5 Ways To Get More Active Readers

Everyone wants the interaction, but no one wants to make the first move and reach out. We enter The Inactive Ego Trap. Inactive because no one ends up doing anything about it. Egotistical because everyone expects the other person to be the first to reach out. And trap because with your mind in this cycle, it can be difficult to get out of.

You spend minutes, days, hours, years watching your activity feed in the hopes that something will happen that will suddenly make your blog popular. And yes you may get a like here, a like there, but it’s nowhere near as many as you’d like. And yet you are unsure how to increase your readership’s interaction with your blog.

Introducing, The Proactive Blogger.

With the following tips, you will get more comments, more interaction, more views!

  1. Leave comments
  2. Answer comments on your posts
  3. Ask for feedback at the end of posts
  4. Participate in memes
  5. Join a blogging community

But wait, there’s more! Let’s expand on these points a bit.


Leave Comments On Other Blogs

If you really want to see your blog grow, let go of your ego. Let go of the anxiety of socially interacting with others on the internet. Remove emotion from the equation and do things the way a sociopath would do things. Would a sociopath leave a comment on someone’s post with the express interest in seeing that person return the favor on their own blog? Absolutely.

This is all tongue in cheek. Don’t worry. I don’t actually mean act like a sociopath. My goodness, there’s enough of those heartless souls out there in the world already. That was just the jokester Kat having some fun. The serious Kat is here to tell you that the power to increase activity on your blog lies within you. Yes, within you! Be bold. Be courageous. Be the first one to reach out. You never know! The person you want to do a collab post with might want to do one with you too, but is just too scared to ask first! The person whose blog you just left a comment on might see it and it might make their whole day because it’s the first comment they’ve recieved in weeks!

Reaching out first means being a leader. If you can do that, then they will come. And they will interact. Act with confidence and people seldom question it. So go ahead and take the first action. Leave a comment.


Answer Comments On Your Posts

Make sure to answer the comments that people leave for you too. They don’t just say nice things to get a quick “like” on their comment. They took the time out of their day to read your post and leave a comment. Take the time to write back. This is how you can start converstations and really get to know your reader base. You can find out what they liked and didn’t like, and they often have wonderful critiques as well.


Ask For Feedback At The End Of Posts

But how does one get comments in the first place? The structure of a good blog post always has a call to action at the end. Ask your readers questions about the post and the content involved. Give them an opportunity to talk about themselves (everyone loves talking about themselves a little). Present them with a chance to link a blog post of their own. This is a great way to give their posts more views too while also getting to know them a little better.


Participate In Memes

You can also try your hand at internet memes and surveys. These are the fun little writing prompts or games that you can add to your blog for some easy reading. Many online memes give you a chance to tag others, much like the Sunshine Blogger Award. This spreads an interactive vibe that you can use to build a bridge between bloggers that you respect or want to get to know better. Remember, there is a person behind every blog.


Join A Blogging Community

Lastly, joining a blogging community such as a facebook group or pinterest board is a great way to interact with bloggers and get more interaction on your blog. For example, I am a member of Blogging For New Bloggers, where they host promotion fridays in which you can share a post or page you would like more interaction with. But these groups really work the best for you when you are an engaged participant. You can lurk around these groups and learn a lot, but when you begin to interact with your fellow blogger hobbiests, you would be surprised at how many people are just like you, looking for a deeper connection than just “follow my blog so I can get more views”!


Thank you for reading! Do you have any other suggestions that I may have missed? We’d love to hear from you. (See, call to action! Do the thing!!)

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Take care, and don’t forget to take your medications!

Kat

Starting A New Bullet Journal For 2019

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Are you interested in getting your life more organized? Are you interested in keeping track of habits and timelines? You may want to consider bullet journaling. It’s a wonderful time of year to get started, as we are coming up on a new year. I made a post about Bullet Journaling For Beginners, but I wanted to make a step by step post about how to start or transfer a journal specifically for the new year.


Transferring From An Old Bujo

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Are you transferring a journal from an old book to a new one? Some people choose to do this. They begin in one journal and decide to switch to another. This can be confusing if you’re unsure how to do this. Last year I ran into this problem. I had all my yearly trackers in one journal but ran out of room for the whole year, so I had to continue in a new journal, which left all those trackers behind in my old journal. I had to continuously switch back and forth between the two journals in order to keep track of my progress.

 

Starting A New Bujo

Or perhaps you are starting your very first bullet journal and need a little inspiration and guidance. That’s where this post comes in!

Firstly, if you are starting out brand new, you’ll want to find yourself a journal. I used a moleskine brand dotted journal for my first, but there are so many options to choose from. Some versions have numbered pages, hard covers, soft covers, place marker ribbons, and vary in length and weight. It will be a trial and error until you find one you really vibe with. But for me, I went to my local bookstore and picked up a moleskine because it was easy and readily available.

However, for the new year, I decided to try something a little different. I went with a Leichterm 97. The reason I decided to try this one out is because it has numbered pages and I wanted to make a front index, which is something I’ve never done before in my bullet journaling.


What To Include

 

Index

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This will be a new feature for me. If you don’t have numbered pages, you can number them yourself or skip this step. As I mentioned above, I didn’t have an index for the first year of journaling and this is something new I’d like to try.


 

Yearly Spreads

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Next, you want to list off the habits you want to track yearly. For me, I chose to track all the new people I’ve met, the books I’ve read, and new things I’ve done during the year, as well as adding in a bucket list. 


 

Future Log

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Following these spreads, you can include a future log, which is essentially every single month written out so you can see the whole year ahead. Leave space to write in your important dates like birthdays, vacations, and projects.


 

Months

Then you can get into your months. Mostly everyone separates their journals by months. You make a title page and then get into your monthly spreads. I tend to stick to the same spreads every month; calendar, to do’s, monthly goals, expense tracker, wishlist, daily gratitude, daily habits, mood tracker, notes, and reflection. You can check out many facebook groups for more ideas for spreads.


Design and Aesthetic

Besides all of the spreads, you might want to decide how you want your journal to look. Some people like to get artsy with it by adding colors, doodles, and sometimes full out sketches. I found that I could not stay consistent with the artsy stuff, and fell into a much more minimalist style. I do incorporate colors, but rarely add much else. But that’s what’s so great about it. You can customize your journal any way you like it!

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Essentially your bullet journal is a way to keep your life on track and keep your rooted in reality. So good luck with starting your bullet journal! Don’t worry about making mistakes. Have fun, and I hope bullet journaling helps get your life a little more organized.


Was this post helpful? Do you have any other spreads you always incorporate into your journals? Leave your comments down below!

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Take care, and don’t forget to take your medications!

Kat

Sunday Pep Talk | New Year, New You


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Hello, friends. I hope you’ve all had a lovely holiday. 

They always say the New Years is a time of reinventing yourself, and I full heartedly agree with that! It has become the butt of every basic girl joke. Hashtag new year, new me! As they post an Instagram photo that has clearly been filtered and which will be followed by a bunch of snapchats of them puking in the toilet because they’ve embraced the new year a little too hard and couldn’t keep it all down. We’ve all been there, right?

No no, just kidding. All of the “New Years, New Me’s” are perfectly fine young ladies. And more power to them! Everyone deserves a chance to start over, and what better time to do that than at the beginning of a new year? Everyone has the power to change who they are; to be better, do better, reach out to those they hurt and start working on better relationships and friendships.

For me, in 2018 I swore I would get my mental health under control, and I followed through with that goal. I didn’t set too many for 2018. Just one. Get it together. Now, as 2019 rolls around, I am once again presented with an opportunity to make it a great year. What goals do I have in mind for 2019? Now that I have my mind straight, I would like to get my finances straight too. The wheels for this goal started rolling in 2018, but 2019 I will really try and focus on achieving the career goals I want. That means applying to graduate school. That means stepping into a leadership position and learning to manage groups of people. The old me would have told myself that these things were unachievable. The new me knows that if I work hard and stay focused on what’s important, I will be able to accomplish all of these goals.

What goals have you set for 2019? Whatever they are, I hope that you follow through with them and manifest the life that you want. You do have the power within you!

 

Things I Learned In 2018

This has by far been the most transformative year of my life. I feel like the wall between who I was and who I want to be was finally smashed into dust. It was painful, yes, but I have come so far. There is no doubt that I am a different person. One who is handling her mental health, one who is putting work into her passions and what is important to her, and one who is working to build a life after her paralyzing depression. I’ve learned some valuable lessons this year in the process. Below is a list of some life advice I’ve acquired through gaining experience and leveling up. 2018 has been a tough level. It has been an underwater level. But 2019 is going to rock. So what did I learn?

  1. You are responsible for your own happiness. You won’t find it in someone else until you’ve found it within yourself first.
  2. Communicating really does solve a lot of things. No one likes communicating the icky things that can hurt feelings, but avoiding them will make them much worse.
  3. If someone wants to leave your life, let them go.
  4. Pain only lasts as long as you hold onto it.
  5. Therapy helps. A lot. And a surprising amount of people do it.
  6. Keep working on your passions. At the end of the day, those are the things that matter most.
  7. It is very possible to fake it until you become it.
  8. Wishing won’t do anything if you don’t take the action to make it real.
  9. Have fun! None of the drama will matter in six months.
  10. You are completely capable of creating the life you want to live and having everything you want. You just gotta do it.

Did you learn anything new this year? About life? About yourself? Share your thoughts!

As always, take care, and don’t forget to take your medications.

FabFitFun Starter Box

Whale, whale, whale, what have we here?

The FabFitFun starter box finally arrived! I was lucky enough to get a free starter box through one of the ladies facebook groups I am a member of. All I had to do was pay for shipping. I had my eye on this subscription box for a while but had mixed feelings because of some of the reviews I read.

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I can absolutely say that I was blown away by the quality of this box. Many reviews online said that the items were junk and could be bought from Marshall’s, which, first of all, as far as I know, the items in this box are all first runs whereas items found in Marshall’s are overstock or items that did not sell in stores.

Second of all, I know what I signed up for. I didn’t subscribe to a Prada box. I know the items in here are ones you can buy in stores. The point of the subscription box is not to wow you with really expensive items. The point is that you can get a surprise mixture of fun girly things delivered to your door every three or four months without shopping around and having to pick the items out yourself.

Who has time for that? Not me, and I’m sure not several other women who may be stay at home moms, work six days a week, or don’t like putting on pants to run out to the store. Not to mention, this makes a great gift for girlfriends, sisters, and even moms when you don’t know what else to buy them for their birthday or the holidays! (Wink, wink, guys. They will love it. Trust me.)


About FabFitFun

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Fabfitfun is a subscription box that offers full-sized beauty, fashion, fitness, tech, and lifestyle products. The box is seasonal, so it comes out four times per year. The box retails for $49.99 per season, and the contents are valued at over $200!


In The Starter Box

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The first item in the box was the Ahava deadsea water mineral hand cream. Weighing in at 5.1 fl. oz, this is a full sized hand cream which is paraben free and safe for sensitive skin. This item is also cruelty-free and vegan! The scent to this cream is subtle, not overpowering like some other hand creams, and leaves your hands super soft. This will be great in the winter months! This item retails for $33.00.


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Next we have the Spongelle Freesia Pear Body Wash Infused Buffer. I can’t wait to try this out. The infused sponge cleanses, exfoliates, hydrates, and is designed for multiple uses from one sponge. This sponge is also cruelty-free, vegan, and retails for $16.00.


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One of the coolest things in the box is the Free People x Understated (Vegan) Leather Travel Eye Mask with a removable non-toxic cooling insert. I love the muted colors on this eye mask. As someone who rarely uses eye masks, I am excited to give this a try. This retails at $40.00.


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Lastly we have the Summer & Rose Brittany Tote. Again, vegan leather, this item is a full sized tote that will be perfect for a trip to the beach come summer. This bag is great quality with sturdy rope handles and two interior pockets to carry your cell phone, wallet, or other necessities. This tote retails for $54.00.


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The total retail value of this box is $143.00. As you can see, not so junky, right? I went ahead and subscribed after seeing the items in the starter box. It will be fun to receive some surprise girly items in the mail every season. But hey, I get it…subscription boxes can be expensive.

Click here to receive $10.00 off your first box!

That means you will be receiving a box with a $200+ value for only $39.99! This is an affiliate link, which means if you purchase your first FabFitFun box through my link, you’ll also be helping out me and my blog with a little commission at no extra cost to you. it’s a win/win!


Have you tried any good subscription boxes? Share your stories down below!

Thanks for reading!

Take care, and as always, don’t forget to take your medications!

My Guide to Being Classy


Manners maketh woman. Everyone has their own interpretation of what “classy” is, just as everyone generally has a pretty good idea of what “rude” is. Through my life I have cultivated a hefty mental list of do’s and don’t’s which have helped formulate my view of how to be classy. Is classy related to social standing? No. Is classy being able to afford designer brands and caviar? No. To me, being classy is a mindset. A mindset of elegance, poise, and value. You could be the richest person in the world and be completely classless. And while not everyone is perfect, perhaps you might be able to adopt one or two of these habits to incorporate into your own hefty mental list of do’s and don’t’s.


  • Be well-read
  • Stay up to date on current events
  • Say please, thank you, and excuse me
  • Stop saying sorry
  • Say hello to everyone you work with
  • Don’t overshare
  • Sit up straight
  • Don’t gossip
  • Be respectful of those around you
  • Always bring a housewarming gift to a new place

This was a short post today, but I feel like these points don’t need too much explanation. What makes you feel classy? Leave your comments down below!

Take care, and don’t forget to take your medications!

Fabfitfun Winter Box 2018 & Discount Code!

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Hello, friends!

I’ve had my eye on a few subscription boxes recently, but couldn’t decide which one I wanted to take the plunge on. There are makeup boxes, self care boxes, and skin care boxes, but I wanted something that was a little more than that. Winter can be a tough time to get through and I wanted to get something special for myself to combat the winter blues. Who doesn’t love getting a box full of surprises? And you don’t even have to leave the house!

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After much deliberation, I decided to go with Fabfitfun! I have purposefully avoided looking at spoilers online so I can be really surprised when my own box comes, although if you are interested, you can find reviews online.

Fabfitfun is a subscription box that offers full-sized beauty, fashion, fitness, tech, and lifestyle products. The box is seasonal, so it comes out four times per year. The box retails for $49.99 per season, and the contents are valued at over $200!

Subscription boxes can be expensive. Click here, use the code “joyful40”, and you’ll get $200+ in goodies for just $29.99! I just like the fact that it’s a box of cool stuff that I didn’t have to go to the store to piece together myself. Ain’t nobody got time for that when you’re lounging in your bed with no pants on!

If that code doesn’t work, you can also use “santababy” to receive $200+ in goodies for $39.99.

Stay tuned for a review!


Have you used any subscription boxes? I’d love to know your favorites!

Take care, and don’t forget to take your medications!