How To: Fitness

Yet another new series for my blog. This time it’s a ‘How to’/tips/hacks sort of thing! Expect tips related to writing, health, beauty, fitness… everything you can think of! If you want tips and/or hacks on a topic in particular, let me know in the comments below! Just a small disclaimer, these tips are based on both my research and personal experience. If you disagree with any of these, you can add and remove your own choices 🙂

So take out your notepads, put the kettle on and get writing!

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How To: Writing Essays

Yet another new series for my blog. This time it’s a ‘How to’/tips/hacks sort of thing! Expect tips related to writing, health, beauty, fitness… everything you can think of! If you want tips and/or hacks on a topic in particular, let me know in the comments below! Just a small disclaimer, these tips are based on both my research and personal experience. If you disagree with any of these, you can add and remove your own choices 🙂

So take out your notepads, put the kettle on and get writing!

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Things to do on a rainy day

Do you sometimes feel like doing nothing on a rainy day? Or, even worse, you want to be productive but don’t know what to do? This list is for you then! Here are some things you may find useful to do on a cold, rainy day… and it won’t require you going out in the pouring rain! I understand how difficult it must be for certain people from certain countries to go out and do something outside their home in the rain. There are things I do to be productive at the comfort of my home. But if you feel like something should be added, do not hesitate to leave a comment! I will add it along with YOUR name/blog as a form of thanks! So without further ado, here are things to do on a rainy day… especially with December’s cold and rainy days ahead!

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How I get Traffic on my Blog

As a follow-up to my recent first blogiversary, I will be talking about how I get as much traffic as possible. I know there are a LOT of ways to do so, but like the title says, I’m still a beginner AND a cheapskate (not really… but I don’t like spending a LOT of money… so am I???) and as much as SEO (Search Engine Optimizer) works, it is a Premium feature and I cannot afford that at the moment.

Facebook

The first thing I did was create a Facebook page for my blog. It took me a while to get it up and running properly, but in the end, it was all worth it. Not many people like and comment on the page since I have the sharing setting on my posts so that they automatically show up on the page, so I went a step further . . .

. . . and created a Facebook group! I was inspired by the several bloggers and fashionistas who created a group to promote their blog, and that has so far worked really well, and it gives other people an opportunity to promote their work and sell things freely. So I suggest you join now ;D

Related to my group is joining blogging groups on Facebook. I’m in probably around 20 of them – two of which are local – and it’s when I joined such groups that I started seeing some results.

Tags

Tags also play an important and crucial part in getting traffic on your blog. Say someone is looking for a post about the meaning of life. What tags would you use? I’d probably go for the obvious ‘meaning of life’ ‘search for happiness’ and ‘philosophy’ to name a few. I’m still awful at tags, but slowly learning.

Links

Did you notice something I’ve been doing throughout my posts, where I link to related posts/websites? That’s another thing that helps not only other websites to get recognition, but also you. Why? Because they’d be so thankful that they would consider promoting YOU in return! Just think about it 😉

Other websites that help

I’ve started using Linkedin a couple of months ago when I wanted a page that’s more business-y. I use it to promote my blog, my collaborations and things related to my work, and made some really cool friends from there (if you’re Kelly, I mean you!).

Two other sites you can use to promote your latest posts are Blogarama and, the best one yet, Livinvia, so I will be talking about the latter into detail. I found out about Livinvia from one of the many FB groups that I joined, and decided to give it a go. It is divided into categories, such as Health, Tips, Technology, Fashion and much more . . . and it is completely FREE!

Content

I couldn’t elaborate more than this, so here are the best content tips for traffic:

 

  • Leave thoughtful comments on other people’s blogs with hope of getting recognition on your blog AND connect with other bloggers
  • Write shorter posts, something which I am quite good at since my posts usually do not exceed the 600-word mark
  • Blog consistently
  • Organize your posts with lists and subheads
  • Write stuff people will want to link to
  • Ask questions
  • Be funny, clever, remarkable . . so, not me!
  • Do some public speaking (Remember the one I did
  • Write attractive headlines, so maybe quotes could be good
  • Deliver killer content
  • Guest post on someone else’s blog
  • Tell stories

Have you used any of these? How did they work out for you? Any tips you use for traffic which I have not mentioned above? Let me know in the comments below! Let’s connect!

Malta: The Where, What & What Nots.

I’ve lived on the island of Malta my whole life. That’s over two decades, which is a pretty long time if you ask me. Throughout this time, I’ve learnt a lot on my country: the language, the history, the mysteries, the good, the bad and the plain jaw-dropping amazing. This post is a quick overview and guide on my home country, and ultimately why it’s the most beautiful gem in Europe, if not the world.

So grab yourselves a glass of wine (perhaps Maltese-grown Merlot?), or a cup of tea, sit back in your chairs and enjoy the journey… Continue reading Malta: The Where, What & What Nots.

5/Infinity Songs That Helped Me Through Tough Times

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This quote couldn’t have described what music means to me more accurately. During the hardest times of my life, music was my saviour, my speaker, my expression. To help the helpless, I have compiled a personal list of songs that have helped me get up on my feet.

Shout by Tears for Fears

Shout!
Shout!
Let it all out!
These are the things I can do without!
Come on!
I’m talking to you!
Come on!

Written in the midst of the Cold War in 1984, this song is actually a political protest, but the chorus is like a call for help, to voice your opinions. It is a call for protest, lead singer Roland Orzabal explained when the song came out. Couldn’t agree more.

Skyscraper by Demi Lovato

You can take everything I have
You can break everything I am
Like I’m made of glass
Like I’m made of paper
Go on and try to tear me down
I will be rising from the ground
Like a skyscraper
Like a skyscraper

Also someone who battled depression and anxiety, the song empowers its listeners to feel good about themselves. The song is about staying strong and believing in oneself. Demi Lovato hopes that “people are able to relate to it and realize that they are able to rise above and overcome any obstacle, no matter the circumstances and shine like a skyscraper”. 100% accurate.

Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen

I’m a shooting star leaping through the sky
Like a tiger defying the laws of gravity
I’m a racing car passing by like Lady Godiva
I’m gonna go go go
There’s no stopping me

Deemed the most commonly mentioned song to be uplifting in a 2000 survey. Do NOT tell me you haven’t air-guitared along this song at least once in your life. I double dare you.

The Pretender by Foo Fighters

What if I say I’m not like the others?
What if I say I’m not just another one of your plays
You’re the pretender
What if I say I will never surrender?

Shouting the chorus in the eyes of all those who brought me down would be empowering.

Eye of the Tiger by Survivor

It’s the eye of the tiger
It’s the thrill of the fight
Rising up to the challenge of our rival
And the last known survivor
Stalks his prey in the night
And he’s watching us all with the eye of the tiger

This song is a no-brainer when it comes to motivation.

Travel Series (1): Hacks

These are backed up by me either through experience or research. Happy travels!

  1. Roll your clothes instead of folding them. This saves up a LOT of space
  2. To prevent cords from getting tangled (which is a real pain), put them in extra sealable bags or even sunglasses cases
  3. Separate things in the following categories:
    • Clothes
    • Underwear
    • Skincare products
    • Shoes
    • Extra laundry bag
  4. If you’re planning on going on lots of shopping trips, pack an extra smaller suitcase
  5. Put all your pills in one container instead of multiple, bulky ones
  6. Save all the samples you can. This saves up space in your skincare/make-up bag
  7. Wrap breakable items inside socks or tops
  8. When you’re trying to book a flight, always go incognito. Flight sites track your visits and increase the price per every visit
  9. Placing a dryer sheet in your luggage will keep your clothes smelling nice and fresh
  10. Keep hairclips handy by placing them inside Tic-Tac containers
  11. Book flights Between Tuesday and Thursday. This is when they’re at their cheapest
  12. Make a list of everything you’ve packed
  13. Make sure your outfits revolve round one colour scheme
  14. Protect your razor blades by putting a binder clip on the blade part
  15. Make a souvenir list before landing
  16. Wrap you shoes in a shower cap

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