100 Truths Blogger Tag

I’m taking part in the 100 truths blogger tag thanks to Tracey from Hooks and Dragons for tagging me. I enjoy posts like this as they can be quite fun learning more about the bloggers you talk to. So here goes..

100 Truths Blogger Tag

100 Truths The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog
  2. Answer the questions honestly (skip any you don’t feel comfortable answering)
  3. Tag 10-20 bloggers to take part (let them know on social media)
  4. Post the questions without your answers at the bottom of your post so that they are easy to copy and paste for the people you tag

The Basics

Q1: What’s your name? A: Ember.

Q2: Any nicknames or aliases? A: Emz/Ems.

Q2: Your gender? A: Female.

Q4: Your star sign? A: Leo.. Rawr.

Q5: How old are you? A: 27.

Q6: Your relationship status? A: Taken.

Q7: Any children? A: Two girls.

Q8: Any pets? A: 6 Fish

Q9: Any tattoos or piercings? A: Lip ring, belly bar and ears are pierced but I never wear earrings. I am yet to get my first tattoo.

Q10: What do you like about yourself? A: I actually really don’t know, there isn’t anything I can think of that stands out.

Q11:  What do you dislike about yourself? A: Taking things personally wayyy too much and being an anxious wreck the majority of the time.

Q12: Righty or lefty? A: Mostly a leftie!

Lasts

Q13: The last thing you drank? A: Purple relentless.. obvs

Q14:The last thing you ate? A: Pizza

Q15: Your last phone call? A: My Brother?

Q16: Your last text message? Woohoo! To my brother because he made his train home on time.

Q17: Your last email? A: A review preview link.

Q18: The last song you listened to? A: The music from Aristocats as Izzy watched it.

Q19: The last book you read? A: I can’t remember, we read too many books yesterday haha!

Q20: The last time you cried? A: Over the weekend, I can’t remember why now, probably something silly haha!

Q21: The last blog you read? A: 100 Truths by Tracey & then I got started haha!

Q22: The last person you spoke to? A: The Mr & Izzy as they left to go into town.

Q23:  The last place you visited? A: Morrison’s.. I have no social life haha!

Q24:  Your last holiday abroad? A: Never.

Have you ever?

Q25: Have you ever gotten back with an ex? A: Only the Mr!

Q26: Have you ever been cheated on? A: A few times.

Have you ever cheated on someone? A: No.

Q28: Have you ever lost someone special to you? A: A family friend, Alf.

Q29: Have you ever been so drunk you threw up? A: Yep, loads. The Mr loved buying jaeger bombs.. his ex wasn’t too impressed when I threw up in her new car. I also drank home brewed red wine once a covered my toilet in red. Grim!

Q30: Have you ever fallen out of love with someone? A: Yes because of their behaviour.

Q31: Have you ever met someone who changed you? A: Quite a few for all different reasons.

Q32: Have you ever been in a situation where you found out who your real friends are? A: Plenty of times, it’s why I struggle to make friends. Most people don’t seem to genuinely care and support others anymore.

Q33: Have you ever kissed someone you probably shouldn’t have? A: Probably.. haven’t we all haha!

Q34: Have you ever found out people were talking about you behind your back? A: A few times.

Q35: Have you ever broken someone’s heart? A: I highly doubt it.

Q36:  Have you ever kissed a stranger? A: Yes.

Q37: Have you ever had your own heart-broken? A: I thought I had but looking back I think I missed the time out of the house more as a teen.

Q38: Have you ever had sex on the first date? A: No.. I don’t do dates! Wait.. actually.. yes.. I guess the Mr did take me for dinner first so that must count?

Q39:  Have you ever been arrested? A: Nope.

Q40: Have you ever been attracted to someone who isn’t the gender you usually find attractive? A: As a teen yes.. not so much now although I can totally appreciate a good body!

Q41: Have you ever done something you regret A: Yes, a few things.

Q42: Have you ever had a threesome? A: Yes.

Q43: Have you ever embarrassed yourself in public? A: Plenty of times!

Q44: Have you ever misjudged someone? A: Yes a few times.

Your Beliefs and Opinions

Q45:  Do you believe in God? A: Nope.

Q46: Do you believe in yourself? A: Ha.. not overly.

Q47: Do you believe in Santa Claus? A: Duh.

Q48: Do you believe in ghosts? A: I’m half and half with this.. it’s a tough one.

Q49: Do you believe in aliens? A: Yes.. We can’t be the only ones.

Q50: Do you believe in miracles? A: Normally I would say no but having had so much go wrong recently and being saved several times I guess there are miracles!

Q51: Do you believe in the power of positive thinking? A: Kind of, it’s situational too.

Q52: Do you believe in love at first sight? A: Not really.. I thought ‘eurgh’ when I first met the Mr haha!

Q53: Can money make you happy? A: Not on it’s own but it is a big part of life that is necessary to make things easier. Not having enough to get by is depressing, paying the bills feels fucking wonderful!

Q54: Would you describe yourself as a feminist? A: I’m an everythingist.

Q55: Are you pro-life or pro-choice? A: Pro-choice.

Q56: Do you have strong political beliefs? A: Yes but I tend to keep them to myself.

Q57: Do you have strong religious beliefs? A: No.

Q58: What do you think the most important thing you can give a child is? A: A warm bed to sleep in at night, a full tummy, lots of love and being someone they can come to no matter what.

Right Now

Q59: Are you eating anything right now? A: Nope.

Q60: Are you drinking anything right now? A: Nope.

Q61: What are you listening to right now? A: Silence, I am home alone!

Q62: What are you thinking about right now? A: The next 38 questions..

Q63: What are you waiting for right now? A: The Mr & Izzy to come home & possible a parcel.

Q64: What are you most excited about right now? A: Finishing this post so I can try to catch up on a million twitter notifications haha!

Q65) What’s your pet hate right now? A: People being rude to me yet expecting me to be polite.

Q66: What’s your favourite thing right now? A: My Hunkemöller slippers which are stopping my feet from freezing.

Q67: If you weren’t answering these questions, what would you be doing right now? A: Writing another blog post.

Firsts

Q68: Your first best friend? A: I think it was a girl called sara.. I can’t actually remember haha!

Q69: Your first kiss? A: Ben.. I panicked and kicked him. Felt so guilty but laughed like a maniac from being nervous!

Q70: Your first celebrity crush? A: Eminem

Q71: Your first holiday? A: Camping at Mersea Island.

Q72:  Your first pet? A: A German shepherd called Max

Q73: Your first regret? A: No idea.

Q74: Your first job? A: Cleaning in my old school.

Q75: Your first childhood memory A: I was about 3 years old and I forgot my blanket in the car, I cried because I was sure someone would steal my blanket. I was half right.. they stole the car too!

Which would you choose?

Q76: Love or money? A: Love, some of the loneliest people have ridiculous amounts of money.

Q77: Twitter or Facebook? A: Twitter.

Q78: Hook up or relationship? A: Relationships.

Q:79: Dogs or cats? A: Dogs.

Q80: Coffee or tea? A: Tea.

Q81: Beer or wine? A: I can tolerate a sip or 2 of craft beers but wine I can’t stomach since having Izzy.

Q82: Sweet or savoury? A: Mostly savoury.

Q83: Introvert or extrovert? A: An Introvert mostly.

Q84: Vampires or werewolves? A: Vampires although my art teacher used to call me La loupe garou haha!

Q85: Seaside or countryside? A: Countryside.

Q86: Summer or winter? A: Summer

Q87: Books or movies? A: Books.

Q88: Horror or comedy? A: I Love both.

A few random questions to finish on

Q89: Do you wish you could change your past? A:: Sometimes I think so but it has made me who I am and given me 2 lovely daughters who drive me up the wall daily. I wouldn’t change that.

Q90: What’s your dream job? A: I honestly don’t know anymore. I find so much too stressful I have no idea what I could cope with day to day and manage on days I’m in a lot of pain.

Q91: What’s your guilty pleasure? A: Relentless

Q92: What are you afraid of? A: A lot of things, my own mind is a big one!

Q93: What was the first thing you wanted to be when you grew up? A: Teacher

Q94: If you could have any super power, what would it be? A: Healing to help those that are in pain or sick.

Q95:  If you could change anything about your life what would it be? A: Having anxiety, depression and chronic pain.

Q96: Would you want immortality? A: Nope, I would get bored!

Q97:  If you could interview anyone alive or dead who would you choose?  A: Stephen Fry!

Q98: Would you say you are happy?  A: When everything isn’t breaking haha!

Q99:  What one piece of advice would you give to yourself at age eighteen?  A: This isn’t normal.. leave sooner!

Q100: Where would you like to be in five years’ time?  A: Hopefully in a house where the girls can play outside no matter how rubbish I feel.

So there you have it, my 100 Truths Blogger Tag is finally complete and my phone has died from Twitter notifications so I am off to catch up!

In the meantime it would be lovely if the following bloggers would join in too, I’ve tried to include those I haven’t seen tagged yet to prevent annoying people but feel free to join in and tag me if you decide to join in too!

My Girls And Me

Worms Eye View

Bobsy’s Mum

Our Alternate Life

Mummy Est.2014

Thinking Out Loud

Creating Simple Logo’s With LogoJoy

I’ve been creating simple logos with Logojoy who offer a logo designer with a range of packages available. Logojoy would have been perfect when I first started blogging! Trying to find a quick & simple way to create a logo for the blog was quite difficult. I wanted something that stood out whilst being simple & purple (of course!).

creating simple logos

Creating Simple Logos

Logojoy’s logo generator comes with plenty of fonts, colours, designs, layouts & logo’s. When you land on their homepage you asked for your company name to get started. You are then given a page of logos where you are asked to like at least 5 or more you like.

Pick 5 Logos

There’s several colours to pick from next followed by the option to add a slogan. You can then pick 5 appropriate symbols for your logo. Most are quite plain compared to a lot of the colourfully illustrated logo’s I’ve seen. Whilst the options are quite plain they are perfect for a first logo.

Once you have made all your selections LogoJoy then generate several logo options for you to browse with the option to browse more & favourite those you like. You can then edit the fonts, sizing, positionings & symbols before deciding if you want to keep & download the logo.

Generated Logos

The main thing I love about Logojoy is the fact that you can edit and create logo’s for free! Only paying once you are completely happy with your choices.

Packages

Packages start at $20 for a Low resoloution image.

The premium package which I chose costs $65. This includes:

High resoloution Logo

Vector EPS & SVG Files

Transparent Background

Black/White Versions

Lifetime Phone Support

Font Names & Colours

Full Copyright Ownerships

Make Changes & Re-download

Print Ready

Brand Guidelines

Social Media Kit (Extra)

They also offer an Enterprise package for $165

This includes:

One Hour Design Time

High resoloution Logo

Vector EPS & SVG Files

Transparent Background

Black/White Versions

Lifetime Phone Support

Font Names & Colours

Full Copyright Ownerships

Make Changes & Re-download

Print Ready

Brand Guidelines

Social Media Kit

 

Overall I think Logojoy is a great tool for bloggers starting out who need a simple logo generator that loads quickly. Being able to save your favourite logos and go back to them and edit them in future is a great feature.

What did you use to create your logo? Have you heard of Logojoy before?

Relentlessly Purple – 2nd Year Of Blogging

I can’t believe Relentlessly Purple is 2! My second year of blogging as Relentlessly Purple has been awesome, I’ve learnt a lot over the last 2 years.

Relentlessly Purple Bloggerversary!

Changing over to Relentlesslypurple.com last year was a scary and exciting move but one I’m so pleased I made! With a great friend looking after my hosting (so I don’t break anything) I’ve been lucky to escape the big issues most bloggers face. I am extremely grateful for that! If you haven’t already check out my post on his new subscription box and take a look at his fab new project, Bytesize Box UK.

Bloggers

I’ve continued to meet some awesome people in the blogging world too which has made a huge difference. Whilst I am still struggling with my mental & physical health amongst other concerns, the support I’ve had from the blogging community is absolutely amazing. It’s nice to know someone is always around for a chat about absolutely anything from blogging, crochet, crafts, days out & more!

Opportunities

Some of the review opportunities I’ve had have been fantastic. The girls have had a chance to play with gorgeous toys such as the Lucy Locket Wooden Fairytale Tea set.  We’ve met Authors & Illustrators at Little Tiger’s 30th Party and had some fun days out with Martyn & the boys at events like the Medway English Festival and the Rochester Dickens Festival. I’ve worked with Hallmark at Christmas & for fathers day too. So many great opportunities & hopefully lots more to come.

Growing Relentlessly Purple

Looking back I can’t believe I walked away from blogging before. Setting up Relentlessly Purple has been amazing. It doesn’t feel like I’ve been blogging for 2 years which I’m taking as a good sign! I never expected the blog to grow so much in so little time. Although I lose confidence at times and have days where I just can’t hit publish, I am getting braver and enjoying blogging in my spare time.

Family Fun

Blogging has become a fun part of our family life too and the girls love getting involved. Even the Mr has had a chance to try some awesome beers like Goody Ales & these Fallen beers as we’ve started trying more craft beers and share our discoveries. All round blogging has been pretty positive for all of us. Hopefully I’ll carry on for years to come & get a chance to work with more brands I love & continue making amazing blogging friends!

I decided to celebrate my bloggerversary and 27th birthday on the 14th August to run a small giveaway for my lovely readers!

After running a twitter poll it was quite clear we all love chocolate and stationery so I have decided to fill this lovely gift box below with a few surprise treats for the winner! Want to know what is inside? BEST GET ENTERING 😉

a Rafflecopter giveaway

How long have you been blogging for? Has your blog exceeded your expectations?

10 Blogging Tips To Stay Motivated

I’ve put together 10 blogging tips to stay motivated. We all get a little stuck at times and it can be so hard to keep yourself motivated. Remember everything you need to do on the blog can be stressful. With products to review, personal posts, keeping up with social media plus the real world getting in the way it’s easy to lose track.

I am always complaining that I am slacking so I decided to try and keep myself motivated and last week it most definitely worked, I managed to post on 6 out of 7 days! 6!!! I usually struggle to get 3 done! So what changed? How did I manage it?

10 blogging tips to stay motivated

  1. Post it notes – Yes, that’s right those simple little pads of paper you can stick anywhere & everywhere! I have always loved post it notes and I have a few that have lines on for lists. I’ve been using these to note down all my account links, special days coming up (WMHAW17 etc.) as well as my weekly stats for each platform.

    Post it notes

  2. Weekly Planners – It can be difficult to remember which products you’ve agreed to schedule for which days and trawling through emails can take hours. To save time & keep me on track I use these awesome weekly planners, which you can pick up in most pound shops, to jot down which posts need editing, scheduling, pictures uploaded & of course sharing across social media. This in itself has kept me on top much more than before!
    weekly planner
  3. Notebooks – I love stationary, purple pens & notebooks make me way happier than they probably should but having a few notebooks handy has helped me jot down some ideas to go back to later. The Mr bought me a few different sized purple ones so now I have them EVERYWHERE!
  4. Set goals – We all set goals but how many of us keep to them or actively work towards them? Jotting down my stats each week lets me see which platforms I need to spend time on. I generally go up in 10’s, 50’s, 100’s then 1k for each goal. Seeing the difference each week helps me work out what I need to do more or less of on the blog & social media.
  5. Read other blogs – When I find myself stuck for something to write I often head to Stumble upon. I spend an hour or so flicking through a billion posts. Although it doesn’t always happen it usually gives me an idea of something to write about. Even finding new crochet stitches can be useful as I can write about them as I learn them.
  6. Take a break, Go for a walk – Ever sit at your desk and feel like your head is going to explode & you just can’t think? Take a break & do something else, maybe go for a walk. Sometimes we waste too much time stressing about what we need to do. Stepping away gives you a chance to think without feeling pressured to do so. Sometimes just going for a walk can give you ideas. Take your phone/camera too as you never know what you will come across.
  7. Chat to other bloggers – Sometimes running ideas past another blogger can be so helpful! General chats can lead to ideas for posts. Tracey from Hooks & Dragons recently struggled to remember which WordPress plugins she needed to use after buying her domain. I realised it’s something I had no clue about when I began. Sharing My Top 10 WordPress Plugins I helped Tracey & other bloggers find useful plugins they didn’t know about.
  8. Chat to friends & family – Whilst they might not know about or understand blogging sometimes the best ideas can come from those around you. A lot of my ideas come from talking to the Mr, the girls, my brother & friends like Mike (Slim to me) from Keep it Mike who I introduced to blogging before he went off on his travels last year.
  9. Clean workspace – Having a clean workspace can make the world of difference! If your desk is cluttered your mind probably feel’s that way too. If you can’t find paperwork or samples you need because they are buried it can get pretty stressful. I keep clearing my desk as I find if it’s cluttered I tend not to sit & do much at all. If it’s clear I enjoy sitting at my desk & get so much more done.. even with my granny squares taking up some space haha!

    clean workspace

  10. Use time saving apps – IFTTT is an absolutely amazing app Martyn from Inside Martyn’s thoughts passed on to me. It allows you to link social media accounts. Say I share a picture via Instagram, I have it linked so that it then shares to my Facebook & twitter too. I use Buffer too to schedule tweets/posts across the day. This frees up time leaving me free to write or chat with others on social media.

What do you think of my 10 blogging tips? Do you have any tips for keeping motivated?

My Top 10 WordPress Plugins

There are literally thousands of different plugins out there that do all sorts of things so I thought it may be useful to list my top 10 WordPress plugins. Any blogger will know plugins are essential to help them get what they want out of their blog. . When setting up your site for the first time there are a few must have plugins & a few extras that will just help make blogging easier for you & user friendly for your visitors too!

My Top 10 WordPress Plugins

  1. Jetpack by WordPress.com

    Jetpack connects your blog with wordpress.com it has  ton of useful features such as showing Stats, providing security & spam protection, automatic plugin updater, as well as boosting image loading speeds. That’s just the free version too!

  2. Yoast SEO

    Most bloggers have heard of SEO and how important it is when writing posts, Yoast helps you by analysing what you write and giving tips to improve your writing & use of keywords to boost your posts and make them easily searchable.

  3. Word Fence Security

    Another security app which provides an anti-virus, firewall & malware scans to help keep your blog protected. It also allows you to view real time traffic and hack attempts.

  4. Akismet Anti-spam

    Another security feature to prevent spam comments getting through to your blog, it catches anything it considers to be spam and allows you to review it and either approve or delete the comments.

  5. Google Analytics Dashboard for WP

    Google Analytics gives Real-Time Statistics on your WordPress Dashboard by automatically tracking the code in every page of your website.

  6. Cookie Bar

    You must display a cookie warning on your site to let your visitors know  that your website uses cookies. Cookie bar makes it nice & easy!

  7. CommentLuv

    This plugin lets your visitors link up their most recent post by selecting CommentLuv when commenting. This helps increase comments & community spirit. It makes it much easier for me when someone comments to return the favour!

  8. Broken Link Checker

    This plugin is extremely helpful, it detects any broken links and images and notifies you via the dashboard so you can either update or delete them.

  9. Addtoany Share Buttons

    This app allows you to add as many different social media share buttons as you like to display on your blog to help you visitors share your content on pretty much any platform! There are over 100 different social share buttons available with share counts which are also integrated with Google Analytics to track shares.

  10. No-Bot Registration

    After recently being hacked by bots I was told about this plugin which helps prevent bots getting through. It works by blacklisting emails and presenting people with a security question when registering or posting a comment.

  11. Share drafts publicly

    Ok I lied.. but I had to add in this last plugin as it has been so helpful for me! If you want a second opinion on your post or you are working with a company who wants to see your post before it goes live this plugin allows you to share a private link to your draft!

What are your top 10 WordPress plugins? Have I missed any you think are important when starting up a blog?