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INTERVIEW – REVEALING YOUR IDENTITY ONLINE + STARTING A YOUTUBE CHANNEL IN 2020!

Happy Friday everyone! Today, I am bringing back the interview series to the blog! If you’ve been reading since back in the day, when my blog was little old ‘gracedoesblogs’, you would remember exactly what I’m talking about! If not, let me bring you up to date; each month, I interview someone within the social media community. I feel as though this is a great way for my readers to meet new bloggers and microinfluencers, whilst also exposing the interviewee to a different audience. I tend to target the interview blog posts – for example, today, I am talking to Daisy all about revealing your identity online and starting a youtube channel in 2020.

Daisy is a close friend of mine within the community, and has been for a while now! We actually realised recently that the frst time we talked to one another was the 3rd of October 2019 (which doesn’t sound like that long ago)! Our friendship has evolved lots in the past 10 months, although the biggest changes have been with Daisy herself.

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When I first met Daisy, she was hiding behind a pen name of Sophie! Her page was completely anonymous, and we had never seen her face! A couple months later, she told me that Daisy was in fact her real name, but she wasn’t ready to tell everyone yet! On the 15th of June, Daisy announced her real name to all her Instagram followers. On the 20th of June, Daisy shared not only a face reveal to her Instagram, but also announced the launch of her youtube channel!

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THE YOUTUBE HANDBOOK

‘SUB FOR SUB’ AND WHY YOU SHOULDN’T BE DOING IT

Have you ever messaged someone asking them to do sub for sub? Have you ever been asked to? What did you say? I hope you said no, here’s why!

Sub for sub is when you subscribe to someone elses channel, simply to have them subscribe back. Yes, you see your subscriber count go up, but is having a higher number beneath your channel name really going to get you anywhere on YouTube? Are there actually any benefits?

NO. The YouTube algorithm is based upon the initial engagement of videos after they have been uploaded and the audience retention. It has nothing to do with how many subscribers that channel has. The only way in which having subscribers will help your channel, in terms of the algorithm, is if they click on the notifications YouTube sends out and engage in the video soon after it is uploaded, which people who have subscribed to your channel from a ‘sub for sub’ deal are NOT going to do.

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THE YOUTUBE HANDBOOK

WORDS EVERY YOUTUBER SHOULD KNOW AND UNDERSTAND

Hey! Welcome or welcome back to my blog. Today, I am doing the first installment of posts in my new niche ‘social media strategy’. You may or may not of noticed that today’s blog post has been categorised under ‘The YouTube Handbook’, and that is because I wanted you all to be able to easily find any YouTube strategy blog posts I write. If you’re ever looking for tips or advice on something YouTube rrelated, that will be the place to look from now on.

Today, I am starting off by sharing some YouTube-y words all youtubers should know and understand these! I am going to explain each term, and suggest what it means for your channel, sort of like a glossary of all things YouTube! I hope you are going to find this post helpful!

CTR – CTR is an acronym for ‘click through rate’, otherwise known as ‘impression click through rate’. It’s YouTube’s measurement of how many people click on your video after seeing in in their subscription box, recommended page or other places where you youtube videos are seen.

A graph to show my CTR across the last 28 days.

Whilst doing my research, I discovered that your CTR is likely to be lower if you have more views. A smaller channel has a smaller ‘sample size’ for the data to be based upon, therefore the CTR is likely to be higher. I also found that a ‘good’ CTR ranges between 2% and 10%. In the last 28 days, my CTR has averaged at 7.4%, which is in the middle of that range, making me think my findings are accurate. However, I have no other statistics to compare mine to, so I’m not sure how reliable that research is.

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MY JULY 2020 GOALS

Hey hey hey, happy July all! I can’t belive I am finally sitting down again to write a blog post; it’s been a while! Let’s have a quick catch up… I’ve decided to swtich things up on the blog. I never fully loved what I was writing about before, feeling as though I had exhausted all possible fashion and lifestyle content. I’m back and better than ever, with a brand new content niche! From now on, I am going to be focusing on social media strategy, personal growth and my life! Hopefully this means there will be something for everyone, whether you are a content creator like myself or not!

I recently joined a group chat with some amazing girls (they know who they are), and they have inspired me to set myself some goals for July! I really want to make this month a good month, and by setting some simple goals for myself, I already feel as though I am one step closer to making this happen!

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RECREATING IMAAN’S INSTAGRAM PHOTOS – CHALLENGE!

Hey everyone, welcome to the blog! Today’s post is a super fun one, and my first collab since being back to the blogosphere! Imaan and I decided to recreate one another’s Instagram photos, and today we are sharing the results! Let me tell you now, this was NOT an easy task, I really struggled with taking these photos, so lets not judge too hard haha!

That being said, Imaan did a fantastic job at recreating my photos! If you want to check out her results, then head on over to her blog! Make sure you head on over to Imaan’s Instagram page as well, so you can see even more of her quality content [I really didn’t do it justice in today’s post] + behind the scenes of her blog posts!

Let’s get straight into the photos! This first photo is the most accurate in my opinion [shock, yeah lol].

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BEST BINGE WORTHY NETFLIX SERIES!

Hey, happy Monday my loves! I don’t know about you, but lockdown has led me to spend a lot of time watching Netflix, YouTube and Disney+. I’ve discovered some of the best binge-worthy series, and I would share them with you today. Not only am I giving you something. to read, but I’m also providing you with entertainment for the foreseeable future…  you’re welcome 😉

Before I start, I also wanted to say a huge thank you for 400 blog followers! That’s a crazy number! I appreciate all of the love and support ❤

I’m going to start off with some of my favourite shows streamed via Netflix.

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AWESOME BLOGGER AWARD 2020!

Hey hey hey! Recently, I have been nominated for two lovely girls Adena and Meg for the Awesome Bloggers Award (thanks so much!), which as in understand it is a chain going around the blogosphere! You’re meant to answer the 10 questions left by the blogger who nominated you! As I was nominated by two lovely girls, I will be answering 5 of their questions each! At the bottom of today’s post, I will be nominating 5 bloggers + leaving them 10 questions to answer!

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I thought I would just pop here the ‘rules’ to this little tag! As far as I’m concerned they’re not to be followed strictly, however they give you a clear idea of what to expect from this post and what to expect if you were to be tagged by myself or another blogger:Thank the person who nominated you:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you
  • Answer the questions you were asked
  • Nominate five bloggers and inform them of their nomination.
  • Give them ten new questions to answer

Let’s get into it…

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FINDING THE POSITIVES IN QUARANTINE

Hey lovelies, welcome to today’s blog post! I’ve  been talking to lots of you on Instagram recently about quarantine and how to cope, especially on days or in times where everything becomes a bit too much! I promise you’re not alone in feeling overwhelmed  ❤ I thought for today’s blog would be a lovely opportunity to find some positivity and shine some light onto the situation we are all currently facing. I’ve been OBSESSED with Harry Potter lately, so I had to include the classic quote from Albus Dumbledore; ‘Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if only one remembers to turn on the light’.

As Dumbledore describes, I am today attempting to ‘turn on the light’ and share with you the positives that I have uncovered since being in lockdown. Hehe, I hope you guys find this post helpful + can change your mindset / outlook on lockdown to better you! The following are just some of the positives I have found in quarantine:

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A DAY IN MY LIFE IN QUARANTINE

Hey lovelies, welcome or welcome back to my blog! I hope you are all doing okay with everything going on at the moment, and has a lovely easter weekend with your families last weekend! After lots of requests, I have finally caved + I am bringing to you guys a post all about what a day in my life in quarantine looks like!

I am super excited to announce that this blog post is my first collab since being back in the blogosphere! I am collabing with the lovely Sophie, and we are each sharing a day in our life! It will be really interesting to read about how two people go about life in quarantine, so if you are interested reading about a different perspective, head on over to Soph’s blog and check out her recent post… after you finish reading mine of course ;).

Let’s get into it….

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I’m an early riser by nature, no matter what time I go to sleep! Recently, I have been waking up at about 7am (I know, I wish I could get a lie in…). I know it’s not ideal, but the first thing I do every morning is check my phone! I love to check socials, reply to instagram / YouTube / blog comments from the evening before + reply to all your lovely DMs. Everyone has their opinions about whether looking at a screen first thing in the morning is good or not, but it always leaves me feeling so happy and connected, which puts me in a lovely mood for the day ahead!

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I FOUND THE PERFECT COOKIES RECIPE

Hey everyone, welcome to the blog! I hope you are all well and staying inside! Quarantine has meant I have had lots of time to do fun things, like bake, and I’ve been loving it! I’ve baked a fair few batches of cookies over the past couple of days, and think I have finally found a recipe for the PERFECT cookies! These cookies are crisp on the outside, chewy in the centre, a golden brown colour with soft cracks on the top… and the best part is you can whip up a batch in less than 30 minutes!

I have just uploaded a bake with me to YouTube, so if you fancy checking that out and baking along with me, click here.

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I thought that in today’s blog post I would walk you through the steps, because trust me, you NEED to try these cookies!

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