Thank you so much to Abi for nominating me to participate in this tag! It’s been a while since I last wrote a book tag, so my book blogging brain is a little rusty. However, I anticipate that this will be a fun post! Hope you stick to the end, as you may even be a nominee…
Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post
Answer the questions below
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Enjoy the tag!
A book that a certain friend is always telling you to read
Whenever I’m recommended a book by my friend, I tend to read it straight away. Off the top of my head I can’t think of one.
A book that’s been on your TBR forever and yet you still haven’t read it
Call me guilty for not reading Animal Farm by George Orwell yet! It’s been on my TBR for years and I want to fully immerse myself in the literature and context behind it. Do you have any useful resources for Animal Farm so that I can study it?
A book in a series you’ve started, but haven’t gotten around to finishing
A Court Of Thorns And Roses was a stunning book, but I couldn’t get into the sequel! It just didn’t vibe with me in the same way the first one did. I would love to finish the series one day but at the moment I can’t enjoy it thoroughly so it doesn’t seem worth pulling through a novel if I don’t enjoy it.
A classic you’ve always liked the sound of, but have never actually read
Jane Eyre sounds beautiful!
A popular book that it seems everyone but you has read
I was such a big fan of Fangirl, however I’ve not yet picked up Carry On. It sounds fantastic since I loved Simon and Baz’ narrative in the original book. However I don’t have my own copy so it’ll have to wait until libraries are open again.
A book that inspired a film/TV adaptation that you really love, but just haven’t picked up yet
Swallows and Amazons is a beautiful children’s film that I enjoy to this day. Although I haven’t read its book adaptation yet. I’d be interested to know whether it’s similar or completely different from the film!
A book you see all over Instagram but haven’t picked up yet
The Poet X has been on bookstagram for ages now, and I still haven’t read it. I love Elizabeth Acevedo’s “With The Fire On High” and I anticipate The Poet X will be brilliant too. My library offers on online eBook experience and fortunately it’s available to borrow at the moment! I’ll have to read it soon.
You never see my passion for climate change on my blog. However, I don’t want to keep those two parts of my life separate any longer. It seems wasteful to not use my platform to promote positive change in the environment. That is why, today, I am announcing The Plastic Plan(et).
Concentrating mainly on plastic waste, this project is going to be a weekly series where I chat about all things environmental and encourage you to take action. There will be tips, advice and all-sorts in an easy-to-read format so you can commit to change right away! Despite the name suggesting plastic, I will also be inviting fashion bloggers to come and write about sustainability within modelling, fast-fashion and the many silent battles the media doesn’t portray. Hopefully this will fuel you to create similar posts, and get The Plastic Plan(et) trending.
Please, if you are to write a post about climate change, pingback to my recent post so I can see it! This isn’t just a month-long series, this is continuing well into the future.
The climate change posts have their allotted spot on a Friday. If you have anything to share, any guest posts you would like to write about this topic, email me! I really want this to be a community effort rather than solely my personal stance on the issue. Having different perspectives is how we connect with one another! So get writing.
This morning I was walking, and thinking about how you spend time – just like you would spend money. It never occurred to me before, so of course I had to make it into a six word story! Hope you don’t mind the abundance of these recently, I just love making them up.
Ana asked me some blog-related questions on Instagram the other day, and I thought it was the perfect opportunity to write a post about it! This post will focus primarily on driving traffic towards your site and how to gain sincere followers. I’ll try and keep it easy-to-follow however you know I love a good ramble!
Spend 30 minutes catching up on your reader, daily
Not going to lie, I don’t do this as much as I should. However, when I do take time out to comment on other blogs, my posts instantly have better response. I personally don’t think you should focus on the numbers, despite it being an integral part of blogging. Making sincere friends is the most special part of this community! I will make a post with a list of my favourite bloggers soon. Stay tuned for that!
Discover 10-15 blogs per month
It’s important to keep finding new blogs, new inspirations and potentially new supporters. I follow 10-15 new blogs a month, and spend time engaging with their content and showing full support. This is really fun to do, and also helps grow your audience!
Most of my followers come from Instagram. Over there we have a ‘small blogger’ community where we support each other’s content and strengthen bonds! I find so much inspiration on that platform.
Join engagement groups!
Group chats boost exposure, which is key to driving traffic towards your site. I have found quite a few friends through engagement group chats and when you submit your new post on there, people immediately go to like and comment. The Instagram algorithm means new posts don’t often pop up in people’s feeds, so you have to let them know by other means (through DMs and stories)
My good friend Sophie recently started up a hashtag called ‘insophiescorner’ on Instagram and it’s a perfect place to submit photos and find other small bloggers! Weekly, or even bi-monthly, catch up on the content within the hashtag and start following new accounts. You already have lifestyle in common as a niche, so they’re going to be a perfect reader for your site! If you are a lifestyle blogger, I highly recommend tagging your Instagram posts with ‘insophiescorner’ to find sincere followers. Please don’t abuse it though!
Many thanks to Ana for the question! I’ve just written a whole post from your short DM. Hope this helps other new bloggers too! If you enjoy my tips, I would happily create a part two for you.
How often do you spend blogging per day? What advice would you offer beginner bloggers?
Some recipes you return to over and over again, and this chocolate cake is one of them! My friend’s see this cake on their birthdays, my parents have a slice on their birthdays – it’s all around the perfect base for a party cake! You can decorate it any way you choose, but inside it has that unbeatable rich chocolate flavour. Here’s how:
5oz self-raising flour
1oz cocoa powder
6oz caster sugar (there wasn’t any in the supermarket so you’ll see granulated sugar in the photos)
Top Tip: Baking soda is optional, but makes the cake a brownie-like texture (as shown in these photos)
No messing about here, just measure out all of the ingredients into a large bowl. Combine using a hand mixer, or whatever electronic whisk you have. A splash of milk can also be used to loosen up the mixture if it’s too stiff.
Line two round baking tins with greaseproof paper.
Preheat the oven to 180°/160° Fan.
Spilt the batter evenly between the two tins. I use a scale to be precise because you don’t want one half larger that the other!
Bake for around 18 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean. Allow to cool on the side completely before decorating.
Decorating is the fun part because you can do it however you like! This particular cake was for a birthday, so I iced with chocolate buttercream before piping on a greeting with melted white chocolate. Here’s my final result:
How did your’s go? Make sure to send in your photos if you did follow this recipe. I would love to see how you decorated it.
What’s your favourite type of chocolate? Plain, white or milk?
Plain is definitely my favourite, or chocolate orange. They even do dark chocolate oranges now which is just heaven for me haha. Let me know in the comments, and have a great day!