GET TO KNOW ME Q&A

Saturday

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I recently asked on my Instagram for questions that could form a Q&A blog post and I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of questions I received.


I was asked all sorts of questions about blogging and just about life in general, so without further a do I will start answering them!


Lauren Kenny Wool of the King


Get to know me!


1. How did you get into blogging?


I started my blog in 2016 while I was in college. Back then, it was just a way of me writing my thoughts and I didn't know how long I'd actually stick to writing. It wasn't until this year that I've started keeping up with regular posting and this year has been my best year stats and opportunities for things like reviews and press events.


2. What are your tips for coping mentally at uni?


This is a hard one because university can be really draining sometimes. My advice would just be to force yourself to stay motivated and on top of everything. A lot of the time I won't feel motivated, but as soon as I get the tiniest bit of motivation to do work, I will force myself to try and do as much work as possible, just to make the most out of feeling motivated.


It can be so hard to balance everything so I would recommend keeping a diary and staying really organised. If you feel like you have your life together, you will feel better about university. And if you don't, then it's a fake it til you make it kind of situation. Read my tips on how to stay organised at university for more information.


3. What is your favourite trip away that you have been on?


Definitely either my trip to Sorrento, my trip to Amsterdam, or the Christmas markets in Germany. I find it so hard to pick a favourite because then were all so different. I hope to go on many more trips away but then it would make it even harder to pick a favourite!


4. What's the best food you've had abroad?


I have had some really good food abroad but I'd have to say the pizza in Sorrento was the best. You just can't beat Italian pizza!


5. Who is your favourite blogger?


Again, so hard to pick a favourite but I can give you my top 5 in no particular order:


6. What do you enjoy writing about most?

My favourite thing to write about is Travel. I just love going on trips away, writing about it and taking lovely pictures. I wish I could travel more so I could write about travelling more. For now, I will just try to do what I can in terms of Covid and my student budget.

Lauren Kenny on Stonehenge Chair Salisbury

7. What is the best way to increase traffic to your blog?

Basically just promote, promote promote. Twitter is the best source of traffic for me at the moment. I have dabbled with Pinterest because I know some people get millions of clicks form that, but I haven't gotten on with it just yet. Generally, the more effort I put into promoting my blog, the better results I get. If you want to learn more about how I promote my blog, you can read how I got 10k blog views in one month.

8. What is the most difficult thing about uni life?

For the most part I love uni life. It can get really tough at times though. The hardest thing is probably that you can feel quite lonely at times but you are surrounded with lots of people who are going through the same thing so that's comforting. Also, I was not ready for the third year workload and I can't cook very well so it's difficult when I don't have my mum to cook for me anymore. Joking aside, I do like uni life and everyone is probably feeling the same as you if you are finding it tough.

9. What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given?

This is a hard one because I am always trying to be the one who's always in a good mood and I normally find myself giving the advice rather than someone giving me advice. There's currently nothing that stands out to me apart from obvious things like don't compare yourself to others. If I think of anything that stands out, I'll add it to the post.

10. What's your favourite animal?

Dogs!!!

11. What is your favourite memory from your first year of uni?

Probably when me and Joe got dumped in the same week, then our flatmate Kitty, got us a cake that said "Dumped and Dumpeder" and now me and Joe have almost been together for 2 and a half years!

12. Greatest blogging achievement?

Reaching 11k monthly views in August! I used to have such Impostor's Syndrome with my blog and that nobody read it, so to see so many people actually reading it makes the time and effort I put into blogging worth it.

13. How do you keep the motivation to write?

Honestly, with some difficulty. Sometimes when posts don't do as well as you'd like them to it can be hard. However, even though it feels good to reach goals and get good stats, stats aren't everything. I really enjoy getting positive comments mainly. Blogging is also just something I enjoy doing anyway, even if no one reads my posts.

I mostly find that keeping organised helps me with motivation too. Using a blog planner definitely helps! Here is The ULTIMATE Blog planner from Of a Glasgow Girl that has everything you need to stay on top of blogging.

14. How are you feeling about final year of uni?

Truly terrified. I am excited to be living with my friends but I know how quickly time goes and I really don't want to finish uni. I'm also just not feeling too positive about online uni and the workload but I'm going to try my best. I'm definitely more confident after having a year's marketing internship though.

15. What do you enjoy most about blogging?

I love writing and I love going out and taking pictures for my blog. It's also made me connect with a lot more people to. There are so many great bloggers out there that have so much in common with me. I would have never connected with them if I wasn't blogging.

16. If you could have 3 people round for dinner, who would it be?

Hm so the first person would have to be Gordon Ramsay so he can make the food because I can't cook. Clever! I've also always wanted to try Michelin Star level food. Secondly, I'd invite Lana Del Rey because she's my favourite. And the final person would have to be David Attenborough because I just find him so interesting and cool.

That's the end of my questions. I really enjoyed answering these so if you have any more questions for me, feel free to leave them in the comments.

Wool of the King

THE GOLDEN BLOGGERZ AWARD

What is the Golden Bloggerz Award?

It’s an award made by Golden Bloggerz to motivate and reward all these amazing bloggers that work daily to serve their audience and they worth more recognition. Their priority is to do their best to help their readers solve their problems & reach their goals!

Golden Bloggerz Award

Rules 

1. Place the award logo on your blog. 
2. Mention the rules. 
3. Thank whoever nominated you and place a link to their website. 
4. Mention the awards creator and add a link to that too. 
5. Tell your audience three things about you. 
6. Answer your nominator’s questions. 
7. Nominate 10-20 people who deserve this award. 
8. Let the nominees know by messaging/commenting on their social media or their blog. 
9. Ask your, nominees, any five questions that you want. 
10. Share 2-3 links to your best posts. 

Thank you to Nic's Adventures for the nomination. Be sure to check out her Golden Bloggerz nomination post. Also a big thank you to Chris from Golden Bloggerz for initiating the award.

Three Things You May Not Know About Me

1. I have been blogging since 2016.
2. I can't ride a bike.
3. I am a really fussy eater.

Visit my 20 Facts About Me post for more.

Nic's Questions

What are your favourite seasons of the year?

My favourite season has always been and will always be summer I think. It just brings me so much happiness. I feel like there's so much more to do and the sun just brings everyone's mood up. I love everything associated with summer too like the fashion, travel and of course Pimms and Sangria.

Dark or Milk Chocolate? 

Definitely milk chocolate. I could eat dark chocolate, but it really wouldn't be my first choice. My favourite chocolate is Cadbury's giant buttons. When it's ladies week, nothing else will suffice.

What does blogging do for you in terms of happiness?

Blogging in general makes me really happy, especially when I receive positive comments on my blog. It's just so nice to know that people read what I have to say. Even if no one read my posts, I still really like writing about what I've been up to and to share my advice. It's a nice thing for me to have to keep all of my memories in one place if nothing else. Sometimes, I will get stressed about what to write, as everyone does but overall, I really love blogging.

What are your favourite desserts to make? 

I am not really a baker and I don't eat dessert that often, so I would have to say cheese and charcuterie. I know that's technically not made and isn't a dessert but it's something people often eat in the evening. I would just love to choose all my favourite cheeses and put on a spread. 

Tea or coffee?

I don't drink either and this is something I have to explain to people a lot. I just don't like tea or coffee. The only hot drinks I'll have are hot chocolates or chai lattes in the winter.

My Nominees

8. Becc4 

My Questions 

1. Why did you start blogging?
2. What is one piece of advice you would give to your younger self?
3. What's your favourite way to spend a self care day?
4. Dogs or cats?
5. If you knew you would have your last meal tomorrow, what would you choose to have?

Some of my favourite posts


Sculpture by the lakes

I wrote this blog about my first ever blogger press event and I had so much fun there. I loved taking pictures of all the sculptures and was so glad I had the opportunity to go.


Auschwitz Birkenau

This is one of my older blog posts from 2017. I had such a moving trip to the Auschwitz in Poland and I really enjoyed writing about my experience.


Homemade Bramble Cocktail

The cocktails post was a lockdown project for my mum and me. We had so much fun making the cocktails and getting pictures of them. I am hoping to do a part 2 soon with some more easy to make cocktails so keep a look out.

Wool of the King

THE HALLOTOBER TAG

 This is my first ever tag blog post so I was super excited to try it out! Thank you to Laureny Loves, Liz Loves and Nic's Adventures for the tag. You can see their posts here:

Laureny Loves - The Hallotober Tag

Liz Loves - The Hallotober Tag

Nic's Adventures - The Hallotober Tag


The Rules

  • Thank the person who tagged you and link to their post 
  • Put the rules at the beginning or after introduction
  • Answer the 13 questions 
  • Tag 13 people to do the tag 
  • Delete Question 13, add a new number one question of your own
  • You are free to use the tag image somewhere in the post 
Hallotober Tag

1. Halloween or Christmas?

Definitely Christmas! I just love everything about it so much. I only really dress up for Halloween if I have somewhere to go. Some years, I haven't even celebrated Halloween. I do like celebrating Halloween but sometimes I completely forget about it, whereas I will always celebrate Christmas.

2. What's your favourite thing about October?

I am more of a summer person, I just love summer and always feel like I have more fun in summer. I like Autumn colours though and being able to wrap up warm, and drink hot chocolates. My favourite thing about October is probably that it means it's only 2 months to go until Christmas.

3. Are you a big celebrator of Halloween?

Again, only sometimes. I will dress up to go to a Halloween party but on years were I haven't had plans, I won't do anything for Halloween.

4. What's your favourite horror movie?

I really don't like horror movies, I hate feeling scared. My favourite Halloween movie though would probably be The Addams Family.

5. Would you rather a cosy night in watching horrors of a big night out in a costume?

I would rather a big night out in a costume. I don't really like horror films but I do like an excuse for a celebration. Most of the time, I just find it so hard to think of something to dress as for Halloween though, but it is fun to be able to celebrate with your friends.

6. Which has been your favourite costume to date?

When I do dress up, I normally decide what I'm going to wear pretty last minute so I'll end up going as something basic like a devil or a dead something. My favourite costume someone else has worn would be when my nieces used to dress as pumpkins when they were babies. It was so cute!

7. Bobbing for apples of pin the hat on the witch?

I'm not really sure what pin the hat on the witch is but I'm going to choose that one, just because getting my face and hair wet would probably ruin my Halloween makeup.

8. How do you celebrate Halloween?

Sometimes I will dress up and go to Halloween parties, some years I have handed out sweets to trick or treaters and other years, I haven't celebrated at all. I'm quite chilled about Halloween, I will usually just go with the flow.

9. What's your least favourite horror?

Anything scary or gory, I'll just go with the Saw films.

10. Do you have a favourite trick or treating memory?

My favourite memory from trick or treating makes me laugh so much but looking back it was kind of bad. I can't remember what costume I had on but my mum made me put a jumper on underneath it because it was October and cold. The jumper puffed me out a bit and when I went to one house and said trick or treat, a man opened the door and was like "hmm... do you need anymore sweets?" He obviously thought I was fat because of the jumper. I can say I was a really skinny child so the fact that happened really makes me laugh even though he was rude.

11. What's your favourite thing about Halloween?

Probably Halloween parties, just because I always love to see what people are dressed as. I love looking at beauty gurus pictures on Instagram too because people get so creative around Halloween!

12. Scary costume or silly costume?

Definitely silly costume! I have seen so many funny ones lately. People have dressed up as characters from Gavin and Stacy and Eastenders on TikTok. I just think people putting effort to be funny gets a better reaction than people trying to be scary.

13. What's your favourite Halloween candy?

When you get the mixed packs of Halloween sweets, I love picking all of the parma violets out and saving those for myself.

Nominations:


My questions

1. Halloween or Christmas?
2. What's your favourite thing about October?
3. Are you a big celebrator of Halloween?
4. What's your favourite horror movie?
5. Would you rather a cosy night in watching horrors or a big night out in a costume?
6. Which has been your favourite costume to date?
7. Bobbing for apples or pin the hat on the witch?
8. How do you celebrate Halloween?
9. What's your least favourite horror?
10. Do you have a favourite trick or treating memory?
11. What's your favourite thing about Halloween?
12. Scary costume or silly costume?
13. What's your favourite Halloween decoration?

Looking for more autumn posts? Check out my top eyeshadows for autumn.

Wool of the King

MY TOP EYESHADOWS FOR AUTUMN

Friday

Summer is definitely my favourite season. I always seem to have more fun in summer and I just love summer fashion. It can't last forever though, which is why we need to prepare for autumn. In the UK, it's felt like there hasn't really been a transition from summer to autumn. It's just turned cold all of a sudden when not long ago, I was sunbathing on the beach in Bournemouth.

Over summer, I didn't wear a lot of make up because I just get too hot and it annoys me, so at least being able to wear make up in autumn is a positive for me. I did where makeup occasionally over summer though, see how I got the summer glow. In this post, I am going to be sharing with you my top eyeshadows that I will be intending to wear over autumn.

When I think of autumnal eye looks, I think of burnt orange, red and purpley looks - basically all the colours of the leaves.

Here are my favourite autumnal eyeshadows

The Naked Heat Palette

I think this palette was originally meant for summer, but it has such pretty burnt orange and purple shades in it that would work perfectly for autumn as well. This palette has been around for a while and has become a staple for me, it has such workable colours.

Morphe 35OS Palette

The whole of this palette just screams autumn to me. It has so many gorgeous shimmer shades that would go well with lots of different matte shades. 

The Bright Palette by Beauty Bay

Autumn eyeshadow palettes

This palette is one of my favourite eyeshadow palettes of all time. It has every bright colour you will ever need and would work well in any season. The autumnal shades in particular are Hello Sunshine, Orange Soda, Bare Necessity and Preppy Pecan.


The Saharan Palette by Juvia's Place

The Saharan Palette is another staple for me, it has shades for all seasons again. The autumnal shades in the palette are Bororo and Katsina.

What is your favourite eyeshadow palette of all time?

Wool of the King