Thursday, June 18, 2020

Top 5 Advice on Blogging

Hey readers, 

Today, I  want to share my top 5 tips on blogging that helped me with the growth of my blog. If I had to sit and talk with someone who wants to start blogging, these are the things that I would say to that person. 




Communicate with other bloggers

It is very important to interact with other bloggers and by that I mean you have to support each other. Follow other bloggers, share their posts, comment on them. This can even be the start of a good friendship. I met a lot of great bloggers online and became friends with them. The blogging community is very friendly and so you should keep engaging with people. This has helped me a lot. 

Don't be afraid of change

If you are not happy with your content or your display, change it. It makes no sense that you force yourself to write about something that you are not interested in. You can't possibly be happy with that. So, if you aren't happy with your blog, change it. Change the look, change the name, change your content. Write about what you want to write. Don't be afraid of change. 

30/70 Rule

I don't know what's the actual rule called but I prefer to call it like that. The 30/70 Rule. This is when you spend about 30% thinking about a good post and actually writing it and then spend the rest of the time promoting it. 

Do not overthink

It is easy to stare at a blank page and wonder what to write. At this point, you might have seen most of the blog posts that gives you inspiration on what your next post should be. But you still want to write something that is related to you and preferably something unique. But there you are, just staring at the page and thinking what to write. Honestly, I do that too and it is not a bad thing but the idea has to come from somewhere. You just got to start writing something. Anything. This is actually the best part of blogging. You can write anything that you want and pretend you are doing it only for you. Pretend no one is going to read it. That's when you'll write for you. And who knows, your post might turn into a masterpiece. So, do not overthink. Just start to write. Write like no one is reading. 

Use social media wisely

I get that social media is a part of our everyday lives. We spend more time on it than anywhere else. But, when it comes to using social media for blogging purpose, you might want to be careful. Even though the blogging community is very friendly, there are people out there who use the internet to spread hate. Some people blog for fun and others use it as a means for their businesses and that can create tension. A lot of people stop blogging due to media influence. Some people are very sensitive and take things seriously. It is always good to promote your blog but being a little careful can't hurt! :)

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

50 Blogs You Should Follow

Hey readers,

In my last post I decided to take a challenge to comment on 50 different blogs to celebrate 5 years of blogging and share them on my blog. So here it is! I completed the challenge. Here's a list of 50 awesome bloggers you should definitely follow! 


  1. https://shootingstarsmag.net/
  2. http://www.kayleighzaraa.com/
  3. https://cherbelleblog.wordpress.com/
  4. https://psconway.com/
  5. http://www.wooloftheking.com/
  6. https://rebiahs.blogspot.com/
  7. https://www.diffusingthetension.com/
  8. https://theelljournal.wordpress.com/
  9. https://theinterestingreads.com/
  10. https://katgotyourtongue.co.uk/
  11. https://www.theblogplacetobe.com/
  12. https://www.lifeinpostcards.com/
  13. https://www.loveemblog.com/
  14. http://happysciencemom.com/
  15. https://palithyauma.blogspot.com/
  16. https://journalofagemini.wordpress.com/
  17. https://rachtalksbusiness.com/
  18. https://thebasketballjourney.wordpress.com/
  19. https://outofkatshead.wordpress.com/
  20. https://www.alexaceza.com/
  21. https://babyboomermomblog.com/
  22. https://justjass.com/
  23. https://motsolifestyle.wordpress.com/
  24. https://worldwidetravel.tips/
  25. https://www.baileyleah.com/
  26. https://littleworldofrachel.wordpress.com/
  27. https://thoughtswithn.com/
  28. https://thegirlinallleopard.com/
  29. https://hannahlouisexox.wordpress.com/
  30. https://theelljournal.wordpress.com/
  31. https://unwantedlife.me/
  32. https://eleanorclaudie.com/
  33. http://www.littletasteofbeauty.com/
  34. https://www.workoutfrolic.com/
  35. https://www.lifeinpostcards.com/
  36. https://www.stylewithbrunette.com/
  37. https://www.khllifestyle.com/
  38. https://eveofnight.blogspot.com/
  39. https://www.stylewithbrunette.com/
  40. https://mymusingsandme.co.uk/
  41. https://bournemouthgirl.com/
  42. https://madidearson.com/
  43. https://www.lisasnotebook.com/
  44. https://chaptersofmay.com/
  45. https://jennyinneverland.com/
  46. https://theinterestingreads.com/
  47. https://imlockeddownwithmybookshelf.blogspot.com/
  48. https://morningsonmacedonia.com/
  49. https://www.dailyrestored.com/
  50. https://sweetpassions07.blogspot.com/
I always ask people to share their blogs so I can comment on them because it is fun and it also builds a new relation between bloggers. Also, that's a great way to discover new blogs. 

~ Thank you for reading and happy blogging! ~

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

✦ Celebrating 5 years of blogging ✦

Hey readers,

Guess what? Today, I can proudly say that I have been blogging for 5 years! I started blogging in 2015 and we are now in 2020. Oh, how time flies!

First of all, I would like to say THANK YOU to each one of you who supported me all along. Thank you to everyone who read my posts, commented on them, shared my blog and made my blog what it is today, thank you so much!



As a thank you for all these amazing years of blogging, I have decided to take a challenge. It's been a while since I last challenge myself so I have decided to take on a huge one. I will comment on 50 different blogs to give back to all my awesome readers and discover new blogs at the same time to build new relations with bloggers.

In my next blog post I will write the list of those 50 blogs that I will have commented on. That will end my personal challenge and will give a shout out to those awesome bloggers at the same time. 

If you have been following me on my blog's facebook page or even on twitter, you know that from time to time I have asked people to share their blog links so that I can read and comment on them. I believe that commenting on other blogs is always fun and so rewarding. In order to celebrate my 5 years of blogging, I thought this might be the perfect way to thank you for the love and support I got from all of you.

So don't forget to leave your links in the comments if you want to celebrate with me! :D

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Time flies!

Hey readers,

How are you doing? It's been a few months since I last posted anything on here and I miss this. Sometimes its good to take a little break, even from things that we love to do so that we come back stronger and brighter, am I right? I feel like a lot of people take a break just when they get so overwhelmed by whatever it is they need a break from. But I think that taking some time to yourself is the best thing you can do for you.





Hey, did you ever look back at your life and thought to yourself "how the hell did I get past all that"? I swear it is a miracle. How is it that we live every single day following a "regular" routine and nothing really changes but when we look back at our life after a year, we can write a story based on it. Day by day nothing changes but after a year you are a whole other person. Isn't that weird? 


I think that we just close our eyes or fall asleep to wake up the next day hoping that everything will be normal. I guess that's how life works. We live every single day hoping for a better tomorrow and in that hope we plan our future. Basically, nothing is guaranteed. I mean, no one thought that one day we would be forced to stay home for our safety and he we are. What is happening right now in this world is something that no one expected. 

Life is full of surprises, good and bad. One day you might be looking for a job and the next day you might get employed. Or, you might be working 40 hours and the next thing you know, bam, you are jobless. It goes both ways. Sometimes, you love your life and the next minute something might happen and you'll want to kill yourself. Well, that's life. Some days are better than others. 

Take blogging for example, did you ever thought you'd become a blogger? You probably just wanted to try this thing out and here you are with a website, writing anything that you want. You don't know even know if you will keep doing this for the rest of your life. Or, maybe you'll make a career out of this? Who knows! Yet, you might have a few posts lined up for the month or a few blog ideas in your mind. 

Like I said earlier, no one expected what is happening with the world right now. That is because life is unexpected. Even if we have our own little expectations, there is no certainty. Anything can happen anytime. 


Let's talk!

What is one thing that changed in your life right now? What is one thing you do now that you didn't a few months or years ago? Any little change. It could be anything like cooking, exercising, driving to work instead of walking? Let me know in the comments!

~ Thank you for reading and happy blogging! ~



Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Minimalist, achieved or not?

Hey readers,

It's been a while, how are you guys doing? On January 21, 2019 I wrote a post about one of the goals that I would like to achieve this year. The goal was to become a minimalist. I thought I would do a little follow up of my goal with you guys.

I am going to be honest with you, I did not achieve it. Although I was able to get rid of a few things and my room is a lot cleaner than before, I didn't get as close as I wanted to my goal.
My goal was to stop buying things that I didn't need or at least make a use of what I have. I still have things that are lying around and others that I have no idea what to do with it but I'll find a way to solve this problem.
It's not over yet. This goal is still on and I am confident about achieving it. I just need a little time and self control. :D

I have always been someone who needs to plan everything. It has only been a while since I started living in the moment. But even then, setting goals and achieving them has never been easy for me. I just got to focus more and have a good control. As we all know, consistency is the key to success. 

Let me know what were your goals for this year or any goals that you achieved so far. :) 



P.S. I have lots of ideas for my blog but I just need time to make things happen. :D

~Thank you so much for reading and happy blogging!~ 






Wednesday, April 3, 2019

The Sunshine Blogger Award

Hey readers,

How are you guys doing? I hope you are having a great day. :D I am so very thankful to Stephanie from God's Sweet Nectar for nominating me for my very first Sunshine Blogger Award. Thank you so much Steph, you are the best! You should all go check out her blog. She's such an awesome friend :D 






Rules for the award:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate (at least) 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.


My answers:


1. Why did you start blogging?
I just started blogging for fun. I took a computer class where we learned how to code and everyone had to make a website. Since I really enjoyed that class, I thought blogging would be fun too and here I am :) (It is also an escape from the real world).
2. How long have you been blogging? 
It is soon going to be 5 years of blogging. :D
3. What are your blogging goals? 

I want to interact with more bloggers. I remember being very active in the blogging world where I would go comment on 10 blogs in one day and read so many blogs. I feel like I am not connecting with bloggers that much. I want to change that.


I am thinking of adding more things to my blog. But it is just a thought. (We'll see about that)
4. What are your hobbies outside of blogging?

I enjoy reading books.

I love watching korean/japanese dramas.
5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I am not so sure. I'll just pass this question. :D
6. What is your favorite post?

I have to say "It's Summer Time!". I love that post because there is a lot of colors. I love all things colorful and that post has many pictures with various colors. Also, a lot of my favorite bloggers who I got to know during the first few years of blogging commented on it which is awesome. The post also "shouts" summer and with all those summery pictures, I can definitely say it is my favorite one so far. :)
7. What other types of blogs do you enjoy reading?
I love reading all types of blogs because each blog is special in its own way. But if I have to put a name to it, I'd say I enjoy reading lifestyle bloggers because they share everything, from beauty to travel to their personal stories which is simply wonderful. I love a mix of everything and it is nice to see various topics that a blog can share.  
8. What is your dream for your blog?
To keep this blog going. Sometimes, I loose my motivation and I can't seem to write anything. It is a total blank. Other times, I feel like writing three blog posts in a week. So it really depends. There are amazing bloggers out there who quit blogging for their reasons but I feel bad because they all have great potential. Some bloggers are wonderful writers and more. It is sad not to see them blog anymore. But, they each have their own reasons not to blog. My dream for this blog is to stay consistent, to keep interacting with other bloggers and be happy with my own content. 

9. What has blogging taught you?


I got to learn so many things while blogging. That includes interacting with other bloggers, making friends through social media, editing pictures for the blog ( 'till this day I am still learning), coding, creating and maintaining a website and so much more. Blogging is very advantageous. You get to learn a lot of things and share your life/passion/story with others. :D 

10. What is a piece of advice you would give to a new blogger?
Interact with other bloggers. Send a private message to another blogger, comment on their blogs, like and subscribe. You can follow blogs on different social media which will help you big time. A community does not build itself. You have to make the effort for it. Discovering new blogs and getting to know other bloggers is the best feeling while blogging. 
11. If you could have one wish, what would it be?

Currently I need motivation for my finals, so I am just going to wish for good grades. :D



My questions for you:

Stephanie's questions are actually really interesting so i'll keep them all :) 

1. Why did you start blogging?
2. How long have you been blogging?
3. What are your blogging goals?
4. What are your hobbies outside of blogging?
5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
6. What is your favorite post?
7. What other types of blogs do you enjoy reading?
8. What is your dream for your blog?
9. What has blogging taught you?
10. What is a piece of advice you would give to a new blogger?
11. If you could have one wish, what would it be?


I can't wait to read all of your answers :D Once again, thank you so much Stephanie, you truly are amazing. Guys, I would love for you to check out her blog and the ones listed as well. You definitely won't regret it. :)
~Thank you so much for reading this and happy blogging ~



Monday, March 4, 2019

The Versatile Blogger Award #2

Hey readers,

It's been a while, how are you guys doing? It's Monday! I hope you have a great week. When I have some time on me, I often read and comment on blogs. That's also what motivates me to keep blogging. The blogging community is so kind and I am very grateful to all of you. 

In 2016, I was nominated for my very first Versatile Blogger Award and I was the happiest that I could be. It was just an amazing feeling. Today, I have been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award again, but by two wonderful bloggers and that at the same time! This is literally the best blogging moment ever. I am so honored for this. It's incredible.


I have been nominated by Stephanie from God's Sweet Nectar and by Carlo and Angelique from Sincere Travelers. You should really check them out because their posts are inspiring and awesome. Stephanie shares her poetry and her love for God. Carlo and Angelique post about travel tips, their travel experience, food and drinks. Please take a look at their blogs, also comment and subscribe to them. You'll love it! 





Rules

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you
  • Include a link to their blog in your post
  • Share the award on your blog
  • Share 7 facts about yourself 
  • Nominate 10-15 other bloggers





7 facts about me

1- My favorite color is purple. 

2- I prefer reading a paper book than reading online. 

3- I traveled to India last year. 

4- I enjoy watching Korean dramas. If you have any suggestions, let me know! :D 

5- My favorite show is Friends. I have two t-shirts, 2 books + mini book and stickers of friends. 

6- I am a stationary addict. 

7- I am an introvert. 

The nominees

Eve from Edge of Night

Denise from Denise's Planet

Shybiker from Shybiker

Envy Fisher from Lost in Translation

Kanra Khan from The Lunar Descent

Uma Maheshwar from Life

Bethany Jane from Adventure & Anxiety

Sihlesenkosi Ncube from  The Africa we want

Kristina from Life of Krish

Malvika from Style of Malvika

Jessica from A Farmhouse Fable

Kristen Bucy from Kristen Bucy

Mbanefo from Women Fit

Shoppers from Shoppers Gossip



So, these are my nominees for the Versatile Blogger Award. It is now my time to get to know you better. Feel free to skip it if you have been recently nominated. I can't wait to read all about you!

All the blogs listed are awesome, please go check them out. Go like, comment and subscribe to them :D Also, thank you once again to Stephanie, Carlo and Angelique for nominating me, I had so much fun doing this and I am very grateful for this award. Thank you! :)


~ Thank you so much for reading this and happy blogging ~












Monday, January 21, 2019

Minimalist - A Goal

Hey readers,
How are you guys doing? I hope you are having an amazing day! So, as this is my first post of 2019, I thought I'd share one of my goals with you guys. 

A year ago, I realized that I own an excess amount of the same product that I don't even need. For example, I have got over a dozen of empty notebooks which I don't need. I simply bought them because they were so pretty but I don't even know what to write in them. I also have a lot of tea cups while I use the same one everyday. I simply fall in love with a design and decide to buy a product convincing myself that the price is worth it when it's on sale. Since a year, I have been thinking about all of this. But, I was too busy with other stuff. 

However, this year, one of my goals is to become a minimalist and I finally have time to focus on it. I want to spend on things that I need or things that are recyclable. My problem is not that I have too many stuff, it's that I have too many of the same thing. Like those notebooks and tea cups, I own a great number of the same things and I need to stop doing that. 




I found some useful tips in order to achieve my goal. 

Control yourself

The hardest part is to get a control of yourself. As soon as I find something cute and it is at a fair price, it goes straight in the cart and that's just bad. So, I need to control myself and start saying no. The best part is when we convince ourselves that we don't only want that product but we need it. Also, if something is worth it but it is expensive, you can always wait for a while. Impatience can be a problem too. A lot of time, we need to control our minds before controlling our actions. 

Clean your room

Take time to admire every little thing that is in your room. Then, throw away things that you don't need, recycle them, donate them. Do a deep cleaning and organize your whole room. While cleaning your room, make sure your goal doesn't stop you from adding your personal touch to it. 

Shop Carefully

When you go shopping, focus on your goal. Try to go with the "less is more" trend. It is easy to loose focus but you got to keep reminding yourself that you can achieve your goal and that you will. Simply control your mind, you will be able to control yourself and shop according to your needs. 

Enjoy!

You made this goal because you wanted to. If you choose to live simply, focus on your goal and complain less. You might be upset because you did or could not buy a few things but at the end, you gain from it. Once you'll achieve your goal, you'll be happy. 

This year, I really want to save up for things that are worth it. I want to spend more on useful things. I want to change my spending habits for the better. I want to live simply!


*Less is more, live simply, be happy!*


~ Thank you so much for reading and happy blogging ~

Monday, October 29, 2018

Communication is key - A little reminder

Hey readers,

What is up? I hope you are having an amazing day. I am guessing that you already know what I am going to talk about as the title gives it away but it is very important. Honestly, I don't even know how to say it in other words except for "communication is key".

Sadly, this is what we do less now. We communicate less and less. In fact, our favorite word to avoid communicating is "never mind" because that's way easier than explaining something to someone, especially our feelings.

Yes, I know that this sounds overrated just like the quote :"don't worry, be happy" but honestly speaking, it needs to be said. I am not going to pretend we live in a happy land where everything works the way you want and tell you to go message an old friend. Not at all. I just want you to maintain your current "real" relationships who are valuable to you.

I am not even going to throw stories at you explaining why you need to communicate with your love ones. You know exactly why. Not communicating leads to assuming things and misunderstandings. We already have enough problems in this world, we do not need to create any more problems especially because we want to avoid communication.

Please, if you are having a problem with a friend or a family member currently, talk it out. Don't run away. Communicate. Explain yourself. Understand the other person too. This is very important.


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Also, even if you don't have any relationship problems, you should still talk to your friends and family and spend some time simply talking to them. 

Imagine if you had to sit with someone and talk for hours on the bench (picture above). Who would it be with? What would you talk about? Talking to someone close to you is a cure in itself. It can solve problems or prevent them. This is something we all need to do; communicate more.  So, let's do that! :)

***Happy Early Halloween! I hope you get into the Halloween spirit and do fun scary things and get lots of candies. But, please be safe. 


~ Thank you so much for reading this and happy blogging ~

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Reacting to my younger self - A big change

Hey readers,

How are you doing? It's getting cold in here. Well, fall is coming soon which is really exciting. :D  (I don't know why I always start my posts by talking about the weather xD) Alright, so I think it is time to take a break from all of the blogging tips and tricks and get more personal. I haven't even had a single blog post that is specifically about me. I have always talked to you guys in a general way. Well, here we go.

A few months ago,  I saw a video of myself from when I was young (about 7 years old) and I was just so surprised. I mean, it was a video that my parents recorded of me and my siblings with a very old camera. We were all very young back then. 

I was so happy, so excited to be talking in front of the camera. I was so social and an active child. Also, I have a very selective memory and there is a lot of things that I don't remember from my childhood. So, I did not exactly remember how I was when I was young. When I saw that video of myself, I couldn't stop thinking about my life.

How did I changed so much? How did I go from being an active, social, excited child to being a camera shy, introverted, reserved person? I was just there sitting on my couch, watching my young self, being the girl I never thought I could be. 

It is even possible to change so much? Is that normal? What got into me? After watching that video, I had all these questions in mind, which are  now left unanswered. 

This is very weird. None of my siblings changed as much as I did. Also, while watching that video, the "new me" was being very entertained by the "old me". I was saying and doing so many random things in front of the camera, it was hilarious. I honestly don't even know where all that energy came from. 

I saw that video a few months ago and I am still not over it. I simply can't. I am so surprised by the big change. 

Has that happened to anyone of you? Have you gone through a big change and has no explanation behind it? Did you completely changed personality from when you were a child to how you are now? I would love to know about your childhood experience :)

~ Thank you so much for reading this and happy blogging ~