to purchase a product through these links***

I thought it would be useful to reflect on what 2018 brought to my blog and what I hope 2019 brings.

These are my stats since I started blogging consistently in April – not the biggest numbers ever but I’m still proud of each and every view!

I had quite a few opportunities this year which I’m quite proud of as I didn’t imagine I would have had quite as much interest as I did especially with my teeny tiny following.

I worked with some fantastic brands and bought a tremendous amount of new products to satisfy my beauty cravings!

I got to go to Deep Sea World and spend time with other bloggers which took me way out of my comfort zone!

I was invited to a Lush event but I had to turn that down due to my real life job which was majorly disappointing!

I was even nominated for a Mystery Blogger Award and I hosted my first giveaway!

A lot of the brands I worked with were through Instagram so I didn’t always post on my blog but I thought it would be nice to roundup who I have worked with for the year.

***Please note: Products featured in this post have been sent to me for free to test and review but as always, opinions remain my own!***

The first brand I want to mention is Kalon Kosmetics. From winning their giveaway and then a few months later getting a PR package was an amazing experience. JaLeeda is one of the most amazing ladies and the company have great values that I can really relate to. I can’t wait to see what they do in 2019 as they just seem to be going from strength to strength! I’m really thankful to be involved with then for their Achelois Goddess campaign.

I was sent some XLS Nutrition which was the basis for a “weight loss post”. I think if there was any doubt about my honesty in posts, this proves I don’t hold back.

I got to use a really fancy foot file by Dynesse. I’ll be honest, it’s not something I would normally buy but being sent it was great as my feet have felt nice and soft ever since!

I was sent not one, but two sleep masks from Bedtime Bliss which, although I wouldn’t use them for every day, they are perfect for travelling and I even gifted one to my friend so she could use it on her flight to Canada this Christmas.

Eyewake kindly sent me some collagen gel which helps me wake up in the morning and reduces the bags under my eyes. I am doing another campaign for them this year too which I am really looking forward to.

Lastly, I was sent a Vitamin C serum by Skinkissed and I have just finished the whole bottle which says a lot as I never tend to keep up with my skincare but I found this to be so nice for my skin!

Murphy wasn’t kept out of the action this year either. After the launch of his Instagram, he was sent a fab little bandana from D and C Pet Couture. I don’t do football so unfortunately he only wore it for the photo, but it was a really good product!

I was also sent some Olay Daily Facials from the Savvy Circle, Colgate Toothpaste from Home Tester Club, primer, mascara and face masks from Alba Science. These aren’t directly related to my blog itself but I’d definitely recommend signing up to these places so you can try out some new stuff in exchange for a short review.

This is by no means a bragging post – I know this is not impressive compared to a lot of bloggers but I am proud of my blogging achievements this year and I’ve discovered some new brands and products that I love.

I’m not really one for resolutions but I would like to get my organisational skills back to help me feel less overwhelmed with social media and trying to get my posts out – I feel like I’m constantly playing catch up at the moment!

I know I said it before, but I would like to get my own domain but taking the leap is so scary. I’m worried I will lose my posts I’ve already created but my biggest fear is spending money on something that I can’t keep up with!

What did you achieve in 2018? What are your goals for 2019? Let me know in the comments below!

I’ve said it before, and I have to say it again – I’m so grateful to you all for the support I’ve received since I started this endeavour. Thank you! 💜

Claudia xxx

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Kalon Kosmetics Achelois X Goddess Collection

Deep Sea World – Influencer Evening

XLS Nutrition – A “Healthy” Way to Lose Weight?

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200 Followers Giveaway!

200 Followers Giveaway!

I’m so excited to be writing this post! I have finally made it to the 200 followers mark!

I cannot believe 200 people want to read what I’m writing! I know it’s not a huge number but I genuinely thought it would just be me that was reading it!

I have been mentioning this for a while now but as I’ve reached my goal I didn’t even think was possible when I started this endeavour, it’s giveaway time!

I am so thankful for all the support I have received since starting my blog and I want to give something back as a token of my appreciation!

***Disclaimer: this giveaway is not sponsored or endorsed by any of the brands that are featured. It’s also not sponsored or endorsed by any of the platforms I am using to promote my giveaway***

What Can You Win?

The prize will be made up of products that I love or think more people should try so you may have seen some of these brands featured in my blog already.

I’ve also popped in a few items that I have used just for swatches since there’s a lot of thing I’ve tried that won’t suit me.

I’m still waiting on a few products to come through and I want some of it to be a surprise for the winner so I’m not going to show off everything but brands include:

  • Revolution
  • Make up Academy
  • Misfit Cosmetics
  • Lush
  • And much more!

We are talking eyeshadow pallettes, powders, makeup brushes, primers, lipsticks and skin care (and probably a few other things I’ve forgot!)

I will be showing some sneak peeks on social media too so keep any eye out for that!

The Rules

The rules are fairly simple:

  1. Follow my blog via WordPress or through the email sign up
  2. Follow one of my other social media channels – Instagram, Twitter or Facebook
  3. Like the post on the blog or on your chosen social media channel

For extra entries (each one you do will count as 1 extra entry):

  • Comment on any of the posts
  • Share any of the posts (on public) and tag me (you can do this multiple times)
  • Follow me on my other platforms
  • Tag a friend

If you do have different social media handles I’d ask you let me know what they are so I can check you’ve followed the rules 😊

Any one found to follow to unfollow after the giveaway closes will be disqualified from future giveaways (because, oh yes, there will be more! 😁).

The winner will be selected at random on the 30th of October and announced on the 31st 🎃🎃.

I will then contact the winner through social media to get their address to send their goodies! This is a UK only competition I’m afraid, but will do international ones in the future!

Once again, thank you so so so much for the support and I’ll be looking at hosting another giveaway once I’m self-hosted (I know, yet another thing I’ve been banging on about!).

If you have any suggestions for brands to feature or just any feedback for me, please get in touch.

Claudia xxx

Deep Sea World – Influencer Evening

Deep Sea World – Influencer Evening

A few weeks ago I received confirmation that I had been successful with an opportunity I had applied for.

The event was being hosted by Deep Sea World, a place I remember fondly visiting years ago!

This was their very first influencer evening and I was able to be a part of it!

***Disclaimer*** although I was invited to this event, all the views in this post are my own.

On the run up to the event, I did think either they were going to revoke my invitation for not being a “real” blogger or the event was going to be cancelled.

Luckily it didn’t! I would love to say I rocked up all calm and introduced myself to everyone but I can’t.

I had been held up in a tailback and already phoned to say I was going to be late. It was hot in the car, it was hot outside. I was a sweaty mess!

Couple that with my social anxiety and I’m not sure I made a great first impression! Oh well, live and learn, eh? 🤣

Deep Sea World is set in a gorgeous location, underneath the Forth Rail Bridge, perfect for photos…

…except I forgot to charge up my phone so my battery died on me half way round the event!

On arrival we were given the Deep Sea World brochure and a lanyard with a 6 month membership.

We waited for any more stragglers and then we started the tour!

First up we got to see the Big-Bellied seahorses being fed.

I really like seahorses, they are so cute! And amazingly graceful, their movements are effortless!

I believe they are ambush predators so they lie in wait for food to get close enough then BAM! They snatch it up!

One of the tour guides, Kirsty, was telling us how they tell the males and females of this species apart.

So I think this one is a male!

The males have rounder bellies then the females who have more of a point. I’m sure I got that the right way round!

We then got to wander round the other tanks for a little bit. In this entrance area there is the open-topped rock pool with numerous different species in it, a tank with an octopus and some other fishtanks.

I’m not going to lie, I genuinely couldn’t see the octopus but I was assured it was there!

There was also a little exhibit on what plastic is doing to our oceans which was quite educational.

Unfortunately some of the exhibits didn’t photograph well, the lighting was too low and I was on battery saver mode to try to get through has much as I could with my phone on 20%!

We then moved into The Swamp. In here we met Godzilla, the snapping turtle. I wasn’t able to get a good picture of him but he literally looked like he was made out of stone and he didn’t move for us.

They are making Godzilla a much bigger enclosure just now but due to the amount of testing they will have to do to ensure its watertight, this might not be ready until after Christmas.

There is also some massive fish in here, I forgot to take a note of the species but they were huge! They didn’t photograph well but trust me, I couldn’t pick one up!

Most of these fish were people’s pets who then asked Deep Sea World for help when they got too big for their tanks!

It’s a common myth that a fish will only grow as big as the tank it’s in! It will continue to grow but if it doesn’t have the space it will be stunted and likely to die prematurely!

This dude was also chillin’ out in The Swamp. I think he is a python, he’s definitely very beautiful!

Next we went through the shark tunnel! I think this is the bit everyone remembers from their visit to Deep Sea World!

It was bliss being able to go through it without screaming children or it being overcrowded and you can’t enjoy it!

We got to see lots of fish, rays and of course the sharks themselves! All 4 made an appearance! The only thing we didn’t get to see is the lobsters but we were told they are very shy!

Tinkerbell is the largest of the four sharks and Aaron is the smallest. There is a way to tell the difference between the males and the females. Looking under their belly, in line with their fins, you can see two protrusions on the male but the female doesn’t have these.

We had a trip to the amphibian room where I spent way too long looking for frogs and gazing at the mysterious axolotls!

I love these guys, they have such cute faces. Because they are able to regenerate tissue they are being studied closely to find out if we can use them in science (that’s something I don’t agree with but not for this post!).

We had a nosy in the classroom where there was a little display and some creatures in suspension. This sort of thing takes me back to my uni days but there was a few who gasped a little bit at these!

We then got to see Kate and her amazing Seals! The grey one is the female who is 27 (I’m sure she said 27!) And the other two are boys and they are much younger!

The female does what she wants most of the time and isn’t asked to do quite as much to get her reward.

The boys are asked to do a bit more but they genuinely seem to enjoy it and the bond they have with Kate is clear!

All the “tricks” they are asked to do are there to help them use the muscles they would use if they were hunting in the wild! So it’s not just designed to be entertaining to us!

I also noticed that they are essentially clicker trained, like you would a dog. Every time they do something, Kate would whistle like using a clicker. I’m struggling with this with my own pup and the moment so amazed it can be done with these guys!

The seals are never witheld food for not doing a trick. But they don’t know that so they gladly do what is asked of them!

We then stopped for a bit of food in the café! There was also some prosecco on offer but I was driving so I had to decline!

The view from the café!

The food was really good! My highlight definitely had to be the fish and chip cone wrapped in newsprint and the caramel shortcake was to die for! But there was pizza, burgers and donuts as well!

We were then split into two smaller groups. My group got to go to the Bare Bones exhibit first of all. This is a temporary exhibit for the summer and is in the carpark itself.

This is a really interesting exhibit with skeletona from different species. Most of them you’re not able to touch but there are some tactile things to keep the kids occupied.

My favourite was the crow, only because I think it’s quite interesting how the beak is still black even in death. This could be because it has spent so long in the sun but Kirsty was unsure.

They had dynamic displays as well, like the frogs leaping.

And the cat, dog and mouse.

There was also some pretty cool artwork on display too!

Lastly, we got to go on a behind the scenes tour. This part of the tour, we weren’t allowed to take any photos, a good thing too, as my battery was dead by this time!

The lighting in this area is lower as it’s an environment for animals to young to be in the main tanks or for those recuperating from illness or as quarantine for any new species being added to the tanks.

We got to see some baby rays that had just hatched the day before and had been bottle fed! We also got to feel an ray egg casing or Mermaid purse. Which was pretty odd to touch!

There was also the opportunity to find out about shark dives which I think I would love to do!

The highlight here was watching the shark tunnel from above. As Kate explains, when you are in the shark tunnel, the creatures look about 30% smaller. When you are above them you can see their full size and the sharks look so impressive!

I will definitely be using my membership over the next few months as I really enjoyed my time here. As the exhibits are constantly evolving you might never see the same thing twice.

The Bare Bones exhibit is included in your ticket price as well just now so I would definitely suggest going while that is still on!

There are also numerous talks and feedings throughout the day and a gift shop so there really is something for everyone!

You can book your tickets and find out more on the Deep Sea World website.

All-in-all, I really enjoyed my first blogger event. I’m so glad I was invited along to this!

I would definitely do things a little differently next time, i.e. make sure my phone is charged and take a notebook so I can take notes as I’m walking around!

That was my plan but I was running late from the vet and had to rush out the door, and I was still late because of traffic! 🤣

I think these events are probably what you make it but I’ve never been very good at making friends in a large group of people. Especially when it seemed everyone else knew each other!

I didn’t speak to people like I thought I would, genuinely thought I’d make some connections with other local bloggers but that didn’t really happen. It seems the internet is easier to crack!

The girls that I did speak to were awesome and I look forward to meeting them again!

Thanks again to the guys at Deep Sea World for having us and making it a great night! This was their very first influencer evening and I think they should be proud as it was a success!

Claudia xxx

The Mystery Blogger Award

The Mystery Blogger Award

This wasn’t the post I thought I would be writing today! I realise my posting schedule has been a bit out of whack but I promise there are things happening in the background and all will become clear!

I am so excited to say, I have been nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award.

I still see myself as so new to the blogging world and I am so flattered and grateful!

The person who nominated me is Nicole Eloise from www.nicoleeloise.wordpress.com she is a beauty, lifestyle, mental health and chronic illness blogger. Please check out her page!

RULES

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  6. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  9. Share a link to your best post(s)

What is the Mystery Blogger Award?

The award was created by Okoto Enigma and it is to celebrate those blogs that inspire and motivate, for those that find passion and inspiration in blogging and for the undiscovered blogs that deserve recognition.

I had to look this up – I’d seen people posting about this but didn’t quite know who started it or why it began!

You can find Okoto’s blog here and it would be great if you could check her page out!

3 Things About Me

  1. I’m a big gamer geek – my last game related purchase was a Retro Lancer Replica from Gears of War.
  2. I have performed on stage twice as Elsa from Frozen, obviously dancing to “Let it Go”!
  3. I have a library for my spare room! Love a good book! 💜

Questions from Nicole Eloise

– What is the earliest memory you have?

Not very exciting I’m afraid! I remember my gran had a glass kitchen table and I would walk under it. She would always put her hand above my head so I wouldn’t knock it on the edge. I think I was about 3 or 4 at the time.

– What have you learned from blogging, and how has it changed you as a person?

I wouldn’t really say it’s changed me as a person but it has made me want to become more organised!

I’ve learned that it is pretty hard to stay on top of it all – I thought it was just writing stuff down, keeping on top of all the social media stuff takes up so much time too!

– If you could blog about something that isn’t currently part of your blog genre, what would it be?

I would love to be able to post some travel related posts but I would need to actually go on holiday for that! Hmm, an excuse for a holiday?!

– What is something really weird that you have always had the random urge to do? Keep it clean!

I don’t think it’s very weird but always had the urge to jump out of a plane with a stranger strapped to my back! 😉

– Which three products do you need in your bag when you go out?

My vape, my purse and my phone. I’m not very exciting and I actually rarely take makeup out with me as I never do touch ups – that’s why I think it’s so important for my makeup to last all day!

My Nominations

Roxie at The Beautiful Bluebird

Chaz at Unlunacy

Julia at Fable Hunter

Silvia at Hedwig Reads

Laura at Subscription Review

Sophie and Nick at Smurfy Gamers

Anna at Bee Beauty

Cat at Messy World

Paul at Brutally Honest

Kadee at Family By Choice

Just to add – this list is no way exhaustive of all the great bloggers I have met so far. The blogs I have chosen because I love reading them and because the people have been so supportive in helping me get my head round all the ins and outs of my journey so far! I’m sorry if you have been nominated for this before!

My Questions for my Nominees

  1. Favourite beauty product? This can be skincare, haircare makeup etc. What product can’t you live without?
  2. Any pets? If so, what are they and what are their names?
  3. Early Bird or Night Owl?
  4. Favourite place?
  5. Craziest Dream?

My Best Posts

Harry Potter Makeup

Let’s Talk About Mental Health

Not Wanting to be a Mum

The Problem with Women’s Magazines

Thanks for reading 😊 be sure to check out all the lovely people I’ve mentioned in this if you are looking for something to read!

Claudia xxx

Blogging Goals Smashed – May and June 2018

Blogging Goals Smashed – May and June 2018

This is a post for all the people who aren’t seeing their blogs and socials grow as much they would like. With posts popping up about growing your followers by 10k overnight it is really hard to stay positive when you’re not seeing those stats!

I thought it would be useful for those to see some honest stats from a small blogger from Scotland and hope it encourages you to keep going!

Everyone’s journey will be different and it’s hard but comparing yourself to others will not help you to grow – it might even discourage you so much you lose all motivation and no one wants that! 💜

I also wanted to have this as a record and hopefully I can look back in a year and see how far I have come!

*disclaimer* this is definitely not a bragging post, there are people out there who are doing much better than me, I just thought I would share to encourage those who are worried their numbers aren’t high enough*

I have been blogging 3 times a week since 23rd of April this year. 😲

I’ll be honest, I didn’t think I would enjoy it this much or keep it up for this long!

I think that is what put me off spending the money on my own domain in the first place but I find myself wanting to take the plunge more and more!

This I how I’ve done so far, minus a couple of views from my original blog post in October 2015.

I know this isn’t a lot compared to a lot of the blogging population out there but I’m happy with my progress.

The “Best Views Ever” was a total fluke and it’s because my pin for this post went a wee bit nuts on Pinterest!

I genuinely thought my stats were broken that day! 🤣

Goals Setting

I’m not delusional (well, maybe a little), I know my blog traffic isn’t going to explode overnight, I’m not going to be making £1000s anytime soon and I won’t have brands lining up to ask me to review their products.

It would be great if it did but this might never happen, and that’s alright too.

To keep myself sane, I’ve set myself achievable goals so I don’t get discouraged too early on and it seems to be working reasonably well!

On the flip side, I’m trying to not get hung up on stats too much and just enjoy doing what I’m doing for now!

May Goals

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April and May Stats

These are the numbers I was aiming for before I realised unique visitors to my site and views were just as important as new followers.

  • Blog – 50 followers
  • Twitter – 100 followers
  • Facebook – 20 followers
  • Pinterest -10 followers
  • Instagram – 150 followers

I never realised just how hard it is to keep followers on social media. The most frustrating thing must be the follow/unfollow method.

This can make your numbers fluctuate like crazy and the most annoying thing is it’s never something I do because I only follow people whose content I’m actually might be interested in.

I feel like the people who do it are a fairly selfish bunch who don’t actually care about helping others to grow and I wish there was some algorithm out there that would penalise them – I think I’m just annoyed as I made some of my goals several times last month as the numbers fluctuated so much!

Despite this, I smashed all my goals – I really couldn’t ask for better! The blogging community has been so supportive and it’s really down to their help and support that I’ve managed to reach those goals! 😊

Current Stats

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Weekly Stats

These are my stats as of 6th of June, and I know it’s sad but I’m quite chuffed with these numbers!

  • Blog – 102 followers
  • Twitter – 238 followers
  • Facebook – 70 likes/71 followers
  • Pinterest – 33 followers
  • Instagram – 165 followers

Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest were completely brand new and my blog started at 0.

June Goals

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Keeping it modest with my June Goals too, I think because I’m not sure if my up trend will keep going, social media is so fickle. Facebook has been strangling my posts like crazy and the Instagram algorithm is just a pain – bring back a feed that stays in chronological order!

  • Blog – 200 followers, 300 views
  • Twitter – 350 followers
  • Facebook – 100 followers/likes
  • Pinterest – 50 followers
  • Instagram – 220 followers

Pinterest seems to be the hardest to grow as it’s pretty much a glorified search engine, I don’t think many hit that follow button but people are viewing and sharing my content so that’s always a plus.

I, of course, couldn’t do this without all of you who read, comment and share my posts and I just want to say from the bottom of my heart ( swinging brick?! 🤣) THANK YOU!!

Your support really does mean everything!

As I’ve mentioned before I will be doing a giveaway if I meet my June blog goal and I will announce it here and on my different accounts. To get me to the target and to make sure you don’t miss out hit that follow button!

You can find all my social links here! I mainly post about my cats on Instagram and occasionally post something insightful on Twitter but please don’t hold your breath! 😁

Claudia xxx

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Things I Wish I’d Known Before Starting My Blog

Things I Wish I’d Known Before Starting My Blog!

Things I Wish I’d Known Before Starting My Blog!

I have been blogging consistently for just over a month now and it has been a learning curve, let me tell you! There are so many things I didn’t consider and as usual I dived head first into it without really researching anything.

Luckily for me, the blogging community on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest are incredibly helpful and supportive and don’t mind all my newbie questions being thrown at them on a regular basis!

Here are just a few things I wish I had known when I first started:

Blogging is a Full-Time Job

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Since I started, I have posted 3 times a week and I know how important it is to be consistent so your regular readers know when to expect a new post. What I didn’t realise is how much time everything takes up!

It doesn’t take me too long to write a post if I have a plan but there’s everything else that goes along with it – taking photos, promotion on social media, research, product testing, creating graphics!

By and large it is the promotion that takes the most time and I feel like I constantly have my phone in my hand. I know there are apps you can use to schedule posts but I’ve not gotten the hang of these quite yet so I’m doing it all myself.

This means I’m posting on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook as well as my blog itself. Not to mention trying to create good looking Pins and photos to go along with it.

I know there are definitely people that will scoff at this comment but until you do it, you have no idea! So much so, I am thinking of cutting my posts down to 2 days a week but I don’t want to upset any of my regular readers!

Self Hosted is the Way to Go

I kinda knew about this one from the get go but was very worried about starting off as self-hosted. For anyone that doesn’t know what this means, it essentially having your own website. So just now all the pages you see are held on WordPress.com. This limits what I can do and how my blog can look, it also means at any time I could be shut down and lose everything.

Being self-hosted means I would have control over every aspect of my blog and can install plug-ins to make it look all fancy like. It also is one of the first steps in monetising your blog and having the commitment to go self-hosted means that brands will more likely want to work with you if that is something you want to do.

I was worried that no one would be interested in what I had to say so I wanted to test the waters before fully committing but I honestly wish I just went for it. I now have the fear of losing everything when I transfer over! Look out for my website URL changing over the coming months!

The Blogging Community is So Supportive

I joined a few Facebook groups not really expecting much but the wealth of knowledge is amazing. I initially thought it would be every blogger for themselves but everyone is so happy to help and it’s like they want to see you succeed!

I think this is because there are so many different styles and topics to write about it doesn’t ever feel like it is a competition.

Don’t get me wrong, there are a few groups where it doesn’t feel great, people drop their links and run or the people who play the Follow/Unfollow game on Twitter and Instagram not realising this actually makes people less willing to help in the future and is just infuriating to try and measure your growth.

Using a Laptop Changes Everything

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When I initially started, I was just using my phone to make posts and upload pictures. I decided to get something which would be a little easier to type up posts and increase my functionality as I prepare to go self-hosted. I picked up a Chromebook – an Acer Chromebook 14 to be precise (which is now £50 cheaper than when I originally bought it, doh!).

I love it, it’s so speedy but storage is limited as everything is done through Chrome. It also brought up another issue I’d never even though of, I assumed everyone was like me – using their phone to view web pages. I realised that for those who still use desktop or laptop PCs they are viewing my site differently than those who are just using the mobile phone view.

This means I need to check my posts to make sure they translate well in desktop and mobile format as I don’t want it to be a terrible experience for anyone!

Pinterest is a Great Tool

When I first jointed Pinterest years ago, I didn’t really understand how to use it properly. I just saved everything I liked the look of for inspiration of whatever project I was working on and then never looked at it again.

I’m still working out how to use this correctly but joining group boards has increased my blog traffic by a fair amount. I’m also reaching about 16K unique people every month which I don’t think would be possible on any other platform due to the algorithms in place to limit traffic unless you pay to boost your post reach.

While the figure doesn’t necessarily translate into direct blog views, it does increase the number of people who are likely to engage! It’s also quite fun to create graphics and see them get re-pinned!

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There is so much more I could include here, I feel like this doesn’t even scratch the surface of what I’ve learned so far. These are the most basic things I’ve noticed – I’ve still to get a handle on what DA, PA and SEO (so many abbreviations!) really are and why they matter so I didn’t want to include that here!

I am really considering reducing the amount of days I post to just 2 per week. I feel like I may need to do this to ensure I can produce quality content and make sure I’m not letting myself or my readers down.

What are your thoughts on this? What days would you like to see new posts go up? Please let me know in the comments what you would prefer and what you would like to see going forward!

Claudia xxx