I created this blog in April 2015, when I was close to leaving my job and planning on enrolling in university as a mature student. Apart from wanting to write about my interests, my blogging intention was also to improve my writing skills and to explore topics that could be slightly less mainstream in the blogosphere and more closely related to academia.
Therefore, my blog is intrinsically connected to education, especially to my personal educational journey. But can these two spheres – blogging and education – be put together? Will creating a blog help a college student in any way?
This post is dedicated to fellow student bloggers, as well as aspiring university students. Here I will prove that, yes, blogging can indeed affect and improve your academic life.
But first, let’s take a look at some similarities and some differences between writing a blog post and writing an academic paper.
I can already imagine you rolling your eyes and sighing. “Another blogging advice post?”
Yes, you’re right. The blogosphere is full of such posts, each one of them resembling the other, and I’m fairly confident that with today’s post, I’m not going to add anything new. Besides, if you’re anything like me, you instantly feel the urge to rebel and go against the tips you see from other bloggers.
And after all, I’m far from being a perfect blogging model to follow. Still, that won’t stop me from writing my opinions about this subject, which has now become so important in my life. But first, I better give a clearer picture of what this post is meant to be.
This post will NOT be:
- a step-by-step guide on how to create and manage a blog;
- a surefire way to achieving clicks and success;
- a technical post (I hardly know SEO myself — and no, dear ‘professionals’, I’m not asking for your help).
What this post will be:
- advice to a hypothetical friend who wishes to start a blog but is still lost;
- oriented towards motivating newbies to improve themselves and to bring out their personality through blogging;
- derived from all the blogging tips I’ve read in recent months, but heavily influenced by my personal opinions.
So here are my own 10 nuggets of advice for aspiring personal bloggers!
Have you ever woken up determined to change your life? It doesn’t necessarily have to be a big change. Just a simple wish to eschew the bad habits from your daily routine and replace them with good ones that lead to a better, healthier lifestyle. Say, working out regularly, reading more, or planning better your studying.
Probably every one of you has answered yes to the above question and if you have replied “Yes, multiple times”, it only shows how your feeble will has always surrendered to the harsh reality. Changing one’s habits is a struggle. Many people wait until a specific date, like the turn of a new year, to muster up all the determination. Yet, that determination often withers in a matter of a few weeks.
Do not worry, I am one of you too. The dreamer in me is always wishing and planning for a better future. However, I have stumbled many times and all I’ve done was giving up in disappointment.
That is until Matt introduced me to an application called Habitica, a habit-building and productivity application. This happened during my exams in June. It was a blessing as thanks to this app, I was able to devise my study plan and organise my days.
I am still using Habitica every day. It’s not just a boring to-do list; it’s a colourful, interactive game – played via an avatar – that rewards you for every goal you reach. The more goals, the more rewards and the more fun it becomes.
Check out the following 8 things you can do with Habitica to improve your lifestyle while having fun at the same time!
Update @ April 2017: This post was originally meant to celebrate my 100th blog post, however after some recent modifications, the number of published posts has decreased. In any case, this article still stands as a 1st-anniversary post!
Today I want to look back on the past one year, three months and two weeks, to see how my blogging journey has defined me and my blog.
I’m not the kind who analyses everything in terms of statistics and success. I have my own purposes and goals. Therefore I will look at those aspects which interest me the most. It will be a list of the good, the not-so-good and the potential of my blog.
So, it is better to state the nature and the aims of my blog again, in case the About page is not enough.
Scrabbled Rambles is not a business, I earn nothing from it. It was set up as a hobby, as a personal need to voice out my opinions on my favourite topics, and as a means of writing practice. Another reason for opening this blog was to test myself, to see if I could become more responsible and if I could keep up with such a responsibility.
My blogging experience feels a lot like an intimate journey. What have I learned on the way?
Finally, I have finished all my end-of-year exams in university. What a tough month it has been! It was stressful to put in order all the notes, complete all the readings and research, and to finalise my assignments.
It wouldn’t have been that bad if I didn’t have to fight against temptations. By temptations, I mean everything that has to do with the Internet. The biggest temptation, though? Facebook.
A couple of months ago, I realised how my daily browsing on that website was taking a big chunk out of my free time. Worse than that, a lot of what I was seeing on my feed wasn’t really what I was interested in. Moreover, I also became aware of the attitude of ‘friends’ on Facebook. I realised that some particular users are just too obsessed with checking their feed, liking items and oversharing information.
And so, precisely on the 24th of April, I went on Facebook with the intention of fixing this ‘problem’. Two months later, I am here to outline the process that I undertook and its success.
Mind you, this is not an anti-Facebook post. I still love social media, I still think Facebook is the best platform so far and I still think it can be useful. But I – and perhaps all of us – need to regulate our usage of such a website, to stop it from ruling our life and hindering our productivity.
Go ahead, read about my plan to wean myself off Facebook and think about whether you need to do something similar.