Posted in Life

Thank you

Today I wanted to write a different kind of post. One that thanks someone who has really supported me recently, especially with these resits and everything else that’s been going through my mind. 1 Week Mary, I can’t actually thank you enough.
Thank you. Between your comments, advice and tweets, you’ve kept me going through the last lot of days. You somehow seem to know exactly what to say and when, and always manage to get me to smile – regardless of how my day’s going. You’re incredible at writing posts, too. They’re written so well and it’s clear that you’re interested in each one you write. With the perfect balance of humour, your posts provide a great place to come and read for a while, to forget any negativity, and restart my efforts with a new-found energy. I don’t know how you do it! 

Your positivity shines through all your words, whether on Twitter or on your blog, and helps lift those of us who have the pleasure of talking with you. Even just these little conversations during BeeChat inspired me to keep going! 

So, to finish off, thank you for all your support and for inspiring me to keep going. Keep up your amazing work!
Ktkinnes xx
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Posted in music

My 25 Songs to take me back in time

There’s always one of those days when you just want to be a child again and forget your responsibilities. Here’s a list of 25 songs that take me back to a time when life was easier and instantly perk up my mood! These are in no particular order.

  1. Rock DJ – Robbie Williams https://youtu.be/BnO3nijfYmU
  2. Everytime We Touch – Cascada https://youtu.be/4G6QDNC4jPs
  3. Use Somebody – Kings of Leon https://youtu.be/gnhXHvRoUd0
  4. I Don’t Feel Like Dancing – Scissor Sisters https://youtu.be/4H5I6y1Qvz0
  5. Whenever, Wherever – Shakira https://youtu.be/weRHyjj34ZE
  6. Mr Brightside – The Killers https://youtu.be/gGdGFtwCNBE
  7. It Wasn’t Me – Shaggy https://youtu.be/CMWWVhJ7RF0
  8. Reach – S Club 7 https://youtu.be/50kP4S0peAs
  9. A Thousand Miles – Vanessa Carlton https://youtu.be/Cwkej79U3ek
  10. Viva La Vida – Coldplay https://youtu.be/dvgZkm1xWPE
  11. I Kissed A Girl – Katy Perry https://youtu.be/tAp9BKosZXs
  12. Since U Been Gone – Kelly Clarkson https://youtu.be/R7UrFYvl5TE
  13. Ain’t No Other Man – Christina Aguilera https://youtu.be/8x7Ta89QLo4
  14. Hey, Soul Sister – Train https://youtu.be/kVpv8-5XWOI
  15. Teenage Dirtbag – Wheatus https://youtu.be/FC3y9llDXuM
  16. Mambo Number 5 – Lou Bega (although this is where I first heard it) https://youtu.be/EK_LN3XEcnw
  17. Mysterious Girl – Peter Andre https://youtu.be/iqIq4B1rgl4
  18. Uptown Girl – Westlife https://youtu.be/4sGZR7DsgWg
  19. Year 3000 – Busted https://youtu.be/Tu7HoGZaspo
  20. It’s All About You – McFly https://youtu.be/IAtIiSMrmaA
  21. Can’t Fight The Moonlight – LeAnn Rimes https://youtu.be/bx3s99FNXzI
  22. The Ketchup Song – Las Ketchup https://youtu.be/5llcBScGuAE
  23. C’est La Vie – B*witched https://youtu.be/UvjLgjtJKsc
  24. We’re Going To Ibiza – Vengaboys https://youtu.be/gfwNvfX5Aic
  25. Relight My Fire – Take That https://youtu.be/oKNdpMqrtJA

Hope these songs make your day a little brighter! They’ve certainly helped with my revision recently, maybe they’ll help you get through the mundane tasks of the day.

Ktkinnes xx

Posted in Life

10 Things I Wish I’d Known At The Start

Having had a few days of not a lot of blogging, I decided to make a list of the 10 things I wish I’d known at the start of blogging.

  1. Twitter is your friend. There are so many amazing bloggers out there who can support you in every little thing. Sometimes you find these amazing people completely accidentally and find yourself getting really excited when they simply like one of your posts – this person is the one you owe a lot to. Be their friend and support them back in whatever way you can.
  2. It’s okay to not post daily. I struggle to actually post daily, sometimes I remember to schedule posts, other times I’m so far behind posting that I feel guilty for not being online 24/7. This guilt is completely unjustified.
  3. You don’t need to have a specific genre of a blog. Yes, it’s great to be so invested in a specific type of blogging but this doesn’t mean you can’t diversify and cover a wide range of things! Take a look at me, I review things, post ramblings, and rarely ever branch into fashion or beauty. I suppose you could say that I do have a genre then, but it’s an open one – one in which I can be as diverse as I want!
  4. Followers will stay if you disappear for a while. Everyone needs time off. I took a year away from the blog and came back to still find I had followers! This was great motivation to continue.
  5. Your statistics will fluctuate a lot, unless of course you’re a professional blogger, and this is 100% okay. Even last week, I went from 59 views one day, to 6 a few later. 
  6. Scheduling Tweets makes life so much easier. Got a post that didn’t get as much attention as you think it deserved? Get it back out there! I use Hootsuite and its so easy to use. You should consider it!
  7. Try and have your photos preprepared for any posts that might need them. Pictures really liven up your blog and so having them handy is always a help.
  8. If you’ve got a list of blogging ideas, you don’t need to worry about writers block. I try and keep a list on either my phone or laptop as these are the 2 things I have near me when blogging. 
  9. Join as many chats and groups as possible, through whatever platforms you can! There are always great people out there to give advice on anything and everything blog related. 
  10. Blogging is addictive. Once you get the bug for it, it takes over a lot! So enjoy it and always hold onto the reasons why you started blogging. 

Any other advice? Good luck to anyone just starting out!
Ktkinnes xx