Tips For When You Want More Views 

10) Write shameless self-promotional posts (i.e., this one)

9) Know your audience. Write what they want to read.

8) Ask the readers what they want to read. Without imput, there is little reason to write this post. ( see tip 9)

7) Make it interesting/funny. It doesn’t matter if you’re not an interesting/funny person, just if your  writing comes across  as such. 

6) Make sure that your grammar is correct, and punctuation is used. Manners matter. 

5) BE INTERESTING AND EXCITING. Writing in all caps helps.

4) Try to think of things to write.

3) Drink some coffee, get up and stretch, you’ve earned it. Well done!

2) Make sure your audience is still reading. If you’re still reading this, congratulations!

1) Stop caring about how many views you get. If writing makes you happy, keep doing it. Write about anything and everything. Keep writing, no matter what your view count is. 

What To Do When It’s Monday.

10) Avoid everything and everyone. Mondays are not fun days.

9) Trick yourself into thinking it’s another day of the week (like Wednesday or Thursday)

8) Realize that despite trying to trick yourself, it’s still Monday.

7) Consume a large amount of caffeine. Your choice. ( Although I recommend hot chocolate)

6) If possible, take a nap. This will help you get over your Monday blues.

5) If taking a nap is not possible, you may end up falling asleep in a random place. Make sure to watch out for that. 

4) Eat energy boosting foods, because Monday has a way of depleting any energy you have. 

3) Distract yourself from the harsh reality that is Monday by wearing your favorite clothes, or jamming out to your favorite music

2) If possible, eat your favorite foods to kickstart your week. 

1) Sadly accept that it’s Monday, and go through the grieving process that occurs each week when Monday rolls around.

Story Sunday

Here’s a new segment that I am officially starting, “Story Sunday”.

I’ll be sharing my own writing, and I challenge you to submit your own work, and I will feature some each Sunday!

Here’s my first post, entitled, “Waiting At The Edge”

I was
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along the edge of a ruined map
Watching all of the colors blur together
In shades of blacks and whites and greys.

Just waiting and
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To the din the ocean makes,
to the crisp waves crash over the rocks
Making them smooth, making them better
Waiting for you to come along,
Or for anyone to come along.

It’s awfully lonely here, on this side of the ruined map
Waiting for a way to sail to the other side.
To a new adventure.

So please, don’t be afraid to share your thoughts, and submit work of your own! Or write a follow up post and tell me about it! I can’t wait to read what you’ve written.

Tips For When You Go On An Adventure 

10) Take pictures of anything and everything. 

9) Share those photos with the people you went on the adventure with. If you went by yourself, share them with people you’d like to go on an adventure with. 

8) Wear comfortable clothes. Especially if your adventure is a long way away. 

7) Get lost sometimes. It’s always fun to get lost in a new place. 

6) If you’re driving, make sure you have enough gas. See tip 7.

5) Always keep a list of places that you want to explore/travel to. 

4) Make the most out of your adventure. It’s sometimes that you can only explore it once, so take it all in. 

3) Some adventures are supposed to be explored by yourself, and some are meant to be explored with others.

2. Turn off your electronics, even just for a few minutes. 

1. Take it all in. Go on an adventure. 

What To Do When You’re Fasting

1) Eat a big meal the night before. It will hold you over for a little while. 
2) Try to stay in one place. Moving around may make you dizzy and disoriented.

3) This fast also includes refraining from drinking. So make sure you’re hydrating in the days before.

4) Don’t look at videos/pictures of food. You may think you can handle it, but you most likely cannot. 

5) Get rest at some point during the day. Very important.

6) Try not to think about eating, or really anything food related. It’s for the best.

7) Make sure you have enough food. This is very important. Arguably the most important. 

8) Make sure you have enough for leftovers. Nothing is better than having leftovers after a big holiday.

9) Know why you’re fasting. In the Jewish religion, we fast as it is a sacred commandment. It is a way of self-denial, to atone for our sins. 

10) Be thankful for what you have in life. Because nothing is better then spending the holidays with people you care about. 

What To Do When You’re Waiting

1) Try to figure out what you’re waiting for. 

2) Try to figure out if what you’re waiting for is worth the wait. This is a crucial step.

3) If it’s a long wait (i.e., waiting for a concert or a ride at Disney), find something do distract yourself. 

4) People watch. This is a favorite activity of mine, and it’s always interesting no matter where you are. 

5) Make sure your electronics are charged (especially if you use them frequently). This is very important.

6) Make sure you bring your chargers for said electronics. (see tip 5). 

7) Wear comfortable clothes/shoes. It could be sweatpants, it could be a suit. If you’re uncomfortable, the wait will be even worse. 

8) Bring snacks. This is especially important if you are 

A) A nervous/bored eater like myself

B) Waiting with a lot people/children 

C) Because you never know when you’ll need a granola bar Continue reading “What To Do When You’re Waiting”

How To Deal With Being Sick

1) If you are well and truly sick, why are you reading this post? You definitely should be going to the doctor, or at least resting in bed. Probably surrounded by tissues and juice/tea

2) Make sure you keep hydrated. Dehydration will only prolong your illness.

3) If needed, take off from work or class to rest. You won’t be helpful to anyone if you’re sitting at a desk sniffling. 

4) Wear your comfortable clothes. No need for suits and heels, sweatpants will do just fine.

5) Get outside for a little while if you can. Fresh air always helps.

6) Make sure you stock up on medicine/items that you need. Even if you don’t use everything during the duration of your illness, it’s a good idea for the next time. 

7) Start taking vitamins. Always an excellent idea if you don’t like being sick.

8) Get as much rest as you possibly can. Sleep is a great thing, especially if you’re sick.

9) Just be lazy. I don’t mean neglecting everything and everyone, but make sure to relax and get better.

10. Being sick sucks. There’s no way around it, it does stink. Take a load off, take medicine and relax. You’ll get better soon.

Any other tips for dealing with being ill? Let me know. 

What To Do When Your Readers Think You Have Stopped Blogging

1. Start liking and commenting on their posts. Show that you care about what they write, rebuild your relationships.
2. Start writing drafts to finish and post in the near future. Nothing says that you’re back like a plan for your future. 
3. Explain why you left, something moving and exciting, like you were away for a few months traveling, or you were busy doing a big project. Now this doesn’t necessarily mean that’s what you were doing, but you get the idea.
4. Don’t tell anyone you’re planning to write again. Mystery is your middle name now. You’re like Beyoncé when she dropped her last album. 
5. Make it funny. Everyone loves a bit of humor. 
6. Add a witty quote or too about returning. Something like: 
“Most of American life consists of driving somewhere and then returning home, wondering why the hell you went. “–John Updike
The sappyier, the better. 
7. Promptly annouce your return on any/all social media platforms. Nothing says you’re truly back unless you’re bragging about it. 
8. Try to think of something cool/crazy to say here. At this point, most people have stopped reading, so you need something to get their attention back. WRITE IT IN CAPS. 
9. Hope that you’ve inspired someone to write a post like this, especially if they haven’t posted in a while too. 
and…
10. Write a post like this, because nothing says you’re back better than actually shoring up and writing something. Even if it’s not great, it’s yours, and you can always be proud of that. Trust me.
See you soon. 

A Watched Pot Never Boils, But What Happens When You Boil Over?

Happy Friday!

My name is Samantha, and I’ve lost my motivation. And I need your help.

Now that I’ve gotten that off of my chest, let me explain.

This hasn’t been a recent thing, it’s been gradually happening for months, even years. It all began when I started writing this blog almost three years ago.

When I started this blog, I did it so I could vent about stuff I was experiencing, to write about things that I was feeling. And I kept doing that for awhile, just writing about my experiences and my feelings. And then, I thought that if I kept writing, I could become on of those famous bloggers, the ones you hear about in the news. Obviously that didn’t pan out, but I kept trying and writing, trying to find my place (any place) in the world.

But then a few months ago, I realized that I wasn’t able to do that anymore. Sure, I was still having experiences, and dealing with feelings, but between two years ago and now, I’ve grown up. And I began to feel like what I was writing about wasn’t worth it, both for you to read, and for me to write about. But then I went on the biggest adventure of my life, and I thought things would suddenly click into place.

As some of you know, for the past four months, I was studying abroad in Florence, Italy. And make no mistake, it was one of the best experiences of my life, and I have so many feelings about the experiences I had. I got to travel to places I’d only dreamed about, Going abroad was something I had dreamed about for years; it was something that I was looking forward to since I entered college. And then it happened, and then, as of last Saturday, it was over. And my dream ended.

So now what?

There’s a phrase “a watched pot never boils”. In the case of being abroad, the pot symbolizes my time abroad, and how I tried to disconnect from “watching” it, and to simply experience it. But now, I’ve returned home, and the pot has boiled over so to speak.

Again, so now what?

Do I simply put another pot of water on the stove? Or do I scrape the burned pot clean? Or do I just give up cooking entirely?

These type of questions have been rattling around in my head for days, and even as I write this, I’m still lost on what to do.

But here’s what I do know.

I know I want to keep writing. I have no idea about what I want to keep writing about, so ideas/topics are appreciated.

I’d like for you all to keep reading. If you’ve skipped most of what I’ve written so far, that’s fine, but even if you read a word of what I’ve wrote, I’m happy.

I want to hear from you. And I want you to hear from me too. This is the most important thing. Without communication, there is no inspiration (and yes, I did just make that up). I am making a promise that with each comment, like, or emoji I receive, you’ll receive one back from me. And if I don’t hold up my end of the bargain, call me out on it. I dare you to.

And with those three things, I eagerly await your feedback. And maybe I’ll start off this new change with the purchase of a new pot, yet to be touched by water.

xxoo

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

Happy Monday!

So I recently was thinking about giving this old blog a fresh look. New design, new titles, and maybe even a new style of writing!

My first idea is to change the url of this blog. As much as I love it, I think I’ve grown out of it! So a new name is potentially in order.

I also intend to adhere to a stricter posting schedule, in order to keep you all excited and interested.

I’m of course open to any ideas and/or suggestions, so fire away at will!

xxoo