Roundup Of My Favourite Blog Posts 2018
Just like last year, I want to do a round up of all my favourite blog posts throughout the year. I added some more advice posts this year and I’ve loved writing them. I would love to keep writing them throughout next year too.
I also managed to daily blog throughout April for my blogs first birthday- I’ll probably never daily blog again so that’s a real accomplishment for me. I have also given this blog a little makeover and been able to fit all my posts into four categories bullet journal, blogging, art and photography and I am aiming to write Lifestyle topics within these too, to make it more personal to me.
I’m so excited to see what is in store for 2019 and see how I can keep growing this little space on the internet. I’ve had 15,000 views from you all this year and I couldn’t be more pleased that you’ve taken the time out of your day to read one of my posts.
Hope you all have a fab end of 2018 whatever you are doing, I’ll be drinking my evenings away with wine and eating all the cheese whilst wearing the fluffiest socks and knit jumpers.
Roundup of My favourite blog posts 2018
Do You Like Your Reflection?
I loved writing this blog post because it is about what you are like on the inside rather than what is on the outside, it was a great reminder to myself that you just need to be a kind person. It doesn’t matter if you are stunning on the outside, being a horrid persons makes you ugly.
I watched this program where they were researching attraction. They had different pictures of people’s face cut out and then computerised versions of them, some uglier and some more attractive. They then had to pick the picture that best represented themselves the best, and nearly all of them chose a picture that was a ‘less attractive’ version of themselves – NO SURPRISE THERE.
Is perfection a thing?
There is no such thing as perfection, there is too much emphasis on perfection and I have tried so hard to not compare myself and put this unnecessary pressure on myself. I’m learning to celebrate my achievements as anything that happens large or small is a great success. I’m learning to be my own cheerleader.
I would like to say no… but there is always that element that we want everything to be perfect. It’s something you hear in everyday life to have the perfect Instagram feed, perfect blog, perfect house, perfect relationship, or perfect life.
When everything is hashtagged with #goals, no wonder there is an underlying aspect that everything needs to be perfect.
When I Quit Social Media: Dear Phone Week 2
I loved writing about the reasons that I love and hate my phone, it is definitely going to be a new years resolution to get off my phone more!
Dear Phones, (Old And New),
I remember the black and white, tiny squared screen where I’d play snake when waiting for my mum to pick me up from school.
I’d text my friends what time they’d be jumping onto msn to continue our pointless conversations on there (even though I would’ve spent the whole school day with them).
I repeat I’m not ‘cute’
I loved this post, the idea came to me late at night (as ya do) and it got such a great response. So many girls also thinks the same. I have just never like how it belittles you and can come across as patronising.
I think ‘cute’ as an adjective to describe an adult woman should be banned. A child’s cute when they learn how to ride a bike for the first time; puppies are cute when they try to run and trip over their ears; and babies are all the cuteness in the world.
Even a quick search on google has proven this with their description of cute being “attractive or pretty especially in a childish, youthful, or delicate way, a cute puppy”
But I really don’t want to be compared to a child; those days of pigtail plaits and making up dance routines in the playground are long gone now.
Is Anyone Reading Blog Posts Anymore?
This was such an important topic, and one that I feel is still around to this day. With the popularity of Instagram increasing not as many people are concentrating on their blogs anymore. I am not going to go this way though as I love my blog, it’s my own platform, I control it, it’s not run by annoying algorithms and it cannot be deleted either (like my personal Instagram was deleted by Instagram the other day) and so this is where I will be focusing all of my energy.
I read Hannah Gale’s blog post about the shift in blogging, where people are changing their blogging habits to microblogging instead of reading blog posts.
Instagram has allowed a shift in blogging habits, where little snippets of content of some one’s day can be viewed at any time so there is no need to hop on and read their blogs anymore.
Instagram is instant and does allow people to save time; as creating and reading blog posts can take a lot of time up during the day. As people's lives get busier there is more of a need for quick bursts of news rather than reading a detailed blog post.
Explore With Me: Jersey
This was such a lovely holiday as we didn’t know if we were going to be able to go away as a family in August and it was so nice to go at a time when there was no tourists!
Over the Easter holiday, my family and I decided to go to Jersey for a short getaway as this is the only slot that we all had time off together. Whilst we were there we visited: castles, war tunnels and many beaches.
We also drove on the coastal path around the island so that we could see all the beautiful views that Jersey had to offer. This mini break was short but it was an amazing island and I would go back again- hotter weather without the language barrier or exchanging money.
Explore with me: Rhodes
It turned out that we could go on holiday together as a family in August and this was such a lovely get away and we saw some amazing attractions as well as have some lazy days by the pool.
For a week in August, I spent some time in Faliraki Rhodes, exploring their towns, beaches and some of their amazing scenery along the way.
It was a lovely trip away spent with family and an unlimited supply of food and wine. It felt weird returning without just helping yourself when we came back that’s for sure.
What I Have Learnt About Friendships
I have learnt a lot about friendships over the last 20 years and the main lesson I have learnt is to not keep negative people around because they can have an effect on your wellbeing, life it too short to be consistently miserable and in a toxic environment.
They have been brought to the forefront of my mind these couple of days because of Liv and Charlotte’s brand spanking new podcast- it’s the fringe of it- and omg it’s worth a listen.
On there first episode they discussed the difficulty of making friends as an adult. They definitely hit the nail on the head; I was literally nodding my head throughout the whole thing.