The Blogging A to Z in April Challenge – 2018 Edition

April begins next week and that can only mean one thing – the A-Z in April Challenge is back! This year’s challenge has kind of crept up on me but I have a theme, a good idea what each post will be for each letter, and I just need to write them.

But first some information on the Challenge. The challenge is to post on your blog, every day of April bar Sundays. Since there are 26 days in April (not including Sundays), that matches the 26 letters of the alphabet.

This year will be my fifth year in a row participating in the challenge! Five years with this blog have just flown by! I did want to have a theme that was something to do with forgotten women in history but due to my late planning I feel I wouldn’t be able to give that sort of topic justice. Instead, I’m embracing my musical side and each letter of the alphabet will correspond with the title of one of my favourite songs. I don’t really post about music a lot here, so it’ll be a chance to sample my musical tastes. There will be old favourites and new ones so expect an eclectic mix of genres and music from a variety of decades.

During April I should still have my usual film reviews on Mondays, book reviews on Thursdays and my MCU rewatch reviews on Saturdays – there will just be a lot more music here than normal.

To find out more about the challenge, visit the blog and you can check out what I’ve done for the challenge on previous years here. Do let me know if you’re planning to take part in the A-Z Challenge – I love to see what people put as each letter, especially some of the harder ones like Q, X and Z!

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Top Ten Goals I Have For 2016

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature run by BrokeAndBookish each week – I’m thinking I might not take part every week but just see if a week takes my fancy. It’s the start of a new year! How 2015 has flown by! Now I’m not always the greatest at making and sticking with my resolutions, I think I managed to keep half of my resolutions last year, so let’s see what happens in 2016.

Continue to post at least once a week.
This year I’ve been doing really well with my blog and have posted at least once every week and, when it comes to what I’m posting, that leads me on to my next resolution…

Post at least one review a week.
Now I have been doing this and generally I’ve set it up that on Monday’s there’s a film review and on Thursday’s there’s a book review. If I read/watch a lot there’s sometimes extra reviews not on those dates but I’d like to try and stick to that schedule as long as I’m still reading and watching stuff that I have enough feelings about that I then want to review it.

Continue to read diversely.
In 2015 I did pretty well in reading a whole range of genres and the the authors I read was pretty much a 50/50 split between men and women, with slightly more female author. I’d like to continue doing that and make a conscious effort to read books from authors of colour. You can check out a summary of my reading in 2015 here. (more…)

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.

-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?