This is my end of summer and going into the autumn look. Those if I\'m honest, the day we took these photos felt like we were still in the middle of summer and Autumn was just a distant dream. ⠀
I\'m a little late to the linen dress trend that been filling up my Ig feed this summer. Still better late than never, here\'s a linen \'inspired\' dress from Primark. I say \'inspired\' as I don\'t think its strictly a linen dress and its proberbly some cheap knockoff.⠀
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With Autumn just around the corner, It got me thinking of September/Autumn fashion and how I\'m looking forward to saying goodbye to my summer dresses and hello to oversize jumpers and cosy cardigan. I\'m trying to reclaim my love for the cardigan, a childhood fave of mine which I have seen to outgrown as I got older. ⠀
Starting with this Sainsbury TU embroidery cardigan which is so lovely to wear. I\'m now looking forward to wearing more cardigan throughout Autumn. Bring it on. ⠀
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When your husband surprised you with a big bouquet of flowers and your first thoughts is - quick let me put on a pretty dress and take a photo of me holding it!⠀
(The only problem with that - you look tired on photos hence me hiding behind this bouquet.)⠀
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Now the heatwave is coming to an end (they predicting rain and thunder later on today and I\'m excited!) I can now get back to what I\'m best at - posting pretty pictures while wearing pretty clothes. This was a DKNY dress  I brought from Tk Maxx, retailed originally as $145 - I got it for £10. Bargain! ⠀
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A couple weeks ago, out of nowhere a butterfly flew into our home. This got me all emosh and I was certain it was an omen - a good omen. My husband just wanted it out of the house, but I wanted to keep it.⠀
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This butterfly picture was at London Zoo. ⠀
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A couple weeks ago, out...

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4 Blogging Lessons I learned the hard way

This blogging business is tricky. There no real rule book on what to do – or not to do and how are we suppose to learn it all? When I started out back in the olden days, where the word ‘blog’ wasn’t even invented there wasn’t any advice what so ever available online, we had no pinterest blogging board, no ebooks to buy and no one to email for advice. We just had to learn through trial and error, sometime hitting the jackpot – other time it a complete disaster. We didn’t have super-duper fancy WordPress and Blogger at the beginning wasn’t owned by Google and was run separately with no SEO capabilities. It was just the case of writing and tell your real life friend about it (while they rolls their eyes and tell it so boring). So as you can imagine over the space of 15+ years I learned a lot about this blogging malarkey and learned at time the easy  way to do something very simple – and other time (and more often than not) I learned a hard valuable lesson, here is 4 blogging lessons I learned the hard way.

Backup everything:

And I mean everything, even the cat – backup your cat! Seriously every month or so get into a good practice backing up everything, this include your posts, pictures, videos and your gifs. I learned this the hard way, by losing everything. My old website was hacked (more on that very shortly) and I lost bloody everything – my posts, videos and pictures.  It was nightmare and so upsetting. Even if you think nothing will happen to your data – that when it most likely will happen; or at least that what I have discovered. It was a hard lesson and one I never want repeated.

How to do a backup:

  • If using WordPress you can installed a plugin to help you back up your data – just search backup plugin. The best thing I found is you can schedule a backup and it get automatically downloaded onto the computer.
  • Or in your admin/dashboard area (this also apply to Blogger) go to Tools>Export>given an option to export>save/download a file.

There are other better tutorials out there but it 100% worthwhile doing.

 

Secure The Website:

Batten down the hatches and secure everything. As I mentions, my old website was hacked – like completely hacked and could not get access what so ever! I didn’t just loose my data but I lost my entire website. It was a virtual online horrible nightmare. I was using WordPress at the time but it has a lot of a vulnerability and loophole, it wasn’t secure as it is now put it that way.  My web host at the time was from the US (that another good piece of lesson I learned – choose your country origins as a web host) and cause of time different it was very hard to corresponds, they basically  wasn’t any help to me. So I ended up losing the domain name (thebeautifulstyle.com if you’re interested) by me closing my account down with them. After that fiasco I took a year off break from blogging and after that brought this domain name. The first thing I did was secure everything on here – where I now use a powerful plugin that secure my website data and will lookout for any hackers. So overall I cannot stress this enough, secure your website.

 

Know a little about the SEO Rule:

What I mean by that, know a little about SEO, it doesn’t have to be a lot. Just enough to know so you’re not going to hit by a penalty fare by Google. Like I am. It’s nothing major and one I was able to correct straight away and revoke the penalty fare so no real biggie. But it did give me pits in my stomach and felt like all my hard SEO work went to waste. I basically didn’t add a <no follow> tag at the end of a link which was my fault as I forgotten that my plugins that put all my links to <no follow> was deactivated. So it was a case of activating the plugin again and business get back to normal (well almost, gotta wait for Google to lift the penalty fare). So what I’m saying is, read up a little on SEO so you can avoid a penalty fare from Google. Read up on why its important for bloggers to know the <no follow> tag and read up on how Google bots can detect when such a tag isn’t on.  Also SEO will also help you get traffic and help you bring in new readers.

 

Not everyone is your friend online:

I have this motto or stance in life – where what you see is what you get. Or in the case of the online blogging world what your write is what you get.  I think I’m still very me through blogging as I am in my real life.I mean I’m very friendly to everyone I meet and always happy to have a good old chat. I’m like that both online and offline. What I’m saying is – I try to be a friend to people regardless of colour, race or ethic. But that isn’t always the case online, I had one girl who befriended me through MSN (remember them) and MySpace (now this is getting seriously old school!). At the time I thought it was cool that a girl from Canada wanted to be my friend. We sent each other emails and even Christmas card. I did have a blog at the time (it was at livejournal) and we commented on each other blogs. I started working in retail full-time and got really busy with that job, because of that I started to distance myself online. My real life took a lot of my focus away from the online world. I started to not talk to her so much, I explained I started a new job and I was very tired and etc. At first she was fine with it and told me it not to worry. When I did have some time off from work and could give a week my attention to my online life, I found out she went bat-ship crazy. At the time we was both member of an online blogging forum and I logged in to find she wrote a complete page-worth rant about ME!! From there on out I completely blocked her email address, blocked on her MSN and unfriend her on MySpace. I saw her as a long distance friend and one that I thought we was cool. Nopee naaaa. So that a hard lesson – I had no idea what was her problem with me. Or what was going on with her real life. It very strange. Moral of the story is that everyone you meet online isn’t always your friend.

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49 Comments
  • Ellie Augustin
    September 17, 2016

    Oh yes I agree on all these! I am back up queen especially since I do so much with my photography and I also had a I’m gonna pass out moment when my blog went MIA when I tried to go from Blogger to WordPress and had to go back to Blogger and it was WELL long story short I’m pretty sure I lost like 10 pds in those 2 weeks straight of getting for the most part my blog back.. AHH and for Bloggy peeps.. yup it’s all HI and Hey from me.. I really don’t have any blog “friends” that I would email back and forth although I’m “pretty” sure there have been a few that sent up red flags and I knew to stepppp back lol.
    Thanks for sharing this post! I actually was going to back up this weekend while I did the weekend wash!

  • Milly Youngman
    September 17, 2016

    Definitely some great advice here – learning a bit about SEO has definitely helped with my blog!

  • Vaishnavi
    September 17, 2016

    Great lessons. Great tips. Your post serves are a good word of caution in these areas. I was not aware of the significance of “nofollow”. I am heading over to fix mine now. Thanks for sharing!

  • Julie Wright
    September 17, 2016

    Thank you for the tips and I agree with you about not everyone is your friend online, you do have to be so careful these days.

  • Brittany Ferrell
    September 17, 2016

    I, too, learned the hard way of not backing up! Just last night I spent four hours backing up by backup…just in case. To be honest, I totally do not get SEO and I do have a “no follow” plug in, but I did not know there could be penalties!!!! You just saved me a heart attack because I am now going to double check that plug in!

  • Christine Dodd
    September 17, 2016

    Thanks Anna – I’m going to see if I have a no follow plugin available to me on wordpress hosted – I didn’t understand the implications.

  • Jasmine Hewitt
    September 17, 2016

    Thank you for the tips, backing up is something I haven’t really worried about(until now!)

  • GLAM ROCK GIRL
    September 17, 2016

    Great tips indeed! I have a plugin for security and one for SEO. Security is SO important. Even in Social Media (set a strong password and make sure you change it type thing).

  • Nikki
    September 17, 2016

    Thank you for sharing these tips. I had a near miss with my blog when I started tinkering with the coding and nearly mucked it all up. THankfully I had backed it up!!

  • Nayna Kanabar
    September 17, 2016

    Great tips I think the best one is to back yup your blog regularly god forbid if the computer breaks or some thing .

  • Anna Nuttall
    September 17, 2016

    I also backed it up dropbox and Google drive. haha 😉

  • Manish Raaval
    September 17, 2016

    Awesome Lessons Anna. Especially the one about backing up your blog. Thank you for Sharing!

  • Rhian Westbury
    September 17, 2016

    Great tips, I need to remember to back up my blog, I always forget to do this x

  • Sarah Prince
    September 17, 2016

    I concur with you on the fact that not everyone online is our friend. It’s amazing how many negative, backlashing people are out there.

  • Kirstie Melville
    September 17, 2016

    This is post is so insightful, definitely some important tips. Sorry you had such a bad experience with someone online that you thought was your friend. I’ve witnessed similar things and it’s horrible. Thing is 99% of people are so lovely and you get some that do and say things that are just unimaginable.

  • My Cool Toy Vids
    September 18, 2016

    backup back up back up!! I’ve lost 5 years worth of work before… lesson learned!! Another lesson for me is that even when things are lost, there is always a way to get back up and rebuild 🙂

  • Jessica
    September 18, 2016

    SEO rules and yes, we need to know and learn it. the harder part is actually the online people. we must learn more on how to deal with them

  • Kacie Morgan
    September 18, 2016

    Some great tips here Anna 🙂 I think everyone forgets the importance of back ups and security. I started backing up my blog when I moved to WordPress, but I am still in the process of tightening security .

  • StressedMum
    September 18, 2016

    Some great advice here, and so sorry you have had to find all this out the hard way x

  • tineke - workingmommyabroad
    September 18, 2016

    Great tips, especially the back-up :O!!

  • Jenni
    September 18, 2016

    I need to look for a new backup as mine never completes x

  • Julie Cao
    September 18, 2016

    Thanks for the great tips Anna. I just started full-time blogging and I almost forgot the back ups. I just installed backup plugin on my wordpress site after reading your article. Glad to read this so I wont experience the online blogging nightmare.

  • Francesca
    September 18, 2016

    Its so awful that your blog was hacked!!! How did you start over? I’d find it really difficult to start again! This is definitley a lesson and I’ll be sure to back uo eveything!!

  • Melissa major
    September 18, 2016

    Some very helpful tips here! It’s very important to back up everything.

  • MegHann
    September 18, 2016

    Oh I need to learn from these too- thanks for sharing!

  • MELANIE EDJOURIAN
    September 18, 2016

    I have a copy of everything now as wordpress went down and lost some of my recent posts a while back which was a nightmare.

  • Anna Nuttall
    September 18, 2016

    I decided at first with this domain to start off on Blogger and then eventually move onto Wordpres. I sort off just start publishing some of my old uni works as a starting point and then worked on from there. It wasn’t the greatest feeling in the world, I must admit.

  • Working mum Blog
    September 18, 2016

    Great lessons. Thanks for sharing. Backing everything up is son important! Had no idea you could schedule them automatically. Cheers for that tip.

  • Amie
    September 18, 2016

    I am going to back up right now! Like as in this minute!! That’s great advice and totally freaked me out!! GREAT post – loved hearing advice from a veteran 🙂

  • Karen Grosz
    September 18, 2016

    I am a trusting person by nature, but not trusting everyone online is critical. There are those out there wanting to create havoc. It is sad and I would love it to be a different way. I do the other 3 things as well. #BlogEngagement.

  • Rachel
    September 19, 2016

    It is true, not everyone online is your friend and not everyone will like you, even if they like your blog x

  • nicol
    September 19, 2016

    i back up my blog monthly as i would be terrified if anything had happened to it or if i decided to change it completely

  • Camilla
    September 19, 2016

    Great lessons, I’m lucky to have tech support from my husband and the “nofollow” rule on links is one I’m very hot on!

  • Lianne
    September 19, 2016

    Ooh these are some great tips, thanks for sharing Anna!

  • Anna Nuttall
    September 19, 2016

    You’re very welcome. xx

  • Laura H
    September 19, 2016

    Oh gosh I can’t believe you lost your old domain name! Going to look into backing up all my files now >.<

  • Lilinha
    September 19, 2016

    Some great tips, thank you for sharing! It’s so important to do a backup and to make sure you are safe! 🙂
    http://lilinhaangel.com/

  • Stephen
    September 20, 2016

    Some very good lessons learnt. I often wish I had known more or know more about SEO than I do, but it is work in progress.

  • Kara Guppy
    September 20, 2016

    Security is a nightmare – I got hacked once and was devastated!

  • Anna Nuttall
    September 20, 2016

    Oh no sorry to hear that happen to you. It really is a bloody nightmare. xx

  • The London Mum
    September 21, 2016

    Great advice! I wish I could restart my blog completely with all he things I know now. I know there are many things I’d do differently.

  • Allison
    September 22, 2016

    Fantastic advice and I’m sorry you had to learn the hard way! Going to back up tonight and double check all links are no follow

  • Ashton
    September 22, 2016

    Such a relatable post, though I’ve never actually backed up my blog… It’s something I keep saying I’ll do and never get round to. 🙁

  • Freelancer Philippines
    September 23, 2016

    these are very important reminders… simple and quite elementary, but I think most of bloggers don’t take it seriously.. I don’t quite understand why your friend wrote a rant on you, it’s a fact that not everyone is not your friend online, but if you do find friends, they are great help on your business..

  • Andrea
    December 4, 2016

    This is such a good sharing, thank you for this post.

  • Stephanie
    December 29, 2016

    I’ve learned so much too. I’ve lost friends over the years as well. These days, I just stick to my own little world.

    Thankfully my host backs up my site every day!

  • Ref J
    December 29, 2016

    Great tips about SEO and securing your site online. I agree that not everyone has good intentions when it comes to friendships (both on and offline).

  • Jessica
    December 29, 2016

    There’s some great gems in this post! I just recently had to learn a hard lesson about backing up my website too, so I completely understand. And as for the girl who ranted about you, it’s so true. Not everyone is really there for you and keeping your best interest in mind. Online or off, she was being a terrible friend and you didn’t deserve that. But at least you got a lesson out of it :).

  • Shannon
    December 30, 2016

    All great advice.. I think I need to research more on SEO. I understand the importance of backing up but I don’t think I know enough on that topic. Thank you.

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