Sunday, 21 August 2016
"The Positivity Box" is the title of this project and the idea is that people can order these boxes off of my blog and they are going to be filled with little pick-me-ups. I want to give people little bursts of happiness.
So what do I want to put in these boxes? Well, that's where you come in. If you were to receive a box that was filled with things that were supposed to cheer you up, what would be in it for you? I asked on twitter and these were some of the responses:
"A pillow, hot water bottle, chocolate or a teddy. Any of those "
"A book, notebook, teddy or a poster with a positive quote "
I'm hoping to have these boxes live on my blog by October and to have a variety of different boxes available. I'm not yet going to disclose the range, but I am really very excited to tell you all about them. I don't yet know how much they are going to cost either. When I first came up with this, I had a few ideas as to what I could put in, but I quickly realized that other people would have different ideas and have different things that make them happy, I thought I would ask my readers.
Do you like this idea? Do you think you would order one? I can't wait to hear your ideas in the comments or on twitter.
Also, if you're really eager to learn more or tell me more about your own story, please get in touch via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, 16 August 2016
There are blogs everywhere you look on the Internet nowadays. Blogs on every subject you can possibly think of. From gaming to fashion, beauty to motorbikes, there are blogs for everything. So surely by now someone has devised a "perfect" blog post formula. Is there such a thing as a perfect blog post? And if so, what does it need to become a perfect post?
Let's discuss length first of all. I don't write particularly long blog posts. I write posts that are quite short. This doesn't necessarily make my blog posts bad. Short posts can be better than long posts. It can mean you are being concise and you are less likely to repeat yourself. However, longer blog posts can be just as concise, but have more to say. They can make more concise points than a shorter post. Shorter posts aren't lower quality, they are just shorter.
Another this is photos. I don't tend to use photos, because the topics I talk about don't need photos, and if I do use photos, they aren't usually me own. Do photos make a blog post better? Depends, they can if they are suited to the topic discussed, but otherwise they aren't really necessary, they just look pleasing to the eye.
Talking more about a blog in general, what is the optimum amount to post? I think it changes, and it's up to the blogger themselves and how they feel creatively. If you're having a creative streak, it can be better to write a lot of posts and take advantage of the creativity. It's best to post when you feel you can write a good post.
What do you think? Is there a formula to write the "perfect" post? Let me know in the comments.
Saturday, 13 August 2016
Thursday, 11 August 2016
I have been a blogger just over 2 years now, and it's been great. I really enjoy blogging and writing about things that are important to me and giving my opinions on different things. I also think that because I abandoned all wordy subjects at A level, it keeps my English at a good level.
Today, I want to talk about the blogging community. I feel that most people in the blogging community are absolutely lovely. In my 2 years blogging, I have not received one bad comment from a fellow blogger. I have received compliments and things that I can do to improve my blog, but no one has had anything bad to say to me, and that's a great thing. This has allowed me to improve my blog without being discouraged by other people.
There is always going to be competition within blogging. There is competition for followers, readers, brand deals, good content, good layout, etc, but it's all done in a good nature. People share their following by allowing guest posts on their blog. Other people can be drawn to bloggers by shout outs on twitter from a popular blogger. Everyone is just so friendly and lovely.
If I had to give one piece of advice to a new blogger, it would be to make sure that you grow you network of other bloggers. Speak to people who blog about similar things to you aswell as people who talk about completely different things. Interact. Comment on blogs, tweet other bloggers. It will definitely be appreciated, and it will possibly be reciprocated. People will notice you are making an effort and you may make some great friends.
What do you think? Do you like the blogging community? Do you want to try blogging? How do you make friends in this area? Let me know in the comments.
Wednesday, 10 August 2016
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When I go though my Facebook for example, I see people who have been to parties, people who have been abroad and people who have just got married. This is great, good for you. I'm glad that your enjoying your life and are open to sharing your happiness with your friends and family. But I think a lot of people sit and scroll through their social media feeds and wonder why their life isn't as good as others.
The answer is probably that you have a great life too, but maybe in a different way. You may go to just as many parties as the next person, but you don't post it on social media, or maybe your parties just aren't at the same time as everyone else's.
No one posts the bad things though. Not really. Because people don't want other people to know that they are having a rough time. The people they want to know they will tell, but they are unlikely to post things that are going badly on Facebook.
This gives people unrealistic expectations as to what happiness looks like, and this isn't really good for anyone. Even the people who you may think look the happy probably aspire to live the life of someone who posts even more photos of parties and good times than they do.
This brings me onto my next topic in the post which is fiction writing and films. I love reading. I have read quite a few books this summer, and I'm really enjoying it. However, the style of books I'm reading are romance books (at least I think that's the genre they would come under), and I find that these can give girls and boys an unrealistic view of what relationships should look like. I know that they're FICTION, and it's silly to think that they are real, but when a books is set in the real world in a modern day society, it make sit feel more realistic and makes you think that that's what all relationships should be like.
Because of the style of books, at the moment, in every book, the guy gets the girl. But in real life, that isn't the case. The guys doesn't always get the girl, and it makes people think there might be something wrong with the way they are approaching relationships.
There isn't really a way to change this that I want to give, it's just a subject I wanted to talk about.
What do you think? Do you think that there are unrealistic standards put on us? Can we fix it? Let me know in the comments
Tuesday, 9 August 2016
Monday, 8 August 2016
We are almost at that time of year where the results for our exams are revealed. There is so much pressure on us to do well and so much anxiety leading up to it. Will you get to go to the uni of your choice? Will you have to drop subjects? Will you have to re sit the entire year? Nobody yet knows the answers to these questions.
Today, I want to talk about the nervousness leading up to results and some ways that you can deal with the stress
1) Lower your Expectations
A friend of mine once told me she works towards an A and then expects a U. This way, when you go in to get your results, whatever you get is (likely) better than you expected
2) Fill your time
If you expect to do badly, fill your time up with things to do so even if you have done badly, you haven't wasted your summer. You made the most out of your time you had free. This will also make you feel better if you go back to school in September; knowing that you didn't waste your summer.
3) Talk to your friends
Feel like this year went really badly? Chances are your friends do to. You may feel if everyone else found it difficult, at least you can all worry together. There's something quite reassuring about knowing you aren't alone.
4) Research your options
Look at what you can do next year if you do as expected. It may ease your worries to know you can do worse than you expect to and still do what you want. If it worries you more, look at alternatives to your plan; you may be pleasantly surprised.
5) Bury your head in the sand
Act like summer lasts forever and just put results out of your mind totally.
Are there any tips you'd like to add? Do you disagree with the ones listed above? Let me know in the comments.
Sunday, 7 August 2016
Saturday, 6 August 2016
I wish I had smaller boobs and bigger eyes,
Longer fingers, thinner thighs.
I wish I could run a little faster, learn a little quicker,
Cry a little less, laugh little more.
I wish I could say yes to more, opportunities with the fear of failure.
I wish I could say no to more,
With out the fear of being mocked.
There are so many things I would like to change; and some I can. Some are only a change of attitude.
I didn't really know what to write about today, so I thought I would just write this, a little bit about flaws and loving yourself. I know that there are lots of things about myself that I say I would change if I could. But I think that if I was given 3 wishes, I wouldn't wish to change any of these things. Why not? Because I feel there are more important things for me to wish for. Even if I had to use them all selfishly. I wouldn't change my attitude, because I don't need a wish to do that, but I wouldn't my appearance either, because that's part of who I am.
I suppose this has been a bit of a weird post, but do you agree? Would you change anything about yourself, or do you just say you would? Let me know in the comments.
Friday, 5 August 2016
Thursday, 4 August 2016
Wednesday, 3 August 2016
I'm not for a second saying that teachers should be teaching us how to "pull", or where the best places are for picking up a partner. What I do think is that, firstly, if you're going to te "sex education", cover all kinds of sex. Believe it or not, there is more than just boy and girl. There's girl and girl, boy and boy, etc. We should also be taught about different sexualities. There are so many different sexualities, and in school, we are told about being heterosexual or homosexual.
When it comes to abuse education, I have to give credit to my old school. They brought someone in to teach us about the importance of consent and gave us a definition. He then showed us multiple different clips of sexual encounters and when the clip was over, asked us when we though consent was withdrawn. It was a fantastic lesson and definiely alerted a few people in our class as to what consent is and that it is not only withdrawn when the other person says no.
Home relationships are so important, and I don't think we should be taught how to be good children, but how to perhaps help a friends whose parents are getting divorced or how to deal with problems at home if they occur. I suppose this kind of ties in to friendships and mental health, but I just think that if you have a good mental health, that it can improve your education.
Teaching is hard enough with exams and inspections, but we need lessons on real life skills aswell rather than just the ability to re call random facts in a silent and pressured environment: and I think relationships is an important aspect of that.
What do you think? Do you think it is unreasonable to ask to be taught skills like this in school? Were you taught about any of the things listed above? Would you have liked to learn about these things in school? Let me know in the comments.
Tuesday, 2 August 2016
Blogging is a very new style of writing (compared to the art of telling stories it is anyway), and I am interested as to how these two styles of writing compare in many different ways.
Firstly, the perception of both. I think many perceive being an author as being very difficult and blogging as being quite an easy job. I think on the whole this is probably because when you look at people like J K Rowling, who invested many years of her life into writing one story (okay, seven books, but one story), it can sound tiresome. People also know now that the Harry Potter series was declined by several publishers before it was eventually released. Rowling must have worked her absolute butt off to get those novels out there.
However, there aren't many major bloggers in the public eye. Okay, so we have Zoella, but she is, on the whole, famous for her videos and I think more people know her as a youtuber than a blogger. Because there aren't many, if any, famous bloggers in the public eye, people don't really understand how bloggers make their money. I think many people believe that blogging is more a hobby, and that it only entails sitting and writing for 10 minutes, publishing your post and posting the link on twitter, when in reality it is so much more than that.
Personally, I would say that I find blogging easier, simply because I get small bursts of inspiration, sit and write a post, (and do whatever it is I need to do along with that), and then promote, promote, promote. I like to write short pieces about lots of different things rather than a long piece about one thing. On top of this, I think I could come up with a basic idea for a book, but I would really struggle to develop the characters.
My style is to write and post. I don't plan and I don't re read because I think that makes me sound to strained and like I'm trying to hard (that's just me personally, I don't want to filter my writing because it makes me sound forced), but I know that if you're an author (or a good quality blogger!), you have to re read what you have written to make sure it's all phrased correctly and the grammar works and I just can't do that because I start to cringe at what I have written.
I think that as a blogger you have to promote more. Writing a post doesn't take too long, but as a blogger, there is a somewhat constant cycle of write, publish, promote which you can move around at fast pace, whereas an author may take longer to move around this cycle, as books take longer to write than blog posts.
What do you think? Is blogging made to look easier than it is? Could you write a book? Let me know in the comments.
Monday, 1 August 2016
Today's post is just a short post about what's happening over the next 31 days.
I am doing blogust. This means that for the next 30 days, there will be a post up every day. You will be seeing a variety of posts from reviews to guest posts to just rants about random things.
I am so excited for this next month and I hope you'll all be here to read them all and comment on them.
What would you like to see on this blog over the next month? Let me know in the comments or on twitter