Yo homeskillets (:
I hope you’re having a snugglified Saturday full of anime, cats and tea!
When I was in college, I would often find myself on theses dreary and dark days reaching for calm music, a lit candle, a cat cuddle and a cuppa. There was something so tranquil and peaceful about that aesthetic—something so right and warm and comforting. It was home, or at least, it was the home I desperately wanted.
I’ve put together a small list of Spotify playlists that I use to settle into a calm mindset. Most don’t have words or lyrics and are mainly instrumentals or acoustic pieces. Some are anime-related, some aren’t. Give them a listen and see what you think!
Vinyl feel without the price?
Before we jump in, I’d like to recommend Vinylfied, an online version of crackles and pops for your feel-good vinyl needs without spending all that moolah. Seriously, I think last time I checked the Howl’s Moving Castle record was like over $500. Who has money for that, really?
So yeah, while playing the pops in the background makes me seem like a total hipster wanna-be, it’s also practical and the aesthetic feels nice.
Music of Studio Ghibli
Emily Marie McSwain
My go-to. I’ve listened to this playlist for close to 6 or 7 years now, and it’s my pick if I want to do anything involving concentration or creativity. A must for my writing life.
Anime Acoustic Covers
Craving anime with a more acoustic feel? This playlist has you covered. Get it? Cause they’re covers? bwahaha.
One of my most-played playlists. I would listen to this with my noise-canceling headphones whenever I couldn’t sleep or was having an anxiety attack. For real, I’d just turn the lights of and listen to this, and I’d start to feel a bit more centered.
Ambient Sleeping Pill
Trouble falling asleep? Need to calm down and get some rest? This might be the ticket for you!
The previous two playlists had a baby! Ambient piano bits for all your sleepy needs.
That’s all for today!
Hmm I’ve got the anime and tea part down, now I just need to find a cat…
Anime acoustic covers seem like just my style of music, cool list!
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Cats are recommended, but dogs, hamsters and anything cuddly will certainly be more than sufficient, haha.
Glad you liked the list, and hopefully you enjoy the covers, too!
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Hmm it looks like your blog ate my first comment (it was extremely long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I wrote and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. I as well am an aspiring blog blogger but I’m still new to the whole thing. Do you have any tips for inexperienced blog writers? I’d genuinely appreciate it.
Hi there (:
I’m glad to hear you are enjoying my blog and am honored you think I’m experienced enough to offer advice.
There are a lot of different avenues you can go down with blogging and improvement: growing followers, building community, content quality, marketing— It really depends on what you want to improve. It also depends on what you’re blogging about.
For example, bigger blogs which have more followers tend to post regularly and on a schedule. Schedules tend to cause me more stress, and I’m not really focused on growing followers as much as I am with making quality content, so I don’t do that. I may have broad goals (e.g. posting once per week), but in the past limiting myself to a rigid timeline hasn’t been good for my mental health or my blog. It’s really what works for you.
Personally, I think the most important part of blogging is your writing style or voice. That’s where it all starts. The first thing to focus on should always be to establish a writing style and stick to it. Mine is usually pretty conversational even when I’m analyzing things, but everyone has their own voice. I’d also suggest using images and gifs or dynamic content to break up the writing. People don’t like reading walls of text, so doing so gives them little breathers.
Another part is engaging with other bloggers who write about similar themes. I mainly write about anime and mental health, so I follow people who are in those spheres. Read their stuff, comment, and work on creating a community. Doing so helps create meaningful connections and followers, and it’s also a great way to steal some ideas and incorporate them into your own blog. It might open the door for potential collabs as well, and help get your name out there.
I hope these help! Keep writing! (: