The thing you need to kickstart your blog in 2018

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There’s something about a new year that seems to make everyone want a refresh. Come January 1st my twitter timeline was filled with blog posts on everyone’s 2018 goals, with the majority having a recurring theme of taking their blog to the next level. Whatever the next level is to you, be it working on your first brand collaboration, getting your first “in the press” feature or even reaching a page view goal, there’s one resource that can help you achieve any number of those things in 2018 .. even better that you can read it while in the bath. I’m talking about Blogosphere magazine, the publication I subscribe to that brings our online world to life.

If you’re not familiar with Blogosphere Magazine, let me give you a crash course: It’s a 164 page quarterly magazine, filled to the brim with articles on blogging, topics we’ve all been talking about recently and if that wasn’t enough for you, interviews with the biggest names in Youtube and blogging.. Zoella ring a bell? What about Casey Neistat?

WHY DO I SUBSCRIBE?

Above everything, I wanted to talk about why I myself subscribe to the magazine, when i sat down to actually think about it before writing there was one word that stood out in my mind: Inspiration. It’s so easy to get into a blogging bubble, where you become trapped in your own blog, your own past posts and the way you have always done things on your corner of the internet. As a result of that I’ve always said if I’m looking for inspiration i turn to pen and paper to create my post ideas, but when I’m looking for motivation and inspiration to actually get to it and create that content, I turn to the magazine.

When I’m feeling down about my online efforts or am lacking the motivation to write, I take a break and read the magazine. It isn’t something I sit down and read in one go, there are so many articles so I almost save them for when i need them the most. If i’m confused about something it’s likely they’ve covered the topic in some form, if I’m in need of inspiration I’ll read one of their blogger interviews, and if I want to learn about a topic I haven’t thought about before, I’ll read an article on something new that’ll spark my own questions and leave me with some new knowledge.

MY IMPROVEMENTS USING BLOGOSPHERE:

I started off 2017 with a goal of improving my blog and Blogosphere has been instrumental in any improvements that i made last year. I’ve seen people’s photography featured in the magazine and became determined to improve my own, asked myself to question my own thought processes based on questions in the magazine, and taken on advice written by the bloggers who create the content. Above all Blogosphere has made me feel like everyone is on the one level, which is often the reassurance you need when numbers are such a huge focus in the community – when you open an issue of Blogosphere you see bloggers featured with followings in the hundreds all the way up to the millions, and if that doesn’t convince you everyone has a place I don’t know what will.

The first time i opened an issue of Blogosphere it was almost as if my online life had come alive, i opened it on a page with extracts from the twitter chat and began recognising usernames – everything that used to only exist in my life on a screen now felt real, and I couldn’t have been more motivated. The thing that shocked me the most when i started blogging 2 years ago was the community around blogging, I’ve said before how when I started my blog I had no idea it even existed and I’ve come to see Blogosphere as pretty central to that community.

Not only does Blogosphere bring the online world to print but they create an online discussion every Sunday at 8pm with their Twitter chat. Twitter chats are one of the best ways to get involved in the blogging community: You find new accounts to follow which often turn into friends, the chance to involve yourself in a topic that’ll be discussed in the magazine, and carefully chosen topics that’ll be hugely beneficial to you no matter where you are with your stats, or how long you’ve been in the blogging game for.

THE NETWORK?

Blogosphere changed the game recently when they opened up their Blogosphere Network, earlier I mentioned reaching your goals, like securing your first brand collaboration or being featured in the press – the Network is the physical embodiment of all the inspiration you get from the magazine, it’s the tool you can use to move your inspiration from inside your head to actually getting things done. Less reading and dreaming to more signing up and doing. I know when I started to realise brand collaborations were a thing I had no idea how they worked, or how bloggers even got into contact with them, if you’ve been wondering the same lately the Blogosphere Network could be a great help. Once you’re signed up and accepted, your profile can be viewed by brands who can get in contact with you about collaborations and opportunities, it bridges the gap between brand and blogger and couldn’t be simpler!

Possibly the best thing about the network is the chance to see yourself in the magazine, every issue of Blogosphere has the In The Spotlight feature, and the 3 bloggers included are now picked from the network. I was one of the three bloggers picked for issue 14 and i can tell you it’s one of my proudest achievements, so if you fancy seeing yourself in print sign up here.

My subscription to Blogosphere is easily one of the best tools I’ve used to improve my blog, subscribe here for just £30 a year. 

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29 Comments

  1. January 14, 2018 / 10:36 am

    What a brilliant post! I read the Zoella issue a while back and absolutely loved it, but was so busy I didn’t get a chance to read it all – but you’ve completely convinced me to sign up to the subscription now! I’m definitely one of those who has vowed to try and put more effort into their blog this year and I’m already falling back in love with it! And until now it was just about writing and the love for me but I’m thinking I want to start learning about stats and collaborations so this magazine and network sound perfect!

    Thanks for the recommendation Maria! And huge congrats on being featured in Issue 14!

    Daughter of An Air Hostess // Fashion, Travel & Lifestyle

    • Maria
      January 16, 2018 / 4:00 pm

      What a lovely comment, thank you! The Zoella issue has to be one of my favourites too but they always seem to top it every time, good luck with taking it to the next level – a subscription to the magazine will be a big help to really get your teeth into things! x

  2. January 14, 2018 / 11:32 am

    They couldn’t have picked a better person for this collaboration! Loved seeing you in the issue before last, I’ve just caught up with the last two whilst on holiday and came back with enough motivation to sit and blog for six hours straight yesterday! I was gifted a subscription for christmas and I’m sooo excited to receive the next issue. Loved this post x

    • Maria
      January 16, 2018 / 4:02 pm

      omg that is so lovely of you to say, thank you! It really is a big motivator, i’m not surprised you sat for so long!! I love the idea of a subscription as a present, especially when it’s something like this which is so specific to someones interest! x

  3. January 14, 2018 / 2:37 pm

    I really want to start reading this – I’ve heard brilliant things about it!

    Beckie // The Pale Tails

    • Maria
      January 16, 2018 / 4:09 pm

      You do! I think it’s something every blogger should subscribe to! x

    • Maria
      January 16, 2018 / 4:09 pm

      Yess! It’s new, look into signing up! x

    • Maria
      January 16, 2018 / 4:10 pm

      Isn’t it! It was such a good idea to make the network to have alongside the magazine!x

  4. Erin
    January 14, 2018 / 5:55 pm

    Aaaah wow that is SO cool Maria! You have me wanting to subscribe properly. Right now I drive 15 miles to a WHSmith to buy them, but maybe the perks of online subscribing now are completely worth it. Will need to check it out! Cause I flipping love the mag! 😀

    Erin || MakeErinOver

    • Maria
      January 16, 2018 / 4:11 pm

      Omg you should definitely subscribe, it works out cheaper and you wouldn’t have a 30 mile round trip aha! i admire the dedication to getting it though haha!

  5. January 14, 2018 / 6:35 pm

    I loved this post so much. Blogosphere is so worth the money. I totally agree about how good it is for inspiration and learning new things about blogging. It’s also so exciting seeing people you follow or speak to online recognised in the magazine. Congratulations Maria! X

    • Maria
      January 16, 2018 / 4:13 pm

      Thank you so much! It really is, when you divide the price per issue it really isn’t a lot considering how much you get from inside the magazine – picking people out that i recognise is one of the first things i do when i get it through the door! x

  6. January 14, 2018 / 6:46 pm

    Great post Maria, totally agree.
    I’ve really enjoyed being a subscriber to Blogosphere, it’s so inspiring and motivating!

    • Maria
      January 16, 2018 / 4:13 pm

      Thank you so much! I’m so glad i opened up my subscription when i did! x

  7. January 14, 2018 / 6:51 pm

    Well done for being picked Maria! You’re doing so well with your blog, you’re such an inspiration. I love the magazine but quite often the price scares me off! I suppose If you weigh it up quarterly it’s not so bad. I buy Vogue each month and that’s not exactly a cheapo mag! Definitely get more blog inspiration and ideas from Blogosphere mag.

    Lovely post and photos 🙂

    Samantha x
    http://thebeautyspyglass.com

    • Maria
      January 16, 2018 / 4:15 pm

      aww thank you, that is so kind! Really when you divide the price it’s worth it, especially when you consider how much content you get in here compared to vogue – i used to have a vogue subscription and it was money down the drain, almost like paying to see adverts haha! This is much more useful and relevant to my life x

    • Maria
      January 16, 2018 / 4:16 pm

      omg definitely look into it, it’s something every blogger should have a subscription to! x

    • Maria
      January 16, 2018 / 4:17 pm

      Thank you! Definitely look into it, i get so much out of every issue of the magazine, it’s so worth doing! x

  8. January 15, 2018 / 8:44 pm

    This is so wonderful! You have some really great content yourself, and I’m excited to get my subscription going with Blogosphere! What a great opportunity! Thank you for sharing!

    • Maria
      January 16, 2018 / 4:18 pm

      Thank you so much! Ah how exciting, you’ll love it! x

  9. January 16, 2018 / 8:28 pm

    This was such a nice and informative post! I’ve always admired the covers of Blogosphere magazines but never actually picked one up for myself. I’m definitely going to consider a subscription this year as I feel like it could be great inspiration for my blog.

    Bekah – rbekhaj.com

    • Maria
      January 20, 2018 / 5:22 pm

      Ah thank you! It’ll be such a great help, so worth it! x

  10. January 18, 2018 / 2:22 am

    This is such a great post. I completely agree with you. Blogosphere has completely changed the way I blog, and has given me so much inspiration in terms of upping my photography game, and also giving me ideas for posts. I started blogging a little over a year ago, and I don’t know why it took me so long to buy (actually I do, it was super expensive to ship to the United States, but totally worth it). I didn’t know they had a network, but I’m so glad you spoke about it, because I joined 🙂 xxx

    Melina | http://www.ivefoundwaldo.com

    • Maria
      January 20, 2018 / 5:31 pm

      Thank you so much! You’re so right it’s such a great help when it comes to inspiration and well worth it in the end! and yay! So happy you’ve joined x

  11. January 29, 2018 / 5:24 pm

    Such a great post! This definitely sounds like a good idea for people like me not knowing where to start with affiliate marketing!

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