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The Candy Girl's Guide to Blogging

From what to name your blog to styling photos for your posts, brush up on the essentials here.
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  1. 9 things to think about before starting a blog

Blogging can be a great pastime but starting without a clear plan can get you nowhere fast, here are some basic points to mull over to get you started.

  1. How to go about naming your blog

Naming your blog maybe as simple as combining your passion with your name, but a lot of factors like being concise, spelling and even not being too trendy that can really help you in the long run, check out what we mean in the pin.

  1. Choosing your blog design

These tips can help you pick out the design that your future readers will get to know and love. So adding cute animal photos may not be the best element to keep your look timeless. 

  1. Writing an effective About page

This is one of the basics that get easily overlooked. An about page can be angled professionally or more personal depending on your blog, you may want to look into this more especially if you plan to attract partners.

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  1. Styling blog photos

Today, a blog post isn't complete without the complementary photos to support your theme and point. Learn to shoot and style your own pics so you don't depend heavily on stock photos. Note: an expensive cam isn't necessary, check out another pin here.

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  1. Free stock photos for your blog

To save some time and effort, this pin lists down several sites offering free stock photos with new ones added daily.

  1. What to consider when writing your first blog post

So you're facing a blank document on your laptop, ready to write your first blog post. It's an intimidating hurdle but this pin explains how you can overcome the fear of producing a great first post.

  1. Keep a blog calendar

Like a normal class schedule, a blog calendar will you organize your work, when to post, what to post on time. tI'll save you the struggle of thinking about what to write next in the future.

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  1. Where to promote your latest blog

Promote your blog post on several platforms, and not just social media. Consider emails, newsletters and other blogger communities to maximize your reach.

  1. 3 things before hitting the launch button

Great tip, before you go live with your blog, have five posts ready rather than with just one so your readers stay longer and can browse more from your site.

  1. SEO

Or Search Engine Optimization is basically like tagging your post with relevant keywords so people can find you easier. Get more in-depth information from the site!

  1. Coding tips and tricks

Simple things like adding a Back-to-top button or customizing newsletters are great to have in your tool belt.

  1. Blog post inspiration

You might encounter a writer’s block, keep yourself inspired by reading this pin for helpful tips on where and what to check.

  1. The before and after checklist

Before hitting publish, make sure to tick off the reminders in this list but it shouldn’t end there, double-checking your grammar and more is also essential after your blog post goes live.

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  1. The ultimate checklist

You may have a before and after checklist but this one keeps everything from your site to content to growing connections in line.  

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If you’re stuck at home and out of Netflix shows to binge-watch, then you might want to try and read these mystery-thriller books to match your homemade Dalgona Coffee.

1. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

The debut novel, and Goodreads Choice Awards Best Mystery & Thriller of 2019, follows Alicia Berenson, a well-known painter married to an esteemed fashion photographer. Life seemed perfect for Alicia, until one evening when she shot her husband five times, and… never spoke again.

2. Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

From the author of Final Girls comes this page turning novel about an infamous building in Manhattan called the Bartholomew. After stumbling upon an ad to become an apartment sitter, Jules Larsen has set out to look after apartment 12A under strict and somewhat odd conditions. Not long after stepping foot in the building, Jules has been met with unfriendly tenants, eerie noises in the apartment unit, and an abrupt departure of a fellow sitter named Ingrid.

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3. The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

If you loved Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho or David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, then this book is for you. After the disappearance of her Aunt Vivian while working as a night-shift clerk at the Sun Down Motel in 1982, Carly has set off to Fell NY, to work the same job at the same place as her Aunt had 35 years ago – with hopes of uncovering the truth lurking behind the Motel walls.

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5. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

A mind-bending science fiction thriller from the best-selling author of Wayward Pines – Dark Matter is packed with the concept of the Multiverse and the philosophy of existentialism. The novel follows an ordinary Physics professor, Jason Dessen, who was looking forward to dinner with his family while walking the streets of Chicago. The next thing he knew, he was being held at gunpoint – by a man wearing a mask – and injected with an unknown drug and blacks out. When he regains consciousness, he learns that the world he woke up to was different from the world he knew.

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Here's a poem I wrote a while back reflecting on what it's like over-rationalize a simple thing like crushing on a dude -- hence, the title "Scientific Method"

Scientific Method

You were a phenomenon I cannot wrap my head around

When I first met you, my heart forgot to make its signature sound

And it's overwhelming, your presence;

And underwhelming, so science will be the only language I'll hide in-- For now.

Observation--

At first glance, I notice your top button unbuttoned,

and your shirt fully cotton

Complete with a smile as nervous as me

And a swagger in your step only I can see

Further on, I find your wit to be at a pace

That doesn't leave any space for tension to rise

and it's all too nice

And ridiculous and a bit too suspicious

That this isn't another (well,) circus.

Hypothesis--

Now, let's take a wild guess,

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Oh, but it has to be smart, yes,

That this could lead to something with potential

That this isn't another differential easily solved

With a formula, tried and tested but never evolved

Experiment--

For so long, we've both been independent of any dependent

Keeping our variables fixed and ourselves distracted

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With anything, everything,

But not a single thing

Could stop me from pushing this blindly to find its threshold,

Hoping that it's a quantity my hands could still hold

Over hours, days, and weeks

Through minor revisions and tweaks

Then comes the analysis -- that these weren't accidents

So, now I find myself in a conundrum

With the anomaly in a blue shirt right in front of me,

That this had to be processed logically,

But the findings are as follows:

None of which were shallow, so I therefore conclude that it's true,

I therefore conclude that it's you.

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Ancilla Diamante 4 hours ago

Mi Luna: The Light in My Dark Soul Locked in… Alone…

Why do I feel comforted by darkness? Oh cause maybe because… I am a jolly and very enthusiast kid back then. All I know is to have fun, laugh and play. But as I grow older, everything has changed, a lot. I can feel the changes. I know the more I get older, I’m turning to something I’m not. You know what, I just realized I like it even more. And that’s how I turned a monster. A monster to my own self. Always questioning life and even God about the things that are happening with my life. “Do I deserve this?”. Every day was a struggle. “Which mask should I wear now?”. And every night is my judgement time. “Should I still continue with my miserable life?”. This certainly sum up my whole life. I have this mindset since I was young. I can say that my experiences made me like this. I always want to escape, but every time I tried to pick up myself up, there is always shits that pulls me down. And there, I get tired. Hoping that no one would ever see this. As I despise myself as well. What I can do now is to just embraced everything, I just embraced darkness- reflecting my own self.

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“Look at the moon, it can shine alone and it can give us light at night.” A line I was keeping in my mind that a friend of mine helps me realize things and been there to fix my path. And there I started seeking for my moon but I do not know which part should I start. As days passed, I started to open up myself. I started to act as what truly inside me. It is very hard at first and there is this time that even the situation got worst. But as I continue exploring with my life, a question pop out on my head “Why did I still get this far?”, I can say that maybe I should do this, maybe I really can do this but it is myself who is holding me back because I’m afraid.

Now as far as I am trying to revive my soul, there I know that many people care. Yes, I learned to open up but not to all, on different situations there are people who can understand me because they have the same situation as I am. I learn to open up as long as they did not force me. I learned to navigate and open up for whom I trusted and at the same time when I am ready. The light that I am seeking is my own understanding and acceptance about myself. My light is myself and I am Mi Luna. So it is not too late to save myself. I have thought that, I should be a survivor and winner. That I should also be the ruler of my own mind and soul. Eliminate the room for darkness and let the light shine through you, that I can say how I earned myself again. Mi Luna’s darkness have turned to spotlight.

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