A Round-Up of Posts About Blogging

I’ve been noticing lately that a lot of bloggers have been writing posts about blogging, have you noticed this as well? I can not look through the popular posts section on bloglovin on any given day without seeing multiple posts about blogging!!

So, if you are in the mood to read about blogging and possibly gain some new knowledge or learn a few new tips about the subject this is a round-up that will be perfect for you!

On to the posts!

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Let me know if you like this sort of post and perhaps I will do another round-up of blogging related posts in the future!

Review: Nescafé Vanilla Cappuccino

I got this box of 8 packets of instant cappuccino mix at a local grocery store and I thought I’d post a quick little review of this product for you guys! I paid $3.99 for a box containing 8 servings, so that’s 50 cents per cup which is kinda meh… but I guess it’s a pretty average cost as far as these things go. Although it’s definitely less than buying 8 k-cups, so that’s a good thing!

nescafe vanilla cappuccino

You simply empty a packet of the cappuccino mix into a cup, add boiling water and stir. Easy! And it does get really creamy or foamy on the top, which is nice. As far as the flavor goes, I’m not a cappuccino expert by any means, I felt it was really bland. I would definitely enjoy this product more if it had more flavor to it; I suppose you could try adding some sort of coffee syrup to it, a caramel syrup might be a nice added touch!

The store had 3 different flavors of Nescafé cappuccino available; mocha, regular, and vanilla. As for my own personal opinion, this product does not have enough flavor to suite my tastes, and I will not be repurchasing it in the future.

September Goals & To-Do List

As far as my August goals, I did not actually complete even a single one of them. Haaaaaaaaaaaaaa… Although I did do really well at accomplishing my blogging goals before that last week of August when I was out of town, so that’s something! If I would have upped my game a little bit and scheduled a few posts to go live while I was away, then I probably would have accomplished all my blogging goals for the month, so it’s not a complete and total failure!

My September Blog Goals:

  • Post at least twice a week.*
  • Tweet each new post at least 2 different times.*
  • Have more unique visits than last month.

My Personal Goals for September:

  • Complete at least one goal from my ‘101 in 1001′ list.*
  • Try a new recipe or two.*
  • Buy myself a pair of boots for Fall.

On My To-Do List:

  • Display some new photos in the house.*
  • Research and download a video editing program.*
  • Make an effort to leave more comments on blogs I read.
  • Try to attend all of the Monday #bloggersdoitbetter chats on Twitter.
  • Look into using Disqus for my blog commenting system.

* items that were also goals during the previous month.

August Favorites

  • Drinking tea.
  • Discovering new music through Grooveshark: “Bang Bang” by Jessie J | “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor | “Boom Clap” by Charli XCX | “Black Widow” by Iggy Azalea
  • Still loving and regularly attending the #bloggersdoitbetter chats on Twitter! (except for the past few ‘cuz I was out of town visiting relatives!)
  • I started watching Orange is the New Black and finished up season 1! I’m currently a few episodes into the second season… no spoilers please!
  • I read “The Good Luck of Right Now” by Matthew Quick (author of The Silver Linings Playbook) and would recommend it if you’re looking for a book to read!

UNfavorites.

  • Dragging my feet and forcing myself to finish reading a book that I didn’t even enjoy… Ugh, I should have just stopped reading it and given it up in favor of reading something better!
  • Cutting back on the iced coffee. I miss it terribly!

I’ll try to get up a post tomorrow about my September goals and a recap of last month’s goals! Cheers!

So Here’s the Thing…

If you ever wondered…

Writing down a list of 100+ blog post ideas does not, and will not, make you a better blogger. Simply having a list of topics to write about, does not make you any more likely to actually sit down and write a new blog post. I am proof of this.

If you are wanting to be a better blogger, first you must be willing to actually BLOG… as in, type words and hit publish. This is an act which requires time and effort on your part and does not just magically happen whenever the thought of blogging happens to cross your mind.

Words of wisdom, my friends.

The Reading Tag

By now, I would think you’d have figured out that I love to read; so when I came across Ashley’s “The Reading Tag” post on her blog, hellonatureblog.com, earlier today I immediately decided that I needed to do this tag on my blog!

Please feel free to do this tag on your blog as well, and if you do, please leave me a link to your post in the comments!

1. Do you have a certain place for reading at home?

I usually read while lounging on my bed, although I do occassionally read on the couch, at the kitchen table, or if it’s a nice day I might do some reading outside!

2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?

Usually I’m using the little receipt from the library as a bookmark, which is handy to keep around as it reminds me of when the book(s) are due back to the library!

3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter or certain number of pages?

I prefer to stop reading at the end of a chapter, or at least at the end of a page. There are times when a book is just too good to put down and you sneak in some reading whenever possible, and then in that case you stop reading whenever you happen to get interrupted!

4. Do you eat or drink when reading?

Sometimes, but not usually. It all just depends on how good the book is that I’m currently reading!

5. One book at a time or several at once?

I’m definitely a one book at a time type of reader, I’d get too confused by trying to keep up with multiple books at the same time!

6. Reading at home or everywhere?

Usually at home, but if it’s a good book… everywhere :)

7. Reading out loud or silently in your head?

Silently in my head, for sure.

8. Do you ever read ahead or skip pages?

I never skip pages, and I avoid reading ahead if at all possible. If the book is that uninteresting, I’d much rather just stop reading it altogether and go find another book to read.

9. Breaking the spine or keeping it new?

Everything I have been reading lately comes from the library, but I try to keep books in like new condition for as long as possible.

10. Do you write in your books?

No, never. (See answer to #9)

11. What are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading “Stir-fry” by Emma Donoghue and I’m finding it a bit difficult to get through.. and I’m only on page 23, sooooo… yeah. =/ I just need to make more time to read it! I did enjoy reading “Room” by the same author, which was the reason that I picked up this current book from the library.

By the way, would you like to become friends with me on Goodreads.com ???????

Current Nail Polish or NOTD

I decided to paint my nails this afternoon before I attended the #bloggersdoitbetter chat on Twitter (I love that chat and highly recommend attending one if you can!), here are my chosen polishes:

NOTD: 8-11-14

I put the black Revlon polish (#780 “Ritzy” if you are curious) on my toenails, and I’m sorry but there will be no picture of that on my blog! Ha! I do feel now that I should have probably chosen a brighter color, but I’ll live with the black polish for a little while anyway.

NOTD: 8-11-2014

And here’s what my finished mani looks like! I used two coats of PRO-FX nail repair as a base (HIGHLY recommend this product, found this HUGE bottle of it for $5 at Wal-Mart!), two coats of Nicole by OPI gumdrops polish in the shade “Blue-Berry Sweet on You” NO top coat, and on the accent nail is two coats of Sally Hansen Xtreme wear polish in #220 “Celeb City” and I did apply a top coat on top of that polish, although I did so after taking the photo.

I really enjoy the gumdrops polish, it is textured and so shimmery in the sunlight. I also have it in the pink color and would love to get even more of the colors in that collection!

My Life This Week

This photo basically tells you what my life will be consisting of this week: reading “The Fault in Our Stars” before I have to return it back to the library on Saturday, and drinking tons of homemade iced coffee! Also, let’s not forget catching up on YouTube videos!

Only the important stuff is going on over here! xo

August Goals & To-Do List

My August Blog Goals:

  • Post at least 2 times each week.
  • Get more unique visitors each week than the week before.
  • Tweet each new post at least 2 different times.

My Blogging To-Do List:

  • Set-up and follow an editorial calendar for the month; get posts written and scheduled to post in advance!
  • Include photos that I have personally taken in my blog posts.
  • Figure out how to plan and schedule tweets out in advance.
  • Try to attend at least one twitter blog chat each week.

My Personal Goals for August:

  • Complete at least one goal from my ‘101 in 1001′ list.
  • Try a new recipe or two.
  • Attempt to learn how to edit videos.
  • Dye my hair (my roots are so grown out!)

And a Personal To-Do List:

  • Purchase some photo frames and find an area in the house to hang them.
  • Research and download a video editing program.
  • Get some photos printed out.
  • Send out two pieces of snail mail.
  • Find a workout challenge online and try to complete it.

July Favorites

Can I steal a popular YouTube video topic and turn it into a blog post? Is that legal? Am I cheating? Who knows! But here are some of my favorites for the month of July!

  • ICED FRIGGIN’ COFFEE!! – I will be sharing a recipe for my homemade iced coffee SOON!
  • WordPress Plugin: Editorial Calendar – I just got this installed and haven’t had a chance to really try it out yet, but I think it will be an amazing tool for planning future blog posts!
  • Blogging Productivity! I made a list of over 100 blog post ideas this month!
  • Twitter Blog Chat! #bloggersdoitbetter – This month I discovered and attended my first ever Twitter blog chat and had a lot of fun! I gained some new Twitter followers (bonus!) and am planning on attending more of these chats in the near future!
  • WordPress: The ‘Distraction Free Writing’ tool is definitely going to be coming in handy! No idea how long that little feature has been around, but now that I’ve found it I’ll sure as heck be putting it to good use!
  • Pharrell Williams “Come Get It Bae” music video makes me want to learn to DANCE!

And for the heck of it, here are some UNfavorites for the month!

  • The weather! Too many rainy days. Cooler than average temperatures, Uhmm… it honestly felt like the end of September, not the end of July! What the what?!
  • I’ve been losing hair like craaaaaaazy lately, thanks a lot there thyroid. Seriously. Just keep my hair on my head where it belongs, mmmkay?!?

Cheers to a new month and getting back some of my blogging mojo!