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

Interviewing Sombras Blancas Art & Design & 20%Off Promo Code

So today I am interviewing Cris from Sombras Blancas Art & Design and she tells us about her website and Etsy store. She has also kindly given my readers a 20% Off promo code which you may want to use this code to design you log or website, read ahead!!

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Hi Cris! Can you please tell me a few things about yourself?

Hi! My name is Cristina, I’m 26 years old and I am from and live in Spain. I studied industrial design and classical guitar and I started learning the basics of graphic design at college.  I’ve never stopped since then.

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 What kind of services do you provide?

 I offer branding services for small businesses and startups at an affordable price, mostly logo and website design but also marketing graphics and custom illustrations.

 What advice would you give someone who wanted to make banners/ cards / digital designs like you and was starting a business now?

 Start before you are ready. There is no better way to learn all those things you have no clue how to accomplish. Researching and planning are great but they will never give you as much experience as trying by yourself.

 What inspires you?

I look for inspiration EVERYWHERE: from an ad I see on TV to a song or a children’s book. Recently, I’ve been using Pinterest as a source of fresh ideas almost every day.

 Can you share an example of your favorite work and tell my readers about it?

 It is difficult to pick just one project but I’ve recently created a logo for Inked Regards and I’ve really enjoyed both the design process with Melissa and the final result. You can see it at http://inkedregards.com

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 Is there some kind of offer you would like to make to my readers?

 Yes! They can use the code JOANNA20 to get a 20% discount until July 20th both on my website and my Etsy shop.

 Where can people find you?

 Website: www.sombrasblancasdesign.com

Etsy shop: www.sombrasblancasdesign.etsy.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/sombrasblancasart

Instagram: www.instagram.com/sombrasblancasdesign

Twitter: www.twitter.com/sombrasblancas

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/sombrasblancas

Art shop: www.sombrasblancas.etsy.com

So, do check out her website and store if you are look to jazz up your website, or buy anything. Cris is very talented and I am sure you will be able to make use of the promo code!!

If you have a website/Etsy store or would like to be featured on my blog, feel free to contact me (check my About page).

So, that’s all for now!!!

Subscribe to my blog if you liked what you read. It does put a smile on my face. Maybe give my Facebook page a ‘like’ so you can get notifications of when I post? Connect with me on Pinterest / Twitter/ Instagram/Google+.

Have a lovely day, evening!!

xxx

Going to the #BloggersBall

Hi everyone!!

Today’s post is about my first Bloggers ball/meetup/ convention or whatever term you choose to use. It is basically an event with a lot of bloggers, brands and exhibitors.

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So, let me tell you all about it. But first, a bit of background info! I am in the UK now (as I said in my last post). I arrived last Friday and stayed a couple of days in London. I had a really good time in London. I went for some nice meals in China town an in Kingly court.

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I got to check out Liberty ( a store in London that sells designer brands and more eclectic makeup). I went to the National Portrait Gallery (which is amazing).

As I said at the beginning of this post, during my stay I also went to the Bloggers Ball and it was a very interesting experience. Let me start by saying that this was my first Bloggers ball/convention/ meetup.

How I found out about the Bloggers Ball

Easy. I googled “blogger events in London” and it showed up. I went to the website that had details about the event, bought some tickets, and went to the Ball.

Why I wanted to go

I wanted to meet people who do the same thing as I. I wanted to see what it’s like to talk to brands and I live in Greece and these things do not happen on my little island, so I am deffo gonna take advantage of any opportunity I have whilst in the UK.

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The dress code was formal/semi formal. I got dressed up (just a bit) and went. There was a cloak room to leave any clothing/ extras (aka umbrellas). Once I entered the venue, I realised this event was packed and there were loads of things to see. There were many exhibitors from different brands. I learnt a lot about brands I had never heard of before, got to speak with people from these brands and also got samples.

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They had lots of stands and they were exhibiting their products/ services. I got to give them my business card which was great.

I didn’t talk to any bloggers though! So, I will try to be a bit more sociable next time. You see I went with a friend and I was chatting with her and not really talking to other girls there.

I think this was a great event and I wonderful opportunity to get in touch with brands especially if you are a small blogger like me.

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I will be attending events in London and Sheffield in July and I am really looking forward to that. I will also be posting mini reviews about some of the free samples I got in my next posts so stay tuned!!

So, that’s all lovelies!

Time to beg for followers. Subscribe to my blog if you liked what you read. It does put a smile on my face. Maybe give my Facebook page a ‘like’ so you can get notifications of when I post? Connect with me onPinterest / Twitter/ Instagram/Google+.

Talk soon

Jo

 

How to make a Business Card for your Blog

Hi everyone!

I decided to get a business card after a lot of thought. I say after a lot of thought because the whole idea seemed silly to me. Why silly? Well, I have a small blog, not that many followers and I spend most of the year in Greece. I blog in English. I mean, how many chances will I have to actually use the card? Then, I was asked to supply a media kit, got taken on as a writer, I got my first actual partnership with Uber UK, and I will be actually living in the UK for the next 3 months, so I started thinking more seriously about the whole business card business. Then I realised that I will definitely need one since I will be attending a bloggers’ ball in June, a bloggers’ conference in July. I took the plunge and made my card.

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Business Card vs. Media Kit

I have a media kit, which is 2/3 pages long. That’s too much paper to carry around. A business card is more practical and you can give it to anyone who wants your contact details. Then , you can email your media kit.

My thought process behind my card

Step 1

I googled bloggers business cards and saw what other people put on their cards. Unlike a media kit, a business card is more about connecting you to whoever wants your contact details.

Step 2

Decisions, decisions, decisions: One-sided or two-sided?

I went with two-sided. One side would have my face, my blog’s address and what I like to write about. The other side would have my social media handles/ details on how to find me.

Step 3

Design

I wanted something fun, girly but chic. My blog has the word PINK in it and polka dots, so that was going to be my theme. Now, this is where it gets tricky. I am colourblind, so I cannot really tell the difference between pinks and what matches with what. So, I needed to get my card made by someone who I trusted which is where Irini (the card’s designer) came in. I was very specific with my colour palette. I said,

I want pink and white polka dots (I actually sent her the digital paper I wanted her to use) and I want the rest of the card to have shades of grey, pink , white and black. I want you to choose the shades and how they match.

I wanted to use the Lucinda handwritten font. I also found some royalty free social media icons I liked and said that I would like to use these. Irini put everything together and this is the result.

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You can find Irini on Facebook, by pressing here. She speaks English so feel free to contact her if you like her work. She is great to work with! She makes lots of things (cards, pamphlets, wedding invites etc.).

On hindsight I realise that there may be a bit too much of a match-y match-y polka dot theme going on (my blouse matches the polka dot background by mistake), but I like it. It’s me. So, that’s how I cam up with my business card. You can read about my media kit here.

Subscribe to my blog if you liked what you read. It does put a smile on my face. Maybe give my Facebook page a ‘like’ so you can get notifications of when I post? Connect with me on Pinterest / Twitter/ Instagram/Google+.

Talk soon!

xxx