Music Mondays: Broken Ones (Jacquie Lee)

Hello everyone! It’s that day of the week again. This week’s Music Mondays is thanks to a plane ride home and to Spotify’s many playlists that can cater to whatever mood you’re in. It’s Broken Ones by Jacquie Lee, one of the runners up in The Voice, Season 5.

When I first saw the title, I had thought whether this is related to the song The Broken Ones but as it turns out, they are by different artists and released years apart. I had The Broken Ones in my list for Music Mondays but there must have been a reason why I skipped it.

Broken Ones by Jacquie Lee

What I love about this song? It pierces the heart like a swiftly thrown dagger sure of its target. You will find these in the lyrics: “We wear a smile to hide that we’ve been hurt before” and “We all know how it feels to be forgotten for a while”. And with such a strong and powerful voice carrying this message, who wouldn’t be drawn to and hit by it?

The catch is, it may seem negative and emotional but it’s more empowering than what it appears to be. If you didn’t get that from the song, you may get that from the video, which I love by the way—an expression of the self through art: dance, writing, painting, music.

Music Mondays Anniversary List

A year ago today, I posted my first ever Music Mondays featured song. I’m a amazed to be have been able to keep it up and all the more excited for another year of sharing music that inspires and uplifts the soul.

But before that, in case you missed and are wondering what were those songs featured for the past year, here they are:

Music Mondays Anniversary List

  1. I Choose You by Sara Bareilles
  2. The Woman I Love by Jason Mraz
  3. Say Something I’m Giving Up On You by A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera
  4. Telling the World by Taio Cruz
  5. Talk Dirty by Jason Derulo ft. Chainz
  6. Treasure by Bruno Mars
  7. Love Never Felt So Good by Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake
  8. Latch by Disclosure ft. Sam Smith
  9. Problem by Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea
  10. Candles by Hey Monday
  11. Try by Colbie Caillat
  12. Lost Stars by Adam Levine
  13. Little Wonders by Rob Thomas
  14. Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen
  15. Rude by Magic
  16. All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor
  17. Chandelier by Sia
  18. Bang Bang by Jessie J, Ariana Grande, & Nicki Minaj
  19. Love Runs Out by One Republic
  20. Anaconda by Nicki Minaj
  21. Jet Lag by Simple Plan ft. Natasha Bedingfield
  22. Get Her Back by Robin Thicke
  23. Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran
  24. If I Die Young by The Band Perry
  25. Running From The Devil by District 78
  26. Broken Strings by James Morrison ft. Nelly Furtado
  27. You and I Both by Jason Mraz
  28. Love Someone by Jason Mraz
  29. Opposite of Blue by Raining Jane
  30. Shake It Off by Taylor Swift
  31. Santa Tell Me by Ariana Grande
  32. Text Me Merry Christmas by Straight No Chaser ft. Kristen Bell
  33. I’ll Be Home by Meghan Trainor
  34. Blank Space by Taylor Swift
  35. It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday by Jason Mraz
  36. Distance by Christina Perri ft. Jason Mraz
  37. The Lonely by Christina Perri
  38. Flying Without Wings by Westlife
  39. Little Things by One Direction
  40. The Only Exception by Paramore
  41. If I Never Knew You by Jon Secada & Shanice
  42. Cry by Kelly Clarkson
  43. Marvin Gaye by Charlie Puth ft. Meghan Trainor
  44. Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars
  45. Bailando by Enrique Iglesias ft. Sean Paul, Descemer Bueno, & Gente De Zona
  46. Risk It All by The Vamps
  47. Photograph by Ed Sheeran
  48. Hate to See Your Heart Break by Paramore ft. Joy Williams
  49. 3 Things by Jason Mraz
  50. Black Widow by Iggy Azalea ft. Rita Ora
  51. The Longest Time by Billy Joel
  52. The Words by Christina Perri
  53. Heartbeat Song by Kelly Clarkson

There you have it! A year’s worth of wonderful music. Obviously I have my favorites since the frequency of some artists are higher than the other but I try to vary as much as possible. After all, I have 5 things to consider when choosing my Music Mondays. It’s just that these artists’ music calls to me more than the others.

If you like the same songs I do, we’ll hit it off right away. I believe music preference is an aspect of one’s personally. If it resonates within you, then you have the same vibrations as that music. And if we like the same music, then we’re more than likely to be friends because we have the same vibes and probably same wave length.

Follow Me on Bloglovin’

Since the move from kcreol.wordpress.com to hellokt.co, I’ve been reviewing all my settings, much like putting the furniture you brought from the old house to the knew, I’m doing this to streamline everything and make it feel as if nothing has changed, for me and my readers.

And just to comply with a requirement, I’m inviting everyone again to follow me on bloglovin’. The link is at the sidebar but you can also follow me via this link.

On Domains, Web Hosting, Designs, et cetera

It’s been a year since I started blogging again and for the past few weeks, I’ve been reviewing my options when it comes to domains, web hosting, blog design, logo, and all other things for my blog. I thought it’s time to take this seriously and with a year’s worth of creating content based on what interests me, I believe, as I’ve mentioned several contents ago, that I can streamline what goes into my blog.

These are the things that I’ve been considering:

Content Management

Of course, it won’t be just what interests me. I’ve still other drafts that haven’t been finalized and published, mostly travel entries. I don’t know how travel bloggers do it but sifting through gazillions of photos without getting lost in the moment is hard! I’ll have to work better with such entries.

The present and intended contents of my blog will also affect my categories and pages. Meaning, I’ll also be investing time going back through my posts and updating/revising them to make my contents more cohesive and easy to track and get to via navigation.

new blog name

Other than content management, I’ve finally decided on a name. Sure, kcreol is unique but it hasn’t quite lived up to my expectation of it. I won’t let it disappear altogether but it will have to take the passenger (not the back) seat for now. Plus, whenever I verbally share my blog address (kcreol.wordpress.com), I get the usual blank stare, which I interpreted to mean: “How do you spell that exactly?” So a change in the name is much needed.

Consequently, this will also affect the other social media accounts I manage. Presently, I have Instagram, Twitter, and FaceBook. The first two are also my personal accounts although I don’t think there’s  a need for me to create a different Instagram and Twitter account for my blog. Whether or not I’ll change the name of these accounts is not yet my concern. The new name I have may already be taken so I’ll just cross the bridge when I get there.

Branding

As I am an avid follower of Lauren of Elle & Co., I’ve picked up a lot when it comes to branding and I hope to apply it to my blog. Currently, coming up with a design and logo for the new name sure has got me excited! But since I don’t have an extensive computer design background, I don’t know how to digitally convert my sketches. I’ll have this done by someone else. I can hear my money floating away.

In any case, from how the design and logo will turn out, it will definitely affect the design of my whole blog. It’s branding after all.

Templates are the least of my concern, the one I’m currently using is elegant and clean enough for me. Depending on where I end up, I don’t plan to splurge so much on templates. I just want my fonts and color scheme to make readability a breeze for my followers and readers.

WordPress.com or squarespace

Since I follow Lauren and she’s been blogging about Squarespace every so often, I’ve become interested in the platform (is that what you call it?). Her tips on using its features don’t make it easy for me to stay with WordPress.com so it’s been a big decision making matter for me.

I’ve been reading a lot of reviews and honestly, it’s taking a toll on my brain as I am not a web designer/builder and I’m not as familiar with the terms used in the reviews.

On the one hand, I’m already familiar with WordPress.com and I’ve followers that I wouldn’t want to lose (but maybe they’ll follow me via e-mail instead or Bloglovin’). However, in the long run, all the upgrades and other what-not with WordPress.com can become heavy on the wallet. In such case, the reviews say that it’d much better if I were to switch to WordPress.org.

On the other hand, reviews on Squarespace are filled with praise and there are it’s much more lenient when it comes to widgets or plug-ins compared to WordPress.com. Plus, it isn’t as widespread as WordPress.org so customer support is much quicker. Still, it’d be a whole new platform for me to get familiar with.

Costing

Money will surely fly off my wallet in most of these things, which is why I’m taking my time considering and narrowing down all my options.

I’ve been asking fellow bloggers on this for advice and on how they arrived at their decisions. Ultimately, it’s my decision to make and money is always a factor. Since an investment is required if I want to take my blogging seriously, then options on minimizing my expenses are what I am looking into.

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Have you ever had such thoughts for your blog that you’d like to share? It will surely help me as well as benefit others who are considering the same. 🙂