Let's do This, Reflection

The Versatile Blogger Update

When January came around this year I decided I wanted to really step things up blog wise. Not completely ready to take the plunge into self hosting and forever favouring writing over tech stuff, I thought about other ways to branch out. I committed myself to posting on a more regular basis and saw instant results. From posting pretty sporadically in 2018 in my first six months blogging, I sat down and scheduled posts that had been idle in my drafts for months. Before I knew it, I had content for a good 8 weeks, posting every four days to test out which days and what times worked best for me and of course my readers.

At the end of March I began to wonder about my older posts and thought it pretty sad that they might never see the light of day again. I decided to postpone my scheduled post on the 24th March and spend the last week of the month promoting old posts on social media and instead of commenting on people’s most recent, I’d dig back a bit and I asked people to send me their ‘Old But Gold’ posts. I completely loved the results and think I will make it a quarterly thing. Not only does it give me the time to solidly create and write for a whole week, it also gives other bloggers the chance to share their older posts which new subscribers may have missed out on originally. From putting out a tweet requesting bloggers send me their old posts, so many people have a number of posts that they are really proud of which is lovely to see. 

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You may be wondering why this post is named what it is, and that is simply because during March I was nominated by Chloe @ Writing the Blues Away and Shannen @ Bookmarks and Ink for the Versatile Blogger Award which was a complete honour. Both of these gals have wonderful blogs and I would highly recommend checking them out if you haven’t already. But with so many nominations flying around on social media (you have to nominate 15 bloggers for the award when you do your answers) I had pretty much lost track of who has been nominated and who hasn’t – hence the versatile style blogger update post instead.

I will end this post similar to the award – with seven facts about myself:

  1. I haven’t set foot in a McDonald’s in fourteen years and the smell of the place makes me want to vomit.
  2. I really love traveling and flying – I took my first flight when I was seven months old (apparently, but I don’t remember much of it) and have always loved exploring new places and being in the sunshine
  3. Cooking and writing always make me feel better if I’m having a down sort of day. It is the same way many people put on music to feel better or have a bubble bath – I like to get into the kitchen or sit down with a notepad.
  4. I have visited 17 countries in my 25 years and I would really love to get to 30 before I am 30.
  5. The Middle East is my favourite part of the world (so far) and I would love to explore more of it, preferring it over popular ‘traveller’ hotspots like South America and South East Asia – although I wouldn’t say no to those places either.
  6. In 2018 I quit my office job because it was getting ‘too comfortable’ for me and moved to another part of London to start over and within the first 5 months of the year I had quit my job, moved house, found another job, been made redundant from it and was thinking about starting my blog.
  7. Texture in food is really important to me. I hate rice pudding and bananas because of the texture and also hate the smell of both, especially the hot milk smell of rice pudding!

Instead of nominating 15 people, I am just going to put it to anyone reading this, if you would like to make a blog post featuring facts about yourself inspired by this then please do. Or you might want to leave me a fun fact about yourself in the comments…the choice is yours!

 

25 thoughts on “The Versatile Blogger Update”

    1. Thank you for reading ♥ My main tip for new bloggers would be to WRITE. Anything and everything – you don’t have to publish it all but writing constantly helps you to develop your skills – from writing to proof reading and editing plus it helps to create a habit so it feels less like work ♥

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  1. Congratulations for your nomination! I love reading facts about fellow bloggers. I also hate bananas and it’s amazing you have traveled so much.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Alyssa
    THESACREDSPACEAP.COM

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  2. I love the idea of the “Old but gold” posts! I published my blog with 15 posts so all 15 of them are pretty “old” compared to my new posts. Also, where in the Middle East have you traveled? I live here so it’s pretty cool hearing that someone has been here and actually enjoyed it.

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    1. No wayyyy that’s so epic, which country are you in? I’ve visited a few places in the UAE, lots of Egypt (which I love so much), Turkey, Israel (a favorite) and Jordan. I’d love to visit Oman and Qatar as I have a friend in Qatar and Oman looks so beautiful. Thank you fir reading ♥️ it’s important that we don’t forget our old posts! X

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      1. I live in Kuwait, super close to the UAE, Oman and Qatar. I would definitely recommend visiting Oman, it’s stunning there!

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      2. I had a friend whose partner lived out there most of the year and she visited him and always said it was such a wonderful country. I’d love to visit – Kuwait – wowwww, I’d also like to visit Bahrain ♥

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      3. What a small world! And it’s really worth traveling all over the Middle East, there is so much to see and so much diversity! When I first came out here I got the strangest questions from back home but I’m so glad that I’m able to experiece it!

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  3. Congratulations on your nomination, I can’t wait to read more of your work! I feel automatically connected with you based on the banana hating front as I’m actually allergic to them myself! Also sometimes wish I had gone 14 years not stepping into a McDonald’s after working part-time there as a student – believe me you’re right in staying away! xx

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    1. There seems to be a few people who can’t stick bananas which I LOVE b/c usually when people learn you hate them they’re ask *omg how* 🙄…🤮 I’m glad you agree on McDs too 😂 Thank you so much for reading ♥️

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  4. Well-done on getting nominated Ellie! Well-earned 🙂 One fun fact about myself: I ate an avocado for the first time in my life this week. Don’t know why it’s taken so long but there we are 😂 I also like the unique idea of a Blogger Award update and you asking people to send their old posts to you. Newbies never know what they missed out on

    Johnny | Johnny’s Traventures
    https://johnnystraventures.com

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    1. Thank you for reading ♥ I always love to read older posts as people work just as hard on them but we only focus on promoting our newer content most of the time! Thank you for the kind words as well – did you like avocado in the end??

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    1. I love flying so much (provided there is no turbulence) Thank you so much for reading ♥️ I would love to spend more time being able to travel around the middle East, it’s the first part of the world I want to say I’ve been to all of it 😂🤔 followed by Europe 😂

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  5. Good thing you started posting more frequently than sporadically 🤔😃
    Fun fact about me is that, I have black socks but inside the show part they are colourful and not matching 🤣🤣🤣🤣

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