It’s been 4 weeks since we became homeowners, although honestly, it feels like it’s been months! As many of you know the house we’ve bought needs a lot of work doing to it so we haven’t moved in yet. We’ve finished stripping all the wallpaper which was a complete nightmare and all the carpets have been ripped out. We’ve also ripped the bathroom and the kitchen out. It’s been a pretty chaotic 4 weeks, but the transformation so far is amazing. Don’t get me wrong the place is still a complete mess, but the flowery wallpaper and carpets have gone 😀
Currently, we have an electrician in doing a full rewire. We’re also arranging for a plumber to come in and sort out all the plumbing and we have a plasterer coming at the end of the month to start plastering all the rooms! I’m so excited to get to the point where we can decorate.
I thought I would share some pictures of what we’ve achieved so far! 🙂
Sometimes I like to just sit and reflect on things that have made me happy recently and I thought it would be nice to share these. We all need a little positivity and happiness sometimes to keep us going! These are 5 things that have made me super happy recently.
S N O W D A Y
We got sent home from work due to a severe weather warning and got to spend the afternoon at home watching Disney films and being cosy. It was so crazy as when we left work the snow wasn’t even that bad, but within in a couple of hours, it was ridiculous! This little munchkin above was very unsure of the snow! Bless him 😀
S E E I N G F R I E N D S
Myself and Shaun met up with my best friend and her boyfriend. We went to Frankie and Benny’s for food and it was so lovely to have a proper catch up! We sat and chatted for hours and it was just so lovely.
H O U S E R E N O V A T I O N S
The renovations in our house are coming along nicely! We’ve been homeowners for around 3 weeks now and in that time we’ve managed to strip most the wallpaper, take the carpets out and rip the kitchen out. There’s still loads to do but we’ve made a lot of progress!
E A S T E R E G G S
Surely you must all agree that Dairy Milk Easter Egg chocolate is just the best! It tastes so much better than a regular Dairy Milk bar. Well last week Shaun popped to the shop to buy something and brought me back an Easter Egg! It was delicious and I’m not even ashamed to say that I ate it in one go haha.
M Y B L O G
I kind of feel a bit weird for saying this, but I’m honestly so happy with my blog at the moment. I’m really proud of what I’ve created and I feel as if I’m finally getting somewhere with it. I’ve got lots of ideas and I can really feel my creativity increasing.
So far 2018 has been pretty rough! I feel kind of broken at the moment. I need to take a step back, have some time to myself to recharge and that’s ok! I always push myself to keep going, but at this very moment in time, I need to take a step back from everything.
HAVING THE FLU AND MULTIPLE COLDS
The first week of January, I went down with the flu and ended up having 2 weeks off of work as I just couldn’t shift it. Finally, I managed to get back to work and then picked up a cold! It wasn’t until around February 18th that I started to feel human again … and then guess what?! On February 22nd I went down with another cold! As I’m sat writing this I have a box of tissues next to me and a very red nose!
MY HEALTH IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN MY BLOG
I felt annoyed at myself for not getting 2 posts up last week … but then I thought to myself ‘why am I even stressing over this?’ We’re all human, we get ill and have bad days. It’s so important to listen to our bodies which is what I did. I knew when I got home from work at 7.15pm I didn’t have it in me to sit and start writing a blog post. Instead, I came home, had a hot bath and watched Netflix.
On top of all my illness in 2018, we also had the stress of dealing with solicitors and finalising everything with buying our house. I don’t think this helped me at all as my stress levels were through the roof. We’re now very proud homeowners and I’m so excited for everything to come. Right now I’m supposed to be stripping wallpaper, ripping up carpets and doing lots of work on the house. Instead, I’m taking it easy, watching Disney Movies and giving myself the time that I need to recover.
IT’S OK TO NOT BE OK
I guess the point of this post is just to say that it’s ok to not be ok! It’s ok to take time to yourself and take a step back from life every once in a while. If you’re ill or exhausted or stressed out, make sure you listen to your body and take some time for yourself and your wellbeing.
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!
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!
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!
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 🙂