I put together a beautiful tea tray full of my new favourites, and perfect for when a friend stops by for a visit. I had a lot of fun shopping in the Tetley section at my grocery store, and there were so many great options to choose from. I settled on Tetley’s English Breakfast for me -it’s a fav. and Green Tea and Lemon Honey, since it’s always nice to have a selection on hand for visitors. I also picked up some Pure Via Sweetener, perfect to add some sweetness without adding calories. 😉 I really like the individual packages of Pure Via Sweetener, and they looked great tucked into a little box on the tea tray.
I put together a pretty little tea tray to keep by the kettle, and pop on the table when I need it. And then I made myself a cup of tea, and enjoyed it while I thought about some blogging tips. I’ve still got lots to learn, but here are a few things I’ve picked up over the last few years.
1. Blog about something you love. I love parties, and cooking, and decorating, and DIY’s, and turning everyday into a celebration with my family. That’s what I blog about, not only because that’s what I’m up to, but because I’m passionate about it, and I think it comes out in my posts. I really do get strangely exited about finding the perfect final touches -like the blue pumpkin for my door way I shared last week. I will never be a pet blogger, or fully understand what it takes to really run this blog, like a technology blogger. But, ask me about a colour scheme for your next birthday party and I’m your girl. Find your niche, your place of passion, and blog from there.
2. Post consistently. This one is harder. We always seem to want to do more than we can do. It’s hard to stick to a blogging schedule, especially when most of us are not doing this as a career, and we’re busy with so many other things. But, your readers can’t come and read what you haven’t written. Your stats can only go up if there’s something new for your peeps to come and see. So that requires a schedule and sticking to it. I blog three times a week, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings there is a new post. Even if you can only manage once a week, do it once a week and do it well.
3. Use your blog as a reason to do the things you’ve always wanted to. Most of the time my blog posts are about things I’m doing anyway, but some projects only get done because I need a new post. They’re always things I want to do, but the blog gives me a reason to get around to all those cool projects. And, it’s a great
excuse reason to tell your husband…”Hon, we really need a new chandelier for our bedroom, for my new fall makeover.” 😉
4. Be yourself. This is one I’m still working on to. I mean, everyone is very multi-faceted. It’s hard to convey the real you on paper, but I’m trying to let my sense of humour show a little more in my writing. I’m really funny in real life. Really.
5. Learn as you go. There is so much information available, and so, so, much to learn about blogging. It’s even more challenging since the world of social media is always changing and evolving. That’s part of the fun too though. There are tons of tutorials on-line. I’m a person who loves a class, listening to a teacher, and interacting with the other students. I signed up for a city run photography class, unfortunately it was more like a photography club, and I didn’t learn as much as I’d hoped, but every little bit counts. Knowing that I love classes, I know I’m going to love BlissDom Canada, and the chance to learn from other bloggers. I can’t wait for BlissDom in a few weeks, the conference for women in social media. There will be speakers, and workshops, and lots and lots of bloggers to chat and network with. To me, this is some of the best learning possible. I can’t wait for the Collective Bias Suite and the Social Etiquette Workshop, sponsored by Tetley Tea and Pure Via Sweetener. I’ll be there, and hope to meet some of you there too -look for me and come say hi.
With a hot cup of Tetley tea to drink while I think about blogging, life really is a party!