Blogging Tips

The Blog Plans…After Uni

As I move into my final few weeks of my Open University course, it’s fair to say that my attention is largely being diverted that way. So firstly I’d ask, please do bear with me. I will still be sharing and posting here, I will still be popping up on social media, but it may just not be quite as often. Though if you check out my Instastories, you’ll probably see streams of me studying there, so yes, that’s what I’ll be up to and where you can find me. All being well, I’ll complete my degree mid-May, and then Read more >

Is Blogging the Best Job in the World?

Is Blogging the Best Job in the World?

Is blogging the best job in the world? Hmm, not that I’m biased or anything, but I think it comes close for me. The Ambition I read a survey recently about the jobs that the next generation are most keen to do. Being a blogger made it into the top five on that list. It’s funny as when I was little, this wasn’t even a thing, people barely even had computers back then let alone the World Wide Web! My kids see me doing this, but I have to say, they’ve not expressed any desire to be bloggers. Maybe they Read more >

Blog Highlights of 2016!

Ah, a chance to look back over the past year here on the blog and share a few of my blogging highlights, most popular posts and the things that have made me happy. Blog Highlights Where to start? There have been so many great things about blogging this year that I know I’ll miss things out here, so do feel free to remind me. Firstly, as always, it’s the people that blogging brings to you that make it the best. I have some lovely friends who are bloggers, I’ve met so many more great people through various blog events over Read more >

I Switched Web Hosting & It Wasn’t Painful!

A couple of weeks ago I started having problems with my blog so I turned to my web hosting company for support. I received very little help and a very frustrating ‘live chat’ only option, which I found time-consuming, unhelpful and inconvenient. With the problem still unresolved, and having had a few issues before, I started to think about switching web hosting companies. At this point, having tweeted to my current provider about my problems, a representative from another web hosting site got in touch with me. It was an opportunity for me to ask lots of questions and do Read more >

Using BoardBooster for Pinterest

As a blogger, a parent, a reader, a baker, a home-owner and more besides, I love Pinterest. I wrote  ‘Why Every Mum Needs Pinterest in her Life‘  a while back and I shared my Blogger’s Guide to Pinterest, too. So having established that I am a fan and that I find it useful, today I wanted to share with you how I’ve been using a tool called BoardBooster to help me to manage my Pins and boost my blog traffic. Why do I use Boardbooster? Pinterest is consistently a good source of traffic for me. It tends to come in Read more >

Top Tips for Working with Brands, from getting the opportunity through to managing the content

Top 10 Tips For Working With Brands

Are you a blogger interested in working with brands? I get asked a lot about this one, as it’s a big part of being a pro-blogger. I am proud to be a brand ambassador for a few companies and work with others on regular and ad hoc basis’, either by way of reviews, give-aways or sponsored posts. I enjoy it, it gives me varied content, different ideas and of course, an income. So I’d say there’s a lot to be said for developing this aspect of blogging. Now I’m not assuming for one moment that every blogger wants to do Read more >

What ‘Pro-Blogging’ Means To Me

I am a ‘pro-blogger’. Yes, there, I said it. It feels a bit odd to declare it, truth be told, but after I went along to a brilliant session at Tots100 Blog Camp last month, ran by Penny and Becky, it’s been made concrete and clear in my mind and also made me comfortable to say it aloud. The Reading Residence is a blog that I am proud of. I earn from being a blogger. I get to have great experiences with my family, review some fabulous products, and I accept sponsored content and ambassadorships, which all combine to mean that Read more >

Top 5 Tips For New Bloggers

I’ve been happily blogging away here now for nearly two years. I love it now as much, well more actually, than I did back then, and I like to think that I’ve picked up a thing or two along the way. I find other blogs to be inspiring, chats with other bloggers, and Pinterest is an endless source of help, too. In fact, I have a Blogging and Social Media Tips board there, which you may find useful to follow. If you’re wanting to have a blog that does get read, that can grow and that you enjoy, then I’m Read more >

A Blogger’s Guide to Instagram

OK, so if I’m not blogging or browsing Pinterest, you’ll probably find me over on Instagram. It’s just so pretty there, and inspiring, and funny, and easy to find like-minded people – need I go on? I’d recommend being on there, whether you’re a blogger or not, as it is fun and friendly, very easy to sign up to and get going. Just download the app to your phone and start snapping away now. There are filters and editing options for your photos that you can play around with, and then start following people to enjoy their photos, too. From Read more >

Blogger's Guide to Creating a Media Pack

Bloggers Guide To Creating a Media Pack

I’ve spotted a few people asking about this over on my Twitter timeline, so I thought I’d add this one to my Blogging Tips series and attempt to help out by sharing a bloggers guide to creating a media pack… If you’re a blogger and you’re looking to work with brands, PRs and companies that you love, then it’s well worth putting together a media pack for your blog. You may have people approach you asking you for your media pack, or perhaps your social followers and page statistics. In either case, attaching a ready made pack and replying with that makes your Read more >

15 Top Tips From Bloggers For Bloggers

I’ve been pulling together some of the best blogging tips from my series, The Blog Lowdown, over the last few weeks, and today sees the final instalment…. 1. If you have ideas for posts but no time, write titles and draft them! (More Than Just A Mummy) 2. Get a schedule and stick to it! Commit to a few linkys and get into a routine….I have a feeling this will happen for me once the girls hit uni! In spare moments (what?!) write a couple of posts which you can keep in reserve so you have something to go when Read more >

How's Your Blog Looking? 10 Top Tips to Improve Your Blog's Appearance

How’s Your Blog Looking?

Today I’m sharing top tips for improving your blog’s appearance, as shared by bloggers in my Blog Lowdown series…   1. Make sure you can read everything at a glance – if your header or content font, size or colour choices isn’t easily readable then people won’t hang around to read it. (Mama Geek) 2. Categorise, categorise, categorise! Make your blog easy to navigate by categorising and using drop down menus. (Life With Munchers) 3. Don’t alienate readers. Check Google Analytics to see what browsers and devices people read your blog on and make sure it works on those that Read more >

10 Tips For Participating In Blog Linkies

This is the third round-up post of The Blog Lowdown series, and today we’re talking about Linkies…..   1. Join in with linkies. They are a fantastic way to get to know other blogs and for others to find you. But, you will only get out of them what you put in, don’t link dump! Comment, comment, comment! If you engage with other bloggers, they will come and engage with you. Start a discussion, if you love a post share it on Twitter or G+, show the blog love and it will come back to you Try your best to reciprocate Read more >

10 Tips for Participating in Blog Linkies

Top 10 Tips on Writing Blog Posts

In the second of my Blog Lowdown round-up posts, I’m sharing with you top tips from bloggers about actually writing blog posts….. 1. Make the titles of your post tantalising to entice readers to your post but keep it relevant. (The Adventures of JackJack) 2. Write about your knowledge, if people believe you know your stuff you will become an authority within your field and people will be genuinely interested in your posts and advice. (Little Bohemian Butterfly) 3. Keep your posts concise and to the point. I get put off if a post looks like it’s going to take Read more >

10 Top Social Media Tips From Bloggers

I’ve had great pleasure in hosting The Blog Lowdown here for many months, and now that the series has drawn to a close, I though it’d be good to take a look back at it and share some of the advice that a whole host of bloggers have been wonderful enough to share with us week in, week out. There’s been plenty of tips and countless useful suggestions, so I thought I’d group them into a few themes that I’ll share with you over several posts. To kick us off, here we have a selection of top social media tips from the series… 1. Read more >

The Blog Lowdown – Hide-N-(Sensory)-Seeking

Today on The Blog Lowdown, I’m pleased to be bringing you the lovely Judith, from Hide-N-(Sensory)-Seeking.… Please Introduce yourself: My name is Judith. I grew up in Alaska, USA, though we now reside in as far an opposite climate as one can imagine, in hot and humid Louisiana, USA. I play at the piano, but I’m much better at violin, which I play in an all-volunteer orchestra. My son makes my coffee every morning, and my hubby brings it to me in bed many mornings. Sad proof that all attempts have been thoroughly exhausted to turn me into a morning person. Read more >