Kia ora! I'm Anjali, a New Zealander blogger with a love for books, travel, creative projects and sharing my 10+ years of blogging with others. In 2008 a friend suggested I start a blog, and the rest, as they say, is history. Books, travel, and creative projects are some of my favourite things to talk about on This Splendid Shambles, as well as providing resources, guides, and top tips for blogging (whether you’ve just started or you've been in the blogging world a while). Throw all those things together and you have this mishmash of topics and posts to keep you entertained, encouraged and inspired. I welcome you to join me as I venture through this splendid shambles I call life.
Blogging can be amazing, but sometimes it can have a real negative effect on our mental health. In this blog post, we chat about it and offer up some tips to keep you going.
An incredible new personal development subscription box! Check out the first ever box on the blog!
Running low on Blogtober post ideas? I got you covered! Here are over 350 ideas for a variety of niches so you never run out!
JPG and PNG… excuse you?! 👀 You’ve probably come across the various image types before. There are many types of image formats – JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP – but probably the most common types of images you’ll find on the internet are JPGs and PNGs. But do you know the difference between JPGs and PNGs? And which is better for your blog?
Are you ready to start a blog? I’m going to tell you straight off the bat that yes, now is the time. And yes, now is certainly the right time. But I know I know you’ll still question it. So here are seven signs you’re ready to start a blog.
Having strategies to grow your email list is one of the best moves you can make as a blogger.
I would be lost without a blog content planner. Now is the time to get organised. Now is the time to sort your ideas out. Get in control of your wacky and wonderful ideas. Put them to paper. Or an Excel Spreadsheet. Or into my blog content planner.
Repurposing is a blogger’s secret weapon. Especially if you’ve been blogging for a long time. Think about it: if you write a blog post that’s 1,500 words, full of tips, encouragement, inspiration … that’s a lot of content sitting right there. It would be wasteful to keep it in just one form, on one platform. The trouble comes, however, when you start to look at repurposing your content. Which parts of your blog posts should you pull out front and centre? What images should you use? Where do you even put all your repurposed content? Let’s take a look!
Wanna know the secret to staying motivated as a blogger?
To have a successful blog, one of the things you need to be is consistent. Being consistent doesn’t have to be difficult. With a few tips up your sleeve and a few strategies to stay consistent in blogging, you’ll find you’re motivated to keep going. Here are some top tips for staying consistent in blogging.
So you’re here to learn how to get people to say nice things about you? Okay, I kid I kid. But Social Proof is a big part of blogging, especially if you’re providing a resource or product alongside your blog. If you’re wondering ‘what is social proof’ or ‘why is social proof important’, then you are in the right place, my friend!
It’s no secret that grammar is hard, but there are writing apps to the rescue! Here are 5 writing apps you need to download.
Like any programme – design or otherwise – Canva has so many amazing features that you can easily overlook, especially if you’re going in and out every day and just doing what you would normally do. We often miss features that would be life-changing for our design projects. Luckily for us all, all it takes is a seemingly random discovery, excitement, and a blogger to share it all. Here are 5 genius Canva hacks you didn’t know about.
So you’ve got some blogging fears? Whether you already have a blog or you’re yet to start one, fears and worries like these often come creeping in, sneaking around the corners of your mind and lodging themselves where they’re not welcome. It’s normal. It’s human. But it’s something we all need to overcome. Here are a few common blogging fears you need to overcome.
Wanting to monetize your blog? Have you ever wondered how bloggers make money? You’re in luck! Today I’m going to share 7 proven ways to monetize your blog.
If you’re an avid Canva user like me, then you’ll most likely be an almost-daily browser of elements, images, animations and even music. Every post on my This Splendid Shambles business Instagram account is created using Canva, and I love discovering new Canva creators in my graphic design wanderings. Check out these 20 Canva Creators for your next project!
Did you know you can also use Google Sheets for blogging? This was the best thing I started doing for my blog. Hands down. Before I figured out that I could be using Google Sheets for blogging, I was scribbling on pieces of paper, had a thousand notebooks on the go (okay, not a thousand, but several!), PostIt notes were stuck to every surface and everything was a complete mess. Now everything is organised. It’s colour coded, it has tick boxes, and pages are sorted into my most used sections. It has structure. By this point you may still be wondering how I use Google Sheets for blogging … and I’ll tell you: blog planning. So simple, and get it took me a long time to transition to a digital planner. But now that I have, everything is much easier, much faster, and much more satisfying. In this post, I’m going to show you how I do it (and if you stay till the end, there’s a sneaky discount code to get your hands on your very own Google Sheets planner!), and the benefit of some of the Google Sheets features.
Deciding to create your own blog can be such a fun and exciting experience, but if you’re new to it all you’ll soon discover that it can be hard growing your audience as a new blogger. Reaching out to potential readers can seem like a near-impossible task, as there are thousands of other competing blogs that are fighting to grab the attention of the same target audience. Luckily, you don’t need to allow this to deter you from pursuing your blogging goals. Phew! There are a few tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your time as a blogger, and turn your dreams into a reality. Here are a few pointers on how to build your blog audience.
Did you know you could be making grave blog post style mistakes? It’s true! Think about it: when you visit a website, how long do you stick around? If the blog post, article or sales page isn’t nice to look at, you’re going to get frustrated and leave. That post might have had what you’re looking for, it might have solved all your problems, but it was so poorly laid out and full of junk that you couldn’t even process the information. We want that right? WRONG. Of course, we don’t want that! We want people to stick around so we can help them out, or encourage them in some way, or teach them something new. In this blog post style guide, we’re going to take a look at 5 potential mistakes that you could be making, and some ways to fix them.