August Snippets

The snippets are back! After momentarily taking a break, (I didn’t film anything worthwhile last month, please forgive) I’m proud to say that my snippets videos are back and fully up to date!

As this months video is relaxed and chill, I thought I wouldn’t over explain it, and instead just let you enjoy it!

I hope you’ve all had a great month, and have an even better September!

What was your favourite memory from this past month? Let me know in the comments!

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Work In Progress // Blogging 101

Hey guys! Myself and my friend Gemma decided to tackle the subject of blogging in our podcast this week. Throughout this podcast, we collected and answered your questions from Facebook and Twitter, on blogging; every subject from how to keep your topics fresh, to how to stay thrifty with your money!

In case this is the first podcast you’ve discovered, here’s a quick run down of our podcasting plan. This is the third instalment of four podcasts that we are creating this month, and they go live every Friday. We’re having a lot of fun doing them, and we love that you guys are listening to them. So far we’ve talked about the magazine that we put together with our University, put together a playlist to showcase our different music tastes, and now we’re onto blogging!

So to avoid me rambling for another 5 minutes, here’s this weeks Work In Progress podcast, Blogging 101.

That’s it for this weeks podcast, thank you so much for listening to it! Next week we’ll be officially kicking off Summer with our final podcast! As it’s our last one, we definitely don’t want you to miss it, so be sure to tune in Friday 1 July, to get ready for Summer 2016.


Another super quick thank you to everyone that sent us questions, and again I’ll give a thanks to Gemma, she puts up with me while I laugh for a solid 3 minutes at the beginning of every podcast recording, before eventually saying “Hey guys!”

A-Z Of Me

Hey guys! I haven’t done a personal post like this for a while, so today I thought I’d share with you, the A-Z of me!

Animals | I have 4 cats, who you have met HERE and HERE, 2 Chinchillas, Ophelia and Belle, 2 Bunbuns, Hemingway and Jack, and a Guinea Pig, Trevor!

Bags | I absolutely love collecting bags. Especially those that are almost too small to be sensible.

Creative with manipulating letter to be other letters, for example, fairy lights | I’ve mentioned it before, but as a blogger I am contractually obliged to have fairy lights in my room, and covering at least 3 feet of space in other places.

Derren Brown | Have I ever mentioned that I’m something of a fan? Because I’m a fan. I’ve seen his stage shows Infamous and Miracle, and I can’t recommend seeing him live enough.

Elephants | I really love elephants, especially on jewellery, I’ve just always been drawn to jewellery with elephants on it, I couldn’t tell you why.

Family Guy | Family Guy and I have been together for years, I can’t imagine live without it.

GCABray | Myself and my pal GCABray are putting together a weekly podcast series for this month, live every Friday!

Hands | I’ve been really interested in and loved practising nail art designs for years.

I | could eat nothing but edamame, spring onion and salt for days.

Japan | As you guys already know, Japan has been my dream holiday destination for a long time now.

Killjoy | Sometimes I can’t think of enough facts about myself when doing posts like these.

London Town | I can’t call London anything other than London Town now, I wish I knew why. Great place though.

MJ | Again, I’m sure you guys know that I’m a Michael Jackson fan.

Nuggets | I love anything in a nugget form. Chicken nuggets, Golden Nuggets, my cats who are all tiny nuggets.

Oh my god how many dresses do you own?! | I own 24 dresses. Even I didn’t know it was that many!

Purple | My favourite hair colour to have is purple, but it fades to quickly for me to keep it long-term.

Qwerty | So many files on my computer are called QWERTY and QWERTYASDF because I can’t be bothered to label them correctly. I know, I despise myself.

Reciting | I can recite a 9 minute beat poem off by heart. But only in an Australian accent. (For those interested, it’s Tim Minchin’s Storm)

Same, girl | I know all of the words to Same Girl by R. Kelly and Usher

Tidy | I love tidying, I know, I’m one of those people. I like doing it, and I love seeing the results.

Untidy | When I’m stressed or sad though, the tidiness kinda disappears.

Vexed | I love practising and watching magic and illusions. One of my favourite quotes is, “You never understood why we did this. You really don’t know? It was… it was the look on their faces…”

Wager | I like proposing wagers a LOT, but I will always bet a pound.

Xylose | Too much sugar can give me intense headaches and migraines.

You call yourself a blogger?! | I have only very recently tried avocado (#bloggerconfessions) and I really liked it!

Zoolander | What is this? A school for ANTS?!

I hope you guys enjoyed this post. It was actually a lot of fun to put together, so I nominate anyone that wants to do this post, to do it! I couldn’t believe how difficult it was for me to find information that I haven’t already shared, oh the stress of sharing on the interwebs.

I’d love to get to know you guys more too, so leave 2 facts about yourself in the comments below!

April Snippets

GUYS WE DID IT! We’re at the end of another month, and once more, I’m giving you another snippets video!

This month officially saw the start of Spring, and therefore finally times for me to get back outside, and spending more time with the goats, Michael and Merlin.

I also had the ultimate pleasure of getting to see all of my best pals from school, as they all came home for Easter, so I had lots of fun days with them, and finally got to go back to Yo!Sushi with one of my ultimate queens, Issy (although you probably know her as Bella 😉 )

I also decided to carry on my spring cleaning theme from last month, and finally re-evaluate what I was keeping in my desk, and whether or not I actually needed it. Luckily I found these awesome ‘finger-lasers’, and realised that my priorities were entirely in order. (You can also see Sawyers blatant disregard and self-entitlement, as he jumps onto my bag of things to throw out.) ((I also thought that the truth behind the theme music for this month is funny for this clip, as I’m sure no one would’ve thought that while tidying, I was rapping Wiz Khalifa.))

And finally, through all of the University and blogging deadlines I’ve encountered recently, my room really showed my struggle at keeping on top of everything. Luckily for me, I’ve been practising magic since I was 8.

So here’s Aprils Snippets, I hope you guys enjoy it!

What did you get up to this month? Let me know the 2 best things that happened to you this past month in the comments!

The Ultimate List Of Blogging Resources

If you run a blog, you can spend hours searching for the right website or plugin to help you with creating, increasing engagement and everything else that comes with running an online space.

So instead of spending all of that time looking through useless sites, I’ve done it for you and compiled this ultimate list of blogging resources!

I’ve alphabetised this list in order to make navigation easier for you, but if you want to find a specific tool quicker, just CRTL+F it!

IMG_2263Ad Management

 WP125 WP125 offers everything from a one or two column ad display, and includes support. You can also show as many ads as you want, and in any order. One of my favourite things about this particular plugin is that you can keep track of how many times an ad is clicked, and it runs ads for as long as you want, and removes them for you, on the end date.

Analytics

Quill Engage This is a free tool that collects all of your Google Analytics data and emails you weekly summaries.

Apps

DWNLD For just £15 a month, you can transform your online content into a sleek app!

Colour Palettes

Adobe Colour This is perfect for creating any type of colour palette. They can be analogous, monochromatic, or customised, it’s even fun to just play and create your own palettes!

Comment System

Disqus I’m sure you would’ve come across this system on many blogs, it’s incredibly easy to sign up for, and it’s said to increase both traffic and engagement for your online content.

Competition Tool

Rafflecopter This tool is the only way I would ever run another giveaway. It takes minutes to input your terms and prize, and the rest of the work is done for you! I think this tool is an incredibly fair and fun way to run giveaways and competitions.

Focus

StayFocusd This plugin helps you stay focussed when you’re actually writing. It does this by limiting the amount of time you can spend on what you input as ‘time-wasting’ sites.

Fonts

Da Font Search by style for the exact font that you want, and download for free.

Group Work

Basecamp We’ve all encountered annoying times when you’re working on a group project and no one is sure where they stand, or what’s being done. Basecamp takes away all of these issues, by not only featuring an interactive working space, but also a real-time chat, for you to voice any concerns and collaborate even easier.

HTML

HTML Dog This site offers beginner, intermediate and advanced tutorials on both HTML and CSS. There is also a handy reference guide for HTML tools.

Image Editor

PicMonkey An insanely easy to use photo editor, collage maker, and graphic design site. Perfect for everyone and it’s free!

Photoshop The most famous photo editing software, it’s very easy to navigate once you’ve got the hang of it, and you get a professional quality service.

Easel.ly This site actually features thousands of free infographic templates which users can customise, and share their visual ideas online.

Inspiration

Uber Suggest Enter a few keywords, and have blog post ideas generated for you!

Day Of The Year Find worldwide events and special occasions to inspire blog posts!

 

Livestreaming

Twitcam Perfect for livestreaming without the cost. Here you can  livestream and talk to your audience in the live chat at the same time.All livestreams are also archived and available after you’ve ended the stream.

Online Safety

Login LockDown This plugin allow you to limit the amount of login attempts allowed from any particular IP address during a space of time.The current default is a 1 hour lock out of an IP block after 3 failed login attempts within 5 minutes.

CheckShortURL If you’ve encountered a shortened URL and you’re not sure where it leads, this site lets you ‘peek’ at the site before you click on it.

Page Annotation

Bounce If you’d like to share a webpage with someone, but you’d also like to annotate or mention a specific section this website does exactly that. It even screenshots the entire loaded page, and not just what you initially see on the screen.

Screen Recorder

Screencast-O-Matic A free and easy to use screen recorder, with no download.

Sharing

Buffer The perfect way to share a post multiple times, to various social media outlets, but with different introductions and images.

MailChimp A free system for sending an email to your entire list of contacts. You can set up automated campaigns, or design them from scratch each time.

Signature

WiseStamp Create your own unique email signature, with an automatic link to your latest blog post.

Skype Capture

Pamela for Skype This is one of the more secure and easy to use Skype recording software. You also have options of a free version, but you are limited to 15 minutes calls.

Stock Images

iStock With this site you can pay per photos, or buy a subscription, to have access to millions of free to use images.

Image.Net Another If you’re a member of the media, this site allows you access to free to use images and videos, with email updates when particular tags are updated.

Twitter Tool

Crowdfire This site is actually perfect for keeping on top of who you’re following, and who is or isn’t following you.

TweetDeck A super slick way to view and interact with Twitter. I particularly find it the perfect way to take part in Twitter chats, as you can tweet, reply and interact with so many people at once.

URL Shortener

Google The quickest way to shorten a URL, foolproof.


I hope you guys found some useful sites to use, be sure to let me know if you will start using one of these!

Still can’t find what you’re looking for? Drop me a comment with what you’re after and I’ll find it for you!

10 Things That Make Me Happy

Who doesn’t love a big ol’ dose of happiness? I saw posts like this floating around on a couple of blog post idea lists, and I thought it sounded like fun, and a little way for you guys to get to know me better. So today I’m sharing 10 things that make me happy with you guys!

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Big groups of people being brought together

I mean most people that know me well will be able to tell you just how hilarious this fact is. I really love seeing people being brought together by things, be it through events such as music festivals, going to see a theatre show, or joining in a holi-themed festival. My own brother can make me cry by saying the word “crowds” to me. So yeah, it’s kind of a huge flaw in my otherwise very harsh, unloving and cold mystique.

Upside down kittens

I mean, who isn’t brought to near-tears by a cat who has fallen asleep and rotated their head completely upside down? Just me? Well you guys are missing out, like forreal.

My Friends

This does sound really cheesy and cliche, but I swear it; I have the greatest, most supportive friends in the entire universe. They always seem to be right there when I need them, with the best advice and shoulders to cry on. I owe a lot to them all. Soppiness.

Chicken Nuggets

Obvious. Offer to buy me chicken nuggets and we’re kinda best pals for life.

Seeing the moon

I just seem to find seeing the moon wherever I am quite comforting. No matter how far from home I am, no matter what happens each day, the moon will always come back. Plus it’s really gorgeous, like seriously we should all appreciate it more.

Cute/fluffy socks

These are something I seem to how low key-collected over the past few years. They are just so cosy and lovely, and there are endless pretty and insanely cute designs, so you appreciate them on both a comfort, and aesthetic level too.

Rilakkuma (& Korilakkuma) (also Pusheen tho) ((and Gudetama omg))

Aren’t all of these guys just insanely adorable though? Look at Rilakkuma and tell me you don’t want to smile. LOOK AT HIM. I think I have a very soft spot in my heart for Korilakkuma because I pronounce it like Corinne-akkuma in my head, so we’re like soul mates or something. And Pusheen is a cat, so what’s not to love? (Gudetama is like my lazy spirit animal/egg)

Vintage cameras

I’ve recently discovered a deep love for not only owning vintage cameras, but learning how to properly use them, it must feed into my passion for photography and general composition of shots.

Big Band music

Perhaps feeding into my love for the general 1950’s and vintage style, I do love hearing a big band or orchestra performing live. In fact, I actually think it feeds into my weird thing with crowds and people being brought together, gotta be honest.

Deadpool

No wait, Ryan Reynolds. No it’s Deadpool. Ryan. Deadpool… Reynolds. Both, oh my dear god.


That’s it for my quick list of 10 things that make me happy, let me know in the comments some unique things that make you happy too!

January Snippets

That’s right, you sensed it coming, we’re at the end of another month!

This year, I decided that instead of strictly beauty favourites with some added extras, I’m going to post a monthly round-up, with a video and some stills from particular events throughout the month.

One of my favourite days from the past month was a day I spent with one of my fabulous pals, so I’ve collated some pictures from that day here. (And how awesome is it that every picture I took seems to have a pink-hue too!)

This month I wanted to venture out a little bit more, so I decided to do some little things like learning the piano, and as I miss a studying religion and philosophy, I also searched for some books on the topic. I’ve travelled a lot, walked a lot, spent a lot of time by one of my favourite places, the sea, and I also won an awesome giveaway from Rebecca at Wavesofthoughts!

As you guys might be able to tell, I’m going to make posts like this a monthly series, but I still don’t have a proper name for it! So right now I’m just calling it ‘snippets’, if you can think of a name please let me know in the comments!

What was your favourite thing from the past month?

Welcome To Organic By Nerve

Hi! My name’s Corinne, and welcome to my lifestyle blog, Organic By Nerve!

I never really introduced myself, or this blog, or even the style of posts I’d be writing, I just kind of created this blog in January 2015 with a favourites. But the point of today’s post is just that. I made this blog on a whim at the beginning of the year and I have loved running it ever since.

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I don’t really have any limits on this blog, it is a lifestyle blog, so I post just about everything, from style inspiration posts, to product reviews and just my general thoughts. I’m not your average white background-product-only, entirely impersonal blog. I want you guys to really know who I am, my thoughts and personality.

To anyone that’s thinking about maybe starting their own blog, or in fact, doing something that they think will make them happy, or sounds a bit exciting; do it. Stop holding yourself back based on what might happen, if no one listens, if you’re worried about failing, just do it.

Particularly when it comes to starting your own online space, I always think a good mentality to have is, just write a post. Just write your first post, it’ll give you a kick start. You can always go back and delete it later if you don’t think it’s right for your blog. People might think they can see your first post in the future once you’ve really carved out what you want you blog to be, but the truth is so few blogs actually have their first original post online or public any more.

So what I’m essentially saying today is bite the bullet. If you want to give something a try, do it, and do it today. I did in January, and I’m so glad I did.

Welcome to Organic By Nerve.


Shoutout to Tyler (@AvokeStudios) for helping me with this post.

Check out his YouTube channel here