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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How To Be Mindful For Mindfulness Monday | Exciting New Launch! | The Positivity Project

Throughout these difficult times, a group of my friends on Instagram decided to form The Positivity Project. Created by Emily, this project aims for people to be more happy even in the most difficult circumstances. To launch this project, I will be posting every single day this week: updating you on the recent prompts and how to complete them. Before we begin, I would like you to head on over to Emily’s blog (and Instagram) because she is the amazing person who create this idea. Without further ado… let’s get started!

You can use this graphic as a little reminder as to what each day is for! Thank you so much Emily for making a great job of it ☺️

Today is Mindfulness Monday! The suggestions are yoga or colouring, but since I do yoga anyway, I decided to whip out my colouring book! When I was younger, I used to colour all the time. From the age of 8 I was trying my hardest with the ‘adult colouring books’ and I actually managed to finish a few. I also had the kindest friends, who always bought me a new colouring book for each of my birthdays! Since I still have them, I went through and chose a colouring to complete. I noticed that a lot were started an unfinished… Since it is now the Easter holidays, I think I will try and work through these incomplete ones!

Colouring is always a fun activity for me. During Christmas time, I put films on in the background and get my head down. It’s very time consuming, but hardly tedious. To distract yourself from other problems, I highly recommend this activity. All I am thinking about is the colours and how they correlate! 

For Netflix lovers, this is a great activity to be semi-productive while also binging your favourite show. While I catch up on YouTube, I either get out my knitting or colouring so at least I have a product of my pleasure. These are the results of today’s colouring (plus some from earlier which look really nice because I actually finished them).

How are you going to practise mindfulness today? Will you try out colouring, yoga or meditation?

Let me know in the comments below, and please take at least 10 minutes to do something for yourself today! You deserve it.

erin x

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30 Useful Things To Do If You Have A Spare Minute

However busy we may be, it is quite often that we may come across a spare minute in our day. Instead of scrolling on Instagram or indulging in an unhealthy snack – you can do these things and remain productive! 

  1. Practise an instrument (that’s if you play one) or pick up that old ukelele in the corner that you’ve always wanted to learn!
  2. Write a letter to someone you ought to speak to more.
  3. Sort out your wardrobe/a messy drawer/cupboard that you have been putting off for a while.
  4. Make greetings cards so that they are ready for when an occasion comes along. 
  5. If you are in school, do some quick revision or questions.
  6. Don’t pretend to be bored when you actually have work to do. Get on with the things on your to-do list!
  7. Call someone and have a catch up.
  8. Rearrange the apps on your phone and delete distracting ones, or those you don’t use.
  9. Make a drink for everyone you live with.
  10. Make a playlist of some sort.
  11. Set up a bullet journal spread that will help you stay on track with a goal or keep you organised.
  12. Plan an inexpensive, fun day trip!
  13. Read a book.
  14. Listen to music, put on your headphones and dance around like a maniac. You’ll feel stupid and happy at the same time!
  15. To all of my blogging friends, write a post or Instagram caption!
  16. Talk to an elderly relative or neighbour via phone or in person, depends how much spare time you have!
  17. Paint or doodle (it doesn’t have to be brilliant)
  18. Get thoughts off your mind by journaling or publishing them in a blog.
  19. Practise mindfulness and meditate for a few minutes.
  20. Go for a walk or do some exercise outdoors.
  21. Read through an old diary for a good cheering up.
  22. Do an indoor workout if the weather isn’t too good!
  23. Take photos around your local area. 
  24. Finish a craft kit that you’ve been putting off for years. You could even invite your friends or family to join you!
  25. Plan gift ideas on paper (and don’t lose it) so that Christmas next year won’t be as hectic as the one just gone!
  26. Organise stationery
  27. Organise makeup
  28. Knit while watching telly (I may be the only teenager who does that)
  29. Wash art or makeup brushes!
  30. Check the time and make sure you’re not late for the next thing in your busy day.

They are all of my ideas of things to do when you have a spare minute! Of course there are more, but I know you wouldn’t read through them all haha. I hope you all having a great month so far! Let me know how you’re doing in the comments.

What do you do when you have a spare minute? Or is it rare you have any time to yourself?

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