My Interview On The Blogger Up Series

Hello everyone it’s Zainab here, welcome or welcome back to Zainab Chats! Today’s blog post is slightly different as I got the lovely opportunity to be interviewed by Nabeeha Jameel from the Brainstorms blog – so today I’ll be sharing my interview with you all! Be sure to check out the original post here and give Nabeeha a follow, now let’s jump into Nabeeha’s interview! from the Blogger Up Series! (Nabeeha’s questions are in bold!)

1. When did you start Zainab Chats, and what inspired you to?

I started Zainab Chats in April 2020. (I started at about the same time too, after being devastated and confused after my O-level Examinations got cancelled) I actually had a previous blog on Blogger called: Z.H Blogs but I really just wanted to rebrand – we were in the middle of lockdown and I couldn’t see us coming out any time soon so I decided to start Zainab Chats to spread positivity to others! (YAY🎊!)

2. I really like the whole aesthetic of your blog. What theme have you used?

Thank you so much! I use the free WordPress theme: Canape

3. Does your blog focus on a specific niche?

 I mainly focus on Positivity but I also do other niche-related posts such as Reviews, Study Tips and Lifestyle!

4. Throughout your blogging journey what is one thing that has been a constant challenge?

I’m very thankful my blogging journey hasn’t been much of a challenge. However, one thing that has been a challenge (not specifically about my own blog) but it’s been keeping up with other people’s blogs. Through school and other activities I find it quite difficult to consistently go through WordPress Reader and read other people’s lovely blogs. It’s not a challenge I’ve fully overcome but I’m getting there! (I can relate, but my constant struggle mostly revolves around being consistent with my posts and keeping up with life at the same time😬)

5. I noticed that Zainab Chats has an Instagram account. How has the Instagram account helped with your blogging journey? 

The Instagram account really helped me grow my blog in the beginning. Now, I tend to focus less on growth and use the account to interact more with my followers which is not something I can really do in the comments of blog posts.

6. What is your favourite post on Zainab Chats and Why?

That’s such a hard question, but I’d have to say my 100 Followers Special as it was such a big moment for me and I honestly never thought I’d get there. It was also a fun post as I got to react to people’s assumptions about me! (The satisfaction when you reach a 100 followers is indescribable! I cannot wait for your blog to reach 1K!)

7. Where do you see your blog three years from now? 

Three years from now, I hope to have grown by blog and to be posting a lot more than twice a week. I don’t like to predict too much as things can change but I hope I’m still blogging and have a lovely community

8. What is the favourite thing you own and why?

 I’d have to say my Bullet Journal – it really lets me plan my days so much more efficiently then a regular planner. I’ve actually almost finished it so I’ll be getting a new one soon!

9. Any secret talents that no one knows about?

Honestly, I don’t think so – I’m a pretty open book! (😂 Great!)

10. Imagine you met the Genie, what are the three things you would wish for?

I’d probably wish for: World Peace, A Happy Family and for Others to be happy too!


Be sure to check out Nabeeha’s blog, and other then that, thank you so much for reading! I hope you learned a bit more about me!

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My 2021 Goals

Hi everyone, it’s Zainab, welcome or welcome back to Zainab Chats! Happy New Year Everyone! It feels crazy that we’re in 2021 already; time really flies! Today, I’m going to share with you my 2021 goals.

Honestly, with everything that has happened last year, I honestly believe 2021 will be my year so I actually enjoyed setting myself these goals! Let’s jump into it!

  1. Not Being Hard On Myself
    This is definitely something I have to try and improve on this year, if I get a bad grade or anything along those lines; I will feel so guilty and honestly just cry! This is something that I have to try and stop doing, I want to learn to work hard and know that there’s always room for improvement!
  2. Working Out More
    When the lockdown started this year, I started exercising a lot more. Honestly, I loved when my adrenaline was pumping! Therefore, I want to keep this up for 2021 and keep exercising to improve my fitness!
  3. Making More ‘Me’ Time
    I managed to give myself a lot more time to work on myself due to the 2020 lockdown and I really enjoyed it! So, this year I’m going to try and schedule at least 1 day a week as a day to focus on myself, meditation is definitely what I’m going to try and do!
  4. Being More Grateful
    I think the one positive thing about 2020 is that it taught everyone to be a lot more grateful; so I want to bring that into this year! I am going to achieve this goal by making a gratitude tracker in my bullet journal and write down something I’m grateful for every day!
  5. Get To 500 Blog Followers
    This is SO ambitious, but honestly this blog has been growing so much therefore I would be beyond excited if we hit 500!

So everyone, here are all my goals for 2021! What are your new year goals? Share them below in the comments!

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Have an amazing year!

Blogger’s Confessions With Maryam From Infinitely A Daydreamer

Hey everyone it’s Zainab, today I’m getting to interview one of my great blogging friends: Maryam from Indefinitely A Daydreamer! Let’s get into this interview!


Thanks so much for agreeing to be interviewed, let’s start by you telling my readers a bit about yourself and your blogging journey?

Thank you for having me on your blog Zainab and hello to everybody reading!

I’m Maryam- a minimalist, intersectional feminist, lifestyle + wellness blogger and creatively driven teen from sunny Sydney. I’m an aspiring interior designer and self proclaimed iced coffee fanatic. I’ve been blogging over at infinitelyadaydreamer for over five years now. It’s a home for all my internal musings and has brought me community.

A fun fact about my journey is that I started off as a gaming blogger! I was ten years old and quite in love with movie star planet. It was essentially a fan page. I had come across an ad for WordPress while browsing online and figured I’d make my own site as it seemed like a mature, adult thing to do!

Your blog has over 900 followers, very close to 1000, what strategies did you use to grow your blog to this many followers?

I’m currently about forty followers away from a thousand and am mindblown when I contemplate this figure!

I have a considerably larger following on my Instagram page but I’ve always considered blogging to be a more difficult pursuit. When you have a website there are many aspects to manage and be on top of. It’s not as simple as taking pretty pictures and waiting for a potential audience to click that follow button! It is, however, more than worth going the extra mile for. I started taking blogging more seriously early last year and that’s when the change happened. When I first started my blog growth was very slow to come. My site was unrefined, I had no defined niches and I certainly wouldn’t have followed me if I was in someone else’s position. My content at that point didn’t offer anything of value to the reader.

I’ve worked hard to make sure my blog posts are worth my reader’s time and that I pass on a lesson, teachable moment or add to their day, even in ways subtle.I post consistently three times a week and use a mixture of stock and my own images throughout my website. This gives my posts a polished, professional look whilst allowing my audience to get to know me. I like to strike a balance and post on both serious and light hearted topics. It is important to me that I cross boundaries and appeal to a wider audience than just teenagers.

Lastly, I am to always represent myself in a way that speaks to who I truly am. I want to be authentic and let my audience know that I am person just like them. I laugh, I cry, I make mistakes, I have days where I feel on top of the world.

On your blog, you talk a lot about minamalism in life, how did you get involved with this lifestyle?

I discovered minimalism in 2017 and it changed my life in remarkable ways. I used to be someone who hung onto every little trinket and momento. My bedroom was chock full of them. It was suffocating both physically and mentally- to further illustrate this point, I even found a letter received from an ex!

This was a turning point. I realised that I needed to make a big lifestyle change. I did my research, watched some documentaries and slowly but surely started to live again. I emptied my closet, my desk drawers and ruthlessly culled when and where needed. I gave my space a thorough clean and made a commitment to change my ways. I chose minimalism because it is an enabler, not a disabler. It brings a higher sense of clarity and purpose to all those who pursue it. At its core, minimalist living denotes the intentional promotion of what is most valuable and the subtraction of what distracts from that. Minimalism invites you to come as you are and slowly begins to affect change in youre lofe.

For the final question, for those of you who have seen Maryam’s blog her blog design is amazing, how did you come up with your amazing blog design?

You are so lovely! Thank you for the kind words. I designed my blog graphics a couple of years back and rework the layout when I feel like a fresh look is needed on the blog. I stick to a simple palette of grey, white and gold florals as this is timeless and I am identifiable by this. Essentially, it’s my signature look 🙂

Being a minimalist I value simplicity. This is what I find the most beauty in- uncomplicated design with no frills and no fuss!

Guys that’s everything, but you should definitely check out Maryam’s blog, and get her to 1 thousand followers!

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Have an amazing day!

Blogger’s Confessions With Pooja From Lifesfinewhine

Hey everyone it’s Zainab welcome or welcome back to the blog! I feel like it’s been a long time since I’ve done a Blogger’s Confessions post! Today, I’ll be interviewing Pooja from Lifesfinewhine! We talk all about blogging and growth! Let’s jump into it!

1) Thanks for agreeing to be interviewed Pooja! Let’s start with talking about your blog growth. Now, you are probably one of the most popular bloggers I’ve ever seen with over 18K followers! How long have you been blogging and what would advice would you want to give to new bloggers who grow like you?
Thanks so much for having me on your blog! I have been blogging since 2015 and I think the advice I would give to other bloggers is to be patient. Statistically the majority of people who create a blog stop blogging in the first couple of months and I think the reason for this is that people expect their blogs to grow instantly. There’s nothing wrong with that of course- I was like that when I started out too. However, it rarely works like that. It takes a while to grow your blog so remain patient, put out good content and don’t give up.

2) You’ve obviously been blogging for a very long time, have you ever faced adversity / hate in the blogging world, and how did you overcome it?
Yes, I have faced quite a lot of hate especially in the last two years as my blog grew quite quickly. As you get followers you’ll also get haters it’s quite normal on the Internet. At first I was devastated but I think the best way to deal with hate or negativity is to understand that it has more to do with the person sending the hate than it does with you. Ignore it and keep doing you.

3) Usually, people who grow as big as a following as you have like to expand and start something like a Youtube channel, have you ever thought of doing this or would be open to creating one in the future?
I have definitely thought about branching out more and doing things like YouTube in the future. As a fourth year university student I don’t have a lot of time to do other stuff but once I am done with my degree I definitely want to try other platforms too.

4) As you’re quite big you will probably have brands approaching you, what advice would you give to bloggers looking to land things like sponsored posts, etc!
I think the main advice I would give is to not wait till people reach out to you but rather to reach out to brands/companies/etc and let them know you would love to work with them. Although you will get a lot of rejections you may end up also working with some really great brands and a lot of times you get rejected however they keep you in mind for when they start a campaign or your platform grows and work with you in the future.

Thanks so much to Pooja for coming on the blog, check out her blog here! Also, I will be doing another assumptions post too and you can send in anonymous assumptions here – assume anything as it’s anonymous!

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Enola Holmes Movie Review

Hey everyone it’s Zainab, recently a new movie came out on Neflix called: Enola Holmes and it was in Netflix’s Top 10 so I had to watch it! Today, I’ll review the movie and share my thoughts!

Official Reviews:
Enola Holmes received 90% on the Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer and had 71% on the Audience Score. Also, the movie had 94% of Google Users liking the film. On the website ‘Plugged In‘ it was said that, ‘Enola Holmes delivers mostly positive messages about individuality, equality and freedom.’

My Opinion:
Honestly, I thought Enola Holmes was such a great story and mystery focusing on finding your purpose, and spreading equality and helping people! It honestly has such a great mysterious plot as Enola’s mother has gone missing and she needs to find her, the way the film encapsulates it is incredible. It also has a huge historical aspect talking about things such as the Suffragettes movement and even the minor details such as the sets and costumes are so detailed! I also love how it links back to other films and series such as having Enola’s brother being Sherlock Holmes. This film also features an amazing cast with the one and only Millie Bobby Brown playing Enola herself, and doing a great job!

Synopsis:
While searching for her missing mother, intrepid teen Enola Holmes uses her sleuthing skills to outsmart big brother Sherlock and help a runaway lord.

So guys that’s the review, let me know if you’ve watched this movie in the comments!

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How To Create iOS 14 App Covers + Download Mine

Hey everyone welcome or welcome back to the blog! Today, I want to share with you guys how you can make your own iOS 14 app covers – and stay tuned to the end so you can get mine if you don’t want to make them! Let’s get started.

Apps Needed:

  • Canva – To make the app covers
  • Shortcuts – To put the app covers onto the apps

Method To Make The Covers:

  1. Open up Canva and select the template entitled ‘Instagram Post’ this is because it’s a square size!
  2. Click on background and set it to the colour you want your app icon to be
  3. Go to the sidebar, and click on elements (on a phone it’s called illustrations) and in the search bar, search for the app icon).
  4. Click on the icon and adjust the colour and size on the template.
  5. Then click download to download it onto your device!

Method To Set The Covers:

  1. Open the ‘Shortcuts’ app and click on the plus sign to create the new shortcut.
  2. Then, search ‘Open App’ and select the app you want to open.
  3. In the top right, click on the three dots and then click add to home screen.
  4. You can then name the shortcut what you want and click on the image to set it to your app cover!

My App Covers:
If you guys don’t want to make your own, I have made some which are available on the Pinterest board embedded below!

That’s all guys, I hope this blog post helped you create your own custom backgrounds!

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Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Blogging

Hey guys it’s Zainab! I get so many questions about blogging and my advice for people new to the blogging world and today I want to share some tips for new bloggers and what I wish I knew before I started blogging!

Quality Not Quantity
This is literally something I used to never understand however instead of writing long blog posts that people will be put off to read, why don’t you write less with more meaningful ideas?

Images Are Key
Like I said previously, people usually are put off by seeing long paragraphs and posts, so adding some nice photos will not only contibue to SEO of the post, but it will engage readers more!

Use Tags
For anybody that doesn’t know what tags are, they are basically words that you want your posts to come up for if you search for your post. If you really want to grow your blog from the beginning, using tags are so important, if you don’t use them at the beginning, it can effect your blog’s SEO in later stages.

Only Use Your Own Photos

Like I said previously, images are key, but I can’t stress enough to not use photos from google! If you use photos from google, there’s a chance you could be copyrighted, so it’s best to just use your own photos!

Have A Theme / Aesthetic
Having a constant and consistent theme is really important if you want to ‘brand’ yourself or your blog! This really helps if you want everything to contrast.

Interact With Your Followers
This is something I didn’t learn for a very long time, but it’s so important to interact with followers! You can learn more about them and their blog, and you can also help eachother grow as blogger friends!

Well that’s everything I wish I knew, I hope this helps, comment below your tips!

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Have an great week!

Taking You Through My Dream Life Pinterest Board

Hey everyone! Today, I’m going to share with you my dream life Pinterest board and the different pins on it! Let’s jump into it!

Passing Exams
This tick is to signify that one of my dreams is to pass all my exams, I’m the type of person who doesn’t like failing (which isn’t necessarily a good thing) but I know I want to work hard to pass all my exams!

Karate Black Belt
Not many people actually know this but I’m actually training in karate! I’m currently a purple belt but one of my all time favourite dreams is to be a black belt, I hope I can reach it!

Good Family
I feel like most people want this in life but I cannot wait to have my own family when I’m older!

Talk Show
Some people know this but my dream is to have my own talk show, the Pinterest Pin of the set is a rough idea of what I would want my set to look like.

Dream House
That house that I’ve pinned is the exact one I would want to have when I’m older, I love the view and how it looks!

Well guys that’s my dream life Pinterest board! Hope you guys liked this post!

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How To Be More Confident In Yourself

Hey guys it’s Zainab! One of my most requested posts is how to gain confidence and how to be confident in yourself! So today I’m going to share with you how you should be confident in yourself in different circumstances!

In Public: Most Of The People Will Never See You Again
If you’re in public and you need to do something like public speaking with a room full of people you hardly even know then just be yourself! Besides, most of the people you won’t ever see again so who cares what they think!

In Places With People You Know: They Won’t Judge You
With people you know, you should just be yourself because they won’t judge you as you already know them, and even if they do judge you, they’ll most likely keep it to themselves as they know you so you won’t even know what they think! So, embrace your inner confidence!

In Your Mental Health
I didn’t know whether to put this in or not however mental health is super important! So, the way I’m confident with my mental health is to just think of positive affirmations! Even simple ones like ‘you got this,’ can really make a difference!

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Have an awesome day!

Why Having A Dream Board Increases Your Positivity

Hey everyone it’s Zainab welcome or welcome back to the blog! Today, I’m going to share one of my favourite things, my dream board, and why it increases my positivity!

What Is A Dream Board?
A dream board is essentially a board full of all your hopes and dreams you want to achieve in your life! You can put anything from your goals to what you want your family to be like!

What’s On Mine?

  • A Good Family
  • Get A Degree In Journalism Or English
  • To Pass All Exams
  • To Become A TV Presenter
  • To Become A Black Belt In Karate

How It Can Increase Your Positivity?
As a dream board plans exactly what you want in your life it can increase your positivity as it can always help you remember your dreams and goals. It also increases positivity because if you keep it in a central area of your house or room you can always remember everything you want to achieve!

So guys that’s all there is today, let me know if you have a dream board or what you would put on it in the comments!

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Have an amazing day!