There is a lot that goes into blogging besides making content and posting it. There are a lot of moving parts that make a blog function to it's full potential one of those things are blog maintenance. All of the things you see on a blog have to be maintained and updated consistently. There are a few things that have become a staple in my blog maintenance routine.
Update Old Photos - When you look back at your older post and look at the photos do you cringe a little bit. One misconception about blogging is that you can't go back and edit past post, which is totally not true. If you see a photos you no longer like than updates them.
Check for Broken Links - On a lot of my older post there are broken links to things I might have referred to in the post. Maybe the link no longer exist. This happens a lot with fashion post when the item sells out, so you can do your best and go back and find something similar to that item and re-link it.
Delete Post Your Not Happy With - Through the evolution of my blog I have delete or updated a lot of post that I am no longer happy with. I think that is the beauty in blogging, you are always growing and getting better at it and it is reflected in your content. So it's ok to no longer like a post.
Respond to Comments - Sometimes during the weekday it might be hard to respond to comments if you have a busy schedule. So I just make it a part of my routine to reply to any comments on the weekend. That way I don't have to rush through them.
Update Sidebar - Your sidebar on your blog is just as important as you homepage. Keeping that updated is very important. I make sure no links are broken and all picture are updated.
New Profile Pic - Some people forget to update the profile pic on there blog if you have one at all. You should update it because you are forever changing and growing and you should show that in your profile pic. I try to change mines 4 times a year with the seasons.
Reply to Emails - This as the same as replying to comments. Normally I reply to all emails during the weekend unless it's super urgent.
One thing that I think everyone should do once in awhile is treat themselves. I do it all the time probably more than I should but none the less it's a way to reward myself after doing something challenging like getting through finals or just do it put a smile on my face. Either way it's very effective. Here are my favorite ways to treat myself.
Favorite Food - Food is hands down the number one way I can treat myself. I am a foodie so anytime I can eat from one of my favorite spots is a treat for me. It can be something a simple as a doughnut or a cupcake. It doesn't matter as long as it put a smile on my face and make my tummy happy!
Flowers - There is something about flowers that makes a room light up. I love having fresh flowers around they are amazing. My favorites are tulips. Most of the time I will just go to my local grocery store and they always have something amazing to choose from.
Mani/ Pedi - It is not often I have time to go and get a professional manicure and pedicure, I usually just do it myself, so when I do get it done it's a big deal for me. Something about it is just so relaxing especially if you go in the early morning and get a cup of coffee before you go. I mean can you say perfect!
Netflix/Hulu - I know this doesn't seem like much of a way to treat yourself but when I am in school I barely have time to do anything and I get so backed up on shows it's ridiculous. Taking some time to just relax and catch up on shows is a treat.
Sleep in - This goes in line with the Netflix dilemma. When I am in school I am so sleep deprived I might get 5 hours of sleep a night when I am in school and even less when it's midterms or finals. So when I have the pleasure of sleeping in I take full advantage.
Be with nature - I really find nature relaxing and calming, guess that why am studying landscape architecture. My top favorite nature spots to go is Great Falls Park, U.S. Botanic Gardens, and U.S. Arboretum.
Movies - I don't go out to the movies a lot, literally that only time I make it my mission to go to the movies is when a Marvel movie comes out. So I consider a trip to the theatre a treat.
Shopping - This recently became more of a treat since I cut back on clothes shopping. I used to be so obsessed with online shopping, like really bad. But then I notice that 50% of the things I was buying was just sitting in my closet with tags still on them. Since I buy less now, it's a treat when I do go shopping.
Museums - Living in the DC area has it's perks when it comes to the abundance of museums we have here. I have lived here my whole life and still haven't been to all of the museums. Fun fact: I love art! So my favorite museum hands down is the National Gallery of Art. Going to museums is another thing that relaxes me. Sometimes when I go during hours when they aren't crowded I will take my sketchbook and sketch some of the paintings or what ever I see.
It's July already, soon I will be back in school :( It is hard to believe how fast time is flying. June was a pretty good month for me I started my internship which is going well. I got back into the groove of blogging after taking a break back in May to wrap up school. So just been working hard in the last month. But for July I want to push myself even more and work even harder. There will be a few changes happening on the blog, all of the social media platforms, and Youtube. I think I am at point in my life were I want to make more content that I am passionate about and content that is more personal. The past few months I have not been as motivated to make content and I think that is because I am not making the content that speaks to me as person. I started to get to a point were blogging was something I felt like I need to do rather than what I wanted to do. And I always want to be excited and passionate about everything I do in my life. So after some self reflecting I realized that I wasn't being true to myself but was doing what I thought people would like, and at the end of the day I started this blog to express myself and share my experiences. Everything about my online presence and space will be changing in the next month or so and I have to say I am beyond excited about it!
I am guilty of buying clothes and letting them sit in my closet with the tag on them and so are a lot of people. I wanted to stop wasting money and make better clothing purchases that make more sense. At the beginning of this year I made sure to be more aware of my purchases. When I go shopping this are some of the rules I try to follow.
What do I need?
When shopping I try to think about what I need rather than what I want. Do I need the same shirt in two different colors? No not really. Most likely if I get those two shirts I will still end up liking one color more than the other and only wear that one and the other will just sit in my closet. What you need v.s. what you want will be hard to overcome because everything is so freaking cute and you want it all in your closet but trust me going clothes shopping with a plan really helps.
Knowing your style can also help you save a lot of money when it comes to buying clothes. I don't know how many times I have brought something thinking that I would like it just to try something different and never wear it. If you know your style than stick with it, you know what looks good on you so don't waist your money trying out something else.
If your looking for something specific like a wrap dress, try shopping around and look for the best deal. If you are gonna spend money than at least get the most bang for your buck. I mean who isn't down for a sale!
Don't Shop Trends
With new trends popping up every 5 minutes it is hard not to get sucked up in buying each one. A good thing to remember is that trends will leave as fast as they came and when they do leave you'll be stuck with the clothes that are not longer relevant or on trend. Stick with buying pieces that are timeless it will be easier on your pockets.
I am always trying new products on my hair but there are a few that I use religiously. So I am gonna share with you guys my favorite products I use on my natural hair.
Coconut oil is my go to for pre-poo. (For those of you who don't know what a pre-poo is, it's a product you use before shampooing your hair so that your hair is not stripped of all its oils.) My hair loves coconut oil, so before I wash my hair I will warm up the coconut oil in hot water and apply to my hair and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Then I shampoo.
I use two products for shampooing my hair Creme of Nature Argan Oil Sulfate Free Shampoo and Aussie Mega Moist Shampoo. Both cleanse my hair very well without drying it out which is a big deal for all my naturals. For a co wash I use As I Am Coconut Cowash it's very moisturizing and gives me a light cleanse.
Aussie Mega Moist Conditioner is my go-to it's a very moisturizing, sometimes with natural hair it's hard to find a conditioner that actually penetrate your hair strands instead of just sitting on top your hair strands. This conditioner makes my hair feel so soft!
For deep conditioner I use Briogeo Deep Conditioning Mask. If my hair is feeling weak and I need I a little extra boost I will use this conditioner. This mask help with breakage and really help your hair get back to a healthy state. The mask is packed with B-vitamins, rosehip and argan oils and collagen.
Leave in Conditioner
Creme of Nature Coconut Milk has been my #1 leave in conditioner for a few months now. I love spray form of leave in conditioner they are a lot lighter and actually make my hair feel super soft.
As I am Double Butter Cream is mainly what I use when doing twist, braids or any other protective style. When straightening or blow drying my hair I make sure to protect it with a heat protectant. My go to is Tresemme Heat Tamer. I have been using this for years and never has it let me down.