The Awesome Blogger Award | My Three Year Bloggiversary!

Biggest thanks to Sophie for nominating me to take part in The Awesome Blogger Award! I really appreciate it. If you haven’t heard of Sophie’s Corner, it’s an amazing blog which consists of lifestyle, positivity and incredible inspiration. This girl never fails to motivate me, to get me off my ass and do something productive! Please go and check out her blog, she’s been posting every day in quarantine which is really exciting. And now, let’s get on to the post!

Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Tag the post with #awesomebloggeraward.
  • Answer the questions you were asked.
  • Nominate at least five bloggers and inform them of their nomination.
  • Give them ten new questions to answer

Sophie’s Questions

  • What is your favourite thing about blogging?

Talking to all of my readers is definitely one of the highlights. You’re all so incredibly inspiring! Every comment I receive gives such a buzz of excitement. Even after doing it for so long, the rewards of speaking with you don’t get old. 

  1. When did you start your blog?

KittyJade has been running for almost three years, which I can’t fully understand. It was created on 23rd April 2017, inspired heavily by Zoe Sugg and her book series: Girl Online. 

  1. What is your current favourite song?

My favourite at the minute is either ‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice?’ by The Beach Boys or ‘Canyon Moon’ by Harry Styles. 

  1. What is your favourite food?

This is such a hard question, there are way too many foods to choose from. I’m torn between crackers and bananas…

  1. When is your favourite season?

Spring is my favourite, though it changes so often. Usually spring has a good mix of rainy days and sunshine, though lately it’s felt like summer!

  1. What is your star sign?

I’m a Virgo, which means I have pure intentions and like to please people. Some parts of that are true, though I definitely lose it with people from time to time! 

  1. Would you rather be rich or famous?

Though I don’t particularly want to be rich, I’d definitely chose it over fame. This blog is quite small, which is partly why I enjoy it. I’ve never been in a situation where I don’t have enough time to speak with you, my lovely followers! If I was to grow big, I’d still want to interact with my followers as much as possible. Plus, money can be used in all sorts of ways. Most importantly, I can donate to a charity!

  1. Who are your favourite bloggers?

I have so many! Sophie, the person who nominated me, is definitely one of my favourites. Grace Ariya, Neve, Maryam, Gracie Chick and Caz to name a few! But I’ll make sure to put all my favourite bloggers into a post for you, so you can give them the love they deserve.

  1. What was the last movie you watched?

On my dad’s birthday, the family sat down to watch Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl. Honestly, I don’t really watch movies. Unless it’s a social occasion, I’ll stick to books!

  1. What is the most challenging thing about blogging?

One thing I struggle with is taking photos for my posts. I’m not a perfectionist as such, but I want the best for my blog so it takes me a lot of time! Other than that, I’d say blogging is quite easy. As I enjoy it so much, I’ve not realised how much work goes in. I love every single second!

My Questions

(sorry for using some of your’s Sophie, but they were so fun to answer!)

  1. Why did you start a blog?
  2. Do you do anything alongside blogging? (YouTube, Instagram, small business etc)
  3. How long do you spend blogging per day?
  4. How many times do you post per week, and on what days?
  5. What do you enjoy the most about blogging?
  6. Who are your favourite YouTubers?
  7. What artist are you listening to most at the moment?
  8. What’s your favourite album?
  9. What book have you recently finished?
  10. What book are you reading now?

My Nominees

Maryam @ Infinitely A Day Dreamer

Elsie @ Elsie LMC

Jessica @ Jessica E Larsen

Alyssa @ FightMSDaily

Neve @ Neve Frank’s Blog

Thank you so much for reading, if you’ve stuck to the end! Count yourself nominated if you’d like to answer my questions, I’d certainly love to see your response (don’t forget to tag me). Hope you are all having a great day so far, whether you’re being lazy or productive. Take a moment’s appreciation for this beautiful day, and can’t wait to see you in my next post!

What are the perks of quarantine? What you really grateful for today?

erin x

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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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