Building Your Empire: Making Your Blog Successful in 5 Easy Steps

successful blog tips

Hi readers,

This post is dedicated for all bloggers worldwide, since a lot of my visitors are having their own blog too I’d love to help them getting forward and reaching goals. Building your brand isn’t easy, especially in 2018 where you have so many influencers trying to make it and trying to earn money through the internet. That’s why I’ve written this blogpost, as a small blog guide for you.

Here are 5 easy steps that will make your blog successful:

1// Give it time

Rome wasn’t build in one day (we Belgians have a saying about that, I’m not sure if the Englishman use this sentence too). You can’t expect that your blog will have thousands of visitors on day 1. Or day 2. Or week 5. Don’t focus too much on the numbers. Maybe you have 1 particular reader who looks forward to your new blogpost every single time, and maybe your writings make his or her day better. That’s enough to be happy about, right? Appreciate the small achievements and give it time. Most famous bloggers have been blogging for over five years or longer, so why expect yourself to reach those targets when you’re just getting started?

2// Be active on social media

You can’t build your empire without social media. As a blogger it’s almost an obligation to have an Instagram, Facebook and Twitter page. If you want to have success, it’s important to that you reach as much people as possible. When you don’t have any social media accounts, then your blog might disappear on the world wide web. But when you look at it from another perspective, it’s very interesting to make your blog well known through social media. Some bloggers have gain lots of readers because of Instagram. So keeping your accounts updated will definitely help you to get your blog to the next level. It might be more work, but you get the rewards of it at the end.

3// Engage with other bloggers

You want to have comments, shares and likes? It all starts with you. When you leave a comment, share and/or like a post of another blogger, they will likely give it back to you. That’s so wonderful about the blogger community, bloggers support each other. I’m not saying everyone, but let’s say 60% of all bloggers will give you something in return. Same with following, you can’t expect people to follow you if you don’t follow anyone yourself. Give and take, it’s as simple as that. When you engage you will receive more engagement too.

4// Work on your visual lay-outs

Visual lay-outs are very, very important when blogging. Of course your writing skills have to be on point, but the visual part may be as important as the writing itself. Would you like to read a book without a title, chapters, paragraphs or any structure? I guess not. The same with blogging. People don’t want to get headaches when they read your blogposts. They looove structure. Take my blog posts as an example: you have a title supported with an image, an introduction, the middle which contains the information I wanted to share and the end of the post which has the conclusion and an invitation to share your views in the comment form. The bold words are essential information I highlighted. And when you use images, make the color scheme attractive. For Instagram you can use the Preview app, it’s a good tool I can recommend.

5// Don’t compare yourself to others

It’s the same as in real life: comparing makes absolutely no sense. You’ll always find something better in another person. That’s what makes us different. The same with blogging, another blogger might be better at image editing or Instagram sharing. It doesn’t matter. You can be inspired by others, but don’t compare. It’s a waste of energy and you need to stay true to your own style. That’s your key to success.


If you have any more tips & tricks, feel free to share them in the comment form. To me it’s all about supporting each other, I hate jealousy and negativity – there’s plenty of that on the internet. Instead of doing that, it’s better to help each other grow and respect the fact that we are different.

Thank you for your attention & ‘til next time.

Privacy for Bloggers: Are you aware of what you share?


Hi folks,

With the whole media buzz around privacy policies we become more aware of what companies can do with our information. These days customer data allows companies to contact people in many different ways. It’s now almost impossible to do a purchase without giving your name and email address for commercial purposes. Facebook is by far the most powerful tool for companies to get information about everyone worldwide (age, gender, work, email, phone number, interests, …), especially since the increasing popularity of online shopping. But what’s the deal with bloggers?

Before the whole buzz I wasn’t really thinking about what I share online, but after receiving loads of spam in my mailbox with policy agreements I asked myself the question: how much information should I share with my readers? There should be a limit of course, and it’s absolutely important to protect yourself, because information equals power. Especially when sharing personal life issues, bloggers should be aware of the visibility and accessability of that information.

Just some random facts to make you think:

  • An employee who said to his boss he’s sick and couldn’t go to work, shared his fun activities of that day on his Facebook because he faked the fact he was ill. His boss saw the message and fired him right away.
  • You’re sharing pictures of your traveling on your blog, while your neighbour is trying to break into your house after he’s seen that you’re gone for a week to another country.
  • Your best friend shares her location all the time on her Instagram and Snapchat. That way her ex boyfriend has the potential of stalking her en knowing where she is in one blink.

Sounds all cruel right? These are worst case scenarios of what people can do when they have specific information. That’s why you need to be aware of what you share on your blog and social media.


I have some tips for you so you can make sure you won’t share too much.

  1. Things you shouldn’t share: your home address, your full name, your bank/identity information, passwords, phone numbers and your birth date or place. Sounds logical, but people with bad intentions can link things easily and sometimes you share this private information without knowing.
  2. When you’re planning to go on holiday, only share pictures of your trip when you don’t leave your house alone.
  3. Don’t forget that what you write, everyone – and then I literally mean: EVERYONE – can read it. Your collegues, your boss, your friends, your family, your neighbour, the old lady from the block and even that creep from across the street. So: if you wouldn’t share the information in a conference with all these people, then simply don’t publish it.
  4. Be aware of the non removable history of the internet: what you publish stays online for ages even when you delete it (people share all the time). So be careful with political opinions or religious preferences. This information is sensitive and to be rude, it really isn’t anybody’s business.
  5. Don’t share any photos, names or information about people you know without their permission. For instance, when I share a photograph with my boyfriend, I ask his permission if it’s okay if I publish it on my blog. Never ever give personal information of other people.
  6. Be careful with locations. These days when you share something, it’s almost natural to share the location too because it’s also a way to find new pictures and new accounts. But don’t be to specific. You can just type the name of the city, but never share a full address.

To finish this post, I’d also like to share a new privacy law for bloggers called the AVG/GDPR. Since we also possess data of our visitors, for instance when subscribing to a newsletter, it is important that we guarantee their data protection as well. For my blog, you don’t need to worry, my blog’s secured and the information stays on my platform – only I have exclusive access to it.

How do you deal with the new privacy laws as a blogger? Do you have some tips as well? Share them in the comment box.

Nomination Liebster Award


Hi readers,

I’ve some great news, I’ve been nominated a third time for the Liebster Award! I was nominated by the lovely Sarah from Lifewithlilred. Her blog’s filled with amazing fashion styles (gotta love her outfits) and all kinds of topics you absolutely will enjoy reading. It’s a blog where you can spend hours and hours discovering something new and interesting every single time. Worth a frequent visit if you ask me! 🙂 So Sarah, thanks again for the nomination, really appreciate it and keep blogging girl! ❤

Let’s get started then shall we! First of all, I need to share the rules.

The Rules:

  • Acknowledge the blog that gave it to you and display the award.
  • Answer the 11 questions that the blogger gives you.
  • Give 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 11 blogs and notify them of their nomination.
  • Give these blogs 11 questions to answer.

Q & A:

  1. What is your favorite thing that you have done this summer?
    I’ve been to Barcelona with my boyfriend last week. It was our first trip together, so I was beyond excited! We had an amazing time, having him in my life is such a blessing. We did several activities, as you can see in my latest blogposts.
  2. What is your favorite type of weather?
    Well, currently we’re having a heat wave in Belgium and I’m craving the winter season now! But that’s just because it’s too hot now. My favorite type of weather is the kind that allows you to go outside in a t-shirt without being cold – and no rain. And yeah, sunshine of course 😀
  3. Who is a celebrity that you can’t stand?
    Hmm.. can’t really think of anyone. I do have the most respect for Hollywood celebrities who have a stable life, who don’t seek attention of the camera’s constantly and who have a down to earth personality.
  4. What is one of your guilty pleasures?
    Ben & Jerry’s. Chocolate and coffee. Gossip magazines. And I really enjoy the sitcoms Desperate Housewives and Devious Maids.
  5. Do you take pictures on your phone or with a camera?
    Phone, I have an iPhone 6 and the quality’s spectacular.
  6. What is your favorite form of social media?
    Instagram’s still my number one because it’s not too personal, unlike Facebook. You can always search for similar accounts for inspiration and it’s easy to use. You can follow famous people and stay tuned whenever something new’s up with your fav accounts. I also love the filters you can choose from when uploading your pic, they all look good!
  7. Other than blogging, what is your preferred hobby?
    Shopping, reading, cuddling with my bunny Fien, spending time with my boy/friends/family, trying new makeup looks and creating new fashion looks, … I like everything fashion, beauty & lifestyle related. I’m a real home person, I’d rather have a cosy home to stay in then going out every day.
  8. What was the last series that you binge watched?
    At the moment I’m watching Devious Maids, I really like it. I also like Desperate Housewives, Grey’s Anatomy and Lost. Not the latest hypes in TV land, I know, but I don’t really do hypes anyway.
  9. What book is on your night stand right now?
    *shame on me* I’m not reading any book right now to be honest, I just came back from our trip to Spain and I need to get back to it. Still searching for a good book though, any recommendations? I like romantic comedy or psychological thriller literature. Nicci French is always a nice choice.
  10. Describe a perfect day out.
    Any day with my boyfriend would do 🙂 We’re really close.
  11. What is your favorite flower?
    Kinda cliché, but I love roses. I just like the layers and the romantic vibe that goes with it. I do prefer the ones with thorns, because I love the imperfections. The idea of good and bad, I guess.

Fun Facts:

  1. I have an irrational fear of smelling bad, so I carry my deodorant like 24/7 with me. I also wear (way too much) perfume, just the idea of me not having a nice scent makes me feel dirty. I use deodorant at least 3 times a day.
  2. I can’t sit still. I’m always busy doing household tasks, working for my blog, working at my job, cleaning, etcetera. That’s why my boyfriend’s the perfect match because he’s able to calm me down and he makes sure that I take a break when necessary.
  3. I’m petite, I’m only 1m63.
  4. I have very annoying feet, whenever I wear new shoes I always suffer from blisters. That’s why I always prefer wearing sneakers, especially Nike, Adidas, Converse and Vans. Those are my favorite brands.
  5. I always carry way too much stuff with me. That’s why I can’t wear a small bag on a daily base.
  6. I’ve been blogging for almost 6 years now.
  7. I started creating websites when I was 9 years old. I learned HTML quite quickly. When I was young I fell in love with the digital world and I even made my own magazines for class at primary school. So it was no surprise that I started blogging at 18.
  8. Before WordPress I had a blog at Blogger, but after three years I felt like I had seen it all. The platform wasn’t offering enough possibilities for a professional setting so I switched and I’m glad I did.
  9. I’m addicted to coffee.
  10. I’ve dyed my hair way too many times. I’ve been blonde, brunette, black, redhead. Name it, I’ve done it.

My Nominees:

My Questions For You:

  1. What’s your favorite food?
  2. Why did you start blogging?
  3. If it was possible, would you like to be a blogger for living?
  4. Name something you really loathe.
  5. Is there something you’d never write about?
  6. What are the most important things in your life?
  7. Which countries would you like to visit someday?
  8. Do you like traveling? Why?
  9. What’s your favorite movie?
  10. Do you have any pets?
  11. If you could only have 4 apps on your phone, which ones would you pick?

Again, a big thank you for Sarah for nominating me for this award. It’s an honor, and it was great to answer her questions. I hope you guys enjoyed reading this post, make sure to share your opinions in the comment form!

Nominatie Liebster Award


Hallo lieve lezers,

Ik ben genomineerd voor de Liebster award door Mentje, een beauty & lifestyle blogger met tal van leuke, interessante artikels. Denk maar aan nieuwe product testings, supertoffe giveaways en cruelty free & affordable beauty shopping. Mentje leeft op een motto van één van mijn blogposts van de voorbije weken: Be the best version of you. Haar blog is echt goed leesvoer, dus ga zeker een keertje kijken!

Dit waren mijn vragen:

Wat is de belangrijkste levensles die je hebt geleerd?

Wauw, wat een vraag om mee te beginnen! Nou ehm… Ik heb geleerd dat je als mens veel meer verantwoordelijkheid hebt in situaties dan je in de eerste instantie zou denken. Mensen kruipen erg snel in een slachtofferrol, terwijl ze vaak de macht in eigen handen hebben om uit een situatie te geraken. Je hebt wel degelijk een keuze of je in drama blijft steken of je jezelf ertussenuit houdt. Verder ben ik nog volop aan het leren hoe ik grenzen moet stellen, dat ik mezelf op de eerste plaats zet. Dat is zo’n beetje mijn hoofd levensles zeg maar, want het is een valkuil waar ik vaak intrap. Dan ga ik telkens opnieuw over mijn grenzen heen tot ik op een punt kom dat ik niets meer aankan.

Wat is je favoriete life quote?

“Life is about creating yourself.” Jezelf ontwikkelen, je geest verrijken en zo jezelf als individu creëren. Dat is naar mijn mening één van de hoofddoelen van ons bestaan. Door jezelf te vormen als mens, geef je je leven een definitie en kan je ook zelf beter inschatten wie of wat goed in dat plaatje past.

Welk groot doel wil je graag bereiken in je leven?

Mijn levensles: grenzen stellen en me niet te snel laten beïnvloeden door anderen. Verder wil ik natuurlijk het huisje, boompje, beestje verhaal met mijn vriend. Ik zou graag een gevoel van innerlijke rust bereiken. Een gevoel van comfort, van optimaal geluk en veiligheid. Eén van de grote doelen in mijn leven is ook het verwekken van nieuw leven, een eigen kindje ter wereld brengen.

Wie is de belangrijkste persoon in je leven?

1 persoon kiezen lijkt me wat moeilijk. Mijn mama, bomma en mijn vriend zijn in principe mijn grote naasten. Verder mijn beste vriendin en mijn lieve collega’s waarmee ik dagelijks samenwerk. Als ik me moet beperken tot 1 persoon, natuurlijk de persoon met wie ik dagelijks samenleef: mijn schatti, Joery.

Als je een wens mocht doen, welke zou dat dan zijn?

Ik heb twee zieke ouders, ik zou hen graag gezond willen zien.

Ga je naast bloggen ook ooit nog vloggen?

Ik heb al een aantal video’s gemaakt, maar het vloggen is behoorlijk tijdrovend dus vandaar dat het bij een aantal is gebleven. Misschien in de toekomst maak ik nog wel een vlog, maar dat zal zeker niet de prioriteit worden 🙂

Wie is jou favoriete beautyblogger of vlogger?

Moet ik er echt eentje kiezen? Ik vind zoveel blogs leuk om te lezen. Als me beperk tot beauty is mijn favoriet LaMoois. Bomvol leuke product reviews, boeiende topics en een wondermooie lay-out wat het lezen extra comfortabel maakt. Zeker een visitje waard!

Is dierproefvrij voor jou belangrijk?

Ik ben zelf gek op dieren. Helaas let ik niet erg er op of de producten die ik koop dierproefvrij zijn. Natuurlijk, zet twee producten voor mijn neus dan zal ik wel degene kiezen die niet op dieren getest is. Ik heb zelf een konijntje en moet er niet aan denken dat ze zulke diertjes gebruiken voor chemische doeleinden! 😥

Welke hobbies heb je naast het bloggen?

Films kijken, Dr Phil kijken, vrienden/familie zien. Verder bestaat mijn leven uit werken en huishouden doen haha #adultlife 😀

Wat is jou go-to shop voor cosmetica?

80% van mijn makeup komt van Kruidvat. Ik ga meestal voor low budget brands. Soms haal ik ook cosmetica bij Primark of Action. Omdat ik vaak nieuwe dingen wil proberen, wil ik er ook niet superveel geld aan uitgeven. Voor mijn huid ben ik wel erg voorzichtig wat ik gebruik, want ik moet fond de teint gebruiken op non comedogene basis. Gelukkig heeft L’Oréal poeders en vloeibare foundations die dermatologisch getest zijn.

Wat is jou go-to shop voor fashion?

De meeste kleding die ik draag komt van H&M, zowel basisstukken als stuks die erg trendgericht zijn en seizoensgebonden. Voor de rest koop ik regelmatig tweedehands, soms vind je echt top designer stukken aan een schappelijke prijs. Ik zweer bij betaalbare mode.


Volgende bloggers nomineer ik voor de Liebster Award:

  1. LaMoois
  2. LikeLouise
  3. DebbyTheChocoholic
  4. DailyJolien
  5. L’Amour Innocent
  6. Aboutsbstyle
  7. Byyentl
  8. Rachel Leeft
  9. X By Ka
  10. Sarah En Route
  11. Angela’s Beauty Eyes


11 vragen voor jullie:

  1. Waarover gaat je blog?
  2. Wat zijn je favoriete topics om over te schrijven?
  3. Heb je een bepaalde planning als het op bloggen aankomt?
  4. Wat doe je buiten je blog?
  5. Hoe zou je jezelf omschrijven qua karakter?
  6. Zijn er bepaalde bronnen waar je inspiratie uit put?
  7. Zijn er dingen die je hebt bereikt met je blog waar je erg trots op bent?
  8. Ben je actief op sociale media?
  9. Is je manier van bloggen verandert doorheen de tijd?
  10. Vanop welk toestel schrijf je je artikels en waarom? (laptop, tablet, …)
  11. Maak je ook wel eens video’s?


Ik wens jullie allen erg veel succes en ik ben uiteraard erg benieuwd naar jullie antwoorden! Good luck!

Get featured on my blog!

Hallo lezers,

Deze maand organiseer ik iets exclusiefs, namelijk de opportuniteit om gefeatured te worden op mijn blog. Heb jij een blog met een bijzonder verhaal? Of heb jij een talent dat je graag wilt delen?

Kortom, heb jij content dat interessant is om te delen met mijn lezers? Alle onderwerpen binnenin de thema’s fashion, beauty en lifestyle zijn welkom!

Ik wil op deze manier beginnende bloggers de kans geven hun blog te promoten. Bovendien kan je het artikel over jou delen op je eigen webpagina, op die manier win je aan naamsbekendheid.

Samen kunnen we brainstormen naar het schrijven van een boeiend artikel over jouw verhaal, eventueel in de vorm van een interview of biografie.

Wil je meedoen? Vul onderstaand contactformulier in met een beknopt woordje uitleg over wat jouw verhaal inhoudt. Ik neem zo snel mogelijk contact met je op.