I’m super tired – I’m not going to lie to you. Blogmas is a somewhat stress and I think it’s because I only have 24 hours between posts that I don’t get much response. But of course, that’s really not your fault. I find it hard to read other people’s blogs as fast as the posts get published – and most bloggers know that commenting on other blogs helps bring traffic towards your blog. That’s not why we really do it in the end though. After the struggles of the first year of blogging everything seems to get more and more laid back and easier to do. So we read these blogs more for enjoyment and inspiration.
And it some ways it gets much harder as the years go on too.
You set expectations for yourself to achieve. You have a schedule and a way of writing that you can easily do but no audience enjoys. Blogging is hard, but it has many benefits too. When you get into busy seasons – like the one we are in now – there is a lot more pressure for us. I could imagine that about 2/3 of the people who have the Internet produce content – or more. So this stress is broad. It shouldn’t be. These seasons should be effortlessly written about and enjoyed as we produce content for you! I can’t say that blogging is over-saturated like YouTube – but other social medias like it are. If you want to get noticed on Instagram you do have to pay money. I don’t think that should be how things work – but not everyone can get noticed, speaking honestly.
Sorry for a bit of a moan. I couldn’t bring myself to write the “5 Ways to Get Into the Christmas Spirit” post that I said might be good. But I do have to do it today as I have five busy days ahead where I will not be able to write any blog posts on the nights before! I don’t think all the tea in the world could get me through this.
I know it’s a bit of a mismatched post and it’s not edited but I just wanted to say everything and make it readable content so I can get posts up for you this chilly December.
After finishing this post I’m going to start a Doctor Who and get some Christmas presents wrapped up – then I’ll come back to blogging, have a shower and get an early night. How are your days going? Are you keeping up with the fast pace movement of the media right now? I can’t say I am 😂 😂
In all the fun of Christmas there are always some difficulties. One of the main problems is money and deciding what to get that isn’t over-priced. Today’s post is all about how to get high-quality products for less money and how to reduce how many gifts you have to buy.
remember – the clue’s in the title – secret!
This first one is to friend groups. If you have a collection of friends that know each other well then you could possibly do a Secret Santa. This means that you don’t have to buy for everyone but you buy for one person – it’s fun, inclusive and everyone else in the group won’t feel like they’ve missed out because a budget is usually set so no one can try to out-do eachother with the best gift. This is best for groups with five or more people. Otherwise you don’t really get any financial benefits.
I have asked you on Instagram to ask me some questions! If you haven’t been able to take part in that then make sure that you are following @kittyjadeonline so you can participate next time. You asked me some questions, so I will answer. I didn’t get as many as I’d like to get but there’s certainly some long answers. A Q and A is something that always pops up around Christmas and I love to read them. (sorry for the lack of questions but I didn’t want to do what I did last year – write questions for myself to answer as if they were coming from you!)
This is basic colouring page that I decided to zentangle all over!
Why are you called Kitty Jade?
This question is from one of my friends that I know and have contact with in real life, and I don’t often speak about this to them! But why am I called Kitty Jade? Let’s start with the first word ‘Kitty’ – this is a nickname that my mum often calls me by as my full name is Catherine (so Kitty is derrived from this word). I do love my Christian name but when I first began blogging in 2017 I wanted to stay as anonymous as possible. Which now I have ditched.
The second word in this name ‘Jade’. I don’t really know where this came from but it somehow sounded right. When I think about it jade is a lovely colour and my middle name ‘jane’ is only one letter away. What do you think about Kitty Jade? Do you just take in in your stride that that’s my blog name or have you ever though about it?
It’s Christmas season (whether you think it or not), all the YouTubers and vlogging and all the bloggers are blogging! It’s a time where we can’t even think thoughts nevertheless write them out. A sketchbook that I started in September this year looks like dog poop and I don’t think that is going to change. Diaries have been lost and we are writing to-do lists on random scraps of paper (at least I am, maybe you just keep a mental list that you forget half of?). Blogging has got out of hand for many of us and even more for me! I don’t know where to begin. But we’re beginning here.
Obviously this is not accurate for the time you are reading – sorry about that! Footage from Sleeps 2 available on the App Store and Google Play
All the windows to be opened on our advent calendars is a lingering mist and all the collaborations we would like to put out to you is an even heavier fog. Where shall we begin? What shall we choose to believe? That Santa will solve it all for us? I think not. Maybe it’s too early for you on the 1st of December to get excited for Christmas but it’s definitely there in the media and has been for a while. There’s something I’d like you to understand though, I don’t put up my tree on the first weekend\day of December. Our family usually put it up on the weekend nearest to the 15th of December 🙂 *I’m the one who puts up decorations and listens to Christmas songs from today*
You may have seen this on my other social profiles – but I can say that this is one of the last blue skies I will see in a long time!
Do you celebrate Christmas?
I am very interested in educating myself in other religions. What we learn at school is usually just about the places of worship and Holy Books – but that’s not what it’s all about. How do people feel being that certain religion? I’m a Church if England Christian and I don’t go to church every Sunday, I have never read the whole Bible… but I’m a Christian.
I would like to do another post about this where I can properly rant, about religion and it’s advantages and disadvantages – but before then I have a Q and A (ask questions on my Instagram) and a post about 5 Ways To Get Into The Christmas Spirit! (and not be a Scrooge)
Stay tuned for the rest of Blogmas! Even if you don’t get time to read every post on here there are always little snippets on my Instagram. If you don’t celebrate this occasion not all posts will be centred around it. There will be lots of collaborations and ways for you to get involved! Send me an email if you would like to take part in a post (you don’t even need to have a blog)
I promise you that for once I have actually planned 5 posts in advance!
Science is a theory proven by science therefore making it true enough to base where we come from. Because we don’t know. Maybe God did. How can we find out? We can’t.
But how far does the concept of truth go? We’ve created this words and their meanings – but how far do they reach out to others. Is truth really what we think it is? Do some people have insights into different worlds and being back information to tell us but do it sneakily in the form of ‘fictional books’.
What really is language if what only defines it is language?
A thought for you to feed on.