This may come as a surprise to you, but I don’t really like blogs. The day I started Carly’s Couch was the first day I’d even gone on Tumblr or WordPress and to this day I rarely find myself reading blogs online. Even the blogs that I follow and get email alerts for never usually engage me from start to finish. In fact I’ve been finding myself less and less engaged, not more, as time goes on.

I have tried to explore what is out there and at times been inspired by what I’ve found. For example, at the beginning of last year Gala Darling was really rocking my socks and I saw her as emulating exactly the kind of blogger I wanted to be. I loved that she was giving helpful advice and promoting self love while also looking fabulous.

But I have since come to realise that her blog is not where Carly’s Couch is going. She was helpful in the beginning while I was working out how to get the basics right and I definitely made use of her advice when I attended The Blogcademy last year but actually Carly’s Couch is going to be different.

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This year I have been regularly inspired by Elizabeth Gilbert who doesn’t have a blog but is very active on social media and I follow her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. She is also one of my favourite authors.

I love that she has found a way to use her fame constructively and I feel she is something of a new age wise woman, managing to appear both flawed and remarkably ordinary but at the same time full of grace and wisdom and good advice.

She also really connects with her community and manages to make you feel like you’re in her inner circle.

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Advice giving is a huge part of where I want Carly’s Couch to go and in a few weeks I will be revealing a lot of changes to the format of this blog. But in the meantime I want to share with you my latest online role model.

Ask Polly is a brilliant advice column that features on The AWL and is written by

She answers questions about anything from sex to relationships to dealing with loss. And I just absolutely love her!

She swears, she’s a straight shooter and she dishes out truth like it’s Christmas on the Oprah show.

For a taste, here are two examples of her advice giving that is especially useful for the ladies.

Am I Just A Booty Call?

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I’m 33 And Single. What Am I Doing Wrong?

So, what do you think of Polly’s advice?