Filling In The Gaps On Your Blog

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There are a lot of bloggers out there with the skills to create excellent content which captures the minds of their readers. This ability usually comes with time, dedication, and plenty of reading, resulting in a wide range of different talents. Of course, though, while there are a lot of people able to achieve greatness with their posts, far too many waste their chances and stick themselves at the bottom of the pile. It never has to be this way, though, and this post is here to help you to fill in the gaps.

Marketing: On a lot of blogs, the biggest shortcoming will be the marketing being used to sell it. Without a solid campaign in place, it will be impossible to generate a following, and a lot of bloggers find this area very hard. An IMC master program can be a great way to solve this. Teaching you how to handle this work yourself, this sort of option will limit the need for professional help, making the whole process cheaper.

Security: A lot of people are hyper aware of their personal computer security. For the same reasons, it’s very important that you spend enough time making sure that your blog is secure. A simple SSL certificate will do most of the work, with a solid host often being enough to prevent an attack. If you fail to do this, readers could be warned that your site isn’t secure, and this will send them running away.

Monetization: Making money out of the content you produce is another important part of this process. It will be impossible to run your blog like a business if you are unable to achieve this goal, and a lot of people don’t know where to start. Hosting adverts is a good way to make a little bit on the side. But, for the best results, becoming an influencer for other businesses will often be the best way to make blogging into a job.

Standards: The best blogs out there will all follow a strict set of rules when it comes to their content. Specific language will be used to tie posts together, and grammar will have to remain on point. After a couple of months of writing, it should become easy to fall into a pattern like this, ensuring that your posts retain their quality.

Ideas: Finally, as the last area to consider, a lot of bloggers find it easy to become complacent with their ideas. Producing posts which have been seen hundreds of times before won’t make you popular. Instead, when you’re brainstorming, you have to keep uniqueness on the mind. While looking for new ideas all the time will be hard, it will certainly set your blog apart from those around you.

Hopefully, this post will inspire you to start working harder on the time you put into your brand new blog. This sort of career can be very hard to get into. Instead of relying on an employer to give you work, you will have to give it to yourself, and a lot of people find this hard.

My Favourite Movie Date Scenes

Whether you are dating in Maidstone or enjoying Clywd dating, one of the most popular date nights is a night at the cinema. There is something about sitting in the dark, enjoying the lights of the silver screen that is the perfect environment for romance. If you choose a scary movie, the time is right to cuddle up close. If you choose a romantic film, you can enjoy the special moments together, and a funny film can mean that you laugh together – and some say the couple that laugh together, stay together.

If you are dating in Buckingham, you could try a movie night at The Film Place, which is based at the University of Buckingham’s Chandos Road Building, a really lovely locally supported cinema which shows a range of films, from mainstream to more obscure Foreign films and independents. A really beautiful old cinema is the Woolton Picture House, perfect for dating in Merseyside as it has Pulman style seating and has recently been refurbished (it was originally built in 1927 – the height of the Art Deco era). And if you are looking for a luxurious cinema, the Everyman chain, which includes the Everyman cinema in Winchester, is perfect, with large plush velvet sofas and a bar and food area. This is a wonderful cinema for the dating Hampshire scene. Of course, you could just enjoy a movie dating night in the comfort of your own home too.

So what to watch? Here are some of my favourite movie dating scenes.

La La Land The Griffith Observatory

Just one of the most romantic movies, La La Land is a bittersweet love story, and the famous Planetarium scene where Mia and Sebastian dance to ‘A Lovely Night’ is just gorgeous. With Emma Stone in that iconic yellow dress and Ryan Gosling at his most jaw droppingly handsome, this is one of the most romantic, beautiful movie scenes around…and just check out that blue sky.

Sex and the City The Movie – The shoes scene

Carrie Bradshaw is all about the shoes. And the scene where she returns to the home she had shared with Mr Big to collect those amazing blue Manolos, only to find Big is there too, always brings a tear to my eyes. For Carrie it was always Big, although Aiden was pretty amazing, and this scene brings them back together, and sees them finally wed.

Dirty Dancing – Nobody Puts Baby in a Corner

My teen dream movie, I so loved this when it came out in 1987, and that final scene, where Patrick Swayze utters that immortal line to Baby (Jennifer Grey), is still one of the most romantic gestures you will find in any movie. Look out for showings at local cinemas as Dirty Dancing is one of those movies that gets frequently re-released.

Jamie and Aurelia in Love Actually

Lots of people talk about the scene with Andrew Lincoln and Kiera Knightley in Love Actually, but I think that scene is actually a bit stalkerish. Far more lovely and romantic is the love affair between Colin Firth’s Jamie and Aurelia, where the language barrier proves to be no barrier to love. When he goes through the town to get the girl, the joy is positively life affirming.

The Empire State Building – Sleepless in Seatle

Meg Ryan at her most appealing, Tom Hanks at his most vulnerable. The Empire State Building, the start of a beautiful romance…need I say more?

Do you have a favourite romantic movie scene?

Useful Tips To Create Good Content On Your Blog

I’ve been blogging now for almost eight years. I started blogging as a hobby, something to do to help me get my self esteem and confidence back after suffering from extreme post natal depression and a break down following the birth of my son Joe. The blog started out as a hobby, but soon became so much more than that, it developed into a career choice and a new start for me. This has not been an easy road, blogging is hard work and can mean working at strange times of day and night. But with a combination of good content, and developing social media management skills, a blog can continue to develop, grow and improve.

Here are some of my Blogging tips to help with content and promotion of your current blog. Let’s face it, if Carrie Bradshaw ever makes a comeback, she’ll be blogging rather than writing that column!

Content

Know Your Stuff

Blogging can be a mixture of writing about what you know about, and researching topics that you are not so sure of. The key is that your information is honest and true. You really can write about anything to keep your content fresh and new, but you must make sure you research your topic and check that any facts you write are correct.  If you write a lifestyle blog, the content can be very varied so you will need to check your facts, draft your piece, and then check your facts again.

Develop Your Voice

Blogging is a real form of writing as valid as anything you read in a newspaper, magazine and book. Because of this, developing your own voice and style is very important. Your personality and style needs to shine through your work, whether you be writing a wedding blog, a sports blog or a parenting blog.

Read other blogs and pieces on the internet for ideas and influences, but be careful that the influence is not copied directly, plagiarism is the worst thing that a blogger can possibly be guilty of and will lose any credibility that your blog may have gained.

Follow Your Instinct

When you are looking for new content, you should always follow your instinct. If something interests you and ignites a passion or gives you an idea, you may be able to use this to write some interesting, popular content. An example of this is a post I created about the 1950s fashions wore in the BBC Daytime series Father Brown. I often watch this series during the day and loved the outfits worn by the leading female characters, Lady Felicia and Bunty. I turned this into a blog post that proved to not just be popular, but to be evergreen. The TV series returned at the beginning of they year and it helped make that old post one of my most read of 2018.

If you find something interesting, and can create good content about it, others will probably want to read it too.

Accept Guest Posts

Writing is a time consuming business, but the best blogs create new content on a regular basis, some having a new post every day, others posting several times a day. This is where accepting guest posts can be a good way to keep content fresh without getting blogger burnout.

There are some good bloggers out there who are happy to write a guest post for a link back to their personal blog. This is particularly true of new bloggers who are hoping to improve their DA scores with some credible back links. Some bloggers have regular guest series where they invite different bloggers to write about the same topic. It keeps content fresh and interesting, introduces your audience to new bloggers, but also gives you a blogging break.

Unique Content 

All your content should ultimately be unique content, but you also need to look at particular unique content in the form of interviews and exclusives. If you interview someone for your blog, then this is completely unique because you have put the questions together and got your particular answers. This can create very popular content.

Subscribe to press releases from different agencies and pr contacts, and then check the print at the bottom. Many will give contact information for interviews that can be done in the flesh, over the phone and through email. In this way I have created content with the likes of Judy Murray, Gok Wan, Gloria Hunniford, Annabelle Nielson and Coleen Rooney amongst others. These interviews have been popular, quality content that is once again evergreen – I share the Judy Murray content during Wimbledon every year and it still gets good viewing figures.

Ultimately, a blog rises and falls on the standard of the content, it is up to you to keep it fresh and interesting. You owe it to your readers.