TIPS ON HOW TO START A BLOG IN 2018.

Hello Loves, welcome back to my little corner of the internet, I hope you are well and are blessed by the time this post reaches you.

I know you might be wondering why I have decided to write on this topic today as opposed to the beginning of the year, cause that’s when it’s most relevant – as people are influenced by the New Year New Me Spirit, in all honesty, I am not a believer in new year resolutions but I am most in favour of personal development plans which are healthy and sustainable – the best part is there’s no pressure of time limits and imaginary deadlines , you have enough room to grow.

In the spirit of developing yourself, thoughts of starting a blog might have crossed your mind and as your internet friend, I am here to help.

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Side note: As per my previous post, I asked for what type of content you as my amazing readers would like to receive from me and the response was amazing – thank you so much, I appreciate you all. I made a list of all your requests, so look forward to the more exciting content.

The world of blogging is forever growing and changing, for this reason, there is a plethora of information and advice out there, don’t get me wrong that’s an amazing thing but not being able to utilize this wonderful information to your advantage can be frustrating, to say the least.

I will share 5 simple tips on how to start a blog in a Creative field :

1.START.

Wait Wait Wait don’t close your browser tab, I am sure you have heard this before but it is the most genuine and beneficial piece of advice I can give you. You need a platform that allows you to share your passion, sites like WordPress, Blogger, and BlogLovin (other sites are available) can help you achieve that, they offer plans that range from FREE to Premium. So sign up NOW!

I am not saying start cranking out blog posts already, open the account, it helps as a source of motivation.

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2. KNOW YOUR NICHE.

People consume content differently, Remember, you don’t have to market to everyone, but there are definitely people out there who will resonate with and get value out of your content.

So take time to identify your target audience, Ask yourself what you want and what works best for you. Not everyone else, but you, from there you can narrow down and aim your content at people who have the same interests as you. Once you engage your audience, ask questions about the content they would like to see, LISTENING IS KEY. Tools like google analytics help you source where your audience is coming from and this gives you a better understanding of your niche.

3.SOCIAL MEDIA IS YOUR BEST FRIEND.

Quite frankly is use social media for everything in terms of inspiration and networking.With an abundance of social media sites its easy to get lost in the mix , I suggest you find a platform that is convenient for and your content, I personally love to use Youtube and Instagram but Don’t neglect social media elsewhere like Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Linkedin etc. Make sure you hook these up to your blog’s feed and update your followers and fans with your latest post.Test everything first and make sure you’re happy with the result of the chosen platform.

4. IMAGES IMAGES AND MORE IMAGES.

People love images. Crisp Clean and Clear Images, some of the most popular arts and creative blogs in the world include a lot of imagery. This is partly because people love to quickly scan through web pages and they enjoy seeing photographs and pictures that help to break up text and add visual interest. When writing a creative blog, images are essential- these days all you need is decent lighting and a smartphone, so provide as many as possible and give your audience lots of things to enjoy.

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If you don’t have the best photography skills or graphic design experience sites like adobe and canva offer a decent selection of stock images and pre made designs for your convenience.

5.CONSISTENCY IS KEY.

Now that you have dotted your I’s and crosses your T’s, KEEP IT REGULAR.A blog is almost like an online journal and suggests a “regular” focus. Try and keep your blog updated with at least two articles a week. Ideally, you need to be blogging every single day, especially if SEO is one of your key priorities – if you are interested in SEO let know and I can write a more detailed post. Otherwise, just try and keep things going, Don’t let your audience forget you- they are the lifeline of your blog, we already have a short attention span as millennials, keep your audience engaged and build a personal relationship with them.

There are many more tips and tricks to learn out there, and that’s why I want to hear from you now, please feel free to share your tips on starting a blog in the comments below

Thank you for reading.

Love, C’awanzi XoXo.

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An ode to self-care.

I am you and you are me.
We both shape each other.

I am sorry for never realizing that you and I are complete just as we are.

I thought you were a half and thus, I have long searched for your other half to make you whole.

Throughout this arduous quest I have risked your happiness and your own completeness.

I took you for granted.

I have sat there and watched you collapse into hundreds of distressing pieces.

Sadly, I also kept on walking when I glimpsed you deep in the ditch full of mud and dirt. I thoroughly ignored the helping hand that you needed.

I thought I was doing you good. 

But I was only weakening you. You were never a half.

I am the one who turned you into a half.

But you are not one. You are complete just the way you are.

You don’t deserve neither to rest in the mud nor to fade into nothingness.

You didn’t fall in that mud—I’m the one who pushed you there. My ego whispered to me to push you so you could (so you would have to) find someone to pick you up.

And you didn’t want to fade into pieces. I am the one who gave you the green light to become a broken self.

But all is not your fault. It all comes down to what we think we deserve and me, I thought you don’t deserve much. I thought you were unworthy of love.

But things have changed.

Not the outer things. Life didn’t change much. Everything and everyone are almost still the same.

But, I changed, we changed.

I know who you are now. I know what you deserve.

You deserve love, happiness, inner-peace.

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Next time you see me about to push you into the dirt, keep distance. Sometimes, I am only an ego that is consistently seeking rescue.

But I know now that you don’t need to fall or to be picked up because your destiny isn’t to fall.

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Your destiny is to rise.

When you see yourself fading into pieces, remember that we are the creators of our own realities. Together, we can keep this beautiful self of ours intact and static.

It is all about choice.

And I chose not to fall, not to be broken.

Together, we will attract what’s beautiful and positive.

My dear self, we attract what we are.

When we are full of love and know our self-worth, I am most certain that we will not encounter any ditches full of mud.

And if we ever discerned one, we will choose not to behold it and not to fall. We won’t fall neither in the mud, nor for it.

We won’t allow ourselves to become weak. We will be one strong self that knows what it wants and what it deserves.

Forgive me.

You and I will make an astonishing team, believe me.

We are complete.

We are one.

A WOMAN

“The glory is in you…..”

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She is it…..
She is the best of both worlds.she is that independent,focused,ambitious queen.she is a boss.she can handle her own.
she is as Alpha as they come ,at the same time knows where to draw the line and be a woman.With a heart of gold ,she is affectionate ,passionate and selfless in understanding the definition of unconditional love.
She is it……she is a woman…I am her.

Over the past two years I have been on what feels like a never ending journey of self discovery and guess what, for as long as live it is my journey to take .Instead of staying in a state of constant stagnation i have chosen to embrace ,take charge ,experience and share it wholeheartedly…..

I have loved and I have lost,chapters have close and i have felt like i am in a dark corridor waiting for new doors to open.
in moments where i am most vulnerable,i find strength in being open to more than one outcome ,trusting that the process will always reap good by my Lords grace .

“provoke healing & journey of self-empowerment.”

Enjoy your journey ,take charge and do not apologise for it.
Com Amor,
Zee.
XoXo