7 Tips for starting bloggers

 

Hello everybody, this is not the sort of post I usually do but today I wanted to share these tips for starting bloggers. I’ve been bogging for almost a year now and I gained quite some experience. These are things I wish I would have known when I started and I hope I can help some people.

1.List of Ideas

A really great tip is to have some sort of journal to write your blogging ideas in. When I started blogging I’d often have great ideas but I’d forget them before I could make a post. So whenever you have an idea, write it down and if you haven’t got any inspiration for a new post you can just look in the journal and get loads of new ideas!

2. Tags

Tags exist. Yeah I didn’t realise that for my first 3 or 4 months of blogging. And I wondered why nobody was reading my posts… Tags allow people to find your posts, so add a few appropiate tags to each post. Don’t add more than 15 tas though, because that decreases your chance of appearing in somebody’s Discover Page.

3. Tags and Awards

This is a different kind of tag. Participating in tags and awards is just a lot of fun and by nominating others you will get nominated yourself more and more and you can build up friends in the blogging community, which is really important if you’re just starting out. At the beginning, nobody might nominate you but you can always ask to be nominated and a lot of bloggers also say: ‘I nominate anybody who wants to do it’, so you can just take that as an opportunity to do the tag/award.

4. Back-up posts

If you want to stay on a blogging schedule or goal (for example. I want to post 2 posts a week) having 1 or 2 back-up posts is really convenient. Sometimes you will find yourself simply not having enough time to write a post and you can just post one of your back-ups and stay on schedule

5. E-mail

Create a special e-mail address for your blog (mine is littlediyproject@gmail.com) and put in on your About page. If people want to ask me something, do a collab or just want to chat about something blog-relaed they can always just email me!

6. Don’t only post

A big mistake I made when I just started is that I just only posted and expected people to visit my blog out of nothing. That’s not how it works. As I said before, being a part of the community is really important. So find similar blogs you like, read their posts, comment nice things, follow other blogs and you’ll see that a lot more people will start visiting your blog too.

7.Choose the right theme

This again is very important. When I started I had a theme where only my newest post was actually visible and easy-to-visit. This resulted in people only seeing and visiting my newest posts. Now I have a theme where on my homepage a dozen of posts are shown and people can find and visit my different posts really easily, which really increased my views a lot.

I really hope these tips are helpful. The reason I’m sharing them now is that I decided to stop blogging for a while. Blogging was always a hobby for me but the last month(s) have been really busy and I started to feel really pressured to make nice posts every week so I decided to take a break until I get more time. I’m not sure for how long this will be, but I hope you’ll understand. ❤️

xxx, Yara

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DIY Menu Planner

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Hello everybody!

I’m back, and this week I’m showing you how to make this DIY Menu Planner. It’s really easy to make and you’ll probably already have most of what you need at home.

 

What you’ll need:

  • Piece of cardboard
  • Coloured Paper
  • Clothespins
  • Plastic cup/bottle of some sort
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Tape

 

Step 1: The cardboard

Cut a piece of cardboard to the size of your liking. Mine was 18x 29 centimetres but you can make it bigger or smaller if you want. Then take some coloured paper and wrap the cardboard with it. Use tape to secure the paper to the cardboard.

 

 

Step 2: Adding the clothespins

I got pins with the days of the week on the back from a craft store, but of course, you can just use regular pins and write/stamp the days on them. Align the pins in a row on the left side of the paper, making sure there are equal spaces between them.

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Step 3: Adding the cup

For this step, take any kind of small plastic cup. You could also use a plastic bottle and cut off the top half. Then cut the trough the cup horizontally with a pair of scissors. Be careful though, you don’t want to hurt yourself.

 

After you’ve done that use some glue to stick the half cup to the right bottom of the planner

 

Step 4: Making the dish cards

For this step, you’ll need some coloured paper. I used memo cards because they were already the same length but normal paper will do just fine. Then, cut the paper into little streaks of the same lenght.

 

 

The next step is to write the names of the dishes onto the papers. I decided to categorize them into five categories: Asian, Italian, Soups, Other and Easy.

When writing make sure to keep to the right side of the paper or you won’t be able to see it! ( I might have written over 10 papers before I realised this…)

 

Step 5: Putting everything together.

Put the papers with the dishes you want to make in the clothespins and the rest in the cup.

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As a finishing touch, I printed out the word Menu and stuck it in the right top.

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I hope you like it! It’s so easy to make yet really useful. You can easily make a new menu every week and if you colour-code it you can make sure you get enough variety. Plus I think it looks pretty cute! What do you think?

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you did, please like, comment and/or share. I would really appreciate that. And follow me for more DIYs and creative content!

xxx, Yara

 

 

 

DIY Felt keychains

 

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Hello everybody!

This week I’m showing you how to make these super easy DIY felt keychains. They are really easy to make, completely customizable and so soft!

 

What you’ll need:

  • Felt
  • Needle and thread
  • Jewellery rings
  • Keyrings
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Stuffing

 

The first design

Step 1: Drawing the design

The first step is to draw your design onto the felt. I decided to make an Y, the first letter of my name. If you make a letter, make sure to draw it a bit broader than you want your final design to be. Make sure you can fold the felt over.

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Step 2: Sewing

Sew along the lines of the design, making sure to keep a little gap. Then cut off the excess felt.

 

Step 4: Sewing again

This is optional, but after you’ve folded it inside out sew along the sides again, this is to give it a nice look. Still make sure to leave a gap!

 

Step 5: Stuffing

To stuff your keyring, use stuffing, cotton or excess pieces of wool/fabric. You can choose to stuff it a lot or keep it a bit flat. After you’ve stuffed don’t forget to sew the hole closed.

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Step 6: Adding the keyring

Use a big needle to poke a hole in the fabric and insert a jewellery ring. Then you can attach the keyring to the jewellery ring.

 

And that’s it for the first design!

 

Second design

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For the second design I made this little flower. I started with cutting two of the main pieces and sewing them together. After stuffing Iadded two little petals in the hole I left open and sewed them in place. Then I used glue to stick the other two pieces to that. I attached the keyring using the same method as above and that was it!

I really like how this turned out! What do you think?

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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you did, please like, comment and/or share. I would really appreciate that. And follow me for more DIYs and creative content!

xxx, Yara