Category: Blogging

2016 Blogger Gift Exchange || Indigo Ink || Blogmas Day 23

Hey everyone, and welcome to THE DAY BEFORE THE DAY BEFORE Christmas! (Or, as my ESFP brain calls it, Christmas Adam!)

So today, I’m trying out something different. A few weeks ago, I saw this post by Vanessa Best from It’s Simply Me, about a 2016 Blogger Gift Exchange.


This gift exchange isn’t anything big, or actually “gifty,” but instead an exchanging, a highlighting, of a blog. It’s hosted by The Bearable Blog by Jo and It’s Simply Me by Vanessa.
I was paired with Aliah from Indigo Ink, and I’ve gotten to poke around on her blog for a bit.
I’m really loving her content so far. Although she doesn’t post very often, her posts are always very thoughtful.
She travels a lot, and has beautiful pictures that she took in Greece and Turkey, and lots of other places. Aliah also posts “thought” posts.

Here are some of her posts that I really enjoyed.

She’s like me in several ways, including the fact that we’re both homeschooled, and that also we both play piano.

Go do yourself a favor and go check her blog out (and maybe wish her a merry Christmas!)

So what are you doing before Christmas?
Merry Christmas Adam, y’all!

Top 25 Blogs to Follow Before 2017||Blogmas Day 22

Happy 3-Days-Before-Christmas, y’all!

Today, I have…top 25 blogs to follow before 2017! As the year ends, here are 25 blogs that I follow that you should too because I’m a kind generous blogger person like that.

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Also check out my blogs page right here with all the blogs I follow. because shameless self promo

Here we go!

  1. A Girl Saved by God’s Grace This is a beautiful blog with a lot of “thought” posts, as well as lifestyle-ish style posts. I think it’s a new blog, because there aren’t many followers, but I personally am loving it!
  2. A Little Bit of Joy and Gratitude Lydia blogs about her family, and she was one of the people who inspired me to make one for my own family as well! Her family is so much fun. 😀
  3. A Writer’s Faith This blog by Katie Grace is a writing blog (lots of NaNo), but is also awesome, funny, and ALL THE THINGS.
  4. Becoming Lost Hannah posts lots of deep thoughtful posts, about discipleship and stuff. Her posts are often super good. She won’t be blogging starting in February, though…I’m enjoying her blog while it lasts!
  5. Bonnie’s Blessings Bonnie is a homeschooled (graduate, I think) girl from New Zealand who moved to the US for 6 months to work. She posts about lots of lifestyle, and she’s also pretty great at Bible journaling. 😉
  6. Eromai This is a blog started by two girls, Brooklyn and Anna, and it serves to lead girls further in their walk towards becoming more like Jesus. It’s super new, and I totally recommend that you go check it out, because it’s pretty awesome!
  7. Established in Faith Alyssa posts a bunch of awesome faith posts, and her posts are usually either challenging or encouraging, and they’re so insightful!
  8. Girls Living for God’s Glory This is a blog run by 10 girls, who strive to live for God’s glory, and disciple others to do so too!
  9. Grace In Everything If there is a blog whose posts I would describe as “beautiful,” this would be it. Hannah’s posts are so delicately crafted, and her way with words…wow.
  10. Growing in His Image I found Aaliyah on twitter follow me there too  and love her blog too! She posts about growing closer to Jesus and also lifestyle. 🙂
  11. Happily Abi Abi posts a mix between lifestyle, photography, and Bible posts, and it’s a pretty awesome blog to check out!
  12. It’s Simply Me  Vanessa’s blog is super awesome: she posts lots of different types of content, she takes so many beautiful pictures, AND SHE ALSO VLOGS.
  13. Loud and Clear Jacyrayn is another blogger I found via twitter, and her posts are always so encouraging!
  14. My Life Online This is a blog written by a girl who shares a lot of her awkward experiences online. Her blog is growing super fast!
  15. Musings of an Elf Christine is a writer who works at a book shop and drinks tea…a beautiful life. 🙂 Her blog is amazing, and her latest posts (about NaNo…surprise!) were so much fun to read.
  16. Paper Fury Cait is a book blogger, and a bookstagramer. I mean…just go check out her blog. ITS AWESOME. JUST DO IT.
  17. Pen and Ink Megan mostly posts about lifestyle, and her posts are always super interesting!
  18. Princess Faith Faith’s posts are so deep and powerful. She also has super pictures that go with her blogposts.
  19. Rustling Thoughts Chloe writes mostly about lifestyle, and she always can highlight something positively and make it funny. (ALSO: GIFS)
  20. Saved by Grace Kara…wow, she blogs about her faith, and with a passion! She’s often challenging her readers in deepening their walk with Jesus.
  21. Serenity Elly’s blog is one of the newer ones that I’ve followed, but what I’ve seen from her is amazing so far! She’s doing blogmas, and her poetry is awesome, as is her photography. 🙂
  22. South Kakalaki Girl This is a girl’s collab blog, run by two girls, Amanda and Rachel, and it’s a great blog for girls to follow, with tips and thoughts, and lots of fun things. I’m loving it!
  23. The Introverted Extrovert Sarah Margaret is an awesome photographer and writer. She posts about writing (NaNo) and also “thought” posts.
  24. The Jumping Bean Nichole’s blog is one of the newer blogs I’m following, but her content is so good, and I’m loving it so far!
  25. Totally Graced Grace is such a awesome writer. She’s really straightforward, and she posts a mix between lifestyle and writing posts, and she’s one of my main inspiration sources.

Wow, I didn’t realize I read so many blogs! This was harder than I thought it was going to be, haha!

Now I’m going to challenge you.

Can you make your own list of 25 Blogs to Follow before 2017? We can all go and share the love amongst all of us bloggers.

Let’s all start 2017 with a TON of new blogs to read, aye?

5 Reasons I’m Not Giving Up Blogging

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If you’ve read my rant about life last week, you may have picked up that I’m not very happy with my blogging right now. To help me change that mindset, I’m doing this post. This is a totally original post, one that I’ve literally just thought of right now. I’m so proud of myself for being original and also I really really love that thumbnail

So, here are five reasons that I do what I do!

  1. I can keep track of my goals in my life If you’ve read my blog for any period of time, you know that I often post goals for my life on this blog. And since I’m ultra disorganized, having my stuff on the Internet where I can access them everywhere is very convenient for me. It also keeps me accountable, because I have to do recaps. If I fail too badly, I’ll strive to do better because I know there’s people watching me (even if it is only myself reading my blog, ha!)
  2. It’s fun teaching other people stuff I know how to do. Although I haven’t done this in a really long time, (as in, I’ve been too lazy because DIYs usually require taking pictures and effort) I really really love cataloging the crap that I know how to do—knitting, photography, baking, crafting, you name it. I also have a sense of accomplishment, and I can also look back and go “wow, I didn’t realize I was so talented 4 years ago!”
  3. I get to meet other people who have similar interests to me. Being part of the blogging community is absolutely amazing. There are so many people with similar interests as me, and I pull so much inspiration from their blogs, and I hope my blog inspires others as much other blogs inspire me (and also that’s a lot of inspires in that last sentence). I get to meet people from across the country and from all over the world, and that’s awesome.
  4. I get free books to review. I’m part of a few book blogger review programs. They send me books, I review the books, then I get to keep the books. What’s not to love? I really really love reading new books, oftentimes books that haven’t been published yet, and brand new books are just freaking amazing: the covers, the pages, the smell, the colors, and EVERYTHINGGGGGGG.
  5. It’s fun! Blogging is fun! Although it may not look like it in my life (as in, every Friday I go “UGAHJGFDH I HAVE TO BLOG TODAY DARNNN), it is SO. MUCH. FUN. I love writing my thoughts and opinions, and listing ideas and sharing opinions and taking aesthetic pictures and thinking up blog ideas and basically ALL OF THE ABOVE. It’s pretty awesome having a little corner of the Internet to myself. It also makes me feel accomplished. I have words on the Internet that people are reading. o.O

Are you a blogger? What do you like best about blogging?

 

 

A Kinda Different Post ||Blogging Updates

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So I was on vacation recently, and I took a little break from the blog. While I was away, I got to do some thinking and brainstorming about what I wanted to do. One day, it hit me.

Why am I only posting on Fridays?

And why are all my posts really light, fluffy, and of no lasting value to my readers?

If I want to be a better blogger, why am I not writing stuff that makes an impact on my readers?

Well…for the longest time, I’ve always known/thought that I wasn’t any good at expressing my feelings, via speech, writing, or otherwise. And I’ve always known that blogging on a regular schedule was good for my blog, and I would grow the blog that ways. So that’s what I did. I wrote fluffily, without any deep connections, and I posted these fluffy writings weekly.

However, it feels like I’m not connecting with my readers. And that’s not good.

Because of my strict (okay, -ish) posting schedule, I don’t allow myself to sit down at the computer and write whenever I feel like writing. I have to restrict myself to scheduled posts and tags and stuff.

While I do love tags, and while I don’t do too many, that, and that kind of stuff is great, I really want to post a. more, and b. with more stuff that’s deeper and less fluffy.

So, thus the announcement.

From now on, although I’ll continue to post fluffy stuff on Fridays Oh, a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down….wait that’s not a good comparison, is it? 😉, I’ll take myself out of the box that I created for myself, and post whenever I feel like it.

I’ll post rants, because I rant way too much, and by posting here, mebbe I get to spare my friends’ ears for a little.

I also got accepted into a couple book review programs, and I’ll be posting book reviews, because I’m super, super excited for that! (I mean, free books! Who’s not to love?)

I’ll also get to link up with a bunch of sources, IF I want to, such as Top Ten Tuesdays, or Currently posts, or whatever. I’ve been seeing them on others’ blogs for some time now, but have never gotten to do them, due to not posting on Tuesdays and other such

And I’ll post a bunch of other stuff that I want to post and whatever pops into my head at the moment.

I’ll be able to write way less formally (I mean, who likes to write essay-like…for fun?!) but better. (see, I’m having trouble saying what I want to say…aagh)

I’m really excited about this new step in my bloggin….but….

My computer’s dead. So all this fancy new bloggy stuff will have to wait a while.

Oh well.

At least I get *some* source of internet, and that I get to use it *some* of the time.

Get ready to see me more…once my computer works again!

Signing off,

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