Elle May

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Thursday, 19 January 2017

Do you know what annoys me about the Blogging community?

After blogging for 5 years there is a lot I've noticed, some of it good some of it bad but mostly what bothers me is how naive some people are. I'm not writing this to cause any arguments just to give my point of view on what has been bothering me within the blogging community. Let's start off with the biggest pet hate of mine, new bloggers who think they will be able to get free stuff just because they have a blog... in all honesty, it's not as simple as that, it took me a while before I was contacted by PR'S and asked to review products. When I first started I would enjoy reviewing small businesses that I purchased from (out of my own money) I would send them an email saying I reviewed their items so they were aware of me promoting them and how much I liked their products.  I built a relationship with a few of them and they would send me free stuff with orders sometimes which they didn't have to do but besides that, I didn't get asked to review PR products for a good year and a half after I first started to blog. There is nothing wrong with wanting to review products or working with PR's but what people need to understand is it's not as easy as being brand new to blogging and demanding businesses and companies let you review their products, it doesn't only make you look bad but it also makes the rest of the blogging world look bad. Yes there are a lot of bloggers out there and it's hard to compete, but don't sell yourself short or be demanding, if your content is good and your blog itself is appealing you might get PR'S contacting me as this is how I managed to start working with them.

The next thing is being told to be positive and that they don't like following negative people. I'm sorry to say this but everyone can be negative at one time or another. If I'm having a down day I'm not going to pretend everything is OK just because you tell me too, having to put on a happy go lucky mask on for me would be torture so I say it like it is, if someone is chatting shit about me I'm not going to hold my tongue I will say something back and if that's too negative for people then unfollow me. Shit happens in life and hiding away from it and pretending everything is rainbows and flowers, that's not reality people argue and clash. The word 'negative' is bandied around far too much and has lost its meaning, as has 'bullying'. It seems when we disagree with someone we're tarnished a bully when it's not the case at all. Tone is lost on the internet and people get far too wound up and claim they've been bullied when you simply don't like the same product they do.

The biggest thing that irritates me is when people believe there is one blogger in each 'niche'. I've seen it a lot lately with disability/chronic illness bloggers. There's more than one person that writes about disability/chronic illnesses and there's plenty who have been trying their best to show others how it affects their lives and even livelihood. Let's not make this a competition with one another and try to be sensitive towards one another. The amount of people I have seen online trying to put others down because they're worse is unbelievable and unfair, we all suffer in different ways and I wouldn't dare say to someone "I would rather have your chronic illness/disability than what I have" don't be that person. Lastly, my biggest pet hate would be when people send others over to a blog to give them hate. This has happened to me, I've been accused of things that aren't true but luckily there is a feature on Blogspot where you can approve comments, it may be a pain in the bum but if it filters out the hate then it's good practice to use it. My motto is if you have nothing nice to say on a blog post (unless you didn't like a product then give your honest opinion by all means) don't say anything at all especially if the post is personal. I have a little tip to share too, don't assume every blogger is in a clique when in fact it's a friendship, there is a huge difference between cliques and friendships, for example a clique is a close group of friends who won't allow people to join but friendship is a relationship between friends, with trust and support and anyone is welcome to form a friendship. To hate on a person for having close friends is ridiculous, I know a lot of people may say I'm in one with my blogging friends but that's not the case, they've given me a lot of support and helped me out a lot, I'm not in school so why would I want to form a clique.

What annoys you most about the blogging community?

Monday, 16 January 2017

My Pop vinyl | Funko collection.

Pop funkos popularity have been growing for years now, when I first saw them I thought they were pointless plastic figures which take up room, but now I seem to have started my own collection of them which I will show you in this blog post. What are these plastic big headed things? Most people I know buy them for their kids as toys, to me I view them more as figurines that shouldn't be played with as they're collectable, Funkos were originally founded as bobblehead company back in 1988 but the founder sold the company on in 2005 and it's been growing ever since, but it's only been in the past 5 years that I have seen. Now that I have 8 of these POP funkos I admittedly can't help but add to my collection, some people do go over the top and just buy them for the sake of it but I can't justify spending loads of money on hundreds of them, where an earth would I put them? People may go mad at me for taking them out of the boxes to take pictures but I wanted to try out my new lightbox, sorry!

The first Funko I was given was Elsa, it was from my parents and unfortunately the box for her ripped so she is my only funko without a box but I have tried to make sure that she doesn;t get damaged, which is easier said than done when I have a cat that loves pushing things on the floor as far as I'm aware there are two different Elsa's as you can see I have the one where she is holding a snowflake.

Last year for my birthday James made me hunt for my presents, he got me three of the beauty and the beast Funkos from the Disney collection, I have Cogsworth, Lumiere and Mrs Potts and Chip. They're really adorable and it was a lovely surprise, I would love to add Belle to the collection just because it feels like I have something missing without her. My next Disney funko would have to be Ariel, she was always my favourite Disney princess growing up as she had red hair and I was ginger and I felt there was a princess I could finally be.

Fallout 4 is one of my favourite games, I have put so many hours into it and fallen in love with every aspect of it I felt I needed a POP funko to go along with my love for the game, I chose dogmeat as he is one of my favourite characters within the game (even if he did keep getting me killed when I first played), I obviously need to add a vault boy and a vault dweller to my collection next but it can wait for now.

Who loves Game of thrones? ME!! James knows how much I love the show as well as Jon Snow so he surprised me with a box of two different funkos and one of them was Jon Snow. I love my funko and it looks just as grumpy as Jon's charecter in the show which makes me laugh, I like the look of all of daenerys funkos so I would like them to go with Jon Snow.

This funko was in the box of two that James surprised me with, it's unique from the others as it bobbles! This is my BB8 funko it's the cutest one out of all of them and just 1 of the star wars funkos I wanted from the Star wars collection, You can also take BB8 off of the stand but why would you want to?

My last funko is Ezio, you all know how much I love Assassins Creed and that Ezio is my favourite character from the games. Unfortunately, his box is slightly damaged so he was marked down in price when I got him. A few weeks after I got Ezio I saw Altair and knew I had to have him one day to go with Ezio, I will have to wait to get any funkos until I have saved up for a new laptop as this one is so slow and frustrating. When I do eventually get them, James and I will be putting them on display in the gaming room (if we ever get round to sorting it) in the mean time, I have a lot of games to play, Overwatch and Ezio the collection to name a few!

Do you collect funkos? Which one's are your favourite or are you lusting over?