The best thing I’ve ever done for my blog

Blog Boss Mood Board

Pictured above: My Blogging your Way homework from this week: Mini brand UX and strategy scamp.

Hey y’all.

You might have noticed a bit of Spring cleaning going on around here of late.

It’s been on the cards for some time, and after a four year break from proper blogging after Edith was born and I went back to work, I’m very excited to say I’ll be devoting a lot of my time to this little online place of mine again. Thanks so much to the readers who have stuck with me all this time – I’d love for you to say hello. You can’t imagine how much I’ve appreciated it even when my blogging really did thin out!

The past few weeks I’ve been exposed to some amazing thinkers and teachers in the world of blogging. I signed up to Holly Becker from Decor8’s Blog Boss class, and I have to say it’s the best class I’ve ever taken. It’s been so interesting – everything they teach is relevant AND exciting.

I for one have been so inspired but the real key for me is that it’s been such a massive motivator. Having people look at my homework each week and critiquing it has been brilliant. I was so keen to get my homework done properly this week, that when my scanner broke, we drove down to Witney in the snow at 3pm on Sunday to get a new one.

The planning aspect of the course has also really helped me pull all my ideas together into a tight unit that feels tangible and achievable.
I feel like I’ve come so far in such a short space of time.

Sign up to be notified of the next Blogging Your Way course – I know I’ll be doing it!





39 responses to “The best thing I’ve ever done for my blog”

  1. Anna avatar

    Looks gorgeous, Charlotte! Can’t wait to see where this takes you. Xx

    1. Charlotte avatar

      I can’t wait either Anna – lots of amazing things have been happening this week!!

  2. Yzette | SOYZ avatar

    Hi Charlotte, what a nice job you did with your home work this week. I saw this moodboard on flickr and went to your blog. It feels exactly the same. It’s the first time for me on your blog but won’t be the last time. good luck with homework week 4. See you in class, bye! Yzette

    1. Charlotte avatar

      Thanks Yzette – I have been busy working on it over the weekend to match my mood board. Really loving the class- hope you are too x

  3. lavenderandclove avatar

    Hi Charlotte from a fellow BYW classmate. I just found your blog from the week 3 homework for the first time, and I’m loving it. Can’t wait to watch it grow. And your moodboard is so lovely.

    1. Charlotte avatar

      Hi Meredith – thanks so much for saying hi! I have been over to your blog to look at your amazing LA life – and cakes!! Great to meet you – it’s such a brilliant class and such a nice group of people too.

  4. Sonia (@cozymemories) avatar

    Hello Charlotte 🙂
    I’ve been following you on Flickr & Instagram. I LOVE your new blog layout, it looks so simple, fresh, neat, organized & inviting !
    I’ll be checking your blog on a more regular basis.
    Have a great middle of the week !

    1. Charlotte avatar

      Hi Sonia – hooray! Thanks so much 🙂 I am feeling like I want to start using Flickr again you know! I’ll make a point to put some everyday life kind of photos on my blog too xx

  5. Michelle avatar

    This design looks amazing! Love the first page with the frames.

  6. Gillian avatar

    I was thinking last time I stopped by how nice it’s looking – clean and fresh and gorgeous. x

    1. Charlotte | Anknel and Burblets avatar

      Thanks Gillian – always lovely to receive your comments xx

  7. Rosa Paula avatar

    Hello from a fellow BYW student. I liked your blog very much! I’m already following with bloglovin.
    Have a wonderful week!

    1. Charlotte avatar

      Hello Rosa – thank you so much – off to go and say hello to you on your blog xx

  8. Lindy avatar

    Hi Charlotte- I’m still here reading and loving everything you do!

    1. Charlotte avatar

      That’s great Lindy – I was thinking about you only yesterday!

  9. formandreform avatar

    Love, love, love the drawing/photo combination. And so glad to hear you’ll be blogging more often. You are delightful & inspirational too. xx

    1. Charlotte | Anknel and Burblets avatar

      Thanks Michelle. Love your comment. I don’t think I’ve ever been called delightful before. I do quite like it!

  10. Jessica avatar

    Long time reader first time commenter here!

    1. Charlotte | Anknel and Burblets avatar

      Hi Jessica – fantastic – thanks so much for saying hi. I really appreciate it, AND of course the fact you’ve stuck with my blog all this time xx

  11. Will @ Bright.Bazaar avatar

    I’m so excited to discover your lovely blog, Charlotte! You have such a lovely space here and it’s packed full of inspiration – off for more of a click around! 🙂

  12. Daniela avatar

    Looks really nice! I’m looking forward to read more…

    1. Charlotte | Anknel and Burblets avatar

      Thanks Daniela – your blog is totally AMAZING!!! I love your photos, your illustration, your pies – all of it!

      Have you come from BYW?

  13. Igor avatar

    Wow Charlotte, this looks fabulous. In general I love your blog’s overall look and feel. It is very clear, clean, with a focus on your great photography.

    1. Charlotte | Anknel and Burblets avatar

      Ah, thanks Igor – you were in my BYW homework for 8 blogs that rock. I wrote nice things about you!!

      1. Igor avatar

        Oh wow, I am more than flattered to hear so!!! Thank you my friend:-)

  14. Julia Bergheim avatar
    Julia Bergheim

    Hi Charlotte,
    I love your blog-it’s such a generous, beautiful, space. I’m wondering if you can help me with something. I’m trying to start my own blog, but I don’t really know where to start. I’d like something that provides freedom in design alteration and I don’t mind paying for a subscription. Can you please tell me what blogging platform you use for your blog?

    Many thanks from Abu Dhabi,

    1. Charlotte | Anknel and Burblets avatar

      Hi Julia. I use WordPress and have customised the Duet theme from Theme Foundry. It’s a one off free of around US$70 and then you need to self host. I noticed SquareSpace do some amazing themes and they do the hosting. Let me know if you have any more questions!!

  15. Julia Bergheim avatar
    Julia Bergheim

    Thank you so much for responding-I can’t wait to get started!

    1. Charlotte | Anknel and Burblets avatar

      You are very welcome – let me know if you have any more questions.

      1. Julia Bergheim avatar
        Julia Bergheim


        In addition to your blog and Flickr, have you found any really great online photo storage for family photos/etc? Photobucket, SmugMug, etc.? I’m trying to figure out how to store and display all the digital images we have and I would really value your advice.

        1. Charlotte | Anknel and Burblets avatar

          Hi Julia. I use DropBox to store all my files – which means I can work from anywhere and always access my photos. It’s not cheap though – I would just stick with Flickr if I didn’t have so many images to store.

  16. Kim avatar

    Hello Charlotte! 🙂 I can’t wait to see more of your gorgeous country house – your style at home and on your blog both feel comfortable and carefully considered.

    We are having our own move soon – funnily enough to a sandstone cottage with an aga, so we can pretend we’re in the English countryside too, even though we’re actually just moving up the road. 😉

    1. Charlotte | Anknel and Burblets avatar

      Kim. Have you deleted your beautiful blog? If what I read is right, similar thing happened to me. That’s when I stopped blogging. It’s taken four years to start again.

    2. Charlotte | Anknel and Burblets avatar

      PS. I hope you start your blog back up again – or you can re-instate it? I’d love to see more about your new cottage – sounds wonderful x

  17. Christy avatar

    Hello from Waiheke Island… a long time ago we spoke on the phone… and I have peeked at your blog every so often since then. It looks lovely ,and makes me feel like getting back into mine. A winter project perhaps… Hope it’s starting to warm up for you over there.

    1. Charlotte | Anknel and Burblets avatar

      Hi Christy, yes I clearly remember speaking to you on the phone. What did we talk about? My memory says it was after we’d already been at Waiheke. Are you friends with Judy Cox? And yes, the weather is improving a lot over here. Thanks goodness!

      1. Christy avatar

        It’s a small island… Judy lives just up the road from us, she used to join us sometimes for craft when my children were young at the steiner kindy.

  18. Anna avatar

    Absolutely love this Charlotte, I love the style of your blog anyway but this moodboard is beautiful, especially like the drawing style. So nice to see something done by hand, we tend to forget about how to use a pencil and paper these days. Great job!! Glad you’ve had fun on Blog Boss, sad I couldn’t do it this time.

    1. Charlotte | Anknel and Burblets avatar

      Hi Anna – I really miss drawing by hand – was a big part of my London job, so I have bought a scanner and once the kids are back at school I’m going to start doing more illustration for my blog.

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