10 Blog Tags To Promote Your Blog While Having Fun!

Blog Promo Links - Blog Tags & Surveys

Last month I featured facebook groups which are a pretty standard and well known tool for promoting your blog. This month I wanted to highlight one that is of a completely different vein. Blog tags, also known as surveys and questionnaires, are a method that also help you develop new content for your blog while promoting it. So how do they work? Pretty simple! Each tag works around the same idea an activity, usually a set of questions that the blogger needs to answer.  Once you’ve answered your questions you then nominate other bloggers to do it.

How does this benefit me?

Usually each blogger will link back to whoever nominated them, specifically linking to their tag answers so others can check it out. In doing so other people will reach your blog and from there browse your blog. I’m speaking from experience here because I and other bloggers have done it many times! Blog tags are a great way too meet new people and build up a network of contacts too.

How do I find tags?

You first stop should be the Blog Tags & Survey section of my Blog Promo Links pinterest board! I’ve been filling it up with all different sorts of tags for you to look through. There’s also Tag Questions and YouTube Society’s tag section which have loads of lists of tags to choose from or get some inspiration from to create your own. Another way, and literally how I’ve hunted so many down, is to find a blogger who’s completed a tag and then search their blog for tags. Just pop ‘tag’ in their blog and follow the link trails! I warn you though it is a very very deep rabbit hole and I am not responsible if you get lost for several hours 😉 (*cough* I may be talking from experience…)

The wide variety of tags out there means that you can also add content that’s a little bit different from your usual niche, allowing you to dip your toe in that pond and appeal to a different audience too. Tags are extremely popular in the book blogger world, however, don’t let that stop you from taking part in one! I’m a massive bookworm and while I don’t consider myself a book blogger I love taking part in the occasion one like the A-Z Book Survey by The Perpetual Page-Turner. Some tags start on YouTube, and again, don’t let that put you off as a lot of bloggers will translate that into text and do it their way.

 

My Favourites!

So here are 10 of my favourite Blog tags which I think are not just totally unique, but great fun and this selection should give you an idea of the wide range of topics available.

 

I wanted to start out with a pretty basic one and that’s the Blogger tag by The Howling Wolf Heart. It’s a tag that asks you a few questions about blogging; how long you’ve beeing doing it, what’s your favourite type of post and what’s the best thing about being a blogger. This is a really generic one, it’s totally nicheless so there’s no reason for any of you reading this not to try it out!

 

The Gamer Tag by Zombie Goddess Beauty is a great example of a very niche tag; it’s specific to gamers. It’s aimed at video games rather than board games/table top and questions range from favourite genres and characters and to what game you’ve played the most. It’s a tag that can be answered by a hardcore gamer or a casual gamer, so as I said in my introduction if you’re wanting to talk about something a bit different tags like this one are a great way to open up that discussion.

 

The Geeky Girl Tag is another Tag by Zombie Goddess Beauty (she is a Tag lover and all of her Tags are losted on our pinterest and on her blog, so she’s definetly one to check out if you’re on the hunt!) and it’s a personal favourite of mine because I am a geeky girl and I’ve completed this tag! It covers a range of geeky topics and it’s a great conversation starter even among friends! When it first came out and the geeky girl community started tagging one another we all learned a lot about one another that we didn’t necessarily know, and that started new people chatting and interacting. So this is definitely one to check out.

 

The British Tag by Samantha Maria is one of the few nationality ones I’ve seen around, and this is an example of one that started life on a YouTube channel and then went huge on the blogosphere. I love it because it is so quintessentially British asking about dunking biscuits and cockney rhyming slang (my dad’s an East end boy so I grew up with cockney rhyming slang even if I don’t sound cockney at all!); it’s fab and on my to do list! If you’re like me and can’t be bothered listening to a bunch of random vids just to get the questions, don’t worry 🙂 Pretty much every tag video lists all the questions in the description so just go grab them and be on your way if you wish. ((Image for the British Tag is from Public Domain Images.))

 

The 100 Truths Tag from My Random Musings is probably one of the longest tags I’ve ever seen, and it’s a list of quickfire questions which you’re (supposed to) answer truthfully. It’s basically one of those get to know me questionnaires that used to go around as chain e-mails and now makes the rounds on facebook. These sorts of tags are great for telling your audience about yourself, especially if it’s something you struggle with. I know that I completely freeze up whenever I try to do it, so these types of tags act as a prompt. As always just be careful what personal information you divulge online. ((Image for 100 Truths banner is from Unsplash.))

 

 

So I mentioned that Blog Tags are hugely popular in the Book Blog world, and one thing I came across which I think is great fun is themed tags with books. An example is this Wonder Woman Book Tag (I was unable to track down the original creator). Like a normal tag it has questions, however, each question is Wonder Woman themed. So for example, Wonder Woman; name your favourite badass female character, Lasso of Truth; A book you hated, and so on. There are so many different ones ranging from songs by an artist, movies, Disney ones. They all look so much fun!

 

As a retired roleplayer and now a writer, this tag really appealed to me and it looks like so much fun. The Me in Book Characters Tag by Windowsill Books requires you to describe yourself as characters from books. To do this you have to pick 5 characters from books (you could adjust it to movies or tv if you wish) that are most like you and explain why. I thought this was incredibly unique and quirky so it had to make this list!

 

The Kiss, Marry, Kill – TV & Book Edition Tag by Life and Other Disasters is a game of kiss, marry, kill but with characters from books and/or TV shows. You then choose a selection method in which you end up with three books/shows per round (10 rounds in total). For each round you have to decide which one you want to kiss, marry or kill. The creator has also done a book version which looks fun too!

 

The Social Media Tag (creator unknown) is not quite what it sounds like; it’s another example of a themed tag like the Wonder Woman tag except you’re not talking about books. This tag is all about blogger appreciation and each social media represents a category for you to subscribe a blogger to. For example, YouTube is ‘A blog that keeps you entertained’ and Tumblr is ‘A blog which is very diverse and has variety’. ((Image for Social Media Tag banner is from Unsplash.))

 

The Disabled Blogger Tag by My Blurred World makes this list because Tags are also a great way to show identity and inclusion, or bring awareness to something important to you. This tag talks about how it feels to be a disabled blogger, as well as perceptions people have of disabilities and disabled bloggers. In doing so it helps to open a dialogue as well as offering you a chance to inform your readers. Likewise, it helps you to connect with other bloggers who understand and face the same challenges as you. There are a few more disability related tags that I’ve found on the pinterest board, and if any one knows of any other awareness or identity related ones please do let me know! 🙂 ((Image for Disability banner is from  Unsplash.))

 

Over to You

I hope that you’ve found this list interesting and whether you’re new to the world of Blog Tags or not, I hope you’ve come away with something new! I am not responsible for any time lost wondering the internet and blog pathways reading and searching for tags 😉

Do you know of any Blog Tags?

Have you created one?

If you take part in any of these tags let me know in the comments! I want to see your answers 🙂

I don’t mind how old they are, the great thing about Blog Tags are that they can be completed at any time! 🙂  Please do let me know in the comments so I can add them to the pinterest board.

Don’t forget to follow the pinterest board for new pins!

 

Blog tags, also known as surveys and questionnaires, are a method that also help you develop new content for your blog while promoting it. It's a great way to have fun while promoting your blog and creating content that can appeal to a different audience! Check out my guide for finding blog tags and have a look at 10 tags I've picked to get you started.

Interview with Voice Actor Haley

Interview

January’s Interview steps into the world of voice acting with the lovely Haley!

Each month I will be interviewing someone from the online world. They could be someone creative, quirky, geeky or a fellow spoonie. I’m really not picky; the whole point of this is to open up dialogue, share with the world and if you wish, bring awareness to your work or a cause. Interviews are open to anyone who wishes to take part so if you’re interested in volunteering please check out the Interview information page.

 

The Interview

Hi Haley please tell us a bit about yourself!

My name is Haley and I’m a 20-something American expat livin’ the island life off the coast of Auckland, New Zealand. I work full-time in a really cool retail specialty foods store here on this little island I live on, but in my time away from retail I can usually be found behind a microphone recording lines as a professional voice over actor (VOA or VA).

 

How did you get into professional voice acting?
Voices and performing with them have always been my passion, but I only really officially started into it a few years ago when I first moved to New Zealand. I’d been living in Australia prior and had dabbled in screen acting for television/commercial in Melbourne, so those experiences kind of sparked further motivation to pursue voice acting, as well. Once I moved to New Zealand, I bunkered down and produced my own demo reel to send out to casting directors/producers in the indie project community. Once I started to get roles, the rest was history!

 

How many years have you been doing it?

I’ve been practicing and perfecting voices my whole life, but my first role as a voice actor was back in the end of 2015, so about a year and a half now.

 

What does being a voice actor mean to you?

Being a voice actor means I get to express myself in some incredibly unique and challenging ways and I get to entertain people across the world, which is something I love doing. I love making people happy and laugh, so getting the ability to do that via a character in a game, cartoon, film, or something else is really ideal. My work also gives me a fantastic avenue to collaborate with other creative people to produce something awesome together. Whether I’m working with seasoned professionals and they are teaching me, or I’m helping novices by sharing my wisdom, collaborating in the creative community is one of the biggest reasons why I do this.

 

What was the first time you realised that was what you wanted to do?

I’ve wanted to be a voice actor from the time I saw the late great Robin Williams in “Mrs. Doubtfire” where his character – like Williams himself – plays a VOA. Admittedly, though, I didn’t really consider it a valid career goal for the majority of my life. After a lot of soul searching and self-esteem work, I got the confidence up to get an acting agent in Australia back in November 2014. After I did a few productions, I realized, “Hey, I could do voice acting too now…” and that kind of planted the seed for me!

 

What is your proudest moment?

Getting an IMDb.com listing as an actor via my work, hands down! It was always on my life “TO DO” list of [mostly] fantastical probably-not-gonna-happen achievements to have a listing on the Internet Movie Database (IMDb.com) via an acting project – like REAL actors do! In late 2016, that actually happened. It’s a pretty minimal page, but having it in the first place was a huge achievement and let me cross something off a childhood list I never really thought I would!

 

What was the first job you were paid for?
My very first paid gig as a voice actor was voicing Queen Elsa in a “FROZEN” cartoon parody created by a popular YouTube animation studio back in 2015. It was a pretty cute Christmas-themed cartoon and I got paid about $40 USD for a few lines, not to mention the video got multiple millions of hits on YouTube. Pretty decent in the realm of up-and-coming voice acting!

 

What are your goals for the future? What do you hope to achieve?

I’d love to expand my career in voice acting, but also screen acting again, as well. I’m currently working towards New Zealand residency so I’m restricted by my visa in a lot of things, but once my residency is set I’m anxious to get an agent again and put more time into performing overall. Getting to work for a studio on a long-term/big project is obviously a huge dream, but just expanding my career and working on additional awesome projects is always good!

 

What was the best advice you were ever given?

Be unapologetically yourself. Do not apologize to someone else for being who you are if they don’t like it and don’t you dare try to conform or change to make them happy! It rings true not just in acting, but in pretty much every field/situation possible, so I try to stick to it.

 

Any advice for others wanting to get into voice acting?
If it’s what you wanna do, don’t let anybody/anything get in the way of it! It doesn’t take much to get started into voice acting, so whether you’re a teenager, low on funds, anything…you can still get into it so give it a go. Just be brave and step a toe in the water – you won’t know how it’ll go until you try!

 

Now for some random questions…

 

If you were the goddess of anything, what would it be?

Laughter. I love making people laugh and I’m always laughing at something!

What would your animal form be?

A big fat calico kitty wif a huge white spot the shape of a heart on its tummy! 😀

 

Do you have any fun quirks?

…does performing a hundred different voices and accents in one day count? Haha!

 

Do you collect anything?

Tasty food items that I can devour later!

 

And finally; time for a shameless plug:

You can check out my official website at http://haleyjay.com, as well as my YouTube channel to see my videos and watch projects I’ve been a part of!

November Goals Recap

Monthly Goals November 2016

The end of the month is nigh and it’s time to look back over my monthly goals and see how I did!

Blogging

I feel quite content with how my blogging went this month, I upped my game but there’s still room for improvement. I need to get scheduling sorted for one, and I am so behind on commenting. So those will be priorities next month.

 

Youtube

I failed miserably. The new diet had me all over the place and proved to have some unseen difficulties (more below) so I’ve had a lot less time and energy than I expected.

 

World of Warcraft

Let’s see…

  • Finish my Demon Hunter campaign.
  • Finish my main’s profession levelling – Fishing is now maxed. It’s proving a lot harder to max everything else, so I think this is going to be a goal for several months
  • Complete a full set of Illusion Books (enchanting) for me and Chris.
  • Finish off Broken Isles achievements for killing rares. (Apparently I’d actually already done this :P)
  • Start levelling my druid with Chris – She should be 110 in the next few days!
  • Start levelling my mage solo – Haven’t even started her 🙁
  • Do the dungeon profession quests on my Demon Hunter and Monk – Demon hunter done (and new ones found), but my monk I slacked on big time. I think I’m just going to leave her for now and concentrate on other characters as she is my bank character.

 

New Desk Set Up

It’s done and mostly set up 😀 I still need to move my make up from the bathroom into the new desk because I can’t do my make up in the bathroom. This is because I’m really short sighted (like -20 -20 seriously) and our mirror is above the sink… I need a mirror right in front of my face. So sitting down at my new desk with everything nearby works so much better for me.

I do have some pictures though!

Old Desk:

deskold

 

New Desk:

desk1

desk2

 

And someone has a home at last!

illi

 

New Diet

So the new diet has been tricky, and not due to the food. The food prep, especially for breakfast has been difficult for me when my body has decided it doesn’t want to behave. I’ve gotten into a routine, been trying new recipes and finding ones I really enjoy. I’ve also lost 9-10lbs already which seems unreal. I’ve been eating less, been much less hungry between meals and have noticed other good side effects too. My skin is much clearer, other health stuff seems better too.

However, I’ve been really nauseous a lot and I don’t think it’s due to the diet, like I said, I’m not feeling hungry so no feeling light headed etc. I think it’s a part of whatever weird random gland hurting illness that I’ve now had for over a year. My glands have also been getting worse, and sore more often :-/

 

Work on a Project

Nada, zilch. I was pretty sure that would be the case.

 

There may also be…

I totally failed on reviews and tutorials, but did get some Bioshock Infinite in!

 

So that was my month; how did yours go? Did you meet your goals? You may have noticed that I’m not beating myself up for missing stuff and that is important. Remember that when looking back at your own goals and lists 🙂

December goals coming soon!

 

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My Goals for November

Monthly Goals November 2016

 

 

After seeing several ladies over at Geek Girls + Blogger posting their November goals I decided it would be a good thing for me to implement. Hopefully it will help me keep up with things, as well as also helping me to realise that I am getting things done. That I am being productive even when I feel like I’m not. So here are my monthly goals for November!

 

Blogging

I’m planning on upping my blogging game this month in several different ways. Firstly, just generally keeping up to date and on top of things by scheduling posts in advance. Then by adding some new content in such as Christmas gift guides.

 

Youtube

Due to illness and RL priorities, I fell a bit behind with my videos. I have a lot of stuff recorded just need to edit and put it all together. I really want to get this done this month and get started on some new content! (Plus the Priest campaign has an epic finale I am dying to show you guys!)

 

World of Warcraft

I am still loving Legion but there is SOOO MUCH to do! It is so easy to get completely lost at the moment and just sit staring at my screen wondering what the hell to do next. So, I made a list especially for WoW:

  • Finish my Demon Hunter campaign.
  • Finish my main’s profession levelling (literally only archaeology is maxed…)
  • Complete a full set of Illusion Books (enchanting) for me and Chris.
  • Finish off Broken Isles achievements for killing rares.
  • Start levelling my druid with Chris.
  • Start levelling my mage solo.
  • Do the dungeon profession quests on my Demon Hunter and Monk.

 

New Desk Set Up

It was my birthday last month and my parents generously helped me get a brand new, much bigger desk. The plan is to get it set up this month and try to work out where everything is going.

 

New Diet

I’m not one for going on about diets, but it is very important for me personally to get the hang on this one. I am doing so much cooking that I feel like I’m cooking all day every day, and it requires me to get things prepared in advance. It’s a bit learning curve, not to mention sticking to the diet and going through the hard transitional phase which is going to suck.

 

Work on a Project

I have a bunch of online projects/websites I want to work on, and I may or may not have time to do this – it really depends on how my health goes this month. This isn’t a top priority which is why it is at the bottom of the list.

 

There may also be…

Some make up reviews and tutorials, and some Bioshock Infinite playing happening… Maybe. If not this month, next month for sure.

 

Do you have any monthly goals? Or anything you hope to achieve this month? Let me know! 🙂

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Legion Beta Content Hub

World of Warcraft: Legion

 

I decided to put together this hub linking all my content related to beta as it is currently spread across three sites. If you enjoy this content please like, share and comment <3

Spoiler Warning – Pretty much everything here has spoilers, if they’re spoiler free I will specifically mark them.

Screenshots

Screenshots are regularly updated and new updates will be marked with ***. I post them on facebook and my gallery, and have linked both for you to use which you prefer 🙂

Demon Hunters

Character Creation options [No Spoilers] – Facebook

Various Demon Hunter – Facebook Gallery

 

Broken Isles Starting Quest

Horde – Facebook / Gallery

 

Classes

Priest – Facebook / Gallery

 

Zones

Azsuna – Facebook / Gallery

High Mountain – Facebook / Gallery

Stormheim – Facebook / Gallery

Suramar – Facebook / Gallery

Val’Sharah – Facebook / Gallery

Etcetera

Illidan’s Memories Questline – Facebook / Gallery

Dalaran – Facebook / Gallery

Miscellaneous – Facebook / Gallery

Wardrobe – Facebook / Gallery

 

YouTube

Follow me as I start the Priest quests on Alliance, get my artifact weapon and discover my order hall!

Episode 1 – After the Broken Isles Excursion & Starting Quests

Episode 2 – Meeting the strange Priest & getting my artifact weapon (Discipline)

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