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Learning How to Live On My Own

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

 
I've always considered myself to be pretty extremely extroverted.
 
When surrounded by people, I become this bright, bubbly, energised version of myself. Since I can remember, even the most basic form of human interaction has both energized and encouraged me. I love spending time with people.
 
But lately (having moved into my new flat and all) I've been spending more time on my own than ever before...
 

The Blogging Statistics I Care About

Wednesday, 15 November 2017






 All bloggers care about statistics, fact

The ones who tell you they don't are probably trying to sell you something.

Not to point the finger at anyone, but I have seen so many bloggers recently 'claim' that they don't care about statistics... and I call bullshit. 

Obviously some people care about statistics more than others, but we all get that slight feeling of pride when our daily views surge, or our twitter followings double. I honestly don't see there being any problem with that.

So, here are the blogging statistics that I care about.


November Goals and Bloggers to Watch Out For

Wednesday, 8 November 2017



I've had a bit of a crazy-hectic week.

In the space of seven days, I have managed to lost my phone at least 5 times, lose my student card, spend almost all my money, and break my laptop. Yes, break... as in I'm never going to be able to use it again. Life as a student blogger just got a WHOLE LOT harder. 

And it couldn't have come at a worse time, with my assignments have started building up and slowly starting to resemble a small mountain. Looks like I'm going to be spending a heck of a lot of my time in the university library. Nice.


Relatively speaking, quite a fair amount has changed since I wrote my last Goals post back in September. In two months I have started to look more into my analytics and statistics as a tool to help me grow my blog, and I've definitely seen this having a positive impact on Sara Louisa. I still want to continue growing and improving, though, and here is how I plan to do so...

TWITTER - FOLLOWERS

In the past month and a half, I have organically gained roughly 120 meaningful twitter followers. It's been so difficult to grow my twitter following, and to attract followers who stay. The most aggravating thing has been follow/unfollow bots. I don't generally follow people just because they have followed me- and I don't expect the same from anyone I've followed. there have been nights where I've gone to sleep having gained 10 followers, only to wake up having lost 15. I now have roughly 1,160 followers on Twitter, and I hope to grow this to 1,300 by the end of the month.

TWITTER - CHATS

I took part in an average of 5 chats a week over the summer months. Through participating in these chats, I got to learn so much more about the blogosphere, meet some incredible blogging gals, grow my twitter following, and boost the stats on my blog. Through the business of uni, moving flat (and life in general tbh), my participation in twitter chats has definitely taken a back-seat. This is something I really want to change, so this month I aim to take part in at least 5 twitter chats. 

COMMENTING & ENGAGING MORE

I've become a bit of a #Boss at supporting, encouraging, and engaging with bloggers on twitter lately, but that's just not good enough for me. I read so many blog posts every day but I've become so lazy with commenting, which sucks because I know how much every comment on my blog posts mean to me. Plus, comments sometimes (but not always) result in increased traffic to Sara Louisa, which is always a nice little added bonus.

PHOTOGRAPHY

I'm pretty proud of the photos that I've been taking and putting up on my blog & social media lately. In the past few months, I've made it one of my top priorities to up my photo-taking game. I still have so much to learn, but practice makes perfect. So, I'm going to totally cut out all stock photos this month. All the posts I publish in November will either be taken by me, or of me. Like these photos that my lovely flatmate took of me. 

CONTENT

I definitely feel like I've been lagging behind a bit in terms of being organised with my content. Uni and work have somewhat consumed my time, so it's become more difficult than ever to keep up with publishing two posts a week. Last year I stopped blogging completely for a couple of months, but I am DETERMINED to keep going this year. Over the summer I was able to schedule posts months in advance, yet now I always seem to end up writing my posts the day before they're meant to go up. This week, I'm going to really focus on creating some quality content so that I can go back to being at least a little bit more organised with my content.


As well as continuing to grow and improve my own blog, I want to take a bit of time to shine light on some of the amazing bloggers I've come across lately. 

Charlotte is actually from the same district in Scotland as I am, and she went to the same school as me, which is pretty insane considering how small my hometown is. I have a lot of respect for Charlotte; as a fashion blogger in a small town, there are always going to be people who think what you're doing is ridiculous- and it can be so hard to put yourself out there, especially when you don't follow mainstream/blogging trends. She is so honest, and so true to herself on her blog, and I think that's something that she should get a lot more recognition for. 

I've written about Jasmin before, in a post I published late in September this year about three bloggers I thought were killing it. Somehow, this gal manages to find the time to publish posts almost daily- all while being an incredible mother to her little boy, Dino. Oh, and did I mention that she isn't even a native English speaker, yet she writes all her content in English. Someone give that girl a gold medal, seriously. 

ALICE | TWENTY SOMETHING CITY
Alice is literally the definition of a Girl Boss, and her blog illustrates her personality perfectly with outfit posts that ooze confidence and style. Much like Charlotte, she is brutally honest about her experiences, and I can tell you that she is not the kind of gal to sugarcoat anything... and she's all about supporting the little people, and shining light on the issues that students and twenty-somethings face on a daily basis. Alice recently totally made my day by commissioning me for some photos for her blog, and I was so honoured to see some of them featured on this post.

JEMMA | DORKFACE
Jemma is an actual gem in the blogging world. I've followed her blog for a couple of years now, and it never fails to put a smile on my face. She's maintained a pretty vibrant and colorful aesthetic, which reflects her bright and bubbly personality just perfectly. Recently, Jemma caught my eye on twitter by taking a day out of promoting her own blog and etsy on social media, and instead focused on promoting the work of other bloggers and creatives.

5 Happy Things

Sunday, 29 October 2017

First up, before I properly start this post, can I just say a huge THANK YOU to the lovely people who commented, tweeted, and messaged me privately in response to my last post (which you can read here). I talked a little bit about my recent struggle with Seasonal Affective Disorder, and I was completely taken aback by the response I got... every little message really touched my heart, and it means the world to me that you guys care


Back in the day, my '5 Happy Things' posts were a regular feature on the blog. At least once a month, I would sit down and make a list of all the things that had filled me with that lovely, warm, fuzzy feeling of joy... and then from that I hand picked the 5 that I could talk about. They were my favourite posts to write, my favourite to read back over, and some of my biggest hits on the blog. 

It's been a while since I last reflected on the things that have made me smile, and I feel like after last Wednesday's post it's even more fitting that I do just that. 

I'm (not) Doing Well, Thanks!

Wednesday, 25 October 2017


You know that feeling when you don't know how to write the first sentence/paragraph for an essay/email, but you know exactly what you want to say with the rest of it? That's how I've felt about my blog posts lately... I know exactly what I want to write, I just don't know how to start.

To be completely honest, life has been a little bit like that too.

I know exactly what I want to do with my day, but lately I've found getting up in the morning has become a struggle.

20 Blog Posts To Read This Month

Sunday, 22 October 2017


You know that thing that some/all bloggers do towards the end of the year, where they look through all the posts they've published, and list their favourite/top posts? 

Well I decided to do that midway through October, because I just can't wait until the end of December. 

Year on year, I've seen Sara Louisa grow, grow, and grow. I feel like now, I'm at a place where I can look back on the posts I've published in the last 12 months and actually be proud of the content that I have created. So I'm really excited to be sharing my top posts.

I've managed to split the posts into little sub-sections, so that you can delve right into your favourite topic! 

Am I Good Enough To Be A Blogger

Wednesday, 18 October 2017


I've not done a photoshoot in a good few weeks (yeaaah, about that... you might have noticed I've been using more stock photos than usual. I really wish I had taken more photos during the 'good lighting' summer months, but I didn't, and it sucks), so I'm sorry but you're going to have to deal with a crappy Summer-y photo that I took in July and never used. Soz.

If you've been following my posts lately, or read pretty much any of my tweets in the past month or so, you may have noticed that I'm not really feeling super-confident in my identity as a 'blogger'. 

In fact, I've felt a bit like a failure.


People Don't Read Anymore

Sunday, 15 October 2017


My favourite day of this week consisted of me being super productive and getting shit done, going out for a coffee and a walk with a really nice guy, and celebrating my friends birthday at THE loveliest Japanese restaurant in town.

My least favourite day of this week consisted of me finding out that Glamour Mag discontinued, running out of coffee in the flat, and going to one lecture where the lecturer droned on and on and on about how 'nobody really reads anymore', and another where I was told that the future of written content is roboticized.

My 8 Blogging Commandments

Wednesday, 11 October 2017


Happy Wednesday, friends! Today's post is yet another last-minute post that I conjured up the day before publishing. Damn do I miss the days that I had posts scheduled months ahead at a time... turns out having a busy lifestyle means it's harder to be on top of everything. And yes, that includes my inability to properly promote Sara Louisa on social media. Does that make me a failure as a blogger?

I'm sorry, I'll try harder next time.

And while I might be 'failing' to do everything that I should be doing to ensure Sara Louisa prospers, I promise to stick by these commandments. I couldn't think of 10, so you'll have to do with 8 for now... maybe I'll think of more another time. 

Why I'm Not Doing Blogtober

Sunday, 8 October 2017


Yup, I know, I'm a crap blogger. You know what, this isn't even my photo. Shock horror, it's a stock photo. Omg I'm such a failure, right? Wrong.

Blogtober -similar to blogmas- is one big month of seasonal blogging. Only, where blogmas is obviously centred all around Christmas, blogtober is all about Autumn. You know, the whole 'hygge' thing, etc.

Pretty much everyone who's anyone in the blogging community gets behind it. It's a big deal... and I'm not doing it.

Don't get me wrong, I love blogging and I adore autumn; particularly October, which just so happens to be my birthday Month (go me!), but Blogtober just won't be happening on Sara Louisa this year. Tbh, it probably won't be happening next year either.

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