I started my blog in May 2017 and since then I’ve seen my audience grow and I get more interaction that I used to. I’m by no means a ‘big blogger’, in fact, I’m nowhere near that! When I started Charlotte Shares I’d be lucky if I got 1 page view a day, forward on 9 months and I usually hit close to 1000 page views each month. For some people, this is probably really rubbish, but for me, it’s a massive achievement!

Of course, blogging shouldn’t be all about the stats and page views. With that being said, I feel much happier about my blog when I can see people are reading my content and interacting with me. There’s no worse feeling than when you work really hard on a post and nobody reads it!

Over the last 9 months, I have found certain things have really helped with my interaction and engagement and thought I would share this with you today!

Using social media to increase blogging audience

J O I N  I N  W I T H  T W I T T E R  C H A T S  A N D  C O M M E N T  T H R E A D S 

This is where most of my traffic comes from. There are so many great accounts out there that host Twitter chats and comment threads each week. It’s a great way to discover new blogs, speak to new people and build new relationships. If you take the time to read and comment other peoples posts, they’ll often come and visit your site and leave you a lovely comment as well. Some of my favourite Twitter accounts for chats are Bloggers Tribe, TeaCupClub and GRLPOWR. I can’t even stress enough how joining in with these chats will help improve your engagement.

P R O M O T E  Y O U R S E L F  A N D   U S E  H A S H T A G S

Promoting ourselves?! This is always the scary one right? I remember when I first started my blog and I was terrified to promote my content as I didn’t want to be seen as being bigheaded. I don’t know why I thought like this because I never think anyone else is big headed for promoting their content. The main thing is getting the balance right, as well as promotional tweets, your followers also want to see your personality so tweet ‘normal things’ as well! I usually post around 3 promotional tweets a day and I use hashtags so that they reach a bigger audience. My favourite hashtags are #BloggersTribe #TeaCupClub #TheGirlGang #GRLPOWR and #DisneyBloggers. I personally use these hashtags to find other peoples posts as well to read.

C R E A T E  P I N N A B L E  I M A G E S  F O R  Y O U R  P O S T S 

At the bottom of each post, I create an image that can be pinned to Pinterest. On my personal Pinterest account, I have a Charlotte Shares board where I pin all of my blog posts. I’ve also joined a few group Pinterest boards where I pin my content and share other peoples content who also pin to the group board. This is by no means where most of my traffic comes from as the majority of it comes from my Twitter. I do however find that I still get views to my blog each day that come from Pinterest. The easiest way to create Pinterest images is to use Canva. This website is honestly brilliant for creating graphics for your blog.

I hope this is useful to some of you, if you have other tips for growing your audience then please leave them below! 

Charlotte xx

Tips to grow your audience as a blogger

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A few weeks ago I did a get to know me tag post and it seemed to go down really well. Everyone said that they enjoyed posts like that as you get to know the reader more. As my blog is heavily Disney related I thought it would be fun to do the Disney Parks tag as I know lots of my readers also love Disney!

Magic Kingdom park

Which Disney parks have you visited?

I’ve been to Walt Disney World in Florida and I’ve also been to Disney Land Paris.

What is your earliest Disney memory? 

I first went to Disney World when I was 9. I remember being completely blown away by the various firework nighttime shows. Let’s be honest Disney do fireworks way better than the fireworks we did in my back garden as a child on bonfire night haha!

Which is your favourite park? 

This is a really tough one, but I think it has to be the Magic Kingdom!

What is your favourite land/area? 

I love world showcase at Epcot. It’s so lovely walking around in the sunshine and taking in all the different cultures. I especially love all the different food and drink there is to choose from!

What is your all-time favourite ride? 

For me, it has to be Splash Mountain. I like the fact the ride lasts for a long time! There’s nothing worse than queueing for an hour for a 20-second ride! I love the theme of the ride and it’s also great to cool down on a hot day! haha

Which ride do you think is most underrated? 

Definitely the Carousel of Progress! I still remember the first time I went on this as a 9-year-old and I was completely gobsmacked by the futuristic section … and what’s funny is that it’s a true representation of what life is like now.

Which ride do you think is most overrated? 

I hate to say it, but it has to be the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train … It just really isn’t that great, and you queue for ages and the ride ends so quickly! I kind of feel like it’s a rubbish version of Big Thunder Mountain.

What are your Disney traditions? 

We always get Fish n Chips in England at Epcot before watching Illuminations! and when we go to the Magic Kingdom we always head straight for Splash Mountain and Thunder Mountain.

What is your most fond Disney park memory? 

When we went to Disney in 2017 we were stood around waiting for Illuminations at Epcot. A cast member came over to us and asked us if we would like to go somewhere with a better view. He gave us a ticket saying we had been selected for a magic moment. We were taken to a private viewing platform with 2 other families right on the edge of the water. We had the most incredible view!! Don’t ever tell me Disney isn’t magical… Because that moment was definitely magical! 🙂

What is your favourite Disney food? 

Chicken Nuggets! Literally, Disney chicken nuggets are the best!

I hope you enjoyed reading this; if you do the tag as well let me know as I would love to see other peoples answers 🙂

Charlotte xx

 

 

 

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Yep, I did it! After years of saving, we signed the contracts, handed over a tonne of money to the solicitors and we’re officially homeowners!! 😀 It’s been an absolute whirlwind of a process, my stress levels have been through the roof but I’ve done it. And I’m damn proud of myself and Shaun.

Becoming a homeowner

The hard work is just beginning 

I would love to say that we’re moving into the house straight away and beginning our independent life together, but sadly that isn’t the case. The house we’ve bought probably hasn’t been decorated for about 30 years. So imagine bright flowery carpets and wallpaper … That’s its current state! As much as I love a good flower it’s definitely in need of a lot of renovation.

Planning 

We’ve already begun planning all of the work that we will be carrying out. It’s in need of re-wiring, plastering, new bathroom and kitchen and the whole place needs decorating. We’re also hoping to drop the curb out the front and make our front garden into a driveway. We have a rough budget in mind and now we need to try and stick to that. The other day I started making a spreadsheet of all of our expenditure and I felt like such a grownup haha.

Homeowner blog posts

I’m really excited to share and document this process on my blog. Expect to see lots of before and after pictures, design style and homeware hauls. If there are any other homeowner blog posts you like to see then let me know in the comments! I was thinking of doing a post in the next few weeks about dealing with solicitors as they’re the most stressful people I’ve ever come across in my life.

I’m excited to share this new chapter of my life and hope you enjoy reading along! If anyone has any tips on renovating a property then please leave them in the comments below.

Charlotte xx

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Guys! I’m officially a homeowner 😀 We picked up the keys yesterday and I’m honestly so excited!! The house is a huge project and it’s going to be months of renovation before we can actually move in. So be prepared for lots of update posts!

Naturally being the creative person I am; I’ve been planning for months and months how I want to decorate the house. Being the Disney lover I am, of course, I want some subtle Disney bits of homeware to add a little magic to the house! I’ve been collecting bits and pieces over the last year that I’ve seen and thought I would share these with you today!

Disney Traditions, Mickey and Minnie Rainy Day Romance 

Disney Traditions Mickey and Minnie Rainy Day

I absolutely love the Disney Traditions ornaments. I actually asked my brother to get me this one for Christmas and I love it. I think this will look super cute on a bookshelf or on a mantlepiece. I have a few different Disney Traditions Ornaments that I’ve bought over the years and I think they will be perfect to add a little Disney to my house.

The Disney Dreams Collection 2018 Calendar 

The Disney Dreams 2018 calendar

I’ve seen lots of fellow Disney Bloggers with this calendar and I get why as it’s absolutely beautiful. Shaun’s mum bought us this for Christmas and it’s going to look perfect hanging on our kitchen wall. Disney Art is always so stunning and I can’t wait to have this on display in my house.

Disney Cath Kidston Cushion 

Disney Cath Kidston cushion

I love the fact that Cath Kidston now do Disney Ranges, it genuinely makes my heart happy! I fell in love with this cushion when I found it. It’s the perfect colour to match in with the colours of our living room and I know it’ll look amazing on the sofa.

Disney Cath Kidston Mugs 

Disey Cath kidston mug set

I’ve actually collected lots of Disney Mugs from the various Cath Kidston ranges that have been available. I’m saving them all up to use in my new house. My dad bought me this set for Christmas and they’re super cute. I can’t wait to put them on the mug tree in our kitchen. If you’re going to drink tea you may as well drink it from a Disney mug 😀

I hope you enjoyed seeing the Disney bits that I’ve picked up for my house. I have other bits too so I may do some more homeware hauls like this soon!

Charlotte xx

Disney Homeware Haul - Pinterest image

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My winter essentials

As much as it pains me to say it, it’s still very much the Winter here in the UK. It’s cold and dark, the days are gloomy and spring seems like it’s forever away. I’m not a fan of this time of year and I’m longing for the spring days to arrive. Despite the cold miserable days, there are steps that we can take to make the winter months more enjoyable! These are my 5 winter essentials to make you feel good!

A hot bath and candles 

One of my favourite things to do during the winter months is to run a hot bath, light some candles and relax. After a long day at work, nothing beats sinking into a hot bath and having time to chill out and unwind. I’m currently loving using Lush bubbles bars as I received lots of them for Christmas.

A blanket and a hot water bottle 

It’s so cold at the moment, and despite the fact the heating is turned on, the house still feels cold! After relaxing in a hot bath I like to snuggle on the sofa under a blanket with a hot water bottle. Sometimes I even make a hot chocolate as well!

Warm, hearty foods 

Homecooked dinners such as casseroles, chilli, roast dinners and cottage pie are a must during the winter months. When I step through the door after work I like to know I’m having a nice warm meal to heat me up after being out in the cold.

Products to hydrate your skin 

On the whole, my skin is usually quite oily, but this winter it’s really dried out with the cold weather. Nothing makes me feel worse than having dry and sore skin. This winter I’ve really been loving the Simple, Hydrating Gel Cream as well as the Origins, Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask. These products have worked wonders for keeping my skin feeling healthy and hydrated.

A good TV series to watch 

There’s nothing nicer than settling down for the evening on a cold winters night and watching a TV series. I’m currently watching Lost as I’ve never seen it before. I’m also watching Riverdale and How To Get Away With Murder. This is my favourite way to chill out and relax during the evening.

What are your 5 winter essentials? 

Charlotte xx

My 5 winter essentials - pinterest graphic

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