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Eight Years of Candy Pop + Eight Blogging Tips

21st July 2016

8 Years of Candy Pop and 8 Blogging Tips |

Create and share

In June 2008, I created an account on Flickr called Candy Pop where I shared my daily photos and words. I fell in love with this form of microblogging and each evening I looked forward to posting snippets of my day. It wasn’t long before I wanted a site of my own and after a little research, I decided to take the plunge and create a blog.

Eight years on, and I can’t imagine my life without a place to create and share. Candy Pop has enabled me to connect with like-minded folk and get my images and thoughts out into the world. So, today I’m sharing eight tips for anyone who is new to blogging.

1. Blog about your passion

Write about what you’re passionate about rather than what’s popular. You need to be motivated and driven to continually create content and this will be a hard task if you don’t love your subject. Your personality and passion are the things that will drive you and keep your readers coming back.

2. Find your voice

Finding your voice can take time but if you enjoy what you’re doing and keep plugging away you’ll quickly find your niche and style. It’s probably not a good idea to mimic someone else’s work because it will hamper your own creative growth and take the enjoyment out of producing something that’s from the heart.

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3. Know your boundaries

It’s good to become familiar with what you’re prepared to share and what you aren’t. Early on I established what I was comfortable with and I set some boundaries. Although I’m quite private I really respect people who share their stories, particularly when they benefit others. I think it’s sometimes wise to imagine how you’d feel if your mum, dad, friend, boss or a potential employer visited your blog!

4. Be consistent

It’s valuable to be consistent across all online platforms because this will enable you to attract the right audience. If people like what they see on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram they should find a similar voice and images on your blog. That way you can create a strong message and online brand that’s easily recognisable and personal to you. And I recommend using the same name and profile image across all sites. Further reading: five quick and easy steps to a stronger online identity.

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5. Don’t compare

There will always be someone posting, sharing and achieving more than you. When I see people doing amazing things online I’m excited because it means the industry is growing and with it will come more opportunities. Never feel someone else’s success means there’s less for you and if someone is doing something great consider doing something else. It’s always better to take a different route because it will help you to stand out.

6. Enjoy time offline

Every now and then it’s wise to take a break from the noise of the internet. Unplugging can help us to connect with family, friends and the world around us and I believe our best ideas come when we’re offline and enjoying life.

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7. Find what motivates you

When you’re feeling unmotivated it’s good to know how to get back on track. Whether it’s visiting a gallery, catching up with friends or getting into the wild, only you will know how to restore your mojo. When I feel my creativity has hit a slump I surround myself with the people and things that lift me. It’s normal to have quiet moments and it makes the productive times all the more magical. Try to enjoy the pauses because I believe that’s when we’re most open to new ideas and inspiration. Further reading: six simple ways to nurture your creativity.

8. Quality over quantity

My focus for the blog is consistent, good quality content. I love blogging but I know I need time away to have something to share and so I usually post once a week. You’ll know what feels right for you and you shouldn’t be hard on yourself for blogging less frequently than others. I’ve never felt people have lost interest or I’ve received fewer opportunities because of it.

And finally, thank you for following along. You make the internet a happy place to be!

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  • Reply whynotblog 21st July 2016 at 5:02 pm

    love this! thanks for the tips 🙂

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 21st July 2016 at 5:04 pm

      You’re welcome, I’m pleased you enjoyed the post!

  • Reply katy615 21st July 2016 at 5:26 pm

    Congrats, lovely! Eight years is such an achievement and all your tips are so valuable. Very wise words indeed xx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 21st July 2016 at 5:28 pm

      Thanks so much Katy. To be honest, the time has flown by!

  • Reply Sue 21st July 2016 at 6:51 pm

    Oh you wise old sage, love it! (Just kidding about the old safe but) ❤️❤️

    • Reply Sue 21st July 2016 at 6:51 pm

      OMG predictive text got me!!

      • Candy Pop
        Reply Candy Pop 21st July 2016 at 7:55 pm

        Haha! Thanks so much!

  • Reply Cristina 21st July 2016 at 8:22 pm

    Excellent tips! and congratulations, 8 years of blogging is quite an achievement – well done 🙂

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 21st July 2016 at 8:34 pm

      Thanks so much Cristina for your kind words. I hope you’re well.

  • Reply Eleanor@The Bristol Parent 21st July 2016 at 8:43 pm

    Mad-simple and totally spot on advice, Natasha! Eight years is a long time to be doing anything, and doing so well as you are is really inspiring. Nice one x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 21st July 2016 at 8:57 pm

      Bless you Eleanor, that’s so kind!

  • Reply Victoria Eales 22nd July 2016 at 1:59 pm

    I loved reading these tips, whilst they are quite ‘typical’ the voice you give them actually shows some understanding rather than churning out the same old! I do read some peoples posts at time and think ‘what if your mother read that’!

    Happy to have shared the blogging journey with you. Have a fabulous weekend,

    Victoria xx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 22nd July 2016 at 7:30 pm

      Thanks so much Victoria, I think you were one of my first blogging friends! Have a great weekend.

  • Reply Lucy 22nd July 2016 at 8:45 pm

    Big congrats! You’ve achieved loads in that time. Love your tips too – they are really helpful X

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 25th July 2016 at 4:27 pm

      Thanks so much Lucy!

  • Reply Rachel 25th July 2016 at 4:11 pm

    Congratulations – 8 years is a massive achievement. Love that one of your tips is to switch off – so important. x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 25th July 2016 at 4:27 pm

      Thank you Rachel. I think switching off from the online noise is the most important thing.

  • Reply elizabethsbooks 25th July 2016 at 5:45 pm

    Thank you for the inspiring post! I’m just starting blogging so your tips are valuable. I especially appreciate your tip about establishing boundaries. I want to share helpful things on my blog, but I also don’t want the world to know my personal business.

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 26th July 2016 at 11:11 am

      Thanks so much, I’m pleased the post was helpful. Good luck with your blog!

  • Reply Lins @ Boo & Maddie 26th July 2016 at 11:57 am

    Happy 8th blogging birthday and I’m so pleased you still enjoy it and get so much out of it. I feel very happy to be part of the community albeit as a relative newbie and have enjoyed meeting you and so many others. Thank you for the tips.

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 26th July 2016 at 12:23 pm

      Thank you for stopping by. It was great to meet you and I hope to see you again soon!

  • Reply kathryn 26th July 2016 at 5:51 pm

    Congrats on 8 years darling, it’s been a pleasure knowing you and Candy Pop xx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 27th July 2016 at 12:46 pm

      Thanks so much, it has been a pleasure to get to know you too!

  • Reply Lottie | Oyster & Pearl 29th July 2016 at 8:40 pm

    Congratulations lovely Natasha! Your blog is so inspiring, I’m glad you’re on the internet xxx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 31st July 2016 at 9:19 pm

      Thanks so much Lottie, I’m glad you are too!

  • Reply Lyndsay 31st July 2016 at 8:33 pm

    Excellent tips and super congratulations on your #30plusaward!

    Lyndsay | Fizzy Peaches Travel & Lifestyle Blog

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 31st July 2016 at 9:21 pm

      Thank you so much and congratulations to you too!

  • Reply Donna 28th December 2016 at 10:58 pm

    First time visiting your blog, it aesthetically pleasing. Thanks!

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 3rd January 2017 at 9:59 am

      Thanks for stopping by!

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