Not A Typical Teenager: August 2016

Sunday, 21 August 2016

The Positivity Box

I've talked a lot on my blog about mental health and issues surrounding mental health stigma. Having never suffered with mental health issues, I don't really know how to help people. So I have decided to launch a project which is, hopefully, going to help a little bit. But for me to help others, I need you to help me

"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: bracesandglasses128@gmail.com

Stay Un-Typical

Ashleigh xxx




Tuesday, 16 August 2016

What Makes a Great Blog Post

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.

Stay Un-typical

Ashleigh xxx

Saturday, 13 August 2016

What Is The Cure To FOMO?

FOMO is a terrible thing. It leaves your head spinning and your eyes watering. You clutch your phone in your hands while staring at a Facebook post filled with faces of people you barely recognize having a great time

FOMO = Fear Of Missing Out

This is becoming more and more of a thing now. With the rise of social media, FOMO is becoming more and more common. People worry that their social media friends have way better lives than them and that they can't change it. People worry that they are missing out on parties, on adventures, and on the moments that we value most. So what is the cure to FOMO?

GOMO = Going Out More Often

So we can watch all of these people we don't even know have a great time and sit and mope about it, or we can get up and do something about it. Plan your own party, go on picnics, eat some ice cream; make memories. One day we'll get old and wish we cherished these moments we have now a little more. 

Now that summer is nearly halfway through (for me at least), I think it's important I spend my money on the things that I will cherish. Material items are always a temptation to buy, but I think I know what I'll be spending my money on, and what I'll be doing for the rest of this summer, and I'm happy with how I've spent my summer so far.

The first week, I went on residential with some awesome people and helped a university with it's public health research, and last weekend I performed in a festival (I'm the one stood in the really really bright clothes), with my band called the optimists, (give us a cheeky like of Facebook please).

So what have I got in store for the rest of this summer? Well, I'm starting an awesome project which I will tell you guys more about tomorrow. I'm going out for  meal on Wednesday to spend some quality time with one of my best friends. I collect my results this week, and I will be celebrating (or crying), on Thursday night. I'm going to go to the river with my friends, plan a band night and attend a training day for the annual house of commons. (I know I'm a nerd, It's fine).

FOMO is pretty crappy, so let's get rid of it by GOMO.

I would like to thank Eventbrite, for writing to me about this post and inspiring me a little bit, and you for reading this post.

What do you think about FOMO? What are your plans for the rest of the summer? Let me know in the comments.

Stay Un-Typical


Ashleigh xxx

Thursday, 11 August 2016

The Blogging Community

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.

Stay Un-typical

Ashleigh xxx

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Social Media and Fiction

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People (tend to) only show the best side of themselves on social media; and this is a problem.

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

Stay Un-Typical

Ashleigh xxx



Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Guest Post: My Mental Health Experience - Jade Millard

For far too long now, people have been so concerned about their physical health and wellbeing that they don't even seem to notice the lack of attention that they are giving towards their mental health. We're now in 2016, so I think it's definitely time to change.
Considering the fact that I've only been living for 15 years, I've been through quite a few obstacles and hurdles along the way, which haven't always been particularly easy to overcome - believe me. I thought that today I'd talk to you about my own personal struggles with mental health and hopefully it will help and encourage some of you to go out and seek support.
Ever since I was little, I've always found many situations particularly difficult. I was always very quiet and reserved, so making new friends and socialising always proved to be quite a tough task for me personally. I preferred to keep myself to myself and just get on with it as best as I could. Having very limited friends in primary school did bother me, but I never let it effect me to such an extreme extent. Once I got to secondary school though, it was a whole other story.
Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 were all equally difficult years. I was being bullied and I also wasn't very happy at home. When you're in a situation like that, where you literally don't want to be anywhere, but by yourself in your own little world, you can begin to feel very isolated and hopeless. I hadn't really got anybody to talk to, as I'd just end up pushing people away, in the fear that I couldn't trust them. It's not that I didn't open up to them, because I did, but they just didn't really help that much at all. If anything, I think they just pitied me and felt sorry for me, which obviously wasn't ideal. I mean, let's be honest here, growing up and going through puberty is enough of a struggle for any young person, but then having further issues to add to that, it just makes things kind of impossible really.
As well as being bullied and feeling quite out of place at school, I was also growing up without a dad and having to deal with my home life at the same time. It wasn't absolutely awful, but I do think that an absent parent has had quite a negative impact on me over the years, particularly as I've entered into the teen stage. I was quite moody and miserable at the best of times anyway, but then throwing a bunch of hormones into the mix just made it 1000 times worse. I must have been pretty horrible to get on with - I think I'm still quite difficult sometimes, even now that I've grown up and matured! All of these thoughts and feelings are just dancing about in your head and when they are all things that you have never experienced before in your life, you can begin to feel quite confused and frightened, because it seems like you're the only one going through this change. The reality of it is though, everyone else goes through puberty too and it soon becomes the norm, so there really is nothing to worry about - trust me!
I guess the problems really started at the end of Year 7. As I've already mentioned, I was being bullied on a daily basis and I felt quite out of place, as well as there being constant disagreements and arguing at home (usually always down to my mood swings and irritability, I must admit), so it really wasn't the best time at all. I began to experience symptoms of severe depression and anxiety, but I never wanted to open up and talk about it, because I was so young and I didn't feel like anybody else would understand. I tried to talk to people, I really did, but they were growing up themselves and I knew that everyone had their own problems, so I just really didn't want to pile even more upon them, no matter how much I was struggling inside. I was self-conscious, lonely and deeply unhappy. It felt like every day and every night was just a constant battle and I genuinely didn't think things would ever change. From then on, it just got worse and spiralled out of  control.
I ended up self-harming to the point where it became an addiction that I was unable to control anymore, I was crying almost every day and every night, I was excluding myself even more from all of the other girls and boys my age at school, I was shutting myself away at home and trying to avoid any contact with any other humans and I just slowly began shutting myself away. I know I was only in the younger years of school, but still, age doesn't matter when it comes to mental illness'. It can be just as frightening at the age of 30 as it can be at the age of 13, so just because some people may think that 12 or 13 is 'too young' to be suffering from a mental illness, it doesn't mean that they are right in the slightest. Mental illness' can start at any age, so others really have no right to judge, unless they have been through such a traumatic time themselves.
So, things didn't really change that much. They stayed pretty much the same throughout the next 2 and a half years. It was a constant cycle of self-harm, self-hate and sadness. I didn't think that I would ever be able to escape. I'm not going to lie to you or sugar coat it here. Those 2 and a half years were absolutely awful. Each day dragged and I genuinely thought that I would never make it out to the other side. I felt so scared and so alone in the world that I genuinely didn't even want to be in it any more. To say that I often battled with suicidal thoughts would be an understatement. When you're in such a dark place, it can be really challenging to open up and seek support - but, if you don't do it, then you will never be able to get out and find the light.
Over time, I managed to start speaking to close friends and my boyfriend at the time. I'm still very close with my ex and I'm still very close with (most of) the friends that I spoke to back then as well. I opened up to them and then I went seeking for support in anyway that I could possibly get it. I wasn't attention-seeking in any way, shape or form. I was just simply reaching out to the people that I could trust and trying to take their tips when it came to getting myself out of the hole that was depression. I knew it wasn't going to be easy, but I also knew that these people anted to support me. They had found out what they was going on and they didn't want it to carry on any longer - neither did I.
In order to get better, you have to want it to happen. You have to understand that you will have dark days again. You will have days where you want to curl up in a ball and give up. You can't do that though. There is more to life than how you may be feeling now.
My loved ones supported me and encouraged me to find happiness, and that's exactly what I did. It took a lot of time and a lot of effort, but I did it. I took baby steps and I found people that made me happy and that made me feel safe and appreciated for who I am. I was also in regular contact with ChildLine and I would honestly say that if you're struggling, you should definitely get in touch with them first. They really did help me more than I ever expected and it can be so reassuring to know that your secrets are safe with whoever it is that you talk to, because all of the conversations are 100% confidential. Talking to someone may seem like the scariest thing in the world, but once you have opened up to one person, you genuinely do feel like a whole weight has been lifted off your shoulders. A weight that has stopped you from being happy and feeling free for so long.
I'm perfectly happy with you coming to talk to me first if you feel as though you don't have anyone else to open up to. My Twitter is @jademillardx and you're more than welcome to send me a dm in your time of need. I'll do my very best to help you, as I know what it feels like to believe that you're an outsider. I don't want anyone to have to struggle alone. Not now, not ever.
Regardless of what you're going through right now, I really do urge you to open up and seek support. You won't be seen as weak. You won't be seen as stupid. You will be seen as an individual who just needs a little bit of guidance and extra love. There's nothing wrong with that at all. In fact, it's absolutely, 110% normal.
Here are a few of my top tips for those of you who may be struggling:
- Talk openly about your issues and concerns to those that you trust. (If you feel as though you can't trust anyone, then talk to me or ChildLine!!)
- Do what you love and surround yourself with the people that mean the most to you.
- Never, ever give up. The weather won't be stormy forever.
I've actually done a few blog pots about mental health, so you're more than welcome to check them out if you feel as though they may be of some use to you:
If you want to email me, then you can do so here; simplyjadey.advice@gmail.com


Thank you so much for reading this guest post! I really hope it helped some of you in some way.

You are worth more than you think. Don't be afraid to speak about your demons. They won't haunt you forever.

Lots of love always,

Jade xo

Monday, 8 August 2016

5 tips for dealing with results stress

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.

Stay Un-typical

Ashleigh xxx

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Overcoming Fears

I spoke in a post a while back now, about fears and what my fear was. I said that my fear was sleeping out. I really didn't like it and, admittedly, I still don't.
Last summer, I went sleeping out more and more with lots of different projects. I went to a festival and I slept okay. I also slept inside and had a good time.
However, in April, I did my silver dofe expedition. After my practice in March where I nearly froze in the tent, I was petrified of doing my qualified because of this.
I worked myself up so much and I got so so nervous. I cried so much the week leading up to it, and it didn't make things any better.
I did finish my silver dofe, but of the 55 hours I was away for, I probably cried for 40 hours.
What I'm trying to say is that I faced my fear, and even though it scared me and upset me, I still did it.
Stay Un-typical
Ashleigh xxx

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Flaws and Change

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.

Stay Un-typical

Ashleigh xxx

Friday, 5 August 2016

Classical Training vs Self Taught

Today I want to talk about the differences between being taught by someone against taking the time to teach yourself. There are pros and cons to each, and I am going to cover some of those pros and cons today. I have been classically trained in violin and piano, but am self teaching my self ukulele. I think it's something people looking to learn an instrument think about, because we all want the best results.

I'm going to start with motivation. I would say that if you are going to self teach, you need bundles of motivation, because you are going to have to keep yourself motivated throughout this entire process. If you have a teacher, you feel more motivated to practise because you have someone to impressand someone who wants you to do well. If you don't practice, you don't progress. 

Another factor is money. If you are going to be taught, usually you will have to pay for your tuition. I pay £10 for a half hour piano lesson. Other people will pay more for tuition, others lessons. Whereas if you self teach, you don't need to pay anything to learn, although you will need to buy an instrument.

When you teach yourself you can play whatever you like, but with a teacher, you tend to follow a specific set of books. Personally, when it comes to this I think being taught is better, because the skills you learn from the books the assign you teach you skills that are transferrable to other songs. They are usually teaching you necessary technique.

Overall, I would say that I prefer learning with a teacher, but what do you think? Would you prefer to teach yourself? Is paying for lessons over rated? Let me know In the comments.

Stay Un-typical

Ashleigh xxx 

Thursday, 4 August 2016

The Arts

 I recently sat my grade 5 piano exam and I am currently studying for my grade 3 theory exam, and I just want to take this time to talk about something I have been reflecting upon recently. 

                                                           

In schools, the sciences and english and all of the other "important" subjects get more funding than the arts do (the arts being music, art, drama and, to an extent, PE). Now, granted, I can understand why these subjects get more funded. Overall, the more academic subjects are more likely to get you into a well paid job in the future, and it is more likely that  art is something that will remain a hobby compared to english.

I think another  thing is that the arts are considered "easy " subjects. Now, I think the people who decided that these subjects were the easy subjects are the people who weren't any good at any of them and thought that to be good it was all talent and it had nothing to do with your learning ability, and so told everyone that these subjects were "easy" and for people who were "less academic".

This attitude has caught on and isn't just something that is told to us in schools. Careers advisors tell  us they aren't viable careers, parents say they won't fund our university trip if we choose to study performing arts because it's a waste of money aand the media tells us unless we have something very special that sets our talent apart, the only way we can have a career which involves our chosen talent is to teach other people, which really isn't true.

As a GCSE music student, (and I'll get to why I didn't take it for a level in a moment), I can tell you that music definitely isn't as  easy as it's made out to be. Only 30% of my mark was to do with my performance skills. 30% was my ability to compose a piece and meet all of these different criteria when writing 2 pieces each of 2 minutes 30 seconds or more. However, these were not the difficult parts. The final 40% is the theory exam, where you have to be able to analyse pieces of music by looking at all the different components (pitch, length of notes, etc). You also have to be able to look at a half written score and work out the rest of the score just by listening to it.

Unfortunately, I can't speak about the other subjects because I don't draw or act or . . . sports(?), but I have heard that they are all quite challenging and people go into the GCSE thinking it's going to be all practical when it really isn't, and it's a lot more challenging than people suggest.

I didn't take music for a level because it was in the same option box as further maths, which meant I had to pick between the two. So I picked further maths, because I felt that was the more sensible thing to do, and I'm glad I did, because I can still pursue music even if I don't have it as an a level.

What do you think? Are the arts "easy" subjects? Do you have a talent in an artsy subject? Was it harder than you thought it would be? Let me know in the comments.

Stay Un-Typical

Ashleigh xxx

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Teaching Healthy Relationships In Schools

I did a post quite a while ago now about things I believe we shoud be taught in school, (you can view that post here), and one of the things I suggested we should be taught about in schools is healthy relationships. Within this post, I sort of just want to highlight the reasons why I believe we should be taught about healthy relationships. I am going to do this by covering the different types of relationships people can have.

Friends
This isn't so much about teaching people how to form friendships, but more about the importance of maintainting friendships. I also think if this subject were broached in schools, it may make boys more likely to open up to their friends about issues they would otherwise keep to themselves. I think it's also important for people to understand how to recognise a toxic friendship, and healthy ways to break a toxic friendship. I know people may think that this is the job of a parent, and to a degree it is the job of a parent, but teachers are quick enough to step in when a pupil is being bullied, and a bully and victim can sometimes be friends before the bullying starts and surely prevention is better than curing?

Romantic Relationships
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.

Family
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.

Stay Un-Typical

Ashleigh xxx

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Blogging vs Story Writing

These are 2 very different forms of writing, and it may seem a little strange that I'm about to try and compare them, but I have thought this out in my head and I think this works.

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.

Stay Un-Typical

Ashleigh xxx


Monday, 1 August 2016

Blogust

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

Stay Un-typical

Ashleigh xxx