Tag: blogging

#BEDM – Workspace

My workspace has quite a few functions: Its my office, my craft room, my gym and more often than not, a bit of a dumping ground. I would love for it to be more organised and have a space for everything and I’m constantly looking for ways to make everything fit within it. I’m failing at this at the moment so have started a Workspace Pinterest board to see if I can some ideas and inspiration. Here’s a few of my favourites.

workspace prints

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I love the prints and simplicity of this workspace. Having inspiration is so important in a workspace and I love the typography in these.

organised workspace

Found via Pinterest // Original Source

Now this is what I’m talking about! Check out all the organisation here. Little drawers for paper, pens, odds and ends, shelves and cups for other bits and pieces. Perfection!

hip office

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I love having the space to spread out when I’m working. Paper, pens, post-its etc are always all over the place, as well as having somewhere for my computer, my phone and my Filofax. Ideally, I’d also love somewhere for my sewing machine and other bits and pieces that I use to make things.

What does your workspace look like? What’s the most important feature for you?

#BEDM – Being Adventurous

My idea of being adventurous is ordering something different from the Chinese takeaway. It’s a risky business – you put your order in, wait 40 minutes+ for it to arrive, open it up and hope that it’s at least as good as your usual order. If it’s not, it’s the most crushing thing ever. Or is that just me?!

RNLI Lizard

That being said, I do love a good walking adventure. I love packing up supplies in my backpack, tugging on my walking boots and heading out on good hike. While on holiday in Cornwall last week, we walked around the Lizard coast path quite a bit, including walking down the cliff side to see the Lizard lifeboat. At the top of the steep steps it said that the walk down was ‘physically challenging’ and they weren’t lying! Plus, we’d already been walking around the coast path for an hour and we planned to walk to the lighthouse on the Lizard Point. Talk about pooped! Even Poppy, with her little legs, found it challenging. But it was great to see the lifeboat up close.

How about you? What’s the best adventure you’ve ever had?

#BEDM – Trebah Gardens

Yesterday as Museum Day and in Oxford, we’re really spoilt with the amazing Ashmolean and Pitt Rivers museum. While we were in Cornwall last week, we didn’t visit any museums, but we did go to Trebah Gardens. It’s dog friendly, has lots to see and it has it’s own beach. Perfect.

The Lawn

The Valley

Giant Bamboo

Private Beach

Pink

Cala Lilly

Hanky Tree

It has such an amazing array of plants of all colours, shapes and sizes. We headed straight down to the beach upon arrival and enjoyed a salted caramel ice cream. Then we headed back up to the koi pond, via the water garden, which was incredibly tranquil. It was such a lovely place, we intended to go back, as the ticket is valid for 7 days. But alas, we ran out of time and didn’t make it. It’s definitely somewhere we’ll visit again next time we’re near. Poppy was welcome throughout the gardens and she loved it! There were so many smells for her that she was exhausted when we finished. Dogs have free entry and we even got a dog biscuit on arrival! So cute! The gardens were a real inspiration to me and I took way too many pictures. I love that the beach has such a history too, as it was used as an embarkation point for the D-Day landings. The boathouse that’s on the beach was also built by racing driver, Donald Healey.

Trebah Garden is now one of my favourite places to visit in Cornwall! How about you? What’s your favourite garden to visit?

#BEDM – Blogging Tips

Let’s get one thing straight. I am not a blogging expert but I’ve been blogging for a few years now and have learnt a few things along the way. I still make mistakes, but hey, doesn’t everyone? I’ve started a Pinterest board to collect hints and tips about blogging.

write what you love

  1. Write about what you love. If you’re not passionate about what you’re writing about, it’s going to be painful, for both you and your readers.
  2. Always include images, whether they’re a little bit shoddy, like some of mine, quickly taken on my iPhone or gorgeous ones, people like to see something pretty.
  3. Use WordPress. It’s my favourite platform as you can do sooo much with it. I self host, using Krystal who are Amazing.
  4. Link back. Whether it’s to another blogger who inspired you, an online article, a Pinterest board or a website.
  5. Credit images. If you’re using someone elses image, credit them. I know it can be tricky, but there are lots of places that can help you find the original image. (I try to use my own as much as possible, as it’s easier)
  6. Don’t worry about spelling. Lots of people proofread and spell check to the nth degree. I read it through once, use the spell check. I miss words out and make spelling errors. So what?! So does the BBC so I feel in good company.
  7. Be honest.
  8. Don’t take things too seriously.
  9. Reply to comments as much as possible.
  10. Don’t stress over stats, especially if you’re starting out. Write good content, share it (but don’t overshare) and readers will come. A good way to spread the word is getting involved in blogger networking, like Blognix, who have a Twitter chat tonight and a conference coming up in June.

What do you think? What’s your top blogging tip?