It’s that time again – the time when I let you in on the sources I’m stalking and the bloggers who are inspiring me this month. Being a new blogger it’s great to get reading a variety of blogs to see how different people present their ideas and how they convey their own passions.
Since I started the blog a few months ago I’ve been doing what every new blogger does. Trying out different posts, writing about different things and generally just trying to find my way, and my place in the blogosphere.
As I look over the posts I’ve done so far I must admit, I feel a bit lost. I think I’ve lost focus – or possibly never really had a defined focus in the first place. Perhaps this is common for all new bloggers until you’ve tested the waters and figured out the direction you want to go. Maybe everyone just jumps right in the middle and touches on a bit of everything.
I’ve tried to justify it as labelling myself a ‘Lifestyle Blogger’. Somehow I think that allows me the freedom to write about whatever comes into my mind. But as I look around at other lifestyle bloggers, they do all seem to have one key focus – whether it’s about living a healthier lifestyle, concentrating on how things around the home and hobbies feed into their lifestyle, or how travel and days out shape their experiences.
So what’s my focus?
When I started the blog back in March, I did so with the intention of documenting the true path to a happy marriage. But as I look back over my posts, I haven’t actually touched on marriage all that much in comparison to other posts. This is something that I’m incredibly passionate about – more so than my various upcycling projects or day trips out.
So from today I’m setting a new direction for the blog. Yes I’m only in my infancy as a blogger, and perhaps it’s too early to change course, but better to iron out what I actually want out of the blog first and foremost before continuing on down a path of seemingly random life snippets.
With Love in Mind has a message, and it always has. It’s about how everything my husband and I do as a married couple has us in mind, has our marriage in mind, has love in mind. Everything we do from the mini breaks to the date nights and decorating our home, we do with love in mind.
So what does this mean for the blog?
Much of the topics will remain. The breaks we take, the date nights we plan, the ways we make our house into a loving home, all contribute to our married lives together. It’s just that now I’ll write about these things, well, With Love in Mind! How have these experiences contributed to helping us maintain a happy marriage. You’ll still be able to get your UK travel inspiration and home décor fixes – just with a different slant and a new twist.
I’ll also be adding a few new topics – delving into the lives of other married couples, taking inspiration from other marriage blogs and couples travel blogs. I’ll be researching what makes a happy marriage, how couples have stayed together through the toughest of times, and opening up about our own marriage – the ups and the downs (no matter how hard or how brutally honest I may have to be). All in the name of staying on the path of a happy marriage.
Hope you guys stick around to see what’s to come…
Has anyone else changed the direction of their blog since they started out? How did you find the transition – are you happier and more focussed in your blogging now? I’d love to hear your stories. Leave me a comment or connect with me on Twitter @LoveinMindBlog
“There’s no good reason not to…” This is Andy’s philosophy for most things; one which I have quickly come to believe in myself. If you can’t find a good enough reason not to do something, then just do it! With this kind of mindset, we wind up doing some of the most random, fun things. And our latest date night was no exception.
Remember when you were a kid, the enjoyment you would get from huddling underneath a table and draping a sheet over it – adding in some fairy lights and snuggling up with your teddy bears and a book? Well this weekend, I decided to recreate it with my husband – this time without the teddy bears! I decided to make an in-house cinema, with blankets, cushions, fairy lights and classic cinema grub.
This morning my husband and I are back at it again (no not that!) We’re sat debating our next trip away. Well, not our very next trip, that’s already planned and ready to go (Aberystwyth in August). No, I mean our next one after that.
Those of you who are familiar with the blog will know that most of our UK trips usually sprout from one very small idea or attraction. One simple thing that we plan a larger trip around. And this weekend’s very vintage day out in the village of Haworth was no exception.
“Time flies” – that’s the motto that is etched in Latin on the top of my grandfather clock, or latest upcycling project, and in this case I really was having fun. This has been one of the most rewarding projects I’ve done so far, and I owe it all to Art is Beauty Blog.
It’s been almost 6 months since I walked down the aisle to the man of my dreams and promised to live my happily ever after with him. So what of that first 6 months of marital bliss? A bubble of rosey, hazy perfection, right? Well… Here’s my brutally honest account of the first 6 months of marriage…
I have an addiction. I confess it. I am completely, inexplicably and utterly addicted to Pinterest. So much so that every morning (yes every single morning) I set my alarm half an hour early so that I can relax and leisurely wake up with a cup of coffee and my morning fix of Pins. Is anyone else with me on this?
A few months ago I created a list of date night ideas for me and my husband. I promised I’d report back on all of the best ones and to kick us off I’m starting with something simple: a Make Your Own Pizza At Home night…
There’s something about kneading your own dough, getting covered in flour and listening to the calming rhythms of Italian music that’s incredibly romantic. The sun shining through into the kitchen whilst doing so was a bonus!
Tomorrow the Queen is visiting my home town. I’m dusting off the gladrags and practicing the perfect curtsy on the off chance that I might be able to make my way through the crowds to catch a glimpse of her.
So as I’m preparing for my own very real royal encounter I thought I’d tell you about my latest substitute to the real thing. Last week I went to see A Royal Night Out. Here’s what I thought of it…