A Branch of Holly turns 3 on September 5th - can you believe it?
So since a lot has changed since I first hit publish in 2013, I thought I'd share with you the posts that you've loved the most over the past year.
At the end of the year, you can expect a review on what to expect from ABOH in 2017 and I've got some exciting things to share with you over the next few months - one of which I'm revealing in today's Breakthrough Bloggers email!
Blogging, social media, career, productivity and motivation have all taken centre stage so far this year with a main focus on sharing my experience and strategies to help others. And since I achieved one of my end-of-year goals in July, it's safe to say that this has been a positive decision.
So with thanks to you, my wonderful readers, here are the 20 posts that you've read and loved the most over the past year, in no particular order. Enjoy!
MOTIVATION & PRODUCTIVITY
"Printables are some of the most pinned things on Pinterest. The more visually appealing and informative the graphic for your printable is, the more shareable it will be."
Whatever you've been telling yourself about not being able to get organised, push to one side and move on. It's rubbish. You can get organised.
It's about wanting to do the work at the right time. If you force yourself to do it, it'll make you accomplish even less.
If there’s one thing we pass onto others about running a blog, it’s that it takes up a hell of a lot of time. And when time means everything, you definitely can’t afford to waste it.
We are growing as people every single day, whether we realise it or not. And that means we’re never staying the same. Growth is a good thing - so why not let it happen?
Think about the type of job you’re applying for and try to narrow it down to three main aspects. Look at your job description. What will the three main areas of your job be?
Whether you get the job or not, knowing you did your best is what matters most. You want to walk out of the interview thinking that you couldn’t have done any more.
For me, a day never goes wrong when I’ve got these essentials.
Just think of everything you do for your website on a daily basis and all the skills you use - don’t you think all of those would look seriously great on your CV?
There are always ways to try things out to see if you want to do them.
You won’t just be posting when everyone else does – you’ll be targeting your community directly, through your own unique schedule.
The goals I set myself for the first half of this year for social were met way before June arrived. I didn’t think it would be possible, but I challenged myself to use social in a really strategic way. And it’s paid off.
Did you know that as of January this year, there were 2.08 billion active social media accounts? Did you also know that the average social media user spends 2 hours and 25 minutes per day using social networks?
Building a personal brand online doesn't start and end with your website. Sure, your site might be the core of your brand. But what about the other aspects that help to bring your brand together?
But remember, it’s all about your imagery. The better your image, the better it will do. Add the right hashtags to that and you’re onto a winner.
It’s up to us to embrace as much positivity as possible. Write about why you come back to your blog day after day. Share with your readers why it’s so important to you.
But I also believe that you can make the things you want to happen for your blog happen, even if you’re on a very limited amount of time. It all starts with actually wanting them to happen in the first place.
Becoming a brilliant blogger isn’t a walk in the park, but it’s definitely doable if you a strong idea of who you are, what your blog is about and who you want to help.
It's been difficult, rewarding and so fulfilling to see how much this online space and my community have grown, especially over the past few months.
If you keep remembering your patience and the fact that it’s only one weekend, the end result will be even better than you wanted it to be.
I'd love for you to share with me your favourite post or series that you've enjoyed reading on ABOH - thanks for being on this journey!