Monday, 31 October 2016

Top 10 Inspirational Quotes I Have Discovered Today.



So it is Halloween!!  And yet I don't feel like doing a 'Halloween inspired' post today.  Don't get me wrong, I really do love Halloween.  I love all the weird and wonderful d├ęcor you can get, and the spooky costumes you can buy to go trick or treating.  I love watching the Horror movies that they show (or most of them anyway), and most of all I love the whole history surrounding Halloween, I find it all very fascinating.


But I didn't want to do a Halloween post.  So instead I have been scouring the internet for inspiration and I have found some really cool quotes that I think will enlighten anyone's day.   So here are my top 10 for today.




10) Get up every morning and say 'I can do this'.

Simple but I like it.  Sometimes the hardest thing is to be able to get out of bed and start the day!




9) It's okay to be a glow stick. Sometimes we have to break before we can shine.


I like that one.  Something so simple but so true.  The last time I had a glow stick I was at V Festival like eight years ago.  How time flies.




8) You are Amazing, You are Important, You are Special, You are Unique, You are Kind, You are Precious, You are Loved.

This makes me happy.  It is so simple, so effective and so true.




7) Be Awesome Today.

What do they mean? I want to be awesome every day!!!




6)  Don't wait, Life is too short.

Life is too short.  If you want to do something, don't think about it, just do it.




5)  The problem is not the problem; the problem is your attitude about the problem!

I have heard that one before, quoted by the famous Captain Jack Sparrow aka Johnny Depp in The Pirates of the Caribbean.  I think that is one of my favourites.




4)  Working hard for something we don't care about is called Stress, working hard for something we do care about is called Passion.




I like this one as well.  This one makes me think about my writing when I wrote stories and how it would be great if I could start again.




3) Today I will do what others won't, so tomorrow I can do what others can't.

That's an interesting new outlook.  I like it.



2) I'm not weird, I'm a limited edition!

If anyone calls me weird from now on I'm going to give them this reply.  That is an incredible response.  I quite like the idea of being a 'limited edition'.   I could live with that.





1) Laughter is timeless, Imagination has no age, and Dreams are forever.



I really do love Disney quotes probably the most out all quotes I have ever read, because they always make me happy.  I love this one.  So simple but so effective.






Have a great day.

Sarah x



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Saturday, 22 October 2016

Creative Social Media Marketing Tips I Have Discovered.



I have noticed during my many years of blogging just how massive an impact social media has had on all the blogs that I have created.   Twitter in particular for me has really been my main focus for sharing anything that I write.   I love Twitter because it provides instant snippets of information that keeps you up to date with what is going on in the world.


Back in the day when I first started blogging, would you believe....the only thing I actually used for any social media interaction was the Google Plus button.  I know, I can hear the 'OMGs' from here.  To be honest at the time it did serve it's purpose and I am very grateful for it.   Of course social media has considerably moved on from that.   So these are a few tips I have found so far that really interest me.






1)  Starting A Pinterest Group Board.


I do use Pinterest a bit, but it is not something that I tend to do every day or even every week sometimes.   Thinking about it I should really utilize it more.   I have heard how some bloggers have even used Pinterest for ideas for blog posts.   I don't actually do that and maybe I should.   At the moment I am just using Pinterest to share my blog posts I have written, which I guess is good as well.   I might need to look into that a bit more because I don't really feel like I am using Pinterest to it's full potential.






2)  Asking Trivia Questions.


Or actually any questions really.  Have a Q & A session in general.  I do like doing list posts so this is another idea I can explore.   I am a fan of general knowledge quizzes in general.   And I do love a bit of Pointless! I will have to come up with some questions and can ask myself and then publish them on here.  Lots of people do that with their blogs.



3)  Start A Weekly Series.


Interestingly I already do this on occasion on my movie blog that I do.  I do Top Ten's and case studies etc.   So I am sure I can come up with a few ideas for here too.  Better start planning those next.






4)  Share Book Recommendations And Reviews.


Definitely need to start reading again, so this is something I will be looking at doing too.   I do like to read books I just don't tend to do it often enough.  I am particularly finding that the idea of seeing a pile of books beside my bed waiting to be read is becoming increasingly more desirable.  Might soon be time to invade the charity shops again.



5) Sharing Playlists.


I need to add more music to my iPod I have decided.  Listening to my iPod is not something I tend to do every day, and I know a lot of people do, but to be honest I need to be in the mood to listen to music.   Generally I tend to add a few tunes to my iPod every month.  When I mean a few I mean maybe five or six.  At the moment.  But really I need to keep on top of that too.  I know it may sound daft but I don't want my iPod to go out of date so quickly I can't add anymore music to it.  That is me talking from experience by the way.  I did an update on iTunes once and afterward it would not accept my iPod that I had at the time.  Never letting that happen again.  So anyway.  I should do that, and then I can share my playlists when I blog. 





So that is what I learnt so far today.   I think using Pinterest more would be really beneficial, so I will certainly look into doing that.   I need to start reading again.   And personally for me, I think I would love to somehow embark on building my own 'brand' of sorts.  I need to explore creative social media marketing, and engagement more.  It sounds quite exciting actually.



Thanks for reading.


Sarah x



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Thursday, 20 October 2016

My Blogging Journey So Far.



Welcome to my brand new blogging venture on my brand new blog, Sarah's DreamScapes.   I find it very exciting starting a new blog, and I have done that a couple of times now.   Some blogs have worked out for me, others....not so much.   I created my first blog, Dolly Wolly Wombat, in 2010.   I seem to recall that after a couple of years of false starts with it, I decided to delete a load of posts that I had originally put on it which when I look back now, I really wish I hadn't because I have no idea what I used to write when I first created it in 2010, and of course back then in those early days I never thought to ever 'back-up' my blog.






When you look at that blog now it says my first blog post was on the 1st of July 2013.   And it is so funny.... The title of the post reads:  Taking The First Steps To Learning How To Become A Blogger, and then underneath a single line reads...."And I don't know what I am doing!'  It is published as well, so somewhere in the internet's stratosphere there is my one line blog post.   Wonderful!! I am sure there are plenty more out there other than mine that are like that...or at least I am hoping there is!!   I would also like to add that as it stands at the moment, I do honestly know a bit more what I am doing when I blog.  Certainly a hell of a lot more than I did back then anyway, which is always good.


So from here on it, I shall now use the 1st of July 2013  as my official blogging start date, even though in the corner of my stats overview page it reads May 2010 - October 2016....


Anyhoo.


I learnt a lot whilst I blogged on Dolly Wolly.  I discovered that I was becoming a bit of a 'news reporter', because my main blogging focus was on Celebrity News and Gossip.  I thought that idea for a blog worked really well for me for a few years, so many people were interested in reading what was going on in Hollywood and Big Brother and Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, X Factor etc.  In all honesty though, I got a bit bored with it because most of the news I read and 'reported' on didn't always interest me but because it had become a habit like I know blogging does for a lot of people, I just kept doing it.   So once upon a time, Dolly Wolly Wombat was the only blog I had.   When I look back on it now I only actually stopped blogging on it properly (because I did dabble back on to it for a bit this year) a year ago.   Dolly Wolly Wombat is not really me anymore.   It was the 11th of July 2015 I declared I was going to Wordpress.  The thing is, I still have my Wordpress blog too which is all about movies because I love movies.... but so what, there are lots of bloggers out there who have two blogs.  Or three, or four!!!  






So why have I decided to start a new blog? I have actually sat here just thinking about this for several minutes, and I have decided.... I want to start a new blog because I want to do more, explore more, challenge more and inspire more.  So in a nutshell...Do, Explore, Challenge and Inspire.   That actually has quite a nice ring to it.   Well I think it does anyway.   Lets see how I get on.




Thanks for reading.

Sarah x






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