25/31 Why we gotta have favourites?

25. Your five favourite blogs

Since I’ve only recently come back to WordPress, I haven’t had a chance to fully explore all of the new content new bloggers have to offer. So, to make it fair, I’ll simply list the last five blogs I’ve followed…

1) Tifness

I’ve only just taken a look at Latifa’s blog in the last couple of days and I’m not disappointed. I love to travel and I love food, so this is the perfect combination! My flatmate cannot eat wheat so we are often making gluten-free recipes when we have meals together. For example, this Sunday we made deep-fried, stuffed courgette flowers; gluten free pea and asparagus ravioli with parmesan; and sticky toffee pudding with Madagascan vanilla custard… the custard is the only part of the feast we hadn’t made from scratch. So it’s safe to say, we are serious about our food! I’m looking forward to making some of Latifa’s recipes in future 🙂

2) Wilson Reviews

Jake is someone I work with at The Week Junior and it was only last week, at our 25th issue anniversary/we won Launch of the Year at the British Media Awards drinks, that I found out he was also on WordPress. He writes about the latest and greatest movies out there, as well as recommending titles that people may not already be familiar with. Just be sure not to read too many in one go, as it’ll leave you struggling to decide which film to watch first!

3) Cooking with a Wallflower

Andrea has so many amazing recipes… all of which I would like to make. Well, I should be more specific – eat! Every time the pictures manage to make my mouth water. I don’t even have to know what it is, I just want to take a bite.

4) We Love Food

I see a trend here… I clearly love food, too! What I like about Saff and Ade is that they not only write about what they eat, they also describe the atmosphere and overall experience all the while injecting humour into each post. I may or may not be using their reviews as more of a to do list since they’re mostly London based.

5) Second blog to the right

And if you don’t get this reference… what planet do you live on?! One of my other great loves is theatre. I found this blog because of their Cirque du Soleil reviews and it was only when I took a look at what they had previously reviewed, that I discovered they also love Disney and had seen the Toddlerz Ball. I can’t wait to see what’s next!

 

 

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Finally!

Howdee fellow bloggers!

I’ve got some exciting news… well, I feel very excited about it anyway! For those of you who joined me on my newly embarked blogging journey last year, you would have noticed that I had taken up the 365 Days of Writing Prompts challenge set by the wonderful WordPress team. I must admit that I thoroughly enjoyed it (and I hope the people who read them did too) as everyday was something new and it also gave me something to look forward to (and time permitting, really sink my teeth into it!).

So, now we’re in 2015 and I couldn’t decide what to do next with my blog. In all honesty, I still don’t feel like I’ve found a specific area in which I’d like to stick to writing about as, quite simply, I like writing about a wide variety of things! Therefore, I’ve decided that this year I am going to start VLOGGING!

Since my work video projects in Norway a few months ago, I’ve realised that I really enjoy video editing and presenting. So, with the help of a very dear friend of mine who gave me some fantastic advice and encouragement, I’ve been looking into gaps in the vlogging market. Luckily, I think we’ve found one that could work quite well as not only am I passionate about these topics but I can’t seem to find anyone that does anything similar.

If any fellow vloggers have any tips or advice on how to start my vlogging journey, they’d be greatly appreciated.

Stay tuned and I hope you enjoy what’s to come!

My 2014 blogging in review!

Happy first Monday of 2015 everyone!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a cool little 2014 annual report for my blog – I found it super interesting, especially since its my first year of blogging!

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,500 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 42 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Exhale

#280: Tell us about a time when everything seemed to be going wrong — and then, suddenly, you knew it would be alright.

I can’t think of a time where events have specifically taken this sort of turn, however when I take a step back and think about the title of the prompt, smaller less important ‘phew’ moments have happened. For example, at work yesterday I read a competition email as wanting to go live next week before I’d actually attended the press event, thus having nothing to link it to/write about… but then I realised I was a month ahead of myself so as well as a ‘phew’ moment, it was very much a *doh-facepalm* situation!

Origin story

#214: Why did you start your blog? Is that still why you blog, or has your site gone in a different direction than you’d planned?

Since it was over seven months ago now, I’m going to guess why I started my blog… as I’m not 100% sure what the deciding factor was. I know that I wanted to develop my writing skills, as a way to help further my career in journalism/publishing. And since I couldn’t decide on a theme or topic area for my blog, I chose to partake in the 365 Days of Writing Prompts challenge from the team over at WordPress, also making it one of my New Years Resolutions – so I had to stick to it! Initially, I remember thinking that this could help me discover what I wanted to write about in the long term, but as the months have gone by, I’ve realised that I absolutely love the randomness that this challenge brings!

Critical eye

#112: Write about the subject you usually blog about as if you were a music critic.

Since my blogs subject is 99% determined by WordPress (the 1% accounting for my rebellious posts), it’s a bit of a strange post to be writing!

To set the scene, WordPress formed in 2003 with a very small number of fans, but in their eleven year career they have grown to be the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world! They run both daily and weekly challenges, that can be published in either written form or with the use of photographs, which have evidently contributed to it’s success. In my opinion, I think these challenges and prompt ideas are a fantastic way of encouraging people of all ages to tap into their creative sides, regardless of whether it’s an area they visit frequently. 

The social network

#91: Do you feel like you “get” social media, or do you just use it because that’s where all your friends and family are?

I think I’m one of the very few rare people my age, who actually speak over the phone and meet up face-to-face with my friends and family, as opposed to only knowing what they’re up to via social media! That said, I do “get” social media and the reason behind this is because not only can you find out useful information but I personally, tend to get a huge buzz from increased traffic. My three favourite social media sites are currently WordPress, Twitter and Pinterest, as you can keep track of who’s viewing what, retweets, follows etc. It’s just such a lovely feeling to know that people from different parts of the world, are enjoying the content I am producing. I also love the interactivity element – I’ve always been a sponge when it comes to feedback!

 

Sliced bread

#27: Most of us have heard the saying, “That’s the best thing since sliced bread!” What do you think is actually the best thing since sliced bread?

Firstly, where did this saying even come from?! … Well, after a bit of research, I found that this widely used saying dates back to 1928, when bread became available to buy pre-sliced and packaged for customer convenience. This took off with flying colours as consumers previously had to slice the bread themselves, whereas now that the slicing was automated, the thickness of each slice was the same! Hurrah to the disappearance of wonky sandwiches! This new sensation was advertised as ‘the greatest forward step in the baking industry since bread was wrapped’, which then morphed into the popular saying we know today. So, in layman’s terms, this saying refers to a recent invention that is likely to improve people’s lives.

So, with that in mind and without sounding completely cheesy, I’d have to say that blogging for me is the best thing since sliced bread! Since I’m very new to the blogosphere, after accepting the 365 Days of Writing Prompts challenge set by WordPress before the new year began, everything is still very exciting (which I hope will continue throughout the next 11 months, too!). I have chosen this as I’ve noticed that my writing is improving, all thanks to WordPress’ painless and innovative nudging to write daily blog posts.

On a more global note, I believe the best thing since sliced bread is an invention from the incredible Brittany Wenger, from Florida, who has created an easier and somewhat less painful way of diagnosing Breast Cancer, which has 99.11% sensitivity to malignancy! I truly hope we see this in hospitals worldwide soon, but until then I’ll certainly be taking part in this year’s Race For Life and doing my bit in the race to beat cancer … we will win!

Stroke of Midnight

365 days of writing prompts: #1 Where were you last night when 2013 turned into 2014? Is that where you’d wanted to be?

As mentioned in my recent blog post ‘2013 in two thousand and thirteen words …maybe*‘, I have accepted the 365 days of writing prompts challenge set by the fabulous Editors at WordPress, in a bid to turn blogging into a happy habit. Each post will remain short and to the point so that I can keep waffling to a minimum. With that in mind, here goes …

Last night, when everybody else seemed to be out welcoming 2014, I was cosily tucked up in bed … not asleep, but in bed. Since the normal working week resumes tomorrow, I thought it was more sensible to stay in so that I could begin retraining my body to get back into the early morning routine. Admittedly, I would have preferred to have been out with friends and family, but whilst the world continued to sleep off their party head, I had already had my morning work out and completed a lot of the days housework. I’ll always opt for a great sense of achievement over a rotten hangover any day! 

So until tomorrow … have a very Happy New Year wherever you may be!

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