Letter From the Editor: September
It’s been a bit of a whirlwind month, both for me and for Blog and Beyond, but it’s left me feeling so excited about the future of the site and the community that comes along with it. In August, the site underwent a bit of a transformation thanks to the wonderful Laura, and the new branding is looking really great. There’s nothing like a shiny new logo to kickstart your motivation!
There were some really useful new posts added to the site in August, including a look at the difference between follow and no follow links, tips for avoiding distractions and the things you should be including on your homepage. The content calendar for September is jam-packed with submissions that I can’t wait to share with you all! We’re going to be looking at topics including standing up for yourself as a blogger, using affiliate links and the importance of community.
If you’ve got a great post idea or pitch for the site, our inbox is always open for submissions. It can be absolutely anything related to blogging, be that tips and advice or general thoughts and favourites. Head over here if you’re interested in writing for Blog and Beyond.
You might have noticed that we went a little bit quiet on the posting front over the past two weeks, and that’s for some very exciting reasons…
The first is that we had our very first Blog & Beyond workshop! The sell-out event took place in Glasgow and I had an absolutely brilliant day. There were some incredible bloggers in attendance, and I’m so excited to do it all again soon. Tickets for the Liverpool workshop with Easy as VAT are on sale now, and you can grab yours over on our shiny new event page. More workshops coming soon!
Speaking of shiny new things - the second exciting reason that things went quiet for a couple of weeks is our brand new free resources library, which launches today! It’s packed full of informative and practical resources for building your blog. We’ve got templates, workbooks, guides and stat trackers for all sorts of things.
The best part? It’s all free for our newsletter subscribers. Head to the resources section to check it out. There’ll be new resources added to the library every month, so if you’ve got something you’d like to see on there please do give us a shout!
We started our Instagram account at the beginning of August and it’s growing strong already. Thank you so much to everyone who’s followed us! Remember to keep using the #blogandbeyond hashtag and we’ll repost our favourites on our account and in the newsletter.
The same goes for Twitter, where we’ve reached over 1000 followers! I’m absolutely chuffed with how it’s all growing so far, so thank you for all of the follows and shoutouts. We retweet blog posts using the #blogandbeyond hashtag, so remember to add it to your promo tweets and we’ll give it a little boost.
Finally, the Facebook group. It’s probably my favourite part of the community - have you joined it yet? It’s the best place to chat with a group of supportive bloggers about anything and everything to do with blogging. We have competitions, a book club and lots of Facebook Lives every month, so you should definitely come over and join us.
Here’s to another month of growth for the site and the community!