Walk around my town with me (Crete, Greece)

Hi everyone!!

I am going to show you my town. I live in Chania,  Crete, Greece. The pictures are from the Venetian harbour and the little narrow streets in the harbour area. So, no more words…. just pics. Oh! Most of these pics are  examples of what I share on Instagram (@mypinkrambles), so I hope you like the pics.

Last Sunday

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So, that’s all for now!!I hope you like this post. If you enjoyed what you read, do subscribe to my blog. We can also connect on social media. Click on the ones you use and connect with me 🙂  Pinterest / Twitter/ Instagram/Google+. /YouTube  Maybe give my Facebook page a ‘like’ and you will neva, eva miss out on my super posts.

Talk soon.

J.

Losing Myself: Struggles of an Overwhelmed Blogger

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When I first started blogging, it was (kinda) part of a course I was doing (I am a teacher) Blogging was a way for me to reflect on my teaching ideas and so on. I started off as an educational blogger. I loved it. I loved sharing my teaching ideas, whining about teaching and communicating with other teachers.

As time went by, I wanted to include more topics and talk about my interests, so I started writing about books, my trips, then came makeup (and a whole girlie side of ELT aka English language teaching). My edublog started to become a bit too lifestyle-ish.

That’s when I decided I would start a second blog. This one. A fun blog where I would talk about my hobbies, my thoughts, boast about the things I have. My blog was an ode to my materialism coz I love shopping and talking about it.

I was a happy bunny. All good. I have actually been double-blogging for about a year and a half. Of course, now I blog more here than on my edublog. Let’s move on though, shall we? Now, as if a second blog was not enough, I decided I also wanted to start a YouTube channel and I did.I enjoy making videos. I like the interaction.

And?

Well, I cannot keep up. I have ended up going from writing my thoughts and sharing stuff, to talking mostly about products and that’s not who I am. I mean do not get me wrong folks.

I ❤ shopping

but in order to keep up, I have followed the norm and started just posting about what everyone else publishes. Talking about what everyone else talks about. But blogging, which was my creative outlet, is not my creative outlet anymore. I have been sucked into the:

Get Views

Do SEO

Become Self hosted

Take instagrammable pictures

Promote

Publish

Become a brand

Get a camera/ Be more professional

So, now I have added more stuff on my To Do lists. Now, I gotta learn how to take videos/ photos, edit, import/ export stuff and yada, yada, yada.

And I stopped having fun. I feel a bit overwhelmed and not seeing the results I wanna see. Sure, my numbers have risen. I even got proper blogger mail, but I cannot keep up because I have a job and a life plus I am old. 40.

I have actually started to think that in order to be successful at blogging Youtubing, apart from being 20+, you also need to be unemployed cause, in my mind, there is no way you can be on top of your game if you work full time. Maybe I am inefficient and watch too much TV or something and cannot be as productive as others, or maybe I am comparing myself to other bloggers/ YouTubers (I feel ‘funny’ calling my self a YouTuber, but anyhoo) and

this the comparison, the do this, do that, is not making me happy.

Dunno what I am going to do, but something has to go, or I need to stop taking blogging/ YouTubing so seriously and just take it easy. But these options are not gonna cut it. I mean, I may not be a famous blogger, but I do have readers (especially my edublog) and I don’t want to ‘destroy’ what I built! So, what can I do??

We live in a time were in order to succeed, you got to do more. And then more. And that more doesn’t necessarily have to be good. It may just exist, but it’s out there and it’s more. A time where we are always setting goals, trying to hit a target. Aiming at something, but does that bring joy?

I mean, I get burnout and lack of inspo when you are a workaholic, but burnout as a freakin blogger? C’mon…. Really?? Is this what I want? Hell no!!

So, this is where I am. Trying hard to juggle a million balls. Stressing myself out for no real reason. Chasing the unchasable (is that a word).

Thanks for reading. I am usually more fun… but I do ramble.

Blogmas/ Vlogmas time: woop woop

So folks,

I am talking the plunge and am going to challenge/ commit myself to try to vlog/ blog everyday till Christmas aka time for #blogmas 2016.Christmas pic 2 I will try to upload something on this bog and my YouTube channel everyday whether it is beauty/ lifestyle related or just a rant/ ramble. I have added my vlog video for today, so you can check it out. It would mean the world to me if you subscribed. I want to hit 100 subscribers by the end of the year. Will you help me out? ❤ ❤

I will do a few small giveaways on the blog and on YouTube, so stay tuned.

xox

Joanna

 

 

Vlog 3: Xmas gift ideas, prickly pears and lunches (Crete)

Hi everyone!!

Today I published a vlog on my channel. I went for a few lunches in various villages and vlogged. I also bought the TooFaced Christmas Palette set which I show you in my video. There is a whole conversation about a fruit tree and a little Zara bag purchase. If you want to check out my vlog, watch ahead.

 

Thanks for stopping by.

xox

Jo

Giveaway:1 Year Blog Anniversary

The Giveaway is OVER- winner to be announced

Hi everyone!!

So, my blog turned 1 and I am doing a small giveaway which is open internationally.

In order to take part you need to

  1. Follow my blog via email or WordPress follower.
  2. Follow me on Twitter and/ or Instagram (@mypinkrambles on both accounts or just click here  / Twitter/ Instagram/
  3. Leave a comment below and tell me about you or just say, “hello”.

In order to win you neeed to do all 3. You can still take part if you are already following me. Just remember to leave a comment if that’s the case ❤ <3.

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Deadline 30th of Septmber 8pm Greek time (yeap. I am in Greece now). One winner. The winner will be chosen randomly.

The Prize

I chose NYX products cause they are not really that widespread in Europe and I haven’t really seen them in Greece. I tried a few products and I love them, so why not?

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What do you win?

Nyx Strobing Palette.

Nyx Full  Throttle Lipstick in the number 04 Firestorm.

Eye pencil in the shade Brown perfection.

Nyx Lip Cream in the shade Prague.

Nyx Prismatic Eye shadow in the shade Fireball.

So, if you want a chance to win just:

  1. Follow my blog via email or WordPress follower
  2. Follow me on Twitter and/ or Instagram  Twitter/ Instagram/
  3. Leave a comment below and tell me about you or just say, “hello”.

Talk soon!! I may be back with a small Greek cosmetics giveaway as well 🙂 ❤ <3. Good luck everyone!!

Just so you know, I am not replying to comments because I don’t want my comment to interfere with the prize process. Thank you to all you lovelies who have taken part so far.

xxx

Joanna

The Giveaway is OVER- winner to be announced

How I made $52 & got 2 Free Books & Stationery after 1 Year of Blogging

Catchy title,huh? borderline sarcy I would say. So lovelies, today’s post is about my blog’s wins. A success story. Or is it? Well, that depends on if you are a glass half full, half empty person. Anyways, every day on Pinterest and other social media, you read posts about

how I made $1000, $10.000, a billion, a zillion dollars after a month, ten minutes  or a second of blogging….

AND How you can do the same……

Well, that ain’t my case. I have been an educational blogger for almost 4 years and a ‘beauty/lifestyle’ blogger for one year. Yeap. I enjoyed blogging so much that I had to have 2 blogs.

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So have you made it?

Well, first of all, define ‘made it’. Secondly, how does one measure ‘made it’? From my blog’s title, you do realise that I have made ‘something’. So, full disclosure.

Moneywise: $52 from Amazon and sponsored posts

Productwise: 2 books, Planner stickers, Stationery, Free makeup samples (but not more than let’s say 10 products).

I have also expanded my affiliate branding.

A BIG beauty brand will be featuring my blog post in their newsletter (I will boast more about that when it actually happens. I tend to jinx myself so 😡 :x).

Almost 24.000 page views and 200 blog followers (people actually reading and following are the biggest win!).

So, let’s be a glass half full kind of person. Let’s not treat my “blogging” like it’s a joke cause it hasn’t made money.  Let’s treat it like a hobby and maybe a bit more………

You see, I was/ am a wannabe writer, but because I do not have: the eneergy, braincell power, money to get an agent ( I am a teacher. Teachers are underpaid), an actual book idea, I blog. Prolifically. I actually wrote my first book when I was 9 and it was about a girl who had a freind who was a robot. Then the robot’s head fell off and she fixed him. I know. Weird!

When I write/ blog, I feel good (just like the song says). That feeling  cannot be monetised because I get to write 500 word articles about anything and everything.I get to talk about makeup which I love, travelling, books and other random thoughts that pop into this (my) 40 year-old head. I have fun.

And if you are making a ton of money and rolling your eyes thinking that I am naive or that after a year of blogging , I should have more to show for myself, I reply,

Maybe you are right

Would I like my hobby to give me more opportunities? Sure.

BUT

I am content with what’s happened so far. I mean, com’on. A colour blind beauty blogger? Mind boggling to say the least.

So, yeah, if you are like me, just stay calm and keep blogging (originality….. I know).

How are you doing? Feel free to leave a comment in the section below. If you enjoyed what you read, do subscribe to my blog. We can also connect on social media. Click on the ones you use and connect with me 🙂  Pinterest / Twitter/ Instagram/Google+./YouTube

Talk soon

xox

Joanna

 

Changing my Blogging Style: starting with the WHY

I love writing. Always have. This is why I have two blogs and am writing blog posts which do or do not get read. It’s my creative outlet. It’s my hobby. It makes me happy, sometimes sad as well. It allows me to show you who I am. Who I really am. Is that why you write?

Because I am a teacher, I am also very interested in writing styles and I want to take up courses that will help me improve as a blogger/writer.The other day I watched a TED talk by Sinek in my class (I will link the TED talk below) and it talked about inspiring others and why people connect with brands/ people.

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He talked abut the golden circle. Imagine three circles. One in the other. The inner circle has the word WHY in it, the next circle has the word HOW, and the outer circle the word WHAT. Now, according to Sinek, people buy a product when you tell them why you make it, then how, and finally, what it is.

Now let’s look at writing. If you try to to transfer that to your writing style, you start with why you are saying something and then you move on to how and what.

Let’s take for example a beauty product, I am trying to connect with my readers by saying why I like lipsticks and this particular X lipstick, how I used it and then the information about the product. The What. You can see an example of this writing style in my Aveda haul or even this post. I started with the why…..

This makes sense to me. As a reader I can connect to the WHY, so why not start with it? Don’t know how long my blog posts will be written in that kind of way, but  am trying it out. What do you think?

If you enjoyed what you read, do subscribe to my blog. We can also connect on social media. Click on the ones you use and connect with me 🙂  Pinterest / Twitter/ Instagram/Google+.

Simon Sinek’s video can be found on YouTube. It is called” Start with the why”

Talk soon!

xxx

Jo