The End of An Era

The End of An Era

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Hello and happy Saturday. A couple of weeks ago, I filled the last page of “My Little Notebook of Random Thoughts” aka the notebook where I wrote my reviews and developed some blogging ideas. This notebook was a gift from a former student, and I had it since May 15th, 2017.

I originally had it to write To-Do lists, but then I started writing my thoughts on the books I was reading, and it became my blogging notebook. I have another one I use for writing post ideas, but in this one, I’d actually develop some of those ideas, and it wasn’t just reviews but stuff I knew I’d forget if I didn’t write down.

Of course, I have a new blogging notebook and I’ve already started filling it out, and since the post ideas for the old one have already been written and scheduled, the time has come to throw the little notebook away. I used to be a fan of holding on to just about everything that could have some emotional value, but now I think the value is in the memories and the people, not in things, and the memories of my notebook will live as long as this blog does, so it’s time to let go.

Now, I’m going to make a list of every post idea I developed and wrote down in my notebook. I’ll link the posts that have already been published so that you check them out:

In the comments below, let me know what your favorite post was.

Happy Saturday!

Love, Miss Camila

How I Keep My E-Mail Organized

How I Keep My E-Mail Organized

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Hello and happy Saturday. I used to be one of those people who got overwhelmed with e-mails for no apparent reason and it was exhausting. I think there were many sources to this problem: the fact that I’m a teacher and I love being subscribed to a ton of blogs, getting emails related to books I want to review, and then all the brands I’m subscribed to because I’m addicted to online shopping.

Now, I started by saying I used to be overwhelmed by this, as in this is no longer a problem for me, and I’ll tell you exactly what I did so that the massive amount of emails in your inbox no longer constitutes a problem to you. This obviously works whether you’re a blogger or not, but I think that, especially for book bloggers and reviewers, it’s going to be super useful.

You have to set aside a specific time to organize your e-mail, and I’m talking an afternoon or something like that. This is going to be a one-time thing, don’t worry, it’s not like now you’ll have to spend the better portion of you Friday sorting through e-mails. Now, you need to start looking at all the e-mails you get. If they’re irrelevant to you, delete them, but if you see that you get a lot of messages that might belong to the same category, and that you’d like to save, create a folder and store them there.

I have ten different folders at the moment, and what I do is that whenever I check my email, I’ll just file the message in one of them, or I’ll simply delete them. I have a folder called “Amazon,” in which I keep track of my purchases. I usually delete the emails in this folder when I’ve gotten the product I bought.

I also have a “NetGalley” folder, where I keep the confirmation emails for when I’ve gained access to a book. This way I know the titles I have to read and review and the sources where each publishing house whats me to share said review. Every few months I’ll go through all of my folders and delete the messages I no longer consider necessary. I might even delete a full folder if it is no longer relevant to me.

After scanning through your e-mails and creating folders for your relevant categories, you’ll probably notice that your trash folder is full. I’ll tell you what it’s full of: ads from stores you’ve subscribed to. Now, I know it’s fun to get emails once in a while about new products and sales, but getting them everyday is annoying. It took me another afternoon to look through my trash bin and unsubscribe from basically every store, blog, and brand I was subscribed to. I can assure you, this is going to decrease the number of emails you get by a lot, and then you’ll only receive what is relevant to you.

Do you have any tips for keeping your inbox organized? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Saturday!

Love, Miss Camila

Tips for New Lifestyle and Beauty Bloggers

Tips for New Lifestyle and Beauty Bloggers

Laser Hair Removal.pngHello and happy Sunday. If you’re reading this, then you’re probably thinking about starting a blog, or you have one already and are looking for advice. Whatever the reason, I would like to share some tips with you that have helped me when it comes to my beauty and lifestyle posts. If you are a book blogger and want some advice, check out this post. Let’s get started, shall we?

1. Begin by brainstorming 

When I first started blogging, I did so because I had just read a book and wanted to share my thoughts on it. From then on, the ideas kind of kept coming on their own and I would just write posts whenever I got them. This was great until one day I realized the idea for an awesome post didn’t come, and so I couldn’t blog that week. Now, what I do is write down any post idea I have so that there’s always something I can write about when I blog. My suggestion for you is, sit down one day and write as many ideas as you can. You might modify them when the time to write comes, and of course, there will be some you’ll discard, but at least you have enough material to work with for the future.

This is obviously related to the kind of posts you want to publish: reviews, hauls, tutorials, look books, challenges or tags, and so many more options. Trust me, when you do this, you open the doors to content you probably hadn’t thought about, and you start giving yourself the chance to explore different options and maybe even think about doing post series and other fun stuff.

2. Schedule, schedule, schedule 

Right now I have lots of free time to write one or two posts a day and schedule them, but when I had a full-time job, I could only count on the weekends to do this. Still, my posts were being published and people were reading them regardless of where I was and what I was doing. When you’re brainstorming, think about when you want your posts to be published. Do you want them everyday? Just once a week? Manage your posting time and based on that you can work on a writing/scheduling time. If you want your posts published once a week, then you’ll for sure need less writing time than if you were posting every day.

3. Don’t go to crazy 

What I mean by this is that you don’t have to spend all your money on expensive makeup and clothes just to have content to write about in your blog. Start by what you have; I’ve hauled everything from my perfumes to my makeup brushes. I didn’t haul any clothes I bought up until a few months ago, but still I don’t buy those clothes for the sake of a post, and I want that to be very clear. Start slowly but surely; my first beauty/lifestyle post in this blog was about getting laser hair removal and now your Sundays are filled with all sorts of content, from makeup to clothes, to weirdly placed piercings.

4. Make your blogger life easier

Finding a comfortable blogging dynamic is obviously a process. You’ll have to try and fail and try again until things are working the way you want them to. Planning and scheduling your posts is a very important step towards achieving that dream blogging dynamic, but there are other things that might help. For example, whenever I get new products I want to blog about, I take a picture of them with my phone and, using the WordPress app, I upload it and save it as a draft. I also write the idea of the post in my blogging notebook, so that when the time comes, I just need to open the draft with the picture and start writing. That is way easier than trying to remember the items in my February Ipsy Glam Bag, finding them, taking a picture of them, and then sitting down to write a post. Don’t you agree?

What are other pieces of advice you could think of for new beauty and lifestyle bloggers? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

 

My Blogging Planner

My Blogging Planner

Hello and happy Friday. Today’s the first day of December Blogging Madness which is super exciting for me. I try to share with you blogging tips on stuff I’ve done that’s worked for me in case you want to start your own blog or have had one for a while but want advice to be more successful. A few months ago I wrote a post on tips for new bloggers and reviewers, so click here if you’re interested in checking it out. In today’s post I want to share what I do in terms of planning what I publish and how I keep organized.

I need lists for everything, I’m that kind of person, so obviously when I do my weekly planning, which is on Saturdays, I list all of my ideas for future posts.

As the week progresses, I either highlight the posts I’ve already written and scheduled, cross out the ones I’ve decided not to write, or add new ideas I get. On a good blogging day I get to write and schedule about five posts.

I schedule all of my posts, and I’m currently writing posts with two to four months in advance. I find that this is an advantage because I never have to worry about deadlines, I just write whenever I have time or whenever I want to, schedule the post, and once it’s published, I get a notification letting me know.

When I started this blog, I obviously had to write and publish new posts on the go, but I started scheduling them, and that helps me enjoy the blogging process a whole lot more. The posts that are not themed, or the ones that are not related to books, teaching, or makeup, are scheduled for July or December because I blog every day these months. This particular post, for example, is been written many months in advance. The future me should be very proud.

Now you tell me, if you have a blog, do you post on the go or do you have a more structured plan like the one I have? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Friday!

Love, Miss Camila