5 Ways to Find Inspiration to Blog

Hello everyone!

First of all I would like to mention some amazing blogging achievements I had over the past month. I hit 200 followers!! Yayy!!! So thank you to my amazing followers for that!! I also reached 100 posts! Thank you to my readers for inspiring me to write so much! And Mahriya guest posted on my blog!!! Thank you Mahriya! (Read her post on how to grow readers HERE!)

Moving on, most of us have experienced that feeling when we have absolutely nothing to write about and we sit looking at the blank screen in desperation. No ideas, no inspiration, not even a tiny bit of insight on what to write… Well, here are 5 ways to help you find inspiration for blog posts!

1. Use your surroundings / situations

If you traveled to a great place then describe your experience. If you met a friend after a long time then describe your feelings – maybe someone else can relate. If a holiday is coming up then write a post related to that. For example you can write about what to dress up as on Halloween or some great Christmas cake recipes. Or you can get inspired from books, movies, songs etc. You can write about a concept or idea you liked in them or you can even write reviews about them.

2. Write about current topics

Write about what’s currently trending or about social issues because that will keep your post fresh and relevant. You can use google alerts or trending topics from different social media to help you. Another thing to try is writing about controversies. Write from a different point of view than what everyone has. Put your own twist on mundane everyday things and make them more interesting.

3. Read other posts

Read other blog posts or scour the web for posts that you like. If you read something that you like then try to work with a similar idea. But DO NOT copy the original  post. Work with the idea, put your own spin on it and turn it into something new.

4. Ask other people

If you are in need of inspiration ask other bloggers about how they get their ideas. Or even better, ask your readers about what they want to read. If you have an idea about what content your readers are looking for then you can write accordingly.

5. Use the eureka moment

All of us have moments when we go “wow THAT would make a great blog post!” But these ideas may come at the most inconvenient times. Maybe we’re taking a test, or doing a presentation for work, or maybe we wake up in the dead of the night with a great idea. Usually these ideas are the best ones but they come at the random-est times and we have to learn to use them. Write it down, make a note on your phone or make a funny sentence which contains your idea so you can remember it. However tiny the idea may be you can develop these into great blog posts.

So, do you use these ways to find ideas to blog about? How else do you find blogging ideas? Was this post helpful? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time!

~Sithara⭐

 

 

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3 Tips On How To Grow Your Readers – A Detailed Guide | Guest Post by Mahriya

Hi, everybody! Words cannot describe HOW EXCITED I AM to be here! I am absolutely honoured to have this opportunity to guest post on one my favourite blogger’s site so excuse my massive smile right now.

Sithara asked me to do some sort of blogging advice and I jumped at the idea. I haven’t done a blogging tips post in a while and I think this would be great to refresh my memory of giving readers something to help them out!

Today, I will be talking about THREE things that YOU CAN DO to pull readers in.

1.INTERACTION

Let me just stress on HOW important interaction is. When I first started out blogging, I never even bothered to socialise with other bloggers and this took its toll. I got the occasional like but NO-ONE was actually reading my blog and I was pretty sad about that.
You’ve got to follow other bloggers in your niche. So, if you have a writing blog, follow blogs with the same topic. If you have an ‘all over the place’ blog follow other random blogs. I’m not telling you WHO to follow, but that’s definitely a suggestion to get people coming to your site.Follow more blogs, get out of your comfort zone! I have a book blog but I also follow lifestyle blogs – it doesn’t always matter. Be sure you’re interacting and becoming MORE part of the blogosphere. 

Don’t just settle with 20 blogs to follow, find new ONES EVERDAY – unfollow blogs you aren’t interested in or aren’t active. Don’t be stubborn when following, GO WILD!

Interaction also helps make bonds between bloggers. Believe it or not, I have SO many blogging friends now. Sithara being one of them. If I hadn’t commented on Sithara’s blog and broken out of my shell, then we wouldn’t be talking and this guest post wouldn’t exist.  I talk to bloggers on a regular basis and it’s AMAZING, I’ll tell you that.

Commenting on other people’s blogs is beneficial because

  • People get to know you
  • Bloggers will check out your site
  • You get to make blogger friends
  • You’re more involved in the blogosphere
  • Your name is more familiar to people

But DON’T comment pointless things like – ‘Great Post — *insert blog link*. I for one, hate these types of comments which consist of JUST self-promotion and prove that the commenter has not even read your post. Make sure your comment is –>

  • a decent length
  • related to the post
  • friendly, clean and polite
  • easy to reply to and start a conversation
  • addressing the author of the post
  • not spam or promotion

 

These are just a few guidelines to help you along the way.

 

2.GOOD CONTENT

Good content is KEY and believe me, it took A VERY LONG time to master this. In fact, I’m not even sure I HAVE mastered because it’s very tricky. There are so many factors that contribute to good content, it’s hard to get it right. Here are some points you might want to jot down for your next post.

A Decent Length

Unless it’s an occasional update, then make your you posts aren’t too long but aren’t too short. I’m always seeing REALLY short posts being posted every day and my thoughts are 1)why is there only 1 sentence? and 2) why don’t you combine all the updates into one post? Long posts  I don’t seem to mind too much but I don’t want to use too much of my time reading a blog post. People have short attention spans!

Interesting

No-one REALLY wants to read about you eating sausages for dinner, and then going to sleep and how you made your bed in the morning. Whatever you write about has to be either –>

  • entertaining
  • beneficial
  • relatable
  • thought provoking

This post is beneficial and some posts are entertaining! I post lots of discussion posts which I hope are entertaining and thought provoking. Sometimes I post book reviews which I hope are beneficial to authors and bookworms. People have to WANT to read your posts so make them interesting. Write properly, explore ideas and make your post WORTH the read so more people follow and comment.

Suitable For All Readers

I don’t just mean making it appropriate, but making your post ‘well rounded’ is definitely helpful. My posts aren’t ALL well-rounded, like my book reviews, because not all people have read that book or want to. However, a discussion would be suitable for a wide range of readers because everyone has their own opinions.

Unique Posts

People don’t want to be reading the same stuff over and over again. Make your posts UNIQUE! Don’t follow the crowds, MAKE up your own ideas. Sometimes you can take inspiration but your blog’s selling point is YOU and so be YOU! I, personally, don’t like a blog that JUST posts weekly blog hops or memes. One a week is fine but if every day is either Memory Monday, or Sunday Sum Up, Or Tuesday Talks and WWW Wednesdays, then I unfollow. I used to be guilty of always posting awards and tags BUT THEY GET BORING after a while, you know? People want new, so give them fresh and shiny posts.  It can be hard but writing down ideas and thoughts in the day can develop into unique content.

3.BLOG DESIGN

I view many blogs from my reader but when I first check out a blog, I go on their actual site and I DON’T WANT TO BE bombarded with 5 billion colours,40 widgets and just a wild jumble of words. No, I want to come to a clean, site where I know where to go and get stuck in. A simple title, a page for blog posts, and a pretty sidebar that helps me with my experience. I don’t want to bombard you with too much stuff, but here’s some help below.

Software to design on

I use Canva And Picmonkey which are great sites!

Alternatives:

Design Bold (free)

-Gimp

Adobe Photoshop (paid)

– BeFunky (free)

-Ribbet

Free Graphic Sites

-Angie Makes – http://angiemakes.com/free-girly-graphics/

Designs By Miss Mandee – http://www.designsbymissmandee.com/downloads/graphics/

-Free Pretty Things For You –http://angiemakes.com/free-girly-graphics/

– We Lived Happily Ever After –http://www.welivedhappilyeverafter.com/p/photo-editing.html

The above sites give LOADS of free graphics and normally spark off my inspiration. However, MAKE SURE you read the conditions. If it says it’s allowed for ‘personal’ use, you can use it for things like blog headers, your own designs etc… If it says you are allowed to use the graphics for commercial use, it means you are allowed to make money from the designs (Sell them). Most designs are for  ‘personal’ and normally. you have to PAY for a commercial licence so be careful HOW you use designs.

One mistake a lot of designers make is good graphics = good design. I made this mistake too. I thought that If I had the prettiest resources and fonts, my designs would be PRETTY as well. But that’s really not the case.

It’s all about matching, and laying it out. You could include all the nicest graphics, but your design could look cluttered, give off the wrong message, or just look plain ugly. You’ve got to play around with designs and set out things nicely. I find simple looks the best. Don’t go overboard with graphics.

Advice on making a header image

  -A Wonder Forest article

-An Angie Makes article 

-A DYOB article — 

Pinterest IS A LIFE SAVER for graphic designers. Need a watercolour wash for your design, search it on Pinterest and you’ll find lots of pins websites which take you to some wonderful links. be careful with what you download, though! I use Pinterest for

a) Inspiration
b)finding graphics

Graphic Design Pinterest boards:

https://uk.pinterest.com/carmiacronje/fonts/

https://uk.pinterest.com/miagrphx/design-patterns/

https://uk.pinterest.com/lisaglanzdesign/free-design-resources/

https://uk.pinterest.com/AngieMakes/graphic-freebies/

Colour Palette

Another thing to keep in mind is colour palettes. You really shouldn’t have too many colours. My colour palette is green, black and white. It doesn’t have to be as simple. A Light blue, pink, and black used to be my colour palette. But to make sure it’s consistent use the same shade of a colour.

You can also check out some more tips here –> https://mybookylife.wordpress.com/2016/11/11/how-designed-blog/ And if you would like me to design YOUR blog for free—>http://designermall.weebly.com/custom-design.html

Was that long or what? I’d just like to thank Sithara for letting me guest post on her site! It was so exciting and wonderful.

ABOUT ME –>

Mahriya @ My Bookish Life

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I’m an OFFICIAL book addict, potato lover and addicted to stationery. If you want to have a conversation, then follow the chocolate wrappers or the smell of books. My all time favourite TV show is BBC Sherlock and for a book…probably, The Kite Runner, or Six Of Crows – if you must know. I’m so indecisive, I can’t even settle on a handwriting style. I’m also a proud geek (but an undercover writer) who claims that having marshmallows or white chocolate IS LIFE – which it obviously is. To get more marshmallows head over to My Bookish Life 

See you over at my blog and stay awesome,

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Why You Need Positivity and How to Bring it Into Your Life

Hey guys!

Like I said in my last post, I’m entering a contest held by The Stylish Dreamer (its awesome and today is the last day to enter so you’ve still got time if you want to and here’s a link to her orginal post). It’s all about spreading positivity which I think is a really great idea because lets face it, positivity has been something that has been lacking in today’s world. So I’m required to post on positivity (along with a few other requirements). And here is my post!! 

I was thinking about what I’d write and I wanted to do something different.  I didn’t want to blab on and on like a bad philosophical book so I thought why not take a more practical approach to it? Yes we talk about positivity but why exactly do we need it? Isn’t it just easier to think negative? (Because THAT sure comes easily) Well you’ll find that it’s not and so here it is! 

5 reasons why you need positivity in your life

  • No stress:-When you think positive it obviously reduces negative thoughts and also worries and tensions which will of course result in a very stress free life.
  • Great first impression:- If you are a positive person it will reflect in your actions and words and people will notice that when they meet you. This will create a great first impression and help you in many situations like competitive interviews. 
  • Helps to turn a problem into your favor:- If you are a positive thinker, then you can find opportunities in the problems that arise in your life. This will help you to face the problem and turn them in your favor. 
  • Better relationships:- If you think positive you will avoid finding faults and seeing only the negative things in people and that will help you have better relationships with your family, friends, neighbors, coworkers and almost anyone. 
  • Good health:- Positive thinking will of course increase mental and physical health. It’ll help you keep away from diseases and postive thinkers rarely fall into depression. Many a times you can find that people may fall sick if they have too many bad thoughts. So positive thinking keeps you healthy.  

    So now you’ve got reasons to be positive. But how exactly can you be positive? And so here are,

    5 ways to bring positivity in your life

      • Consciously try to think positive:- This may sound obvious but if you really make an effort you will find that you can think positive more and gradually you’ll do it automatically.  
      • A good meal and a good night’s rest:- Aren’t we all crabby and snappy when we’re hungry or tired? A satisfying meal and getting enough sleep will definitely keep you in good spirits and increase your positivity. 
      • Read and listen to positive things:- However sceptical you may be, a good motivational or positive thinking book or speech can do wonders for you. Even if you don’t get what’s in the book or audio, your mind will unconsciously start being more positive. 
      • Do things that make you happy:- You may have a very busy schedule, but find time to do things that make you happy. Maybe it’s an old forgotten hobby or spending time with someone you love. More happiness of course, equals more positivity. 
      • Find the silver lining:- Yes this too is an obvious thing that many people are sceptical of. But if you force yourself (I say force because this maybe exceptionally hard to do sometimes) to find atleast a good thing in a problem, you’ll find yourself gradually doing that automatically. If you find a positive thing in a problem then you could use it to your advantage and find new opportunities in a problem. It gives you the confidence to face the problem head on rather than leave it for later. 

        And here’s one more bonus point that I personally assure you will definitely bring positivity to your life. And it is

        • Spread positivity to the people around you:- Be kind, help someone out, give random surprises to your loved ones, comfort someone if they’re feeling low or simply smile at someone.  You never know what could make someone’s day. And I promise the more you make others happy the more you’ll feel happy. 

        So there you go! You’ve got reasons to be positive and you know how to bring it in your life! Be happy, be positive, be kind and don’t let negative thoughts get you down. 

        Would you say that you’re a positive person? Tell me what you think of this post and whether it will help you. I’d love to hear what you guys have to say on this. 

        Untill next time!

        ~Sithara ⭐

        10 Things Introverts Want You To Know

        Are you an introvert? Or do you know someone who’s more to the introverted side? Do you feel like you can’t understand them or some of the things they do? Well here are some things introverts want you to know! 

        1. Just because we don’t talk much doesn’t mean that we’re upset or mad at you. We tend to think more or maybe we’re just shy. So please don’t keep asking us a million times whether we’re mad at you or whether there’s some kind of problem. 
        2. Its easier to express ourselves in writing than speaking out loud. Introverts aren’t really talkers and sometimes we find it hard to say what we want to say on the spot. So please don’t judge us if we write a long heartfelt letter to you! (This one is especially dedicated to my friends). And please whatever you do please don’t ask us to speak in front of a group of people! 
        3. We usually have 2 or 3 close friends with whom we can share anything and everything. We’d rather have a few people who understands us than a large group of friends. So please don’t think we’re friendless. 
        4. Or antisocial! Its just the ‘I’m shy and I don’t really feel comfortable with small talk’ part of us showing. And for most of us socializing is an absolute nightmare
        5. We think a lot. There’s a lot going on in our heads all the time and that’s one of the reasons we don’t talk much. Although we do tend to overthink sometimes… 
        6. We don’t hate parties or functions. We love them if they’re with people we feel comfortable around. 
        7. But all of this doesn’t mean we’re always shy. Once we’re comfortable with someone we’ll open up to them. Sometimes we’re just more comfortable in our own bubble. 
        8. We don’t want to become less introverted or more outgoing. We are comfortable with ourselves just the way we are. So please don’t try to change us. 
        9. Being introverted doesn’t mean we’re stuck up. We are generally quiet. So if we’re not talking it doesn’t mean we have egos the size of Tony Stark’s or that we’re being rude. We like to stay quiet and listen more than participate in a lively conversation. 
        10. We are great listeners. We love to listen more than we like to talk and we’re always ready to lend you an ear. So if you want to talk to someone who’ll listen to everything you have to say then we’re the ones you need!

          Shoutout to all the introverts out there!! I, being more on the introvered side myself can definitely relate to all of these things. Can you too? Is there something you’d like to add? I’d love to know so feel free to drop a comment! 

          Thank you for reading. Untill next time!

          ~Sithara ⭐

          10 Fictional Characters To Dress Up As This Halloween! 

          Hello everyone! Finally it’s October, the leaves have started falling, the cold has started to creep in (hopefully it has where you guys live, I don’t get much cold weather here). And it’s definitely time for that special day to roll around. Yep it’s Halloween! 

          So those of you who celebrate halloween will probably be very excited about their costumes. Even though I don’t celebrate Halloween here, I thought I’d write this post on the best fictional characters to dress up as this year! 

          1. Elsa from Frozen

          A Halloween favorite of the girls, Elsa the ice queen from Frozen is a great choice to look your prettiest (if you don’t wanna go for scary) this Halloween. A beautiful blue gown and Elsa’s famous braid (find the tutorial HERE!) is all you need to transform into this beautiful princess for Halloween! 

          2. Effie Trinket from The Hunger Games

          A chance to have fun with your makeup set. A pretty poofy dress, matching hair and other accessories, shoes and makeup! Going as this eccentric character will definitely bring a little colour to your halloween! 

          3. Bellatrix from Harry Potter 

          Have super frizzy hair? Well here’s a chance to make use of it for once. A black dress, some long robes and a wand is all you need to go as this evil witch this year! 

          4. Black Widow from The Avengers

          Here’s a chance for you to put your flaming red hair on show. All you need is a cat suit, black boots and fake guns to go as this fierce assassin. 

          5. Bruce Banner from The Avengers

          This one’s for the boys. All you need is a purple shirt, dark brown/grey suit and glasses to go as this brainy scientist. 

          6. Percy Jackson from well… The Percy Jackson Series 

          Blue jeans, an orange camp half-blood tshirt, a bead necklace and a sword is all you need to transform into this awesome demigod this Halloween. If you can’t get a sword, just keep a pen in your pocket and name it Riptide 😉 You girls can also go as Annabeth Chase by just swapping the pen/sword for a yankees cap. 

          7. Augustus Waters from The Fault In Our Stars

          He is probably the easiest character to dress up as. You can pretty much wear your daily outfit. Jeans, a tshirt and a brown leather jacket with an UNLIT (note: do NOT light it, smoking is bad for you, surely Augustus will tell you that) cigarette to complete the look

          8. Deadpool

          I don’t think any further explanation is needed. 😝

          9. V from V for Vendetta 

          A black shirt, pants, boots, cape, hat and a belt with daggers along with the mask of course is everything you need to go as this intriguing character this year! 

          10. The Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland 

          Personally one of my favorite characters and also portrayed excellently by Johnny Depp in the movie, The Mad Hatter is an excellent choice for this Halloween. 

          So that’s it! I hope you enjoyed this post because I sure loved writing it! I don’t celebrate Halloween but I’d love to experience it someday… 

          What/who are you dressing up as this year? I’d absolutely love to know! 

          Thanks for reading. Untill next time and Happy Haunting! 🎃 

          ~Sithara ⭐

          Why I love writing and why you should too!

          As bloggers we all write. Maybe they are articles, maybe rants, tags, recipes, reviews, stories, poems… The list is endless. I am someone who just loves to write and starting this blog has helped me really discover my love for writing. The majority of us love to write and if there are any of you who doesn’t love to write, you really really should! 

          Here are some of the reasons why I love to write and hopefully why you do (or should) too!

          • It relaxes me

          As long as I’m not frantically writing to finish an assignment or something, writing usually calms me down. Seeing the pen flash across the page and seeing my thoughts and emotions take shape through words is just amazing. If I’m stressed out about something, writing helps me to take my mind off the problem and helps me to relax. 

          • It helps me to make sense of my emotions

          Writing down my emotions and thoughts (like in a journal) helps me to make sense of them if I’m confused. Writing down what I feel helps me so much to get a grip on my jumbled thoughts or to make a decision or to channel my feelings into something more coherent. 

          • The creativity…

          I once had a dream and a picture from that dream stuck in my mind and I really really wanted to draw it. The only problem was, I know nothing about drawing and saying I’m not good at it would be an understatement. But if I suddenly get an idea for a story or poem, I know how to write it and I am thankful for that. The feeling of satisfaction I get when I’ve written something I’m content with is indescribable. 

            • It gives me new ideas

            Writing gives me more ideas on what to write next. Maybe something related to what I’m writing or maybe something entirely different. 

            • Practice for exams 

            Ok so this is not exactly a reason to love writing but writing for fun helps me to improve my writing and increase my writing speed which is definitely good practise for the frantic scribbling in exams!

            • Expressing myself 

            Being more on the introverted side I really don’t talk that much. So I find it easier to express myself through written words rather than speaking. I even write letters to my best friends (who rarely reply!). 

            So those are the reasons I love writing and I’m pretty sure you’ll love writing too if you don’t already. Writing is pretty fun and also helpful in life. So get those fancy pens you’ve been saving for something special and get writing!

            Thank you for reading. Untill next time!

            ~Sithara ⭐️

            5 Tips To Deal With Stress

            Hey guys! Sorry for being inactive. I’ve gotten really busy with school work. I’ve been so stressed out for the past weeks with my +1 results coming out and tests and assignments and mid term exams. So I thought I’d do a post on a few tips to deal with stress. All of us face stress in daily life and I hope these help! 

            • Tackle the problem 

            When something causes you stress, just deal with it head on. Don’t leave it for later. Look for solutions to your problems. Be optimistic and never lose hope. 

            • Music 

            Listening to your favorite songs is an almost guaranteed cure for stress or anxiety. Getting lost in soothing melodies or dancing to fast numbers – your choice – music can definitely make us feel better when we’re stressed out. 

            • Sleep 

            When stressed out sleeping it out can help a lot (I’m not saying you should shun your responsibilities and take a nap – nope!). After a good few hours sleep you’ll feel energized, have a clear head and can deal with whatever’s causing you stress. Besides you don’t have to think about whatever’s causing problems for a few blissful hours when you sleep. 

            • Hobbies 

            Singing, dancing, painting, reading, blogging, writing… Whatever it may be, indulge in what you best love to do. It helps to divert your focus away from the stressful things in your life and generally makes you happier. Stressed out? Go sit down with a cup of steaming tea and read that book that you’ve wanted to read for ages now!

            • Friends and family 

            When you’re stressed out, spending time with your loved ones will definitely make you feel better. They’re the ones who care about you and will help you to de-stress and tackle that problem which has been bothering you for a while now. 

            I hope these tips help you guys. What do you do to deal with stress? I’d love to know!

            Untill next time.

            ~Sithara ⭐