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    5 Great Blog Post Ideas

    Looking for things to write about? Lost for inspiration? Not sure where to start?

    Here’s 5 quick and easy blog post ideas to get you blogging with enthusiasm.

     

    1. Write a review

    If you’re a food blogger review a recipe or a restaurant, if you’re a fashion blogger, you can create a post on 2013 fashion trends go and try on an outfit or check out this seasons new collection. If you’re a personal blogger, review the latest book you’ve read or film you’ve seen. If you’re a beauty blogger tell us about your mascara or the latest moisturiser. Blog about your interests, tell us why you liked or disliked it.

    2. Interview someone

    Seek out someone you’re interested in and ask if you can interview them. Even if it’s a quick Q & A, chances are if you’re interested in them your readers will be too.

    3. Create a photo post

    If you’re finding it hard to write the words, tell your story in pictures

    4. Tell a story from the heart

    What’s on your mind? What means a lot to you? Sharing personal stories is a way of strengthening your relationship with your readers.

    5. Host a give-away

    What do you blog about? Where are you? Do you have something your readers would be interested in winning? Talk to a brand about sharing their product with your audience. Find something related to your niche.

    Any other ideas to share? What do you do for blogging inspiration?

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    5 Basic Apps For Every Blogger to Begin With

    I met a blogger this week who chooses not to be on Facebook. I think she may be the first blogger I’ve met who appears to have an aversion to social media. It got me thinking about the apps that I now rely upon when it comes to Blogging.

    Here’s my top 5 basics that every blogger should start with.

    Facebook: It’s a no brainer right? Facebook on my phone allows me to keep up with other blogs, share ideas, and respond to notifications.

    Pages for Facebook Manager: I have far more Facebook comments than blog comments which I am sure is due to the fact that I I have Pages for Facebook on my phone. With the pages for Facebook Manager app I see every notification on the blog and can carry on the conversation no matter where I am. I don’t need a laptop to log in, I can be sitting in the car park at school or the check out at the supermarket while having a quick chat with a reader.

    Echofon: I’m more of an Echofon girl when it comes to using Twitter, I’ve been using the app for so long now that it just feels right. Take a look and see what you think.

    Pinterest: Everything just got prettier. I love having Pinterest on my phone, not just to keep up with what I have going on blog wise but I can tag in ideas for when I’m out and about. Party planning, cake decorating, it’s all there on my phone.

    WordPress: Or whichever platform you’re using. Blogger also has an app, as does Squarespace. I am terrible with editing. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve gone back to look at a post only to hang my head in shame at the typos and errors that are sprinkled all over the screen. With WordPress on my phone I can quickly jump into a post and make the necessary changes without needing access to a computer.

    What about you? Which apps do you rely upon for blogging?