Hello June…

According to the meteorological experts in the Northern Hemisphere we are now officially in summer. Woop!! It has been fairly warm here over the past week or so… except on the days I’m not at work. Why does the sun only shine when I’m stuck on reception…

June 

In my – It’s a Blogs Life post – I mentioned that every month or so on my blog I am going to have a new theme. Something to focus my posts on and maybe have a bit of fun with. My theme for this month and also next month encompasses quite a lot of different things and it is one word…

My theme for June & July – DREAMS 

I eventually decided on this theme due to being inspired by a Midsummer Night’s Dream. I have a few posts planned. Don’t worry none of these posts include detailed descriptions of my weird dreams which sometimes feel like I’m watching a movie. Are other peoples dreams like that? Not that I have done a lot of dreaming the past few nights it has been far to warm to sleep properly.

June’s Quote 

June quote

New Blog Layout

The eagle eyed amongst you will have noticed I have given my blog a mini makeover. I hope you like it. I have playing with the blog layouts for a while and I think I am happy with this one.

I hope you all have a good June

lu

Its a Blogs Life…

Well my Blogging activity during the month of May has certainly taken a nose dive. I did have a few posts planned for last week but after the Terrorist Attack in Manchester on Monday night I decided that perhaps it was not the time for frivolities. Out of respect for the 22 people who died I decided that I would not post anything for last week.

Westandtogether

Sometimes the evil that surfaces in this world just knocks me off my feet. I cannot believe that anyone anywhere can justify what that wicked man did. Targeting young children is just the most sickening thing imaginable. My heart really does go out to all those who have lost someone and those whose lives will never be the same again.

Now back to frivolities… 

Having the week free from Blogging Activities gave me a chance to reflect on how I want to move my Blog forward. Blogs tend to evolve over time and I really want this to be the best reflection of me.

PLANS FOR JUNE & BEYOND 

I am thinking of giving my blog a “Make Over”.  I am not a 100% sure how I want to do it? I need to have a little play and see what I think might work. I do know that I want it to include my own Art Work. At the moment I am changing the Banner every month with a Disney theme. Usually the picture is from a poster or something someone else has produced. I think it would be nice if I could produce my own banner, with my own drawings or photo’s maybe…

I also want my whole blog to be more visual, more photo’s, better featured images etc…

I want something I can be really proud of. I am also planning on going though my post categories and tags etc.. Going through old posts, making it all nicer.

Monthly Themes 

I am going to stick with the monthly themes though I will be moving away from Disney. I am planning on having a Roald Dahl Month in September and a Jane Austen Month in December for example. These months will feature book and movie reviews related to that author. Hopefully some interesting facts and some artwork I have produced on the selected theme.

Slimming Sunday

Yesterday should have been my Slimming Sunday post for May. As you may or may not have noticed, it did not happen.

Last month I made a fleeting comment that Slimming Sunday was going to have a name change as this post tends to encompass a lot more than just my failed slimming attempts. I need a name that is going to reflect all the nonsense that I babble on about. I will announce the new name on Sunday. (when I have come up with it! lol!)

From June I will also be making these posts fortnightly rather than monthly. I’m hoping that this may motivate me to a bit more proactive than what I am actually being.

Lists, Lists and More Lists… 

I am trying to create my Ultimate Bucket List.

I am going to include things I have already completed in the past so I can keep track of achievements. There maybe some posts on this in the future.

The 101 List has also been a little neglected over the past few months or so. I will be looking at completing a few items on there over the next few weeks.

As well as those lists, I will be looking a other lists I can include, maybe some challenges.

Bullet Journal 

I have been really hopeless with this. I have forgotten all about it. From June I am going to have to begin this again. Expect photo’s on this…

I do have other plans but I think this is enough for one post. I am really looking forward to making this blog more me and including more of my creative side.

lu

A to Z Reflections Post

I have really enjoyed participating in the A to Z April Blogging Challenge this year. Views on my blog have been good and I have had some lovely comments. The best thing about the challenge though was finding some wonderful new bloggers.

I have listed a few of my favourites. (In no particular order)

Abbie’s Adventure Diaries  –  Abbie’s A – Z theme was things she had learnt by the time she was 30. Knocking on 40’s door (nearly) I was curious to know if they were similar things to what I had learnt. Quite a lot of them were.

Milly’s Guide  –  Milly’s Guide for the A- Z was centred around Mental Health. I have had Mental Health issues in the past and over the past few months due to some personal struggles they have been trying to resurface.  Reading this blog has helped me identify some warning signs and has made me re-think certain strategies before they get any worse.

Natalie Westgate – Natalie’s A – Z theme was A Secret Diary of A Serial Killer. This was great I loved getting a new chapter everyday. If you have not read it yet, you should. Go there now… Hang on read this first, then go!

Dorky Mom Doodles – This was a lovely little gem. Kids are so funny and the doodles that go with the posts are delightful.

Unfortunately I don’t have time to mention all the other wonderful blogs I discovered. I especially liked one who I cannot find now who put pictures of various hot men for every letter.

Linky List  – Yes or No

I did miss the Linky List this year. Due to being in pain during the last week (I lost a filling/crown mentioned in previous posts so won’t bore you again) I did not link my posts on any other social media or the A to Z blogs as I had scheduled my posts. Inevitably this led to the amount of views on these posts being significantly few. I also noticed that I only had 3 referrals from the A to Z website yet loads through the WordPress version and WordPress in general.

However, even though views on my blog are nice, it was harder to find blogs. I managed to visit at least 6 new ones plus the ones I decided to follow everyday. I used to like going through the list and knowing where I was. There were a lot of occasions when I clicked on the same blogs over and over again, not by choice. I understand the list is a lot of work for the moderators, but I did miss it.

Overall I really enjoyed participating in the A to Z Challenge 2017. Looking forward to next year.