Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Useful tools for blogging:

Today I'm going to try to do a kind of 'infographic' I guess. In the second picture I hope you can read my downright awful handwriting, it's bad enough in real life but when written on a graphics tablet resembles something my four year old sister could do. If anything I've written doesn't make sense please ask me in the comments... I honestly have no clue how people like Elsie Larson of a beautiful mess (just to say, this may be my favourite blog of all time!) have such gorgeous, consistent writing on their wacom tablet. So, lets get to it!

Well, there it is. That's just a guide to what I use regularly in blogging and would recommend. I hope that you find this useful- whether you're starting a new blog or just giving an old one a complete overhaul.
 Speaking of overhauls, you may- well probably definitely have- noticed my blog has a completely new look! I know I mentioned last post about a hand illustrated sidebar but in all honesty I'm struggling with it. I just really wanted my blog to match what I think it's 'personality' (if that doesn't sound too weird) is!    I really love the grey chevron background and think that will be staying for quite some time. I haven't quite made up my mind on the blog banner yet... What do you think of it, is it maybe slightly too girly!? But all in all I think this look is much more sophisticated- that's the only instance in which I have ever related that word to myself! 

 Sooo, guys...
I really hope you enjoyed this post, abysmal handwriting and all. Also, please give me your opinions of the design in the comments- I've missed hearing from you guys!!! 
  Flo Jo xx
P.S I'm currently looking for a blogger to write a guest post on my blog in July, anyone interested? Just visit my contact page... I'm happy for something on any subject, maybe fashion or beauty just to mix it up a bit?!? I hope someone's interested! Xx

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Don't Worry....

Hello guys,
as you can probably gather from the title of this post this is essentially a reassurance from me to you that I haven't forgotten about you all. Recently I have been redesigning this entire blog- it's entire look will change... So far I'm really excited about it; it's lots more light airy which I think will suit this blog's aim better. Also, I would have to say it's probably a little 'girlier' or maybe just more grown up. It's colour palettes much lighter- I would describe the colours used as the ones I would decorate my room with. I am also planning to make it easier to navigate- e.g. Links in the sidebar that click through to specific categories... Well, once I work out how to do it, anybody got any advice for me. Plus, I want to add some social media buttons to the side banner so that you can find me on other websites. I feel like this blog had needed its design changing for a while now, not just a new banner, EVERYTHING needs changing. Personally, I don't think that this blog's design has reflected me recently and that's what I a guess I aim for... Okay, I probably will just have to give you a sneak peak... I am just super- duper proud!

Whoops, the image quality's a bit fuzzy this close up and in lower res but hopefully you can see the general idea of what's going to be happening. When my blog redesign is in progress you may notice some new weird tabs appear along the top bar, just ignore them. They'll just be so I can get the links for the sidebar.
 If you would like to try something similar with your blog or website, here's what I recommend using:

  • Graphics Tablet- I use a Wacom Bamboo pen and touch tablet which is about £60. It's a brilliant price for something that I have got so much use out of! I'd highly recommend it.
  • Sketchbook Express- It's available free on both mac app store (the version I use), Google Play store (I have no idea what this version's like... I have barely tried out the play store at all yet (except on my Samsung Galaxy y phone)). You can also get it on iPods, iPads and iPhones... they're all touch screen though so aren't as good. 
  • Image Maps- This is an amazing, free piece of software that allows you to link certain parts of an image to different places. This is invaluable for the creation of sidebars. The URL is http://www.image-maps.com
  • PicMonkey- I can't really explain this... It does everything! Just go and check it out: www.picmonkey.com
I will add a much more in-depth tutorial on this whole blog design 'thing' once I've uploaded the new design. If you want me to that is... I'd really love to hear your thoughts on the new ideas, also any tips would be really appreciated.
 Flo Jo xx
Note 1: I feel really guilty abandoning yet another attempted blog post 'series' but I'm giving up on the Hunger Games 'thing'. What with the blog design and something else cool (which I will tell you about at a later date) coming up I don't have time. Plus, I don't want this to become a purely fandom dominated blog...
Note 2: You may have noticed a ' NO MORE PAGE THREE ' button at the side of my blog. I would really appreciate you clicking through to their website to see what they do. Maybe you could help support their campaign by signing their petition. For those of you who don't know page three is a page that many cheap, awful newspapers and magazines dedicate to printing pictures of half-naked women on. It's unnecessary and sexist and just has no place there... These people are doing an amazing job in trying to get this thing banned but they just need more support- much thanks xx

Monday, 13 May 2013


So sorry about moaning at you a second ago for not commenting- you are there!
I've hit 3000 page views!
This was my reaction. Sorry- I can't draw with a mouse. I'd like to call this work abstract...
That's all!
Flo Jo xx
I love you guys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! x1000000000000000

Hunger Games: Revisited II

Haven't had any response to that last post, hopefully at least one person read it... Sometimes I feel like I'm blogging into an empty void. Ooohhh- here's an idea: If I get at least 3 comments on this post I will do... something! I''ll have come up with a plan soon.

Anyhow, until then- let's continue with my Hunger Games themed posts!

Hunger Games Trailer

Catching Fire Teaser Trailer

^ I wouldn't watch the second one unless you know roughly what's going on...  Really can't wait for catching fire to come out, though. In my opinion it was the best book- the trailer doesn't look that promising though- I want to see the arena!!!

All for today busy, busy, busy!!!
 Flo Jo xx

Saturday, 11 May 2013

The hunger games: Revisited!!!

PPN: (pre-post note): I am abandoning the three part Saturday lunch series, if I carry on with it you will surely get very... very bored!

At the moment I'm meant to read lots of books by certain authors for English, for a bookworm like me that sounded pretty good. So, like the idiot I am, I decided to start by reading 'Sense and Sensibility' by Jane Austen. In my head I was all: "Oooohhhh... She's a well respected legend of an author so her books are bound to be good!" How wrong I was... I am now about four months into reading sense and sensibility- yes you read that right: FOUR MONTHS! I have never taken that long to read a book in my life, and I'm still not finished. Apologies to anyone who absolutely adores her books but nothing happens. At all. They sit around, occasionally go to dances and slowly begin to fall in love with weirdos double their age. First: Boring! Secondly: Yuck!!!! So then I started another book, then another, then another. And then I was just drowning under a pile of half-finished long books. Then I took the logical decision: re-read an extremely long trilogy that I've already read but who cares?!?!

So, that's why I am writing to you about the hunger games. Any long-term readers of this blog will recall that, yonks ago, I wrote a short post about the brilliance of these books. As I read it now I realise I barely scratched the surface of Suzanne Collin's awesomeness. Therefore, my dear reader, I will now begin to write a much more in-depth analysis of this trilogy of wonderfulness! If you haven't read the books yet- don't worry; I will add a page break and warn you where the spoilers begin. Or- you can ignore my warning and read the whole post anyway (that's what I would do!).

First of all: What is the Hunger Games?
The Hunger Games is the title of the first book in a trilogy of the same name... I think that sentence make sense?!? They are written by Suzanne Collins for young adults (YA fiction). The main plot centres around Katniss Everdeen, a resident of district 12. Oh, now I have to explain the whole thing about the districts- WARNING: this will probably get quite confusing...
Actually, what district 6 does is not unknown- it specialises in transportation 
The Hunger Games is set in a post-apocalyptic version of North America. Just to give a reference point: district 12 is about where the Appalachia Mountains are located in real life and the capitol is around the Rocky Mountains. NOTE: The above map is fan-made and an estimate... 
 The capitol controls 12 districts (previously 13), each with their own purpose, the capitol is rich whilst the districts live in varying degrees of poverty. Seventy four years before the first book was set the districts held an uprising against the capitol which they lost- and the 13th district was destroyed. As a punishment for their actions the capitol forces each district to contribute one boy and one girl to fight to the death in an annual Hunger Games. 

 I am going to continue very soon. In the meantime- read the books!
Flo Jo xx