February: A Monthly Wrap Up

Where on earth did February go? Seriously, I swear it just disappeared. Anyway, a new month heralds a new wrapup, so here it is…

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This month has been seriously busy, as I’ve been doing my An Overthinking Song Challenge and having a go at Poetry 201. I managed to successfully complete the song challenge, but have a few poetry prompts left – I’m hoping to have a go at them over the next few weeks. Here’s a quick rundown of this month’s posts:

Yikes, this month was certainly busy! I reached 200 WordPress followers and over 300 including Twitter followers, and also got over 5000 views, which considering I was on 4000 on NYE, I’m pretty happy with!

Books-wise, I’ve got tons out of the library, so I’m hoping todo a ‘Stacking the Shelves’ post soon, which is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews – I’m also hoping to start getting some book reviews up!

I’ve watched quite a few DVDs too – I showed my sister what’s possibly my all-time favourite (aside from Pitch Perfect, naturally), The Other Woman, and last Friday I rewatched What To Expect When You’re Expecting, which is also brilliant.

There have been loads of blog posts I’ve loved this month…here’s a sample:

So there you have it, my February in a nut shell! I also had half term,my school production of Grimm’s Fairy Tales which I did sound on (and ate a lot of Domino’s pizza in the process – see my Instagram for the proof!), went to a Gifted and Talented conference in Yeovil (that makes me sound like I think I’m gifted and talented – I SWEAR DON’T! Although I am exceptionally awesome, of course ;)) and aced my maths test (well, I was happy with my mark at least). Overall I had 651 views and 274 visitors, published 38 posts (less in March, I suspect!) and had 122 comments (including me). I also had 235 likes – WOW – so thanks guys! (ooh, the sound of my Spanish teacher throwing up at the use of the word ‘guys’). Oh, I also got a replacement phone for my cracked one (THE SCREEN IS SO BEAUTIFUL!) and a haircut :).

How’s your February been?

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An Overthinking Song Challenge: THE BIG FINALE!

Yep, this is the post for the 28th of February, plus the bonuses…

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OK, lets deal with the 28th’s prompt first: a song you discovered through a book. OK, I admit I just Googled ‘songs in Eleanor and Park’. But I think my pick for today is going to be ‘Asleep’ by The Smiths. I’m listening to it now, and although I don’t know the song as such, it popped into my head because I remember it being mentioned in The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. I won’t say I think it’s going to become a favourite – right now it’s making me feel like I’m about to cry – but it feels really soothing and calming. I can definitely see why it’s called Asleep (aside from the lyrics, of course!).

Right, now onto the bonuses. These were added in because I screwed up the original picture but still liked the prompts, so if anyone does this not for February then feel free to use them as the 29th and 30th prompts!

1. – A song which has lyrics that mean something to you. My thoughts for this are very similar to those as for the 27th’s prompt, a song you like the lyrics to – my picks then were King by Lauren Aquilina and Flaws by Bastille. I think King means a lot, because it’s about making the best of what you’ve got – I try to keep the lyrics in mind, especially ‘glass half empty/glass half full/well either way you won’t be going thirsty/count your blessings not your flaws’. I actually have ‘Count your blessings not your flaws’ as a wristband, I love it! Overall, I just think the song has a really important message that people should try to listen to and remember. I also like Flaws for similar reasons – it’s about accepting your flaws and making the most of who you are.

2. – A song which would be the theme tune to your life. Um, although I hate to be repetitive, I would say the same as above – at least, that’s what I try to live my life by. However, for the title, I think ‘Chocolate’ by The 1975 wouldn’t be a bad pick! Also, any song about procrastination and being late…There’s also ‘Tuning Out’ by Bastille, which is less of a song as such and that I don’t actually like that much, but I do think that tuning out in the sense of negative things people say and society’s expectations is important. ‘Figure It Out’ by Royal Blood could also be another contender…although a) the song is about love and b) it isn’t one of my favourites, I guess I am just a teenager with a lot of thoughts trying to figure stuff out. Unfortunately, I don’t always succeed…

For the final time, what would your thoughts for these prompts be? And if you really love this challenge and want to hear more about it (in which case, virtual high five and thanks for being awesome!), then Elly over at A Hufflepuff’s Thoughts is doing the challenge this month, so go check her answers out. And of course, feel free to do the challenge yourself! 🙂

Thanks for reading, whether it’s just this post or you’ve followed the whole challenge…I hope you’ve enjoyed it, hopefully I can do it again next year! (Gosh, this feels like the end of an era, I’m getting emotional…)

*mentally sobbing as she waves goodbye to desperately trying to come up with songs for prompts*

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End of the Week Wrap-Up #4

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Yay! A post that isn’t about music or poetry!

Just kidding, I’m loving both Blogging Uni: Poetry 201 and An Overthinking Song Challenge. Anyway, onto my first wrap up for a couple of weeks…

On The Blog:

As I mentioned, I’ve been busy participating in a couple of challenges, so they’ve made up the majority of my posts, although I have managed to sneak in a couple of others…

Elsewhere On The Internet:

On Instagram, I posted a picture of my 200 WordPress followers notification…THANK YOU!!! I also shared mine and a friend’s beautifully crafted chocolate and raspberry layer cake…hopefully more about that in a post to come!

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My Twitter account really took off this week, as I found a bunch of other bloggers, which was really nice…lots of the blogs I follow seem to have just got Twitter, so I feel like I’m getting to connect with bloggy people outside of my blog, which is awesome!

Books

Reading-wise, I went a bit crazy last Wednesday in town…I got out about 8 books, as well as buying my new favourite T-shirt from Primark (it says “This is what awesome look like” on it and I LOVE it!) and a beautiful swirly-patterned clock. As I also got a load of books passed down to me from my sister, I’m hoping to do my first ever ‘Stacking the Shelves’ sometime over the next week or so!

Other Bloggy Things

I’ve literally just finished reading a post on Teddy’s New Bear about ‘Things I Wish I’d Been Told At GCSE’. As I’m doing my first year of GCSEs at the moment, I reckon some of these tips will be pretty helpful! Appletaile was lucky enough to meet Malorie Blackman and Patrick Ness in the flesh – even though I don’t know many of their books, I know of them as authors and getting to meet them must have been awesome! Morgan EXACTLY mirrored my feelings about Lauren Aquilina and her music, and over at Blurt there was a brilliant Academy Awards winners prediction post.

Oh, and I got myself a signature!

I’m back to school after a week off for half term tomorrow, so I’m going to leave this here…hope you had a great week!

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An Overthinking Song Challenge: February 12th

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Today, despite me messing up the numbers, is ‘a song people wouldn’t expect you to like’…this is a tricky one! Er, I quite like dance music, so maybe Bakermat’s ‘Teach Me’, introduced to me by a friend? Sorry, I’m shattered and not with it…I’ll update if I have a better idea!
Meanwhile, let me know what your pick would be!
An Overthinking Teenager

An Overthinking Song Challenge:February 10th

 

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Oops, I’ve just realised I have two day 10 prompts…I’ll sort that out tonight! This post is happening a day late as I was working last night and got in pretty late, and had absolutely no motivation to write this post. But now I have spare time before school starts, so I’ll give it a go!
OK, so yesterday’s prompt was ‘a song you know because of your parents’. I think anything by Abba or Status Quo could fit into this category, but my specific choice for today is ‘Song For Whoever’ by The Beautiful South. I haven’t heard this for a looong time,  but the line ‘I love you from the bottom of my pencil case’ really stuck with me for some reason, so I just Googled what song it was from! I clearly remember liking The Beautiful South so much I nicked my mum’s The Beautiful South: Carry On Up The Charts CD and keeping it for about six months!
How have your family influenced your musical taste?
An Overthinking Teenager

An Overthinking Song Challenge: February 9th

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As today’s theme is a song that helps you relax, I’ve chosen Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran. It’s calm, collected abd beautiful, and the utter simplicity of the music video has made it one of my favourite music videos ever.
What would your pick be?
An Overthinking Teenager

An Overthinking Song Challenge: February 8th

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For today, a song that makes you want to dance, I’ve got two choices: Shut Up and Dance by Walk The Moon, and Harlem by New Politics. They’re both loud and cheerful and a little bit shouty, and make me want to do some weird form of Irish jig around my bedroom. Anyone else ever experience similar effects? (Oooh, alliteration…)

Let me know your picks down in the comments!

An Overthinking Teenager

An Overthinking Song Challenge: February 7th

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For today I have to pick out a song that used to be my favourite, and I think I’m going to go for ‘Dynamite’ by Taio Cruz. I’m not quite sure why but I remember this being one of the first songs I knew all the lyrics to, and I was just really obsessed with it for a while!

What would your pick be?

An Overthinking Teenager

An Overthinking Song Challenge:February 3rd

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Welcome to today’s cheerful topic of a song that makes me sad! I’m afraid this will be replacing Tracklisting Tuesday today, as I’ve had a busy day of zipwires, high ropes, maths revision, haircuts, and moulding RAF berets and frankly can’t be bothered. Anyway.  I’ve picked out two songs for today’s post: High Hopes by Kodaline, and Talk To Me by Lauren Aquilina. I think the latter inspires such emotion because of how Aquilina sings – you can really feel the depth of emotion that went into writing the song. I find High Hopes sad I think in part due to the lyrics, but also due to the haunting melody.
What songs make you sad?
An Overthinking Teenager

An Overthinking Song Challenge: February 2nd

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Happy February the second, everybody! Now time for a song I hate…*mind acts as if I like every song ever made*…um, I think 7/11 by Beyonce. The lyrics make no sense, and just go on about alcohol…compared to songs like ‘Sweet Dreams’, ‘If I Were A Boy’ and ‘Single Ladies’, I don’t understand why it’s so popular. It’s not like she can’t sing like that anymore either – ‘Pretty Hurts’ definitely has echoes of 2006/08 Beyonce.

What are your thoughts on Beyonce, and what song makes you curl up in a ball and cry (or just turn the radio off)?

An Overthinking Teenager

– Check out Day 1, a song I love, here!