19.1.17

Blogging Tips: How To Become A Millionaire




My 10 year old nephew is under some illusion that one day I will be wealthy, (does he know something I don't?) and that when I am, I've to buy him a Ferrari and have it spray painted blue. (?!)
I have since explained to him that they do come in more than one colour! Got to love his unwavering faith in me.

Before I continue I should confess. This post has nothing to do with getting rich or becoming a millionaire, but if you're reading this than I'll have proved a valid point. You clicked this blog link right? Of course you did! Because I used a title deliberately to hook you and draw you in. Which brings me to what today's post is actually all about. How to use a title to your advantage. 

I chose to use a title using the word millionaire because plenty of people dream of getting rich, of having financial freedom, of being successful and yet few know how to achieve this. Therefore by tapping into those desires and hinting at an answer, I hoped people would read this post out of pure curiosity. See what I did there? My point being, if you use your titles in the right way, you'll stand more chance of increasing blog traffic.

So I lured you here under false pretences. If you came here today really expecting advice on how to become a millionaire then apologies, no can do. Though I would imagine anything is possible with enough sheer graft and determination.

People read blogs for usually one of a few reasons. They either just love reading every blog post possible or they're looking for advice or an answer. A blog post should usually make a point, offer a solution, answer a question or be of value to the reader. The title should hint at the content without giving away too much otherwise people won't be curious enough to delve deeper and click that all important link.

Sure when you're established, people will probably read your blog posts no matter what you write about. I read posts from some of my favourite bloggers regardless of the title and content, but when I'm on the lookout for new blogs to read, they usually have to gain my attention with either fantastic photography or an intriguing title.

It's a minefield out there as it is, you need to help sell yourself and make your blog stand out if your goal is to be a successful blogger. You've got to give people a reason to want to visit your website.

Here are just a few examples of titles and how you could improve them with a play on words...

'My Favourite Makeup' or 'How To Achieve A Flawless Look'


'Monthly Stats And Income' or 'How I Made £100 Last Month'


'Life After *Insert name' or 'How To Get Over A Breakup'


'Blogging Ideas' or '20 Blog Post Ideas For You To Use'


Although some people will be curious enough to read the first post, three times as many will probably be skimming through Bloglovin looking for decent makeup and/or makeup tips on how to achieve a flawless looking face.

Some people might genuinely read posts on stats and income but I for one would be more inclined to see how I too could make £100. Money and sex sell. It's a well known fact.

A personal post is always nice to read but if you can offer your readers advice on how to get over heartbreak whilst sharing your story then you're onto a winner. Don't we all go through heartache? It's something we can all relate to at some point or another. All the more reason to share your tips on how to get through that horrible 'post relationship' phase.

You might recognise the last example. Although there is nothing wrong with the title 'Blogging Ideas,' the second one promises twenty examples that your readers can actually use. It's just about really selling your content.

I'm getting better (or so I hope) but it's as much a learning curve for me as it is for you so it should be noted that I am not an expert by any means. Anything I share is just my own take on blogging from lessons learned and experience. Hope this post is helpful or at least gets you thinking.


Until next time... Justine xxx


P.s So far in my 'Blogging Tips' series we've looked at blogging when you're hard up, and I've shared some blog post ideas along with some tips on how to generate your own. If you've missed out then don't worry. You can catch up by clicking on either link below.


Blogging On Zero Budget


20 Blog Post Ideas For You To Use



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16.1.17

Someday I will...



Once a dreamer, always a dreamer.

Someday I will...

Go into Waterstones and see my book in the 'Bestsellers' chart. (Yeah right but a girl can dream. Finishing the manuscript would be a great start!)

Open a bridal shop with friends.

Design an eco bridal range. (I'm just becoming more and more aware of 'fast fashion' and I don't like it one little bit. Don't know what I mean? Go Google it please! Education is the key to change.)

Buy a house. Not a massive one. I'm not greedy. One with a driveway and garden might be nice.

Own an Audi. I'm in love with the A5. Sorry TT you've been bumped down the list.

Fall in love again.

Get married. (If someone will have me!!)

Become a mother. I adore my nephews but I want to have my own munchkins too.

Become my own boss. Like you didn't know about this one! ;)

Meet my online friends from around the world. Yes that's all of you I'm talking to!

Write a movie script. With my brother.

Attend the Oscars. (Way out there I know but hey I never pretended to be under ambitious did I?)

Grace the cover of a magazine, preferably one to do with blogging or writing.

Stop dreaming... Hardly likely let's face it. And anyway if I did, where would I get my kicks from then?


Until next time...


Justine xxx


15.1.17

Let The Haters Hate: You Can't Please Everyone





Fact. You're going to come across people in life that don't like you. You're going to come across people who belittle your dreams and ambitions. Who leave you feeling deflated. As much as we may dislike this, we also can't control these things. What we can control however is how we react.

For a very long time - too long - I was trying too hard to be liked, because let's face it, we all want to be liked don't we? And when people didn't like me for one reason or another, it kind of hurt. What was wrong with me? It usually turned out that it was just a personality clash but it was a while before I could accept this. I'm a little older and wiser now, and with that has come the realisation that not only will everyone not like me but that I'm also okay with that. And I really am. So what if the next door neighbour's sister's cousin's best friend's nephew hates me and my blog. (Totally made that up btw. I don't even know if my neighbour has a sister but anyway you get my point or so I hope.)
If I'm happy doing what I'm doing and I'm not harming anyone then I'm gonna carry on doing it. If I want to dye my hair bright pink and get a tattoo then I'll do that too!
It leaves me feeling bitter when I get excited about something (especially blog related) and then someone goes and knocks the wind out of my sails. I usually have a moment afterwards where I doubt myself but then I pick myself back up because I'm certainly not going to let it stop me from striving forwards. Creating content for GGD gives me a sense of purpose and that in itself gives me a sense of happiness and contentment.

Do not let the haters stop you from going for what you want.


Life is too damn short to worry what people think. I've wasted years holding back for fear of disappointing people. And where has that got me? I'll tell you where. No-where! So I'm encouraging you now, to do as I am. To go out, to live your dreams, to do whatever it is that you want to do in life. Remember to be kind to others along the way, treat others as you wish to be treated but don't stop working towards your own dreams should someone come along and treat you badly or dismiss your ambitions. Don't let the negativity dim your shine. This is your life. The haters will hate for one reason or another regardless and I'm not about to waste time or energy questioning why, nor should you.

Hope you all have a fabulous week.


Lots of love Justine xxx








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12.1.17

20 Blog Post Ideas For You To Use



This time last week in my Blogging On Zero Budget post, I promised that I'd share some of my blog post ideas with you all. Always one to keep to my word and thus today's post.

I'm constantly on the lookout for inspiration and I find literally anything and everything can kick start my creative streak. If you struggle to find ideas then I have a few tips.
I bet most of you scroll through Instagram hitting the like button every so often right? Well next time you're on there, really take notice of the images. Question the possibilities that the image holds and the story behind it. Learn to not just look at a pretty photo but to pay attention to the individual items, the colours, or the wording if it's a quote. Jot down notes and any thoughts that pop into your head. Flick through magazines and do the same. Read other blogs. Even just becoming more aware of your everyday surroundings will give you ideas. Once you learn to be more observant it's amazing the things that you'll notice that you might not have done before. There is inspiration literally everywhere.

Take the above image for example. It's not one of mine, it's from Pexels. But I can look at this one image and come up with tons of topics to write about just by studying it. Here are just a few ideas: Blogging Tips, How To Better Organise Your Work Station, How To Better Organise Your Life, My Perfect Working Environment, Getting Life's Priorities Right, Living For The Moment, Items That Inspire Me, Favourite Quotes, etc etc.

Another tip is to challenge yourself with a writing prompt or maybe get someone else to challenge you. Give yourself a starting sentence or even just one word and then write a post around it. You don't have to publish it, but it's good practice for honing your writing skills. Once you really get into the swing of things you'll find that you'll be able to write about anything and still make it sound interesting. I always carry a notebook or scrap of paper around in my handbag just so I can jot down anything that comes to mind. As they say, practice makes perfect.

If any of you would like me to share some writing exercises in the future then please get in touch and I'll post some on here.

If you still need a bit of help in the inspiration department then here are those twenty post ideas I promised. You'll be glad to hear that none of them involve spending any money but some will require time and possibly some research on your part! You'll find that I'll be using some of these particular topics myself in the future but that doesn't mean you can't too. Feel free to use any. Happy writing.


1. What It Feels Like To Be Me (or rather you in this case)


2. Firsts


3. Why It's Okay To Be Different


4. How To Better Budget Throughout The Year


5. Why And How Blogging Can Open Doors For You


6. Don't Be Afraid To Ask For Help


7. Blag Confidence Until It's Real


8. What It Really Means To Be A Blogger


9. How To Better Use Social Media (Scheduling)


10. How To Launch A Newsletter And Why You Should


11. What Are Affiliate Links And Why Should I Use Them?


12. Change Can Do You Good 


13. Where Do You Want To Be In 12 Months?


14. Why Researching Reaps The Rewards


15. Why Investing In Yourself Will Pay Off


16. Free Online Courses To Improve Your Skill Set


17. Taking Responsibility For Your Life (and/or dreams if you prefer)


18. I Feel Guilty For...


19. How To Better Manage Your Time


20. Life Is Too Short To...




If you like this post then please do let me know and I'll share some more blog post ideas very soon.


Justine xxx


P.s It's almost weekend! Yay!




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9.1.17

January Update...




How is everyone? I can't quite believe that we're into the second week of January already can you? This particular post is just going to be a 'filler in' as I like to call them. An update on what's going on just because I love sitting down and rambling on to you all.

I've gone all obsessive with my new years goals and have taken to ordering some super pretty Laura Ashley lever arch files just so that I can organise my life a little better.

A little late to the 'Stranger Things' party, this is one TV show that I thought I'd never get into. It's not that I thought it would be crap, I've heard nothing but rave reviews on social media. I just don't like anything that creeps me out in the slightest and let's face it if you've seen this show, it does have some pretty 'jumpy' moments. No? Is that just me?

Work has been a bit of a shock to the system after having some blissful time off but as I'm someone who needs routine I'm sort of glad to be back. My anxiety levels usually shoot through the roof when I have too much time on my hands but surprisingly I managed okay this Christmas. In fact I'd go as far as to say this was the best Christmas I've had - mental health and otherwise - in as long as I can remember.

Usually I'd recommend a good book in one of these posts but I have done no reading whatsoever this last couple of weeks. I've got so many novels that I'm just itching to dive into (seriously, you ought to see the pile in my bedroom) but I've been busy doing other things instead.

You all seemed to love my Blogging On Zero Budget post which I'm thrilled about. It was one that I really enjoyed writing and I hope it was helpful to anyone in a similar circumstance to me.

And that's about it I suppose. I've not really got much else to share with you all right now. Hope this week treats you kindly. I'm off to enjoy some pizza and a glass of wine!

Justine xxx







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