I’m not too proud to admit I turned to the internet for inspiration this week. It’s not that I don’t have my own ideas or experiences to chat about but sometimes it’s good to branch out a little and take your lead from someone else. Hence this little bad boy, which was actually fun to fill in. I found it via a blog called A Grande Life. Continue reading “A to Z of Advice”
Blogging has been sparse since the wonderful #blogtober wrapped up and I don’t really like that, so I’m setting myself some writing goals for the next couple of months.
November is half done of course so I’ve been slack as usual but it’s never too late to pull it together. I’ve got plans for #blogmas too, my own take on bloggers fave #vlogmas. Continue reading “Plan B”
Meet the Blogger
I recently read an article about blogging that figures a monthly questionnaire with the author is a good call. Something to do with engagement, blah blah blah. It was aimed at real bloggers and if I’m honest with myself, I doubt I’ve got enough material to fill more than a couple. I do like the sentiment though, so I stole this from the internet.
Welcome to my first Meet the Blogger feature.
Who is A Voluptuous Mind for?
Anyone who wants to read it, I suppose. If I were to go a little deeper maybe people like me who are still figuring out what they want to do with their lives and like films. Geeks, weirdos, normal people.
What are your struggles as a blogger?
Inspiration. Time. Blowing my own trumpet. And maybe not really having a proper focus, by which I mean I don’t really have a theme, my posts are either introspective or about B-Movies. I envy people who can commit to a theme.
How do you deal with numbers and comparing yourself with other bloggers?
I don’t have any numbers! My blog is read by a very low number of people (people whose opinions matter to me) and that’s alright. I don’t do it for popularity or to be like other bloggers. This is my safe space. I don’t know how I would respond the pressure of being a blogging sensation.
What makes you stand out as a blogger?
Honestly, I don’t think there’s anything. I think you can hear my voice in my words and hopefully I write with a tongue in cheek sense of humour but that’s about it.
What are some of your favorite tools for blogging?
I love the WordPress app and use it a lot. Mostly I slap my posts into NotePad at work and then email them to myself at home to post later. Old skool.
What’s your favorite post you have written and why?
Wow this is a good question. I have lots but here are a few:
- Watching Girls Go By
- The Final Girl
- My Own Best Friend
- Big Screen Girl Gang
- Describe Yourself in 3 Horror Characters
Which is your most read post?
I honest don’t know how to find out but this one always seems to be popular and I have no idea why.
How does your perfect day looks like?
I hate to say it but it’s a day with no plans, a whole season of new TV ahead of me and lots of nice food to eat. Like this one. I love blogging when I have the time and I have A LOT of film reviews to type up for my other blog, Thursday Night at the Movies.
My Blogging Space
It’s our sofa, which only I seem to inhabit. Cup of tea, two cushions and the TV. When I’m home I’m home and I love being cosy.
Do you have any questions for me? Mum?
I’ve got some annual leave this week. While I’ve made a few plans – dinner with a friend, cinema, tattoo on Thursday – let’s not pretend I’m not spending the majority of it on the sofa with The Handmaid’s Tale and various films, while my tea kettle works over time.
My intention is to also blog as much as I can because it’s one of the first things neglected when I’m busy or not feeling it.
While I was considering what on Earth to talk about, I landed on the idea of raiding my Drafts folder and running with some of those unfulfilled ideas, there are hundreds of them. Some are just one word titles too, like ‘Confidence’. Cryptic, huh?
I wonder what I was thinking when I made the effort of label that post, with no further comment? No matter, let’s see what I can do with them this week, shall we?
What does your week look like?
Remember when blogs were a form of journalling? When we’d write down what we’d done in that day or how we felt about certain things as if our online space was a fluffy pink lockable diary from the 80’s? (Nineties, 2000’s, whatever).
I feel like somewhere along the line I’ve lost what blogging means to me – even more so every person and their barista has an internet presence, be it a snarky Twitter feed or a mini-blog in the form of Instagram stories, is it even a thing anymore? As I type that I know that doesn’t matter at all, I’ve never had that much of a following and that’s completely fine – the interaction I’ve had via my blog has been meaningful and life-affirming in a way 10k likes could never be (I’m assuming).
I do this for myself first and I can’t imagine that ever-changing. But I do want to get back to a more passionate place. I love reviewing films, I love talking about books and TV I like too – but where are the feelings, where is the truth? So I’ll be exploring that in my posts moving on. Who knows where this will take me?
Anyway, a catch up, Dear Diary! My husband and I are currently on annual leave and I’ll be honest, I’m enjoying doing absolutely nothing. Films, Drag Race and reading in the bath, none of the spring cleaning I’d planned to do, none of the socialising I imagined myself doing (that part’s an out-and-out lie, sorry). It’s what we need right now and I’m not going to fight my desire to nest.
We also just got back from a few days in Amsterdam which was really lovely and chilled. We didn’t go as crazy as that city sometimes warrants but we wandered and ate and took a boat trip and looked at dicks in the sex museum and generally just hung out – it was perfect.
I didn’t partake in Amsterdam’s number one delicacy but I still enjoyed sitting outside the coffee shops, watching people. It’s such a cool city just to be in.
Today I’m catching up on blogging, both here and on my film blog, watching a few films for the podcast and I might do a Trixie Mattel inspired make up look, if I’m feeling it. I’m absolutely loving the freedom to chill out in my pants and do what I like. Tomorrow we’re doing a double bill at the flicks. All in all, a good week is (un)planned and I intend to enjoy it before reality comes knocking again.
Have a good week all!
Handing in my #onewomanbookclub Membership Card
Back in June I decided to take part in the 20 Books of Summer Challenge. That was the optimistic idea of reading twenty books in 3 months.
Well, I am here to tell you that I didn’t quite make it. In fact, over the sunnier period I read only eight things. I guess we could blame this on actually doing stuff, but I think it’s really down to being in a non-reading funk which isn’t uncommon round these parts.
I’m hoping, as the evenings draw in, that my desire to immerse myself in the pages of somebody else’s story will return. God knows I’ve got plenty of titles waiting for me on that list. Maybe I’ll aim to complete it by the end of the year.
I should say that some of the books I read were graphic novels, and not all of the titles were on my original list. What can I say? I’m a rebel.
Here’s what I did read:
- In a Dark, Dark Wood – Quite good, quite tense – 4/5
- One – Sad & beautiful – 4/5
- Capital – Excellent – 5/5
- Me Before You – A light popcorn read but a better than average one – 4/5
- The Beauty, Vol.1 – Great concept, left me wanting more – 4/5
- Paper Girls, Vol. 1 – Fun, nostalgic, can’t wait to read more – 4/5
- The Sisters – Starts strong. gets a little lame – 3/5
- The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 1 – The Faust Act – another really fresh story about young and beautiful gods – 5/5
So there we are. I’m a big fat failure but it’s okay, it just means I have lots to look forward to for the rest of the year. I might even step back into a couple of book reviews.
What are you reading? ❤
I’m not even sure that, a) Blogtober is even a real thing or b) I can deal with the cutesiness of the word ‘Blogtober’ (too close to the vomit-worthy ‘Vlogging’ for my taste) but.
But I’m all too aware of neglecting my most important creative space for shiny new projects (and procrastination) so thought I would try to blog here every day in the month of October. EEK. I have a few drafts half-finished in my folder and some posts might be more inspiring than others but that’s what I’m aiming for.
Feel free to join me in this if you want to! I know, none of us have much spare time to throw around but I do like the idea of sticking to a plan and I think that might be exactly what I need right now. And if I have a few buddies along for the ride all the better.
So, see you again tomorrow then! This weekend I’ll give you a recap on how badly I did on my Summer reading challenge and more! Expect a Blog Collab movie review on Monday as usual, because that totally counts as a Blogtober post too.
Happy Friday all! ❤
International Women’s Day 2016
I’ve thought long and hard about how to mark this day and did think about doing a big old post about inspirational female authors, actors and literary characters. Which would be fine but honestly, when I think about true inspiration and influence I realise it’s all around me, all the time. In my everyday, at work, online. Anywhere and everywhere.
I couldn’t include everybody obvs but here are just a few of the women I interact with on the regs who make me want to fight, to be as strong and talented as they are – and to be all round better so I can make them proud too.
Here’s to the women we love, the women who inspire us, the women who raised us and all those who identify as female. I love you.
From Top to Bottom, Left to Right:
Daisy (The Lucky Apple)
Lydia (Belle of the Bluegrass)
Hayley Margaret (A Stitch to Scratch)
Madeleine (Madeleine Martin)
Meghan (The Lightle Side of Life/That’s Lightletainment)
Tatty (Camelia Ophelia)
Jillian AKA Wifey (The Pink Panther Snipes Again)
Hannah (Ponderous Pieces)
To you all I can only say thank you for being in my life. You make it a million times more fun and satisfying!
Coincidentally, WordPress has just reminded me it’s my 2 year blog anniversary today (my first post was on the 9th March 2014 and you can read it here if you want to). We’ve come a long way, baby.
I might elaborate on this a bit more tomorrow but until then:
Happy birthday to me – and a wonderfully womanly day to you all! ❤
Happy Birthday Camelia Ophelia!
Happy birthday to my main girl, Tatty whose wonderful blog, Camelia Ophelia turned 1 today!
I’ve raved about the blog several times throughout this year and I will continue to do so probably until the end of time, or until one of us stops blogging (which I can’t see happening). So you already know I think the world of this girl and love the way she can pull together an outfit.
I love fashion, even though I’m just finding my feet at the age of 38 on what I think looks good on me and what I love, but Tatty is a natural who always looks put together and chic AF. I see this is as an art form, a true extension of a creative mind and get annoyed when people poo-poo fashion lovers and women who love make-up, etc (not that anyone’s doing that here, or I’ll have ’em).
But to me Camelia Ophelia is much more than that. I can hear Tatty’s voice in all her posts and it’s getting stronger, along with the writing. It’s so lovely to see and it’s even nicer to witness other people enjoying it. And of course, she’s one of my most lovely friends and my partner-in-work-and-crime, so obviously she’s an incredible human being!
Anyway, happy birthday my love! Can’t wait to read more.
I’ve also been nominated by Tatty for The Sunshine Blogger Award so I’ll do a post on that over the weekend.
And then I’m going to tag some of you babies in it, so get ready! ❤
2015 in review
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 13,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
Click here to see the complete report.