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Tom’s Top 5 – March 2021

I can’t believe we’re already near to the end of March – how crazy is that?! By now, many more of us would have had our vaccines or at least have a date in mind. For me personally, blogging has been really handy during lockdown and I’ve had the opportunity to enjoy other people’s work.

So there’s no reason why that shouldn’t continue! Here are 5 more posts I took particular notice of in March.

How To Grow On Pinterest The Right Way

Sincere Mommy

For those of you who have followed me for a while, you’ll know I’ve had a hate/can slightly tolerate relationship with Pinterest. Frankly, I never really understood it…but even more frankly I never really took the time to try and understand it properly.

I’m still not as far along as I’d like to be but Shyla at Sincere Mommy has been really supportive and this post is no different. Pinterest can be a bit of a minefield for bloggers who maybe don’t get the time or opportunity to devote to getting clued up on how it works, but this post gives some tips that have genuinely helped me understand more.

The post takes you on a step-by-step journey, including some of the basics you need to know to be able to grow and some of the more in-depth stuff you probably didn’t think of. The post is so detailed and meticulous that I think it’s one I’m going to have to come back to on a few different occasions as I take on board further tips and learn more about ways to optimise my posts and grow my following.

I have genuinely taken a lot away from this post and highly recommend it for anyone who is also wanting to conquer any uncertainty about Pinterest but doesn’t quite know where to start!

6 Things That Actually Matter: Tips for Hobby Bloggers Series

Jenny in Neverland

This post, by one of the hardest-working bloggers I’ve ever come across, is one that definitely appeals to me as I’m very much in the “hobby blogger” category!

What struck me immediately with Jenny’s post is her commitment to helping others and giving advice; she confesses she isn’t a “hobby blogger” herself but she’s still spent her time on this series, researching and giving really valuable tips for those in a different situation.

Sometimes it’s difficult to find your place in the blogging world and it’s easy to compare yourself to others even though you might be on completely different journeys and have different goals, but the 6 tips given cover a range of objectives for bloggers such as focusing on the content and the uniqueness of the way you write. Underneath all the other stuff and the bells and whistles, an engaging blog with lots of interesting posts is still extremely important to anyone’s success.

What I admire about the post is the way it is set out to help others; we all need help along the way but Jenny finds a way to cater for lots of different people, all the while reiterating that the priority is that you need to be happy with what you’re doing without trying to please too many people.

I really enjoyed the idea behind this post (and the series in general) and can see they are being well received by other bloggers in the same situation. Highly recommend!

Why I Don’t Want To Rely On Using Dating Apps

Niamh Darby

I’ve been very much disconnected from the online dating scene, but I was fortunate enough to meet my wife on a dating website in early 2014. The website itself was called “Free Dating”, which didn’t even have an app (which kind of tells you the quality of the setup), but hey it worked out in the end!

I never used Tinder and to be honest I don’t think I really know any others.

But Niamh’s post is so much more important than just information about apps; it’s a real honest insight into her as a person and I really enjoy the posts where you get to know more about the individual behind the blogger persona.

The post doesn’t just talk about the science behind the apps and dating in general, but also about the importance of focusing on yourself and not relying on needing to find somebody online. Sure, each person is different and no matter how much you may enjoy your own company, you’re bound to have the occasional moment where you want somebody to share it with. However it has to be the right person for you and the right time and situation. This post highlights the importance of taking your time and getting it right, going for quality over quantity and learning to accept and make the best out of your situation.

Whether you’re single or whether you’re not, this post was a real eye-opener!

12 Ways To Show Self Love Without Spending a Penny

Katie Emma Beauty

The art of practising self-love is something I’ve been learning about a little more recently, however the common misconception is that it means buying yourself things you like or just spending in general. However, spending absolutely nothing but still having up to 12 different things you can do to show yourself a bit of appreciation? Surely that’s a no brainer.

The ideas may seem simple to some of us, but it’s amazing how many times over the course of a day, week or month we forget to give ourselves the time to enjoy, well ourselves.

Katie’s tips include writing some things down that you like about yourself (I’m not sure I have a killer arse but I can take the others on board!) and create a playlist which I can definitely relate to. Music is one of the easiest ways to lift your mood and to give yourself something to really get your teeth into.

Some days it may seem more difficult than others to get yourself into a positive mindset or to give yourself and your mental health the recognition it deserves. If you’re having one of those days, I think this post will help to refocus your mind and hopefully give you an action to take away and show the self love you need!

My Favourite Funny Women – The Best Female Comedians You Should Check Out This International Women’s Day

Sassy Cat Lady

Again, I end the post (as I did in February) on a bit of a “lighter” note, however I would be foolish to underestimate the power of the message within this post.

International Women’s Day came and went on the 8th March but, unfortunately, a lot if it was marred with stories revolving around the likes of Meghan Markle, Sarah Everard and even Caroline Flack. Sadly, the majority of messages were not ones of positivity but instead defending against derogatory comments.

However, female comedians are a prime example of the power of women. Outspoken, clever, strong and passionate about what they do, female comedians have often found themselves unfairly in the shadows of their male counterparts in both popularity and numbers.

Amy’s post highlights some of the best female comedians around today and I definitely concur on a few of them. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Sarah Millican live on a few occasions, Suzi Ruffell I’ve really enjoyed watching on various panel shows and Rachel Parris and Ellie Taylor are simply the stars of The Mash Report. Please do check out the video clip Amy has shared on this show within her post; it’s BRILLIANT.

One of the best things about some of the women mentioned is how openly they speak about things personal to them and I’m sure the content resonates with a lot of women too, of all ages. I would definitely encourage tuning into some of the podcasts or shows Amy mentions because if you haven’t heard of some of these ladies already, you are missing out!

I really enjoyed having a look at these posts in March and seeing a variety of different content – it’s also nice to see some different bloggers featured this month too!

Have you checked out these posts already? If not, here’s your chance!

Do you have any posts that really inspired you in March? Let me know in the comments!

12 thoughts on “Tom’s Top 5 – March 2021

  1. I have not read all of these so I will follow your recommendations. Jenny’s post is a brilliant one, I found it really useful. I certainly feel more like a hobby blogger right now than anything else so it is great to have info targeted towards that x

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  2. Love the post about female comedians! also my pinterest views have been stuck at the same number so im definitely going to use the tips from sincere mommy. thanks for sharing!

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  3. I love this selection! Jenny is one of my favourite bloggers, and Shyla is so supportive. I also love Niamh’s posts about dating, they’re so relatable and well-written 🙂 thank you for sharing these recommendations

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  4. I am so happy that you found my Pinterest post helpful Tom! I appreciate you including me in your top 5. This is an incredible honor. I hope you have continued success in your blogging and Pinterest journey.

    All the best!

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