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50 Facts | Get to Know Me Better

I’ve reached a point where I have no idea what this blog’s identity is, really, other than that I like to write about certain things (in particular, film, television, pop-culture, and women’s issues) but sometimes I prefer to write about what’s going on in my life. And when I write about myself, it’s usually because whatever I’m saying I believe is relatable to someone, somewhere out there (like moving away from home or breaking out of a creative rut). But how interesting can it be to read about someone who you don’t really know? By simply reading what I write, you get a small portion of me, but the interaction isn’t necessarily as engaging as it could be. So I guess what I’m saying is, why would you want to read about what I have to say on a number of topics if you know very little about me? And that’s where this post comes in. Here are 50 facts about me. Let me know if anything resonates with your likes, dislikes, and experiences. 1. I’m 24 years old. 2. My birthday is on Cinco …

Get Off Your Phone

I’m certainly guilty of spending too much time looking at my phone in public, but I’ve decided to make a change. I’m no longer going to use my phone as a social crutch, scrolling through Twitter on the bus to avoid unwanted conversations or obsessively check my emails throughout the day to make sure I haven’t missed a new event to RSVP to. I’m going to engage with my surroundings and soak in everything I can. I’m going back to basics. Although this video wasn’t the inspiration for my change, and it’s definitely super cheesy, I think it puts into perspective just how often we are sharing space with others who are also staring at their phones. I’ve spent the past two weeks or so avoiding my phone in public, and it has honestly made me a happier person. I’ve been talking to strangers on the metro, people watching, and noticing more about my surroundings. When I see something interesting, I don’t necessarily pull out my phone to document it, though I do still share some stuff with friends and family on Snapchat. …

Apps on Apps

Here are some of my all-time favorite apps. Be sure to share yours in the comment section below! 1. VSCO Cam When it comes to editing photos on your phone, there is no app that’s better than VSCO Cam. VSCO’s pre-set filters are all already beautiful, but the app allows you to adjust every aspect of the filter you chose – from exposure and saturation, to contrast and highlight. When in doubt, just pick the F2 setting (my all-time favorite and most used), because it will always make your photo look just a little more on-point. 2. Wikipedia This app should go without explaining. Wikipedia is one of my most visited websites because sometimes I need to know who invented the brownie (Bertha Palmer) or what city Aretha Franklin was born in (Memphis, TN, but she grew up in Detroit, MI). You need the Wikipedia app if you ever want to ask these questions and figure out the answer before you’ve forgotten the question in the first place. Ya dig? 3. Podcasts There are so many wonderfully entertaining, educational, weird, …

Blogging: The Basics

1. Although you can blog about absolutely anything in the world, make sure you center your content around a topic or topics that you’re passionate about. Food, fashion, travel, music, books, films, poetry, photography, arts and crafts, interior design, politics, gaming, gardening, makeup, parenting – the options are endless. 2. Be yourself. If you’re starting your own blog, you probably have a few bloggers that you look up to. Be sure not to emulate their style – do your own thing. 3. Though the top-tier bloggers (the 1%) make lucrative amounts of money, do not get into blogging for the cash. The only reason those bloggers are so successful is because they spent years developing their sites before making a significant income. You may never make money from your blog and you have to be okay with that. 4. Seek out bloggers who enjoy the same types of things you do. Bloggers are often open and welcoming people, making for an inclusive online community. Make an effort to engage with others and you’ll be sure to grow as a writer and content creator. 5. …