Time: new adventures and blogging schedules

It’s a weird and exciting phenomenon I’ve talked about a lot on this blog. Whilst being in education, there comes a point where the academic year finishes and there’s a long break before I do it all again. Every time this has happened to me, I fill it with opportunities to explore the world and gain invaluable work experience.

Already I have a lot of things lined up until I go back to university in September. They’re all unbelievable and are fun things to look forward to after a long time spent studying for a degree. I’ve said it before, but the new opportunities which come with studying at university are incredible. The experiences themselves are phenomenal, and can even pave the way to new opportunities as well. It’s a beautiful domino effect which only benefits your career prospects and contact book further – perfect for the aspiring journalist!

Then there’s the other thing to do with time which has been on my mind this week. I’m on my way to reaching a personal blogging target of 12,000 views this year – which equates to the rather amazing statistic of over 1,000 views per month (something I’ve always wanted to mention to others when talking about my blog). Whilst the amount of views I get every day is impressive – I am grateful for them but at the same time know that blogging isn’t all about the numbers – I can’t help but feel like a better timed post could lead to it getting read by more people.

Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, I post at 12pm, with the post going up at 7pm if I’m experiencing a creative block on that day. This structure is perfect as that 7pm time usually offers me a second chance to get a post out on the day, but it has deterred me from making 7pm the time I publish all of my posts, as it means I have less of the day left to promote the post (as opposed to 12pm, where I can share the new piece on social media for the remainder of the day). So now, I’m debating whether to adjust my blogging schedule.

Personally, I’m still pretty much in favour of maintaining the 12pm posting time (as it’s something which is pretty beneficial for readers across the globe). However, I know that the best people to ask about when they read my blog is you.

So I should ask: when do you read my blog? On what day(s) and at what time(s)? Comment below!

Liam

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Weekly Update: Thoughts and Opportunities

It’s nearing the end of March, but before that, I am off uni for Easter. As another term draws to a close, it’s always a time to reflect on not only the past week, but how the last term at university has been. So in this week’s Weekly Update, it’s time to reflect and look ahead to some exciting opportunities coming up.

First of all, I attended a Radio Symposium at the University of Lincoln on Wednesday, which was brilliant and inspiring. Throughout the day there were talks from numerous university professors, radio experts and the Head of Programmes from BBC Radio 1! Throughout the day there were opportunities to network and it’s fair to say that a few exciting opportunities have popped up since attending.

One of the things I’ve loved about being at university is how it opens doors. In the past, sending off interview requests to bands as nothing more than a ‘blogger’ could sometimes get you somewhere, but now I have my work with Siren FM under my belt – and the university resources – to help me get unique opportunities. It’s brilliant!

Another fun thing which happened this week was that I took part in a photoshoot! My good friend Frances was looking for someone to give her a hand with her assignments and I was happy to help. If you look at the blog header, that photo was taken by Frances – so she’s pretty amazing when it comes to taking photos!

Below is just one of the few photos which Frances took of me on Thursday. How awesome is this?! There’s a couple more on Frances’ Facebook page, so please do have a look and give the page a like while you’re at it.

Photo by the excellent Frances Amelia Photography.
Photo by the excellent Frances Amelia Photography.

After a busy few weeks at university, I’m now back home for two weeks. During that time I have a few things planned, but for the most of it I have time to relax and get some work done. Whilst on the train home I was able to get back into reading – which I’ve missed so much – and I am thinking about getting back into writing now that I have time. As always, I shall keep you posted.

In more miscellaneous news, I could not be any more excited to go to this year’s Glastonbury. Earlier this week, Adele was finally confirmed as the last headliner to join Coldplay and Muse at Worthy Farm – and the headliners are simply perfect.

I’ve said this in a previous post, but I never understood why people were so disappointed with Coldplay headlining Glastonbury on the Sunday. Their latest album, A Head Full of Dreams, also received its fair share of criticism. However, I really do think it’s a great album and the light at the end of Ghost Stories’ tunnel. AHFOD is such a euphoric album, so why not have Coldplay perform at one of the biggest UK festivals in the summer?

Then, when you combine Coldplay with Muse and Adele for the final lineup, there is something for everyone: you have a legendary pop group, an epic rock band and a powerful soul superstar. What more could you want?

Finally, Facebook Messenger updated its iPhone app to include a basketball mini game, and that’s not how I’ve been spending most of my weekend, honest! (My high score is 30 – can you beat it?)

Catch up on the latest episode of Brunchtime (which will return in April!)

How was your week? Comment below!

Liam

Weekly Update: Too Much Time!

So this week saw me finish Year 12 of school. For those who don’t know, this means I have one more year left before I venture into the world of university applications…

It is because of this that I have a nice 6-week break. However, I’m not sure how to get everything done!

Of course I have school work, which is the main priority. However, I also need to finish Gone Girl so I can lend it to someone, and I also need to write my book. Both demand my attention and I don’t know where to start!

I’ve always heard that prioritising helps, but in this case both matter to me! The problem I now have is a decision about what tasks to do first, and also how I plan to go about this 6-week break…

Nonetheless, it should be fun to have a break from schoolwork.

Oh, and in other news, I passed my Grade 7 Drums with Merit! Huzzah! Next stop Grade 8 – the last one!

Do you have a holiday soon? Let me know where you’re off to (if anywhere) in the comments!

Liam

Thoughts on Age

Age itself has a lot of synonyms… We tend to break it down into life or time (or, amusingly, a lifetime). But the matter of what age means to people is a different matter.

There has always been the belief that wisdom comes with age, and that is true. The common stage of life is that we learn information that makes us a better person and more understanding. But our mistakes and experience, delivered to us in the form of nostalgia and memories, further shape us as human beings.

For time itself, there is no wasted time. Either way, time has an output. We can either be creative or productive with time, or procrastinate. Regardless, we learn from every second that we spend in our lives.

We learn from every second not only because it is the key basis of age, life or time, but because every second has the capacity for change and is one small part of our “mark” on the work.

To define “age” itself, it is the accumulation of our experiences, mistakes and memories into something we can learn from.

Liam

This post was written in response to this week’s Weekly Writing Challenge. For more information, click the link!