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Blog Ahead 2015 Challenge – COMPLETED!

8a5e531e-33df-4134-9a95-ac9d837393a7_zpsw2yhbjziAs you may or may not have noticed, there’s been a lot more posts on my blog over the past few weeks. This is because I was incredibly organised and took part in the Blog A head 2015 Challenge hosted by Herding Cats & Burning Soup and Caffeinated Book Reviewer. The challenge was simple. Throughout October I just needed to increase the number of scheduled posts I already had by 31 posts and all posts should be scheduled from November 1st.

And I did it! 31 posts all scheduled by the end of October. Most of the posts will go live in November and December but I’ve got a few scheduled at the start of next year as well. It’s a great feeling having my blog so organised. I’m still writing and posting reviews as I read/watch stuff but on the whole, the majority of the stuff you’ll be seeing on my blog will have been written and scheduled a month ago.

Ii enjoyed taking part in this challenge. Some days I wrote and scheduled like 5 posts and then left it a week before I wrote anything else. There wasn’t that much planning involved really and doing memes like Top Ten Tuesday certainly helped me get to that 31 post target.

I think I’ll take part in the Blog Ahead Challenge again, it made me think about what I want my blog to be and to work on my writing and scheduling.

Did you take part in the challenge? Do you usually schedule posts or just post as you go? This was the first time I scheduled really and I’m quite pleased how it worked out for me.

The Encouraging Thunder Award

encouraging-thunder award ElenaSquareEyesThank you very much to the wonderful Felicia Sue Lynn who nominated me for the Encouraging Thunder Award. This little corner of the internet is my little space for thoughts and reviews and to think that other people like what I’m rambling about half the time and think it is award worthy feels great.

Rules:
-Thank the person who nominated you.
-Post the Encouraging Thunder logo.
-Mention your purpose in blogging.
-Nominate others for the award.

My purpose in blogging:

I first started this blog when I was still at University as a place to show off and develop my writing skills to potential future employers. Over time it’s grown from being solely film-focussed to being about my growing love of comics and rediscovering my love of books. To be honest, I blog for me. It’s a fantastic feeling when people comment or like a post or follow my blog but I enjoy having this little bit of the internet where I can write reviews of books and films and comics, or talk about something big that happened in my life. Just having this blog for where I can share my opinions is a nice feeling.

I’m still getting the hang of the community aspect of blogging, I’m one of those people that likes following blogs but not too many because I like to try and make a connection with the blogs I do follow but then I end up missing out on some great blogs because of that. Let me know of any blogs you think I should follow!

I nominate:

From Pages to Pictures
Nerds of Color
Drew’s Movie Reviews
Nya Reads
Gareth Rhodes

Blog Ahead 2015 Challenge

Blog Ahead 2015

I’ve signed up for the Blog Ahead in October 2015 Challenge hosted by Herding Cats & Burning Soup and Caffeinated Book Reviewer. The challenge is simple. Throughout October you need to increase the number of scheduled posts you have ready to publish by 31 and all posts should be scheduled from November 1st.

The post can be anything, a review, a meme like Top Ten Tuesday or Friday 56, a favourites post, a travel post – anything!

I’m definitely going to try and get 31 post scheduled. I know I have books and films to review and this is the perfect opportunity to get posts ready near Christmas because I love blogging but it’s nice to actually take Christmas as a holiday from all obligations.

The only previous blogging challenges I’ve taken part in is the April A-Z Blogging Challenge which I’ve completed for the past two years so I’m confident I should stick to this challenge.

Wish me luck and if there’s anything you might be interested in me writing about let me know!

Blogger Recognition Award

br_awardI was nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award over a month ago now (oops!) by Lauren at Never Anyone Else – thank you so much for the nomination, it’s always a nice surprise when something like this happens. You should totally check out Lauren’s blog too by the way – it’s rather awesome!

The Blogger Recognition Award was originally created by Eve at Edge of Night so thanks for creating such a cool award.

Here are the rules:

Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to. Do some digging if you must! Find those blogs. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you.
Write a post to show off your award! Give a brief story of how your blog got started, and give a piece or two of advice to new bloggers. Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog. List who you’ve nominated in the post.
Make sure to also attach the award itself! (You can do this by right-clicking, saving, and uploading the image above).
Comment on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them. Provide a link to the award post you created.
Provide a link to the original post on Edge of Night. That way, anyone can find the original guidelines and post if needed, and we can keep it from mutating and becoming confusing!

My blogging story:
This blog is two years old as I set it up in summer 2013 but I only really started blogging properly and regularly from January 2014. Since then I’ve been posting reviews or ramblings on books and films twice a week. The main reason I started this blog was because I wanted to have an outlet for my love of films and my thoughts on the film industry. I was starting to do some job hunting for work in the film industry soon realised that it was good to have an online presence to easily show potential employers that film was my passion. Since then this blog has evolved into a book/film blog with a bit of my life on the side and I’m enjoying the blogging experience. (more…)

Thoughts on the A-Z Blogging Challenge – 2015 Edition

That’s another April over and I’ve completed the A-Z challenge for the second year in a row! This year was much more focused as it was all about women in film and I did my best to include women of colour and the more “older woman”. You can see all my posts by clicking here.

My most popular ones were B is for Cate Blanchett (possibly due to a discussion on actresses, fashion and the sorts of questions they’re asked on the red carpet in the comments) and L is for Lexi Alexander. Lexi Alexander herself actually came across the post and shared it with her thousands of Twitter followers and was very positive about it. She now follows me on Twitter and we talk about women and diversity in the media and it’s great!

Only today I got some hits on my blog which I’m pretty sure came about after someone googled “What’s so great about Rinko Kikuchi” I hope my post shed some light on how awesome she is.

I did my best to visit lots of other blogs and the start of the month I did well. Maybe I couldn’t check out blogs during the week due to work but on Friday, Saturday and Sunday I did visit a lot. Unfortunately the later half of April was quite busy for me so I didn’t visit as many blogs then. I did always reply to people’s comments on my posts and go and check out people’s blogs who’d commented on or liked one of my posts and returned the favour.

I’ve really enjoyed the A-Z in April Challenge this year. Some days I was quickly writing and posting a blog before the clock struck midnight but everyday I posted a blog when I should.

How did the challenge go for you?

Tomorrow the A-Z Blogging Challenge Begins!

So tomorrow is the first day of the A-Z in April Blogging Challenge – you can find out more about the challenge and my theme (women and films) here. So thought I’d just quickly let you know if my normal blogging schedule would change at all.

In short, it probably will. I know I tend to post a film review on a Monday and a book review on a Thursday but that might not always happen this month due to the challenge. That being said, I do have some book reviews and reviews for my Bondathon already written so they will still go up at some point during the month. Also, I’m sure when I see Fast and Furious 7 and Avengers: Age of Ultron I won’t be able to contain myself so will have to write reviews/rambling thoughts on them. And there’s one Top Ten Tuesday that I’ll definitely be taking part in.

So basically the majority of the month of April will be filled with posts about women in film but there will probably still be the odd book/film review on the usual Mondays/Thursdays.

Hope you enjoy my posts on women in film and find out about some people you might never have heard of and we shall go back to your regular blogging schedule in May.

Now I need to finish my post for the letter A – don’t change your post idea the night before people! It causes unnecessary panic.

Bloglovin’

I’ve recently signed up/got a Bloglovin’ account and am still figuring out to use it. It seems like the best way to follow blogs that aren’t WordPress one’s because I know there’re loads of great blogs I stumbled across when taking part in challenges that I’ve then I’ve lost track of because they’re not WordPress ones that I can easily click a follow button. Apparently the only way to set up my account with my blog is to post the link below in a new post – so feel free to ignore this post or if you use Bloglovin’ feel free to give me any pointers or recommend any blogs you think I might like.

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

The Versatile Blogger Award

Thank you very much to Lauren at Never Anyone Else for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award. It was a big surprise and it was great boost as I’m evolving my blog more and more.

Here’s how the Versatile Blogger Award works:

1. Write seven facts about yourself.
2. Nominate fifteen other bloggers for the award.
3. Let nominees know you have tagged them. (Don’t forget to thank and link back to your nominator.)

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Here are my 7 facts:

1. I am useless with keeping up with TV shows. I just stop watching them even when I like the show! For instance I watched all of season one of Orphan Black and then got about four episodes into season two and then just stopped and I don’t know why – I really need to catch up at some point.

2. My commute to work is ridiculously long – it’s about a 4 and a half hours round trip – but it does mean I’m reading a lot more than I used to which is great.

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100 Followers! Thank you!

This week I reached 100 followers! I know that isn’t the biggest follower count but to reach that many made me happy – especially as I started blogging properly nearly exactly a year ago and I feel as if the quality of my posts have gotten better over the past year. I just wanted to say a quick thanks to everyone who’s clicked that follow button, to people who comment on my posts and to everyone who reads my blog – this is a fun way to spend my free time and I really appreciate it when I can see that people like my ramblings.

I thought I’d use this moment to just give a little update about what I want to do with this blog over the next year. As I’m now working (and have in total a 4 and a half commute each day) I don’t have as much time to blog as I did when I was at University so I don’t want it to feel like a chore. I have the aim to post twice a week, on Monday’s and Thursday’s with the vague plan being something film-related on Monday’s and something book-related on Thursday’s. This may change but that’s the idea right now. I’ve started my Bondathon (watching all the Bond films from the beginning) so expect a lot of James Bond film reviews over the next few months! I’ll also be taking part in BrokeAndBookish’s Top Ten Tuesday when a topic takes my fancy and I’m thinking about doing a monthly favourites post at the end of each month.

So once again thank you for taking the time to drop in on my blog, commenting and hitting that follow button. I’m looking forward to blogging more and getting even better at it. To the next hundred followers!

31 Days of Blogging – Completed

South Bucks-20140131-00791I’ve succeeded in one of my New Year’s resolutions! I have now blogged every single day of January – 31 days of posts from me about whatever interested me that day. I’ve covered films, awards, things that happened to me that day, reviews, theatre, my many DVD’s, TV, and music. During these past 31 days I’ve learnt a lot about myself and also blogging so here’s the main things that I’ve discovered.

I have the time to blog everyday

I do have the time to take half an hour or so out my day to write about something that interests me. At the start of the month I was posting my blogs at about 11:53pm and only just managing to get in there before the day was over but I soon learnt how to manage my time. After the first few days I easily figured out when was the best time for me to blog – sometimes it was early in the morning, others it was the afternoon. It was all down to managing what I’d got on that day, for instance I’d post a blog in the morning if I knew I was going to be out most of the day/evening and was unsure if or when I’d have the time later on that day to get that blog post up. I’ve always been pretty good at managing my time but this has month has definitely helped me perfect that skill.

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