Starting a Blog?

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Within the past few months, several people have come to me with questions about blogging, so I thought it might be beneficial to share my insight for all new/existing bloggers out there. I have been blogging for several years now, so I am very happy to share my personal tips and advice… Whether you are considering your own site, just starting off, or have had lots of experience, I hope this post is helpful!

1: It’s what you want it to be.

Embrace your unique style of writing because your blog is whatever you want it to be. Don’t feel like you have to follow strict guidelines because there is no right or wrong way to do it. Your blog is very personal, so be creative, have fun, and enjoy writing about anything and everything you want!

2: Be aware of your audience.

The entire world has access to your site at any given moment, so the publicity of a blog (without privacy settings) is pretty immense. Therefore, it is very important that you are aware of the information that you post and pay close attention to photos to ensure that your location isn’t outwardly revealed unless you want it to be. Blogging is one of my biggest hobbies, but safety is always taken into consideration before I hit the “publish” button. I don’t mean to discourage you; I just want you to be aware of your audience and make smart decisions when you post.

3: It takes time to grow.

One of the most common concerns that you may have when you first begin a blog is the lack of readers because it takes a while to become recognized in the community. Don’t become discouraged, but use this time to improve your site and become familiar with certain blogging techniques. I recommend that you engage with other bloggers by following, liking, and commenting on their sites, and it also helps to promote your blog on existing social media platforms. With time, you will gain more followers and your status/traffic will continue to grow!

4: Quality over quantity.

I think one of the worst mistakes that you can make as a blogger is forgetting that the quality of posts always overrules quantity. Don’t rush the writing process just to post something because this will lead to poor quality posts that will bore both you and your readers, so write when you are inspired. Your posts do not have deadline, so you can take as long as you need (days, weeks, or even months.) Whatever you do, you must always maintain quality over quantity.

5: Respond to readers.

When people take time to comment on your posts, it is always good to like and respond to them even if it is a simple ‘thank you.’ They made the effort to reach out to you and express their thoughts and appreciation for your writing, so don’t let that go unrecognized.

6: Research writing prompts.

There are going to be times when you really want to write something, but you just don’t know what. Whenever this happens, I honestly Google writing prompts to get my creativity flowing again. That is my little blogging secret…

7: Why not?

Blogging has really given me the opportunity to express myself, share my passion of writing with the world, meet hundreds of inspiring people, and document memorable moments of my life that can be revisited in the future. If blogging has ever crossed your mind, I really encourage you to at least try it because why not? You can always delete your site if you hate it, but you will never know unless you try. My blog has really impacted my life, and I don’t have a single regret. I am so thankful for all of my readers, and I hope to continue posting for many years to come.


Please feel free to drop any individual questions in the comments section because I am happy to help you begin/continue your blogging journey! A few months ago, I released a post that provided a small overview of my experience on WordPress so far, so be sure to go check that out if you are interested. Thank you so much for reading, and good luck blogging!

What are your thoughts on this post? Do you have any tips or advice? Are there any questions that you still have? Ask away!

Liebster Blog Award

Liebster Award

I am so thankful to have been nominated for the Liebster Blog Award by the awesome Ezra! Thank you so much! 🙂

Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you.
  • List the rules in your post.
  • Answer the questions that you were asked.
  • Provide 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers.
  • Ask your nominees 11 of your own questions.
  • Once you have written and published your post, then inform your nominees of their nomination

Ezra’s Questions For Me:

1. What’s your favorite sports team?

I am just going to be honest and admit that I really don’t keep up with sports enough to have a favorite team… Sorry!

2. What do you spend most of your time doing every day besides school?

Dancing. Whether I am taking class or rehearsing, I am always at the studio.

3. Do you have any plans for summer?

I am taking a summer semester at the college to keep getting closer to my degree, and I also have my dance intensive for the next few weeks. Other than that I will be sleeping in, soaking up the sun, and hanging out with friends.

4. What is your favorite type of candy?

Oh goodness, that is a hard choice… I think I have to go with Almond Joy.

5. Would you rather be Captain America or Batman?

Captain America!

6. What is the longest you’ve slept?

I think the longest that I have ever slept is close to 14 hours!

7. What’s your favorite board game or video game?

Board games are great for camping or spending time with family, but video games are more exciting; I guess it just depends.

8. What is your favorite way of transport?

AIRPLANES! I don’t know what it is, but I have always jumped at the chance to fly.

9. How long on average does it take you to make a post?

Lately, my posts have been quite lengthy, so they have been taking me a lot longer to write. I would say generally anywhere between 45 minutes to 2 hours once I upload the pictures from my phone, write, edit, and publish the final draft.

10. Star Wars or Marvel?

Honestly, I am not very familiar with either. I know it is terrible, and please don’t judge me. I desperately need to catch up!

11. What’s your favorite bible verse?

Philippians 4:13 remains in my heart every single day as I remind myself that ” I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” I know that it is one of the most popular verses, but it always gives me the strength especially in times of doubt.

11 Random Facts About Myself:

  1. I have two 75 lb dogs named Lucky and Tank.
  2. I have been a licensed driver for one year now.
  3. I am not a morning person…. at all.
  4. I think Yellowstone and Key West are the most beautiful places that I have ever been to.
  5. My favorite colors are purple and turquoise.
  6. I have been stung by a jellyfish and have been inches away from stepping on a sting ray at the beach.
  7. I am the oldest of three children.
  8. I am an incredibly indecisive person.
  9. My skin sunburns so easily, and I am the only one in my family who can’t tan.
  10. Yellow is my best color to wear.
  11. Roller coasters are a big no-no for me because I hate heights, but many people question that because I am a ballet dancer. I do have to be lifted, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that I like it. I also love airplanes though, so I guess I am just weird.

I Nominate…

  1. Vrunda Chauk
  2. Popsicle Society
  3. Musings of a Minor’s Mind
  4. Kaelyn
  5. Arabella
  6. Ashley & Johnny
  7. Shoba Menon
  8. Caleb E. King
  9. Hannah
  10. Kinsey
  11. Big Sky Buckeye

Questions For Nominees:

  1. What is your favorite summer memory?
  2. Do you prefer to write in the mornings or at night?
  3. What is your ideal summertime outfit?
  4. How early do you typically wake up?
  5. Do you enjoy traveling? If so, what is your favorite vacation spot?
  6. Would you rather swim with dolphins or soar with eagles?
  7. Popsicle or ice cream on a hot afternoon?
  8. Do you have a summer goal?
  9. How much t.v do you watch on average?
  10. Do you prefer painting or drawing? Or neither?
  11. What do you love the most about summer?

I really appreciate the nomination, and I hope that my nominees enjoy doing this award as well. Again, please do not feel obligated to participate if you do not wish to do so. Thanks for reading!

Please note: The logo/picture on this post was copied directly from Ezra’s blog, and I do not have any rights of it.

Sunshine Blogger Award

“The Sunshine Blogger Award is peer recognition award for bloggers that inspires positivity and joy.”

I am so humbled to have been nominated for this award by one of my awesome followers, rubeenafaisal. I am glad that my blog is viewed in such a positive way, and I hope that my posts continue to inspire my readers. Thank you so much for this recognition! 🙂

Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog so others can find them.
  • List the rules and display an award logo on your blog post.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and notify them by commenting on any of their posts.
  • Ask the nominees 11 new questions.

Questions for Me:

1) Name any two qualities a blogger should have according to you?

I think it is important that a blogger is considerate of other readers’ opinions when posting content, and creativity is always a good quality to have.

2) A social incident that shook your head and heart so far?

Honestly, there are a few incidents that would be a great response to this question, but they are quite personal…

3) Name any 2 of your favourite book that you recommend others to read?

I haven’t read many (non-academic) books recently, but I was obsessed with the Harry Potter series last summer. I also loved Almost Home by Joan Bauer because it was so eye opening.

4) if you could change your nationality which one will you select and why?

I have never actually been, but Greece seems like such a beautiful place! The history, artwork, and food is so awesome, so I think it would be pretty neat to be Greek.

5) A place that you’re dieing to visit for a long time?

I would love to cruise through the Bahamas someday.

6) Your favourite spot?

Does my bed count? It is so comfortable, and I could rest my eyes for HOURS if I had the time.

7)watching a movie or reading a book, which one you prefer the most?

Personally, I prefer watching a movie because I have to read so much for school that I have (temporarily) lost the patience/joy of reading a book.

8) Two of your favourite quote?

“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work” (Colin Powell).

“She believed she could so she did” (Unknown).

9) An adventurous thing to do in your bucketlist?

I really want to go snorkeling by a coral reef again.

10) Name any two famous personality whom you would like to inspire?

I do not follow celebrity news or entertainment, so I don’t have a famous inspiration unless you are talking about ballet. In that case, I think Sara Mearns has been the most inspirational for me. She is so humble which has really motivated me to keep working for my goals, and her optimistic mentality has really kept me hungry for success.

11) Your favourite cartoon character?

Unfortunately, I do not watch very much t.v, so I don’t know. Sorry!

I nominate…

  1. Gayle
  2. T.R. Noble
  3. fourtysomethingheyhey
  4. Hayley
  5. Maggie
  6. Hannah
  7. Rebekah
  8. Ariana
  9. Girl in the White Shirt
  10. Ezra
  11. Kaycee

My Questions for Nominees:

  1. What is your favorite thing about the summer?
  2. Where would your dream vacation be?
  3. How long do you spend on your blog/reader each day?
  4. Pool or beach?
  5. Have you had a particular song on repeat lately? Which one?
  6. Lemonade or sweet tea on a hot summer afternoon?
  7. What is the latest that you have ever slept in?
  8. Do you have a favorite fruit?
  9. Where do you go most often when you are with your friends?
  10. What was the last book that you read?
  11. Do you prefer the coast or the mountains?

Please do not feel obligated to participate, and I completely respect your decision either way. Thanks again,rubeenafaisal, for nominating me!

*** I do not own the rights to this photo, and it was copied directly from Huguette Antoun.

The Liebster Award!

I am so thankful to have been nominated for the Liebster Award by the amazing Lydia! I really enjoy participating in blogger tags/awards, so thank you so much for giving me this opportunity.

For those of you who haven’t visited Lydia’s blog, be sure to go give her a follow. She is so supportive of my blog, so I want you all to give back to her by liking her posts. Now, on to this award. Keep reading to see if YOU have been nominated to participate!

Rules

  • Thank the blogger that nominated you.
  • Display your award.
  • Answer the questions you were asked.
  • Nominate at least 5 other followers to do the same post.
  • Ask 6 new questions to your chosen nominees.
  • Let each nominee know you’ve nominated them and give a link to your post.

My Questions

1.What’s your favorite dessert?

This is a ridiculously hard question for me because I will eat literally any dessert that you offer, but Holy-Cow Cake is definitely one of my top favorites.

2. What’s your favorite meal (breakfast, lunch, or dinner)?

Dinner because my mom is such an amazing cook, and I really love her home-made chicken and dumpling soup.

3. What’s your favorite brand of clothes?

LuLaRoe. I wear their printed leggings pretty much everyday because I am really able to share my personality with this brand, and I love the sophisticated patterns.

4. What’s your favorite time of the day to check on your blog?

Honestly, I check my blog whenever I can, so it just depends on the day.

5. What’s your favorite salty snack?

Kettle Corn! (It’s still in the salty category, right?)

6. What’s your favorite sport to watch?

I really like going to watch the football games, but I have always loved the excitement and speed of hockey. I have to admit that I do not watch many sports though.

I Nominate…

1: Mackenzie

2: Audrey Kate

3: Kaelyn

4: Natalie

5: Esmeralda

6: Gracie M

Questions for Nominees

1: What is something that you really enjoy doing?

2: Do you have a pet peeve or something that you can’t stand?

3: What was the last movie that you watched?

4: Is there something that you feel like you just can’t live with out?

5: What is your favorite genre of music?

6: What is one piece of advice that you have for other bloggers based off of your personal experience?


I nominated six people for this award, but anyone reading this is completely welcome to participate. Nominees, please do not feel obligated to do this award, but I hope you enjoy answering these questions if you do!

*Photo was copied directly from Lydia’s post, and I do not have direct ownership of it. Thanks again! 🙂

My Experience

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That’s right. I am dabbing in this ballet photo shoot (more to come) to celebrate my amazing experience with blogging and the evolution of Maysa Rose from its birth in 2013! I never thought so many people would genuinely care about all of the random thoughts that I document on this public diary, so I am absolutely astounded with its growth especially within the last year. This space gives me so much joy, and I am incredibly thankful for this site and everyone who reads it!

The Story: 

I began Maysa Rose back in 2013 as a highly talkative fifth grader with an ink pen who filled entire notebooks with stories and poems. My dad recognized this budding passion for writing and he suggested that I begin a blog so that my words could actually be read. I jumped at the opportunity, and I really kept up with blogging before I practically neglected it about a year or two later. After awhile, I decided to pick it back up again, but I didn’t want to start where I left off. I completely redesigned my site and actually deleted all of my old posts to get a clean slate. I started posting very frequently, and I really began to find joy in writing again. Blogging has been my absolute obsession ever since!

My Experience: 

I don’t even know where to begin; being the author of Maysa Rose has been such an amazing experience, and it has significantly changed my life for the better. My writing has matured so much through the years, and I have met so many amazing people who continue to inspire me every day. This site is filled with so much positive energy, and the encouragement has really helped me through life’s unpredictable moments. Sometimes, all it takes is ONE positive comment to turn the entire day around, and a couple bloggers have written such beautiful words that I still remember to this very day! I actually cannot recall any offensive or negative comments, so I am very blessed for that. I never imagined that Maysa Rose would grow as much as it has, and I am so thankful for this opportunity to share my passion with the world. Thank you all so much for everything, and I cannot wait to see where this goes from here!!

Photo Credits: Richard Jean-Louis

Do you have any questions about blogging? What is your blogging story or experience? Did you enjoy this post? 

Catching Up

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I hope that you all had a great week and a blessed Ash Wednesday! I apologize for my lack of posting/reading, but I should be able to get back on track now. Midterm week finally arrived which meant extra coffee and cram-study sessions for me… That pretty much explains why I have been absent for the past few days.

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I went to an early mass this year for Ash Wednesday because it was the only possibility for me, so I wore ashes on my forehead all day. I was shocked by the amount of confused faces that passed me in the hallways at school, and I actually had multiple people tell me that I had something on my head. It was an interesting day, but I was not embarrassed. I used these encounters as a way to educate others and help them understand the purpose of the ashes.

“We can feel a little funny with ashes on our foreheads, but for Catholics, that is how we mark the start of Lent. Ashes don’t say we’re holy. They say we’re sinners. They don’t say we’re perfect, only that we’re willing to try. They don’t say we’re models of religiosity, but they do say we belong.”

~Sr. Mary Ann Walsh, RSM

Next weekend, we will bring “Flight” back to the stage, so be sure to keep an eye out for that post! I also just want to take a second to thank all of my loyal readers who continuously read/comment on my posts. You are all so positive and encouraging, so I will not desert this internet space anytime soon (despite occasional inactivity). You are all amazing, and I cannot thank you enough for that. Now, go be awesome!

Photo Credits: Richard Jean-Louis

Liebster Award and Nominations!

Thank you, Kaelyn, for giving me this awesome opportunity to participate in the Liebster Award 2019! It is so fun, and I am so happy to do this again. Readers, I have nominated eleven of you to participate (if you wish)… Keep scrolling to find out who!

Rules:

1. Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you for this award.

2. Answer 11 questions the blogger gave you.

3. Give 11 random facts about yourself.

4. Nominate 11 blogs and notify them.

4. Give them 11 questions to answer

Kaelyn’s Questions for Me:

1: Do you like cats?

I am actually allergic them… They are so cute though!

2: Do you like Sonic?

I can’t even remember the last time that I ate at Sonic, so I have no idea. 🙂

3: What is your favorite book of the Bible?

I am going to be 100% honest and tell you that I actually haven’t read the entire bible yet, so I can’t really choose a favorite. 

4: If you could have a mystical creature for a pet, what would it be?

Definitely a Hippogriff!

5: Do you like to read? Why or why not?

Yes and no. I love reading during the summer months when school is out, but unbearable amounts of reading assignments/textbook pages have absolutely destroyed my passion for reading throughout the year.

6: What is your favorite subject at school?

This semester, I think my Marketing Management class is my favorite because it is so neat to learn about how businesses survive in such a competitive environment. It is really stretching my creativity as I learn about things most people don’t even think about!

7: What is your favorite shoe brand?

Right now, I am loving my Laredo western boots. I literally wear them every day… 

8: Do you prefer salty or sweet foods?

I have a serious sweet tooth, so I would choose sweet over salty any day.

9: Chocolate milk or regular milk?

I have never really been a chocolate milk fan (surprisingly), so I usually prefer regular milk. HOT chocolate is another story though.

10: Rollerskating or iceskating?

Ice skating never gets old. 🙂

11: Icecream or frozen yogurt?

Hmm… I think I have to go with ice cream.

 

11 Random Facts About Me:

1: I get super sea sick in boats, but I enjoy kayaking

2: I am currently obsessed with bubble tea

3: I played piano for two years when I was younger

4: I traveled across the country last summer

5: I am always making a fool of myself in public

6: I enjoy archery on my spare time

7: Most days I can eat more than my dad (it’s true!)

8: I have had my drivers license for 6 months

9: I was home-schooled for four years

10: I have two younger siblings

11: I hope to publish a few books at some point in my life

I nominate…

Gracie

Cassia

Zeta

Danielle

Indigo

Kiwi

Starling

Kinsey

Autumn

Ariana

Ella

11 Questions for Nominees:

1: What is the outfit that you are quick to grab in the morning?

2: Do you have a dream that you hope to achieve?

3: What is your favorite season?

4: Which do you prefer: milk chocolate, dark chocolate, or white chocolate?

5: What is your favorite thing to do during your free time?

6: How do you deal with stress and anxiety?

7: What is the biggest lesson that you learned in 2018?

8: Is there a particular song that you love right now? 

9: What subject/class do you struggle with most in school?

10: Are you organized?

11: Are you a morning person or a night owl?

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*Note: I do not own the rights to the “Liebster Badge” in this post, and I copied this image from Kaelyn’s blog.

Thank you all so much for reading, and congratulations to all of these lovely bloggers who were nominated in this post.  Please do not feel obligated to participate, but I am excited to read your responses if you do. 🙂 Also, feel free to participate even if you weren’t nominated, but be sure to drop a link to your post in the comments so that it can be recognized. Thanks again, Kaelyn!