I stopped interacting with bloggers for two months

Over time, I have come to realize the importance of having mutuals and blog friends as a blogger. I noticed the impact on my blog especially in January when I decided to start engaging more with blogs I truly liked or am at least interested in.This skyrocketed my blog growth and interactions. I am still shocked by the impact. A clear example would be my views in January where I posted 6 times. Compared to my views in the whole of 2021 where I posted 11 times. I have over 700 views in the former and a little over 500 views in the latter. See?!

Views since March 2021 to January 2022

So I decided to not interact with any blog for a month to see the impact on my blog. Prior to this decision, I wasn’t interacting with many blogs, I think at most between 3-5 blogs. So in two months It was about 7 times or less, this included liking posts and replying to comments on my blog.

The impact of this on my blog is evident as now I am barely getting half of my January views. It’s quite interesting to see the decline over time.

Views since January
Visitors since January
Likes Since January

It is also key to note that there are other factors in play that could be causing this decline.

  1. I was posting on Wednesdays in January and Febuary but since then I have posted on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays on each month after that.
  2. I was scheduling my blogs 4 weeks before the actual post date so I don’t know if it gave off ‘not fresh’ vibes.
  3. I made alot of changes to my blog between the time period and some people did not like it.

Overall it was a pretty relaxing experience. I was able to blog consistently for months without actively being a blogger. I want to appreciate the people that interacted with my blog while I was gone-ish , It’s really amazing of you especially because you didn’t have to, but you did.

The moral of the experience here is that if views, visits and every other form of interaction is important to you, then I highly suggest interacting with other blogs and bloggers consistently. I will be giving an update when I post on Wednesdays again for a month, just to see if the days I posted on impacted anything.

Till then, see you in my next post.

Post Question: On average, how many times do you interact with other blogs/bloggers weekly?

To my 50+ Creators 💙

Today, as always, is a good day to celebrate. This post is dedicated to all my 55 fellow creators out there that have chosen to follow me. I truly appreciate it.

Other wins, I have enjoyed this week

  1. Eating too much
  2. Sleeping peacefully
  3. Planting and watching my seed grow beautifully
  4. Cooking and my food has been hitting
  5. Companionship and Laughter

I am thankful for all. Stay winning!!

The Young Shall Grow |Transition from Studenthood to Adulthood| Blog Changes

Hey Creatures,

A few weeks ago I celebrated the one year anniversary of my blog and some months from now I will be celebrating another year added to my life (By God’s Grace). I started this blog to remain accountable and to be consistent in something, I didn’t know how much I would fall in love with my hard work and the effort I put in. It has become an important part of my weekly routine and I think it’s especially odd because even with over 2000 views and soo many likes on this blog, I still think that I am the only person that reads my blog.

Long story short, as the blog grows, so do I and it’s time to change the name of this section from ‘Studenting‘ to ‘Adulting‘. The main reason why is because I am not going to be a student forever and this blog is ultimately about my journey so we move.

Thinkers Thoughts will be removed as a Category

I have also decided to remove the Thinkers Thoughts Category on my blog for now. I have thought long and hard about this. I started this section because I like watching and reading stuff just to review it for my blog, it also encouraged me to read more in general. But just like when I temporarily suspended it a couple months ago, the reason is the same. It’s too much work for me right now. I know that I can continue this category if I wanted to, but I choose not to , I would rather put the same time and effort into the other categories in my blog.

While convincing myself to keep it, my options were to

  1. Combine it with ‘Adulting’-Post with the schedule, which would be once in a while
  2. Make it a Sub Category under ‘Adulting’-Post once in a while, no obligation to post at all
  3. Leave it as it but never post again
  4. Remove it entirely

I decided to go with number 2 for now. So we’ll see how it goes.

Okay that’s all for this post, see you in my next one!

Post Question: What do you think is the average amount of categories/Sub categories a blog should have?

15 Sushi for £3.99

I used to hate sushi but now I really like it. So imagine my excitement when I go into Lidl to buy pastries, as always, and I see this huge pack of sushi for £3.99. This is about #2000 or $5. The foodie in me was dancing to the till with this in hand.

This had 5 different types of sushi inside and some had different looks. I tried to take a clear picture of each of the sushi in the box, but as you can see from the pictures below, there is a reason why I am not a professional photographer.

Now for the star of the show, so here’s the thing I can’t tell them apart, I don’t know which is which so I am going to refrain from reviewing them individually lol. Instead here’s an up close pic of everything from this pack.

Although I liked the sushi itself, the sauces were a bit off to me, especially the soy sauce. I know Soy sauce has a sour/salty taste to it but these? Too much. I really like these , that I bought then 4 times I think. Overall I rate it a strong 4/5 because of the price, the quantity, the quality and the overall packaging.

Okay, that’s it for this post! See you in my next one.

The Free Deadline Planner that you need

Hey creatures,

I have officially become the person for the people…on the internet. Okay dramatic much. I just mean I am going to be sharing my deadline planner to people on the internet. I am a huge procrastinator so I designed this template because it allows me to do the bare minimum and still get work done without rushing or feeling guilty of not doing it on time.

So if you’re interested in using it, you can just click the link below to download it.

Deadline Planner Template One

Deadline Planner Template Two

Why did I get married?| Movie review

Hey Creatures!

In today’s post , I will be sharing my thoughts on the movie-Why did I get married?.

I realize I probably never mentioned this on my blog before, so I’d like to out rightly state that my reviews will always contain spoilers. It might not be major but they will have some key spoiling info. So consider that before you read anything on here. okay? okay.

Summary

‘Four married couples take a week’s vacation each year where the only agenda is asking themselves ‘why did I get married?’ ‘Eight married friends take their annual reunion vacation in the Colorado mountains. Revelations of infidelity involving one pair shatter the amicable mood, forcing the remaining friends to take a hard look at the strength of their own marriages. The couples grapple with issues of commitment, love, betrayal and forgiveness as they try to move on with their lives.’-(This is the summary from google )

My thoughts

Diane and Terry

We hear of cases where one partner feels neglected by the other because of how time consuming their career is. This is how Terry feels about Diane and her work. Diane is a proud career women, who doesn’t want anymore kids. Terry is also a career man but more family oriented and he wants a son, or another child at least. So this was their main issue. We later find out Diane tied her tube without telling him and terry ended up moving out. It was a mess. Terry didn’t like how Diane treated him, and well so did I, which is why I was lowkey hoping he wouldn’t take her back. But he did.

Angela and Marcus

This was the most chaotic couple out of the bunch. I have many feelings towards Angela, but one thing I like the most was that she was outspoken. She will talk you out your shit and back into it. She was a successful salon owner and her husband happened to work for her. I believe their main issue was infidelity and the fact that Marcus has been jobless for 8 years. Angela was really unbearable and It was evident that Marcus really loved her because he stayed. Although I would say that , when Marcus listened to her , she would always calm down and apologize if she was wrong. So I guess it makes sense that Marcus stayed because he knows Angela wasn’t crazy for always nagging.

Sheila and Mike

Mike is a piece of absolute disgusting unforgivable sick shit. While Sheila , is so so breathtaking. She’s so soft-spoken, caring, considerate , she is soo damn fine. I don’t know what she ever saw in Mike. You know how you have people that you like but don’t like at the same time?. Mike did not like Sheila…at all. He would always comment on her weight, her diet and everything wrong he found in her. He made her drive for hours in the cold because the flight attendant said she needed to buy another sit due to her weight. He carried his side chick on the trip for his pleasure of course. I was appalled by his behavior.

Patricia and Gavin

Patricia, who was also a career woman, would always call herself a doctor. I am not really sure if she meant because of a PhD degree or if she meant as an actual medical doctor. I was too busy focusing on other people problems but she actually carried out a lot of research and wrote multiple books including ‘why did I get married?’. Her husband was very supportive of her and her career. He seemed to love her a lot. Their issue was that Patricia got in an accident which killed their only child and since then Patricia moved on as if nothing happened. This was particularly difficult for Gavin because he wanted another child and Patricia was not ready .They seemed like the perfect couple from the outside which is contrary to what is going on on the inside. One thing I would say is that, as a someone that teaches, researches and writes book on self-help and development, she was the problem in her marriage.

My favorite scene

One thing about me, I will enjoy a well deserved revenge. Like a cheating husband getting STD, thinking he got it from the woman he was cheating with, only for him to find out that his wife was cheating first and she was the one that gave it to him. HA! I found a video on YouTube showing the entire dinner scene. I think if you want to get an idea of how chaotic and entertaining this movie is, then just watch this video. This was my favourite part of the movie.

Overall, this was a great watch. It was relaxing , funny and entertaining. I’ll be rating in 5/5. because I will watch it again.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Okay that’s it for this post, see you in my next.

2000 views on my blog!

As you can already tell from my last post. Well, who would have thought?! I am officially a MEGA SUPER STAR or almost one at least.

On the 23rd of January, @ebitimicreates surpassed 1000 views, and about 2 months after, on the 26th of March, she surpassed 2000 views! All this is following, my blog milestone post where I ended 2021 with over 500 views on my blog.

I am really happy about it, super ecstatic. It feels really good that I remained consistent, you know? I remember starting this blog and celebrating 5 blog posts and now this will be my 31st post on this blog.

Last year, between April to March, I published 11 posts. Now get this, between January and March this year, this would be my 20th post. It’s so crazy and amazing to see. In January alone, I had a little over 700 views and over 200 visitors. Like what is happening?!

I am soo proud of myself. I am happy I found something that I enjoy, it makes me feel really good that it’s growing this way.

Moving on, I want to be more intentional about what I post.

Question: How do you remain intentional about blogging. What does an intentional blog/blogger look like to you?

Okay that’s it for this post. See you in my next one!

My blog anniversary. I can’t believe my baby is 1 year old.

I can’t believe that my baby is a one year old. Okay, I can believe it but it’s just an expression. I CAN’T BELIEVE MY BABY IS ONE YEAR OLD!!!. I am truly happy about it and to celebrate, I bought a cake…well, cheesecake.

I have been enjoying the Toffee cheesecake lately and my anniversary was a perfect excuse to buy it again.

Let’s do a mini flashback on my first posts on my blog

First post on Just a taste.

First post on Wins day

First post on Thinkers Thoughts

Okay that’s it for this post. Happy 1 year anniversary to me!

I made Boba Tea at home.

Hey Creatures!

As you can tell from the title , I made Boba Tea also know as Bubble Tea, at home. I also made other forms of drinks with the Boba so not every thing was actually Tea.

It was pretty easy to make and to be honest, ever since I started making my own Boba drinks, I’m begining to wonder why it takes soo much time to get Boba teas made at the shop, especially when I’m assuming they bulk make the Tapioca and all they have to do is make the teas…but I may be wrong.

It’s also interesting how much cheaper and easier it is to make Boba Tea at home compared to buying it at an actual shop. Yeah I understand convenient and preference but from someone who hates spending money but loves enjoying certain ‘luxuries’ in life , you have much more creative freedom with your drink.

I don’t want to sound like I’m throwing shade at people that can afford to buy Bubble tea multiple times… but I am. Teach me your ways, where do you get all that money from?

Anyways…

This is the list of Ingredients that I used to make the different bubble drinks I’ve made so far

Tapioca Boba/Balls/Pearls(google any, I’m sure it’ll pop up somehow)

Tetley Tea Bags(for the tea)

Honey/granulated sugar(I mostly use honey as a substitute for brown sugar)

Milk( so far, I have tried soya Milk, whole Milk, evaporated milk)

Caramel Syrup

Mango and passion fruit juice

This totals up to about £10(#5,479)which is for about 7 large servings before the Tapioca pearls finishes. The Boba tea shop near me charges £4.10(#2,246) for a medium serving of Boba Tea. So you see why I’m shading you all.

I have included pictures of some of the different bubble teas I have made so far.

Results

This is how some of them looked. I would say my least Favorite one was the Mango and passion fruit drink. Mainly because the Juice was too acidic for me but I still loved it because of the Boba.

I think that everything looks good, I loved the tastes of all of them and I am supper obsessed.

I’ll rate all the drink I made 4/5 starts.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

That’s it for this post, see you in my next post creatures!

Question: Have you tried Boba/Bubble tea? what are your thoughts?

Solving student Problems on Reddit

Hey Creatures!

Today’s post is all about student problems. I thought it would be a great Idea to source out student problems on Reddit and solve them on my blog. I’ll be giving advice based on personal experience , as always. So let’s get into it.

How do I catch up at Uni?

I think a great way to deal with this is by creating a to-do list for the week. Pick two days in week and a non-negotiable time period to focus on school work. Try to get through two topics per week so you can catch up on past work. You will have to do this while staying up to date with your current school work so you don’t fall behind.

Look for summaries on all the topics/work online from your subject. On YouTube there are a lot of educational videos on there that summarize or give detailed lectures on topics , so start there. It’ll give you a quicker understanding of what you missed and some topics on your syllabus. To increase your engagement just ask questions. If you’re as behind as you say you are, then you probably have a lot of questions.

‘I have no motivation to do anything’

I was literally here a couple weeks ago. I even posted about it (Dealing with lack of Motivation| Short rant…). Feeling this way every now and again is normal. I would advice you to talk to your personal tutor(if you have one at your college or university) and see if there are any student resources in your University that may help. Such as Counselling, Mental health support, academic writing e.t.c. Also, to avoid missing classes, I suggest you go to school or Library in the morning and don’t return home until your classes are finished for the day or till you’ve done something academically productive. I struggle with this as well, but I find that going to the campus helps me to be more productive and not miss classes. Also, If you have any friends on your course, maybe studying and doing your assignment at the same time will help you remain accountable. Demotivation, I believe is a more mental than physical. So I feel you need to inform you university advice team to get help. Good luck!

‘Take rough notes or thorough notes?’

As someone that prefers paper , I always do rough notes because all the lecture resources are available online to look at after the class. I know Lecturers recommend you look through your notes after the class. I think it has to do with prolonging your memory on the topic or something like that… but this is completely up to you.

Side Bar: Is it just me but I can’t take detailed notes and pay full attention in class? I feel I will miss out on too much because the Lecturer would have rambled on while I’ll be stuck on one sentence he said 10 mins ago.

‘Someone help me with my Housemates’

My advice to approaching them is to write out everything you want to say to them and how you feel about the whole situation or you could make a voice recording of what you want to say-just like this post you have made but just write it ,directing it to them. Then send it to them. I highly recommend taking pictures of the mess and messaging them individually or on a group chat/ Just to make sure you have proof that you have talked to them about this.

Wait it out for about two weeks to see the outcome. If nothing happens then inform your accommodation provider and send your evidence to them so they can sort it out. You can also see other accommodation advice here (My practical advice for foreign students living in a shared accommodation)

‘How do I start my university assignment that I’ve been putting off for three years?’

If you’re struggling to write, Don’t. There are other alternatives. You can record yourself talking about it and transcribe it . Make a video recording and type it out. Finish the essay in whatever format is easier for you and type it out or dictate it to get written down on Microsoft Doc.

You can finish a 4000 word essay in 2 weeks, if you keep calm and get about 400 words down a day. If you can, find a study buddy, someone with a deadline they’re working towards. They’re a lot of people with deadlines and Uni. Set up a Study Date, hopefully this will motivate you.

Side Bar: I remember writing in one of my posts about how, some universities don’t take into account many different assessment styles that suits students and I hope to see a change soon(University Deadlines are approaching).

Okay that’s it for today.

If you are a student of any capacity, this is your time to shine and share your most problematic student experience.