Innovations in Blogging – What Does The Future Hold?

When I started blogging, I did it simply because I enjoyed writing; I believed that it would never be anything more than a hobby. Not least of all because I honestly thought the only people who could ever make any money from it were the people who got in there quick, when the whole blogging thing first took off. I realise now that is true of some things but I seriously don’t know why I thought that about blogging in particular! 

Fast forward to now and I still blog for the love of it… but now I also get a reasonable part- time income from it too. It is hard work, and there is so much more to it than I could possibly imagine before I got into it. But then again, when you do something you love, it doesn’t really feel like a job as such. And in some ways it has been easier, or at least more achievable, to monetise than I originally thought. I guess the saying is true that it often seems impossible until it is done. So I don’t foresee the popularity of blogging dwindling, if anything I think it will continue to grow.

I firmly believe that blogging can kind of be compared to books; in the sense that although the format might change (e.g. kindle books instead of hard copies), people continue to love to read books in one form or another – regardless of how popular TV, film and internet is. Regardless of other media, the love of books still remains strong. 

So in future, I think blogging will still be popular, and YouTube and podcasts will continue to grow in popularity but not at the expense of written blogs. But I also think bloggers are versatile and flexible so will adapt to the latest trend, as an addition to the services they offer. I suspect platforms like wordpress will continue to be front- runners.

Blogging, I feel, has also become more of a supportive community than it used to be. We all have our strengths, our own angles and our unique points; so to an extent there is room for us all. By working together, we lift each other up, and this makes us all stronger. I think in future our community will continue to grow and thrive; with more collaborations, networking and team work within blogging. I think this will be the case both online and in real life via conferences, events and meet ups. I suspect we will also see an expansion on the number of PR agencies, and an increase in websites who connect bloggers to brands. 

In summary, I would like to think that blogging will remain a viable way to earn an income and the community will continue to grow. At least, I hope so! 

Disclosure: This post is written as part of a study by innovationcompany.co.uk on what bloggers see as the future of blogging. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

My Hopes and Wishes For 2017

​Moving on slightly from my new year resolution post, I was kindly tagged by Devon Mama and Friendly First Foods to share my wishes for 2017 in different areas of my life. I am grateful to be involved in this because it helps me to focus on my aims for this year; I do like to set myself goals, as I said previously! 

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Personal Wishes

  • To make time to dance, go to gigs, listen to music; do the things I love.
  • To meet more like-minded people and build new friendships.
  • To try new activities/ do different things/ go to new places; be adventurous!
  • To volunteer at a couple of events.
  • To keep developing myself and continue with my inner growth.

Blog Wishes

  • To increase my reach, so that more lovely people read my blog!
  • To meet some more fellow bloggers in real-life, maybe even make it to one of the blogging events this year.
  • To start my nature linky, which will motivate me to post regularly about our outdoor adventures. It will also help me become more organised about blogging too!
  • To continue my guest series ‘A Quick Cuppa With….’ because it is a lovely way to connect with other bloggers and support small businesses, plus it helps me to have scheduled posts in advance!
  • To seek out more paid opportunities as my blog continues to grow. 

Family Wishes

  • To organise a good balance of home ed activities that interest and develop Squiggle, whilst giving her plenty of freedom and the flexibility needed, to meet her needs.
  • To explore some new days out, such as Kew Gardens for example.
  • To have a family holiday.
  • To expand our etsy shop to sell more sustainable clothing with Squiggle’s own designs.
  • To continue taking an active role role in protecting our environment.

Hopes and Wishes

  • That 2017 is a peaceful year.
  • That we stay happy and healthy.
  • That we are able to overcome challenges and find solutions.
  • That we maintain our sense of wonder for the world around us.
  • That we set a good example and inspire.

So that’s my list of hopes and dreams for 2017! 

I tag the following lovely bloggers to take part too…

Han Plans

Waffle Mama

The Amphletts

Big Family Little Adventures

Life As Mrs D

Five Little Doves

Mummy Miller
I look forward to reading your posts!

My Liebster Award Nomination! 

The Liebster Award is a virtual award given to bloggers by other bloggers as a way of spreading the blogging love. Huge thanks to Naomi over at Me Becoming Mum for nominating me. I hadn’t heard of it before, but excited to be included, thank you!

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The official rules of the Liebster Award are here. Basically, Naomi has written ten questions for me to answer, plus I need to share ten random facts, then I nominate a few more fellow bloggers and write my own questions for them. (Full rules are also below, at the end of this post). So it’s a great way for bloggers to connect and get to know each other, and to welcome newbies into the blogging network. Such a lovely idea!

So here are my ten questions (and answers!)

If you were an animal, what would you be?

Maybe a cat? They are usually well loved (often totally pampered more like!) yet are fiercely independent and avid explorers. Not too many predators to contend with either, but have to be street savvy!

Who do you consider to be your idol?

Tough question! I’m not sure about ‘idol’ per se, I’m not a massive fan of that term, but there are lots of people who inspire me for one reason or another. One example of someone who comes to mind at this moment is Erin Schrode, a leading environmentalist and inspiring politician. Erin has recently attended the UN Climate Change Conference 2016, after peacefully protesting at Standing Rock. She is also the youngest ever person to run for congress. Aside from all of that, she is a major advocate for green living and co-founded Turning Green, which is an amazing non-profit organisation behind the life changing Project Green Challenge. She is truly inspirational!

Sun or Snow?

Both are equally wonderful in their own way!

Which day holds the best memory (or memories) for you?

The day my daughter was born is the first thing that springs to mind.

You’re holding a tea party, and you can pick four famous guests. Who would they be?

Oooh, erm, I would choose people who I think would be really interesting to talk with, rather than because they are famous. But I am struggling to pick four as there are loads of fascinating people I would love to meet, famous or not!

Which movie or TV character would you most like to marry?

Haha, I love this question!

What day of the week do you most look forward to?

I don’t have a favourite. Our home ed lifestyle means we have alot of freedom and can be very flexible, so generally I look forward to them all!

What was your first car? (If you don’t have one, what would your dream car be?)

It was a gold ford fiesta. I got it in the late 90’s and it was an old banger then so goodness knows what year (or decade!) it was actually made lol! It was proper old style!

You are stranded on a desert island. What five items could you not live without?

I assume we have food and water? Do we have clothes?! My daughter (although she isn’t an item obviously!) Erm, can I have my bed?! I’d want art supplies to get creative. Toilet roll haha! Ooh my phone… and a solar powered battery for it!

Tea, coffee, hot chocolate or something else?

Tea definitely. I don’t drink coffee. Or hot chocolate.

Ten Random Facts About Me

  • I don’t have a middle name.
  • I have a small scar on my forehead.
  • I really can’t drink wine, it doesn’t agree with me at all!
  • Part of my c-section stitches had to be left inside me (they were not ones that dissolve so should not be!)
  • I have a weird fear of escalators.
  • I got a 1st degree BEd.
  • I used to have a crush on Philip Schofield when he presented cupboard under the stairs (or whatever it was called!)
  • I have moved 20 times (I think, I may have lost count and missed one or two possibly!)
  • My first pet was a white rabbit called Snowy.
  • My bedtime toy as a child was an orange popple, which I still have. (It no longer sleeps with me though!)

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My Nominees:

Witts in the Wild

3 Girls Mummy

Raw Childhood

MumConventional

Being Mummy

The Family Treasures

Conflab Corner

Here are your questions:

1. What or who inspires you?

2. Pick one. Dogs or cats?

3. Name your top ten all time favourite tunes.

4. Who is the one person you would most like to sit on a bench with to chat together?

5. What is your favourite hobby, way to relax or spend ‘me’ time?

6. What do you like most about yourself?

7. What is your favourite childhood memory?

8. What’s your most embarrasing moment?

9. What was your first ever job?

10. Name one thing you are grateful for today.

Remember your ten random facts too!

 

Liebster Award Rules:

Step 1: Thank the person who nominated you, and link back to their blog.

Step 2: Display the Liebster Award badge.

Step 3: Answer the ten questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.

Step 4: Provide ten random facts about yourself.

Step 5: Nominate between five and eleven fellow bloggers you believe deserve the award.

Step 6: Create a new list of questions for the nominees to answer.

Remember to tell your nominees that they have been nominated for the Liebster award, and ask them to include the rules in their post too!

#Blogtober 2016 – Day 7: What Made You Start Blogging

I first started blogging shortly after my daughter was born. I can’t even really entirely remember why I started blogging, I just felt inspired to write about my experiences as a new parent and wanted a platform to share. I think I also had vague ideas about one day writing a book and thought a blog might be a good place to start. But I didn’t really take my new mummy blog seriously, it was just a hobby, somewhere to release my thoughts.

A couple of years later, I then set up a separate blog to write parenting and SEND articles. However, once I started home educating I decided to focus on blogging about that and set up yet another blog! I toyed with the idea of merging the various blogs, and still do consider it often, but always decide against it, so far anyway. When the time is right I probably will do though! 

So that’s my blogging story. And maybe one day I will finally write that book…

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#Blogtober 2016 – Day 2: An Old Photo of Me

Hmmm, I don’t actually have many old photos of me. Certainly not pre-digital ones, so prior to my mid twenties. I don’t have any from my childhood here at all and only a couple from my teenage years that I found and scanned in. I’m pretty sure my dad probably has a million printed pictures of my younger years but I have never got round to getting any from him!

So I have found one from exactly 20 years ago from the small collection I do have…

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My mum, brother and myself (Taken in 1996 – aged 17)

And here is one from exactly a decade ago…

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Me 10 years ago (aged 27)

So that’s me, from the past anyway! 

Look forward to seeing your photos too.

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#Blogtober 2016 – Day One: Who Are You?

​Hi everyone! 

I’m taking part in #Blogtober16 (at the 11th hour I might add!) so today is all about ME!!! For those who don’t know, blogtober 2016 is 31 days of posts with a different set theme each day, hosted by www.hexmumblog.com 

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I am also doing the Project Green Challenge too this month so October is a busy month for me, and I am really just hoping to at least sort of keep up with both… eek! #PGC2016 is an inspiring (and life- changing) intiative set up by Turning Green. Each challenge starts at 6am PT (2pm here in UK) so I am hoping the time difference will work in my favour. (Of course I could also schedule some of my Blogtober posts, but I am not that organised!) 

So anyway, about me… 

My about us page probably sums me up quite well, so I will begin by cheating abit and sending you off to look there… 

livinglifeourway.com/about-us

Ok, so aside from that, here are 3 random facts about me…

1. As soon as I finished my A Levels, I moved to Tenerife to work as a club PR for a season. It was hard work 7 nights per week and I barely made enough for basic food rations but had the time of my life! I find it IMPOSSIBLE to believe that was almost 20 years ago now.

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Tenerife days

2. I have a scar across my forehead from an accident aged 4 years old, when I tripped over my own feet, smashing my head open on our coffee table. I also fractured my arm by falling off the top of a toddler slide when I was 10 and landing badly. These are possibly two of the most cringy-worthy ways of sustaining an injury; when people ask about my scar I would at least like a cool Harry Potter style story to tell lol! 

3. I LOVE music, absolutely love it. But sadly don’t actually have a musical note in my entire body; I can’t play an instrument and am totally tone deaf. This somewhat shattered my childhood dream of being in a band!

What else do you want to know? If you have a specific question then please post in comments and I will answer you. 

I  would also love for you to share a random fact about yourself too, leave in comments or tweet me @followourpath

I look forward to reading!