When You Don’t Have Instagram Worthy Photos

If you’re anything like me, don’t let your lack of photography skills stop you from blogging. 

I don’t have time to take beautifully orchestrated pictures, I’m not good at it. 
I could probably take a half decent food pic, if I didn’t have a wrestling baby on my lap, trying to throw everything in his ‘grabbing radius’, off the table.

I feel weird taking pictures all the time, since my kids constantly watch me, and think it’s normal to take pictures of everything. However, it’s not what I want as normal, so I try to actively combat it. See Urgency of mindful living

Also, the pay off of actually trying to take a decent picture, before disaster strikes, especially when it doesn’t even look good, isn’t worth it. Like I said, I’m no photographer. 

The lighting is never good. The angles, meh. I’m never going to get up on my chair and take pictures, I don’t want to do that.

But I want my blog to still look good and be visually appealing.

So I opt for getting high quality free pics of the internet. Wahay! Now I know sometimes you see lots of people with the same pic and it looks too generic, but you can always add your own spice to it, add graphic, lettering, writing or quotes, that’s if it really bothers you. You get the picture!

Here are the top places I goto for general pics, I download heaps in one go, and have them readily available in my library whenever I need to post, they usually fit what I write about. 

These sites do not require you to sign in or register, which is an additional step I do not need in my life. Especially with the heaps of junk mail I already receive so, no thank you. 

  1. .Unsplash 

  1. Pixabay.com

  1. Pexels.com

  1. Negativespace.co

  1. Picjumbo.com

Let me know where you get your pics from or any apps you use to get your mediocre pics look fly. 

Share what you know, and let our minds  grow! 

You Know You’re a Blogger When…

You know you’re a blogger…
When you find yourself hilarious.
When your blog brings back childhood journalling memories.
When you don’t write down what’s on your mind you feel over burdened.
When you lose your trail of thought before writing it down, you kick yourself.
When everything you see, hear and read becomes and idea for a blog post.
When you’re on the toilet, and you can’t get off quick enough to write an awesome idea down (please remember to wash your hands!).
When you’re out and about, you’ve always got a phone or notepad at hand, ready to write down ideas, extension of ideas, thoughts and rants.
When all you can think about is blogging.
When it’s the first thing you think of in the morning.
When it’s the last thing you think of at night.
When it’s the thing you think of when you see something that really annoys you.
When you see something awesome.
When you see something weird.
When you see something positive.
When it’s something you enjoy and not a chore.
When you have 59 ideas all jotted down ready to go.
When you have 20 drafts ready to schedule.
When you take pictures of your food.
When you do wordless posts.
When it feels like free therapy.
When you can’t wait to virtually meet your blogger friends.
When you connect with people around the world.
When you’re in the middle of a fight and think what a great blog post it would be 😂.
When you have a voice and think it’s worth someone hearing it.

So just for laughs, it’s over to you! What things do you catch yourself doing, when you’re thinking of blogging? 

Why I Think You Should Blog Already

This is a post for my sister who I’m trying to convince to blog. 

Since it’s her birthday tomorrow, I can’t think of a better gift, than to convince her to blog!

These are all the reasons why I think blogging benefits me and hopefully if you’re reading this and still waiting on the blogging fence it’s a gentle push, shove and kick up the back side to get you started!

Why you should start blogging right now:

Don’t wait till you’re ready these excuses are exactly why you shoukd start without too much thought.

Get out of your comfort zone, growth lies on the other side of fear. 

Blog right now with what you know whether you think you’re an expert or not.

You don’t need anyone’s permission to blog or a blogging license.

You have your own creative license, that you’ve been born with, to do whatever you like.

Blogging makes you gets real with yourself.

Learn to hear your inner voice.

Blogging emphasizes what you like and don’t like, you are more in tune with your self.

It feels good to get things that are important to you off your chest in more than 120 characters.

It goes well with coffee.

It’s a great platform to drum up awareness for a worthy cause.

It’s a great place to clear up misconceptions about things you feel passionate about.

Your blog works while you sleep, meaning some one could be reading it on the other side of the world, while you are unaware and find benefit from it.

Its your platform to voice your opinion on controversial things.

You can talk about awkward things that you would not necessarily talk about.

It’s a place where you want to write down your thoughts and feelings.

It’s an opportunity for others to see your great ideas and for you to share your talent with the world.

It’s a great place to put out something positive into the world .

It’s great if you want to do something productive with your time.

You want to improve your writing skills.

You want to clear out your thoughts.

If you can read it you can write it, meaning many times we come across articles and think ‘man I could’ve wrote that!’ the difference is you didn’t, and some one else did. Don’t let this happen again!

It’s a way to articulate.

It’s therapeutic.

It a place of refuge.

Its a creative release.

It makes you happy.

It’s a journey you can look back on.

It’s your home you can make it the way you want to.

You learn to discipline your time.

You learn to plan and organise your ideas.

When you’re creating something, you don’t feel like you’re wasting time like other social media.

You get to ‘meet’ like minded people which makes you feel that the passion you have is something worth having.

You get to write about things you are passionate about, at length without anyone getting bored, it’s your page you can be as lengthy as you want and not apologise.

You can be who you truly want to be. 

You can learn about new interests (e.g. new language, photography) and develop them, documenting your progress online.

You can get better at writing.

You can make money.

You can make a career out of blogging, freelancing, reviewing, promoting things that you are passionate about.

You can use your blog to build a portfolio on your interest that you hope can lead up to your dream career.

You can blog about anything.

You can blog anywhere.

You can blog anytime.

You can blog in the dark.

You can surround yourself with people who inspire you, who get you, who have similar goals and interests.

You get to challenge yourself to write something new each blog post.

You get to learn more bout yourself

You are building your legacy

If your work benefits one person then job done , if your work benefits only you then job done!

Kids get to see what you’ve been up to during the baby years.

It’s legacy building.

It makes you smarter you have to actually organise your thoughts and lay it out so it’s tangible to read

Its easy to do, you can set up WordPress in less than 30 minutes, download app and you’re good to go. The longest part maybe deciding on a name. Brainstorm now. Go on!

Hope this helps, if you needed that push in why you should blog. Write in the comments what you think my sister should know and how blogging benefits you!