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What Have I Been Doing Recently?

by S1m
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The first quarter of 2018 has passed by in a flash and I realise I have been letting things slip on Sim’s Life recently, my bad and I am sorry! However, it is not through procrastination (which I used to be very guilty of), but for the fact that instead of simply being busy, I have been productive, in fact very productive but mainly behind the scenes.

You may be aware that I also manage Manchester Mummy which features information relating to anything Manchester, amongst other things, as well as fabulous restaurant reviews. It has always been hard to keep up with two blogs, especially with so many ‘things’ changing on a near weekly basis. In fact, after 8 years I have only just realised I should have started minimising my 400 categories down to around 10! As you can expect, that has been a barrel of laughs and has taken quite a lot of time and I still have another 200 to go… wish me luck!

Travel Guide Blog - what have I been doing recently

Behind the scenes, or not so anymore, I have also been working tirelessly onΒ Travel Guide Blog. It’s a domain I bought several years ago but never had the time nor motivation to bring it to life. This year, something has clicked and TGB as I call it, is rising through the ranks and I am publishing content on the blog! Yey!

I had forgotten how hard it is to setup a new blog and trying to understand the Google Search Console is another task yet to do, but the site is getting there and I am proud, yet excited to see how it will grow.

Missinglettr has been a godsend recently and a handy tool I wish I started using sooner. It’s great to schedule in social media content once a post has been published and then it’s all sorted for the next year! It is a program I totally recommend, it took a while to get into but it reads your latest posts and allows you to design a social campaign around it, freeing up lots of time to be productive in other areas.

I’ve actually started taking more notice of Pinterest recently and have actually started making my own pinable images, which you can see at the bottom of most posts, via Canva. Another blogging tool you need when wanting to produce awesome blog images!

So, I may have been quiet on Sim’s Life and Manchester Mummy recently, but fear not, I am still here, adding more things to my To-Do list! Feel free to pop over to TravelGuideBlog.co.uk and follow the social media channels to keep up with the latest travel information!

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22 comments

Jenny March 7, 2018 - 8:00 am

A quarter of the year! I only realised when you wrote that! Time is flying! I feel your pain organising categories – but you’ll get there. Thanks for the interesting insights!

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S1m March 8, 2018 - 9:19 am

It has! I had a shock too when I realised and still it’s snowing!

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Pati March 7, 2018 - 9:15 am

Oh my this year seems to be shooting by past us , i need to get more organised on the blog as well x

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S1m March 8, 2018 - 9:19 am

It’s flying by so quickly, although we did wake up to snow again this morning, it’s crazy!

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Rhian Westbury March 7, 2018 - 9:45 am

Wow, I think it’s hard to manage one blog I don’t know how you do it with three! x

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S1m March 8, 2018 - 9:18 am

Nor do I πŸ˜‰ It keeps me busy and the blogs have different themes, so nice to write different content!

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Newcastle Family Life March 7, 2018 - 2:49 pm

It sounds like you have been full of busy behind the scenes. I keep thinking of setting up a second blog and have a domain name, I just need to find the motivation and time to get round to it x

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S1m March 8, 2018 - 9:17 am

That’s the thing, finding time and motivation, but once you have found it you need to crack on!

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Laura Haley March 7, 2018 - 2:53 pm

Oh I completely understand this, I’m running my blog, a photography site as well as trying to earn a freelance wage and apply for jobs. It’s difficult but I like being busy.

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S1m March 8, 2018 - 9:16 am

It is crazy busy but definitely keeps me on my toes and refreshed – I had forgotten how hard it is to start a blog πŸ™‚

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Helen March 7, 2018 - 3:49 pm

Travel Guide Blog sounds exciting! I’m not sure I could manage two blogs, so you’re very inspiring πŸ™‚

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S1m March 8, 2018 - 9:15 am

Travel Guide Blog is slowly getting there – certainly enjoying writing content for a different niche πŸ™‚

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Elizabeth March 8, 2018 - 4:41 pm

A quarter! Where’s the time going?! Sounds like you’ve been making the most of it. I find PicMonkey is really great with their templates for making nice pins. Good luck with all your projects. πŸ™‚

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S1m March 9, 2018 - 4:17 pm

The time is flying by far too quickly for my liking! Ahhhh PicMonkey was fab before they started charging you for doing the most basic of image design… their loss πŸ˜‰ x

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Amy - All about a Mummy March 8, 2018 - 8:59 pm

I know that feeling of time flying by and being so busy! 2018 is going to disappear in a blink.

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S1m March 9, 2018 - 4:15 pm

Tell me about it, even my daughter stated this week have flown by… she is 9, we are all feeling it but it means buckets of sunshine is on the horizon πŸ™‚ x

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Stephanie March 8, 2018 - 9:49 pm

I signed up to missing lettr and so far so good, I like it. Pinnacle images are a big just have in my eyes. Most my traffic cones from there

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S1m March 9, 2018 - 4:14 pm

It is seriously helping me no end! It even reminds me of posts I had forgotten about x

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Jenni March 8, 2018 - 10:33 pm

“Don’t be busy, be productive” sounds like a great motto to live by. I sometimes feel like I’ve spread myself too thinly – always busy, but not achieving as much as I’d like.

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S1m March 9, 2018 - 4:12 pm

Absolutely – a fantastic motto and exactly how I am motoring through at the moment… you can do it! Sending positive vibes x

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Susan Mann March 9, 2018 - 11:43 am

Wow you have been busy. I love your posts and look forward to hearing more. It is sometimes we are too busy, isn’t it? Hugs x

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S1m March 9, 2018 - 4:11 pm

You know me πŸ˜‰ Thank you my lovely, fingers crossed I can keep the momentum going πŸ™‚ xxx

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