HOW TO SCHEDULE YOUR READING FOR UNIVERSITY

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Hi everyone, welcome back to my blog! Today I’m talking to you about how I schedule my reading during the school term!

If you’re curious you can look at this example document that I made based on a previous school term.

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HOW TO: OUTLINE A BLOG POST

Hey guys, welcome back to my blog! Today I’m coming at you with a new How To post and today I’m talking about how I outline my blog posts because you guys know that I schedule and outline my blog post pretty far in advance.

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I usually outline my posts far in advance because I outline my blog posts as I schedule them, so right now I have all of my blog posts scheduled up to around February/March next year. So, at least 90%, if not all of them have been outlined and just need me to write them and add in images and breakers with my usual add ons for any posts I write.

*Note – I schedule my blog posts on WordPress so they go up on a specific time & date. Just because they’ve been scheduled does not mean I’ve written them all yet. 

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3 WAYS TO RELIEVE BLOGGING STRESS / It’s time to kick blogging pressure’s ass!

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Hey guys, welcome back to my blog! Today I’m doing a quick blog post talking about how I try to avoid blogging stress. I’m not always successful but I thought this might help some of you, because I love reading advice posts like these because I find them really helpful, so maybe you will too!

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HOW TO: COME UP WITH BLOGGING IDEAS!

Hey guys! Today I’m coming at you with a new blog post, and today I’ focusing on how I come up with blogging ideas! But, I’m not gonna be like, write down your ideas because that’s not my intention for this post. Today I want to actually brainstorm some ideas with you guys for how to actually come up with new ideas for things to write about on your blogger.

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WHERE TO BEGIN???

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Research! (aka. get your stalk on!)

Read a bunch of blog posts to try and find some inspiration for a blog post of your own. Or, you could always do a tag and maybe you’ll get some inspiration from one of the questions there??? You’ll notice how the keyword I’m using here is inspiration!

Or, you could always try branching out and talking about something different on your blog. Try discussing the latest movie you enjoyed, or why you didn’t like it compared to other reviewers who did.

But, I do understand that not everyone likes to mish and mash what they talk about on their blog, so if you want to stick to books you could also try these:

Booktube (Bookish side of YouTube). This is a great place to find other types of bookish content and maybe you;l even get some fun ideas you can give a blogging twist to. Watching some bookish videos might even spark a discussion or you might end up creating your own book tag!

My last piece of advice, for this section, is to do what you love! If your blog focuses on reading then read! If you focus on film then watch a movie! It can be hard to find inspiration or motivation if you’re not actively doing what you love so crack open that spine or grab your remote because this is technically research, right???

WHAT NEXT?

Next, you should brainstorm! Write down a bunch of ideas and either do some tags on your own blog and get inspiration from that or, you should try writing down some ideas and then putting your own twist on them!

  • If you love bookshelf tours then put your own twist on that idea!
    If you love recommendations make a fun series out of it on your bog!
    If you love recommendations based on other medias, you should try that it yourself!
    Why not write some discussions?? – They don’t have to be about controversial topics!
    Interview a fellow blogger or Co-write a blog post!
    Talk about why you started your blog – maybe you’ll find some nostalgic motivation!
    Do a tag!
    Ask a fellow blogger to do a guest post on your blog
    Participate in a bookish meme (T5W, WWW Wednesday…etc.)
    Recommend some of your favourite bloggers!

NOW WRITE!

The only thing you can do now is write! You’ve researched, you’ve brainstormed and now you need to stir up that blogging mojo! You need to find a few topics you’re passionate about and then write about them until your fingers bleed (not literally but you get what I mean!). You might even find that you end up scheduling a few posts (which is definitely a great feeling!)

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HOW TO: COMICS (NO, YOU DON’T HAVE TO ONLY READ ABOUT SUPERHEROES) // a quick guide for beginners + some recs

Hey guys, today I’m coming at you with a new How To post, this time featuring comics. I know that some of you guys are interested in starting to read comics so I thought this post might help in some way, especially since I don’t talk about them enough on my blog!

I hope you guys enjoy this and find it somewhat helpful! Let me know if you love reading comics too!

(Remember to click on the covers to go to the Goodreads pages!)

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books booksLumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy  The Flash, Vol. 1: Move Forward  Gotham Academy, Vol. 1: Welcome to Gotham Academy  The Complete Chi's Sweet Home, Part 1  I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1: Madly Ever After

I started reading comics quite a few years ago so I’m slightly qualified to give advice on this post! I do read a lot of superhero comics but not always, and so I will be recommending some of my favourite non-hero comics later in the post if you want to skip to that!

So, for this section of this post, I’m going to try and recommend (^^comics shown above^^) some comics that are handy for people trying to get into comics. These are all good for all ages, this way they’re too complex & there’s no crazy lore or background where you have to know about a whole previous universe if ya get my meaning.

If you’re trying to get into comics I recommend starting with something you might have already read the novelisation of (Percy Jackson, Alex Rider etc.) or a comic without a crazy plot. For example, try something like Lumberjanes or a comic with a superhero character you’re familiar with. I also recommend getting them out from the library if you can because comics can be quite expensive, especially if you don’t know what you like yet!

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books booksAmazing X-Men, Volume 1: The Quest for Nightcrawler  Nova Volume 1: Origin  Captain Marvel, Volume 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More  I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1: Madly Ever After  Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Vol. 1: BFF

I thought I show you guys some of my favourite comic next because I’ve already shown you some of the comics I have read and recommend for beginners. These comics are all pretty great for beginners too, but the Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur series does require a tiny bit of background knowledge on the newer Marvel universe (you might also like Ms Marvel if you’re looking for more info on newer Marvel stuff).

The above comics are some of my absolute favourites and I own most of them physically, which definitely shows how much I love them.

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Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy Giant Days, Vol. 1 (Giant Days, #1) Sex Criminals, Vol. 1: One Weird Trick Paper Girls, Vol. 1 (Paper Girls, #1) Bitch Planet, Vol. 1: Extraordinary Machine In Real Life

I thought to end his post I would also talk about whether or not I only read superhero stories and then recommend you guys some comics without supers! Don’t get me wrong, I love superheroes in comics and I do read a lot of superhero comics but, they’re not all of what I read.

A lot of the time I enjoy reading fun comics like Lumberjanes or more satire comics like Bitch Planet because I also find them interesting. I’ve linked a bunch of comics above that I recommend. They’re all good places to start and at least four of them are PG13 (Obviously not Sex Criminals or Bitch Planet).

If you want any other comic recommendations you can find my Goodreads shelf here or you can ask me in the comments!

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How To: Read On A Budget

Hey guys, today I’m coming at you with a new How To post! I haven’t written one of these posts since late last year so I think another one is definitely in order. Today, I’ll be giving you guys some pointers on How To: Read on A Budget! I’m definitely not a pro, but today I’ll be sharing some of my bookish wallet wisdom with you all!

You can read my latest How To posts where I talked about How To: Get The Most Out of Your Audible Purchase & How To: Plan For A Readathon!

Let me know what you would like me to talk about next!

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SOME QUICK ADVICE

Firstly, if you’re looking at trying to save some money, and saving your wallet some pain. You should look at getting a library card. I know that not everyone is fond of libraries, but I’m going, to be honest here, I think that’s dumb. You can have access to Overdrive of Libby if you’re fond of ebooks or audiobooks. Or, you can borrow a whole month’s worth of books for free physically. And, personally, I think it’s totally worth it.

But, if you’re not fond of borrowing your books, you should subscribe to online bookstores like Bookdepository or Wordery. And you should also subscribe to your local bookstores like Dymocks, QBD or Barnes and Noble. This way, you will know whenever they’re planning on having a sale. Personally, I prefer to only buy books if they’re on sale, not because I don’t want to support the author or because I don’t care enough about the book, but because I’m not a millionaire and this is the only way I can manage to purchase books.

There are also other options like buying used books on Depop or #Booksfortrade (Twitter). You also might be able to find a Book Swap in your local shopping centre or something along those lines.

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A STEP BY STEP

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Go through your bookshelves and access which books you do an don’t want, do a little unhaul. This way, you’ll be much more excited about the books you haven’t read on your shelves. I find this is a really great way to make it so you aren’t focusing on the new books coming in, but more so on the books you already have.

If you work on your shelves and the books you already own, then you also won’t feel too bad when you eventually attain some new books.

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Next up, you should stop going to bookstores. I know, I know, I’m a heathen etc etc. We all love going to bookstores but, let’s be real, they can be too tempting at times. Just walking past a bookstores makes my wallet twitch so why tempt fate?

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Don’t put yourself on a book buying ban, but do try to give yourself a book buying limit. Give yourself a money limit per month, or a particular number of books you’ll allow yourself to buy each month. I recommend a money limit, but you do you.

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I mentioned this before, but I’ll mention it again. For this step, I recommend going to the library. I don’t know why you’re on a budget and either way it’s none of my buisness. But, a library is a great place to use free wifi, heating/air-con and a great place to have free access to materials like free books, DVDs or magazines etc.

On this note, there are also amazing resources such as free classics in the public domain.

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My last step is just to mind your spending. It’s super plain and painfully obvious, but I think it’s the best advice I can give. You should avoid any crazy spending. Try your hardest to avoid using your own money, use gift cards or money you are gifted on a birthday or Christmas etc. Avoid buying books full prince and instead wait a couple months after release or pre-order, I find that a book usually increases in price during the month of release. Or, just make a wishlist and send it to your friends and family when you know you have a birthday coming up.

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HOW TO: GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR AUDIBLE PURCHASE

Hey guys, today I’m coming at you with a new How To post. I haven’t done one in a bit and as you guys know, I really enjoy talking about audiobooks, so I thought I would combine the two (again).

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First up, make sure Audible is the right site for you. There are plenty of other sites you can use like Audiobooks.com, YouTube, Overdrive. Audible is a  monthly subscription, so make sure you want it before you sign yourself up.

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Get the narration you want. Before you purchase or use a credit to get a book, you should always listen to a sample. What’s the point of buying a book if you don’t like how it’s told?

If you find that you don’t love the narration you should always try YouTube or Overdrive.

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This is going to sound bad, and maybe it is, but if you find by the time you’re finished listening to your book, return/ refund it. Get a credit back, if you’re never going to listen to it again, then what is the point of keeping it?

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Buy the long books. Okay, so this is a bit hypocritical of me as I mostly listen to audiobooks for all my reading and will listen to anything from 5 to 40 hours. For example, the Sherlock Holmes collection goes on for hours because it is all the SH stories. The benefits to this are that you get all the content, all narrated by the same person, and you pay the same price you would pay for a 3 hour audiobook.

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Just do it guys, buy the collections. It is so worth it and you will really get your bang for your buck. These are really great for readathons and long commutes, I generally listen to mine on the way to school or work.

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There will be sales so take advantage of them. You can always get email updates for the site, or if you’re anything like me, then you’re already on the site on thee ties a month anyway. Audible often has promotions and sales and sometimes they even have free books, so you should keep your eye out.

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Now this one is pretty obvious, but actually, listen to the books. I know I have over 5 books in my account that I haven’t listened to yet. I’ve been meaning to get to this but life’s gotten in the way and they are still just sitting there…

Don’t let them sit there on your phone/ computer calling to you. As soon as you buy your audiobook, listen to it.

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