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Why I Read Over 20 Blog Posts Every Day

I love reading. It is one hobby I truly enjoy, and as a Blogger and Freelance PR Consultant, I have to read as many blog posts as possible every day. Reading and writing is second nature to me, which is great because my job relies on it! So if I am not able to put on my Kindle because of a busy schedule, I can guarantee I would be able to read some blog posts during the day.

 

 

I read over 20 blog posts a day because there are so many amazing blogs around these days, it is so easy to read as many. I also comment on as many blog posts as I can.

Many bloggers underestimate the power of the blogosphere, and just instead stay busy publishing post after post on their blog without reading other blogs, which I find very funny. Except you are in the Mega Blogger Category (Is there such a category?), you should be reaching out to as many bloggers as possible, because the blogosphere world is really small, especially in the UK. We all need each other in a way.

The power of commenting on blogs is so underrated, that many bloggers don’t know the value of it. Apart from the fact that you are reading and gaining knowledge, you leaving a quality comment would probably put a smile on the blogger’s face, it would lead some traffic to your blog, which may lead to you having some loyal blog followers, brands/PRs could find your blog from a comment left on another blog, and so on. The benefits of reading and commenting on blogs you enjoy are too many to list.

 

 

I enjoy reading a variety of blogs from fashion and beauty, to lifestyle and even parenting. I also enjoy scrolling through food blogs. They usually make my mouth water and leave me hungry, but I gain so many recipe ideas from them, so I can’t be without reading them.

What sort of blogs do you enjoy reading?

 

 

 

 

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My Digital Detox

I had a digital detox over the weekend! I still can’t believe I did but I did. I logged off my laptop and smart phone on Friday afternoon, and I let the blog and my social media platforms run on auto pilot until midnight Sunday. It was fun to sit back and relax. Last week was extremely busy work-wise, so I was looking forward to the weekend and my digital detox.

 

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This digital detox came about due to the “Your Presence is the Present” campaign I was working on. This campaign was all about logging off every form of technology aka distractions, and spending quality time with the loved ones. It was about giving your family the ‘gift’ of your undivided attention this Christmas, a sort of dry-run for Christmas in a month’s time.

At first I didn’t know what to do with myself. I usually have a million and one things to do, but Fridays are usually a bit quiet so it was the best day to have it done. I logged off every system after checking my tweets and posts were scheduled. Then off I went to check out the challenge pack to help me stay offline and stay sane.

 

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I found the Punkt. phone very useful. I know many may struggle with using this kind of phone in 2016, but I liked it! It was just what I needed. I could switch off my iPhone but be rest assured anyone who needed urgently could reach me. I will continue using this phone for work, for the few times I need to make phone calls to clients.

 

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I also found the notebook very handy for when I had itchy fingers. It kept me very busy. And the pencils and colouring pads kept us very occupied. i enjoyed colouring with my kids. It definitely kept me sane.

 

I also kept myself busy with my Kindle (reading offline of course). I finally finished Katie Price’s Reborn on Friday evening. I have been reading it for weeks now and struggling to finish it. I also downloaded another book on Saturday – On Becoming by Toke Makinwa, which I finished in a few hours because it was so good.

Another rare thing that happened was me being in bed at 10pm on Friday night. Usually, I am buried in work until past midnight but since I could not work, I found myself in bed at 10pm and it felt so good. I should be doing this more often.

I enjoyed this digital detox. I am looking to the Christmas break because I go on holiday and that means I will be logging off which is fab. All work and no rest makes Stella a grumpy blogger.

 

Have you had a digital detox lately?

 

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Why Fashion Matters

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I have just finished reading the book – Why Fashion Matters by Frances Corner (the head of London College of Fashion) on my Kindle and it was a great read. The book opens my eyes to how fashion influences almost everything around us and how the fashion industry should be taken more seriously.

It also opened my eyes to how fashion should be celebrated because it is a multi billion pound industry that employs so many professionals, from the luxury designers, to the fashion stylists and the fashion bloggers amongst others. The fashion industry puts food on so many tables all over the world.

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Why Fashion Matters is divided into 101 thoughts to make it easy to soak it all in. I took note of some very important points. Here are my top five points:

  1. Couture is all about beauty of the clothing. It is where art and fashion meet. It is the laboratory for design and things are possible in couture, which are impossible anywhere else.

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2. The majority of new clothes, whether luxury or mass market, are manufactured in Asian factories. Bangladesh has a minimum wage of $38 making it very attractive to so many retailers.

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3. In 2012, China bypassed the United States to become the largest national market for luxury goods in the world.

4. Clothes say something to the world about who you are, they are visual indicators of the private decisions we make every morning when we choose what to wear for the day.

5. It takes 2,700 litres of water to produce one cotton T-shirt from ‘crop to shop’

There were so many informative points in the book, I will recommend it to all fashion lovers out there. It makes you to see everything in a completely different way. You can grab your Kindle Editio for Β£5.97 on Amazon or grab the hard cover for Β£7.99 also on Amazon.