**ANNOUNCEMENT**

Announcement Time

Hi guys, just a small announcement here.

In light of writing blog posts every day for 27 days, I’ve decided to cut back and experiment a little, see if it makes a difference with the content I give you guys, and if you like it more. From now on I’ll be posting Mondays, Wednesday’s, Friday’s, and Sunday’s. And of course the usual Thursday Vlog will be posted, with a blog post linked to the video to go with it.

Thank you so much to everyone that reads, likes, shares, and comments on my blogs and vlogs. It truly does mean a lot, and I hope I can keep providing great content for you.

From,

Sophie-L x.

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Blogging 101 Challenge Update

Make your about page irresistible

How I could dare achieve this without putting a photo of some well known actor with their top off on my page is beyond me. I did, maybe, sort of, kind of, cheat. -gasp- Yes. I cheated with my about page, but only by skipping ahead a day or two in the challenge and doing the page on Saturday, instead of today. Whoops. But in some people’s books, that doesn’t count as cheating so – WIN!

I took the advice from both the blogging 101 post, and the references and resources they had/made. However, as per usual with any writing advice given, I found a few contradictions here and there with it. But I just reminded myself that advice is advice, you have to give yourself time to analyse it and decide if it’s helpful.

I feel as though I went with the colloquial approach and kept my tone less academic (for example I didn’t use words like ‘colloquial’).

So hurrah! It is done! This is my 8th post in 8 days, and I’m seriously glad that I’m taking this seriously. As the days go on each time I go down to write a blog post it’s getting easier, the time between them as well seems a lot longer than normal, which I’m pleased about 🙂

Hope everyone else is doing well with the blogging 101 challenge?

Until next time bromigo’s,

Sophie-Louise x.

I SURVIVED. Blogging 101 – Week One

-starts playing AC/DC music and rocks out to it with an air guitar-

I have officially blogged for 5 (now 6!) DAYS CONSECUTIVELY!!!! Can I get a hell yeah?

Not quite a ‘hell yeah’ but I’ll let you off Dean. (gif not mine, I take no credit)

What have I learnt from Week One? That my theory of being active and responsive online does indeed mean your follower count increases. You have to attend blogging to be good at it I think.

I’m not alone with my thoughts which means that I’m one step closer to becoming ‘one’ with human kind 😉

Annnnnnd everyone has pretty awesome blogs and I want to follow them all :3

Things I have yet to learn – How the heckie do I get an ‘about me’ section without adding a widget? The last time I used wordpress it was before they updated it all, so I feel severely in the dark on this one, and I don’t like it. I also want to learn this new wordpress and explore it a bit more. I have no complaints about the update, it seems a lot cleaner, and easier to search for things, it’s also similar to tumblr in some aspects so I’m not finding it tooo difficult, like I said it’s just the odd hitch every now and then, like with widgets.

I also want to explore the writing 101 tag, I’m not sure if I’ll have time to do both blogging 101 and writing 101 but I’m definitely going to look into it a lot more.

On another note, the challenge for this weekend in blogging 101 is…..(remember I’m behind a week on this)…..A FREE WEEKEND. I get to do whatever I like, so I’ve drafted about 8 or 9 posts this morning and I shall be working on them 🙂

Thank you bromigo’s for reading and commenting on my blog this week, you’ve all made me feel very welcome in the blogging community, and I hope to bring more to your screens 🙂

Until next time bromigo’s x.

Waiting for the dream and blogging 101 update

Blogging 101

To be honest folks I’ve already tried out several theme’s a while ago, and this one really does work for me. So I’m keeping it, and I LOVE it.

Waiting for the dream

People with big ambitions, I’m speaking particularly to you about this one. Do you ever just have days where you sit and think “but why do I have to wait?” or “why can’t I be where I want to be now?” I’m having one of those days…okay maybe weeks.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying I don’t like hard work, because I do, I love it. It keeps my mind going, fills up my day, and makes me feel awesome afterwards. What I’m saying is that everyday I wake up, I see all the stuff that I don’t want to do pile up in front of me, but I have to do it, because if I didn’t, I would never get to my end goal.

Again I’m not saying I’m not willing to do whatever it takes, I’m talking about small mediocre stuff like working in retail so I can afford my bills, and coming home afterwards to a messy room, and tidying it before I can get any writing done, then by the time I’m finished, I’m so unmotivated I just stick to RP on the computer, because it’s still writing and it’s all my energy will allow.

Even now I’m fighting sleep as I write this, keeping my brain engaged whilst I think of the small stuff I’ve done today.

I don’t know, maybe it’s just because of my recent decision to try and snatch up an opportunity, or maybe it’s just something that’s going to carry on until I eventually get to the next step. Or the fact that I’ve had a stressful day at work. Either way I just kind of get fed up with myself, that I can’t just sit down at my desk and write a novel in two days, and actually like what I’ve written. And I guess the point of this blog is to ask you guys if you’ve been through something similar? Or are going through something similar? If you’ve gotten over it, how? I’d love to know, but I have a feeling I already know the answer.

Everyone has bad days.

Blogging 101 – Dream Reader

Dear Dream Reader,

If you think the dreams too big or too hard, then you’re dreaming right. Just action it.

This might be because I grew up with a mother who is a life coach, as well as dealing with my own personal battles, but I strongly believe that if you think it, you can do it. It’s not easy, there’s going to be downfalls, but that’s life, sometimes life is about getting back up again.

On top of this, I hope to show you, through everyday blog posts, that I’m living out my own mantra – think it, do it.

If you’re going through a tough time, if you’re struggling to get back up again, then I hope that by taking a moment to read my blog you’ll see that you can do it. You can get back up again. I personally suffer with mild-depression and anxiety, which blossomed during the end years of my school days. It’s taken me a while but I’ve gotten back up again, I’m not completely there, but I’m standing, and that’s enough. That’s a start.

Soon I hope to write and publish a few experimental stuff, and fan-fictions on here, which I hope you find fun and entertaining, as well as find possible hidden meanings. As writing is a huge part of my life and I hope to further this with opportunities to come.

I guess I also want to be heard, to see if anyone else feels the same as me, or thinks differently.

So who is my dream reader? To be honest I have no idea, I just like writing, and this is fun to me. I guess I just hope to brighten people’s day mainly, and bring you on a journey with me.

Sincerely,

Sophie-Louise White 

Hi Neighbours, and a new catchphrase

Blogging 101 

So today’s Blogging 101 challenge is to say ‘hi’ to the neighbours. So here I am, saying hi. I feel like I’ve already completed this challenge, I’ve interacted with many of you already and commented on a lot of your posts. But alas I shall continue to do it, and I accept today’s challenge.

REMINDER: I’m still a few days behind on the challenges, so some of you may have a different challenge than me.

New Catchphrase 

I’ve made a recent decision in my life, one that (I hope) will take me to the places I need to go to be an accomplished writer and novelist. To achieve this I have to write up a personal statement about myself and my qualities. Naturally my mind drifted off to questions that people may want to ask me.

Then I realized that one of the key questions I think will be on the other parties lips is – “Why has it taken you this long to finally do it?” Instantly I came up with an answer, it was one of those gut answers, one that came straight to my mind and I thought it before I had a chance to process it.

Sometimes the heart is too proud to listen to the head.

I think we’re all a little guilty of this. We get told as we grow up that we need to think more, to think about a situation, to think about what we’re getting ourselves into. But also to go with our heart. For a long time I’ve been going with my heart, (which is in no way wrong at all), however I’ve been sticking to the wrong feeling. It’s not happiness, it’s not accomplishment, it’s safety. For over two years I’ve just trudged through life because I thought some kind of miracle was going to happen and help me achieve my dreams. And it was safer that way, it was safer waiting for a miracle.

Then this opportunity came up, and I’m not going to say what it is just yet, but if I get this opportunity it could really help me develop my skills and become who I want to be. To get to this moment I had to seriously think about it, think about the consequences and the possibilities. Ignore the safe feeling in my heart, ignore the pride that said ‘everything will work out on its own’, because sometimes, not everything does work out, sometimes, you’ve got to make it happen.

I’ve rambled, but I hope you get my point. If you want to do reach a goal, then make the first steps of reaching it TODAY. Your heart or your head will figure the rest out later.

Speak to ya later Bromigo’s.

Blogging 101 and trying something new

Blogging 101

Edit your title and tagline

Today’s assignment (I’m still a little behind), was to ‘Edit your title and tagline’. I used the advice given on the page:

Try listing adjectives that describe your personality, and play around with the words until you can tweak them into a name that’s catchy but uniquely “you.” Puns always work well. Start with certain common phrases, songs, and literary titles, and then mix the words up. Or use your own name in a clever way.
She’s a Maineiac

I thought of words that sound like my name and thought of ‘sophisticated’ and suddenly thought of ‘sophie-sticated’. Then I fell in love. I personally believe that everyone should be themselves, and learn to accept and love who they are, and this is my own way of doing that. I’m being more me, more Sophie-sticated. 🙂

My tagline is the simple words I use to describe my blog so people can have an informative glance with just a few words.

Trying something new 

Today after I finished work, I took a big step in moving forward in what I want in life – confidence. More importantly, confidence with public speaking, to actual human being’s….that’s difficult.

To do this I wanted to attend a Toastmasters group, which is a group of people who practice, and critique each other on public speaking. After a long day at work, I was ready and raring to go. (see the selfie). Okay so I was a litttttle tired, nervous, and generally angsty, but I went none-the-less.

My mother went with me, as she’s looking to develop some of her own, already established skills, and the first thing we did when we got there was meet new people (and some familiar faces as we’ve been before like five years ago). I’m normally pretty good with new people, but this evening I was feeling nervous and actually quite shy, I didn’selfiet speak much, I gave the odd glance and nods of greetings, then sat down when everyone was ready to start the meeting.

I wasn’t really sure how to behave at the meeting, if I should take notes, or if I should just listen. My mum took notes, so I followed suit, and it wasn’t until the speeches were done and we were told we could fill in some evaluation forms that I realized the purpose of taking notes – to help critique the others afterwards.

When we stopped for a break I managed to talk more to some people I haven’t met, I spoke to one guy who was fairly new, I think it was his third time there. He had yet to have his first speech but he’d done many ‘table topics’ before.

Of course before I met him I learned what ‘table topics’ where, as someone had tried to rope me in to doing one. The best way I can describe a table topic is that someone gets given a prompt, then they have to talk about that prompt for up to three minutes. After much persuasion, I declined, but my mum gave it a go.

The Table Topics, were the most interesting and most fun part of the evening for me, it was spontaneous, and about silly subjects such as central heating, and Halloween.

After the Evaluations and winners of table topics, and speeches were announced, the meeting ended and I had a chat to a lovely lady about potential writing work for the Toastmasters blog/website. And maybe helping them with twitter. I also had a talk about being a permanent member of the group even though I didn’t stand up and say anything.

I feel the overall evening was a good experience, I’m a little disappointed I let my fear get the better of me, I probably would’ve liked to have pushed myself to do a Table Topic, alas maybe next time.

For now, it’s coming up to 11pm, I’m so tired so excuse the typo’s I shall correct them tomorrow morning. Until tomorrow, catch ya later Bromigo’s.