Back From The Dead!

Though for you it may look like I’ve not been away, I have actually taken a break from blogging. Thanks to my very clever past self, I still had three posts every week and never missed a beat. However, I have had a considerable long break from actually writing so that’s why this post is a bit of a jumble. Just like I used to, I’m going to use my blog for rambling today. If that’s not what you would like to see then I totally understand – I will get back to the normal lifestyle posts in the next few days.

Last week was so hectic. I’m going to provide a little itinerary for you (this post is mainly for my benefit, to get things out of my head but you may find enjoyment in it anyway):

Monday 14th October

I visited BBC Media City and The Imperial War Museum in Manchester. There will be a travel diary for it! I got back quite late (about 18:30) when I was estimated to get back at 17:00 – so quite a few tasks were unfinished! I have a tendency to beat myself up when there is an unfinished task on my to-do list. This put me under minor stress and pressure.

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Tuesday 15th October

Auditions for Beauty & The Beast production! I didn’t want a main part but I was still really anxious about it. Turns out I did alright but I had to stay 2 hours after I’d normally be back from school. This cut out a lot of my dedicated homework time. Additionally, at break times that day, I was running a cake sale to fundraise for a camp with Scouts. There was hardly any time to chill that day but I managed to watch Bake Off in the evening which was relaxing.

Wednesday 16th October

I continued doing the cake sale in my break times. Interacting with people takes a lot of energy from me so the tiredness was really adding up. I usually have a Scout meeting on a Wednesday evening but I couldn’t make it because I had an English essay to complete. I was also feeling a little bit ill because of the stress was piling on top of me and I also had three teeth taken out at the dentist. I’ll be getting a brace soon. I can hold myself accountable for watching too much Gavin & Stacey that evening but it did cheer me up a bit!

Thursday 17th October

Cake sales, auditions and English essays were all completed so I could finally chill out. It felt amazing to spend an evening with family and just doing what I like best – reading. Still not finished a book this week which is mildly disappointing but I still have the weekend ahead of me!

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Friday 18th October  (the day that I am writing this)

Once again I am being a lazy asshole and doing nothing. I finished my homework as soon as I got through the door so by five o’clock the evening was mine. Writing this post has really helped relieve the stress from my system so thank you very much for reading it. I hope that this post helped distract you from your personal worries because that is what I aim to do.

Have you had a hectic week? Feel free to dump your brain in the comments below if it isn’t co-operating. I completely understand!

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Taking A Break

Recently, I’ve been trying to hide the struggles of blogging. Posting three times a week can be a strain sometimes. I have been posting just for the sake of posting. Some of my recent posts I am really not happy with but my schedule has required me to post it (I’ve been pushing myself a lot).  Also, being ‘professional’ is not fun. I’ve had to hide from you, my friends, all the problems that have occurred because of being so active. These past few months have been the best my blog has ever seen, and thank you so much for your support! Yet, being successful comes at a price. I have been glued to my iPad when it is really unnecessary. Sometimes a whole day goes by when I haven’t been outside. I disgusted my own problems and I want to put a stop to it.

Bookstagram is one of my new adventures and it has been good so far. Other than the pressure to read more often (which is unavoidable) the community is really safe and I’ve made some new ‘friends’. I enjoy spending time on there but I am very self-critical. My mind is constantly whirring: ‘this is unnecessary’ ‘stop scrolling’ ‘you’re wasting your time’ and I agree with myself, for some parts. I want to put aside 1 hour a day for bookstagram and that’s all. I know it’s very ambitious, but I am a Slytherin after all. In addition, my addiction to books has resulted in less exercise. I need to work on my own fitness and balance between books/health. 

You can probably see where this post is going…

I’m taking a break but for only as long as I need. I want to write up content that I’m 99% happy with, instead of 70%. Hopefully I’ll still be active on Instagram, but I can’t promise anything.

Sorry for the negativity: I thought you might like to know why I won’t be posting for a while.

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What I’m Up To This Summer | Ft. A Lot Of Rambling

It’s now official, I’ve ended school for the summer! I would like to share with you some plans I have for the future of this blog, my plans for the holidays and other random things you need to know.

Blog

This summer I’ll be redesigning my blog. There will be no change to the name or site address, though the layout with go through a few rearrangements. This is due to my post topics changing. I used to blog all about philosophy and poems. There will still be some of that, but less often. I feel like voicing my opinions takes a lot to try and make it less controversial. I don’t like creating drama!

Most readers are aware that I am now blogging more about books and travel. This topic has reached a broader audience and I’ve made some really good blogging friends through the subject.

Another thing I would like to cover in this post is Bookstagram. I’m not sure how I feel about restarting my Instagram feed because I have some really successful posts. What I may do is private my account for a week whilst I create a new theme and start posting. I currently have lots of landscapes in my feed and I wonder if I should post them just on my blog, and not through another platform. I’ve experimented with bookstagram this past month and the community is so lovely! I do not want to give it up but I do need some more practise.

I find it hard to keep up with my story sometimes, though. Some days I have a lot to show but some days I have nothing. This means I have lack of engagement. Though statistics don’t bother me, I love reaching out to other people.

Edit: my Bookstagram is up and running! I have a new theme that I have been posting to every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Travel

  • At the end of July I will be going on camp with my Scout group. This camp lasts for a week.
  • I’ll also be going to Llandudno again. I went earlier in the year and I have a record of it here!
  • In August I will be going to Menorca, and island at the south of Spain.

All of my travel will be recorded and posted on this blog a couple of weeks after the trip 😊 I’m looking forward to be writing a travel diary again. I haven’t travelled much in this last month so there have been no records for a while…

Books

I haven’t set any book reading goals for the holidays though I have nearly reached my yearly target! I set a goal of fifty books and never knew I’d get quite so far through it. This year has sparked a new motivation for reading a lot more!

My Bucketlist

I have a post for my bucket list here and am hoping to achieve most of them. It would be really rewarding to have them all ticked off by the end of August!

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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.

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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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