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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.
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.