Welcome To My Blog!

Talking is hard, so instead I write.

Welcome to Kitty Jade! I am Erin and my life is a confusion of books, tea, school and travel. Here is where I review the books, spill the tea and document the travel!

My main motivations are the rural world. Urban life is really not for me! When I can find a signal and connect to Internet, I post on this blog (every Monday, Wednesday and Friday).

With the telescope being the world, and society looking through it, I can guarantee that I am looking through the wrong end of the telescope.

With a tea in hand (or coffee, what ever pleases you), I hope your continue to read and enjoy my blog!

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“I feel like I’m falling”

Why You Should Start a Blog (2 Year Bloggiversary!)

Today I have a bonus post, to celebrate exactly 2 years of blogging. I would like to share with you my motivations that got me started on this blogging journey, and why you should start yours (if you haven’t already!).

April 23rd, 2017

Hello World!

I started my blog a few months after reading the Girl Online series and only a second after watching Zoella’s YouTube channel. I have always loved Zoe Sugg (or at least what she puts on the internet) and her blog inspired me to create my own! At the start of April 2017, I was reading blogs and getting ideas of what mine could be about. In the beginning it was all a mess of ‘wannabe lifestyle’ and weird extracts of unfinished novels. 2017 was the year of experiments and I luckily got the chance to collaborate with a range of bloggers, including Lorelei Joy’s magazine.

Why You Should Start A Blog

  1. To showcase your talent! Any hobby can be channelled through blogging. Whether that be DIY, gymnastics or YouTube. You will find that a blog can boost your internet career. 
  2. It’s free! Your blog can be free unless you want to start a business. However, if you start blogging with WordPress, a business account can be quite inexpensive (compared to self-hosted blogs).
  3. It’s better to be blogging than mindlessly scrolling. When I write a blog post, I feel productive! 
  4. Find internet friends. I have an internet friend, and, though our friendship didn’t start through blogging, it helped us find each other on Instagram and Snapchat. Now we can communicate daily, and fast, rather than through email!
  5. It pushes your mental strengths to the limits. It takes a lot to schedule and write posts for your audience every day, week or month. 2018 was a bit hit or miss with content. I’d have a block of motivation, then a block of demotivation. This is why scheduling helps a lot! You can spread out your ‘motivated’ content so that when it comes to that time when you don’t feel motivated, you are still putting out content for your viewers.

Things To Consider

Blogging isn’t just writing a post and publishing it:

1. Expect a couple of sleepless nights when you are full of motivation and need to write it down.

2. Also, be aware that people are going to find out. People that you know, people from school are going to find out about your blog. You may think: cool, I’ll get more readers, but that isn’t how it works. People are going to judge you, make mean comments and you have got to be prepared for it! Usually they do this because they are jealous. Don’t let it drag you down.

3. It takes a lot of time to perfect you web-design, write posts, schedule into the future and respond to other blogs. Be ready to give up your free time to work at your blog. In a future post maybe I’ll speak about my blogging routine, but make sure you create some time every day (or a block of time once a week) for you blog. Otherwise you will not grow, and that would be a shame 😊

4. You will not be certain of your audience straight away. Mess around with genres of writing and themes of posts. Soon you will find something you enjoy blogging about. Grow your audience from what you like writing, rather than writing what your audience wants! (it sounds quite controversial, but I hope you understand what I mean).

5. Don’t feel forced to break an anonymity barrier or to show your face. I like being anonymous. You know my name but I think I’ll leave it there! 😂 (my inner introvert is speaking)

Thanks for reading! This post may not be enough to get you to start blogging, but hopefully it will inspire you.

Did you enjoy this bonus post?

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Things That I Love Tag

Hello, how are you all? It’s been a while since I have participated in a tag but I miss it dearly! I have been kindly nominated for the Things That I Love tag by  Zara .

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How I Make My Scrapbook Travel Spreads

You don’t need to spend money on scrapbooking. Fancy paper is expensive and does not encourage us to start a scrapbook! It’s a hobby I took up this year because I luckily received a scrapbook for my birthday! After postponing starting the scrapbook for a while, I finally started. It became a burden to write on these spreads and soon I realised: I don’t have to write in my scrapbook! Scrapbooking is a visual art and in this post I am going to share with you how to master it.

I use my scrapbook to document mainly travel and days out. Today I will be reviewing my trip to Llandudno, Wales!

I would recommend gathering supplies before you start. It makes it an easier and quicker process! My HP Sprocket always comes in handy, but if you don’t own one you shouldn’t worry. It is just as easy to print from your computer! Also, receipts are great for travel spreads. Not only do they document your purchases but they also can be used a diary of where you have been. Leaflets and postcards are cheap or free and easy to find. Try finding one or two on your travels!

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Talking Is Hard

Why I Find Talking Hard

Just to clarify, it not the action of waggling my mouth that I find difficult (I am very good at yapping) but more the process of finding words, then regretting saying them. Often I overthink situations. For example, I’ll have a conversation with my friend and think about that conversation all day. I will re-enact the situation, replacing words with other ones and, from that, creating a reaction from my friend. This may sound very confusing to you, but I am confident that some people can resonate with what I am saying.

When I am mindlessly walking to school is, usually, when I think of this. I walk up to the bus stop and take a look at who is there, who I can hold a conversation with as wait for the bus. Prior to the meeting, I will give myself a script to follow as I talk to them. However, this obviously depends on their reaction. Usually, in the script, I am the one to start conversation. When the other person does, I very quickly have to take on another script.

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