answering awards!

Hey daydreamers! Right now, I’m at camp! Today is my last day, and I should be coming home either today or tomorrow to answer all your comments, questions, emails, and check on your posts.

If you couldn’t tell already, this post is scheduled! I’m writing this on a rainy Friday morning, with lots of packing to do and a blog post to get up. I couldn’t really come up with anything that I could write in a short amount of time, so I decided I would finally get around to doing some awards!

I get tagged/nominated for awards a *lot*, but I honestly don’t love doing them? I love it when you guys nominate me and totally feel free to, but just know I might not get around to doing it unless I have absolutely nothing to post! I don’t really love to read tag posts either, but I’ll try to do my best to make this post as interesting and fun to read as possible! My goal is to tackle at least two awards in this post, and let’s get straight into it!

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summer goodies giveaway WINNER!

Hey daydreamers and welcome back to another bonus Wednesday post! If you’re new to the blog, I post every single Saturday but every so often I’ll post on Wednesday in case I have something quick to share!

Today, I have a *super* exciting announcement: I’m finally revealing the winner of our Summer Goodies Giveaway featuring Asha Batchelor’s Poshmark boutique!

I chose the winner completely randomly using a random name picker website. Some people had an advantage because they completed bonus entries which increased their chances of winning. πŸ™‚ First off, a reminder of what the winner will be getting!

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Independence Day Blog Tour Celebration Collab: What I ❀ About My State

Hey daydreamers! Today’s post is going to be extra special. Mary Elizabeth came up with the idea for a fun 4th of July blog tour to celebrate our independence throughout the blogosphere! Her, Diamond & I are hosting the blog tour, and this is my post for it!

I have a kind of sad update for you guys – on Sunday, just a few hours before we were supposed to leave for camp, I found out that two counselors tested positive for COVID-19, and they had to cancel last week’s session – the week I was supposed to go. It was super hard to hear that, but we tried to make the best of our time in San Antonio and got to visit some family and friends! We rescheduled for session 8, which is on July 19th, and I’m hoping and praying they won’t cancel it and I’ll get to go! It was a super bummer at first, and I’ve got to restart the 14-day quarantine and prep/pack all over again. More staff got it, so they canceled this week too, and I really hope session 8 won’t get cancled! I have cheer camp this week (yay!) some fun posts planned, and a special surprise for Diary of a Daydreamer’s birthday, so stay tuned for that!

For the tour, I decided to make a post about all the things I love about Texas, which, I admit, was a pretty daunting task at first. I mean, Texas is 268,597 square miles (a couple thousand square miles bigger than France) and is home to 29 million people – how am I supposed to represent all of that in one post?! I tried my best to make a list of the things I love about living in the Lone Star State, plus some cool fun facts and, of course, Independence Day stuff too. So let’s get straight into it! Some of the photos are mine, and others are from Pinterest.

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summer goodies giveaway (ft. asha batchelor’s summa collection!) {CLOSED}

The giveaway is now closed! The winner will be announced on Wednesday.

Hey daydreamers! I don’t normally post today, but I’m going to start doing “Wednesday Bonus Posts” every so often whenever I have something quick to share or to tide you over until the next post!

As you could tell from the title, I’m hosting another giveaway! I’m super excited about this one and I think you guys will love all the items in it! We’ll be getting to the rules, bonus entries, what’s included, and all that fun stuff in just a bit!

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Scrunchie Giveaway Winner!

Hey daydreamers! I know I don’t normally post today, but I have a very exciting announcement for you all: today I’m revealing the winner of the giveaway!

The winner was chosen completely randomly from a random name picker website. But before we reveal the winner of our giveaway to kick off our email list, let’s take a look at the prizes they won!

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Reacting to Your Assumptions About Me: Part 2!

Hey daydreamers! First off, I want to give a HUGE thank you to everyone who subscribed to the email list and entered the giveaway! It’s so amazing to do this giveaway to kick off the launch of our email list and work with SP Scrunchies! If you haven’t entered yet, make sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win two scrunchies from The Striped Plaid Co! πŸ’› I’ll be announcing the winner either next week or the week after so stay tuned for the results and make sure to enter before then!

Second, I’m so happy that you guys liked Part 1 of me reacting to your assumptions, and thank you so much for all of your amazing submissions! I originally planned for this to be a single post, but you guys ended up giving me a ton more assumptions than I had planned (thank you!) so I decided to make a part 2 so I could react to all of them! This time I used images from Pinterest to go along with the post, and let’s get into the assumptions!

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I’m Starting An Email List! + Scrunchie GIVEAWAY With thestripedplaidco! (closed)

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Hey daydreamers! If you remember, I’ve been dropping a few small hints here and there about a super-special post coming up. Well, as you might’ve guessed from the title, I’ve got some really exciting news for you guys today – I’m starting an email list, and I’ve partnered with Hannah from The Striped Plaid Co to host a giveaway to celebrate!

wait, hold on. What’s an email list again?

I’m glad you asked! πŸ˜‰ An email list is a way to follow a blog, but it’s more personalized and there’s a ton of cool benefits that come with it. For instance, you’ll not only get a notification whenever a new post is up, but you’ll also get monthly updates, fun freebies (like wallpapers and clipart!), and even access to exclusive giveaways like this one!

If I’m already following your blog through WordPress, do I need to subscribe? Do I have to unfollow you on WordPress to subscribe?

One of the coolest parts about it is that you can follow through WordPress and through the email list – there’s no need to unfollow! And if you’re already following my blog through WordPress, you can subscribe to the email list too so you’ll get all the awesome benefits mentioned above (and you’ll be able to enter the giveaway, too!)

That sounds cool! What kinds of emails will i be getting, and how often?

Don’t worry, you’ll only be hearing from me once a week or less. You’ll be getting a notification email whenever there’s a new post, and at the end of each month, you’ll get a monthly update that includes exclusive content and freebies! And you can unsubscribe anytime if you ever change your mind.

Great! How do I subscribe?

You can subscribe right here!

The Giveaway

Okay, hopefully you read all of that and didn’t just scroll straight down to the giveaway. XD Now, for the moment you’ve all been waiting for…the giveaway!

What you’ll be getting:

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White Floral Scrunchie  Dusty Blue Floral Scrunchie  image 0

How to enter:

  • You must have your parent’s permission to enter or be over 18.
  • You must be subscribed to the Diary of a Daydreamer email list (we will be checking!)
  • You’ll need a valid email address that we can contact you by, and you’ll need to (privately) share your shipping address so Hannah can send you the prizes!
  • Just fill out the form below! You can only enter once, but there are different bonus entries you can do to increase your chance of winning!
  • If the form’s not showing up, it’s probably because you’re in the WordPress reader and not on the actual site. If it’s still not working, you can use this link: https://emeraldpheonix.survey.fm/giveaway-entry-form
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Thank you so much to Hannah for providing the prizes for the giveaway, you’re the best and I had so much fun working with you! And thank you so much to whoever entered and whoever signed up for the email list – I really appreciate it and I’m so happy! Once again, you can check out Hannah’s Etsy shop here. Thank you all so much for reading, and I’ll see you next weekend! You can expect the giveaway results in 2-3 weeks!

Did you enter the giveaway? What is your favorite item from The Striped Plaid Co?

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Not only will you get access to exclusive content and benefits, you’ll get notified whenever there’s a new post, and recieve a monthly update that includes exclusive content and freebies! You can unsubscribe anytime if you ever change your mind.

What Are Your Assumptions About Me?

Hey daydreamers! First off, I’m so sorry that I wasn’t able to get a “real” post up this week. Today was my little sister’s birthday (yay!) so I couldn’t get together a post, and I never got around to it on Saturday or Sunday. I’m so sorry, and I’m going to try to get lots of posts scheduled!

I thought that it would be super fun to do a “Reacting to Your Assumptions About Me” post next week! If you’re not sure how it works, Mary recently did one of these posts and hers is so fun to read! Hannah from The Striped Plaid also did a post like this last year. Basically, you’ll tell me in the comments below what your assumptions about me are – things that you think are true about me but you don’t actually have proof of. Think, “You live in the United States” or “You have three pets and one sibling”. Then I’ll be reacting to them in a future post!

I had an idea to do a mini-photoshoot to go along with the post, but I can’t decide which one! I created a quick poll so y’all can let me know your opinion.

Make sure to leave your assumptions in the comments below! My reaction post should be up this weekend or next weekend. Have a fantastic day, and I’ll see you next weekend with my reactions/answers to them! Bye! πŸ‘‹

Changes to the Blog! + SURVEY!

Hey daydreamers! So you might have noticed that lately I’ve been really inconsistent and disorganized with this blog. My posts haven’t been going up on Saturdays like they’re supposed to, and everything just feels slightly off.

So I thought some changes definitely needed to happen around here! Don’t worry – nothing too drastic is happening. I’m not quitting blogging or anything. I just thought a few changes might need to be made to get things working smoothly around here!

design

Don’t worry, the ballerina theme is going anywhere (I paid like $20 for those graphics, sooo….πŸ˜‚)! I’m thinking about switching my theme over so it feels new and fresh, and also switching up the fonts. The ballerina featured image is getting kind of old, too, so I thought of a cool Polaroid idea to accent the ballerinas! What do you guys think? Is there anything about the design you think I should change?

schedule

Lately, I’ve been having trouble getting posts up by Saturdays, because Saturday afternoon I’m like “shoot, I need to make a blog post” and then I start one but I run out of time and energy to finish it. If I don’t finish by Sunday, then it usually never goes up…

So I’m thinking of doing more of a scheduled approach that spreads the workload throughout the week:

  • Monday: Finalize what the post will be
  • Tuesday: Make a list of stuff that needs to get done in order to make the post
  • Wednesday: Write/photograph most of the post
  • Friday: Finish post and schedule
  • Saturday: Before it goes up, add finishing touches and images!

Hopefully this will keep me on track a little better!

community

I don’t know why, but lately I’ve been slacking on reading and replying to emails and comments. I’m so sorry if your email has been waiting in my inbox and I haven’t replied yet! I’m going to try to be a lot better about replying to comments and emails right away.

Also, I’m going to start leaving a comment on every post I read, because I know how happy I get when someone leaves a comment on my blog and I want to spread that to other people! πŸ˜„ I haven’t been reading a ton of posts lately and I feel like I’ve been missing out on all of y’alls incredible content in the blogging community, and I’m so sorry about that!

content

I’m going to start posting more specific content related to the categories on my blog. Right now, my categories are beauty, blogging, books, dance, fashion, journaling and art, lifestyle, music, travel, uncategorized, and writing.

I’m thinking about starting a new series about how young people can start blogs called Blogging Elementary! I started out when I was just nine, and blogging has helped me in so many ways. Most bloggers right now are teenagers (even at twelve I’m pretty young for a lifestyle blogger!), but I think we could encourage young bloggers to start creating and we can expand the blogging community, especially with doll blogging! What do you guys think?

I’m thinking about starting some other series, too – what do you guys think?

survey

Finally…I decided to make a survey to see what YOU guys think! It would mean absolutely a TON to me if you took the time to fill out the survey – it only takes a few minutes. πŸ˜€ And make sure to share this post so more people can take the survey and DD can be better than ever!

Take the survey here!

see ya next week!

Thanks for scrolling through this post and checking out the new changes! Please make sure to take the survey and shoot me a comment below on what you think! πŸ˜€

And remember, if you share this post by reblogging, pinning on Pinterest, sharing on social media, emailing a friend, or any way you’d like, leave a comment letting me know how you shared it and you’ll get 3 FREE desktop wallpapers delivered straight to your inbox! This month’s theme is yellow and I’m super happy with how it turned out!