The Bumble Life
Blogger, graduate, small business woman follow me on Twitter or on Pinterest with @TheBumbleLife to connect and read more or find me on my blog http://www.thebumblelife.com
Winter in the UK and once again grey clouds bring the threat of rain. It's the time of year to cozy up on the couch and begin a period of semi-hibernation. The only relief from the dull chill? A night out or the promise of Christmas celebrations. The shops are full of plastic tat, fairy lights, chocolate treats, stuffed depictions of Rudolf, all made in some far-off factory. They offer a fleeting moment of joy. Three months ago these offerings appeared. Now the countdown begins "25 days until..." and the festive tunes intensify. They scream "buy, buy, BUY!".
Learning to draw people
I have been doodling for some 27 years but up until yesterday I have never managed to draw anything that remotely resembled a human. They have just never interested me and every attempt had been a huge failure. Recently have been watching a lot of anime and have become very interested in drawing my own web cartoon. With my current drawing skills that really limits me to being able to only draw animals which is fine but you've got a lot more room for character development and story telling with humans and when you can actually draw beyond just the head of a character...
Vocal media and Medium writers should stop reading how to write articles
You know the drill. You join a new revenue share site and you become keen to find out just how can you earn from this site? What does it take? Have others been successful before you? So you read articles that promise to explain to you topics like “how to be a successful writer”; “how to make “x” amount” whilst expecting to get some wisdom from a peers and successful writers who gain an income by writing. What do you get? Well... usually I find that what you get is some condescending dribble explaining just why you aren’t good enough; why you need to be writing “x” amount every single day; how after 2 years or however many years of writing their earnings have just taken off and how you are the problem. I myself was reading one such article today on medium and it struck me that yes I am part of the problem but the problem isn’t what I write it’s what I read.
What is a side hustle and why would you want one?
Recently I have become quite passionate about side hustles; well I say recently and yet I have always been very passionate about the idea of creating a side hustle but actively trying to build them is more of a recent thing for me. I read a fair few blog posts that give advice on “how to make money doing this...”, “how to make “x” money...” or “creative side hustles you can do from home...” because I’m always looking for creative ideas for projects that I could do to move further away from traditional employment. This being said I keep finding myself to be very disappointed by the articles that I read. Many of these articles consist of regurgitated ideas from other articles, ideas for making money from whatever make money site that offers an affiliate link or ideas that completely miss the point of a side hustle. So we are on Vocal now; I am not going to add any affiliate links and there are no advertisements on this site so let’s talk frankly about side hustles!
Vocal article promotion with Pinterest
Hello again, I thought I’d reach out to the vocal community to share some blog promotion tips which are helping me with my main blog. After writing my first few articles here on Vocal Media I have observed that when I write new posts and share articles on my social platforms then my views and balance tend to rise a tiny bit (often this was on articles that I had previously written for vocal) however when I do nothing, nothing happens... and this can last well until I produce/ promote content for my site. You may be thinking “well that’s obvious how can you expect nothing from no effort? Why do you mention this?”... well the entire point of writing articles is passive income and we can’t physically drag every viewer to our site one by one to each of our articles; every single day. The amount of work that this would create for us would be huge! Of course there is SEO, quantity and all that other stuff but the current main traffic source to my blog http://www.thebumblelife.com is from Pinterest.
10 activities that you can do at home when you are bored
Boredom is not bad; it’s an opportunity to fill that time with something great. It’s an opportunity to learn something new, it’s an opportunity to change direction in life and fill your life with interesting activities and adventures. In a way boredom can be your friend because it encourages you to try and do something new. If you find yourself stuck at home feeling bored with a low budget and a lack of ideas of what to do then this list of 10 activity idea which you can attempt on a low budget may help you. All of these ideas can be used together to level up your life so that you can always find something to beat the boredom and look forward to; even on a low budget.
Top 5 best beans and pulses to add to your cooking
As a kid I hated beans because I was under the impression that all beans tasted like a can of baked beans without actually trying any other bean products. I was one of those baked beans haters and to be honest I still find that I have to add sausage and cheese to canned baked beans just to stomach the idea of eating them. This being said after living with vegans and vegetarians and eating food that can be eaten by all in the household I discovered a love for beans. While I am not vegan or veggie it’s still good to have those cooking skills to cater for your vegan or vegetarian guests and subsituting meat for other items like beans, mushrooms and pulses can be a great way to reduce your meat consumption for ethical reasons and can also save you money (meat can be expensive). These are my top 5 favourite beans for use in cooking.
I am obsessed with Russian Fire Fans
I confess I am over obsessed with Russian fire fans! If I had the money I could honestly guess that my tiny home would be filled to the brim with fire fans. I’d have LED fans, day props, more things I could spin on fire... there would be no wall space. As it stands I treat myself to a new flow arts prop on special occasions. I have a problem with collecting flowarts props but then they are my hobby.