How I Get Inspiration for Blog Posts

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Blogging is a fun adventure that I've dabbled in for years now, from various Tumblrs to the photography blog I made for a college class to right here on [Savannah] in Wonderland. I've played around with various post types and ideas, and I've had a blast sharing my thoughts and life events with you.

But how do I come up with these blog post ideas? Here are my various and sundry tips:
  • Don't limit yourself to just one topic. I blog about a variety of things beyond what's in my topics bar at the top of the page, even if I just group it under generic posts/"real talk". 
  • Don't stress yourself out with a schedule. Scheduling in advance is a great idea, especially if you're busy or are traveling, but if you're just running a personal blog as a hobby (which I do), then forcing yourself to stick to a schedule will just lead to burnout. You will post better quality material when you actually want to post material.
  • Write from experience. This is my advice that I usually give when I talk about creative writing, and the same applies to your blog. Did you do something fun and want to share it with your readers? Blog about it! Do you have advice for any kind of hobby? Write up a tutorial or tip post! Words and pictures combined with your experience will make your posts glow with excitement that's contagious to your readers. And speaking of readers...
  • Don't worry about impressing your readers. If all you worry about is if your post will gain followers or traction on social media, then you're not going to enjoy blogging at all. Blog what you know and what you love, and you'll have an audience. I'm happy that I know a lot of my readers in real life, and I've gotten to know some of the readers who have commented on my blog over the past year and few months, and both have been so fun and so rewarding.
  • Finally, check out other blogs and/or Pinterest for ideas. So many blogs and Pinterest boards have the market cornered when it comes to blog posts and inspiration. Just take a quick search and you'll find a whole host of things to potentially inspire you. (Quick note: If you are inspired by another blog's post, linking back to them would be a nice thing to do. :) )
How do you get inspiration for blog posts?

What I Learned in One Year Post-Grad

Monday, May 18, 2015

One year ago yesterday, I graduated from college.

It's crazy how fast time has flown since I walked across a stage, picked up my diploma, and set out for the real world. It's been an equally crazy ride, but hey, that's how growing up is. But the truth is that I learned a whole, whole lot, not just about myself, but about how to navigate the workforce and how to lean on my faith as a compass through it all.

So, I want to use this space and talk about what exactly I learned during the past year.

  • It's okay if your postgrad job adventure is kind of crazy at first. I was so worried about where I would work and what I would do once I got out of school, but with prayer, diligence, and paying attention to openings and recommendations, I am now working jobs that I love (which include part-time marketing, proofreading, and writing for a blog and a magazine). I stay busy, but it's great.
  • You get to build friendships with a wider scope of people. When you're in school, you tend to stay around the same age group, and while I found some of my very best friends in college, I've been able to get to know people in my church from children to adults, and I've been able to work in places where I talk to people from whom I can learn so much.
  • Never, ever, ever discount yourself because you're young. Don't shy away from opportunities because you think you're not old enough, because you never know what experience and expertise you can bring to your workplace. Your perspective may really help you and others out, and you will definitely learn from those you work with and the experiences you have. ("Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity." - 1 Timothy 4:12)
  • If you don't know what you're doing, pray. Just because everyone else around you that's your age seems to be floundering around doesn't mean you should flail in the same boat. Cast your cares on God instead. Pray and ask Him to show you what His path is; He will make things clear in His timing, and when you look back one, two, or even five years, you will be able to see how God helped you.
All in all, this year has been an adventure. I can't wait to see what the next years bring, and how God will lead me.

If you graduated this year, congratulations, and God speed! :)

Happy Plugs Headphones Review

Saturday, May 9, 2015

I ordered some headphones awhile back from a little company called Happy Plugs. I'm pretty sure I found out about them through a blog I follow called The Stripe, but I only ordered them a little less than a month ago.

See, I love my Beats headphones, but I also like the ease of earbuds for travel and convenience (because I can pop them into my purse easily). So, let me tell you about these little rose gold headphones that came all the way from Stockholm.

Because the company is based in Sweden, it took a little while (about 2 weeks) for the headphones to arrive. These headphones come in SO many different colors (and in the traditional earbud style without silicone), so you're bound to find something you like. They also sell phone charging cables (for both iPhone and Android models, I believe) and cases.

I was pleasantly surprised by how good these sounded. The bass is pretty solid on it (not as solid as my Beats, of course, but great for headphones like this). I haven't run into any connectivity issues, and I like that they have the microphone and start/stop button so I can answer calls if I need to.

Overall, I'm really, really happy with these. They're so much fun, they work really well, and I can't wait to continue using them, especially for traveling.

Have y'all heard of these headphones? What kind of headphones do you like?

Brief little disclaimer: I'm not sponsored by Happy Plugs. I just wanted to review these headphones for you guys. :)

The Franklin Farmers Market

Monday, May 4, 2015

If y'all happened to see the above image in my Instagram feed last weekend, you'll know that I paid a visit to my hometown's Farmers Market. :)

I loved going to Farmers Markets as a kid, but I really appreciate going to them now that I'm older, since I appreciate the hard work that people put into the food and the wares that they sell. Not to mention, the food's DELICIOUS.

How does this particular Farmers Market work? Basically, local farmers and vendors from the area come to a pavilion just outside the Factory in Franklin to sell goodies. At this particular Farmers Market, they had a donut stand, a crepe trolley, a lemonade (where they sold the best strawberry lemonade I've ever had) and an orangeade stand, at least one soap shop, a popsicle stand, handmade crafts, and more (including the epic sausage and cheese biscuit I had that morning).

I hadn't been by the Farmers Market in awhile, but rest assured, I'll be back some more this coming summer. :)

Do y'all like to visit the Farmers Markets in your area, or anything similar? What are they like?

March + April Book Wrap-Up

Friday, May 1, 2015

Hey, y'all! Let's talk books...specifically, the books I read in March and April. I was kinda busy with work these months, so I only got around to reading three books. However, these three books were pretty good ones.

Let's jump right in, shall we?

Failure by Jack Wilkie

Now, I hear you asking, Savannah, you read nonfiction? Yes, on occasion, I do. I read this one in particular because 1) the topic is interesting to me since I was homeschooled, and 2) I know the author. :)

Basically, it's about the state of American education today from a Christian perspective, and it explores the solutions Christians can pursue if they want an alternative to the public school system. If any of y'all are interested in this book, check it out here.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Alienated by Melissa Landers

In a total shift of gears, I picked up this little paranormal romance/fantasy about a girl who hosts an alien exchange student. I'm happy to report that this book wasn't quite as cliche as Twilight, nor quite as overdone as the paranormal romance genre generally is. While it definitely reads for high-school-age kids (probably on the older side with the way the romance went), I did really enjoy the humor in this one. I also appreciated how the protagonist was a really witty blogger, and that her parents were both present and had a great relationship with their daughter.

While there were moments that were a smidge cheesy - and the romance felt a little rushed - it was fun, quick little read.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Off to Be the Wizard by Scott Meyer

Oh. my. goodness. y'all.

This book was an absolute joy from start to finish. It was a delight that reminded me of Ready Player One, The Princess Bride, and a hint of Monty Python. Long story short, I LOVED it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars, full review here.

What books did y'all read this month? Let me know in the comments! :)

Also, if you want to see what I'm reading right now (and what books I'm into these days), check out my Goodreads page!