What makes a good blog? I’ve been asking myself this recently as I want to take mine to the next level. I feel like I’ve neglected it a bit recently – yes I know I have a 6 week old baby but that has motivated me even more. With a few recent collaborations I have realised that I could make it more of a professional venture around the kids and that’s very exciting.
I have been blogging for just over a year and learnt a lot in that time but know there are a few things that let me down. So I have been looking at some of my favourite blogs- Le Coin De Mel, Honest Mum, Pioneer Woman, A Mummy Too – and realised the things they all have in common are:
1. Open, honest insight
The blogs I love to read are written from the heart. You really feel like you are getting to know the person. They are honest, insightful and are not afraid to give you a slice of their life. I struggle with this sometimes as I’m not sure how much of myself or my family I want to share. But I know some of the best responses I have had are to very honest posts like my recent one about why giving birth wasn’t the best day of my life. I also like the little snapshots of people’s lives you get through images or social media. I have started doing this more on my Facebook page and it’s working well.
2. Great ideas
I like to think I have great ideas – who doesn’t?! And some of my recipes like my No Nuts Nutella have been extremely popular. The blogs I admire though, especially the food ones, seem to have idea after idea. I think this is partly about planning, which is something I need to work on, as if I just think of posts at the last minute I don’t have the time to develop them properly.
3. Beautiful photos
I think I am getting there on 1 & 2 but I really need to work on my photos. I have had a DSLR camera sat in the drawer but for some strange reason have just been snapping away on my phone. So finally I decided to dig it out, and what a difference it makes! I need to learn more about how to use it but here are some quick snaps of a few family members.
Mia, our crazy Labrador, ready for her walk
Tomorrow is my first day without J since baby A arrived to I plan to be productive! I love blogging and really want to give this place a makeover – so stay tuned…
What do you think makes a good blog? What are your favourite ones?