A little bit of luxury

Everyone likes to indulge in a bit of luxury every now and then.  Whether it be an expensive pair of shoes, a holiday or even sitting on the sofa with a good book. My indulgences include leather items (expensive ones…), chocolate and reading (as a parent I hardly have the time for this!).

Spending money or time on yourself can sometimes bring along guilt, especially as a parent, or being part of a partnership.  You don’t necessarily have to spend large sums of money or drop all your commitments to spoil yourself.  It’s about letting  yourself feel good every now and then with something that is within your means and that you can make time for. We spend so much time thinking about work and family, why not take a little time out or pick up a little treat for yourself?

OK, so it may seem shallow that a pair of shoes can make you feel good, but why not? If a little luxury results in a little happiness, relaxation or even a new lease on life, all the better for you.

Go on, spoil yourself! You deserve it 🙂

What are your indulgences?


Blogging 101: Day 4

Day Four: Identify Your Audience

Time to put your writing caps back on and start honing your blogging focus.

We often create posts hoping that someone in particular will see (and appreciate) our work. Today, publish a post you’d like that person (or people) to read — and stretch your blogging chops as you do.

Today’s Assignment: publish a post you’d like your ideal audience member to read, and include a new-to-you element in it.

Why do this?

  • Writing with a specific person in mind is a great way to focus both your thoughts and your goals for your blog.
  • Exploring new elements and post styles adds more tools to your storyteller’s toolbox.
  • Publishing different types of posts and media adds visual interest and keeps people reading.

Even if you’re simply blogging to have a place to practice writing, there’s someone you’re hoping will read. Maybe it’s your dad, so he’ll finally understand your life choices. Maybe it’s the head of Random House, so she’ll skyrocket you into literary limelight. Whether serious, frivolous or purely hypothetical, focus on your dream reader and write a post — about anything — aimed at him or her.

This doesn’t need to be the Greatest Blog Post of 2015 — it can be on any topic at all. The key is to keep your dream reader in mind as you write, and see how that influences what you create.

In your post, include one new kind of element. If you’re a photo blogger, try adding context to your images with some haiku. If you’re a parenting blogger, add a photo. If you’re discussing current events, embed the tweets of other folks chatting about the same topic. If you’re an Instragram or Pinterest user, embed one of your own shots or some pins. Embed a song that resonates with what you’re posting about, or a map of a place mentioned in your post.

Trying something new brings an interesting twist to your blog, and thinking about what you post from a different angle is a useful exercise for any blogger. And the more tools you have at your disposal as a blogger, the more effectively you can tell your story.

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