My Favourite Posts This Week!

Hello all! As I write this post, it’s a horrible, grey, rainy day outside, and I’ve seen lots of people on Twitter talking about having a bit of a down day. So this afternoon, I decided to do a little round up of some of my favourite student/career/motivation related posts from the past couple of weeks – a little shout out to some great bloggers, celebrating great posts and generally giving us all that warm fuzzy feeling we get when we embrace this lovely blogging community.

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Today is National Teacher Day, and the lovely Dee from Prompts By Dee put together this great “It’s National Teachers Day, So Behave” post! It’s an interview with four bloggers, who also happen to be teachers, and was a really lovely insight into why they decided to go down that career path!

Emma from A Little Freckle posted these great exam revision tips, a must see for any of you who are cramming for your final assessments at the moment!

I loved reading Charlotte’s review of How To Be A Knowledge Ninja (the brilliant book she won in my recent YouTube and Twitter giveaway!) over on Colours and Carousels. I was so delighted to hear she enjoyed it, and it’s definitely a book to check out if you’re looking to increase your productivity!

Moving out and looking for your first flat/apartment? Head on over to Indigo Platform and check out Abby’s Apartment Hunting Tips! There are some really important things to keep in mind on here.

We all know I’m a sucker for a bit of pretty stationery, so Emma’s recent stationery wishlist on Essays and Wine was right up my street – would you look at those cute patterned pens?!!

And finally, I really enjoyed Rebecca’s post on Autumn Leaves on 5 useful tools to help you stay motivated. It’s easy for us to sometimes lose focus, and find ourselves lacking motivation, and I love hearing how other people conquer this!

So that’s it for today! I hope you enjoy these posts as much as I did, and that you’re having a great week :) good luck if you have any exams coming up, I hope you’re managing to get through it without too much stress!

Thanks for reading!

Lynsey x

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5 Reasons To Start A Blog | Student Life

Hello everyone, and happy Friday! Can you believe it’s the end of another week already?!
For my first proper post on this blog, I thought I’d talk about blogging itself! Blogging and YouTube came into my life while I was a student – even though I adored my course, I loved being able to escape from essays and textbooks into the world of beauty and lifestyle blogging. I started watching Fleur de Force, and Louise from Sprinkle of Glitter, and soon made the decision to start my own blog and channel.  I never looked back.
Juggling a blog while you are a student can be tricky time-wise, but it’s so worth it – as well as being a fun hobby, it can be an unbelievably positive addition to your CV! So if you already run a blog and are feeling a little overwhelmed, or are thinking of starting one now, here are 5 benefits of having a blog and/or a YouTube channel.

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1. It Shows Commitment

Running a blog or channel requires real commitment.  Friends outside of the blogging bubble might think you sit down for half an hour every now and then, type a few paragraphs and hit publish, but an incredible amount of work goes into maintaining a blog or making videos. From taking photos when the lighting is just right, to finding time to film, edit and upload a video, making a real go of a blog requires effort.  In my experience, employers have been really impressed to see that level of commitment to something.

2. It Helps Showcase Your Talents

Whether you write about beauty, baking or books, blogging is a really great way to show off your talents.  Whatever area your skills lie in, creating a blog means you have a dedicated space to share your knowledge, and, if you post regularly enough, become a bit of an internet expert in your field. What’s more, having the confidence in your abilities to put yourself out there on a blog or YouTube channel gives you a ready made portfolio of work to show to potential employers.

3. It Forces You To Learn New Skills

From photo or video editing, to basic HTML, blogging is a brilliant way to learn some new skills to add to your CV.  I can now confidently list video editing on my CV, something I could never have imagined just a couple of years ago! Not only does blogging up your social media game, from making sure you are getting your links out there across social platforms to using scheduling tools like Hootsuite, but it can help you discover a talent you never knew you had! You might discover you are a genius with Photoshop, which could open up a whole new career path for you!

4. It Builds A Network of Contacts

From the fellow bloggers you chat to every Sunday night during the #lbloggers of #bbloggers Twitter chats, to the PR manager you have been emailing back and forth about a collaborative post, blogging is an amazing networking opportunity.  Without even thinking about, you can find yourself with a whole address book’s-worth of contacts, which can be an extremely useful thing when looking for a new job!

5. It’s A Space Just For You

Although it’s more public, much like journaling, blogging or talking to a camera can be really therapeutic. When you’re studying (or working!), sometimes you need somewhere to escape to, and the blogging community can provide just that! If you need a break from thinking about your next assignment or exam, popping on to Twitter for a chat with some fellow bloggers, or writing your next post can be a lovely way to relax and clear your head.  It boosts your creativity, creates opportunities to develop friendships and can be an amazing way of building your confidence.
So if you’re thinking about starting a blog, but haven’t quite found the confidence to go for it yet, I hope this post inspires you to give it a shot!
Or, if you already have one, what ways has blogging started to make positive changes in your life?
Have a fantastic weekend! Lynsey x
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