Productivity

I Uninstalled YouTube

So I uninstalled YouTube from my phone.

What? 

I deleted the app.

Why?

I was spending way too much time watching videos and not enough time writing essays.

When?

Last night. November 19th. 

How?

I make very questionable decisions the later it gets in the day. I was stretching, thought about deleting distractions from my life, and followed through with it.

Also, I needed to be more productive with all the procrastination I’ve done recently. What do you know? I still found ways to procrastinate today.

I’ll let you know when I give in to downloading YouTube back onto my phone.

Personal Reflection

What I Love-Observing People: March 2016

What I Love-Observing People-March 2016

Since I’ve come to realize that I’m capable of loving some things, I may or may not expand these “What I Love” posts to include a variety of apps, objects, etc. 

But then again everything is entirely dependent on my mood.

Here are a few of the things I’ve been loving this month:

The Grammarly Affiliate Program  

If you want to try out their grammar/spell/plagiarism checker, you could use my link.

If you’re interested in joining their affiliate program, you can do so here.

Only if you really want to, of course. Yes, I’ll make a bit of money. No, it won’t cost you anything extra.

Setting alerts on my calendar for important events

AlertEver since I showed up to a tutorial when there wasn’t one, I’ve vowed not to make the same mistake again.

Alerts

Watching gaming videos on YouTube

I don’t game much anymore, but I watch other people play. It’s pretty much the same thing…

People submitting writer problems to my Tumblr blog: aspiringwriter22

Submitted to aspiringwriter22

I love seeing my inbox grow. It warms my tiny, dark heart. If you want to submit a writer problem, send them to me. I’ll give your blog a shoutout to my awesome followers.

Observing people on the subway

Since I don’t want to get sued, you’ll just have to imagine people on the subway and my observing them. It’s a writer thing.

I respect people’s privacy. I don’t respect many people, but I respect privacy.

Blogging

Expectations Versus Reality: The Life Of A Blogger

In an ideal world, the italicized sentences would come true. The bolded ones reveal the not so perfect reality. Read at your own peril.

Generate twenty new ideas for future blog posts. 

Generate zero ideas.

Write five articles at once. 

Write one sentence before deleting it.

Edit nine previous drafts. 

Groan because editing is too much work.

Proofread seven pieces. 

Cringe.

Publish new post. 

Not publish anything for a month.

Read everything in your Reader. 

Read one word only to get distracted by some shiny new video on YouTube.

Leave a comment on the blogs you follow. 

Take forever to come up with a witty remark.

Find more amazing bloggers to follow. 

Cry at everyone else’s awesomeness.

Bathe in money at the end of the day. 

Bathe in your own tears.

Blogging

What Bloggers Really Do On Their Phones

Don’t assume I’m watching silly YouTube videos (even though I might be). What? Bloggers need breaks too.

  • Brainstorm new ideas.
  • Draft blog posts.
  • Edit, edit, edit.
  • Take pictures for their reader’s viewing pleasure.
  • Edit said pictures.
  • Respond to comments left by other wonderful bloggers.
  • Browse through the Reader.
  • Leave comments. Interact with people. Give back to the always lovely WordPress community.

So while it may seem like I’m always on my phone, I have valid reasons to be.

And no I do not have friends to text or a boyfriend to talk to.

Blogging

Pick One: Social Media Edition

Two options. Pick one. It’s as simple as that.

I don’t use all of these so I definitely have my own bias in certain cases.

Also, I did my best to pair similar apps/services/sites together so if you’re looking for an alternative, you may be in luck.

All opinions are my own. I’m not going to bother explaining why I picked one over the other and shove my sentiments down your throat. We like what we like.

WordPress or Blogger?

WordPress.

Instagram or Tumblr?

Tumblr.

Facebook or Twitter?

Facebook.

Hotmail or Gmail?

Hotmail.

Google Plus or LinkedIn?

LinkedIn.

Pinterest or StumbleUpon?

Pinterest.

About.me or Ask.fm? 

About.me.

Goodreads or Wattpad?

Goodreads.

Dropbox or Google Drive?

Google Drive.

Evernote or Simplenote?

Evernote.

YouTube or Vimeo? 

YouTube.

Flickr or DeviantArt?

Flickr.

Writing

Writer Problem On Productivity

My productivity—or lack thereof I should say—is starting to become a problem.

Clearly whoever invited Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube, and every other social media site had no idea writers actually existed in the world. What a shame.

Music

And The Best Christmas Gift Goes To…

The best Christmas present I ever received is actually a video on YouTube, which can be streamed for free in HD.

Thanks Simple Plan for never disappointing and for making my 2013 Christmas that much better.

Oh yeah, did I mention Merry Christmas?

Writing

15 Things This Novelist Does During Her PA Day

Okay, just because I have a PA Day today (some people call it a PD Day) that doesn’t mean I get a nice long weekend to sit around and do nothing. Besides, that would be awfully boring and unproductive.

Below is a tiny math equation because even on a PA Day, there’s no escaping math. It’s everywhere!

PA Day = Students’ Holiday ≠ Writers’ Holiday

I don’t have to go to school but that doesn’t mean I lounge around sleeping in until the afternoon like most teenagers I know. Sorry to all my friends. You don’t wake up at seven in the morning to write, do you? I didn’t think so.

Actually, this day off means a day of work. Not homework. Writing work.

My obsession with lists is a little unhealthy but this post will indeed be a crafty list.

A list of all the wonderful things this novelist does when she has a full day of fun to herself. Just kidding.

  • Opens Microsoft Word.
  • Stares at the blank page and blinking cursor for 5 minutes.
  • Minimizes the still blank document because she has had enough mocking for one day right?
  • Goes onto the Internet to surf the web for places to bury a body, how to make an explosive, or er, why she can’t commit to writing a novel and finishing the damn thing.
  • Finds herself on Twitter, Tumblr, WordPress, Facebook, Gmail, Hotmail, Goodreads, and YouTube simultaneously.
  • Sees she has 8 tabs open but that cruel Word processor is still taunting her.
  • Throws a pity party for herself.
  • Listens to music that makes her want to cry.
  • Spends the rest of her day saying she will write something half decent.
  • Churns out pages and pages of crap.

    Pages of Writing
    Exhibit A
  • Realizes a fifth grader could write better prose than her.
  • Attempts to sleep yet fails miserably.
  • Wishes she never has to wake up.
  • Wakes up because some brilliant idea pops into her brain at some ungodly hour.
  • Attends yet another pity party for herself this time with junk food because food solves every problem in the world.