Guest Post-Alzgalz//Creating Post Ideas

We all get a bit of writers block from time-to-time but it's not a bad thing. Creativity is key throughout tasks such as blogging but sometimes the motivation is really not tip-top. A little motivation can go a long way. So, if you've creativity levels are riding low when it comes to writing a post then you don't need to worry, your hero is here.

Here are my top tips for Creating Blog Ideas:

1. Bloglovin'
Bloglovin' is the top way of collecting together the blogging community. You can see the latest posts from you're favourite blogs all in one feed. Checking Bloglovin' can generate post ideas because it gives you the chance to see what is popular across the blogs and what the readers are enjoying. Also, sometimes bloggers do open tag which means you can do it with out being tagged, so you can join in with that too.

2. 360
If you're really struggling and you feel like there's nothing around you that you can blog about at all, you're probably wrong. Sit in the centre of your room and do a slow 360 turn scanning everything in your room. Ask yourself: Do I have an opinion on this object? Why is it there? For example you see a perfume on your shelf - write a review for that. Or, you see a train ticket left around from the weekend trip away - write about how that was. It's a really handy method.

3. Blog Book
Hop over to your local super market and buy yourself a cheap note pad, or even create a file on you computer or phone. This is now your 'blog book'. Whenever you're on the go and suddenly 'ah, that's good idea' you can jot it down, or type it in. My blog book is the organisation centre for my blog. I list down posts that I want to do over time then I create a timetable for upcoming weeks. This helps with ideas because it's always somewhere you can refer to.

4. Social Media/Ask friends & family
Ask your mum 'what is your favourite ___?' and maybe she will spice up a few ideas. Ask your dad, sister, brother, cat, dog - everyone! One particularly interesting post you could create is a Then & Now by asking your grandparents what things where like back then, e.g. influences of fashion/beauty or even make-up brands. Those kind of posts can be educational to some people. Also, ask around on twitter and see what your readers want or even post about controversial issues that you've seen floating around the trending section.

5. Don't Rush
I always say to myself and my blogging friends: 'if you can't think of a post then don't force yourself to'. In my early stages of blogging I was guilty of it and now I look back and cringe at those posts because rushed and forced quality is poor. Your blog is your space on the internet made up of your content, so it's up to you what is posted and when.

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Paris is always a good idea...

I have been lucky enough to spend a few days in Paris at the start of the Half Term. Initially it was supposed to be a post-GCSE treat and was to stimulate me to speak more French-I'm not sure quite how much French I've actually spoken but just being in the area and absorbing and translating all the language has been enough for me.

Paris has been somewhere I have had such an interest in visiting from such a young age. It is the centre of high fashion, full of sophisticated, suave people and has streets after streets of towering apartments that I would do almost anything to own.

Bistro Bar at the top of Printemps-a darn good view over Paris

Infamous lock bridge


awesome sorbets

oh yas

Musee d'Orsay


Sorry for the utter bombardement of photos, its such a picturesque city-any photographers dream.

The trip was marvellous- it consisted of too much croissant eating, a lot of gallery queuing (Monets water lillies are amaze at the musee de l'Orangerie and the tapestries at the musee de Cluny are so cool), me and my mum dreaming about owning every apartment, walking through the historic streets and crying over how beautiful EVERYTHING was-I want a Parisian lifestyle soo bad.
I saw one too many cafes selling colourful macaroons that made me dream so badly of buying a box and walking around all swish and fancy but frankly, at 4,50 for one- I had better things to spend my money on e.g Sephora.
I came across my first ever Sephora (two in one day) and splashed out on the cliched French beauty (bioderma obvs) but I was actually very restrained and walked away with a pretty full purse. I was more interested in the architecture and history of the city. I love it so much-I knew I would, everything about it from the people to the manic driving is just so sophisticated.
 I long to live there, to eat patisserie for breakfast every morning, walk along the river at night, pop into suave coffee shops and feel just so swish. Instead I returned to English coursework and wet grey weather but hey, I am more than grateful for the 3 days.

Katie x
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