Category: Life

Blogging Updates From Seven Years In

I’ve been blogging here for seven years this month. In some ways I feel like I’ve come a long way, and others not so much. Last year was a pretty slow blogging year for me. I wasn’t feeling inspired and I was doing several freelancing projects, plus my day job. But this year I have decided to really recommit to blogging, and to make this platform really work for me the way that it has for other people. Believe it or not, people are still able to make full-time incomes or more off of blogging. Do I want to...

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Looking Back at 2017

It’s almost time to leave the year 2017. I love looking back at these reflective surveys each each and seeing what I was thinking, feeling, and experiencing at the time. Some things never change, and some things do, radically. Here are ones from New Year’s Eve 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011. 1. What did you do in 2017 that you’d never done before? How about SKYDIVING? 2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
 Yes, I did save a lot of money, which was my biggest goal. Plus I paid off a lot of debt...

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The State of My Freelancing

It may have gotten buried in the past seven years, but my original intent with starting this blog was to use it as a platform to get myself jobs. Freelance jobs, and a real non-secretarial job. I have succeeded on both fronts (thank you), but wanted to talk about how my freelancing has evolved through the years. I blogged for nearly a year before I started querying local publications about writing for them. My very first freelance gig was with Columbia Metropolitan Magazine, writing about a cooking class at UofSC. I wrote for them sporadically over the next year...

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Totality in Columbia

The day was as hyped as Christmas for a second grader. Everyone had prepared in advance, gathering the necessary items like hopefully certified glasses, doughnuts, special beers, paper plates, boxes with pinholes, and lawn chairs. The early afternoon crept by. People began to gather, some in huge groups at festivals, and others in smaller groups on their lawns. Everyone kept peeking up with their glasses as the minute of the partial eclipse came creeping across the sky. It seemed like time was slowing down as the moon tiptoed across the path of the sun. As the last ten minutes...

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Millennials Have Good Reasons to be Killing

They say millennials are killing everything good in the world. But is anyone explaining why? Is anyone telling the older people writing these articles and making these claims the stories that led us to be so miserly with our spending, so environmentally conscious, so conscientious about every decision we make? Graduating into, or having to recover from a toilet of an economy where we were told to be grateful for our 22k a year jobs (that we just took on a mountain of student loan to get better ones than) shaped us similar to how living through the Depression made our grandmas keep every Cool-Whip container to reuse. We’re going to have these odd millennial tics for years. We’ll still be driving our 2001 Jeeps in 2060 if we have our way, even if we’re finally starting to make the kind of decent salary that affords us the opportunity to save a few bucks. In a probably useless defense of my generation, I’m going to take this handy Mashable article that has aggregated everything my generation is killing and justify it. A lot of what we “killed” have similar reasons, some of course can fall into multiples but I took the liberty of sorting them to my own biases (like college football sucking). Too Expensive Fashion, Gyms, Dinner dates, Movies, Suits, Taking risks, Romance, The American Dream, Diamonds, J. Crew, Golf, Vacations, Motorcycles It’s Bad for the Earth Oil, Baby names, Wine corks (almost!), Cars, Napkins It...

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About April Blake

April Blake edits web content by day and writes by night, usually about local food, unusual flavors, and craft beer. Please follow me on Twitter, but not in real life.

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