Day 4

This is the blog where I’ll be uploading all the photos with my Nikon.

Coffee with Ella

Oh we built a boat out of sticks and stone
To float away to find a sort of home
With books and maps and pens to draft our way
We drifted through the sea for a better day

Away is where we go
Away is all we know 

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Saturday Running through the City 

Yesterday I went to Creative Mornings Lima, part of the Creative Mornings community that organises free conferences (coffee included!) all around the world. This month’s topic was music and we listened to interesting stories about how the music world works behind the scenes. I applied to be a voluntary, let’s see how that goes. After that I ran to teach Spanish, home to have lunch, then I jumped on a taxi to go to the hospital for my doctor’s appointment. After consulting in the previous months one doctor that just seeing me and touching my neck told me I had diabetes AND cancer (and that told me not to worry, people with that kind of cancer live a long life) and one that told me that the problem was my body and I would have to be in a diet my whole life, I have found (miracle!) a serious doctor that doesn’t invent diagnosis and gives me a series of exams to do to scientifically prove what I have (he thinks nothing serious) and what not. I was starting to feel doctors with brains didn’t exist. This is to say: there are plenty of hospitals and doctors in your town, if you feel sad, uncomfortable or not satisfied (or the three of them, like me) DO NOT stay, try someone else, another hospital. Next week I’ll do my exams, find the problem and the solution. I just had to step away from that place and now I definitely feel I’m in good hands.

At night I was so tired I stayed at home. Before going to sleep I opened up Netflix to watch a comedy, I clicked on the smiling face of Drew Barrymore in the poster of Miss You Already and discovered she was actually the friend that sees her bestie find out she has cancer and go all through the process of chemio and more. Beautiful movie, but I couldn’t finish it. Sometimes you just want to laugh and go to sleep. 

How was your weekend? 

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Sunday on the Floor

The day I wanted to blog my computer decided to stop writing. I wanted to post all the pictures of my trips and tell you about them but half the keyboard doesn’t work anymore. 

Here I am from my iPad, drinking coffee and eating a chocoteja, surrounded by the Sunday newspaper. I guess I should say I’m sitting on the floor on my yoga mat because we don’t have a couch yet. New flat, no furniture. 

In a few moments I’ll start reading the last part of Immortality by Milan Kundera, a book  that truly surprised me. I was lucky to find it on my way at a second-hand book sale. Next to it, waiting, there’s a book I wanted to read since high school and that is finally mine: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. I am an achiever, that means I feel bad if I haven’t done anything productive. It doesn’t matter if it’s Sunday. Right now I am torn between feeling guilty that I am writing and then reading and convincing myself I deserve it at least one day a week. 

Last night I watched the last episode of Girlmore Girls, Fall, and I’ve got to admit I cried a little bit. Lorelai is the hardworking, strong and inspiring woman that should be the focus of the show, and Rory is a selfish and spoiled 32-year-old baby that cannot put her sh*t together. When I was younger I liked that she loved to read and was good at school because I could see myself in her but she is definitely thousands of kms away of what it’s a great character like Hermione Granger. 

Yesterday I went to the presentation of the summer courses at the photography school I dream to study so bad. Here in December you get another salary apart from the one you normally receive, and here I am again torn between “investing on myself” like my mum called it and saving up because we have to buy a house and you have to save the more you can. I am always a mind with a body dragged by two extremes. 

What do you think? 

How I Feel During Finals

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So finals finally started in my university. I had an exam programmed for today, and yesterday I spent the entire afternoon, evening and night (until 1 a.m.) studying, I didn’t sleep (I tried for three hours but the result was only thinking about the exam and rolling in bed) and then I woke up today at 4 a.m. to study for an hour, change, have breakfast, take a bus at 6.30 a.m. and arrive at uni at 7.50 a.m., only to discover, at 9.30 a.m., that there were too many people, so I had to come back tomorrow. And the cycle will start again…

I always think that gifs from Tumblr can express how I feel better than words, so I leave you with: How I feel during university finals. Enjoy.

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An Open Letter To All Of My Friends Who Take Selfies

Take a selfie when you feel pretty, when you’re proud of the makeup look and/or the outfit you wear that day, but also when you’re sad, do you know it’s scientifically proven that when you smile, even if you don’t feel like it, after a while signals are sent to the brain that actually make you happy? Smiling can literally change your emotion. So please, smile, upload a selfie on your blog or instagram, tag me if you want (@ellarend), and, of course, have a nice day :)

The Belle Jar

Dear Friends Who Take Selfies,

I want you to know that I love it when you post pictures of yourself. I know selfies get a lot of bad press, but I think they’re rad. They give me a little window into your life, and you’d be amazed at how much I can get out of one little photo.

I love your pictures because I love seeing what you’re wearing – the outfits you build give me ideas about how to mix it up with my own wardrobe, and seeing you work your shit gives me courage to try clothing that I otherwise might have thought was too outlandish or revealing.

I love seeing how you do your hair and makeup. You look like a hot babe and I wish you would make YouTube tutorials explaining how you get your eyeliner just so. I want you to post pictures every time you change your…

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Blog Better: Tips to Improve Your Blog

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I wanted to write this post for a while, share the little I’ve learnt with you. I know I’m not an expert, and I cannot even remotely think I am one since this blog is still so “not popular”, but I think you have to blog for the blog you want, and quality, connections and graphics in this environment are the key.
But enough with the blabber, here are my tips:

Use big photos of great quality. I don’t want to need a hand lens to see what mascara you photographed, please use pictures of medium/large size. If the quality of your camera is bad and you’re talking about a product (makeup, clothes, books, etc) you can always find the photo the shops put on their website (usually with a white background), save it and add it to your post, better if with a link, so they can also go back to the website and read/see more details about it.

Graphic is important and can be distracting. Use a clean theme and a white background. Try to stay minimal. If you like colours, use maximum two. So many times (and I don’t like it, but it’s true) I have not subscribed to a blog because I just didn’t like the graphic, and I have read also a lot of other people do the same thing.

Meet other bloggers! I’ve met awesome people on Blogging101 here on WordPress, but you can also stumble upon blogs just searching tags that interest you!

Leave a comment only if you have something to say. Self-explanatory. If the blogger likes the comment you left, he/she’s probably going to click on your profile and have a look at your blog. Instead, if you write something that is clearly a copy-paste text with your link at the end, you’re probably going to be ignored or something like that.

Plan if you don’t have time! Are you writing a post at 3 in the morning and you think if you publish it at that moment it would get lost and nobody would read it? You work full time and have time to write only at the weekends? Plan your tweets (thanks to TweetDeckand your blog and Facebook posts (just go to the post’s setting options)! I’ve read that the best time to publish is at 7 a.m. (when everybody wakes up/goes to work/school) and around 5/6 p.m. (when everybody goes back home/ finally relaxes).

Create a recognisable design. If you prefer images to photos as headers on your posts, use always a design that your readers can begin to recognise with your blog. For example, find a font and use it always, or maybe a particular frame. You don’t need Photoshop for this, I always use Canva, a free website with a lot of options and pre-made designs. Also free and easy to use is Studio, an app that I have on my phone and iPad. Creative Market every week gives you free awesome stuff.

Connect your Facebook page to Twitter, so every time you post something it will appear there too.

Participate to chats! There are a lot of chats where you can interact with people that blog about the same topics as you! I follow
CrazyBloggers (every topic, Thurs 7-8pm UK time),
Lifestyle Bloggers (Wed & Sun 7- 8pm UK time),
Beauty Bloggers (Wed & Sun 8-9 pm UK time),
Blogsdoitbetter (Monday 7-8pm & Fri 8-9pm UK time),
Musical Bloggers (Thurs 6-7pm UK time)
UK time = GMT
Italy time = GMT+1

Socialize! Mention your blog on social networks (don’t forget the link on your profile), use the right hashtags, follow bloggers you like, etc.

Mention your old posts! Have you talked about that product/author/topic before? Link it! You’ll bring traffic to your old content that maybe your new readers haven’t read.

Always put links/buttons to your other social networks on your blog. You probably have a Facebook page and a Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Tumblr account, why not say it? :)
You can find already designed buttons on the internet for free, just google “social media buttons“.

Create a Bloglovin’ account. Follow blogs from different platforms (Blogger and WordPress for example) in one place and make others follow you! It’s a very important platform, don’t forget to register your blog!

I know it’s hard to spend time writing a post, putting your heart into it, and then go to the statistics page and see so few visits, but as I said here during a CrazyBloggers chat: it’s a long process. In the end I enjoy much more when you comment and we create a nice conversation, than when I see a lot of visitors but no sign of them.

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