5 Blog Posts I Love (And You Need to Read)

5 Blog Posts I Love -- The Palmetto Peaches -palmsinatl.comLast week I read a post by Blissfully Brunette that shared 5 of her favorite blog posts from the month of September. We’re quickly approaching the season of giving, so why not give the gift of good reads?

Despite all the blogger myths and stereotypes, let me tell you one more time that blogging isn’t easy. Therefore, as part of the blogging community, it’s my job to help spread the love by sharing some of my favorite (October) blog posts.

5 Blog Posts I Love

“I Got a lot to be mad about”: Ill Vibe the Tribe

On top of this being one of my favorite lines from Solange’s “A Seat at the Table”, I just love a good post about consciousness. You’d have to be living under a rock (like I wish I was sometimes) to not know about the nerve-wrecking current events. However, pretending like issues don’t exist makes you part of the problem. Everyone should use their platforms responsibly, and even us free-spirited artists, should be held accountable.

“Perfect for tailgating Garlic fries & Avocado aoili”: EAt.Love.Wear

Because avocado is bae, and I’m always hungry. This recipe looks doable for people who don’t spend much time in the kitchen…like myself.

“How to gain creative confidence”: Violet Roots

In the words of the great Erykah Badu, “I’m an artist, and I’m sensitive about my sh*t”. The rise of social media made it easier to get exposure, AND easier to be criticized. Read this if sharing your work makes you anxious, or if you’re in a creative rut. Let me take this moment to also thank Monika for introducing me to the #DoItForTheProcess hashtag.

“I Travel for me, not the competition”: thirty30Courtney

I do believe everyone should travel for the experience and culture, but I don’t support criticizing others who haven’t had the opportunity. Yep, Courtney called out the travel-shamers, and I’m here for it. It is possible to be helpful without forcing your beliefs on others. You bought a round-trip ticket this month instead of an iPhone? Good for you! Now spend time on your trip being thankful for the privilege, instead of worrying about the “competition”.

“How to be mindful when it feels impossible”: dave rowley

If you’re too embarrassed to admit how much time you spend on your phone or computer, read this. Being present is easier said than done for a lot of us. Working for the weekend, taking care of our loved ones, documenting everything on Snapchat– can all distract us from being present.  Dave’s post is for all of us who struggle to stay “in the now”, or in need of advice on how to start.

What are some of your favorite blog posts, or bloggers, these days? Drop a link or name in the comments for me to check out!

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5 Blogger Myths and Stereotypes

Blogger Myths and Stereotypes - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.comThe life of a blogger isn’t perfect. However, sometimes a blogger’s social media presence will give off an illusion that it’s all amazing outfits, exclusive events, free products, latte art, perfect twist-outs and/or model-like messy buns. No. Just no. Don’t let some of these Instagram feeds fool you and don’t make those assumptions about the Palmetto Peaches.

Camera rolls will prove that what ends up on Instagram was likely take 12 of 15. Staged. We’re not all cranking out posts on Macs and making money off our E-books. Although, some bloggers are and we can’t knock their hustle. So here’s some thoughts on common blogger myths and stereotypes – Palmetto Peaches’ style.

Blogger Myths and Stereotypes

“People become bloggers because they want to be famous.”

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Oh okay…We’re still waiting for our E! reality show offers to come in and our sponsorship from SheaMoisture. This blog began as a creative outlet and a way to start an online conversation with girls like us: supporters of coffee, liquor, laughter and sweatpants.

“Every blogger I see has an obsession with Starbucks, planners, and labels.”

We both have Gold Starbucks Rewards cards, but we also rack up bonus stars during challenges and hoard those bad boys for free coffees when out bank accounts aren’t looking too good. Yes, Donni has a planner obsession, but it’s because she’s on the spectrum for Type A aka Type Awesome. She’s been carrying around a planner since 5th grade so it’s not a “blogger thing”.

“Blogging can’t be that hard.”

Well let’s see. First we have to brainstorm about new content, write the content, create graphics, confirm that our SEO is on point, promote the posts, and respond to comments. Don’t forget that we’re also balancing work and social lives. Blogging, when done correctly, takes a lot of energy and a huge time commitment. It is fun, but it’s also hard work.

“You’rE a reporter…like a journalist. You have to  write about whatever Is trending.”

While both of the Palmetto Peaches have degrees in journalism, that ain’t us. One of the first things we set straight before creating this blog was to avoid becoming entertainment or gossip bloggers. Nothing against bloggers who take that route (they’re actually some of favorites), but we knew early-on that our posts would be more about our lives and not other people’s.

“Bloggers are self-involved.”

Not going to lie, there are some situations where we’d rather be locked away with our computers and cameras than deal with the real world–but we aren’t self-involved. Bloggers usually try to use their personal experiences to help readers solve a problem or discover a new passion. Yes, we occasionally rant and rave, but who doesn’t?

If you know us personally, what did you think when we told you we were starting a blog? Bloggers, what are some myths and stereotypes you hear?

Ace Siggy--The Palmetto Peachesand Donni Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

2014 Was Drunk

“Go home, 2014, you’re drunk.” Me, everyday last year.

My 2014 was drunk. I’m not talking about that good, fuzzy wine-drunk–I’m talking having a $75 tab on $1 vodka night drunk. This time last year, I was sleeping on my sisters’ couches. After a series of unfortunate events, my cute bachelorette pad in Downtown, Charleston was no more. It didn’t burn down or anything. I was just broke. Whenever I say I’m “broke” my aunt chimes in with some inspirational speech about how being broke or broken refers to losing my spirit, heart and mind. I didn’t lose those things in 2014, but I felt like I was damn close to it.

My drive, my passion, my self-confidence– all of it was packed up in plastic bins and cardboard boxes, right next to my high school yearbooks and photo albums. As much as I’d love to blame the clients who weren’t paying me what I was worth, or the cold weather that made me never want to get out of bed–I can’t. I settled. I got comfortable. I was not myself. I kept a pretty decent poker face though. (Nope, that’s not why the call me Ace.)

Photo Credit: Jennine Jacob

Photo Credit: Jennine Jacob

Lately I’ve been keeping it real with myself. Everything that is happening or already happened, is a result of MY thoughts and actions. My high school Global Studies teacher, Mr. Orvin, told us we could either adapt, move on or go extinct. Adapting aka settling is where I went wrong, and I have too much to accomplish before I go extinct, aka give up–so moving on is my best bet.

I’m not completely where I want to be yet, but 2015 is already better. I’m in a new city, with my own space, working on something I’m excited about. I have a long list of things to not do this year, but instead of dwelling on them–I’ll focus on the things I want to do and achieve.

  1. Meet the Queen Bey. I’d be okay with making eye contact with her, or just caressing her leg–whichever comes first.
  2. Be present. I’m a Capricorn. I’m a worrier. I’m a planner. I get it, whatever. And although those are the things that make me who I am, they can be annoying. I’m trying (like really trying y’all) to not dwell too much on the past, and to avoid trying to fix something that isn’t even broken yet.
  3. Gain and maintain financial stability. Bruh, I am tired of being the friend with the flask in her purse, not because she’s a lush, but because she’s on a TIGHT budget.
  4. Work for MYSELF 100%. I’m still working on my entrepreneurial spirit, but Lord knows I’m tired of the freelance #StrugLife.
  5. Visit 5 cities or states I’ve never been to. My list so far: Savannah, GA; Denver, Colorado…Yeah, that’s it.
  6. Master meditation. When I’m going through it, Oprah and Deepak are my BFFs. I live for their free guided meditation challenges. My goal is to be able to do it on my own.
  7. Fit all my clothes the way I did in 2011. I lost 40lb in 2011 *flips hair*. But I’m pretty sure I gained like 30 in depressing ass 2014.

So far, 2015 is giving me that fuzzy, wine-drunk vibe. I’ll keep you posted if I’m hung over or not. Was your 2014 drunk like mine? What are your goals for 2015? Comment below or share them with me on Twitter @TheAceAlexa!