How on Earth is it December already? I’m honestly reeling in utter shock at how quickly this year has gone. It’s insane. But of course, another month means another set of advertisers and I’m delighted to be rounding off the year with this lovely bunch! Do check them out and send them some love!
As I’m sitting here writing this, I am completely emotionally and mentally drained. I wrote a post a little while ago about 2016 with a person note from me to the universe about what 2016 has taught me from being so utterly shite Well, it’s the year that just keeps on giving and it’s not over yet but I’ve started to get into my ‘preparing for the new year’ mind-set, which is one I always enjoy. I’m an avid tidy-upper and sorter-outer as it is and I’m in my element when I’m sorting things, cleaning things and generally organising things and there’s no better time than the end of a year – especially a bad one – to do that. Here are some things I like to try and do to prepare for the year ahead.
This year, I’m trying extra hard to enjoy Christmas. After such a rubbish year, I’m going into the Christmas period with the mentality that it’s the last stretch of 2016 and I might as well at least try and enjoy it because it marks the end of what was a truly dire year. I’ve already got almost all my Christmas presents – and wrapped them – the decorations are up and I even bought myself a little glittering Christmas tree for my room – aww! I’ve also already blogged about some gorgeous Christmasssy candles and actually rather enjoyed it. So when I got an email from Boohoo – yes, Boohoo, I couldn’t quite believe it either – asking if my dog and I wanted to take part in their Christmas jumper campaign, I said yes, obviously. Otherwise I wouldn’t be writing this blog post.
So, you have been blogging for a while now, and you are starting to gain some serious followers. Perhaps you felt that you were a bit out on a limb at the beginning. You might have been writing for a very particular niche, wondering how you would ever gain followers. Or maybe you didn’t think that you would be ready to put the time and effort needed into gaining new followers. Either way, you have somehow found yourself in charge of a blog with a considerable following. As is often the case with any kind of project, getting to a certain milestones can be something of a mixed blessing. Doubtless you are happy to be being read by more and more people. But you are probably also starting to realise just how much work this blogging business really requires. You might even be wondering what you should be doing next, to keep your blog growing. In this article, we will answer that question. Here are some of the next steps you should consider taking now that your blog is becoming more popular.
Fixing and maintaining home is a big task. There are lots of things that can go wrong and it falls on you to repair these issues. Some of them represent easy and quick fixes while others require some skills. But, how to differentiate them?
No worries, in this article we will point out some problems which can be fixed by you. These are some basic tips that will allow you to maintain crucial parts of your home without having to call a repairman. So, let’s get to it!
Today I’m bringing you news of a new book which I think you will love! I am gutted I didn’t have time to read this for the blog tour but I’m definitely going to get my hands on a copy (or maybe buy it for my mum for Christmas so I can steal it, mwhaha). So let’s find out what His Kidnapper’s Shoes is all about…
We can’t help the way our days go sometimes… They occasionally end up epically shite and it’s completely out of our control. But it’s still always important to start the day right because ya never know what might happen! I’ve put a lot more emphasis into starting my day right this year so I wanted to share some of the things I’ve started to do to have a more positive morning! Note: waking up at the crack of dawn isn’t one of them.
I’m happy to read anything and everything. All different genres, from all different kinds of authors including books published in different kinds of ways. Of course my most read type of books are traditionally published but I am definitely not impartial to a self-published or Indie book (I actually wrote a post on that here!) I’ve read some wonderful self published books since I started book blogging and met, albeit virtually, some of the incredible authors behind them. I’ve worked with Cratejoy before on their Fresh Fiction: Box Not to Miss box and their Nerdy Bookworm Box but today I’m reviewing the Go Indie Now! box and my god, what a treat it was! And make sure you scroll to the bottom for the giveaway to win a Cratejoy box!
Now the main components of this box go together as like a set… sort of. I’ll get to that in a minute so it makes sense but first I’ll share with you the additional items in the box – which have no connection to anything else. I realise this makes no sense. Firstly, there was the Bookish Adult Colouring Book by Martha Sweeney.
This year has been, to put it quite bluntly, shit. Shitty shit shit. We’ve seen some of the most controversial campaigns and decisions in political history. We’ve lost some of the most iconic actors, musicians and role-models and we’ve endured more news stories of terrorism, violence and heart-break and than I care to think about. Globally, 2016 has been a bit of a travesty. But personally, it’s been pretty diabolical too. It’s been hard and stressful, my mental health has plummeted numerous times throughout the year, it has fallen into holes I didn’t know existed. There has been death (although no-one too close to me, thankfully) and I’ve seen people I know and love suffer. I’m going to leave it there because I’m not auditioning for the X Factor and this isn’t a sob story but today I wanted to talk about the importance of finding joy whenever you can, however you can. Finding happiness and enjoying the little things in life because when the world is as royally fucked as it is right now, the little things are so very important.