So, this thing called New Year happened… 15 days ago. And aside from one (scheduled) book review, I haven’t posted anything on this blog at all! Uh, sorry about that.
I don’t really have much to say in way of apology except that everything that could go wrong, has gone wrong (outside my friendship group that is, thank goodness). I’m sure you’ll have all heard the news about Alan Rickman now, and I was so sad yesterday I couldn’t write let alone blog.
So I really, really apologise for not posting over the past couple of weeks. I’ve kinda lost my motivation, but in the New Year I’m going to try really, really hard, ask around and get some ideas from friends (also if you have any ideas, feel free to message me too!).
Anyway, it’s Christmas so I’m hoping you can all forgive me and be happy and merry…!
Hello all. Yes, it is indeed the blogger, emerging from a recently tidied desk (aside from being covered in pen-pal letters I’m getting around to replying to and books I need to review. I’m up to 6 now. Six, I tell you…). And, I am here to apologise. Again.
I don’t know if it was sheer exhaustion, euphoria from leaving college for half term, or the fact it’s getting dark and half flippin’ five in the afternoon (afternoon!) but as you may have noticed, I haven’t blogged this week, aside from Tuesday. Uh. Sorry, about that.
I am trying. Honest. But if you guys want to pitch in and help out, feel free to send in a guest blog, about anything to do with writing and/or reading. Thanks for sticking around and putting up with me a) continuously apologising and b) not actually doing much about it.
BUT! I WILL get around to doing Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday posts this week. Even if I have to stay up to 1 am to do it. Which seems rather likely.
Okay so I’m really sorry I haven’t been posting for sometime. To be perfectly honest, I’ve been struggling with some things and I’m trying to sort stuff out. So, yeah, that’s been happening.
Also, I’m a terrible self-motivator. So that’s a huge contributor. But I’ve added another reminder to my phone, so hopefully that’ll get me going (I’m actually about to do a book discussion post right after I post this).
I just thought I’d write this note to say sorry and that I will try to get everything going: But, likewise, please forgive me if I mess up time and again (I mean, if you’ve been following for a while you’ll understand that this is pretty regular with me, I am one to miss a post every few weeks).
So that’s that. Also, I’m still looking for guest posts if you have any!
So. I’m back (for good… *cries into a Take That slumber). *Ahem*
Yes, last weekend I arrived back from America (well, technically America -> Dublin -> England BUT DETAILS). We gave a tearful goodbye and tried to desperately stayed awake (I failed and napped) after getting around 3 hours of sleep in 24 hours (NB: this is not fun).
Whilst I was in America, I got my AS Level results: 4 B’s, which isn’t too bad but I wanted higher and so this year I am working on getting my ass down and head working. (Or should that be the other way around?)
That means there’ll be a few changes in my life…
Less recreational writing. *Sob* This basically means a) no NaNoWriMo this year and b) no more whole-writing-days thanks to coffee. Well, okay, maybe one or two of those in the holiday but THAT’S IT. I really want to do well, and if that means writing takes a back seat, so be it.
Less reading *sobs again*. Okay so for English (and future university course) and my Extended Project, I’m expected to read a lot – but I can’t be spending three hours a week day curled up with a good novel, a hot chocolate and a drooling cat. It’ll be sad and difficult but I’m aiming for 4-5 books each month. Which still isn’t a terrible sacrifice, but hard when there are so many good books around at the moment.
Blogging? This may also take a back seat *cries a bath of tears*. On SWW, I’ll try and keep up with 4 posts a week. On my other blog? However many I get down.
More work. Yeha.
So that’s my life at the moment. Should be interesting, eh? Yeah… something like that.
So I am not in the UK anymore… Nope, I am in Orlando, FL on holiday with my family! Over the next three weeks, we’re travelling from Boston, to New York, to Orlando (aka all of the theme parks), to Washington, D.C. and finally to Virginia. And, as you might be able to tell from the title, I screwed up in something: and that’s being a crappy admin and not queueing enough posts for whilst I’m away.
I’ll try and do as many posts as I can, even if they may look a bit weird because the format is strange on the app, but if I can’t, my lovely boyfriend Jake will (hopefully) be posting in place of me!
He’s followed this blog for a few weeks now so kind of knows what’s going on and I trust him completely to deliver the best to you guys. He writes too, don’t worry about that, and I personally adore his posts! You guys probably won’t want me to come back at the end of the three weeks… 😉
Anyway you can follow my blog to keep updated on what I’m up to and where I’m going and all of that and I’ll do my Monday post still but have a lovely week all and I hope the posts are delivered not only on time but complete over the next three weeks!
And, uh, sorry for being such a bad blogger. *slaps wrist* I’d like to say it won’t happen again, but, knowing me, it probably will.
I’ve been on WordPress for nearly two years now (doesn’t time fly…) and quite a lot of you awesome people follow me. Sure, not a groundbreaking amount, but I must have been doing something right, mustn’t I?
Admittedly, the title may be a bit misleading, aside from the part in parenthesis: you may have come here looking for some quick, confident way to gain likes, followers, commenters etc. Unfortunately, it’s not that easy, and I still struggle to completely gain the attention of my audience. But I’m going to share what I’ve done to try and get there!
Use the tags and categories to your advantage. Do you know where these babies are? Have a look at the pictures below and find out which article writing site you have (I don’t really know what to call it) and then fill in the tags as much as you can. They’re used in search engines and on WordPress itself. If you’re not using them, then your blog views are likely to drop. The categories are mainly for your blog itself, but are equally as useful – if someone likes what they read, they’re likely to try and find more, and you want to make their life a bit easier to they stay!
Engage with interesting stuff people want to see. WordPress generally plays host to writing, so if you’re looking to promote your music, unless it’s through writing, you might want to head to Twitter or Tumblr instead. You can write about anything – well, almost anything – though. Your posts can be as long or as short as you like, but unless they’re stories, I wouldn’t make them extensively long!
Post regularly. Yeah, I should probably practice what I preach, I’m terrible at getting this Friday post done. But I do try! As long as your readers know that, and you post about once a week at the least, then they should be content.
Pictures! They break up large chunks of text, and give you something to post on websites such as Pinterest and even Twitter.
Do lists and bullet points and stuff. It breaks up the text which is easy on the eye, and it makes it easier for you to think up content (like me, can you tell?) because once you’ve done, say, 3 or 4, it’s quite easy to get up to 5 in the “Top Five…” etc.
Basically, be yourself. Well, as yourself as you can be online. People will (hopefully) like your voice and they’ll like your posts for the (equally hopefully) friendly tone.
Just have fun on WordPress, or any blog for that matter. Whilst people noticing you is nice, writing for yourself and writing what you love is basically what matters.
Oh and one last tip: read and follow other people! If you’re lucky, they’ll check out your blog too!
Thank you so very much to Janna at Writing Visually for my nomination of the Liebster Award! Okay so here are the rules…:
Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
Answer 11 questions from the person who nominated you.
Nominate other bloggers.
Give those bloggers 11 questions to answer and let them know they’ve been nominated.
And onto the questions…
If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Oh goodness, I don’t know. Um… If The-Entire-Harry-Potter-Series-In-One-Book counts, then that. If not… Black Beauty, I think.
If your life was a book what would it be called? “Fucking Up and Getting On [Through It]”
Who was your first fictional crush? Peter Pan!
Traditional publishing vs self publishing – which would you choose if you had the choice? And why? I’d probably pick traditional publishing because it’s like following in the footsteps of all of my favourite authors. However, I would never overlook self-publishing if we’re looking at the question for a serious life style choice!
Ebooks vs real books? Which wins? Real books, obviously! I have a Kindle but only really use it to download free books (although I have The Hunger Games on it and am not entirely sure why) for when I’m away on holiday and can’t take too many books with me because of luggage restrictions.
Do you read picture books or graphic novels? Why/why not? Picture books were my childhood, and I do love them. I read them when I’m very upset or need a fictional cuddle. My friend is very into Manga too, so I’ve read a couple, and I got a graphic novel out from the library on a bit of a whim (which reminds me, I still need to read that…it’s due back soon!). I bought Chopsticks the other day too, and it’s a ‘novel’ told through pictures. I haven’t read it yet, but am quite excited to. I don’t enjoy graphic novels as much as prose novels, but I wouldn’t pass them up. And I just love picture books! – doesn’t everyone?!
What are your thoughts on NA (new adult) fiction? I haven’t really heard the term used often and I don’t even know if I’ve read any NA! It’s a genre I’m intrigued to find out more about, to be honest, but it seems like we’re just splitting adults up into way too many categories. YA and adult are enough to me!
What is a book you’ve read purely because of the cover? A Brighter Fear by Kerry Drewery. I have others that I have bought because of the cover, but have yet to read! (As with most of the books on my shelf…)
What must a book have in it for you to fall in love with it? Three-dimensional characters, a thrilling plot and a good grasp of SPaG (spelling, punctuation and grammar). I especially love humour and tension, too.
Are there any movies/TV series out there that you think are better than the books from which they originated?
Um… I don’t think so. Unless you count Merlin, because it’s easier to watch it than read Old English! (Seriously, try it. I took a class in it and still find it almost impossible.) [NB: Merlin is called ‘The Adventures of Merlin’ on Netflix if you’re wondering what this other, closely named TV show is.]
Where is your favourite place to read/write?
My desk to write, because it’s fairly quiet and I’m surrounded by pens and notebooks, and probably the bus to read. I get to read in 40-50 minute chunks, which is about right for my reading mind, and it’s fairly rhythmic and undisturbed. That said, I don’t get much done if my friends are trying to talk to me!
And now, dun dun dun… my questions!
What is your favourite book-to-movie/TV series adaptation?
Can you remember the worst book you ever read?
Generally speaking, how is your most recent writing project coming along?
What is your strangest writing quirk?
(Stealing this from Janna) – Where is your favourite place to read/write?
Do you write book reviews/rate books (eg on GoodReads)? Why/why not?
What inspires you?
Do you have a human supporter in your writings? What do you love about them? What do they do that supports/inspires you?
How has your blog helped your writing?
Have you ever participated in a reading and/or writing challenge? How did it go?!
And because I suck at actually following people and many follow stuff like The Book People and The Broke and the Bookish and The Daily Post I nominate YOU fellow reader, because you must have some stamina to make it this far down the post.
Sorry it’s so long – I do try to shorten these things! Thanks again, Janna, for the nomination, and I hope you guys liked reading it! Thanks!
Wow, it’s been another year already?! Wow. W.O.W. So, I hope your year has been fairly good! Despite grievances and bad times, we’ve managed to get through it, right, with all the happy things as well? Right. And, hopefully, we’ve come out as better people. 😀
So I think I should go through my year, huh? – well, kinda. Feel free to read, comment, comment your own or link me to your own 2014 round-up etc. etc. 🙂
So… let’s begin!
Top Five Books I Read This Year
Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
Atonement by Ian McEwan
Brokeback Mountain and Other Stories by Annie Proulx
Popular: A Memoir by Maya Van Wagenen
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (despite taking three months and six days to read)
Sorry I haven’t been in touch. I am currently ill and writing this with my trusty loo roll beside me. That’s in the place of tissues, by the way, I don’t just carry around a loo roll.
So I hope you all had a lovely Christmas if you celebrate it! Did you get anything nice? I got NaNoWriMo’s No Plot? No Problem! from Santa and a few books which I asked for to finish a series I adore, so yay! 😀
Did anyone watch Doctor Who? Fantastic, right? And Clara admitted that she loved the Doctor and d’aww I was melting inside.
Speaking of melting, it’s actually been really sunny here, which is sad because my family and I really wanted snow this year, as we didn’t get it last year (I mean, it didn’t help that we disappeared off to New Zealand for two weeks, but y’know).
Yeah so I guess I’ll see you guys soon; I’ll try and be a better updater…
TTFN: ta-ta for now!
PS: Ten people liked my book review of Atonement. WHAT? TEN?! I mean, I’m not complaining, but wow. :O
PPS: Next week will probably be a few personal posts (eg resolutions and Top Five Books I Read This Year), so just keep an eye out and please feel free to comment and join in with discussions. I love discussions!
PPPS: I started a vlog. Go watch! (If you want XD) http://youtu.be/pxoj3g4uJRs