I’m going to say that really annoying, over-used, cliché sentence that everyone hates… When Ryman Stationery contacted me and asked if I’d like to work with them, I completely jumped at the chance! And although I’m internally cringing just writing that, I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t 100% true. I’m sure most bloggers can relate to my love of stationery; crisp, brand new notebooks with not a mark on them, trolling through pages after pages or shelf after shelf of pens of all different types and colours, random multi-coloured paperclips and nick-nacks that you’re never going to use… Sigh. A blogger’s heaven. That’s more or less how I felt as I scrolled through the Ryman’s website, picking my items for review.
In July, I did a blogger box swap with Lydia from Mademoiselle Woman blog which I absolutely loved doing. It was great to take the time to find some bits and pieces for someone else that they’ll love and also receive a cute little package in the post for yourself too. So in November, I did another one, this time with the ever so lovely Emma. We set a £5 limit and stuck with stationery based items and I can’t wait to show you what I received from Emma!
Autumn is upon us! Technically, it started on Friday 22nd September in the UK (also my mum’s birthday) so it’s socially acceptable to embrace all the Autumn tings now we’re officially in the season. Although what’s the betting we get a heat-wave now? But anyway, it’s the season for all us basic bitches (absolutely nothing wrong with being a basic bitch) to come out of our shells and to flood the blogoverse with pumpkins , fairy-lights and candles galore. Here’s my own basic-ass list of things you can do to fully embrace the most wonderful season of all.
I’m all for celebrating milestones. In blogging, in business, in life, damn it if you’ve done something you’re proud of, reached a goal or milestone then you should sure as hell celebrate that – however big or small. I’ve done that since I started blogging and 4 years down the line, I don’t plan on stopping. So… today I would like to celebrate hitting 2,500 unique blog followers. Eeeeek! That may seem like a miniscule number to some, a huge number to others; we’re all on different paths and different points in our blogging “careers” but I definitely believe that we should celebrate our own and other people’s achievements. And for me, hitting 2.5k blog followers is an achievement. Especially after so mny blogging breaks and periods of not knowing whether I even wanted to continue blogging.
This March -slash- April -slash- May, I would have been blogging for 4 years, (I can’t remember exactly what month I started; I seemed to think it was March but WordPress tells me it’s May but whatever) so I won’t be doing any giveaways with this post, as I normally would, because I’d like to wait until my 4th blog anniversary and go completely and utterly overboard then but for me, hitting 2,000 unique blog followers (I say unique blog followers because that is just including WordPress reader followers, email followers and bloglovin followers – it doesn’t count twitter and Facebook) is somewhat of a milestone and I think it warrants a little blog post, mostly just to say a big huge thank you to everyone who follows and reads my blog.
October = National Blogging Month
So, bloggers all around the globe take part in ‘Blogtober’ where the idea is to post every day for the month of October. And this year, I wanna have a go. I’ve been umming and ahhing for weeks about this and been a bit apprehensive to start my blogtober posts because in my mind, once I start, that’s it, I’m committed. And once I’m committed, I need to complete the challenge because if I don’t, I will feel like a big fat failure. But I’ve done it now, I’ve started – so let’s see how this goes shall we? Welcome to my first blogtober post and I’m talking about my reasons for wanting to attempt this
Daily we are bombarded by advertising of stuff companies want us to buy. In a digitally dominated world, these temptations can often be hard to miss when they’re being shoved in your face constantly. Which leads us to, even more, money problems, potential money problems even non-existent money problems that we spend hours worrying about for absolutely no reason. I’m guilty of all of the above and often find myself thinking of outrageous ways I could make a bit of extra dolla (lap dancing, writing a book and selling my eggs have all crossed my mind). Whilst I’m by no means an expert, I do have a couple of little life hacks which could gain you a few extra quid or help you save that little bit more efficiently!
The blogging world, it’s a mess. Life under the sea, is better than anything they got up there. The seaweed is always greener… Ok stop. I hope y’all got the Little Mermaid reference there otherwise this is hella awkward. But in all seriousness, it is a bit of a mess of late and I think a lot of bloggers will be inclined to agree. So I’m just going to go ahead and add fuel to the fire and talk about all the things I’m so goddamn bored of hearing in the blogging world right now. This is a tongue in cheek type post and wasn’t intended to offend anyone. But you know, it probably will.
It’s no secret that blogging can get to people’s heads. Mine included. In a whole bunch of different ways. We forget why we started blogging and lose that initial love we had for it in the beginning. We get bogged down with stats, petty dramas or lack of motivation. We become too reliant on product reviews and forget what it’s like to write our own, original and authentic content. We see everything as a chore and the passion gradually dwindles slightly. It’s nothing to be ashamed about and I believe (for myself anyway) that these feelings will ebb and flow all the way through my blogging life. But I am here today to talk about blogging affirmations and things we should always try and remember when we’re feeling somewhat off about blogging.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but a lot of peeps who start a blog have the intention of hopefully, maybe, doing product reviews somewhere down the line. I know I did. And I’ll be the first to admit that getting free stuff is f***ing awesome. And having brands put their products and trust in your hands is f***ing awesome. But unfortunately, with so many bajillions of bloggers all hoping and working for the same thing, products don’t always come to us at the rate we want them to.