Where I can find ideas for my blog posts?

Hey pixels!! As bloggers, sooner or later you’ll ask yourself this question. It’s a tricky question, trust me. I’ve asked it myself a few times since I started blogging. That was about 14 months ago. I know it’s not a lot of time, but I’ve learned a few things during this time.

First, it was hard to have good ideas about what to write. I found it annoying, because I wanted to post 3 times every week but ideas didn’t came to my mind. But, slowly, my skills have improved a bit, and now I have a couple of resources about where or how I can find more ideas. Don’t worry, my happy pixels. All the beginnings are hard, but the effort is worth. 😉

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How to find ideas for blog posts

Let’s start from the basics. First of all you have to be sure about your blog subject. This is important. Be sure that  you want to write about this subject for a long period of time. For example, if you’re not sure if you want to write about food, don’t do it. Change food for another thing, like sports or travelling. If you’re not having a good time writing, your readers will  notice it. And the most important, you’ll end up abandoning your blog because, you know, you’ll get tired of it.

So, now we are sure we love our blog and writing about that particular thing, let’s see how to find a large number of ideas about it. I say large not because you have to come up with 1000 ideas the same day, but because you’ll keep writing about this subject for a time.

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This is a list of ways to come up with ideas:

  1. Ask your friends, family and blog friends.
  2. Look on Pinterest, Instagram and other social media.
  3. Look at your surroundings; ideas are everywhere, you just have to find them.
  4. Look on google trends, or similar.
  5. Have a walk or ride your bike. Have a coffee. Relax. Stress and creativity are not friends.
  6. Read a good book.
  7. Watch a good film.
  8. If you have a big budget, travel. Travelling opens your mind. If, like me, you don’t have it, go on a one day trip to somewhere.
  9. Change your daily routine: try a new recipe, change your route to go to work…
  10. Keep a journal with your ideas.

I hope this will help you, my happy pixels!! Do you make any of this things? Are you going to try any of them? Please, let us know in the comments below.

How To Clean Out Your Sidebar

When was the last time you took a good look at your blog’s sidebar and thought about cleaning it up?
A year ago? 2 Years Ago?

Do you want your blog to LOOK amazing?
Do you want to grow your readership?

If the answer is ‘Yes’, to anyone of those, then read on!

Let’s Spring Clean That Sidebar!!!
Okay, it’s not spring yet, but your sidebar is most likely CLUTTERED. You may think, ‘oh, she’s talking about other blogs. Not mine, my sidebar is clean!’. Maybe it is, but take a real good look. Is it? Do you really need half the stuff on there? First glance ‘Yep, I do!’. Really? It might be hard to let some things go, but it’s important.

Why should I clean out my sidebar?
It might seem obvious. It might not. Less is more on any site. When you visit a site, you want everything nice and tidy. Not one billion glaring fonts, every color of the rainbow, 4 different songs playing in the background, and 1 billion pop-ups. You want to come to a quiet site, lots of white space, a welcome mat and a cup of tea *some biscuits, if you please*. So, if you’re sidebar is exploding or just overloaded, you need to clean it out and make space for that tea party and that eager reader!

Okay, How Do I Spring Clean?
Stupid Question. Or not. You might just think ‘I’ll delete these’ and ‘add this’. Nope. You need to know what’s important and what’s

Hit ‘Delete’ On These ‘Waste Of Space’ Widgets

1. Recent Comments

It’s amateur, it’s unnecessary, it weird. I’ve seen it on so many blogs. SO MANY. Nobody clicks on them. They serve no purpose. It’s a waste of space. DELETE IT! Why would I want to click on someone who’s commented? I don’t really care. I want CONTENT!
2. Tag Cloud
Please stop. They look ‘cool’ on some blogs, but still. I’d rather click on a category (we’ll talk about this later) then some random bunches of words stuck together. Please, get rid of it!

3. Awards
I used to be guilty of this one too. Chuck out your trophies and display them on your ‘about’ page instead. Your sidebar just isn’t the place.

Must Have Widgets
1. Popular Posts/Pages
I hardly ever see this one! I mean seriously? This is a widget that is amazing and so useful for your readers. Replace your ‘recent posts’ with this widget. WordPress does all the work for you, so use this! I don’t why Recent Comments & Posts are so popular. They are hardly useful. Popular Posts are just amazing and help draw your readers into the best posts!
2. Follow Via Email

Chances are, some of your readers aren’t WordPress Users and need other ways to follow your blog, so keep this! Even if they are, if people love your blog, they’ll want to stay updates via email! I’ve only got a few email followers, but it’s worth having one.
3. Categories/Archives

Categories are the next best thing to ‘pages’. Keep your blog organized and have your posts put into special categories for your readers to navigate around. If you’ve got a lot of these, keep it as a dropdown. Maybe Archives on your footer but Categories are a must!
4. Search bar!

Make it easier to navigate, and add in a search bar for people to find what they are looking for. My theme has a built in one, but some don’t. Be sure to add one!
5. About me

Your readers want to know about you straight away. They don’t want to click. Give them a little bio about you and what you do in the blogging community.  Don’t forget to  add in your social media icons as well! Need help with creating one?

Now you’ve got your sidebar sorted, how about that tea? Come on in, (mind the welcome mat!!) and tell me all about how your spring cleaning went! Still unsure of what to chuck out or keep, carry on the conversation and comment below!

Things you’ll need to do after signing up on WordPress

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Hey guys! Farah is here with a cup of coffee sharing with you guys, things that you must do once you has created your WordPress account. I have nothing to say for the introduction. So, let’s get right into the real topic.

  • Change your freaking profile picture

For real, I saw a lot of bloggers are still using the default picture as their profile picture. If the blogger commented on people’s blog that is setting up the default picture for those who doesn’t have a profile picture to be a random monster, it would be really inappropriate for those who are writing about a serious topic such as religion.

  • Set up your gravatar profile

Yeah, that’s extremely important. You need to edit your about me section on Gravatar. Don’t make it too long and boring but instead, make it short and simple. Put in only the important points about yourself. Also, you need to add your blog URL and all of your social media in your personal links.

  • Customize your blog

Pfshh, this is really obvious. You MUST customize your blog. Change your blog name is the first thing that you need to do! For real, it doesn’t look appropriate for your viewers to see “Site Title” as your blog name. You must add a header, background and blog icon.

TIP : Make sure you choose a colour palette for your blog. Trust me, you needed it when you want to design graphics for your blog. For more tips, check out >this< post. 

  • Edit and add the pages

You’ll have a contact, home and about page on your menus and seriously, it’s important for you to edit those pages. Also, make sure to add pages that you actually need because if otherwise, it will look too cluttered.

That’s all I have for now but expect more coming soon! If you have any problem or question related to blogging, feel free to ask us by commenting it down below or go to our contact page 🙂 Comment down below your thoughts or anything and see ya 😀

~FarahEdz

How To Create Your Own Blogging Survey

Hi, Train Of Thought here from My Bookish Life!

So,  a few months ago, I launched my FIRST ever blogging survey, which you can check out here for my personal blog, My Bookish Life. As bloggers do, I was researching and came across this idea to create one for your readers and whilst collecting lots of data you can improve your blog. I found the process a bit unexpecting so, today, I want to share with my blogging experiencing with ‘blogging surveys’ and share some of my tips and tricks of setting them up, writing questions and collecting responses that help YOU with your blog! Let’s begin…

What Is A Blogging Survey Exactly?

Okay, a blogging survey is a survey which allows you ask your followers and readers questions about your blog. For e.g, ‘How long do you like my posts to be?’ or ‘What type of posts do you enjoy the most?’ They will take this survey, which shouldn’t be too long, and then you can collect your data and improve your blog based on your results.

How Do I Set One Up?

There are tonnes of websites which allow you to create a simple and easy survey but the one I used and prefer is Survey Monkey. While the free version, only allows 10 questions, It is still by far the most simple, efficient and perfect survey software out there. And anyway, you don’t want your readers to spend hours on your survey, you want them to read ya blog! I’m not going to go step-by-step through how to set up an account and survey as it is pretty straightforward. Comment below if you do want one of those posts.

Alternatives:

  • Google Forms
  • Polls (Go Daddy)
  • The WordPress Poll System

How do I Create The Right Type Of Questions?

It depends on what you need help with. My survey was about my blog as a whole. But, the may be specific things you need feedback on. Like design or your content. If you check out my survey, I linked to previously, you can see an idea of some questions.

For Design and Theme of your blog, ask these types of questions:

  1. Is my blog easy to navigate around?
  2. Does my theme appeal to you?
  3. Can you find everything you need quickly?
  4. Is my blog too hard to read? (e.g, too bright)

For Content and Posts of your blog, ask these types of questions:

  1. What types of posts do you enjoy the most?
  2. Do you think my …… posts are too long?
  3. What type of writing style do you like
  4. Are you okay with my blogging schedule (currently every Monday and blala)

Think of any questions. If you want your whole blog in general mix in both of these types and a few random ones like ‘How often do you visit my blog?’ or ‘How did you find my blog?’

How to put my results to good use?

So, now you’ve got your data, what do you do? What use is it? Okay, um read it?

Firstly you need to look at your data. If a majority of people say your theme is ‘too hard to navigate around’. Then you need to change your theme to something easier. If one person says your posts are too long and everyone says it’s fine, then keep with the normal length of your post. Majority rules here. If most say they like your ‘baking’ blogs the best, then post those the most. Make it your niche.

Things To Keep In Mind When Creating A Survey!

  • Make sure you have multiple choice answers for most questions as it’s easier to collect data and analyse it.
  • Do not host a giveaway if someone completes your survey. You’ll get invalid responses from people who are only doing it for the prize!
  • If your site is hosted on WordPress.com, you won’t be able to’embed’ it on your post as it has JavaScript. You will have to link to it.
  • Have fun!

Goodbye,

I hope this helped you figure out ‘everything you need to know about blogging surveys’

Comment below with your questions and queries. Link to your blogging survey, I’d be happy to fill it out!  What are your experiences with blogging surveys?

Small things that matter for me

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Hey guys 😀 I’m FarahEdz from TheGirlWithCoffe and today I’m gonna share with you, small things that actually quite important for me 😉  Every things that written here have it own reasons. I don’t know how to get started 😂  Let’s jump into the real topic, shall we?

Use WordPress logo 

Use WordPress logo as the footer credit. If you don’t know what actually I’m talking about, you can go to your customizer and click on Site Identity. Find footer credit and make sure it is ” WordPress.com logo”. It looks a lot cleaner than a bunch of words written on your footer. I believe a lot of you agree with me even though this is a small matters.

Search and then, follow widget on your sidebar

Search is extremely important and I suggest you to put it on top of your sidebar. It is because people will search and explore more of your posts if it there. Also, it looks ugly if it in between a bunch of widget or it is on the end of your sidebar. If you want to put an image before search widget, it’s okay. Now, let’s talk about follow widget. I suggested you to put the follow blog widget after the search widget. Mainly because it probably will encourage your viewers to hit the follow button.

Put an image or gif on top of your posts

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Okay, this may sounds weird but seriously,for me ; put a gif is extremely important. People will notice your posts more. I mean, if the post doesn’t have a feautured image, on the reader, the post will be a lot smaller than the ones who have an image, gif or video.

Like for real, all of these above are completely based on my own thoughts. For me, even though it’s small, it can make a huge changes that you doesn’t notice. If you have any questions, ask it on the comment section below. That’s all I have for now and see ya 😀

~FarahEdz

Welcome

Welcome

Hey there, welcome to our blog!

Blogging started out as fun, right?

Now, it’s a dire chore and something you won’t quit or maybe quitting is something you are considering. You only blog to keep the income coming or to please your eager readers.But while you still get excited over a comment and like, you wish that it wasn’t so boring tiring and time-consuming.

Well, guess what? IT DOESN’T have to be this way.

With our online Memo Pad, we share the best tips, tricks,and content with YOU, for FREE! Who’s We? Well, Train Of Thought, Farah Edzua, Sílvia and Shania,  and  are all here as a community, to give you the most informative advice related to blogging!

Please explore. There’re so many opportunities so seize them! We can’t wait to see you around!

Check out a video made by Shania, to get a better idea of what the BMP is about!

~ The Blogger Memo Pad Team