“The Time has come, the Walrus said” to look back on the year that has been 2013. It has been such a weird year in both my work and personal life, with plenty of travels, ups and down and twisty bits in the middle. But, as we reach the final day of the year 2013, I thought that I would share some of the blog posts that I’ve written over the past twelve months.
Perhaps you missed them, perhaps you remember them, but here is my Year in Blog Posts:
The first month of 2013 was – as per usual – quite a thoughtful month for my blogging, but the two posts that stand out for me, are a Writing Inspiration post, as well as a Nail of the Day from the beauty side of things:
NOTD: Dark Skies
I’ve fallen a little off the tracks when it comes to nail art, and actually wearing nail polish over the past couple of months, so it is nice to look back and remind myself what I love so much about nail polish – as well as why I own so much of the stuff.
Writing Inspiration: Will Grayson, Will Grayson
As both a writer and an avid reader, I have a keen love for cherishing every part of a novel, even after I have finished it. Will Grayson, Will Grayson was not one of my favourite reads of 2013, but that’s not to say that it’s not possible to take inspiration from it.
February seems to have been another month of thought – obviously January wasn’t enough for thinking – as I questioned my moral grounding with regards to the fact that I own a Kindle, MP3 player etc, but still feel obliged to purchase books and CDs to support struggling shops:
Books, Downloads and Buyer Morals
It’s funny, because I’m still not really sure how I stand on this. I moved house recently, carting a large number of CDs, books and DVDs along for the ride, despite the fact that I have an ever growing download collection on my phone, a Kindle full of books and a subscription to LoveFilm.
NOTD: Metallic Green Grass
My love for funky nail polish continued also, into February with a Nail of the Day featuring one of the Barry M Magnetic polishes that I’m still quite fond of. I love how simple they are to use, and how easy it is to create really lovely nail art, with very little effort.
March and April seem to have been quiet points in the life of personal blogging – as often happens when work-life takes over – but I did still manage to write a Nail of the Day post in April:
NOTD: Ethereal Girl
Ethereal Girl is such a lovely Spring-type shade of polish. However, I will add that I did eventually find the White Orchid nail polish that I had originally been looking for (now found in Rimmel’s pricier nail polish range!).
May was an intriguing month, as I discovered the most random book:
Books in Real Life: Tanks
I really do love the idea behind this book – not that I can imagine that many people own a tank – but I can imagine that it could be quite interesting, to people who are interested in mechanics etc, to discover how Tanks were constructed. I think I would probably have found it even more appealing if I had found it whilst studying the First World War for GCSE History!
Random Scribblings: Memories
Random Scribblings is something that I don’t do enough of, but in May I unearthed a piece that I had written back in 2007, but had sadly never finished. I wish that I had written more relating to gig experiences, because they are always memorable events, and sometimes photos just aren’t enough at capturing the raw emotion of going.
June saw the beginnings of my ongoing fight against jargon – if you didn’t know, I absolutely detest unnecessary jargon – with a post relating to the sometimes baffling world of HTML.
Jargon Busting HTML
In my opinion, HTML is a form of jargon that definitely has its place in the world, because it is like a universal language of the internet, that allows us to create and do things that we want with websites/blog posts etc. The problem is that learning HTML is just like learning a typical language, so I wanted to help explain a few of the very basics.
Most people will only ever need the basics, anyway.
Writing Inspiration: Looking for Alaska
June’s writing inspiration came from yet another John Green novel – 2013 has definitely been the year of John Green – this time in the form of Looking for Alaska. This book is probably my second favourite Green book, behind Paper Towns.
But it wasn’t just books that inspired my writing in June:
Writing Inspiration: Cha-Ching (Til We Grow Older)
Quite a few bands have been popular on my playlists throughout 2013, but I don’t think any have had the impact that Imagine Dragons have had, in terms of writing inspiration. I just think that their lyrics are incredibly powerful, and for a writer lyrics are what makes a good song – although a kickass melody works well too 😉
First Impressions: Primark Eyeshadow Palette
It’s easy to get a little “nose-in-air” about Primark cosmetics, particularly because they’re so darn cheap. However, I’ve been a fan of their oil-free facial wipes for a while now, so it was only a matter of time before I decided to test out one of the palettes, and I was not disappointed.
After a slow and snowy start, the lovely weather of July obviously revived the blogger in me as I seemed to really pick up the pace with a whole catalogue of various delights:
5 Ways to Conquer SEO
SEO is the Internets obsession, and whether you love it or hate it – I don’t hate SEO, because I can see its purpose, I just hate the obsession with it – and this guide was designed to help people to conquer SEO, before SEO has had the chance to conquer you.
July also saw another writing quest, in the form of Camp NaNoWriMo. I only opted for a small word count for this challenge, but I was proud of myself for completing the task, no less!
Word of the Week: Internet
The writing buzz of Camp NaNoWriMo evidently inspired several writing-related posts, including various Words of the Week, including Internet, Miasma and Myth
Several writing inspirations also appeared, including:
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Oblivion (theme from the film)
But the writing side wasn’t the only area to get a real boost, as the beauty blog also bloomed, with a look at what size we really are and returning to the topic of What is Beauty? (2013 Edition) as part of my Positive Beauty series.
The hot weather also inspired a post about my hot weather make up survival kit, which was very much needed throughout this years glorious summer months. I also reviewed the Yves Saint Laurent Black Eyeliner, as well as shared some bargain hunting from T.K. Maxx (everybody loves a good bargain, afterall!).
August was quite a personal thirty one days, as I dedicated a series of letters to my favourite month of the year. I don’t typically share a great deal about my personal life on the blogs, but I enjoyed the therapeutic nature of my Dear August Series, and I’m pondering whether I should dedicate the August of 2014 to the same task, or perhaps even set myself the challenge throughout the entire year of 2014 – would that be too much?
September was a quiet front on this writing lark, but it wasn’t completely dead as I managed to write two reviews of two very different beauty products:
Lush Emotional Brilliance Liquid Eyeliner
This was an eyeliner that I wasn’t expecting a great deal from, but I was overall quite impressed with. I love when a product proves my first impressions wrong, which is why I think that it is so important for bloggers to really try a product before they blog about them. You really need to put a product through its paces to get to the core of how you feel about it. I’ve made the mistake of reviewing things too early, in the past, and finding that my opinion has substantially altered since I wrote the original review.
Liz Earle Gentle Face Exfoliator
I still can’t quite decide if I love or hate the smell of this product, which I no longer think smells like lemons, but as a once-a-week product, I think this is great and highly recommend it.
October / November
October was a quiet month due mainly to the great deal of upheaval that occurred in my private life, with moving house and various other things going on.
Whilst I did prepare to do NaNoWriMo towards the end of October, with two articles:
NaNoWriMo 2013 Checklist
Five NaNoWriMo Tips for When Life Throws You Lemons
I was unfortunately unable to take my own advice as house moving meant that my NaNoWriMo adventure for 2013 ended half way through the month, which is a huge shame. However, I will not let this beat me. For this reason, I have designated January 2014 to be the month when I complete my NaNoWriMo challenge, with the intention of finally reaching that 50,000-word goal! I will not be beaten!
And finally, we reach good ol’ December, which seems weird since as I am writing this, it is still December. However, post-move has given me the time to finally sit down and get back into regular blogging, so there have been a fair few posts over the past thirty days.
In the creative categories we had a word of the week, and a little help with staying creative:
Word of the Week: Nous
How to Stay Creative
There was also a review of Body Shop’s White Musk Gift Set, including their Smoky Rose Body Lotion – which is absolutely divine!
For the business pages we had quite a few posts, so I was obviously feeling quite motivated this month:
How to Kick Jargon in the Butt saw my quest against unnecessary jargon continue, whilst I sought business guidance from those lovely folks across the big pond, in Canada with Three Things the Canadians Can Teach Us About Business.
So, as you can see it has been a busy time in 2013. The blogs have often played second fiddle to earning money – as is life – but I’m hoping to bring the blogs back to life epic style in 2014.
Happy New Year everyone,
and wishing you all a groovy 2014 😉