The Hustler Blogger Award | Why I Started Blogging, My Inspiration & Favourite Bloggers

It has been such a while since I was nominated for this award that I have completely forgotten who nominated me! Whoever it was I’d like to thank very much. From the questions I can already anticipate that this will be an interesting post. 

Rules

1. Include the banner in your award post.

2. Be sure to give the creator credit (markanthonyswall.wordpress.com) so he will be able to read them.

3. You can nominate no less than 5 bloggers, but more if you choose.

4. Answer the questions

5. The person who’s being nominated can add one more question of his/her choice to his/her nominees.

Questions

  • Why did you start a blog?

They are many people who got their inspiration from right where I did: Zoella. From reading her books a few years ago I was very intrigued by the idea of having an online platform to share my writing. Since I was a very small child I’ve always enjoyed the process of writing books, poems songs and anything creative. Having somewhere to share my writing really excited me! 

  • What/who inspired you to do it?

As I mentioned in the previous question, it was definitely Zoe Sugg and her books. Although I don’t make any content similar to Zoella, just that initial idea of sharing my thoughts was the inspiration. Since then I’ve found a lot of inspiration through YouTube, bookstagram, Pinterest and other people’s stories.

  • What motivates you to keep pushing and creating content and make your site alive?

The idea of giving up on something really scares me. Even if at points I am not enjoying blogging, I will push through until that spark is reignited again. If I were to take a break, I may never return. So what really motivates me to keep going is failure. I know that taking a break isn’t failure but to me it seems so. I’ve always had that mentality. It may not be healthy but it does help me sometimes! And of course, flicking through my reader always help me to stay motivated. That leads us on nicely to the next question:

  • Who are your fave bloggers? And how do they urge you to grow as well?

Okay, so there are a lot to choose from. However, if I were to make this answer as concise as possible, I’d have to list these five beautiful people:

Maryam @ Infinitely A Day Dreamer

Sophie @ Sophie’s Corner

Pooja @ Life’s Fine Whine

Gracie @ A Light In The Darkness

Zoe @ Zoe Ware

Their blogs always provide me with post ideas for my own blog. Sophie has especially inspired me over the last couple of weeks! What is even more special is the fact that they will always take time to reply to your comments and engage with your account too. That is what I find really important about the blogosphere: there will always be someone out there to help and encourage you. 

  • What lesson/s have you learned through your experience?

I don’t suppose I have learned many ‘lessons’ as such, however I can definitely give advice! Such as replying to your comments, keeping to a schedule and remembering that it’s just a hobby – you don’t need to spend ages and ages of time on each post! I’m slightly perfectionistic but blogging has taught me to care less. No-one sits there analysing the structure of each and every sentence. 

  • Has blogging brought impact to you as a person? If yes, what are these?

Ooh, I don’t know if it has or not! It’s really hard to identify what factor has impacted your change of style, aesthetic and interests. Through consumption of blogs I may have changed up some parts of my life, however I can’t pin-point what these are. In a way, yes. But I wouldn’t know unless I had never blogged in the first place! (that sounds like nonsense – does any one understand those last few sentences?)

  • Not everyone is confident enough to start a blog. What advice can you give them?

I’m not confident within myself, so I began an anonymous blog. There’s nothing to be afraid of if no one is aware of who you are behind the screen! Of course I don’t mean to encourage catfishing, but instead just hiding little parts of your identity that you’re not ready to share yet. If you’re not confident to start a blog, perhaps it isn’t the right thing for you. If you do have a passion, however, don’t be scared of sharing it. People will hear you. There is so much encouragement awaiting you! There may be set-backs, a few nasty comments here and there, but there is much more love in the blogosphere. Don’t be afraid – this little community is awesome!

  • Give 3 facts about you as a blogger (strengths or flaws)

Trying to stay positive, I’ll mention three strengths. We need some self-love in the air!

  • I’m good at writing post way before they are scheduled. 
  • I’ve not missed a single day of upload in about two years (three times a week!)
  • I have found an editing style on VSCO which works for almost all of my photos.
  • Drop down your blog post which you are most proud of (together with the link so we can read it)

Usually I stick to awards, tags and ‘list’ posts however this one was a bit different – I talked about yoga. Just a small little rant about what I enjoy about yoga! You all seemed to love it which was quite a shock. We have smaller attention spans by the day so I wasn’t at all expecting so much love on a chatty post. You can read it here.

  • Do you think you’ll love meeting all the bloggers you got to know in the blogosphere?

Wouldn’t it be nice to see all of the people you interact with online? I don’t think I could meet you all at once since I get drained by social situations, but it would be cool to meet little groups at a time. Beginning with my little UK friends, then branching out to Europe, America, Australia and Canada! I would love to meet you all, but I don’t think you’d want to met me haha since I’ve not revealed my face to the blog yet. I promise you I’m a teenage girl, not a random alien trying to steal your information then cause an invasion.

My Nominees

Sophie @ Sophie’s Corner

Rhi @ Marshmallow Harmonies 

Jules @ Casual and Up Close

Millie @ Millie Button

Grace @ Grace Ariya

Neve @ Neve Frank’s Blog

Emily @ Princess Emily M

Rachel @ Emma Blether

–  and anyone else who would like to take part! I love reading posts about blogging, and how people find inspiration. So do make sure to tag me in the post if you answer the questions (link my recent post so I get a pingback – otherwise I won’t be able to find it).


Woah! That was a pretty substantial post. Thank you so much for sticking to the end. I really appreciate it! Please leave in the comments your favourite blogs if you have any. I would love to know what you’re reading and branch out to new people. 

What blogs are you reading at the moment? What inspired you to begin a blog in the first place?

erin x

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Six Word Story

The dark light within stalking shadows.

A very moody six word story for this Wednesday. I don’t know if any of you get those mid-week blues! If so, I hope they pass. You deserve to have a brilliant day ❤

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The Best Ever Tea Bread Recipe | Fruity, Easy & Perfect With A Cuppa

After procrastinating writing this recipe for so long, finally I am here. To be quite honest I’m not sure why I left this so late! This recipe is among my go-tos because it’s so tasty but easy to make. Let’s get our ingredients and start baking:

Ingredients

  • 300ml hot tea (made with 2 tea bags)
  • 360g mixed dried fruit – I used raisins and sultanas
  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 135g soft brown sugar
  • 30g butter, softened
  • 1 egg

Method

First you will need to boil your kettle and make your tea. Then measure out your mixed dried fruit. Once you have done that, take out your tea bags and pour the hot liquid on top of the fruit to soak overnight. I recommend using a large bowl for this.

Add the flour, sugar and butter to the bowl. We only had demarara sugar in the cupboard so we had to use that, however the best one of the job is soft brown sugar (light or dark doesn’t matter). Once combined – it will be a stiff mix – add your egg. This will loosen the mixture and bring it all together. 

Now preheat your oven to 140°C. Line a loaf tin with greaseproof paper or if you have pre-cut cases – brilliant! Then spoon your mixture into the tin.

Bake for 1 hr 30 mins, or until a skewer comes out clean.

Serve by cutting the loaf into 5, then in half. This is because thin slices usually break apart when cut. Keep that in mind! Another option is to serve with butter and creamy cheese, though I like it plain.

And that wraps up this recipe! Super yummy, so easy and works out perfectly every time. Don’t forget to send your creations of this recipe to me via email or Instagram. It would be so great for you to try this out for yourself.

Do you like fruit cake? What other recipes do you want to see from me?

Leave your suggestions in the comments and have a lovely day,

erin x

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Top 5 Extras To Add In Letters | Collaboration With Jasmin @ The Writer Of Letters

Communication with others is incredibly essential, especially at this time. I have taken up the hobby of letter writing! Although I did this before lockdown, now it feels more important. I reached out to my wonderful friend, Jasmin, to create a collaboration all about the art of writing letters. Over on her amazing blog, you can see my half of the collab. I wrote out 5 letter writing essentials! Then on top of that, Jasmin has kindly written this post for my blog. In this post she is sharing cute add-ins to letters. Hope you enjoy the post. If you do, make sure to check out Jasmin’s blog through this link!

1. Small Cards With Cute Quotes, Bible Verses Or Encouragement On Them

I love adding little homemade cards with encouraging quotes and such into my letters, it’s such a fun little extra to receive! You can print quotes out, make your own DIY encouraging cards, or even print off some of your favourite memes to send to your pen-pals!

2. Stickers

Stickers are a really fun add-in and they’re also quite useful as your pen pal can use them to decorate water bottles, computers, and even letters and envelopes! You can get a ton of cute stickers off of Amazon and Etsy and your pen-pals will love them. Erin’s post also mentioned stickers, so make sure to check out her post!

3. Washi Tape Samples

Washi tape is basically a requirement for pen-paling, it’s so cute an you can add it to the letters and envelopes! A fun add-in for your next letter could be some washi tape samples, which you can easily make by winding your favorite washi tapes around a popsicle stick! Make sure to wind enough for a pen pal to use.

4. Tea Or Other Drink Packets

Another fun extra to add into letters is tea packets. The individually wrapped tea packets work best but hot cocoa, coffee, and hot cider packets also can work, as long as they’re flat and light enough!

5. Dried Flowers And Other Journaling Scraps

Dried flowers, magazine clippings and cute paper cutouts are all super fun to receive in the mail, especially if you enjoy using scraps and such for your journal like me! Dried flowers are so dainty and lovely to tape into your journal and to send it letters and I love sending  them my friends, especially it the flower is not native where they live!

 

That’s all for today! I hope that Jasmin and I can collaborate in the future, since this was so fun to create. Make sure to check out my post on her blog too.

Do you write letters? Have you received any during lockdown? (beside bills and random promotions haha)

Hope you have a great weekend,

erin x

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Six Word Story

The dancing flicker in her eyes.

Wouldn’t it be cool if I managed to pull together my 38 six word stories into a full poem? I’ll try my best to work something out, maybe when we reach 50! I just love writing these short little sentences. Glad you enjoy them, too! Your kind comments always mean the world to me.

What’s your favourite feature about yourself?

I think I like my eyes best, as long as I’m not on a book hangover (those things kill, and are as close to getting drunk as I’ll ever get, haha!)

erin x

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