Blogging

85 Blog Post Ideas To Increase Your Readership

Creating blog post ideas can be challenging if you’re suffering from writer’s block, want to consistently post content or want to create an effective content strategy for increasing your readership. To get your creative juices flowing, here are 85 blog post ideas for a range of blog niches. Use these posts to fill your editorial calendar, create a blog series or switch them up and put your own spin on them.

Blog Post Ideas

Beauty

5 organic beauty brands to try

The essentials in a travel makeup bag

10 amazing beauty dupes

10 epic budget beauty buys

10 new beauty products you’ll want to buy

An easy everyday look with the X makeup palette

Luxe makeup items you need to splurge on

An easy makeup look for busy girls

Bedside beauty staples

A skincare routine for acne prone skin

A secret trick to make your lips look bigger

A beauty haul

Everyday nude nail polishes

5 DIY beauty projects anyone can make

Foundations for dry/oily skin

The Indie beauty brands that are killing it right now

Beauty spotlight: favourite cream highlighters

Holy grail concealers

A beauty wishlist

5 amazing MAC products

Beautiful beauty products to make you glow

Building a makeup collection in 3 simple steps

Top 5 liquid lipsticks

12 revolutionary beauty tips

The best makeup brands for summer 2017

My morning/evening routine

Fashion/style

A fashion wishlist

5 new items for spring/summer

How to style converse trainers

The best faux leather jackets under £50

Transitional pieces for winter to spring

How to layer clothes for your body type

Celebrity fashion inspiration

How to build a capsule wardrobe

The best ruffle tops under £30

5 reasons why you need to invest in a little black dress

cosy pieces to buy for winter

Summer holiday essentials

Lifestyle

Recipe – How to make cute cupcakes

3 places I want to travel to

3 favourite reads from the past month

A restaurant review

Letter to my teenage self

DIY project – How to make a rose gold/copper makeup brush holder

A bedroom tour

5 awesome Netflix TV shows you probably haven’t seen

5 phone apps I couldn’t live without

10 quotes to brighten your day

How to start a bullet journal

My favourite Instagram/Pinterest accounts

5 fun date night ideas

5 brilliant organisational tips

5 new homeware buys

How to style a coffee table

4 healthy snack ideas for work or uni

5 quick breakfast ideas

How to refresh your bedroom on a budget

An easy home workout for your abs

5 self-care ideas and why you should look after yourself

How to switch to a nutritional plant based diet

How to pack like a boss

8 etsy finds you’ll love

How to re-use your candle jars

Easy ways to become more positive

25 things to do on a cold, rainy day

A soothing pamper evening

6 tips for increasing your self-confidence

BLOGGING/BUSINESS

Sharing the blogger love – my favourite blogs

Why I started a blog

My blogging routine

How to create a kick-ass editorial calendar

How to edit your blog photos in Photoshop

5 SEO tips for your blog posts

How to grow your Instagram account in 30 days

5 WordPress plugins you need to use

How I make money blogging – income report

How to master your blog photography

How to promote your blog without being spammy

How to get noticed on social media

How to create a social media content strategy that really works

8 awesome tools to get shit done

5 girl boss babes that are killing it online

The best planners for organising your blog or business

15 top tips from successful bloggers

25 Content ideas for Instagram

How to Make Extra Money Online in 2017

When I first started freelancing, I researched varying ways I could earn money online to supplement my income. There are a range of ways you can make extra money online and I’ve tried varying methods with some working better than others.

I wanted to make extra money online to try and start a savings account, start driving and help pay for a masters degree, all of which I’ve managed to do.

You can make anything between £100/$100 to thousands by setting up some side hustle and I recommend using a few differing methods rather than putting your eggs in one basket.

Whether you’re a student, stay at home mum, or are simply searching for ways to earn extra cash, here is my list of sites that you can legitimately earn extra money online from.

*may include affiliate links

Swagbucks

You may have already heard of Swagbucks as its one of the most popular methods of earning extra money online. You can make money via Swagbucks in various ways, like watching videos, completing a daily poll, surveys, playing apps and more. It’s pretty easy to accumulate swag bucks which you can then redeem.

Sign up here and receive a $5 bonus.

InstaGC

InstaGC is another ‘get paid to’ site that allows you to earn cash via testing apps, watching videos, completing tasks and surveys. Payout starts from just 100 points and its super easy to rack up points just by completing the free offers.

Sign up here.

Prolific Academic

Prolific Academic is definitely one of the best survey sites on the web. Unlike other survey sites, Prolific Academic offers surveys and tasks from researchers and startups. Survey payments can range from 50p to £10 or more. The minimum payout is £5 which you can receive via paypal.

Sign up here.

Mintvine

Mintvine is a site that allows you to earn cash from surveys, daily polls and other offers. You can cash out at 1000 points which is $10 and you can gain extra points by completing your profile.

Sign up here.

Clickworker

Clickworker is a site that allows you to complete small tasks in return for a cash payment. Tasks can include surveys, visiting a shop to take a photograph, mobile jobs (you can complete activities via the app) and more.

Sign up here.

Profit Accumulator

Matched betting is a great way to make some extra cash each month. Many people doing matched betting are making in excess of £500 per month. I’ve made a couple of hundred pounds doing matched betting which has helped to pay towards my driving lessons. Matched betting is a risk-free way to make money using free bets. The best site I’ve found to help you seamlessly through the process is Profit Accumulator.

Profit Accumulator helps you understand exactly what matched betting is and takes you through the entire process, and even with a free trial of the site, you can earn up to £45 so it’s worth signing up just for that – think of the makeup you could buy!

Sign up here.

Do you have any ways to earn extra money online? What do you think of my suggestions?

A New Look & Reflections on 2016

This year has been a complete whirlwind. I swear that time goes quicker as you get older and now I’m in my thirties, it’s whizzing by. In time for the new year, I’ve given the blog a new look and I’m really happy with it. There’s still a few small tweaks to make, including a new header but, for now, I’m pleased with how it’s come together.

At the end of a year, it’s pretty standard to reflect on the past few months and start to focus on your goals for the future. I thought I’d share a few thoughts and a catch-up on my year so far, including my blogging journey.

Blogging

I’ve been a rubbish blogger over the past 12 months. Blogging is still very much a hobby for me and due to my workload and other commitments, I’ve had little time to write in this space. I really miss regular blogging so I’m determined to get a couple of posts written each week. I don’t own a camera at the moment, so if you have any suggestions let me know. I’m thinking of maybe going back to Canon.

Freelance writing

I feel very lucky that I get to work as a freelance writer, work from home and make an income. I know so many people that hate their jobs, so I’m fortunate to do something I love. I write posts on freelance writing over on my other blog Diary of a Freelancer and I have lots of posts planned for the new year as well as a Facebook group for job opportunities and how to get started in the industry.

Going out of my comfort zone

As someone who struggles a lot with panic attacks and anxiety, going out of my comfort zone is incredibly challenging. This year, I started driving lessons, which is something I’ve been putting off for years due to my fears. I won’t lie, I was pooping myself during the first few lessons, but I as it turns out, I love driving and I’ve got my test in February. I’m looking forward to buying my own car and having the freedom to go to wherever I want without relying on public transport.

Self-care

This year, I decided I needed some help with my mental health. I currently take anti-depressants and beta blockers , but I’ve felt for a long time that I’ve needed help with getting to the route of what’s causing anxiety and how I can deal with it effectively. Earlier this year, I had some counselling sessions which were really helpful. I’m currently undertaking CBT but its something I feel I continually have to work on. I really feel that with mental health issues, you’re given medication, put on a waiting list and left to drift along. However, I’ve found the charity MIND very helpful and I’d recommend them to anyone struggling with their mental health.

Heath & fitness

In summer, I had a health scare and it made me realise how little I look after myself in terms of health. I’ve also put on half a stone this year, which doesn’t sound like a lot but as I’m only short, it feels like more. A combination of being content in a relationship, eating crap and little exercise has left me nursing a muffin top and extra love handles. Next year, I’m thinking of hiring a personal trainer and going to the gym to shift my extra pounds and get toned up. Mostly, I think it will really help my overall mood though and help me to be more positive.

Travel and other projects

The furthest I travelled this year was Blackpool. I’d love to spend a few weekends away next year, depending on my money status. I’m hoping to move into a nice house with my boyfriend next year so we’re going to be doing a lot of saving, however, there are some lovely places in the UK to visit so even a few small trips would be great.

I have quite a few projects lined up for next year as well as starting a masters degree in mental health science. I don’t know if I’m crazy to be taking on so much but I enjoy being busy. I also have a little somethin’ planned in relation to this blog which I’ll mention more of in the new year.

It’s almost my five year blogging anniversary and after a few name and platform changes, I’m starting to feel on my feet. I have a few free resources in the pipeline which will be handy to both new and old bloggers. I’ll write a blog post as soon as the resources are launched!

I hope you have a wonderful new year and that 2017 brings you lots of happiness.

What are your goals for next year?

7 of The Best WordPress Templates for Bloggers

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Design elements can help to make or break a blog. We all want our blogs to look good, but not everyone has the budget to hire a designer. I’m a big fan of premade templates – I’ve used several over the years from talented designers, saving me both the time and hassle of attempting to try and create something half as good.

Earlier this year, I moved over to WordPress – I find the platform easier and more convenient to use than Blogger or Squarespace. However, using a custom design can cost thousands which is simply out of my budget right now. Luckily, I found several gorgeous WordPress templates on Etsy and I’m super happy with how my blog has transformed.

If you want to give your blog a refresh, take a look at the beautiful WordPress templates I’ve found below.

P.s. If you want to start a WordPress blog, check out my tutorial – 5 proactive ways to start a WordPress blog.

Linda

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Linda is a responsive WordPress theme with a magazine style design and easy customisation. This template is perfect for all kinds of blogs or for creative entrepreneurs. You’re able to switch between a full width page or blog and sidebar, change colours and there are two optional sliders to feature your posts. All in all a great option for beginners or those who’ve been blogging for a while.

Freyja

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Freyja is a stunning template that I’ve had my eye on for a while. It gives you the option for 5 differing blog layouts so you can choose the one that best meets your needs. It’s also compatible with Woocommerce, so its perfect if you have an online store. However, if you just want to blog, its ideal for that too.

Evangeline

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Evangeline is a pretty WordPress template for feminine blogs. As well as the template, you also receive the Genesis framework that the theme requires to work on. With 6 different page layouts, a featured slider and 4 colour schemes, this template is for those who are searching for something a little different than your standard monochrome theme.

Anissa

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Anissa  is a WordPress theme for blogs and e-commerce – ideal if you’re planning on opening an online shop. This feminine style has a custom image header, about me widget and featured post slider.

Meraki

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Meraki  is a beautiful minimal template. If you like simple but classic designs, you’ll love this theme. With this template, you have the choice of using a landing page, photoshop template for header and sidebar image, 15 social media icons and installation guide.

Willow

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Willow is a responsive WordPress theme with the choice of 6 layout options, including full width pages and 1 or 2 sidebars. There’s also a fixed menu bar, custom widgets and 10 social icons. You receive both the theme and Genesis framework when you purchase this template.

Charlotte

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Charlotte  is a theme that both bloggers and creatives will enjoy. This responsive template has four layout options, optional slideshow and newsletter areas, changing colours, custom logo and is SEO optimised.

 

25 of the Best Places to Find Free Pretty Stock Photos

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Stock photos have come a long way since the days of bland and uninspiring images. I love pretty images, especially when they’re free to use, and they’re super handy to have for round-up posts, tips and tricks or if you’re struggling with photography.

You’re probably aware that you cant go using any image off the internet due to copyright laws, not unless you’ve purchased the image or contacted the photographer to ask for permission to use it.

Taking your own high quality images can be time-consuming, especially in winter when there’s little natural light. So, with that in mind, I’m sharing my favourite sites for free stock photos. These sites offer images that are free for you to use on your blog or website.

How to use stock photos 

You can simply insert an image on your site, but chances are, many others will be using the same free image so I really recommend using an editing program, such as Photoshop or a free platform like Canva to add text, your logo and URL to personalise an image and help boost your blogs individuality.

Free stock photos are normally licensed under creative commons meaning you can alter the image and copy it without permission, however, you are not allowed to sell them.

Free sites