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Monday, 28 October 2013

The art of putting things off... & a question!

Whenever I have an essay deadline looming, no matter how interesting I find the subject matter, I seem to find myself busying myself with other things. Yesterday I decided that before I settled down to begin forming a hopefully coherent argument from pages of scrawled notes, I simply must hang some fairy lights and organise my book collection. I had a little bit more space for my books after admitting defeat and running out to buy a third acrylic drawer set to house my overflowing make up & skincare collection. I refused to believe I needed another three drawers to house everything, but I did... I do. I'm now on a make up no-buy because quite frankly, it's just getting silly. Nevertheless those were things that could have been done on a day I didn't need to be writing an essay, but my mind ceases to function properly when it's clouded by other things I decide really need to be done. Some may call that procrastinating, and I think they would be correct. I really need to work on stopping that...

Things I'd like to do after my essay is written:
1. Tweak blog design - I'm thinking something a little more simple.
2. Finish Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn - I'm not that into it, more a reflection on me right now than the book I think.
3. Catch up on replying to comments - I have a sneaky feeling I'll get a little behind this week. Bear with me...
4. Buy more fairy lights. Cold, rainy nights call for an abundance of fairy lights.

A Question...
How do you subscribe to blogs? Do you still rely on google friend connect or have you moved on to another method?
I'm considering removing my Friend Connect widget during my next design tweak, so I was a little curious as to how you prefer to keep up with your favourite blogs. Personally I'm well and truly on the Bloglovin' bandwagon!

Love, Jennie
xoxo

77 comments:

  1. I so understand what you mean, even if it something I like I still put it off :)

    Btw I use bloglovin and I love it ♥ xx

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    1. Glad I'm not the only one that does it! xo

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  2. Good luck with the essay writing.

    I use Bloglovin to follow blogs; when Google Reader closed I found it was the service that ticked most of the boxes for me. I know there are lots of others - Feedly for example. I don't use Google Friend Connect at all. Thankfully with a blog RSS feed readers can use pretty much whichever service they like.

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  3. I am the worst for procrastinating, I once rearranged and tidied all my cupboards, alphabetized all my books and DVDs and cleared out my wardrobe so I didn't have to write an essay...oops!
    For me, I usually follow on both because I was quite late to using Bloglovin but I'm on there so much more now :) xx
    www.LaurasHaven.com

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    1. Haha I think we've all been there! ;)

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  4. I always find myself doing this! When something needs to be done you can never concentrate on anything out!

    Emily
    www.beautybyemily.co.uk

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  5. Nothing like a good bit of procrastination ;)
    Ohh I love the fairy lights and of course you need more - when you're finished with your essay of course!
    I am a Bloglovin girl without a doubt - obviously as a wordpress user I do use their reader as well (annoying if I have bloglovin on that persons blog too I need some organisation in that case)
    Good luck getting the essay finished!
    x

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    1. Fairy lights are the best, twinkly and perfect <3

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  6. I love a good set of fairy lights, especially as this week it turns November and for me that means CHRISTMAS IS COMING! (: I use both GFC & bloglovin' now so that i can keep totally up to date! Another lovely, heart felt post here Jen (: I have to say university work is killing me at the moment and i want it to be Christmas NOW! (: xxx

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  7. I only ever use Bloglovin. It's so useful to have them all in the same place and have a timeline of my favourite blogs that I usually read through with a brew :) I was the same with essays always putting them off but now I've left uni for a few years I miss essays so much and I'd love to go back and do it all again, but that doesn't help when you're there at the time sitting at a blank screen does it lol!

    Claire | AgentSmyth

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    1. Haha it doesn't, I know what you mean though, I'm sure I'll miss it when it's all over! xo

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  8. Gah I hate that feeling, but hope you get your essay sorted. I have used Bloglovin' from the start and love it :)
    Rosie x | Every Word Handwritten

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  9. I love lights like those. At night they're always so pretty to look at. -Hanna Lei

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  10. Oh the good old procrastination, it happens all the time. When you HAVE to do something there's so much other thing which sound a lot better. And I'm only using Bloglovin' as I'm not on blogger anymore, it looks and works better for me as well. :)

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  11. I want to put fairy lights up around our house too! I'm on the bloglovin bandwagon, so useful! I'm still subscribed to GFC but never really use it.

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  12. Oh god I am the WORST at this! I'm doing it right now, should be working ready to go into the studio in an hour but nope, here I am commenting on your blog about it. I just cant focus on anything for too long which is why I love blogs! read one post and then onto the next one! ;)
    I use bloglovin mainly now (I follow you on there) but still use feedly to read my old reader subs that I would miss and am too lazy to add to bloglovin, plus sometimes its just easier to scroll down through the reader than clicking to each blog on bloglovin!
    xoxo

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    1. Haha! I'm the same, short attention span ;) xo

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  13. I have an essay due in a few days and have only written half, and here I am, reading your blog! Def know the feeling!!
    lbbsteph.blogspot.com.au

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    1. I hope you managed to finish!! xo

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  14. I used to find so many things to suddenly do when an essay needed writing, it's rather amazing how tidy the flat can become :P

    Bloglovin all the way here :)

    Amy x
    -A Little Boat Sailing-

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  15. I'm exactly the same, I tidied my entire room the other day in an attempt to avoid my essay! I still use GFC occasionally but I prefer Bloglovin, it's easier to keep track of everything and I seem to be reading more posts than I did before, which is lovely :) xx

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    1. Haha! Yay for a tidy room though! xo

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  16. I feel like I'm the only one who mainly uses GFC! I just find it much easier :)

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    1. Totally not the only one! I did until very recently! ox

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  17. I'm the same, can't ever focus on essays and things!
    I always use bloglovin to follow people, it just seems easy to have everything in one place, I do have GFC but only use it to enter giveaways and things now
    Megan xx | MeganRoisinn

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    1. Takes a lot to get into the essay zone I think! xo

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  18. Ha this is like reading about myself - I'm probably the biggest procrastinator I know. And buying more fairy lights is never a bad thing!

    Becca || Becca Said x

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  19. I know what you mean Jennie, the second I need to do something vital, a load of other things start popping into my head that I just can't resist doing! Your fairy lights are SO pretty xo Must say I go with Bloglovin.

    Sophie soinspo

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  20. Yep, the same here! Like I said the other day, if there's mess then I have to clean it up before I can focus properly or it just annoys me too much! I still use GFC as I'm so used to it so if you decided to keep it I'd be chuffed but I'm sure I'll be able to keep up with your blog anyway - there's no way I could forget you! Aha <3 xxx I hope you're okay chickadee. xxx

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  21. For blogs I LOVE I usually follow by GFC AND Bloglovin' as I don't want to miss any posts. However I generally follow by Bloglovin' as it's such an amazingly easy way to keep up with new posts xx
    Gemma ♥ | Miss Makeup Magpie

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    1. I love bloglovin, the layout is perfect! xo

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  22. If you could be a professional procrastinator I would be one, a really successful one. I'd earn millions!

    I'm well and truly on the Bloglovin' wagon. I haven't used GFC for ages.

    Jenny | sunny sweet pea xx

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  23. I am also an expert at procrastinating! And my thoughts on fairy lights... you can never have enough, they're so pretty! I do have bloglovin but I have to admit I still use GFC and only really started using bloglovin because I thought GFC was on the outs :) xx

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  24. I absolutely love fairy lights...they make a room look so much prettier and just give it a cosy atmosphere!

    I love bloglovin and Stylight at the moment but still use GFC too!

    Layla xx

    www.sprinklesofstyle.co.uk
    Bloglovin: www.bloglovin.com/sprinklesofstyle
    Stylight: www.stylight.co.uk/sprinklesofstyle

    xxx

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  25. a big fat yes to fairy lights! i really want to buy some (but seem to be using my "for the home" budget on candles lately). as for following blogs, i use feedly for the most part. i was very loyal to google reader and feedly is very simple to use and similar, for both laptop and ipad. i do use bloglovin from time to time but not a whole lot. x

    Miho @ Wander to Wonder

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    1. Ooh candles are so perfect too, that warm glow <3

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  26. I am the worst for procrastinating. It's a habit that I'm really trying to break!
    I only use Bloglovin to read blogs anymore. I used to use Google Reader, and it's the closest in format I think.

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    1. Me too, I think it'll be a habit I always have though! xo

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  27. I think we're all guilty of procrastinating at times! Hope you manage to get your essay done so you can go and get yourself those fairy lights! I never use Google Reader, I use bloglovin xxx

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  28. Fairy lights are the best thing about autumn/winter nights! I'm so used to GFC, but recently I've been loving bloglovin. It great and so clean :)x

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  29. Haha - totally know how you feel about coursework. I find the best way to do it is just to get up, have breakfast and get on with it asap!

    I love bloglovin! Have never used anything different

    TwentySomethingBeauty | Twitter | Bloglovin
    Rachel
    xxxx

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    1. That was good advice, it worked! xo

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  30. I am not one to put things off :-) Drives me crazy. I'd rather just do it and be done with it. Amd as for the following thing, I use Bloglovin.

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    1. Wish I was a little more like that! xo

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  31. I use Bloglovin and have done for about 2 years. Its much easier than GFC.

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  32. Fairy lights always cheer me up! I have some hummingbird ones that I really must put up. I only use Bloglovin' these days. :)

    Tara xo

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  33. I use bloglovin for new blogs, but for blogs I've already used GFC to subscribe with I just stick with that.
    Agree- you can never have too many fairy lights :)
    Daniella

    http://daniella-r.blogspot.co.uk

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  34. When I was in school I would also find myself busy with everything around me rather then school work. I would wait to the very last minute until I had to actually get it done. You're not the only one :) Btw- love the fairy lights! I was going to read Sharpe Objects but, if you're not into it maybe I wont be either. Bloglovin' is where I catch up on all my blog reading ( following you). I would love for you to check out my blog.

    Jessica
    The Way to My Hart

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    1. It's all about the last minute rush I think haha Xo

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  35. Good luck with the essay, I know how hard it is to just sit down and do what you have to do when there are books to be organized and fairy lights to be hanged (not that kind of hanged).
    I use bloglovin.

    catsfika.blogspot.com

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  36. I totally get where you are coming from when it comes to essay writing! I have to be in the mood; if there is ever such a mood for essay writing! Bloglovin' is what I use to follow my blog loves x

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    1. I don't think that mood exists, if it does it's pretty elusive !xo

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  37. I think I'm the only one but I prefer gfc!

    holllieee.blogspot.com

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    1. Not the only one, I only very recently switched to bloglovin xo

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  38. I use feedly to follow all the blogs I love, I like the fact that it tells you how many posts you have yet to read.

    I think everyone puts things off :)

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  39. The fairy lights are lovely. Oh, I so have to stop buying make-up too! Especially blush which I have a crazy amount off.. Love and Buns x :)

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