A Blogging To Do List

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A Blogging To Do List
There's been many changes I've wanted to make to my blog for a really long time now and I've never seemed to get round to it for many different reasons. I also mentioned in my last post about how I've been feeling lately regarding blogging and some things I've tried to do to get my spark back. Therefore, I have decided to take the rest of May off from blogging. I feel like I need a much needed break away to get organised with my content and get back into a schedule of posting three times a week. There's also those changes I really want to start properly implementing on my blog and I thought it would be a good idea to share with you all what you can expect, as well as give myself something to refer back to over the next few weeks as I work hard to sort my blog game out once and for all. I hope you all understand that and can be patient whilst I carry out these changes:

Blog design - Now, my blog design has been something I've wanted to change up for the longest time. Since I don't earn a regular income, it's not something I really want to spend a lot of money on or if I could none at all. So resorting to finding a free theme is my top priority. I have a few I like and have tried out before, but I always struggle to get them to look just right and end up resorting back to my current theme. This time I am going to really take sometime out to just work on it and get whatever theme I go for to actually stick. Watch this space!

Blog header - Like my theme, my header has also really needed an urgent update for a while. I've had a few turns in designing my own and playing around with different designs, but again I am so fussy and want it to look perfect that I end up not using any. This time I am going to promise myself to change it up. Even if it's only a slight change in design. It just really needs a refresh.

Social gadgets - You can probably already see a recurring theme here, but I want to also switch up my social media gadgets on my side bar. These have been with me since I first created my blog nearly two years ago now (I know!!!!!). I really do need to change them and I think along with a nice new header and theme, everything will really tie in together and hopefully look more professional and sleek.

Update profile photos & about me page - I'm really hoping to go out and snap a few photos of myself now summer is approaching.  I really want to update my profile picture on my blog and on my about me page, which also needs updating and refreshing to keep it more current with how things are for me right now.

Post the content I 100% love - I think sometimes when you're going through a bit of a rut with your blog and find yourself running behind schedule, you end up rushing posts or not putting your 100% all into them. I feel like I have been guilty of this several times and I really want to stop doing that as it's never been me. Instead, I am really going to plan some content I truly feel passionate for and produce it to a standard that I really am proud of.

Get back to a consistent schedule - After daily blogging through blogmas, I will admit that it did really burn me out and whack all the inspiration out of me. Ever since I have not only lost my spark for blogging as mentioned, but I've also felt like I haven't been able to keep on my game when it comes to being consistent with my posting. I use to find it so easy to post three times a week with no real struggle. I want to go back to that as I really enjoyed doing it. Let's see if after this month off posting I can keep it up!

What's on your blog to do list?

Lauren x

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24 comments

  1. I really, genuinely think that this is a great idea! Take some time off and get into the space that you believe will make you thrive!

    It sounds like you'll be working on some great aspects of your blog! There are many free resources online- that will help with free logo designs and free templates!

    Have a great time figuring it all out! I'm looking forward to seeing the final result!

    Steph
    www.socialspying.com

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    1. Aww thanks so much for your lovely comment, Steph! That means a lot xx

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  2. I always think people underestimate that there's so much for to blogging than just writing posts! Everything you've listed here is just as important and often it's these elements that end up being the most time-consuming!

    I switched to Wordpress + gave my blog layout a makeover at the start of the year and I've never looked back! Like you I was reluctant to spend money on a theme but I looked at it as an investment in my hobby and honestly I'm glad I splurged on it.

    Looking forward to seeing how yours looks once you've refreshed it all! See you in June :)

    Sinéad ♥ Fabuleuse Du Jour

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    1. Yes I definitely agree with you! It is so much more than just creating posts, it's all the promotion and the technology side of things that can get pushed aside. I would definitely splurge on a theme if I had the money to do so. Thanks so much, Sinead xx

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  3. I think taking the month off would definitely help with getting your spark back! I always fall into those ruts myself so I know how you're feeling! Really looking forward to seeing the changes you make :)

    Renee | Life After Lux

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    1. Aww thanks, Renee! A break is going to do wonders I reckon xx

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  4. I hope these goals go well for you, but remember blogging doesnt have to be perfect. When I click onto your page, I don't concentrate on you blog look ro header but your brilliant content <3 Take time, and I cant wait to see you come-back-game!! Lydia Eve | www.lydia-eve.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Aw thank you, Lydia! You're so right. I think I put a lot of pressure on myself to be better or perfect. Thank you so much Lydia. You're so sweet xx

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  5. Your blog theme is lovely considering it is a free one! Having a little redesign is always really nice, it feels super refreshing.

    Alice | alicemaysnell

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    1. Aww thanks so much, Alice! Yes I can't wait to have a refresh xx

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  6. I'm so excited to see the new theme you go for, I'm sure it'll look really good. Having a refresh is a great idea and will really help you get back to the schedule you want to start following
    Charlotte / Charlotte's Picks

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    1. Aw thank you, Charlotte! I really hope so xx

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  7. This is such a post! I constantly struggle with my theme and layout. So this is such a great post.

    Things take time but you're doing great!

    Em x

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  8. I seriously need to get better at posting more regularly as well! But it's all part of the process I guess. I like your blog layout personally!

    Tia | The 10am Blog

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    1. Yes definitely! I use to be so good at it, but I've really let it slip lately which is a shame. But it will all work out. Aw thank you, Tia xx

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  9. Blogging To Do Lists are always a great way of getting everything out and seeing a nice perspective rather than an overwhelming one. Plus it also inspires other bloggers such as myself! I know I ended up purchasing a template ($8) rather than $40 simply because I am a small blog and I don't have too much money so like you I was sticking to free resources. Purchasing the perfect template was the best decision I made for my blog! BUT I have made loads of customisations and I designed and made my own blog header (which I actually am in love with). I also went through so many headers and just never loved them. I just have to say that I really do like your blog layout! The one thing I dislike about my blog is the damn commenting system haha.

    Also I replied to your comment on my blog!

    -Sophie xx
    Cherries & Perfume ♡

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    1. Aww thanks so much for your lovely comment, Sophie! I've always done my own header as well and always changing it about, which sometimes can be tedious, but when you design the right one it's such a good feeling. Yes, I hate my comment system as well, but I don't want to change it and lose all my comments haha xx

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  10. Ah i love your blog design! Although change never hurt anybody, hey?
    I too need to stick to a consistent schedule!
    Olivia / Olivia Roses

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  11. I love this points, I might steal some for my own list. I use trello for blog to do lists you should try it out its brilliant!

    Kumbear Xo

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  12. Enjoy your break Lauren, I think that will help you so much, and you will come back with a new perspective! I can't wait to see you posting things you love 100%, as well as the new updates! I played around with my design, got a new header, and it made me really love my blog again because it felt like it was genuinely mind and represented me so well. I'm excited to see what you'll come up with when you return! xx

    Sending light & love your way,
    My Lovelier Days

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  13. Lovely post!
    http://mylifestylemantra.blogspot.co.uk/

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  14. Lovely post, I'm in need of a new header I think!

    Lauren x Huggled

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