Monday, 24 July 2017

Spotlight Blog: Golden Books Girl - Guest Post


First up on my Spotlight blog of the week is the person that inspired the idea for me. A person that has shown enthusiasm, passion and friendship to everyone in the blogging community, since starting a few months ago. I've watched her grow and promoted her all I can but I wanted to help more, she deserved more. So I thought of the idea and asked if she'd be my first Spotlight blog. I chose Amy from Golden Books Girl. She is a book blogger and I know has taken the blogging community by storm. I'm sure many of you reading this already know her and if you don't, go and click on her blog link now and check her out. She is so lovely and reminded me why I started and continued blogging. 

Want to know why Amy started blogging? Read on to find out more...

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Want To Be My Spotlight Blog?

I wouldn't normally post on a Sunday but I'm starting something very exciting tomorrow. There are so many fabulous blogs around at the moment and I thought it would be great to help showcase as many of you as possible. Every week (starting tomorrow), I will have a guest blog piece posted on Monday from a different blogger and will promote them on my social medias for the remainder of the week.

I'm really excited to start this. If you'd like the chance to be a spotlight blog, please email (zoecollins1994@gmail.com) or direct message me (@zcollins1994) with your blog information and we can discuss blog ideas and dates.

I'd love to have as many of you be a part of this as possible. I'd like it to be predominantly book bloggers but I'm open to any blogs applying! 

Hope to hear from you soon! Check the sidebar tomorrow to see who I've picked as my first spotlight blogger...


Friday, 21 July 2017

Say Her Name Review

Say Her Name
Rating: 5/5
Buy or Borrow: BUY
Source: Bought from Amazon

When Bobbie and her best friend Naya are dared by their schoolmates to simmon the legendary ghost of Bloody Mary, neither really believes that anything will happen. So they complete the ritual, and chant Mary's name five times in front of a candlelit mirror.

Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary...

And something is called forth that night. Something dark, terrifying, and out of control. She will be there, just out of sight, in the corner of your eye. She will lurk in your nightmares. She will hide in the shadows of your bedroom. She will be waiting in every mirror that you see. She is everywhere. And she wants revenge.


Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Hitting Achievements


We all love setting ourselves goals and the sense of euphoria we get when we achieve them. Recently, this is something I've found myself thinking about quite a lot and a recurring theme over on my social medias.

I've recently started following a lot more bloggers online and something I've noticed is how much people care. Don't get me wrong, if someone messaged me saying they hated my writing, I'd care about that but a lot of people check their stats daily, check their followers daily and post incessantly about their statistics and their next goal.

I found myself wondering, is this normal? I don't do this, maybe I just don't follow the social norms. When I'm close to a big milestone (GUYS, I'M SO CLOSE TO 300 SUBSCRIBERS AND 20,000 VIEWS ON YOUTUBE), I will keep an eye on them until I reach that target and then not check them again for a few weeks.

I've found that my blog and my YouTube grow naturally, and tend to grow more when I promote my stats less. If I focus more on content and quality, promoting my posts and interacting with others, I know my following increases on its own.

The other day, someone tweeted, "I got 100 page views in a day for the first time since I started blogging" and then another person replied, "I've been blogging for 3 months longer than you and I've never had that, what am I doing wrong?". Let me answer that question for you: nothing. Are you enjoying yourself? Are you enjoying creating the content you're making? Are you proud of what you're doing? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you are doing absolutely nothing wrong.

I'm quite sensitive with what I post as I would never want anyone to feel like they should be achieving a certain amount of views by this date and a certain amount of followers by this point because there are no guidelines, there are no rules but just remember there are thousands of bloggers out there, all trying to make it like you are.

This post is sounding really negative but that's not what I wanted at all. What I wanted you all to know is: you're doing good. If you've had a blog for 5 years and you're getting 10 views a day: well done for keeping up with something for so long and keeping a few people engaged. If you've had a blog for 5 days and you're getting 100 views a day: well done for creating a following for your blog so quickly and I hope it lasts a long time.

Views, followers, subscribers, they don't make us any better than the next blogger. People keep saying to me, "you're so good to small bloggers, promoting them is so nice of you"; I promote good content. If I like what I see, I promote it, I don't care if you have 0 followers or 10,000 followers - you're all bloody awesome and we should all be proud of what we've achieved already. No matter how big or how small.

I am so thankful to everyone that reads and enjoys my blog. You brighten up my day but if you suddenly all stopped reading, I'd still keep blogging, it's one of my favourite things to do and I couldn't imagine not tapping away at my laptop every few days.

Wherever you want to be with your blog, you'll get there. Just keep going and enjoy every minute of it.

Let's share our goals in the comments below and help our fellow bloggers achieve them!
What's yours?

Monday, 17 July 2017

New Boy Review

New Boy
Rating: 5/5
Buy or Borrow: Buy
Source: Penguin Platform

Arriving at his fourth school in six years, diplomat’s son Osei Kokote knows he needs an ally if he is to survive his first day – so he’s lucky to hit it off with Dee, the most popular girl in school. But one student can’t stand to witness this budding relationship: Ian decides to destroy the friendship between the black boy and the golden girl. By the end of the day, the school and its key players – teachers and pupils alike – will never be the same again.

The tragedy of Othello is transposed to a 1970s’ suburban Washington schoolyard, where kids fall in and out of love with each other before lunchtime, and practise a casual racism picked up from their parents and teachers. Watching over the shoulders of four 11-year-olds – Osei, Dee, Ian and his reluctant girlfriend Mimi.


Friday, 14 July 2017

An Interview with Sam Underwood


Sam Underwood (TV’s Fear The Walking Dead, Homeland, Dexter, The Following) is mostly manic, and definitely depressed!

Losing Days follows his hilarious and harrowing journey of losing his f*cking mind - and finding it again - set to the tunes that got him through. Featuring live music from Frank Turner’s ‘Tape Deck Heart’ album, and the debut performance of The Boxroom Larrys. 

1 in 3 people suffer with some form of mental illness in the course of their life. For such a pervasive condition in society, opening up about the internal struggle many people deal with on a day to day basis is still surrounded by skepticism, shame and silence. Losing Days is a true story seen through a shattered kaleidoscope, delving into the superhero struggle of mental illness, and smashing the taboos that surround it. This is NOT a sob story! 

Buy your tickets to Losing Days here.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Ask No Questions - Blog Tour

Ask No Questions
Rating: 4/5
Buy or Borrow: Buy
Source: eBook copy in exchange for an honest review

After an operation goes badly wrong, undercover specialist Detective Caelan Small leaves the Metropolitan Police for good. Or so she thinks. 

Soon Caelan is drawn back into a dangerous investigation. But when the main lead is suddenly murdered, all bets are off. Nothing is as it seems. Everyone is a suspect – even close colleagues.

Someone in the Met is involved and Caelan is being told to Ask No Questions.

That isn't an option: Caelan needs answers… whatever the cost.