A very quick announcement!

Hello friends! I’m traveling for… TWO FULL MONTHS!! I can’t tell you everywhere we’re going for privacy reasons, but our first stop is Italy!! Our plane is today!

Unfortunately… I don’t know if we’ll have wifi, and you kind of need wifi to blog. So if I’m VERY unavtive for most of summer, you know why!!

Don’t worry, I’ll be back before you know it! 😉 I love each and every one of you, and I hope your summer ROCKS!! Look forward to a ton of travel posts near the end of August!!

 

note: the way this post sounds makes it seems like I’ll be gone for 10 years instead of two months XD

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The Official Reverse Blogging Post!

Hello there! The post you’ve been waiting for is here- the reverse blogging post! Thanks to Julia, Sydney, Liz, Sumheda, Arabella, Tess, Zella, Mukta, Liv, and Kendra for submitting ideas!

I may have shortened some entries just to make this post easier to read, but I didn’t change the wording at all! Everything is directly quoted. 🙂

Without further ado, let’s move onto the tips!

Question: What are your tips for balancing blogging with your life?

  • “I try to look in advance. What do I have to get done in this coming {insert time amount here}? (Eg. week. Or month) I can write drafts in advance!”
  • “I happen to be a draft freak (if there’s really such a thing) so I’m constantly writing up new drafts WAAAAAAAAAAY before I need them. Eventually, it’s a matter of pick-and-choose. 😛 This is especially helpful when I don’t have any ideas for new posts, or am waiting for readers to tell me what they want to read next.”
  • “I really like scheduling posts! Helps a lot if you need a post to be a certain day and you don’t have time on that specific day!”
  • “Don’t stress 😛 I’m not even kidding… don’t stress, it’s ok if you miss a posting day, your readers will forgive you. And start with plenty of time so you’re not rushing at the last minute.”
  • “Don’t blog every single second you have free. Use some of the time, but spend some time spending time with family, walking, etc.”
  • “I’d say what keeps me balanced is thinking of it as a hobby, not a chore or a job. You decide what goes on your blog – don’t let people peer pressure you.”
  • “My tip is not to be afraid to kick blogging down the priority ladder. Often times we think that we need to blog every week, maybe even every day, to get lots of followers or gain credibility as a blogger. I used to be like that. Then I realized that this is MY laptop, MY blog, and MY email account. I get to control when I go online, when I blog, when I comment, when I read other posts. If I don’t have spare time, I don’t have spare time. I often let my followers know when it’s gonna be a rough month, so they not to expect much from me. And I choose to spend my time putting work into posts that will benefit others, instead of rushing through a cheap post to get people commenting or get engagement.”
  • “Don’t have a blogging schedule unless the scheduled day(s) will be perpetually free and independent from real-life obligations, events, and people.”
  • “Be open to whenever, wherever, however inspiration strikes, take note of it (mentally or on paper, whichever works best for you) and then WRITE THE POST when you have time to do so. I know, that sweet amount of time comes only once in a blue moon (or maybe slightly more often than that…), but it’ll come.”
  • “Schedule one hour a day to write your posts and have a focus for each day. (example: Mon: prewrite, Tues-Thurs: drafting, Fri: proofread and schedule) Also, multitask while you write. Sit and watch an episode of your favorite show or listen to music. The goal is to make writing fun for yourself instead of a chore.”
  • “Write about something you are truly passionate about. Personally, blogging is my creative outlet so I write about things I am interested in and want to share with my viewers. Blogging balance takes trial and error, and you’ll find it gets easier with practice. Just keep at it and you’ll get it. :)”
  • “I’m going to say that you have to make time!  Finish your assignments as soon as possible, preferably at school itself, and so on.”
  • “Planning always helps. However less, it’ll help to manage a time-consuming hobby such as blogging along with in real life duties.”
  • “Establishing a routine or setting time aside regularly for blogging can make you cultivate the mood to blog at those times. Soon you’ll be following the routine before you know it!”
  • “Try not to put blogging as your first priority. It’s not a job, it’s a hobby. If you work well with deadlines, good, but blogging should be more of an outlet than another chore. I try to not worry about publishing posts regularly and so I don’t get stressed when in real life deadlines prevent me from blogging. I simply blog later when I’m free and this has helped me to see blogging as something I enjoy and not another thing to keep track of.”

Also, this tip made me laugh- “Really, the only way to make it work is writing at night huddled in a dark cloak at a desk with a dark lantern when the moon is full. *cough* it can be done.”

Thanks so much for reading? Would you like to see another reverse blogging post?  What was your favorite tip?

(My wifi is slow, so my signoff isn’t working >.<)

Sapphire’s Silly Stories pt. 2!

Hi there!

A while ago, I posted a post about random and interesting stories. I had so much with that I decided I’d do another post!

MY FIRST MEMORY

Okay, this is a very weird memory…

When I was three, I was at a zoo. I wanted to take a picture in front of the giraffe, so I stood underneath it. Right when my parents were going to take the picture, the giraffe leaned over and stole the hat I was wearing!!

(My parents say that the zookeeper put giraffe food on my hat, but I don’t remember that 😉)

HOW I LEARNED TRACK WAS MY PASSION

A little secret… I’m a little scared of dogs.

Not cute little dogs. I’m more scared of bigger dogs, especially when they growl.

(I promise that track and my fear of big dogs actually has a connection)

Okay, so once I was on a run with my friend, and we were going through a dog park. There was this dog that walked by my friend, then came to me. Since I’m scared of dogs, I was a little nervous. However, dogs can sense when your nervous, and so the dog started growling. SO THIS SCARES ME EVEN MORE. And then ANOTHER growling dog came!!

And that’s when I did literally the dumbest thing anyone can do- I ran.

I know, you’re probably thinking SAPPHIRE! Dogs can probably outrun you, especially when you hate sprinting!

HOWEVER, the owner caught the dogs, and running fast felt really cool!

I did apologize to the owners, and everything was fine, and now I want to join my school’s track team!

PROCRASTINATION™

One dark and dreary night, Sapphire was haunted by monsters- her homework…

One night, I had a lot of homework. However, I was feeling really lazy, so I decided I’d watch a movie.

However, I knew if I watched a new movie, I’d finish the whole thing, so I decided I’d watch a childhood favorite.

However, I decided to mix things up, I’d watch a Disney movie I’d never seen before.

I decided on Hercules (because that was probably the only Disney movie on Netflix I haven’t seen,) and told myself I’d only watch the first 15 minutes.

However, and hour and a half later, I finished Hercules and I hadn’t touched my homework at all!!

And that’s why I never start movies with the intent of not finishing them.

A FASHION CHALLENGE FEAT. RANDOM CLOTHES

Back when I was in 6th grade, we were FORCED to do chorus.

(Note: I CANNOT sing at all.)

However, there was this BIG concert that I was really looking forward to. All of the musical electives were performing, including the middle school chorus I was painfully forced to join.

Then, I learned I couldn’t go. I was a bit upset, but not really. I stayed after school and waited for my mom to pick me up.

However, my dad showed up and told me I could be in the concert because his meeting was cancelled! I was so happy!

Then I remembered something- there’s a uniform for concerts. You have to wear all black and a pop of color, like a scarf. Since I didn’t think I was going to go, I didn’t bring a change of clothes

Luckily, I was wearing black leggings that day, but not a black top.

I frantically raced around the school, and I found a black sweater!! It looked small, so I assumed it was a 6th grader’s sweater. Since I was in 6th grade, I knew my fellow peers wouldn’t mind if I borrowed their sweater.

(Looking back, that wasn’t great logic xD)

I had this pink fluffy winter scarf I stuffed in my locker a long time ago (which I don’t think was what they meant by scarf,) so that’s what I wore for my uniform.

And that’s how I made my concert uniform at the last minute!

I hoped you like my stories!

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~I’m Back!+Questions!~

HELLO WORLD!!

I have to apologize for my unannounced hiatus! I was really busy with Camp NaNo, school, sports, more school, life, and more school!

However, my hiatus is done, and I’m back!

You may have realized I didn’t post a March or April recap. I’m going to try something new and do my recaps by season- so you’ll learn about March, April, and May at the end of this month!!

Now I have some questions for you!

1) You may have read my reverse blogging post (the actual post is going up soon!) Should I put the comments exactly the way they are written or rephrase them? I think I may put them in their original wording, but I’m still not sure!

2) I’m starting an Etsy shop for charity- yay! I was wondering if any of you Etsy people (is that the correct term? XD) have any tips! Also, the shop is going to be a bracelet store for charity, so I need some help with names!!

3) This is so random, but do you have to watch any movies before you see Avengers: Infinity Wars? My friends REALLY want to see it with me but I haven’t seen any Avengers movies before XD

That’s it!! There will be more posts coming soon!

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~Introducing reverse blogging!!~

Hi there!! This post is going to be SUUUPER exciting (I hope XD.)

Today, I am introducing something I started called reverse blogging. The way this works is I’ll have a post idea (for example, an idea could be like “How to advertise your blog more” or “Fun things to do when your bored”.) Then, you send me a response to the idea via my contact page or the comments. A response you could send would be like “One way to advertise your blog is to collab often with other bloggers.” Then, in a week or two, I’ll join all the responses onto one blog post that you can view!! The blog post will be filled with unique ideas from many bloggers.

P.S. Here’s a contact form!

If that’s confusing, just notify me and I’ll explain it more 😉.

The prompt for this week is…

What are your tips for balancing blogging with your life?

Hope you enjoy! Sorry for how short this post is- I’m pretty busy 😛 Don’t forget to share this with your blogging friends so we can get a variety of responses.

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>50 follower Q&A: The answers!!<

Hi there!! These are the answers for the questions you asked! Than you to EVERYONE who asked questions- I had so much fun answering them!

Also, if you’re reading this post in reader, GO TO MY ACTUAL SITE!! The wonderful and talented Mukta redesigned my site!!! IT LOOKS SO PRETTY! Thanks, Mukta!

The questions are in bold, and my answers are in… not bold? XD

Without further ado, let’s get started!

WARNING: This post might make you hungry.

If you were one kind of sweet (candy and chocolate both included) what would you be?

I’m a HUGE chocolate girl- I’d probably be a chocolate truffle- a sweet person with a surprise inside!!


If you had to describe yourself in 3 words, what would they be?

ONLY three words? 😦

(Just kidding- probably zealous, loquacious, and imaginative.)

What is your favorite color, and why?

Simple answer: a tealish blue

Long answer: On a sunny day, the sun hits the waves at a perfect angle, and the water is a PERFECT shade of blue, and the sun reflects off of it and it’s beautiful!

I honestly don’t know why teal is my favorite color, but it’s pretty!


What was a crazy dream you once had?

Okay… this is pretty weird, but I had a dream once that I went on a field trip and a rollercoaster turned into a dragon that lived off of toilet paper, and when I got back, my school somehow transported to the world of the Wizard of Oz, and the grade above me turned evil, so we had to lock ourselves in our classroom.

It was WEIRD.


What did you want to be when you were younger?

Funny story… when I was in first grade, a photographer/filmographer came to my school to take pictures and film us, but I was in ‘time out’ or something so I couldn’t get filmed. I was so mad that for two years after that I told everyone I wanted to be a photographer because I somehow thought it would be like avenging myself?? Anyways, then I discovered writing and I wanted to be an author 🙂

What is your favorite snack?

When I’m feeling healthy: baby carrots dipped in hummus

When I’m not feeling healthy, a.k.a usually: GELATO ALL THE WAY!!!


What is your favorite fruit?

Mangoes and blackberries (but not when the blackberries are sour!)


Who inspires you?

My mom! She’s such a cool person 😉

Would you rather know how you were going to die or when you were going to die?

I feel like if I knew when I was going to die, I would live my whole life counting down the days and not really appreciate living, so how I was going to die is my answer!

Would you rather lick a sweaty armpit or chew a dirty toenail?

*cringes at the grossness*

Ummmmmmm, I guess I would…. chew the toenail IF I WAS ABSOLUTELY FORCED TO.

Would you rather be bald or have hair all over you?

Probably bald- but the hair all over would make a good Chewbacca costume!

Would you rather have no eyebrows or no eyelashes?

Hmm… probably no eyelashes, because mine are already non-existent xD.

Do you like mac n cheese and why?

I LOVE Mac n Cheese- the baked version with the breadcrumbs on top… (Oh boy, my mouth is watering- I want Mac N Cheese!!)


What is your dream car?

I have a joke with my friends that my dream car is a pink punch buggy, but my dream car is… probably an actual pink punch buggy 😉

Do you want me to give you a chocolate donut right now or vanilla ice cream?

Hands down vanilla ice cream!!

Lions or tigers?

Lions!


Pigs or mice?

Oof, this is hard… probably mini pigs!


Baseball or football?

I’m not a huge sports person, but baseball!


Earthquake or tornado?

Okay, once there was a tornado warning in my area and I thought I was going to die, so I’m more a fan of earthquakes.


American Girl or Barbie?

American Girl!


Captain America or Iron Man?

Probably Iron Man!


Skiing or snowboarding?

Snowboarding!

Rollercoaster or Ferris wheel?

Theoretically, I love roller coasters- the thrill, the adrenaline, etc.

Realistically? Ferris wheels- I’m a bit toooo scared of roller coasters.

What’s your favourite thing about blogging?

Probably the community- I think I have more blogging friends than IRL friends XD

What’s your biggest dream?

Okay, my biggest dream is pretty ambitious, but it’s to write a novel, have it published, have the novel be turned into an accurate TV show or movie, and act in the film adaption!!! It combines two of my favorite things- writing and acting!!

Do you like springtime?

YES! Spring is my favorite season- it’s filled with flowers and birds and happiness and the end of school and other magnificent things!!

What are your thoughts on salsa?

I ADORE it! Give me some chips and salsa and I’ll be a happy girl!

Would you rather eat sour or sweet food?

Sweet food- I’m not a huge fan of sour things.

How long have you been blogging?

I started a small comic blog two years ago- that lasted for less than a month. I’ve been blogging on Simply Sapphire Song since September 19, 2017!

Do you like Hot Chocolate?

Like salsa, I ADORE hot chocolate!! It’s my favorite winter treat.

Do you play any instruments?

I learned how to play the recorder in third grade and the ukulele in fourth, but it’s been quite a while. I REALLY want to learn how to play the piano, but I’m way too busy 😦

How many blogs do you follow?

58 and counting!

What is your favorite thing about each season?

Summer: It’s hard to explain, but there’s a certain feeling about summer, when you wake up and the sun is streaming through your windows, and you feel like nothing can stop you from going to the beach or just having fun!!

Autumn: THE COLORS OF THE TREES. (As you can see, I’m a bit obsessed with autumn colors.)

Winter: A year ago, I would’ve said snow, but there have been SO MANY SNOW STORMS in my area- in fact, it’s snowing right now!! I love snow, but I also like the feeling of coziness and all the winter drinks- hot cocoa, eggnog, etc.

Spring: The flowers blooming, hearing the birds chirp, and feeling the warm sunshine.


What is your favorite TV show?

I’m currently watching Once Upon A Time, and I love it!!


Would you rather never be able to use a camera again or never be able to read a book again?

I have to go with never using a camera again- I would miss my camera soooooo much, but I don’t know how I’d live without my precious books.


If you could only reread one book the rest of the life which would you choose?

Is there some sort of book that contains all the books in the universe? If there is, that book.

If that book didn’t exist, I’m going to cheat and name a series, but it would be the Story Thieves series. I’ve read the first book at least 20 times (I was on a two month vacation and I only brought a couple of books :P) and I still never get tired of it!! (Also, the main character can jump into books- HOW COOL IS THAT?)


Bunnies or Pigs?

BUNNIES!!! I really want a bunny!!


Favorite candy?

CHOCOLATE!!! I like dark chocolate, but not too dark and bitter.


If you could meet one blogger who would it be?

*has an existential crisis because there are so many bloggers*

I honestly can’t choose!! I’d like to meet every single blogger in the universe because that’s totally possible.

 

That’s it!!

Thanks so much for reading!

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~50 Follower Q&A!!!~

On March 4, Sapphire Song, opened up WordPress, expecting nothing really special- just some new posts, a couple new notifications. BUT- one notification caught her attention- that 50 PEOPLE WERE FOLLOWING HER BLOG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So, she started freaking out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you all SOOOOOOOOOOOOO much! I remember when I first started Simply Sapphire Song, I NEVER thought I’d reach 10 followers, let alone FIFTY!

To celebrate reaching 50 followers, I decided to have a Q&A! You can ask questions from either the comments or the contact page on my blog! Please don’t ask any personal or inappropriate questions 😉

For the fiftieth time, THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!

XOXO,
Sapphire

P.S. For all you bookworms like me out there- did anyone see the new flashback cover? (LOL this post is turning into a things-Sapphire-is-freaking-out-about post 😂) It’s so good!!

Ok, that’s actually it 🙂

♫February Overview: a very busy month!♫

How is it that February is over and 2018 is 1/6 done????????

AAAH!

I feel like 2018 is going by significantly faster than 2017- it’s almost spring!!

Anyhoo, let’s see how February was like for me!

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VIEWS:

131 views- A LOT compared to when I first started!

VISITORS:

54 wonderful visitors!!!!!!

LIKES:

61 likes- a new record!! *throws confetti* *throws a party* *starts throwing some more things* XD

Also, I got a new record for most likes in a day- 18 likes in a day! I also received 200 likes on my blog??!?!?!?!?

POSTS:

3 posts- I definitely wish I could’ve posted more, but I’m pretty happy with my February posts!

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February was a pretty cool month even though I didn’t really do much!

I went rock climbing with my friends, and I had a ton of fun! My friend dared me to get to the top of a wall, so I got to the top of the easiest wall. Then, when it was time to go down the wall, I looked down… AND I SCREAMED!

Being scared of heights and rock climbing is NOT a good combo.

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My February goals:

✓ Photography posts

YAY!!! I actually accomplished this goal!! I’m so happy with the post. 😊

X Post at least once a week

I was soooo close to posting once a week.. then I forgot one week…….. UGH!!!!!!!!

X Bullet Journal

I gave up on bullet journaling a day after I posted my January overview 😂

X✓ Get my splits

One day, I got a perfect split, but that split disappeared in like, two seconds.

So I semi-got my splits???

X Write at least 5k words

I’m really disappointed with this goal- 5k was extremely manageable, but I guess I took a break from writing.

My March goals:

☐ Plan my blog posts

I have a new blogging notebook, so I want to start using that!

☐ Journal

Bullet journaling didn’t work, but I used to have a journal. I really enjoyed journaling, so I want to start it again.

☐ Stop procrastinating

I can already tell this goal is not going to happen.

☐ Read 8 books!

I can finally tackle my huge TBR!!

☐ Actually write 5K

I’m on vacation for part of March, so I think I can write 5K this month!

I hope you liked this post!

XOXO,
Sapphire

~Ways of expressing yourself +PHOTOGRAPHY!~

Hello there, friends! In today’s post, we’re going to explore expressing yourselves!

(That intro sounded weird for some odd reason 😂)

Way 1- Blogging

BLOGGING! It’s one of the best forms of expressing yourself, since you can write basically ANYTHING and have other people read it! I’ve found that I really enjoy blogging, since I can be myself, which means I express myself!

Also, blogging is a really fun way to pass time. If you’re really bored one day, then you can blog! Another reason why you should try blogging (if you don’t have a blog already) is because you make so many friends! *virtually waves at blogging friends*

(Yes, I’m aware this post is turning into a “why YOU should start blogging!” rant, but I’m done now XD)

Way 2- Writing

There are SO many types of writing- novel writing, flash fiction, poetry, even songwriting! The wonderful thing about writing is that there’s NO WRONG WAY to write- all you do is… well, write!

Way 3- Photography(!!!)

Aaaand now this post is about photography!

These are just some random pictures I took, but one of my February goals was to post a photography post, so… here are some photographs!

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Reading some Shakespeare!
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I LOVE embroidery! (even though it’s really hard :))

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YAY PLANTS!

The reason why photography is a good way to express yourself is since you can photograph anything- whether it be your new kitten or an interesting hole!

Way 4- Acting

(Is it just me, or is this post turning into a things-Sapphire-likes post??)

Acting is a great way to express yourself! If you’re acting in a scene or play, then you get to become a whole new person you express! If you’re doing acting exercises, than you… express yourself!

(This post is also turning into Sapphire-not-knowing-how-to-explain-things)

(Also, this post has waaay too many off topic parentheses notes. 😂)

Way 5- Art

Art can mean SO many different things- it can mean drawing, painting, ceramics or performing arts, like playing an instrument or singing. The one purpose of art is to express your feelings through your actions.

(I’m also saying “express” too much… time for me to get a thesaurus!)

Way 6- For more advanced self-expressers….

(I know that’s not a word, but bear with me😄 )

Way 6 is…

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INTRICATE CAKE DECORATING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You express yourself because you pour your heart into decorating a cake!!!!

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Credit here!

That’s it! Now go EXPRESS yourself!

XOXO,
Sapphire

Loving yourself this Valentine’s day! <3

HELLO FRIENDS!!

It’s that time of year again, where chocolates are on sale and there are flowers EVERYWHERE!

BUT, there’s one person you should love no matter what… YOU!

Yes, YOU, the person reading this! I want you to know that you should always love yourself, even when you make mistakes or mess something up. YOU ARE FABULOUS!!!!

To quote an anonymous person from google images…

“Worry about loving yourself, instead of loving the idea of other people loving you.”

This is true! You shouldn’t care what others think, since if you try to please others, you’ll never please yourself.

Again…. YOU SHOULD LOVE YOURSELF!!!

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Hi! I know this is really short and A LOT different than my usual posts, but I REALLY wanted to post something today!

XOXO,

Sapphire