Black History Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

Black History Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

Really great information in this post- I would definitely recommend giving it a read.

Tiani Angela

Happy Friday everyone! I hope all is well with you all. I’m feeling pretty good myself. As we near the end of February also known as Black History Month, I wanted to share a few lesser-known and interesting facts about Black History. This is a month that reflects and pays tribute to the achievements of generations of African Americans.

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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

1.) The Black population in the United States went from being 4.8 million residents in 1870 to 43.8 million in 2018.

2.) Black History Month was originally started and celebrated as Negro History Week in 1926 by Carter G Woodson. He chose the second week of February specifically because it covered the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln (February 12th) and Frederick Douglass (February 14th).

3.) The late…

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Blogger Interview With Dana

Blogger Interview With Dana

I want to thank Dana for being a part of this interview and she has a really great blog so please do take a minute to check it out- the link is below.]

1. Thanks so much for being a part of this interview. Please tell us a little about yourself and what your blog is about.

My name is Dana Kearney. I am from Oakland, CA.  I love to write poetry, novels, children’s books, astrology, and pretty much anything new I learn. My blog started off as a book review blog and I still write book reviews, but I love to write about poetry, health, astrology, and things to keep people informed.

2. When and why did you start blogging?

I started my blog in 2016 just to have fun. I  started writing book reviews and sometimes I still do, but now I write poetry, astrology, health, and women’s articles.

3. How has blogging improved your life?

Blogging gives me an opportunity to express my opinion and spread knowledge about different topics. I feel accomplished knowing that I can write something at least once a week.

4. What is your favourite and least favorite thing about blogging?

I love that I get to write about things that I love and people enjoy what I write.

My least favorite thing is that I feel like I need to continue writing when I may not have the most polished material.

5. When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I’ve always been a writer. I wrote poetry as a child. I loved creative writing because essays and articles were difficult for me. After college my writing improved dramatically , and I feel more confident to write anything, so I wrote a novel and children’s books.

6. What tips would you give to someone who wants to be a writer or blogger?

You have to start at some point. Plan a year of what you might write and get started. It is difficult and you may have a lot to learn along the way. Don’t give up, because if you really want to it will work out for you.

7. What has been your favourite post to write so far and why?

My series on the secret women’s club is my favorite because I got to research and learn so much. Women don’t talk about their issues very often so I feel like it can help others understand things better.

8. What are some of your future goals for your blog?

I just want to get 1000 subscribers and continue producing content that people enjoy.

9. What is one place you really want to visit?

I would love to go to Hawaii. I have never been and it looks beautiful. 

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Six Word Story

Six Word Story

And they lived happily ever after…


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Six Word Story #83

Six Word Story #83

Unreciprocated love. Bad decisions. Dead body.


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5 Mistakes That Will Destroy Your Blog

5 Mistakes That Will Destroy Your Blog

Blogging Mistakes

Blogging is such a fun way to express yourself and interact with other like-minded people. A lot of people really enjoy a lot of aspects of blogging but the one thing most people I have interacted with enjoy is the social part of blogging. The WordPress community is a truly unique place on the internet because for the most part people are super friendly, enthusiastic, supportive and helpful. 

After blogging for a while a lot of bloggers (my phone just tried to autocorrect the word bloggers to voyagers?? 🤔) realise that growing your blog is actually pretty difficult but having a larger platform is great because you get to interact with even more people. There are a lot more benefits of having a larger platform too especially if you would like to blog professionally or make money on your blog at any point. 

I have a lot of posts you can check out about how to grow your blog but today I decided to do something a little different and write about things that will instantly slow down the growth of your blog or that may destroy your blog altogether. I’m not trying to tell you what to blog about because blogging is obviously a very personal thing and you should blog about whatever you feel that you want to blog about. However, if you want to grow your blog or increase your growth I would recommend avoiding these things:

Buying Followers, Likes And Comments

There are so many issues that come along with buying followers, likes and comments but since we don’t have forever I will keep it short and highlight some of the main issues that are associated with buying bot likes, follows and comments. 

The first issue is that everyone’s going to know. It’d often extremely obvious when people buy likes, comments and followers. Bot followers usually have no profile picture, no real posts etc. The comments are often really basic or generic like “nice post” or “great post” without any real reference to the post itself. The likes are often disproportionate compared to the comments and followers which is a big tell-tale for fake likes. If you ever want to make a profit from your posts you will likely be interested in sponsored posts however the first thing sponsors do is check how many of your followers are real which is extremely easy to do. Most people have some fake followers because bots just follow sites randomly sometimes (you’ll notice some bot followers in your following too) but if the largest majority of your following is fake obviously sponsors are not going to be interested in working with you because what’s the point? You won’t direct any traffic to them since none of your traffic is real. 

Another issue is again concerning making a profit from your blog because I’m assuming that if you’re buying followers it’s because you want to make money off your site. A lot of times people will sell services or products on their blog which is a great (maybe the best) way to make money online but if all your followers are fake who are you going to sell to? If you build a genuine following it may take longer but it’s worth so much more than a fake following. 

Buying followers, likes and comments can be pretty expensive. Especially buying followers, however, from stuff I’ve read these followers don’t last very long because WP has been cracking down on bot accounts (they’re not doing a good job with it but they’re trying) so your followers are going to decrease as time goes buy and you will have to continue buying followers every few weeks to maintain your following. Instead, spend some money advertising on other blogs or through Google or Bing. You’ll gain genuine followers for a much cheaper amount. 

The last and probably the most important reason is because if you’re buying all these things you’re probably missing the point of blogging. In my opinion at least, blogging is largely about putting your work out there and interacting with other bloggers and honestly it’s the best part of blogging. WordPress is really unique because unlike most platforms on the internet people are super supportive and kind here. People genuinely want to connect with one another and I feel like the majority of people actually use their platform how it was supposed to be used- to express oneself. If you ever want to buy followers just take some time to interact with people here instead. It will help you connect with others and grow your blog. 

Spam Comments

Literally everyone I have talked to on WP hates spam comments and in my opinion these kind of comments are one of the worst parts of WP. I don’t mean spam comments like the obviously spam ones that try to sell you viagra or something (although if you’re the person who keeps leaving spam comments trying to sell me viagra please stop 😂). I mean the comments that say nothing about your post but tells you to visit their blog. Here are some examples:

Why would anyone follow your blog when you can’t take a few minutes to read theirs? Most people would automatically check out your blog if you left a genuine comment on their blog. However, when you leave comments like this people are just going to get irritated and probably block you or at least avoid your blog. 

Not Using Features Correctly

WP offers a lot of really great features but a lot of people don’t do a lot or any research on how to use them to their advantage. Features like tags, categories, featured images etc are there for a reason and can be vital in growing your blog. Using these features incorrectly can actually slow down your blogs growth.

For example, if you use more than 15 tags your posts will be taken off the tags section in the Reader and this will decrease your traffic and consequently your following. Using incorrect hashtags can also do the same. Using really specific tags is great for SEO but not so much for the WP community. I mean when was the last time you searched something on WP that was super specific like “post about how to grow your blog and use the tags feature on WP.” Most people will search something like “how to grow your blog” or even shorter like “grow WordPress.” Using specific tags is fine but don’t forget to add some broader tags too like “food” if you’re writing about food. 

Clickbait

Clickbait is okay to an extent if you do it once in a while and your title does relate to your post to an extent but if you constantly use clickbait-y titles that have nothing to do with your post people are probably going to get irritated and end up not following you or unfollowing you. What you want is loyal readers and followers because that’s what will help you grow long term. 

Spreading Hate

Most people have heard this at least a few times in their life- if you don’t have anything nice to say than don’t say anything at all. I think most people are fine receiving feedback because it helps you improve your writing or your posts and it helps you understand your readers better. However, if you are going to use your platform to leave hateful comments that attack the blogger you are not going to be very popular on WP because like I said we’re like a family here. If you’re going to leave feedback make sure you’re not attacking someone and leave it in a positive manner.

If you’re just going to leave a hateful comment think about the fact that there are thousands of other blogs out there. No one is forcing you to follow a blog you don’t like or read posts you don’t want to. If you hate something that much just read other blogs you agree with or connect with more. Don’t waste your energy ruining someone else’s day. You don’t personally know this person, you don’t know what they are currently going through and frankly it’s their blog and they can do whatever they want on their own blog.  

Thoughts

What are some blogging mistakes you wish you had known about sooner? Have you missed my blogging advice posts? Do you think I should do more blogging advice posts- I feel like I haven’t done any in forever? Did you find this post helpful? What is some blogging advice you wish someone had given you?


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Blogger Interview With Alexandra

Blogger Interview With Alexandra

I want to thank Alexandra for being a part of this interview and she has such an amazing blog I would love it if you guys took some time to check it out -as always it’s linked below.

1. Thank you so much for being a part of this interview. Please tell us a little about yourself and your blog.

Thank you for including me and my blog! Hm. How do I answer that? Well, I’m a single mom of two young children in my 40s, who is a writer and journalist, and I work full-time doing public relations. I grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio and lived in NYC for most of my adult life. I’ve had basically every job under the sun, from being a professional actress and comedienne for seven years in NYC to working as a research assistant at Mass General Hospital and pursuing a medical degree. I have a Peter Pan complex, hate growing up, but I have to anyway. I like to make people laugh and feel something, which is why I started blogging. My blog is about being human, parenting, and introspection. It’s about being honest with yourself and this crazy world around us. It’s about getting through it, one day at a time, and some days are funny and some are sad.

2. When and why did you start blogging?

I started blogging when my children were babies in 2010. I had a popular mommy blog back then called Crybabysoup, but I deleted it when I got divorced. I felt I didn’t want to put myself “out there” for criticism, because I was not in a good headspace. I started blogging again about a year ago. I like to write, and I like to perform, and this is a way of performing and writing at the same time. I like to interact with my readers, and to read and hear comments, and to read other writers’ blogs. I  also just completed a first draft of a novel, and I hope my readers from the blog will read the book as well and maybe help it to get published! The blog is a wonderful platform for your work.

3. How has blogging changed your life?

Blogging has changed my life in that I share my blog on my social media, and more people that I would expect read it and seem to know about my life in my small town. I think it’s made people relate to me and feel like they know me, even if they don’t. It’s kind of nice. I have always looked like that “girl you went to camp with,” and so people warm up to me quickly, as if they already know me. The blog has increased that.

4. As a parent how do you find the time to juggle kids and writing? Are there any tips you could give to other parents out there?

It is hard to write, work full-time, and parent, especially as a single parent! But, I make time for it. I have to. The blogging, to me, is a lot easier than writing my book. It is more freeflow and I typically write when I’m inspired. Sometimes, I feel bad that I haven’t posted in a week, and I feel like I’m disappointing my followers. Though, there are not too many yet (haha!), so not sure anyone even cares!!

5. When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I have always been a writer, ever since I was little. I wrote plays when I was young, and I turned Judy Blume’s Superfudge into a play. I was 8 years-old.

6. What is your favourite thing about blogging?

I love the reactions I get from people. I love to make people think, respond, laugh, cry, and relate.

7. Tell us a little bit about your books.

I just finished the first draft of a novel, Friends with Boats, which I hope to publish in 2021 or 2022. It’s about three women living on Cape Cod, who end up dating the same man. It makes them take a look at their marriages and lives, and you can read what happens!! It’s women’s fiction and it’s kind of like a beach read. Stay tuned.

8. What is your favourite part about being a writer?

My favorite part about being a writer is that I can entertain others while being safe at home. I love words. I love grammar. I love putting them together to communicate. I love that as a writer, your career never ends. You can age out of being an actress; you can never age out of being a writer. Writing also is something that lasts forever. You can make a difference.

9. What’s your favourite food?

Pizza and sushi.

10. What is one of your favourite hobbies apart from blogging?

Running and watching Reality TV (haha!)

11. Where do you see yourself ten years from now?

Hm…I hope to have two or three books published with a book deal from a publisher on the way! I also hope to have a good job and be happy with my kids and my life! I hope to be married again too, to my wonderful boyfriend!

If you enjoyed this interview don’t forget to stop by Alexandra’s blog by clicking here.


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Inspiring Quotes

Inspiring Quotes


I thought that since it’s Black History Month I would share some quotes about equality, diversity and freedom from some really amazing people who fought for all three.

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Six Word Story #82

Six Word Story #82

Your lies always sound so sweet.


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Blogger Interview With Wonani

Blogger Interview With Wonani

I had such a great time interviewing Wonani and I hope you guys enjoy her answers as much as I did! She is such a great blogger and I am so thankful for the support she has shown this blog so I would really appreciate it if you guys took some time to go over and check out her blog which is linked below.

1. Thanks so much for being a part of this interview. Please tell us a little bit about yourself and what your blog is about.

Hey! Thank you so much for having me. I’m so excited to be doing this.

I am a 22 year old Zambian currently living in Malaysia. I am in my final year of university, studying Civil Engineering. I’m also a writer. My blog is called Dose of Wonani. Dose of Wonani is about learning and life experiences, both about mine and others too. I write a lot about things I’ve learnt, mistakes I’ve made and other fun stuff like places I’ve visited and random stuff. I’m also extremely open to hearing or reading about other people’s stories or knowing about their art and so you’ll find that on the blog too. The blog has no specific niche so you will find a little bit of everything and anything. The plan is for the blog to be relatable to everyone.

2. When did you start your blog and what made you decide to start blogging?

I started my blog in December of 2017. I had just moved to Malaysia and was starting uni. The idea of having a blog came way before 2017 because I was doing a lot of writing. I wrote more then than I do now. However, I never actually started one. When I moved to Malaysia, I thought it would be a good idea to write about my university experience, share my writing and bring other people on board to do the same, So, because of that, I created a WordPress account, set up the site and here we are.

3. You write about a number of very interesting topics on your blog. Do you have a favourite topic or niche to write about?

Thank you! I have written a bunch of open letters on my blog. So far, I think those are my favourite to write. I think I like the idea of addressing people through letters. I wish we still did a lot of that today. I have written letters to my younger self, to my older self, to women and girls everywhere and to my future boyfriend. I love writing those mostly because they give me a chance to explore my creativity and imagination too.

4. What are some of your blogging goals for 2021?

I hope to stay consistent. I post weekly and I’m hoping I can keep that up even though university has become so busy now. I also hope to grow my following, work with more bloggers (like you), and I’ve really been thinking about upgrading my WordPress plan so I’m doing a lot of reading on that and I can hopefully make the change at the end of the year.

5. What is one piece of advice you would give to new bloggers?

There is always room for you. No field or area of content creation is too saturated. There will always be someone interested in hearing your story the way you want it to be told, seeing your work or knowing whatever it is you do. So fill up that room, take up that space. It’s yours. “The world made space for you to take up and you have a right to do so.” I hope that helps a new blogger who feels maybe this isn’t for them or they can’t do it like the next person.

6. What inspires you to write?

This is surprisingly a difficult question for me. For now, I’ll say life and the people around me inspire me to write.

7. What do you love about travelling?

I love that I get to see new places, have new experiences, try new food etc. The feeling of visiting a new place is really unmatched. Even just thinking about it makes me happy. Unfortunately, with the current world situation, I haven’t been able to travel and visit new places but I really hope I can travel this year. Fingers crossed I can. I’m also hoping I reach a point where my finances can catch up and be on the same page with my travel plans.

9. What is your favourite food?

Believe it or not, I don’t have one. I do enjoy a good, medium well steak and I love trying chicken nuggets from different places and rating them but having favourites, I don’t.

10. What is your favourite movie?

The Great Gatsby. I watch this movie at least once every year. Some people find it hard to watch and I really don’t get that.

11. Thanks again and please feel free to add anything you would like to share with the readers.

Thank you so much for having me, Pooja. I had fun answering your questions and realising it’s not so easy for me to figure out what inspires me. To everyone reading, don’t forget to take time for the little things that make you happy. Find pleasure in them. Thank you!


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Vegetable Pancake Recipe

Vegetable Pancake Recipe

Vegetable Pancake Recipe

This is another fabulous and delicious recipe from my mum! She is a really great cook and I always tell her she needs to start a YouTube channel or something. Anyway, she wanted to share this vegetable pancake recipe with you guys since last year but I took a break from blogging and then I got busy with school so I wasn’t able to post until now. It’s such a simple, healthy and delicious recipe I’m sure you guys will enjoy it if you try it.

Ingredients

2 medium potatoes

1 carrot

1 onion

1 small or 1/2 a large beet

1 ginger

4-5 cloves of garlic

A few coriander leaves

These were the vegetables my mum used but feel free to substitute them with other vegetables that you prefer or may have in the fridge.

Instructions

  1. Grate all the vegetables and mince the coriander, garlic and ginger.
  2. Mix the this with 3-4 tbsp. of rice flour/plain flour or any flour you prefer. You can use a GF flour if you want to make this recipe GF.
  3. Add salt and black pepper to the mixture according to your taste- I added 1 tsp. of salt and 1/2 tsp of black pepper.
  4. Mix everything really well.
  5. Add a bit of oil to a skillet/frying pan and add enough of the mixture to make a pancake- see image below. Cover the pan with a lid and let it cook on medium-high heat for 3-5 minutes and check to see if it’s done. When the bottom is done flip it over and cook the other side till both sides are cooked well and crispy.
  6. Repeat this till all your pancakes are done.
  7. You can garnish the pancakes with some fresh coriander leaves if you like.
  8. You can serve this with plain “dahi” (yogurt) or if you’re vegan you can serve it with vegan plain yogurt or vegan mayonnaise. Enjoy!

Thoughts

Have you tried vegetable pancakes? Is this something you would try? Do you like coriander because a lot of people surprisingly don’t? What is your favourite vegetable? Let me know in the comments below or simply stop by and say hi because I always love hearing from you in the comments!


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