blog planning blogger tips

You’ve seen them all over Twitter. The bloggers who have weeks, or even months, of blog posts scheduled in advance. The ones that spend a whole Sunday taking blog photos and editing them. Whenever I see this, I feel incredibly impressed, and then I always wonder where I’m going wrong. But I don’t think that being a blogger who plans ahead is always the best thing to do, and here is why.

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Can I give you some life advice today? Next time you step into the shower, look at where you put your feet. Make sure you lift your feet high enough to step completely into the shower. Sounds basic, right? ‘I do that every day,’ you might think.

I didn’t do that on Sunday, and now I have a broken toe. Instead of lifting my leg and climbing in the shower, I managed to kick the bottom of the door with surprising strength, and now my middle toe is broken. It’s actually quite a feat. That one middle toe is bruised, red and painful, while the two on either side have escaped unscathed.

You never realise how much you need your middle toe until it causes you pain with every step. My usual power walk to the station has been reduced to a slow limp. It’s quite a sad sight. You have to think about how you’re putting your foot on the ground with every step. Turning it slightly to one side and not the other can make the steps a lot more comfortable. Suddenly what used to be on autopilot is turned to manual.

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We’ve all done a bit of splurging in our lives. Booked that holiday when you were already looking forward to another one. Bought the shoes that you were dreaming about for weeks. Or finally decided to buy those headphones, even though your others work perfectly fine.

Today, I did that, though it was a bit more extreme.

What is the most expensive thing that you’ve ever purchased? If you’re lucky, it might be a house, or maybe a car.

For me, it is a MacBook Pro and I could have collapsed on the floor when I put my PIN number in the card reader, seeing that the little screen read a figure that was well over £1,000. It was more expensive that the only car I have ever owned. Yes, this little thing that my fingers are clattering away on to write this is my most expensive purchase to date.

Do I regret it?

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Finding the perfect outfit for exploring a new city while travelling is always a struggle. I always look for something that will be comfortable, but is also more interesting than a standard t-shirt or tank top with a trusty pair of shorts. It’s so great to be able to look at a piece of clothing and have it remind you of a specific time and place, and that is exactly what I did in Rome this year.

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Recently, this has question has been sticking in my brain. How many people wear make-up to work? Do most people do their normal routine every morning? The more that I realised that a lot of people wore no make-up at all, the more that sounded appealing for me. So this week I’ve been doing a little experiment.

I already don’t wear any eye make-up to work, and there’s a good reason for this. My eyelashes are quite long, and it’s impossible to wear mascara without it rubbing off a bit under my eyes, giving an unappealing zombie look. At the weekends and when I’m doing something fun, this is very manageable, but I can never be bothered when it’s 7am on a Monday morning. So I have my unframed eyes, but all my foundation and powder usually finished off as usual before work every day.

But this week, the foundation has gone.

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