The Reasons Why I Blog.

Hi,

It’s been a good few months since I sat down and wrote a blog post that was more on the chatty side rather than all planned out in my notebook. As this one is a little more personal I thought it would be better to do from the mind > fingers > blog post and speak a bit more from the heart.

I’ve been reflecting lately on the beginnings of my adventures into the blogging world and although it’s not even been one whole year since I began this blog and started taking it seriously, I feel really proud that I’ve kept it going and still love posting.

From the get go, this blog was for me to use as not only a hobby to keep myself busy but as a diary, where I can share my life experiences and have a place to look back on my emotions during that time and how I’ve grown since.

If you’ve followed my blog over the year, you’ll have seen how I have brushed upon my life as a university graduate to becoming a carer for my Mam (I wrote about it here). It’s not been easy, that’s for sure.

To put it straight, I don’t work. Not because I don’t want to. I’d love to be settled in the PR industry by now, which has been my dream since I was in school, but unfortunately for now my career pursuit is placed on hold whilst I look after my Mam. A job nobody truly wants to be faced with but also a role I’d never turn down in a million years.

It can be unbelievably disheartening, seeing all your friends becoming successful and earning proper adult wages but having this small space on the internet to call my own has truly helped to keep my mind focused and my toes in the writing world.

Even more so, the opportunities and support from not only local bloggers but from the online community has been incredible and it’s so nice to be apart of something so positive and uplifting. It can truly be a light in dark times!

I’d love to hear some other stories about why bloggers have created their blogs and what keeps them going. I’m tagging:

Please join in if you’d like to share your blogging story!

Thanks for reading,

Chanel

 

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How I Earned Money at University

Hello, I’m back!

Sorry I’ve been absent the last week I had several different issues that all seemed to happen at once, but I won’t bore you with the details!

I’ve decided to write about a topic which I think may be quite helpful for any students that are struggling under the hefty weight of balancing finances. We all know that student loans can be incredibly difficult to live off and sometimes it leaves you with decisions like, should I eat like a normal human being for a week or do I live only off noodles so I can afford the train home to see the family?

Well, in the first year of uni, although my parents helped out (when I reluctantly asked them a month after moving out, too many nights out, woops!) I was still finding myself worrying about being able to afford necessities and trips home for family and friends special occasions.

One thing I knew for certain was that I did not want to dip into my overdraft. I’d heard nightmares about friends who had spent all their overdraft allowance which swallowed up their next loan installment and ended up in a repetitive cycle. I asked around for any part- time work and I found the perfect solution for a bit of extra cash.

Promotion work.

Not the standing outside in the cold at 3am in the morning handing out leaflets to club goers (although there’s nothing wrong with it) but working with proper brands who were launching new products or just wanted to get the word out!

Promotion work is very well paid for part-time work. I used to get around £8 to £10 an hour and in most cases I worked for no more than eight hours. A sweet little paycheck for an easy task.

What do I do?

All you have to do is interact with the public and spread the word about the campaign. It ranges with each campaign. One day you could be handing out free samples of a new beverage at a train station, the next you could be dressed in costume and prancing about the city talking to people about a new children’s TV show. I used to love the variety of the campaigns and looked forward to trying out things I would never have thought of doing, like face painting and ice cream making!

Some other promotion work can involve skills, which if you have a talent will definitely work in your benefit.

Will it disturb my study?

Absolutely not! The best thing about promotion work is that YOU choose what, when and where you work so it’s all flexible. However, sometimes the agency may ring you if you’re on their books and they’re desperate for some last minute help, but they won’t mind if you’re unavailable.

Also, if you have to travel to another location, sometimes the agency will cover your travel expenses.

How do I sign up?

There are lots of agencies around and you can sign up to more than one at a time. My favourites to work with were:

Beautiful Minds

N2O

Tribe (Brand Warriors)

I hope this may have helped if you’re a struggling student or even just a bit strapped for cash!

Thanks for reading,

Chanel

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