Tag: blogging progress

My Ideal Reader

When I read posts on how to create content for your blog, most of the bloggers suggest creating your ideal reader to help you pump out content. And that got me thinking, how does my ideal reader look like?Creating a fictional reader for your blog to help you create content. Let me introduce you to my ideal reader. #blogging #creatingcontent

I must admit, the thought of creating an imaginative person who would like to read my posts, intimated me. Where do I begin? How old is she or he? What are her or his hobbies? If I created this ‘person’, would they really stick around to read my blog? So I left the whole idea of ‘the ideal reader’.

But one day, when I thought about what content I can create, ‘the ideal reader’ idea popped up again. Suddenly it dawned on me… the person who would find my content interesting would probably have the same interests as me! Someone who I would love to hang out with at a coffee bar and chat about all-the-things!!

My ideal reader…

So, let me introduce you to Viccy. She is a romantic at heart and love to hang out in her favourite coffee shop with a friend. Viccy has impeccable personal style and loves a well-organized home. Her interests include everything that a classy lady would love. For example, beauty, fashion, self-care, entertaining her friends, homemaking and decorating. And don’t forget about baking!

She just got married to the love of her life and is in the transitioning stage of living on her own to now living with her husband. She is learning what it means to be a wife and has started to change their house into a home.  A more healthy lifestyle has become more important to her recently, and she wants to incorporate it into both her and her husband’s life and their home.

Things she is frustrated with at the moment include: finding new routines for cleaning, cooking, the ever-expanding laundry pile, keeping up with her husband and still find time to do the things she loves! Above all, hubby doesn’t agree with her decor decisions, which he never had a problem with?!

Oh, and did I mention that she loves coffee?

Finally, I must say, creating Viccy helped tremendously! If you are a blogger, I would love to hear from you! Did you also create an ‘ideal reader’? Did it help you with creating content?

If you want to know why I started a blog, you can read this post!

My progress at a thing called blogging

my blogging progress, update,

Hi there! Do you have a cup of coffee so we can have a little heart to heart about this thing called blogging? Okay, you ready? I have been blogging for on and off about 4 months now, and I must say, I am a bit disappointed in myself. Don’t get me wrong, I actually really enjoy the whole process. Writing the content, finding photos (that’s free) that will go with the blog posts and put it all together. I’ve found it immensely boost my creativity in writing, and when I hit that publish button I feel a sense of accomplishment.

“Why are you disappointed in yourself Nadine, if you actually like blogging?” well let me fill you in:

Firstly, because I don’t spend near as much time on blogging as I want to. My time is limited, because of my full-time job and after work, I sometimes just don’t feel like doing anything. Weekends are filled with other social obligations or I am not in the mood.  Ultimately, I need to come up with a plan to spend more time on the blog.

Secondly, I don’t have the finances, or circumstances prohibit me, to do some of the projects that I want to blog about. I want to get some home organizing and decor things on the blog as well. These topics also lie close to my heart. Like I explained in this blog post, I live with my mom. 

Thirdly, I feel a bit limited by my blog’s overall look and lack of knowledge of the technical things of running a good blog. Let me elaborate; I have a free theme and even though I liked it, in the beginning, I feel that it falls short of what I want to achieve and let my readers feel when they visit the blog. At the moment, it is missing something.

And lastly, I am such a perfectionist and thus plans more than doing = procrastination. I want to do things perfectly from the beginning and I forget that I am a beginner and that I cannot compare my skills to someone who has been blogging for a longer than I have.

So now that the pity party is over, I will tell you what I plan on doing to improve my overall blogging skills.

#goals:

  1. I will set aside time for blogging. ‘Quality over Quantity’ is key here, so I will strive to put out posts that I feel are worth it and not just posting for the sake of posting.
  2. I want to write posts about things that is going on in my life and that might help other women.
  3. Even though I cannot afford a premium theme, I am already busy on thinking how to rebrand my blog and give it a proper color palate, so that everything will feel more cohesive. And when I have money to buy a premium theme, everything will just fall into place.
  4. Somewhere on my laptop, I have a great ebook from Abby Lawson about setting up your blog. The book is gathering virtual dust, so it is time to dust it off and go through it again. I want to implement some of her advice so that the blog runs more efficiently.

I explained why I started a blog in this blog post

Let me know what you do to run your blog more efficiently.

Till our next coffee