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 ūüôā

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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18/31 Why does everything have to mean something?!

18. The meaning behind your blog name

It’s a pretty uninventive blog name… chloemayward is just my full name.

When I created this blog back in 2013, I didn’t know exactly what I’d be writing about. To paraphrase¬†Naomi Smalls, I didn’t want to pigeon hole myself and put myself in just the one box. I have so many ideas, interests and passions. I wanted to use my blog as a journey, a way to find out exactly what I wanted to write about. Although, three years later, I’m still unsure of which direction I’d like my blog to go in. I have a couple of ideas that I’m hoping to kick start after I’ve finished my Blog a Day in May challenge, which I’m hoping will lead to big things next year…

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13/31 Wait… who am I?

13. What is your earliest memory

It was only the other day that I was telling my housemate that I don’t actually really remember things before I was at least ten years old… first hand that is. Whenever I get the chance, I watch the “baby videos” as I call them, so what is my memory and what is a memory remembered through a video camera is hard to define nowadays. This is combined with the fact that, now working on a weekly publication, I am unable to even recall what I’d written about the previous week…

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My delayed journey

So, my delayed vlogging journey is,¬†at last,¬†starting to¬†take shape – I’m forever watching one of my favourite vloggers, Tyler Oakley (seven years of content will thankfully take a while to catch up on), along with my favourite vlogging duo, Superfruit, comprised of Mitch Grassi and Scott Hoying (aka Pentatonix). But, I finally¬†have a MacBook that will allow me to¬†edit videos in my own time…. and not during my lunch breaks! *victory dance* I’m so unbelievably excited to have received this as it feels like I’ve been saving for years. I must admit however, that it feels so bizarre to be sat here on my sofa, watching the Brit Awards… and TYPING!

Oh I’ve missed it…

Created by me!

Created by me!

Release me

#293: Tell us about the blog post you were most nervous to publish ‚ÄĒ and what it was like to set it free.

In all honesty I don’t think there has been a post¬†that I was ‘nervous’ to publish… I wouldn’t say that they are¬†ever¬†risqu√© in the slightest, which I’m assuming is why I’ve never felt that way towards what I’ve written. I guess the only level or factor of nervousness that applies in a very minor¬†form, is the fact that I seem to feel slight apprehension just before I click ‘Publish to chloemayward’ thinking “what if no-one likes it?”. But then again, I’m sure this is a common feeling that occurs to all bloggers once in a while.

P.s. I will be catching up with Thursday 16th – Sunday 19th’s posts tomorrow, as the wifi in Norway wasn’t the easiest thing to keep hold of/ Plus trying to write blog posts on my (crummy old) phone was near impossible. I still don’t count this as a fail because I was sent on a last minute work trip, so couldn’t write them in advance either.

Singular sensation

#193: If one experience or life change results from you writing your blog, what would you like it to be?

To become an Editor. I absolutely love writing and have realised just how organised I am in the workplace (which in my eyes is key to being a successful Editor), so it would be incredible if my blog were to take me to that next step in my career. 

It’s as simple as that…

Tables turned

#187: Are as comfortable in front of a camera as behind one? Being written about, as well as writing?

Interesting prompt, since I believe everyone’s answer would be the same as mine…

One would only feel comfortable if the portrayal of said individual was of a positive nature.

In other words, people only feel comfortable in front of the camera, if they are confident that it will look good or that it could be approved and/or amended before being shared. Likewise with being written about – no one would want to read something horrible about themselves! On the flip side, when something nice is written about you, it fills you with happiness and who doesn’t love feeling good about themselves?!¬†

Great or greatest

#182: What makes a blog great? What makes you follow a blog or ‚ÄúLike‚ÄĚ a post?

Before I start answering today’s blog prompt, I’d just like to say a huge thank you to Joshua Price for his kind words within his answer for today. You have honestly made my day! We’re currently on press week here at the magazine, so everything is a little hectic and after reading it, I was grinning like a Cheshire cat! Definitely head over and check out his take on the 365 days of writing prompts challenge¬†– it’s always so enjoyable!

So, what makes a blog great you say? For me, the content needs to have an element of honesty, in the way that bloggers are writing about their own opinions, views and experiences, as opposed to having to write something they don’t believe in (I guess this is mostly applicable when it comes to reviewing but I suppose people could be using this challenge to review their life… anyway, I digress!). I just think if you enjoy what you’re writing and are passionate about it, then¬†it IS great! I also agree with Joshua in the fact that¬†gaining followers/popularity is not why I started my¬†blog but, I too, am extremely grateful and at times overwhelmed, by¬†all the support I’ve received over the last six months (yikes… I’ve just realised, we’re halfway through the challenge already!). It’s an amazing feeling to hear how¬†others are enjoying reading your content – I could never have imagined reaching over 100 followers and over 1,000 views in half a year! It truly blows my mind every single day – so a big THANK YOU!

What makes me follow a blog or like a post? Hmmm, well there isn’t a set formula for this one – I guess if I share interests with the other blogger, like the meaning behind their content¬†or¬†their passion and integrity is shining through, that is enough to make me want to keep an eye out for their future posts.

We can be taught

#179: Tell us a moment or an incident that you treasure ‚ÄĒ not necessarily because it brought you happiness, but because it taught you something about yourself.

A few weeks ago I had a work experience type of day as a Content Intern, at an Internal Communications Agency company in Milton Keynes, called Headlines. It was an absolute eye opener! Not only was it a huge office with lots of different departments, but everyone seemed to have such fantastic relationships with everyone… and they had a kitchen/lounge area so people didn’t have to eat their lunch at their desks!

I was first asked to write a news story for APM’s website titled ‘Crossrail 2 could open four years ahead of schedule‘. Amazingly, within half an hour it had been read and handed back to me with only THREE minor changes. Since my background in journalism is mostly to do with the kids market, they were really impressed that I’d picked up their house style so quickly.

After I had made these changes and re-submitted my copy, I was asked to write a variety of sections across two double page spreads for Amazons internal magazine, Outside The Box. Using a very brief outline and some investigation into the various global departments, I was able to turn around multiple stories fairly quickly.

Finally, I was asked to research suitable Internal Communications stories that Headlines could rewrite for their own website. I found this extremely interesting, so it ended up being a pretty difficult task to only find five stories!

At the end of the day, I was invited to a conference room and was delighted to hear that they wished they had me for longer than one day as everything I had written, was exactly the way that Headlines staff would have written them.

This was a huge turning point for me as for quite a while people have been telling me what they thought I was capable of and apparently copy writing wasn’t one of them. Well HA! I’m absolutely delighted to have proven them wrong with more than just my word! I knew all along that I could write effectively and this day provided me with a HUGE confidence boost. Since then, I’ve successfully written three double page spreads and taken on more responsibility at the mag ūüėÄ

GO ME!

Tagline

#170: Often, our blogs have tag lines. But what if humans did, too? What would your tagline be?

Well considering most of my social media tag lines read… “Works at National Geographic Kids Mag. Loves reading, travelling, writing, music, mexican food & all things fascinating!”… I guess I’d write something similar. The less interesting things I’d consider adding include: hardworking, highly passionate when it comes to succeeding, overly organised, consistent, efficient, time conscious (as I always arrive half an hour early for everything!) etc etc and the more typical things would include: friendly, up for a laugh, loyal, confidential etc etc.

The more interesting thing would be to find out the tag lines other people would give you…