Technical Tuesday: How to get more followers

I wrote this post as a guest post on Blogshareconnect and thought it was worth posting here as well.

I started my blog last year so technically I am still a newbie, learning the ropes on how to blog and the top of mind question for me lately has been how to get more followers? If you are newbie like me, you will know how exciting it is when you check your blog and see you have a new follower – every single person that follows you want to find them and give them a hug and thank them so much for thinking you were worthy enough for a follow.


For the this first Technical Tuesday post I bring you a very informational post on “How to get more followers” –Keep in mind I am not an expert, but this is what I have found is working for me:

  1. I recently switched from BlogSpot to Word Press, it was preference thing. I found BlogSpot limiting and Word Press has made it easier for people to follow my blog. Problem was I was worried I would lose the existing followers I had on BlogSpot if I moved. It’s actually pretty easy to avoid. I amended my feed burner account and redirected my BlogSpot account to Word Press and voila, I have kept my old followers intact. This is a really good article that shows you step by step how to do this. The most important note is DO NOT DELETE YOUR OLD BLOGSPOT BLOG! Just redirect it to your new one!
  2. Join I joined Bloglovin, and claimed my blog as my own. At the moment I only have 39 followers on Bloglovin but I am hoping this increases. This is a great article on how to use bloglovin to get more followers.
  3. I link my posts to my Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Bloglovin – so EVERYONE sees my posts. The aim is to get retweets, likes and clicks-through to my posts this way. If people like your content enough, the idea is the more stuff they see that interests them; they will subscribe and follow you. If all goes to plan that is, you should get more followers.
  4. Pinterest, I am not sure if this is really working but the idea is if you increase your followers on pinterest, then it may spill over to your blog.

So this is what I am working on, to try and get more followers! Granted, I still have a fair bit left to do, but it is working. Remember you still need to put in time on your posts, making them read worthy of your followers to keep your followers. I hope this has helped and been informative – and made you want to follow me, right?

follow-meWhat do you do to keep and grow your followers?

Thinking Out Loud Thursdays #5: I workout because…

I stumbled across this pic on Google and I thought it may be a way to motivate me into running and working out if I thought about all the reasons why I run and workout.



1. It relieves my stress. Stress from work, life, home, family… whatever it might be, I always feel like I can tackle any mountain after I work out.

2. It makes me happy. Truthfully I am always smiling after a workout, even a bad workout is still a workout.

3. It helps me stay fit and healthy.

4. It challenges me to push myself to succeed.

5. It makes me stronger, builds my strength and confidence.

6. It helps me sleep better.

7. It helps with my flexibility and toning.

8. I can eat without guilt.

9. It lets me fit into my own skin and clothes more comfortably.


What motivates you? Why do you work out?

p.s Not sure what Thinking Out Loud Thursdays are about? Check out here.

Get Your Sh!t Together September!

Following Ash’s lead, welcome to the first day of September which will now be referred to as “Get Your Shit Together” September (#GYSTS)!

GYSTS14Its the first day of spring here and summer is fast approaching, so its a perfect time to get your shit together! Plus this is the month that I run my FIRST HALF MARATHON – can you feel the excitement? The nerves are certainly kicking in!

So how am I getting my shit together?? Here is how:

1. Run – Run your day your way. I am taking this literally, by running A LOT. Also I am going to be in charge of my days/weeks and month by running my day and staying in check with all my goals.

while you were sleeping i was running2. Breathe – Don’t sweat the small stuff. I am going to not stress out about things that are totally beyond my control.

enjoy the little things3. Listen – Listen to my body and rest when I need to, but also listen to the advice from my support group as well. This is something I take for granted. I need to listen and take other people’s advice sometimes!

4. Health – Looking after my body and my health. Running looks after my fitness and body but I also need to watch what I eat. After my 21days no cheats experiment I realise how often I crave unhealthy food and how I need to curb these cravings by eating the right food at the right time.

5. Happiness – After my 21km, Rob and I are taking some time off work to have a bit of a holiday and relax at the end of September so this will be a great reward to look forward to. My happy place is with him.

So how what are you goals this September?




Week 9 of 12 Half Marathon Training

This week I didn’t do so great, but I didn’t totally suck either. I ended up running 3 days just not the total mileage I was aiming for, ended up with 12km, with 16km scheduled for tomorrow. I tried a cross fitness training class on Tuesday – it was a HIIT workout and it totally worked muscles I never realized I had. I am hoping to add this at least once a week going forward. I didn’t get round to RPM or Bodypump this week but that’s not really a biggie for me, what bums me out is my lack of improvement on my running.

Lately I have not really been enjoying my training to be honest with you. I kinda feel like I am over it really, I cant really be over it because I am committed to running the 21km but I dunno how much running I am going to be doing, lately its been a lot of walk/running. Truthfully it feels like this is the most I have walked my entire running career (ok so career is a big word for one year but you get my point).


I really feel I am capable of more. So I am trying to keep myself motivated, keep my eye on my first half marathon prize.

This week I will be doing the following work outs:

Monday: 5km run; Bodypump
Tuesday: Rest Day
Wednesday: Cross Fitness Class; 12km Run
Thursday: Rest Day
Friday: 3km run
Saturday: Rest Day
Sunday: 16km Run

What is your plan for this week? How do you keep yourself motivated? Are you enjoying your runs?

Thinking Out Loud Thursdays #4: Random Questions

I am busy going through a bunch of ideas for blog posts and I came across a few random ideas that actually would work perfectly as random questions everyone would love to know about me… so here goes, my very first Random Questions:

1. What do you wish you would have gone to college for?

I wish I had gone to Chef School. I had thought about it, and it was a definite contender when I was just out of school all I wanted to do was be a pastry chef.

35_Restaurant_PastryChef_xxxlarge2. If you had a super power, what would it be and why?

Aside from every runners dream to run fast, I would actually like to be able to travel in time, I would love to see what the future holds. Does that sound as cheesy as it sounds in my head?

3. My favourite animal and why

My first teddy was a Panda Bear and I have always loved Panda’s since then. But my favourite animal is also a Giraffe, I have always loved how tall they are and how long their legs are because they are similar to me 🙂

giraffepanda4. My First Car was

It was a Morris Minor, 1951 classic model with all original features. I had it for 2 weeks before it broke down and we had to sell it (it wasn’t a sensible student car to have really).

1951-morris-minor5. Your favorite smell

I love the smell of rain. Also freshly baked cookies.

6. If someone offered you one free cosmetic alteration, which would it be and why

I would want to fix the funny pigmentation I have on my face… its something that does bother me sometimes.

7. Favorite Childhood Teacher

Miss Russell, She was my English teacher in High School. She encouraged my love for poetry and creative writing.

8. You have been given R1,000,000.00 to use as you wish, however you can not keep any of it. Who would you give the money to?

My parents, my nephew and Robert – without a second thought.

9. What’s your worst date ever?

I once went on a date with a guy I met online who ordered what I ate and drank during the date and then made me pay half. If I am honest the thing that most upset me was that on top of all of that he was shorter than me. I called my mum as soon as I got into the car and cried saying I would never meet anyone worth a dam. A little over a year later I started dating Rob 🙂

10. If you lost all of your belongings in a fire, what would you miss most?

My photographs. I would hate to lose all those!

Now its your turn, answer these Random Questions!

p.s Not sure what Thinking Out Loud Thursdays are about? Check out here.

Worldless Wednesday {Link Up}

I loved the idea behind Wordless Wednesday, get the full details here. Often I think I ramble and talk too much. So this post will allow me to post a pic or image that speaks for itself. It will be based on what is going on in my life, how I am feeling etc.

http://runningwiththesunrise.comSo here goes, my first Wordless Wednesday: