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Twitter Retweet Accounts for Bloggers: A List

Twitter is a place of large potential.

When you send a tweet out, it’s entirely possible for it to go viral. A slim chance, but it’s possible.

This is because every single tweet has the potential to be seen by thousands of people. There’s no limit on how many people will see your tweet, and hence it’s the perfect place to reach new people.

It’s been a couple months since I started paying attention to blog marketing on twitter. And what I fully dived into is tagging Twitter retweet accounts in my tweets for more exposure.

Now, tweets have a short life on Twitter but it has a bigger chance at being seen if your tweet is sent to a larger audience. If you don’t have a large audience yourself, the retweet accounts have got your back.

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What are Twitter retweet accounts?

They are accounts on Twitter which just retweet other’s tweets.

Usually, there’s a strategy to this. Most of these accounts retweets the tweets that either use their hashtag or tag them in the tweet. You have to be following the account, of course. And this is done without any picking. They retweet ALL of the tweets.

It sounds too good to be true, or weird, but it’s true! These accounts also grow because bloggers follow them in order to be retweeted.

How Twitter retweet accounts help:

Sending out tweets regularly on Twitter will not be very helpful if you have a small following. But there IS a way to break out of it, and that is by getting retweeted.

If you’re retweeted by someone, your tweet will be shown to that account’s followers as well. And if that account has a ton of followers, it’s a really good lift to your tweet.

As retweet accounts usually have a large following, being retweeted by them gives a good lift to your tweet.

Usually, the tweets most people want retweeted are things related to blogging—blog posts, updates, questions, social media posts etc. Things which lead to more followers, views or comments.

Anyone who sees the tweet and is interested in the topic will visit and maybe drop a comment!

Retweet accounts are also mostly followed by bloggers so if you’re looking to gain exposure in the blogging community or build friendships, this helps.

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How to get retweeted?

There are many retweet accounts, and a few really stand out in the blogging community. Each account has their own way of retweeting.

Some retweet upon being tagged and others retweet on using their hashtag. Some accounts ask for both. And all accounts mandate that you should follow them to be retweeted.

You can include more than one retweet account per tweet. Different bloggers recommend different number of tags, so you can experiment and decide what you want to do. I usually keep it 4 to 8.

Here are a few samples of how I do it:

List of Twitter Retweet Accounts I Follow & Tag

A while back, I went spent some time looking for accounts who’s tribe I like and that seem nice. I compiled a list of accounts along with how to be retweeted by them.

It’s easier to know who to tag when you have it all in one place. And that’s why I’m writing this post, because it’ll make things easier for you as well.

I’ve also been tagging them for a while now, so you can be assured that ALL of these DO retweet. My tweets have been retweeted by them and it does help my blog.

Note: I will be updating this list as and when I find more accounts. Will also update if I find that any have become inactive.

@FemaleBloggerRT

As you can probably guess, this is for the brilliant women who are boss girls with their blogs.

How to be retweeted: TAG them in your tweet with @FemaleBloggerRT

@allthoseblogs

How to be retweeted: TAG them in your tweet with @allthoseblogs

@BBlogRT

How to be retweeted: TAG them in your tweet with @BBlogRt

@Bloggeration_

How to be retweeted: TAG them in your tweet with @Bloggeration_

@BloggersTribe

How to be retweeted: Add their HASHTAG your tweet #BloggersTribe

@SincerelyEssie

How to be retweeted: TAG them in your tweet with @SincerelyEssie

@BloggingBabesRT

How to be retweeted: TAG them in your tweet with @BloggingBabesRT

@BloggingBeesRT

How to be retweeted: Add their HASHTAG your tweet #BloggingBeesRT

@theclique_uk

How to be retweeted: Add their HASHTAG your tweet #theclqrt

@BloggersHut

How to be retweeted: TAG and add their HASHTAG to your tweet like so – @BloggersHut #BloggersTribe

@LovingBlogs

How to be retweeted: TAG them in your tweet with @LovingBlogs

@TeacupClub__

How to be retweeted: Add their HASHTAG your tweet #TeacupClub

@TRJForBloggers

How to be retweeted: Add their HASHTAG your tweet #TRJForBloggers

@CBeeChat

How to be retweeted: Add their HASHTAG your tweet #BeeChat

@ThePINKPages_

How to be retweeted: TAG them in your tweet with @ThePINKPages_

@WakeUp_Blog

How to be retweeted: TAG them in your tweet with @wakeup_blog

@BlogNetwork_

How to be retweeted: Add their HASHTAG your tweet #TheBlogNetwork

@SLCoLab

This account is mainly for collaboration between brands and bloggers but they retweet as well.

How to be retweeted: Add their HASHTAG your tweet #LetsCoLab

@GoldenBloggerz

How to be retweeted: TAG them in your tweet with @GoldenBloggerz

Bonus Tip!

When writing tweets with your links, write a small message about the link.

What’s the blog post about? What do you post on your Instagram? Why should others follow your Twitter account?

The above questions are an example to show what you should answer in the message. Don’t make it too long, though. One to two sentences is a good tweet message for a link.

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The Sunday Post // all the updates!

Hey y’all!

It’s been so long since I’ve posted a life update! I think it’s been about three weeks since my last Sunday post but I didn’t even realize it. The days are going by very fast because all my days are FILLED.

To be honest, I don’t know what exactly to update on but I shall just mention whatever I can think of.

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My classes started up again.

Yes, I’m still doing my internship. But college doesn’t revolve around us students with internships.

For the last semester, we have classes 3 days a week—Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Since I have internship Monday to Friday, I was (fortunately) given permission to skip classes for two days. Attendance on Saturdays is still required, though.

So from now on, I’m officially back on the six day week track.

Yesterday was my first day back in college and also for many of my friends. Most of us are doing internships so it was like a reunion after so long. It was so nice!

Everyone asked each other updates and caught up on lives. Since we’re a big group, we don’t text individually with everyone else. Most interactions and updates happen in groups so it was much needed.

We spent time like old times yesterday. My friend and I, who got into the same company, treated the rest of our friends in Taco Bell since we got our first stipend. And we played card games, which is a classic thing that we do.

So yeah, it was pretty fun.

Reading Update

I was off to a very good start at the beginning of this week. Especially since I got an audiobook subscription a while back.

But my reading just.. slowed down a lot. During the week I barely read. And Loveboat, Taipei which I was listening to as an audiobook was not very enjoyable. It put me off and I just stopped listening to it for a while.

In order to finish it, I picked it up as an ebook in the last few days and skimmed the rest of it. While the ending was good, I just did not have a good time reading it overall.

Other than that, I finished no other books. So yeah, I’m pretty sure I will be reducing my reading goal for the year.

Here’s the reading update on The Thing Around Your Neck:

TV Show & Movie update

I watched so many things recently!

Extraordinarily You

I watching this Kdrama a couple weeks back. Binged it during the weekend, actually. It was actually really nice. I liked the complexity of the concept and it’s very different than the stories I’ve seen around the same concept.

Sky Castle

Watched this Kdrama during the week a couple weeks back. It’s 20 episodes long and I was HOOKED the whole time. It’s a brilliant drama in the Dark Academia genre which talks about a ton of things. Complex characters, complex relationships and a very interesting story.

Miss Americana

Watched this on Netflix last weekend. I’ve been a real fan of Taylor Swift only in the last year or so, when she started speaking out on things and became more than a regular singer. This movie brought many things from her life to light. It was nice to watch and learn more about her as a person.

P.S. I Still Love You

This sequel to To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before was nice but… I didn’t like it all that much. It wasn’t special. There were a ton of cool plotlines from the book that were scrapped. In fact, almost everything other than the love triangle was scrapped. It made the movie seem to have less substance.

I’m excited to watch the third movie, though. It’s less about new romances and more about life and choices. It should be quite nice.

Spinning Out

I watched this series throughout the past week. It’s actually quite small, with only 10 half-hour episodes.

But it packed SO MUCH in those 5 hours. The show is too good, and I have no idea why Netflix cancelled it WITHIN A MONTH of releasing it. That’s such a disappointment.

It’s honestly one of the best shows I’ve ever seen.

Random thoughts

I’ve been having small but really good conversations with people recently. Just talking about things and finding out various perspectives. It’s always interesting to see how different people view the same thing.

And I really like conversations where we talk about something in depth, ask each other questions on things and explain perspectives. It helps me understand other people better. I also sometimes learn new things.

So yeah. That’s been the random highlight of last week.


That’s about all I have to say. There have been a ton of small things happening but not interesting enough to share lol.

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How to Consistently Blog Without Tiring Yourself Out (Part 2) // Blogging Tips

This post has been long time coming since I posted part 1 back in December 2019.

Blogging consistently while also managing life and studies/work is a collection of routines, well-formed plans, and habits that increase efficiency.

It’s an art and I’m always in awe of the bloggers who put out BRILLIANT content regularly.

Before continuing, I highly suggest checking out part 1 of this 2-part series. Part 1 included tips which all-together make one really good routine to blog consistently.

This post consists of additional tips that aren’t involved in the actual blogging process but still help.

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THE SCHEDULE BUTTON IS YOUR BEST FRIEND

I’ve said this multiple times on my blog. The schedule button is SO USEFUL. Are you a blogger who doesn’t use it and still manage to post on time regularly? I APPLAUD you.

For the rest of us, it’s the easiest way to keep on top of blogging. Also, blogging in advance can help you feel more relaxed because you’re not pushed on a deadline.

If you’re someone who loves being ahead of things, scheduling can also make you more motivated to continue to be ahead.

Using the schedule button regularly also lets you have a break sometimes. Let’s say today is Monday and you’ve already scheduled a post for Wednesday. You have until Wednesday to take your time and come up with a great post for Saturday. Or, you can take two days off!


DON’T BE HARD ON YOURSELF ABOUT DEADLINES

Blogging is under YOUR control. If you’re unable to post on Sunday, let yourself postpone it a day or two. Or take a day off sometimes.

Your blog won’t sink because of one missed deadline. We all have hectic lives and sometimes it’s not possible to post on a certain day. Don’t pressurize or push yourself harder than you can take.

The bloggers who are also perfectionists especially tend to push themselves a lot in order to put up only the best and only on time. Learn to relax sometimes, you deserve it and you need it.

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ALLOW FLEXIBILITY IN YOUR PLAN

Life is unpredictable and you have to suddenly rush to a doctor on the day when you get most of your blogging done. Or there could be something else which is time-dependent and time-sensitive.

While making a good plan laying down steps to your blog posts is a great idea, it’s also good to allow flexibility in case of emergencies or unforeseen situations.

Don’t pack your schedule with tasks such that there isn’t any free time. That is a certain way to fall behind and feel like a failure when you’re not. Always leave some room in your schedule.

The flexibility will also let you blog when you’re in the mood and are the most motivated. Constantly trying to keep up with deadlines will make you tired. And it will certainly lead to burnout.

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CONSTANTLY ABSORB CONTENT

Blogging is much more than just writing and publishing. It’s also engaging with others, marketing, and analyzing your statistics.

One activity that greatly helps blogging is regularly looking at content. It can be blogs, podcasts, books, or even YouTube videos.

Blogs are the best because it is the most similar to what you do. It is written and read in the same format as your blog. And I suggest reading blogs across niches, not just in yours.

Looking at, absorbing, and engaging with other content will definitely help you come up with new ideas. Reading a post about 10 best books for winter could spark the idea to write one for podcasts. Or you could write a post on the same topic but with your different views.

Try to take out bits of time our of your week and devote it to just absorbing content. If done with just blogs, it’s called “blog hopping”. It could be half an hour thrice a week, or just once a week. Any bit of time will help.


DRAFT POSTS IN YOUR SPARE TIME

Writing long, well-structured posts is not easy. And most times it takes more than once to make it good.

Drafting a general outline or bits of your post’s content during spare time (like between events on during commute) will help you finish the post fast when you actually write it.

While we’re on the topic, doing any small activity during small bits of spare time is a good idea. For example: responding to comments, sharing your post on social media, or editing pictures.

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Summarizing the points:

  • Make best use of weekends.
  • Don’t be hard on yourself about deadlines.
  • The schedule button is your best friend.
  • Allow flexibility in your plan.
  • Constantly absorb content.
  • Draft posts in your spare time.

All the points that I mentioned above are small things that can make a huge difference. They are not things that set into a proper routine like the tips I told in part 1, but if used well they will be even more helpful.

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January Reading Challenges update + February goals

Hey y’all!

2020 is the first year where I take on reading challenges/readathons for the first time. I mentioned all the ones I’m participating in last year, and I was hesitant if I’ll be able to truly keep up with them. But I’m trying!

In this post, I’ll go through my updates on every challenge and the goals I have for this month.

GOODREADS READING CHALLENGE

I kept my goal 150 books, same as last year. But I’m already behind on the challenge lol.

Right now, I’m 3 books behind on my challenge with 12/150 books completed. 9 books were read in January. That’s a low number compared to previous years as January is usually the month when I read many books. But this time I didn’t have a full sem break in Jan so the reads went down as well.

My goal this month is to catch up with the challenge. If I don’t catch up by the end of February, I’ll mostly lower my goal. The rest of the year will just be more hectic so if I don’t catch up now, I won’t later.

SOUTH-ASIAN READING CHALLENGE 2020

Started by Fanna, the goal is just to read as many South-Asian books as you can. There are also Books of the Month (BOTM) picked by the hosts every month.

In January, I read one of the BOTMs which was My So Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma. I almost didn’t read it but managed to squeeze it in at the end of the month.

For February, I’m reading 2 South-Asian books. One is Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen which I’m currently listening to as an audiobook. The other is Stories We Never Tell by Savi Sharma which I picked up in the bookstore recently.

#StartOnYourShelfathon

In my excitement for this challenge, I made a whole post about what I’d like to read in Janurary. I read three books from that list and stopped following it. I’m a mood reader so I honestly expected it.

Books I read that fit this challenge:

  • Becoming by Michelle Obama
  • Thanks for the Memories by Cecelia Ahern
  • The Silva Mind Control Method by Jose Silva
  • Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

Books I want to read in February:

  • The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (currently reading!)
  • Stories We Never Tell by Savi Sharma
  • Frankly in Love by David Yoon

2020 POPSUGAR READING CHALLENGE

My progress on this challenge is LAUGHABLE. The only reason I got any ticked off was because I read books that fit two challenges.

Prompts I completed:

  • Book about a world leader: Becoming by Michelle Obama
  • A book set in Japan: Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
  • A book with more than 20 words in the title: My So Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma
  • A book with a 3 word-title: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

I’m doing the same in February as January. I’m trying to fit all my reads picked for other challenges into prompts for this challenge.

Prompts I’m aiming for in February:

  • A book that’s published in 2020: The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa (already finished!)
  • A book set in a country beginning with C: Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen which is set in China.
  • A book you picked because the title caught your attention: The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie which was a random buy at the bookstore because of the title.
  • A book by a WOC: Stories We Never Tell by Savi Sharma

And that’s it! It feels like a lot haha. Let’s hope I can do it all.

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February 2020 Bullet Journal Setup

Hey everyone!

January went by fast, phew! I used my bullet journal a lot in the first half but once my internship started, I barely used it lol. I’m just managing to track my habits and expenses.

Anyway! Since I’m not used to my new schedule, I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted for February. The only thing on my mind was that it needs to be simple, and I should set it up fast.

Hence, I quickly copied the spreads of January, making very few changes. As a result, it took me only 20 minutes to set up for February and I’m very happy with that.

By the way, ignore my chipped nail polish in all the pictures lol. Haven’t felt like redoing nails lately.

February 2020 bullet journal setup page 1

The first page is simple and almost a copy of January’s cover page. I totally freestyled the “February” lettering without planning so the space was tight at the end haha. I’m not even mad about this mistake and others ahead since I got it done fast and it doesn’t look too bad.

February 2020 bullet journal setup pages 2 & 3

The next page contains my habit trackers. It’s almost exactly the same as January’s. The only change is the lettering below saying “mindset is everything”. A classic quote from my Pinterest quotes board haha.

The next page is a simple blog schedule to keep up with blogging and plan out my posts.

February 2020 bullet journal setup pages 4 & 5

The last of my setup is the expense tracker. Until January, I kept only one page for my expense tracker. There have been a few months where I barely managed to fit everything, and January was one of them. As I’ll be receiving my internship stipend from this month, I may be spending more so I made two spreads just in case haha.

And that’s it for my February setup! Simple and fast was the goal this time. Maintaining a colour scheme made setting up easier as well, since I didn’t have to think about what colour to write with for every spread.

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Songs On Repeat // Jan 2020

January’s almost over, y’all!

Looking back, this month feels long and short at the same time. Way too much happened but I didn’t notice the days go by. It was a mix of many things.

It was also a month of mixed music choices. Through the month, my songs on repeat were wildly different and changed many times. Without further ado, let’s get to the music!

Psycho by Red Velvet

This is the song that’s currently playing on repeat for me. I hadn’t truly heard Red Velvet’s music before, and simply tried this one when it came on my YouTube recommendations. On my first listen, I didn’t like it and it gave me a bad impression of Red Velvet’s overall music.

Later, it played automatically after another song and I liked it slightly better. After about 4 or 5 random listens, I grew to like the song. I still don’t understand exactly why I like it. The song overall doesn’t appeal to me but some parts of the song sound really good and they’re the ones that got me hooked.

I’m also very obsessed with this song’s choreography now.

Winter Flower by Younha ft. RM

This song came up on my recommendations when it was released, and I fell in love with it the first time I heard it. The song caught my attention because of RM’s involvement but it became one of my favourites because of Younha.

Younha’s voice in this song is BEAUTIFUL. Her high pitches are a work of art. And RM’s rapping complements her vocals perfectly. This is a 100% song and I listened to it on repeat for a long time.

Black Swan by BTS

This is the first song release from BTS’s new album, and I honestly didn’t like this song the first time I heard it. Later, I saw it being loved by many online but didn’t relate.

One day I gave it another go without watching the video and that made so much difference. Now, I really like the song. It’s so good! It has a very different vibe compared to BTS’s last album but I’m excited to hear more like this from them.

Warriors by 2WEI and Edda Hayes

Yo. When this League of Legends cinematic dropped, I was done for. This video, along with this cover of Warriors by Imagine Dragons, is MAD. I could NOT stop watching this on repeat. The song and the video end leaving me wanting more, which leads to me rewatching this video again and again. I couldn’t get enough of this.

Dance Monkey by Tones and I

This song is so nice and catchy! After listening to it just once, I couldn’t get the tunes out of my head. I love it. There’s one video on YouTube of her singing this live in a concert, and that’s also really nice.


Other songs that I listened to on repeat were not new introductions but old favourites:


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The Sunday Post // first week in my internship!!

Happy Sunday everyone!

Oh my gosh it’s been SO LONG since I posted a life update. I want to spend my time and make this post long and detailed but honestly I have other things to do as well so I’ll try to keep it short.

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Internship update

Technically my internship started on 16th but this was my first FULL week. It was hectic, I’m not going to lie. It didn’t leave me with a lot of time at home because I come around 8pm.

But, I am quite enjoying it. I tried socializing in the beginning but reached my socializing limit pretty soon. I am talking to new people but haven’t made any concrete friendships. It’s great that I have a couple friends from my college with me so I’m not alone most of the time.

The workspace and environment is GREAT. It’s awesome and I’m loving it so far. I’m not unhappy to spend that many hours in the office.

Reading Update

My reading challenge for this year is 150 books, same as last year. But it may appear that I was too optimistic. I’m ALREADY FALLING BEHIND on my challenge.

On the other hand, though, I am reading much more quality books than I did last year. By quality, I mean books about heavy topics and interesting fiction instead of a ton of romance. I still like romance, and have read one romance book, but that’s not my first pick.

The books I’ve been reading are also longer, so that adds to me falling behind on my challenge.

Currently I’m reading Kafka on the Shore by Karuki Murakami. I started it a couple weeks back but I’m CRAWLING through it. It’s not as good as I expected it would be because of the hype. I’m not enjoying it very much.

The pace picked up only at around 40% but until that I was not gripped by it. The fact that I was reading for barely 15 minutes a day also added to me going through it slowly.

I finally made a big dent in the book last night and now have only 100 pages left. I can’t wait to finish it. I think I’ll go for a fluffy YA contemporary or a rom-com next. I require a pick-me-up read now.

TV Show Update

Last Saturday and Sunday saw me binge on a reality TV series on Netflix called The Circle. I’ll be honest, the show is actually pretty trashy and overly fake. But it’s so entertaining! And it’s good as a min-numbing show to binge.

The show did have it’s meaningful moments, though. It’s based on social media so of course we talk about social media issues and things like catfishing and insecurities.

My favourite part of the show was this one contestant called Shubham. He’s Indian-American and the PUREST CUTEST person on the show. I loved him.

Book Club Meetup

Last Sunday, my Bangalore Bookstagram club met up and it was SO FUN. We went to a restaurant for lunch and chilled there for a long time. While I did go to two meetups last year (we have one every month), this meetup included many new people for me. We’ve spoken on the Whatsapp group but it was good to place faces to names and Instagram IDs.

All of us bonded very well and I made a ton of new friends and connections. The best part of the club is that we’re all brought together by books but we’re on totally different paths in life. There was quite a big age gap between the youngest and the oldest in attendance, and I was actually the second-youngest that day.

Book club peeps with our happy faces!

It was great to bond with people I wouldn’t have spoken to without this bringing us together. And it wasn’t awkward at all. We all had so much to talk about, especially on books.

After the lunch we hit a couple bookstores and I’m super happy to say that two people bought books on my recommendation. I can’t wait to see what they think about the books.

Friend’s birthday yesterday

After 5 long days of internship, I spent the whole day out yesterday as well.

One of my friends’ birthday was yesterday and since all of us hadn’t met in a long time, we decided to make a day out of it. The birthday friend invited all of us home and we had lunch there as well.

It was so nice, and I MISSED that. I missed hanging out with these guys so much and I don’t know how it’ll be if we aren’t able to meet for a long time.

The birthday friend is going to Canada around the end of this year, so this will be his last birthday here. That made the day a little emotional as well. It seems like we’re all heading towards different paths and I don’t want us to split so bad.

So yeah. I’m a little emotional now. But let’s move on.

Getting used to a 5 day week

All my life, I’ve had 6 day weeks. It was either school Monday to Saturday or college Monday to Saturday. All these years I made routines which involved only Sunday being off, and distributing small things throughout the weekday evenings.

But now, the timings are completely different. I get only nights Monday to Friday and whole days on Saturday and Sunday. For the first time ever, I’m experiencing an actual full weekend and I don’t know how to deal with this.

In fact, on Friday, I didn’t feel like the next day was going to be off. All week, I was ready to have a 6 day week. So, to have a Saturday suddenly off was weird.

As I’m not used to these timing, my blogging has fallen behind. In fact, I couldn’t blog all week. I’m just not used to having only the nights free, as opposed to evenings and nights. I don’t know if I’ll be able to blog in the coming week as well.

What I need to do ASAP is figure out a routine involving 5 full days and a full weekend off. I have to plan my blogging and hobbies around work hours instead of college hours. This has to be my first priority. Don’t know how long this will take, but I’ll probably update y’all on it soon.


And that’s all the updates I have for this week!

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Make Blogging Easy: 5 Steps to a Great Blog Post

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Make Blogging Easy: 5 Steps to a Great Blog Post

Blogging has no bounds.

You can start with a simple blog post introducing yourself, and grow to have a complete business set up with associated social media profiles and products on sale. Blogging looks harder to do the more you learn and grow.

The fundamental part of blogging are blog posts.

They are your main content, and what your whole brand revolves around. And hence, they are what you should spend a lot of effort on. A good blog post translates to more engagement, more shares, and motivates you to promote it more.

If you go to Google or Pinterest and look at “tips to write a good blog post”, you will find a TON of articles. Each article talks about a new factor, and by the end of your research, you have about 25 things noted.

So how do you do it all and yet keep writing blog posts simple? That’s what I’m here to help you with today.

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STEP 1: COME UP WITH BLOG POST IDEAS

“THE IDEA PHASE”

All great blog posts start with a great idea. Sometimes, it comes out of multiple ideas which bring forward a really good one.

Always spend time on brainstorming. Have a brainstorming session where you just come up with ideas.

Generally, when you’re super motivated and think of ideas, you generate more than one. Write down every single potential blog post topic, even if they aren’t so good on first thought. You can also write some points that should come in those posts.

If you have a brainstorming session for just half an hour, it is possible to come up with ideas enough for whole month of blog posts.

Narrow down those ideas and pick ones that you are very excited to write about. These are your great blog posts, simply because you’re the most passionate about writing them.

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STEP 2: WRITE A DRAFT BLOG POST

“THE WRITING PHASE”

After picking one topic to blog about, write a draft. This is when you put down all the content of your blog post.

Don’t focus on formatting, images, or presentation. Just write.

The problem with adding images and formatting as you write is that it distracts you from your content. The flow of content from your thoughts gets interrupted multiple times, which makes the process longer.

Concentrate on conveying the information first, because your written content is the ultimate base of every blog post.

Hence, this step involves only writing content.

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STEP 3: FORMAT YOUR POST AND ADD PHOTOS

“THE IMPROVEMENT PHASE”

This is when you take your blog post to the next level.

Add formatting to make your content more readable. It involves adding headings, subheadings, and more.

Use this formatting phase to convert content into lists, break up text into smaller paragraphs, and put dividers in between sections. This improves the structure of your post.

A great blog post is one that conveys all the information even if the reader only skims it. Make your blog post easy to skim.

Add photos and graphics to your post. Not only does this provide a separation in your content, but it also makes your post look good.

There are multiple types of graphics to add in every blog post. Add a header image, images in your post’s body, and Pinterest images.

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STEP 4: PROOFREAD AND EDIT

“THE TWEAKING PHASE”

Any edits or tweaks you need to make, do it now.

You might have come up with more ideas or thought of changes after you finished writing your content. Do them now.

Use this phase to add links to your other blog posts as well as posts of other bloggers. Links in a blog post are always a plus point.

Make sure to proofread your blog post. You might think that you made no mistakes while typing, but you never know. Spelling mistakes and typos will make you feel silly when you notice them later.

Proofreading doesn’t take much time so don’t skip it.

This phase can also include all the tasks you need to do before hitting publish.

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STEP 5: PUBLISH & SHARE

“THE PUBLISHING PHASE”

This point needs no explanation. Publish you blog post and share it with the world!

One mistake that new bloggers do is expecting to automatically receive attention after hitting publish. It doesn’t work that way.

A great blog post might not get attention as you expect without being promoted.

People need to KNOW that you’ve published a new post. Only then will they come and visit you. Promotion is key.

Don’t hold back from sharing it multiple times across social media. If it’s an “evergreen post”, you can share it for several months as well.

There are some things you can do after publishing a blog post to help it take off.

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SUMMARIZING:

  1. Come up with blog post ideas.
  2. Write a draft blog post.
  3. Format and add photos.
  4. Proofread and edit.
  5. Publish and share.

And there you have it! 5 steps to writing a great blog post.

Define your steps and what comes in each phase clearly. This way you won’t miss or forget anything.

Doing it in phases also allows you to break up your work, so you can do them at different times.

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Looking back at 2019 // Life, Blog, Social Media

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Although it had many ups and downs, 2019 was a good year for me.

It was one of the best years I’ve had, and by far the best year of college. Because it was such a memorable year, with tons of happenings, I want to record all the highlights so that I can look back later.

All I could think about during New Year’s Eve, when I was supposed to be studying for the next day’s exam, was 2019 memories. I roughly drafted this post on the morning of 1st Jan during breakfast even though I was supposed to leave for college in 10 minutes. That’s how much I want to record the last year.

nostalgia. it's delicate. but potent.

Since I have a LOT to recap, I’ll try to keep each point short. Otherwise this post will never end lol.

LIFE

  • Medical ups and downs.

My platelet count, which has been low since my first year of college, finally edged back into the normal range. But we suddenly found a swelling on my neck which kept growing. It persisted throughout the year, and caused so many problems.

  • 7 months of gluten-free diet.

I went on a gluten-free diet from April through October, for medical reasons. It was really hard because it cut down most of what I can eat outside, and meant that I mostly only ate at home.

  • First ER visit & hospitalization.

I was rushed to the hospital Emergency ward in the end of October due to breathlessness, caused by my swelling which suddenly kept increasing. And I stayed in the hospital, hooked up to IV and doing several tests, for three days. I absolutely hated that hospital stay, and hate that hospital now.

  • My relationship with my dad fractured.

It was barely hanging in the first place. I don’t know if we’ll be able to recover from this, and I’m not sure I want us to.

  • I cultivated my existing friendships over making new ones.

2018 was all about making new friends and getting out of my shell. But last year I spent a lot of time becoming closer to the friends I had, than reaching out to new people. It’s not to say that I didn’t make new friends, I did, but they’re fewer. My group is a tight-knit tribe now, because all of us spent a lot of time hanging out.

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  • I got a job!

I was very worried about this, and I’m super glad I managed to get a job. My internship there starts this month, and it’s very exciting to think about.

  • Started choosing brighter colours.

I hated bright colours because they grab attention and I basically wanted to not be seen. Red & yellow were the worst. For many years my favourite colours were brown, dark purple, and then dark shades of blue. But last year, my favourite colour changed to pink. Not only that, but light pink! And I even began buying clothes which are yellow or red. It’s a huge change, which reflects my confidence.

  • I was open to many new plans.

I met up with tons of new people, and even suggested meetups myself. The most notable are meets with my Bangalore bookstagram club and meeting up with people from my last internship.

  • Made very many memories.

Especially the small ones. The most cherished times were everyday things from hanging out at our college’s canteen, to playing cards and other things.

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BLOGGING

  • Blogging fell to the wayside during multiple months.

I prioritized life things over blogging, and let my blog go without new posts for months together. The worst part was that I didn’t even read other blogs much during the time. By the end of that spell, I was disappointed in myself for doing that. While my priority choices were right, I could have put more effort into blogging.

  • Very many personal posts.

When I started blogging, I did a lot of personal posts but as I immersed into the blogging world, I restricted most of my posts to the bookish zone. Inadvertently, I put myself into a niche even though I didn’t want that. 2019 changed that, because I had SO MANY THINGS to talk about and wanted to share my life with everyone.

  • Hit 1.5k followers, 50k total views, and 700 total posts.

Achievements and milestones!!!

  • Struggled to decide where I want to go with this blog.

Since I was being irregular, I was confining myself to keep it as just a hobby. But I also have the dream of making it a side hustle, which will take a lot of work. It’s very exciting to think of. But in 2019, I was very undecided throughout the year.

  • My blog started coming up high in search engines!

In fact, the most number of views this blog currently receives is from search engines. Few of my posts have become really popular, I don’t know how, and garner so many views.

  • Engagement from the WordPress community reduced.

I’m not able to pinpoint why, but the engagement from WordPress reader has considerably reduced from past years. That’s quite sad because they’re my original reader base, and the ones I used to interact a lot with.

  • Blogmas!

I’m super glad that I did blogmas this time, and I managed to blog ALL 25 DAYS. That’s.. wow. Surprised myself, honestly. Click here to see my blogmas posts.

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SOCIAL MEDIA

I was only doing short themes, but in 2019 I tried outdoor photos, themeless feed and I did some experimenting with the posts. 2019 was also the year when I first put up my face on the account, which I had never done before.

  • Struggled a lot with motivation.

Especially because of the engagement drop in Instagram. It was very discouraging and it made me want to give up on my bookstagram multiple times. I even did a whole post with my thoughts on Instagram.

I considered monetizing it, but signing up on paypal gave me issues as it wasn’t accepting my ID. And somewhere during the beginning of 2019, I didn’t feel very inclined towards that account, and my activity went down. It took a backseat to @thewordyhabitat, and I wholly regret that.

  • My twitter was just… I don’t know.

I started being more active there, and started using Hootsuite to schedule promo tweets for the blog. But otherwise, I’m just enjoying seeing my twitter feed over actually putting content there myself.

  • Struggled to find my place in social media, overall.

My goals and my vision for my social media was completely unclear. I just kept doing something, but in my head, the end picture was not formed at all.

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This year, I have some sense of direction because I figured out what I want to do, mostly. I have goals and action plans, and hopefully it will lead to the right end vision.

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How is your 2019 in review? Was it good, or was it disappointing?

Favourite 2019 Bullet Journal Spreads

One of the best parts of using a bullet journal is the flexibility.

You can customize spreads, experiment with any style you can think of, and decorate it however you want. This room for customization allows us to be very creative with our bullet journal spreads.

My 2019 bullet journal is mostly normal spreads with the bare minimum of decoration, since I was busy and focused more on usage than look. But when I did manage to carve out bits of time, I made some really nice spreads that I love flipping back to.

Today I’m sharing my favourite spreads from my 2019 bullet journal, and maybe it’ll inspire you to try something new as well! Feel free to tell me which your favourite spread is in the comments 🙂

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quote: "fall in love with the process of becoming the very best version of yourself."

This is my most favourite spread. I love this quote and using the scrapbook paper to give a pink backdrop was a really good decision. When I’m flipping through the notebook, this opens up and I always read the quote, which comforts me that it’s the process that matters.

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habit and mood trackers

This spread was made when I started to love the colour yellow. For years I’ve hated the colour because it’s too bright and eye-catching, but lately it’s been growing on me a fun and happy colour. The black line offsets the yellow letters well, and the trackers look really good all filled up.

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September month at a glance and habit trackers

My September monthly is SO AUTUMNAL. The vibe was perfect for that season, and it’s the only time I went all out with stickers and doodles. It came out super well and I totally forgot to post that month’s setup on the blog, sadly.

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monthly log and habit tracker

I tried a new type of monthly setup here. The blue colour scheme, and the lines with mildliners, actually made the spread look quite good.

[5]

habit tracker and blog schedule

This is another yellow theme that I did. The style is very similar to the last one, just in a different format. The best part of this is the sticker that says “fearlessly authentic”.

[6]

daily to-dos

I’ve seen this style of writing headings many times online and always wanted to try it. This is the only time that it came out really well. I love the look here.

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January month calendar and event log

This is my monthly spread from January 2019. While it’s not very great, I love the fairy lights decoration I did on the left. It took very little effort but turned out really nice.

And that’s it, haha. The rest of my bullet journal is a mess because the only focus was on function.

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Out of these, which was your favourite? Tell me in the comments!

2020 Bullet Journal Setup

Hey everyone!

We’re just days away from the next year and it’s time to get all our plans and planners set up for it. Since my next (and last) final is four days away, I got some time to set up a new notebook as my bullet journal for next year.

My entire 2019 is in ONE notebook/bullet journal and that honestly makes me really happy. December is ending with about 3 pages left in that notebook. I might use the last 3 pages to do a homage for 2019, by adding in polaroids and writing about memories, but that’ll be after my holidays begin.

Now, onto the 2020 setup! I have to say, saying and writing 2020 is SO satisfying. It’s symmetrical and I’ll probably play with many styles this year. We’ll see.

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I started the new notebook with an index. Indexes are not very used by me but I do use them sometimes to flip to some important information or notes that are in the book. Its a very simple index, didn’t decorate it at all.

2020 cover page

For this spread, I was inspired by My Life In A Bullet. Her 2020 setup looked so good and I took this decorative idea from her. I actually quite like that my 2020 is not centered and that it has a small doodle on the inside.

Next is my year calendar. Yes, I did write it all by hand and it didn’t take that long so it was fine. I carried over the leaves from the last page here. I only made it a calendar and not a future log because I usually don’t use a future log, but I do flip back to see dates of the year. My week always goes Sunday to Saturday so I didn’t bother writing the days for every month.

goals, challenges spread

This is my favourite spread from this setup. Sometime in the last year I fell in love with the colour yellow in my bullet journal, and I went all yellow here. I’m not a huge resolutions person so this spread just contains what I’d like to do in things that are in my control.

I wrote down the reading challenges I’m doing so that I won’t forget what I’m exactly doing throughout the year. The blogging goals are what I’d love to do this year. I have huge plans for this blog y’all. On the right, I’ve written some personal things that I’d like to improve on in 2020. The lettered quote “grab opportunities ASAP” is my sentence for the year since I’m a hesitant person on taking opportunities and trying new things.

period tracker and birthday list

Next, I’ve done a period tracker. I have irregular periods and it’s necessary to track them, and I don’t like doing it on an app. Until now I marked down the dates on my monthly spreads but it’s hard to see all the dates in one place that way. By doing a year-long tracker, it will be easier to notice patterns and irregularities.

On the right, I just wrote down birthdays I want to remember. Whenever I set up my monthly spreads, I need to see what birthdays are in that month online or ask a friend, so this will be helpful for the next year.

And that’s it for my 2020 setup! All these spreads are what I’ll be referring and using for the entire year. It’s always a good idea to set up yearly spreads in the beginning of a new notebook or a new year.

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Are you excited for 2020? How was 2019 for you?

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A-Z Reading Challenge 2019

It’s the end of the year! Which means that it’s time to look back on all the challenges and see how we’ve done.

I didn’t join in on any challenges this year since I knew that I won’t be able to keep up with them all. College has been HECTIC, and I was expecting it. But there are two challenges that I always participate in passively. It’s the Goodreads reading challenge, where I set my goal to 150 books this year. Another is the A-Z Reading Challenge.

How this challenge works is that we have to read books for every alphabet. For A, we should read a book whose name starts with A. The one rule is that “The”, “A” and “An” doesn’t count. For Q, X and Z, the letters can be anywhere in the title.

P.S. This is part of my blogmas! Follow my blog to not miss any of my posts since I’ll be posting everyday leading up to Christmas. You can also check out all the posts I’ve published so far.

Here’s what my list looks like!

A – Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

B – Butterface by Avery Flynn

C – City of Ghosts by V.E. Schwab

D – Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi

E – Educated by Tara Westover

F – The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

G – Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

H – Heartache and Hope by Jay McLean

I – Intercepted by Alexa Martin

J – Justice by K.C. Lynn

K – Knots by Deblina Bhattacharya

L – The Lie by C.L. Taylor

M – Muffin Top by Avery Flynn

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N – Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

O – On The Come Up by Angie Thomas

P – Punk 57

Q – Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

R – Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

S – The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

T – That Girl From Nowhere by Dorothy Koomson

U – The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

V – A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

W – The Wicked King by Holly Black

X – The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Y – The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Z – The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez


I completed it! When I was planning this post and noted down the books for every letter, I was still missing Q and Y. It was only last week that I managed to complete those haha. And that’s by cleverly choosing a small book for Y. But I’m glad I did 24 letters without consciously trying!

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Are you doing the A to Z Reading Challenge as well? Or are you doing any other challenge? Tell me in the comments!

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My Favourite 2019 Blogging Moments Tag

Hey everyone!

It’s been a long year with ups and downs in blogging for me. I wanted to somehow round it up and found the perfect tag by Laura @ the book corps. It’s her original tag and she’s made a great one.


RULES:

  1. All the answers must be about your blog posts.
  2. Please link the original creator of the tag!
  3. You don’t have to provide just one post for each question, you can provide as many as you want so long as they were written in 2019.
  4. If you haven’t written a post that matches one of the questions, choose one that relates to it as close as possible.
  5. Tag 5+ bloggers to they can share their accomplishments too! And make sure you read the posts they share!

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK REVIEW?

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The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez

My favourite book reviews are directly proportional to how much I like the books lol. If I like a book more, I put more effort into the review. I quite liked The Friend Zone, and I really liked writing the review for it.

Also, I changed my reviewing format halfway into 2019, so I’m not counting any of my reviews before that haha. Now that I changed my format, I just like this one SO MUCH BETTER. I don’t even like looking at the previous ones.


WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE DISCUSSION POST?

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What Blogging is Actually Like // 10 TRUE FACTS About Blogging

This post was in the making for quite a while. When I was thinking up post ideas one day, because I was in a creative ideating mood, I came up with this post. There are small things about blogging which aren’t technically what blogging is about, but comes with the hobby. I simply wanted to share and lament over them, and bond over this hobby with everyone else.

Writing this post took up quite some time, and I spent a lot of time on deciding what to write and how to format it. But it was really fun and I like reading that post myself.


WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE FUN POST?

i.e. a post that doesn’t fall under a particular category like reviews, discussions or tags do.

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THINGS I COULD DO INSTEAD OF READING

This post was written partly for shits and giggles, because I don’t really want to be reading less and I don’t regret reading so much. But there are times when reading takes away time for other random things that I could be doing. I wrote all of the things I would do if reading wasn’t my #1 priority.


WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK RECOMMENDATION POST?

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FAVOURITE BOOK TROPES

This post was written in response to a Top Ten Tuesday prompt for favourite book tropes. I mentioned all my favourites tropes and recommended five books for every trope. This was fun to think about, because I never thought of my favourite tropes past top three. I had to go through my Goodreads and see what other tropes jumped out from my favourites, and then find more books to recommend for that trope.


WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK/BOOKISH PHOTO?

a row of books with the letters H and M, featuring Haruki Murakami books.

I really like this photo. I took this back when I was doing a cluttered, reds/oranges/pinks theme for Instagram. This theme pushed me to add many things in the frame and go all out on eye-catching colours. This photo is my favourite because of the letters. One of my friends made the letters to make up my nickname “chume”, from which I borrowed H and M for this photo to talk about Haruki Murakami. Here’s the original Instagram post.*

*shameless plug, but follow me on Instagram for more pretty pictures!


WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE ORIGINAL IDEA/BLOG POST?

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THE WINTERNIGHT TRILOGY // REVIEW + DISCUSSION WITH TEENU

Not sure how original this is, but this was one that I came up on the fly. I didn’t buddy read this trilogy with Teenu but we did read it around the same time. The normal review style was becoming kind of boring, and I wanted to do some kind of discussion because I NEEDED TO TALK about this trilogy. And so, this blog post was born!

Teenu and I basically just discussed with free reign over text. Later, I compiled all of our texts and rearranged them so they make some sense to the readers. It took a LONG time for me to put together, but I’m really glad with it.


WHAT’S YOUR ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE BLOG POST YOU WROTE THIS YEAR?

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KILL ME, HEAL ME // KDRAMA REVIEW

My enjoyment of writing a review is directly proportional to how much I liked what I’m reviewing. Kill Me, Heal Me is my #1 Kdrama right now, and I HAD to do justice to it in my review. I spent a LONG time for this blog post. After the drama, I wrote a lot of notes in my bullet journal. Then I let myself think over it for a month or so and come up with more before actually writing the review.

Talking about it, and putting my thoughts down with images and everything, was really nice. I really like how it turned out as well. And I’m pretty sure others like it too because it receives quite a bit of attention from search engines haha.


HAVE YOU REACHED ANY BLOGGING ACHIEVEMENTS THIS YEAR?

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I actually have quite a few!

I GET MOST OF MY VIEWS FROM SEARCH ENGINES.

Many of my posts have made their way to front pages when similar terms are searched. In fact, if you search “Doctor Stranger review”, my review is the first result to come up! It also shows up for variations of the term. My review of W: Two Worlds and Kill Me, Heal Me have made their way to the first few links as well.

My book reviews are getting attention from search engines too! My posts on Everything, Everything, Girl Online Going Solo, and Genuine Fraud are the most popular from search engines.

And what I’ve mentioned above aren’t the only posts to be seen from search engines. There are many more, which leads to most of my views coming from search engines. Doctor Stranger review alone has received over 4000 views!!! When I first realized, I was amazed and I continue to be as this blog grows.

I HIT 50K VIEWS AND 30K VISITORS IN TOTAL.

It was surreal to open my insights page notice that over 30,000 people have visited my blog and thought it’s worth it. I was so happy to see this.

MY BLOG NOW HAS OVER 700 POSTS!

Over the years, I’ve been writing posts and my motivation to blog has just been growing. It’s so weird to think that I’ve written hundreds of posts. This blog literally contains most of my thoughts and opinions from the last few years.

I ALSO REACHED 1600 FOLLOWERS RECENTLY

My follower count has been steadily increasing and the number hit 1600 just a couple weeks back. Again, this is so cool!

While 2019 has had it’s ups and downs for my blog, downs particularly in my blogging slumps, it’s had quite a few ups in the attention it’s been receiving. I’m so grateful that my blog is considered worth it and that people keep coming back.


I TAG..

Charley @ The Miss Charley | KayCee @ Wonderstruck | Kelly @ Dream in Lace | Jenna @ Bookmark Your Thoughts | Rebecca @ Bookishly Rebecca | Emer @ A Little Haze Book Blog

What were your favourite moments of 2019, blogging or otherwise?

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Songs On Repeat // Blogmas edition!

Hey everyone!

I usually do this post with all my favourite songs at the end of every month. But because I’ve been doing Blogmas, it’s given me a lot of time to spend listening to more songs while I blog. If I did this at the end of the month it would be way too long.

So, here are all the songs I enjoyed while blogging this month!

Hard To Say Goodbye by Ekali & Illenium

Blogging is all about chill and relax vibes, which is exactly what this song is. YouTube recommended it to me and it’s perfect.

Grand Escape by RADWIMPS

Back when I watched Weathering With You in the theatre, it was a totally different experience. The music, the vibes and everything was so immersive. My friends quickly obsessed with this song, and since we listen to music together a lot, the obsession caught onto me as well.

Trampoline by SHAED x ZAYN

This is another really chill song to listen to. Their voices go well together as well, which makes the song so good.

Make Us Never Happen by SHY Martin

If I ever went on late night drives, this would be playing in the car. But since I don’t, it plays at night when I’m blogging.

we’ve never met but can we have a coffee or something by In Love With A Ghost

THIS. MUSIC. IS. LOVE.

I found In Love With A Ghost with this music, and I am obsessed with their work. The music is so good. This one is currently my absolute favourite and I listen to it when I blog or study. It’s perfect to listen to at 5:30am when you’re studying. Speaking from experience.

Nevada by Vicetone

YouTube played this song after Hard To Say Goodbye and the algorithm got the vibe totally right. This one has more beats, but it’s still good EDM to play in the background.

Need Your Love by Gryffin & Seven Lions feat. Noah Kahan

This is the most recent fave. I can’t stop listening to it, and it’s the first song I play when I open YouTube.

Tanto by Jesse & Joy and Luis Fonsi

After finding Jesse & Joy last month, I’ve been slowly listening to much of their music. I absolutely love Joy’s vocals, and it comes out well in this song. I wish they didn’t do the collab with Luis Fonsi because his voice overshadows hers from the second verse, which is so sad.

Corre by Jesse & Joy

This is not the music for blogging, but I listen to it when I’m in the sad mood. It’s a sad song, and the music video shows a sad story too. But again, Joy’s vocals are too good.

Ecos De Amor by Jesse & Joy

This is THE song to listen to for Joy’s singing. It’s so good! I’ve listened to this so many times that I know all the words in it. This is also a sad-ish song, so not great for blogging, but I listen to it other times.


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What songs have you been listening to on repeat recently? Do you already know of the songs I mentioned above?

My First First Love // Kdrama review

A coming-of-age Korean drama featuring young adults chasing their dreams and finding love.

When My First First Love was released on Netflix, it was heavily advertised and pushed on almost everyone’s feed. There were so many people watching it and commenting on it.

WHAT IS THE DRAMA ABOUT?

The drama primarily follows 5 people who are stepping into their adult lives.

Yun Tae-o has been living independently in his grandfather’s house, and enjoys the life of a bachelor. One day three of his friends, end up crashing in his place and ask that he allow them to stay for a while. Unable to say no to them, he reluctantly agrees for the time-being.

The three friends include: Han Song-i, Tae-o’s best friend and his old crush; O Ga-rin, a very old friend whom Tae-o hasn’t spoken to in years; and Choe Hun, Tae-o’s close friend from school.

The last main character is So Do-hyeon, Tae-o’s closest friend in college.

The drama follows these characters as they find themselves, chase their dreams and fall in love.

MY THOUGHTS ON THE DRAMA

I started the drama only after Netflix released both seasons. While marketed as two seasons, the drama is like any other with 16 episodes. In fact, there wasn’t even a cliffhanger or a break in between the seasons. The plot flowed through continuously. I assume it was split just as a strategy, and nothing to do with the plot of the drama.

all the characters of the drama

My First First Love is a wholly character-driven drama. We don’t have a very specific plot going on, other than following the ups and downs of the main characters.

The lack of any specific plot-line means that there’s no true point to the Kdrama, which annoyed me. I binged all 16 episodes in a short span of days, and the drama didn’t leave much of an impression on me. It’s quite underwhelming.

The drama is very slow-paced. I’m not someone who is good with slow paces, so this was another negative for me. The drama had 16 episodes, but the content of the drama was very little. In the end, I was just wondering how they managed to buff it up to 16 episodes because the content was not much.

my first first love characters hanging out

What makes the drama actually fun to watch were all the hilarious moments peppered in. Since the drama is slow paced, there’s enough room for funny scenes to make the viewers laugh. It was nice to watch the interactions between the characters with them dissing each other or acting like kids.

Coming to the romances, there is quite a few of it in the drama. The main romance plot contained a love triangle. Now, I’m not a fan of love triangles AT ALL but I can admit that it was done well here. The love triangle became cumbersome afterwards though, because it was dragged on for longer than necessary.

Choe Hun and O Ga Rin

My favourite was the romance between Choe Hun and O Ga-rin. It was super cute and pure. I absolutely loved watching them fall in love and continue to support each other through the drama.

Since the drama is basically about the characters, let’s move on to talking about them.

THE CHARACTERS

yun tae-o

Yun Tae-o is the son of a wealthy real-estate owner. Nicknamed famously as “The First Love” by girls in his college, Tae-o is known for his boy-ish charm. He has tons of friends, is always upbeat and carries around a positive energy.

Tae-o was my favourite in the beginning, simply because he is very charming. But as the drama went on and I started critically analyzing the characters, Tae-o fell short.

Considering that this drama’s only point is the characters, they could have worked more on crafting them. Tae-o had no depth, and no layers like a normal person would. He was very surface-level, with his crushes and antics. He didn’t have a dream or a passion, and made no effort to find one.

Season 2 did a little better on fledging Tae-o’s character, but it still fell short compared to other characters.

Han Song-i

Han Song-i is an architecture student in college. After her father died her mother ran away leaving Song-i alone. When her house is foreclosed, Song-i is forced to seek Tae-o’s help.

Throughout the drama, Song-i is featured more than the others. It clearly felt like she was given more thought to during creation of the drama than other characters. We talk about her past, her relationships, her feelings, and even see quite a bit of her journey as an architecture student.

Song-i was definitely nice to follow, but personally I was disappointed that the other characters weren’t given as much attention as her.

Choe Hun

Choe Hun is a dreamer. Coming from a wealthy family who want him to choose a sensible career, he breaks the chain and chooses to pursue becoming a musical actor.

We see his struggles with auditions and his family’s reaction to his dreams through the drama. It was really nice to see a character whole-heartedly pursuing his dreams no matter what is thrown in his way, or how much people discourage him. It was quite inspiring.

O Ga-rin

O Ga-rin had the best plot in the show, in my opinion. Her mother is very protective, and coddles Ga-rin to the point that Ga-rin has no freedom. In order to live her life and find her passion, Ga-rin escapes from her mother and seeks asylum at Tae-o’s home.

As the show progresses, we watch as Ga-rin learns how people live and interact in the world, and tastes new food! Since she has lived away from people and normalcy all her life, it takes her quite some time to learn how to live with everyone else. I found that process very endearing.

As Ga-rin learns about new things, she also exposes herself to many possible dreams. I really liked her plot, especially in season 2, and how the drama ended for her.

Seo Do-hyeon

Seo Do-hyeon, Tae-o’s friend from college, is a serious person. He is nicknamed as the dependable “Last Love” by girls in college. Do-hyeon cares about academics and setting up for a dependable career than dating or goofing around like other college students.

Do-hyeon was hard to understand, as the show progressed. There was so much potential to him, with his layers and ambitions, but he was under-developed. Justice wasn’t done to his character, which was really disappointing. At some points, it felt like his character existed just to add plot and complexity to other characters’ lives.

THE MUSIC

The soundtrack throughout the drama was one of the highlights, for me. During some scenes, I cared more about the music than what was going on with the characters. Whoever was in charge of the music for the drama really nailed it.

The following are my favourite songs from the soundtrack.

I especially love the last song above. It makes me upbeat and feel like I can handle anything in life.

I’ve only shared 4 songs, but the whole OST is great.

OVERALL

The drama did well on portraying young adults and their struggles with hopes and dreams, while also dealing with emotions and relationships. It’s not a drama that I would rewatch because it’s not up my street, but I can see how it can be liked by many others.

It’s a good drama to chill and watch, or even binge when you’re in the mood for something light-hearted. There are places where the drama fell short, but it’s a good watch if you’re not looking for an engrossing plot.

Have you seen My First First Love? Do you prefer chill shows to watch or ones with captivating plots?