Sunday, March 2, 2014

Parents & Technology.

It is generally assumed that kids are too busy with their hand-phones and iPads to communicate with their parents. In movies and TV shows, we always see young children and snobby teens ignoring their parents while tapping away on their gadgets. Kids who constantly use their phones are seen as rude and spoiled. While I do agree with the fact that our generation relies highly on technology to pass our time, there is another similar situation which isn't given nearly as much attention. I encountered something weird the other day which made me want to write this post.

A mother and her daughter were sitting at the table beside me in a restaurant. The little girl looked to be around 6 years old. She was talking very enthusiastically but the mother was just blatantly ignoring her while using her Blackberry. She barely said five words to the girl throughout the whole meal. It was painful to watch. Since then I've been noticing this situation more, I guess it happens a lot but I never thought about it.

I think it's really sad that kids these days have to compete with technology for their parents' attention.

I'm not ignoring the fact the parents may actually be working through their phones, answering emails etc. But the point is that at least when sitting in a restaurant with your child, you should put it away, or at least tell them to wait a second instead of letting them blabber on pointlessly. If a child grows up in an environment where he/she feel like they're not being heard, they'll grow up feeling like their thoughts are not important. And this in turn will lessen their self-esteem.

I'm not a parent so I can't empathise with the situation, all I can do is comment on what I feel is wrong. Technology can be very distracting and it IS an essential part of our lives, but taking time out to listen to your kids is just as important.

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Would love to hear your views on this :)

Sunday, February 2, 2014

PurpleMist's Life Update #3

It has been over a year since my last life update. Back then I was just a few months into my degree course and looking forward to 2013. I actually followed through with my plan to do the 2013 memory jar project. However, instead of collecting memories in a jar, I used a box, here's a photo I took after a few months of 2013 (different coloured papers for different months). I switched to writing down memories as notes on my phone instead to save time and because I'm lazy.

Now I'm half way through university and currently having a 2 week holiday after completing the third semester. So happy to get this break so I can waste time and be lazy because the exams were super stressful.  During exam time I was so busy and tired and had so much shit to do, but now I'm so free I just walk around the house feeling out of place because there's literally NOTHING to do and I'm not used to this and I'm SO BORED. I don't have a car right now so I'm stuck at home a lot. So this is probably why I'm back on blogger (finally). I'm even willing to try out twitter just so I have more pointless stuff to do on the internet.



2013 was a pretty good year overall. A lot of things changed and I miss a lot of people (as always). Most importantly, I had an awesome summer back in my hometown when I attended my cousin's wedding. Dressing up is always fun :) On the right is a photo of my favourite  hairdo from one of the main wedding events, a waterfall braid!

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I finished watching One Tree Hill and it's the first (drama based) TV show that actually taught me about life, family and love. And the finale was super inspiring, the whole story wrapped up very nicely. I'm glad I actually learned so much just by sitting down and staring at my laptop screen. Highly recommended show!
It’s the oldest story in the world. One day you’re 17 and planning for someday. And then quietly and without you ever really noticing, someday is today. And then someday is yesterday. And this is your life. -Nathan Scott
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I also did some baking:


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Hope you guys are having a great 2014 so far and I wish you the best of luck for the rest of the year ♥

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Blogging Tips: Writing good blog posts.

Check out the previous post: Blogging Tips: How to get more followers.
This post is more about how to KEEP those followers.
I follow over a hundred blogs and I've been reading and keeping up with blogs for the last 2-3 years. So these tips are from a reader's perspective, there are certain things in blog posts which I like so here's a list of things which make readers want to read blog posts.

Paragraphing --- I often come across posts which are so difficult to read and keep up with because there's no paragraphing at all. This makes me just skim over the post, not really reading anything, or giving up on reading the blog post altogether because I can't focus with so many words. So it's super important to write in paragraphs, so that your readers don't get frustrated while reading your blog posts.

Length of post --- Don't drag the post with meaningless content, but also don't make it too short. I personally find it easier to read posts which include lists or subheadings, it's an effective way to maintain the reader's attention.

Title --- The title of your post should tell the reader exactly what to expect, a plus would be to have some attention grabbing titles. But don't use a title that is irrelevant to the content just to get more people to click on your post.

Proof-read --- Read through the post before you publish it. I cringe everytime I find multiple spelling mistakes in one post and it makes me think... if the blogger doesn't care enough to proof-read, why should I care to read their post?

Pictures --- Include images in your posts along with the text, it keeps the readers from getting bored. This is something I'm struggling with, since I want to stop simply copying images from google images and using them on here in case I violate any copyright laws.

Content --- Last but definitely not least, is the actual content. It's your blog, write whatever you want. But if you want other people to read it too, then make it interesting.

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I also did a post on: 3 Things I Don't Like About Your Blog.
Once again, I'm no expert, this tips are just from my observation of blogs. Please comment below with any more ideas, I could use them!

P.S. I really applaud bloggers who still post regularly and don't ditch their blog every few months. I struggle with this a lot, clearly.