12 Common Writing Mistakes || Improve Your Blog

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Everyone makes writing mistakes but when blogging is your job, you need to make sure your writing is top-notch. I know I am guilty of making some faux-pas on this site, especially in my early days, but you don’t have to!

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Monthly Favourites || Beauty & snacks || May 2016

Everyone has their favourite things in life. For me, this extends beyond beauty products (believe it or not). Sometimes it is nice to have other things to get excited about, it doesn’t matter if they are old or new. This month we talk shampoo, tea, and snacks.

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Five by Five- My Quest for Greatness

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For the last while I have been back and forth with lots of different stuff. Studying, family life, but the general theme is wanting to move forward. But do you know what the hardest thing is about trying to move forward? It’s knowing where to start. Sometimes the journey for self-improvement starts with the decision to move forward.

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A Year to Change Your Life: Week 3

One thing that a lot of people forget when they are trying to improve their lives is their house. Your house, your home, your environment, whatever you like to call it, has a big impact of you. So this week we are going to look at how to change your house for the better.

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Janathon 2016- Day 5

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There is no point in exercising or trying to get fit if your diet doesn’t reflect what you are doing. For most people at this time of the year, they will be regretting those drunken announcements that they are quitting smoking, running 5k a day, or simply eating healthy. I feel your pain. But while some people are starting to slip back into old habits already, I tried to kick it up a bit with some cooking to go with my running everyday.

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Weekly news: Learning and working

It might surprise you all that I don’t live in the internet all of the time. There are times that I crawl out from under my rock and join the big world with some normal human interaction. This is what we have been up to this week…

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Too chicken for YouTube

Recently I was toying with the idea of starting a YouTube channel and vlogging (or video blogging) on there. I’ll be honest, I’ve heard the term “YouTube millionaire” thrown about so much I was more than tempted to try to join the club. I debated with myself the reasons why I should or should not. What if I’m talking and people can’t understand a word I’m saying with my Northern Irish accent? I don’t know how to edit videos, can I even do it on a laptop? Or should I just skip the editing thing and make it raw, untouched, and honest? But what am I going to talk about? The same things I talk about on here? Does anyone even watch videos like that on there?

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Practice makes perfect

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If you have been following along with the blog recently you will have noticed that I did start posting a lot but then it sort of fell away due to family issues. Because practise makes perfect, every chance I get to sit and write, I take it. What I’m hoping to achieve by doing this is building a body of work which improves over time, hopefully quickly. Most people who blog have a set day to publish a new post but I wanted to pick up the pace for myself. If you read my previous post about wanting to improve myself you will probably have guessed by now my reasons for bombarding you all with blog posts.

I want to force myself and push my boundaries like an athletic individual who trains everyday. The big difference is you guys get to witness my transition from pants to amazing. But it takes time, and having a public place to display this change is scary. I know I need to improve and I know that forcing myself to do it here is probably pretty stupid. I could work offline and get better away without being watched but what fun is that? I also what to show everyone that with a bit of practise, you can excel in your chosen field. There is no shame in being awful at something when you start out, some of my very first work was complete rubbish that is unfit to be seen. And even on here, my earlier posts are not my finest work. I could delete some of my early work and pretend that I have always been wonderful but I want you guys to see the change. I also want you all to enjoy the journey with me and see me grow.

It’s not easy doing a blog post everyday. I don’t have all week to muse over a piece so sometimes it might be really short and quite raw. Sometimes I lack material, sometimes I’m tired, but pushing myself and my brain to do it everyday is the the best work out I got possibly get.

Let the blog war begin!

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When you have friends who blogs it becomes difficult not to compare yourself to them. Sure, their blog might be completely different, but is it better? Do they get more hits? And why? This is the case between me and my friend Gemma. Her blog is about her relationship with her husband, and mine, well I’m still not sure what this one is about but I’ll get there eventually. Every time she posts, I sit and compare notes, what she is writing about, her writing style. Gemma on the other hand has no idea about my blog until about 5 minutes ago….oops! Sorry about that.

Gemma is hardly a stranger to me but I wouldn’t dare ask her to pimp my blog for me. We met for the first time when we were 16 years old in college. Gemma was a bubbly ball of fun that bounced around the canteen while I was a sullen, sour-faced bitch who drank too much coffee and was horrible to everyone. After I left college, our paths would cross again over the years when we ran into each other while shopping for herbal tea or shoes. Thanks to Facebook, we would be reunited on the internet and kept up with each others drama through status up-dates and drunken photos. Finally at the beginning of the year, we ended up working together and spent most of our time mock shooting each other across the office because our job sucked so bad it was better than doing actual work. Now we find our paths crossing again in the world of blogging. Gemma will message me, asking me to share her stuff, which I do, and I consider asking her to do the same but I don’t. I sit back going “nah, she wouldn’t like what I write about.”

The big difference between us is that Gemma shares her work with friends and family, I don’t. The only person that knows that I do this is my hubby-to-be and that’s kind of sad. I’m actually very shy when it comes to my work and I worry that those who know me will read it, sit back and think to themselves, “that was a bit pants,” while being nice to my face about my random rants about everything. I lack the confidence to shout out and tell everyone what I do, Gemma is slowly taking over the world with her tales of dog bums and snotty tissues.

So, rather than ask her to blow my trumpet for me, I’m going to do it for her. It’s my way of saying sorry for being a horrible, rancid bitch when we were younger. And maybe karma will be good to me and I’ll have a million new followers tomorrow. I wish…….

Check out Gemma at http://deathofaspinster.blogspot.co.uk/