Ahhh, Autumn

As a child, autumn was always my least favourite season―the colder air a depressing sign of the long, chilling winters soon to come; the fallen leaves a cruel reminder that nothing lasts forever. 

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Now, however, I would say it is one of my favourite seasons. What changed? To be honest, I have no idea, but I’m happy that it did. There is so much to love about fall: sweater/boots/leggings weather, pumpkin spice lattes, cozy pajamas, soft blankets, cuddling up on a chilly day, apple picking, pumpkins, and of course, Thanksgiving and Halloween!

To celebrate the coming of autumn, I will be dedicating a bunch of blog posts to this spooky, cozy season with yummy and easy fall recipes, do-it-yourself fall craft ideas, and fun activities to do during the fall season!

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A little FYI . . . This September, I started university for English Literature & Creative Writing (whoop-whoop!) while still working every day. Thus, I have been extremely busy and have not had a lot of time to make new posts. Heck, I haven’t even had time to think. But through this stressful, busy period of my life, I still hope to keep up with blogging as it is one of my greatest passions! Thank you for your continuous support.


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Summertime Themed Sugar Cookies Recipe

This summer has been scorching hot. If you find yourself too busy to head down to the beach, try baking some beachy summertime themed sugar cookies instead! Tip: If you have different shaped cookie cutters, be sure to use them and incorporate them into your summery treats. 

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Ingredients (For Cookies):

  • 1 cup butter 
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla 
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • Cookie cutters (optional)

Ingredients (For Icing):

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp meringue powder
  • 3 tbsp water
  • Assorted food colours 

Directions For Sugar Cookies:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. 
  2. With either an electric hand mixer or stand mixer, combine the butter and sugar and mix for two minutes until light and fluffy. 
  3. Scrape the sides and add your egg and vanilla. Finally, add the flour and baking powder. 
  4. Keep mixing until all ingredients are well mixed into the dough. The dough may have a dry appearance but still continue to mix. You may add water if you find it becoming too dry in texture. The texture should be that of Play-Doh. 
  5. Roll out sugar cookie dough to 1/4″ (0.6 cm) onto a lightly floured surface or cooking board. If using cookie cutters, begin to cut out the desired shapes of your dough. 
  6. Bake at 350°F for 10 minutes or until cookies turn golden brown.

Directions For Icing: (Credit: Good Housekeeping)

  1. In a bowl, with mixer at low speed, beat powdered sugar, meringue powder, and water until blended. Scrape side of bowl with rubber spatula. Increase speed to medium―beat until soft peaks form, about 10 minutes. Icing should be stiff enough to hold its shape when piped. Thin with more water, if needed.
  2. Tint icing with food colouring as desired―keep surface covered with plastic wrap to prevent drying out.

Making Your Summertime Themed Sugar Cookies:

Once your cookies are done baking, sprinkle a bit of sugar on them if desired. Then using your icing, you can let your creativity run wild and create anything you wish. This can include a beach, flip-flops, sunglasses, pineapples―literally anything you can think of!

Enjoy! Be sure to stay cool out there in this heat. XOXO 


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Piggies At Play

It’s springtime now, and the weather is warming up! Say goodbye to the colder weather and hello to spending hours outside every day! One of my favorite things to do when the weather starts to warm up is bringing my guinea pigs outside to play. They love eating the grass and flowers and running around when it’s nice outside. Normally I have a play pen for them, but sometimes I bring them outside and just keep them right next to me and we have fun together, all three of us. However, a few weeks ago Fluffy and I were sitting outside in my backyard, and he heard a noise and got spooked. He dashed off as quick as a lightning bolt, and I tried to chase after him but he was too quick for me. He squirmed underneath my fence and went into my neighbor’s backyard! She’s known for feeding the stray cats, and they always hang around her yard as she even went as far as building houses for them. Luckily, they weren’t there on this particular day. I had to go and hop the fence to get Fluffy back. Fortunately, I brought him back safe and uninjured. But boy did I learn a valuable lesson that day─be more careful! 

The pictures I took of the boys were so adorable, I had to make a post about it and share the pictures with you! 

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Hope you enjoyed the photos of these little cuties! What are your plans for the warmer weather?


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Meet Fluffy & Lulu

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Back in February this year, my beloved skinny pig named Pinkie passed away. Being the animal lover that I am, the best way for me to cope with the loss of a precious pet is to find another creature to love and nurture. Knowing that skinny pigs often have more health issues than furry guinea pigs due to their weakened immune systems, I opted to find some guinea pigs with hair this time.

As a child, I had a black and white bunny named Prince who was absolutely a sweetheart. Unfortunately, as time went on, I adapted an allergic reaction to him and had to give him away. Plus, I was not yet responsible enough to take on the task of caring for another living thing. My allergies swayed me to stay away from rodents for a while after that.

In 2013, I got my beautiful hamster named Hammie after realizing that my allergies did not apply to hamster fur. In 2015 when she passed away, I held both a rabbit and a guinea pig to see if the same thing applied but within seconds of holding them my eyes got watery, red, and itchy, and my throat got scratchy─I realized that this type of fur was a no go for me.

By a miracle, I went in to PetSmart and saw Fluffy─a pig with so much hair it sticks out in all directions. I asked the employee to let me hold him for a couple minutes and to my surprise, nothing. Even less of an allergic reaction than I had with my skinny pig Pinkie, which would cause my skin to break out into rashes and hives if I held him for too long.

I decided to get the guinea pig, and his friend that he had with him in his cage. The employee told me they had been together since birth and had not been separated. I could tell they were close because when I picked up one of them, the other one went up to the cage and started to cry. What kind of a monster would be so cruel as to break them apart?

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When I got home, Jacob and I tried to think of names for these little guys. Fluffy’s name came easily, because, he’s so darn fluffy and cute! His fur is so soft, you could make the most comfortable blanket out of it. Lulu’s name came as a joke. For some reason Jacob kept calling him Legume, and still calls him Legume to this day. Me, a sane person and not one to call my pet after a vegetable, decided to call him Lulu for short. Thus, Fluffy and Lulu were born.

It’s been a month since I’ve gotten them and thankfully no allergic breakouts yet! They are starting to warm up to me and love to climb on the cage and scream at me for food whenever I walk in the room, rustle a bag, open the fridge, open the cupboards─these guys get excited for literally everything. 

It’s so cute how they are the best of friends─I’m so happy I was able to get both of them.

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Goodbye Stinky 🐾❤

When I first got Stinky, it came from a bad situation. On Friday the 13th in February of 2015, my hamster Hammie got sick and died. A couple of weeks later, I went to PetSmart and bought an adorable skinny pig named Jasper. Two weeks later, on Friday the 13th in March of 2015, I came home to find Jasper dead in his cage after only two weeks of having him. I was feeling pretty depressed about losing two pets in a matter of a single month, especially the eeriness of them both passing on Friday the 13th. After sobbing on my couch for a little bit, I called PetSmart to see if they had any more skinny pigs in stock. Luckily, PetSmart’s 14 day guarantee was still in effect, so I would not have to pay anything extra for my new friend. 

On the car ride to the store, Jacob and I joked about what he would look like. “I bet he’s going to be all pink.” We both imagined him being really pink and wrinkly, so we decided to call him Pinkie, if he was pink upon seeing him. When we got there, a sweet girl named Nikki went and brought the new skinny pig out so we could see him. He was in her hands all cuddled up. As she came closer to us, she said, “This one’s a lot more pink than your other little guy.” Jacob and I looked at each other in disbelief―our guesses were accurate! Thus, Pinkie was born. Nikki handed him over to me and I couldn’t believe how quiet he was in that moment. He was so sweet and healthy looking and beautiful. I loved him right away.

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Skinny pigs were on sale that day, so we actually got $10.00 back for taking him (which became a long running joke). We brought him back home, and put him in his new home. For the first few months, Pinkie was extremely skittish and shy. It definitely took him some time to warm up to me. Honestly, I would say that it took me a while to warm up to him as well in a sense. After losing Hammie, I was still hurt for a while. But Pinkie was great to hold and to cuddle and to make me feel better when I needed it. That’s one thing he was good at―he was always there for you. Sure, he didn’t contribute much to the conversation except for a chorus of “wheek, wheek, wheek” here and there. However, he was a very good listener and a great cuddle buddy. 

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The next month, I decided to get Pinkie a friend. After all, guinea pigs are supposed to be very social animals. Whenever I wasn’t at home, I wanted Pinkie to be kept company and to have a friend of his own species to play with. Coincidentally, Nikki from the pet store that sold me Pinkie was a breeder, and was trying to sell one of her skinny pigs. Around Easter, I went to her apartment to pick him up. He was very scrawny and little looking. We called him Peanut. Peanut never warmed up, unfortunately. He hated being held, pet, and cuddled with. Whenever I took him out, he would just pee on me to get me to bring him back. Peanut loved Pinkie so much―I like to think that he thought of Pinkie as being a big brother. He would follow him around, try to play with him, and burrow under him when he was scared. Pinkie, however, was quite the opposite. He hated Peanut from the very beginning. Pinkie wanted to be the dominant one, and would fight for that right no matter what. Pinkie did not want to share his food or his home. Pinkie did not want to be followed around the cage. Pinkie was not looking for a friend. I tried everything in the book to get them to bond. Separating them but keeping cages close together so they can smell each other, putting them on the ground with a pile of veggies, etc.

As you can tell from this picture, Pinkie was less than impressed with Peanut.

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Five months later, I was tired of trying and I was tired of the fighting. Blood was beginning to be drawn and scars were being made. So, Peanut was sold to a new mommy and Pinkie was a lone piggy again. Pinkie’s energy levels went up, he seemed perky and happy, and he stopped looking so angry all of the time―LOL

As the months went on since I first got Pinkie, I noticed his skin drastically changing color. In fact, so much so that his name had to be changed. His skin turned from pink to brown as he aged. I could have named him Brownie, but I chose Stinky instead. Or, Stinks for short, as Jacob called him. His official name was still Pinkie, but Stinky just stuck for the remainder of his piggy life. For the rest of this post, he will now be known as Stinky. Just so no one gets confused. 

In 2016, I had the hardest year of my entire life. Perhaps one day I’ll write an emotional post about it. Stinky was there for me through all of it. Even though I loved him since day one, that year really brought us together. I would cry and he would snuggle up with me and make me feel a million times better. He began to love his cuddles and his kisses. He even started to kiss back. I would kiss his cheek, then he would kiss mine. It was the cutest thing in the world.

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We already established that 2016 was a shit year for me. That year, Stinky’s health also started to deteriorate. For an entire year he was fine with no problems. But that year, his health started to drop and kept dropping until he passed, with more and more problems with no stop in sight. He had:

  • Cataracts in both eyes.
  • Glaucoma in one eye.
  • Urinary tract infections.
  • Gastrointestinal issues.
  • Bladder stones.
  • Bumblefoot.  
  • Weight fluctuations. 

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That poor little guy endured so much for the next three years. He was on a daily eye drop medication for his glaucoma and would be on antibiotics so much that his body would always become immune to them, and the vet would either have to increase the dosage or switch the brand. When he had bladder stones, he would often pass them which was good. It meant they were small enough to pass through the urethra. Of course, it meant blood in his pee and urinary tract infections up to that point. But the stones eventually did pass―until the final one.

Stinky was a trooper, and although he had all of these issues, it did not affect his way of life whatsoever. He was such a happy little skinny pig. Stinky would prance, dance, and squeak all over the cage. Stinky loved the sound of the fridge opening or a bag crinkling because he knew that meant food was on its way. Stinky loved cuddles. He loved to be on my neck right up against my jaw, with a soft blanket covering him. He loved his pink patch on his head being rubbed, and he loved the back of his ears being scratched. 

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Stinky and I had some amazing times together.

Dressing up together on Halloween . . .

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. . . seeing Santa Claus at Christmastime . . .

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. . . and a photo shoot I had with him a couple of weeks before he died. I am so blessed I was able to get these photos. 

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Stinky was suffering from another bladder stone and urinary tract infection when he died. The night before I brought him to the vet, I noticed he was not eating or going to the bathroom which worried me, because those were his favorite things to do. He also squeaked quite loudly, which concerned me as that could mean he was in a lot of pain. When the vet opened the next morning, I called and made an appointment for that day. Two hours later we were in the car with Stinky and on the way to the vet. Before we went, I cuddled up with him on my bed one last time. In my heart, I kind of felt like it was the last time, too. I cried and the tears ran down my cheeks and he kissed me like he knew, too.

In the veterinarian’s room, she told me she thinks it would be best at this point to euthanize him. His bladder stone was stuck in his urethra and he was unable to pee. If put into emergency surgery, she said he would likely die trying to remove it. Stinky was in unbearable pain and could not urinate, eat, or drink. He had no energy. Stinky could barely lift his head up. It was such a devastating moment to see him like that. I didn’t want Stinky to go that way. I wanted him to be eight years old, in his cage in his cuddle cube which he loved so much.

We were there for four hours saying goodbye to him. It was just so hard for both Jacob and I, knowing this was the last time we were going to see our best friend.

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Our last moments together were so touching. I cuddled him and he snuggled right up to me, as he always did. He seemed to know that it was time. Even though he had no energy to lift his ears, or his head, or to eat, he still had enough energy to lift his head up and give me a couple of last kisses goodbye. Four hours later, I handed him over to the vet and said goodbye for the last time. He died on February 21st, 2019.

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Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….

It will be a while until I see Stinky again, but I know I will again one day. Thank you Stinky for being the best friend that anyone could ask for and for always putting a smile on my face. You were so incredibly loved and I promise to never forget you and to keep you in my heart forever and always. 

R.I.P STINKY

2015―2019

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Holiday & Winter Fun ❄

Although Christmas and the holiday season are officially over with, I just had to share some of my favorite moments of the holiday festivities of 2018 on my blog. ❄

We took Stinky to see Santa Claus at PetSmart . . .

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. . . our Christmas tree . . .

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. . . seeing the Bright Lights display at the park . . .

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. . . went hiking in the woods and had a fire with my brother . . .

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. . . and celebrated New Year’s Eve with Jacob!

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That’s all for now! Happy 2019 everyone! May it be your absolute best year yet. ❤ What’s your most favorite part of the holiday/winter season?

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Christmas Cake Pops Recipe ✶

Happy holidays! With only nine days left remaining until Christmas, it’s the perfect time to bake some holiday goodies for you, your friends, and the whole family. These peppermint cake pops are perfect, as they serve up to fifteen people. They are delicious and easy to make, so turn up the Christmas tunes, and let’s get baking!

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Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons of butter (2 for cake pop batter, 2 for frosting)
  • 2 tablespoons of water
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of milk
  • 3 candy canes
  • 15 cake pop sticks
  • 200g of white chocolate
  • Cupcake or cake mix of your choice 

Directions for Cake Pop Batter

  1. Preheat oven to 350 °F. Grease an 8 x 8 inch cake pan.
  2. Combine cupcake or cake mix, butter, water, and egg. Using an electric mixer, beat only until well-combined. 
  3. Distribute batter into prepared pan and bake for 12-15 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  4. Remove from oven and cool completely.
  5. When cake has cooled, cut into quarters and crumble by hand into a large mixing bowl.

Directions for Frosting

  1. Using an electric mixer, beat butter on high for one minute, or until light and fluffy.
  2. Add powdered sugar and mix just until combined.
  3. Add milk and beat on high for one minute.

Directions for Cake Pops

  1. Add frosting to cake and mix together using an electric mixer util mixture can easily be shaped into balls.
  2. Roll cake into 15 balls and place on a waxed paper-lined plate before setting in a freezer for 20 minutes to firm and make assembly easier. 
  3. When freezer time is almost finished, heat white chocolate in a microwave safe bowl just until melted, stirring every 30 seconds. 
  4. Immediately remove cake balls from freezer. One at a time, take one cake pop stick and dip the end 1/2 inch into the melted white chocolate. Insert into cake ball.
  5. Dip cake pop into melted white chocolate and gently tape against side of bowl to remove excess. Work quickly as cake balls may start to soften. 
  6. Crush candy canes into small, fine pieces into a bowl while coating is still warm and dip the top of the cake pops in to cover. Serve and enjoy!

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Merry Christmas!

Have a very Merry Christmas and best wishes for the holiday season.


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Verified On Google And Famous Birthdays ✔★

Ever since I was a little girl, I dreamed of my name appearing on Google in recognition for my work. I was really excited to find out that I now have a knowledge panel on Google, as well as a profile added to the website Famous Birthdays. Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me in the past, and continues to support me today. It feels really cool now to be a recognized author, blogger, and YouTuber across the web when people search my name. 

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Also, a little self-promo, you can visit my Famous Birthdays profile and click on the “Boost” button to rank me higher in certain categories. Click here to visit the Famous Birthdays website: https://www.famousbirthdays.com/people/victoria-hecnar.html

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Now that Christmastime is quickly approaching, I plan to do some fun posts that will be sure to get you into the holiday spirit. Christmas baking, anyone? 


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Inside BronyCon 2018

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(Psst! Before you read the blog, be sure to check out my vlog and footage reel from BronyCon 2018 on my YouTube channel, where I film a lot of the panels and talk about my experiences at BronyCon!) 

Hey every pony! This is a post that was due months ago, yet with life getting in the way, here I am posting it now. Back at the end of July I went to BronyCon 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. It was kind of a spontaneous decision. I was not a hardcore “My Little Pony” fan like many of the attendees at the convention, yet I was a fan so I decided to attend anyway. I only began liking the show and its characters last fall, when my boyfriend and I went to go see the movie in theaters as a joke. However, I ended up really enjoying it. After the movie, I went home and watched all 7 seasons on Netflix and even started my own collection of “My Little Pony” merchandise and memorabilia. So when I discovered this convention in Baltimore that is home to thousands of attendees each year, I decided to buy a plane ticket, and away we went! This year, the event ran from Friday, July 27th until Sunday, July 29th at the Baltimore Convention Center in downtown Baltimore. 5,465 was the number of people in attendance, which is noted to be significantly lower than in previous years. 

As many of the die-hard fans of the convention know, it was announced at the closing ceremonies that 2019 will be BronyCon’s final year. It will consist of a 4 day convention, as opposed to the usual 3 days. When it was announced that the convention was coming to its end, a lot of the fans in the center were in tears. People were crying in hysterics, hugging each other, even singing the “My Little Pony” TV show theme song with the Equestria flag held up, hands on their hearts and everything. Seriously, it was a thing. I will definitely be there in attendance for 2019. I mean, I started my first year with the second last year. It makes sense to go to the final one. It’s like being apart of a piece of history. I foresee it being a pretty emotional weekend, but hopefully the BronyCon team puts together something epic seeing as it is the last one ever. (That we know of). 

Jacob and I had tons of fun. We booked a room for 4 nights at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel, which was a little pricey for the outdated look of the hotel’s rooms. Being Canadians, we tried Chick-fil-A for the first time. I really liked it, but Jacob became obsessed, basically wanting it for every meal we had. Some of the time we spent walking around downtown, looking at the harbor, going out to eat, or venturing into the little shops. The other time we spent at the convention itself, of course. 

One of BronyCon’s perks is that each year, they have a variety of guests who have some sort of relation to the show that come and do panels, autographs, and take pictures with fans. This can include: voice actors, animators, writers, or community guests, like YouTubers and bloggers. In 2018 they had a list of star-studded guests, like Tony Award winner Lena Hall and a bunch of the voices from “My Little Pony”. Being the fangirl that I am, of course I had to take pictures with some of my favorites! I met Michelle Creber, the voice of Apple Bloom; Tabitha St. Germain, the voice of Rarity and Princess Luna; and Peter New, the voice of Big Mac. I got an autographed poster from each of them, and a signed copy of Michelle’s latest CD, “On Display”. The cast of the show were all super sweet, and it was cool that they were all Canadians, from Vancouver, British Columbia. It made us feel at home. Tabitha said to us as we were all taking a picture together: “Get close, it’s a Canadian sandwich.” In her Rarity voice, of course. Michelle was friendly, and I was so amazed at how successful she is for being only 18 years old. I asked her how she manages it all and deals with her success. She told me: “It’s a lot of hard work, but it’s all worth it.” Peter New was probably the funniest of them all, with a blunt, sarcastic sense of humor. I told him I had a crush on his character, Big Mac, and that I didn’t understand what makes his girlfriend, Sugar Belle so special. After that, he said to me in the voice of Big Mac: “You could be Sugar Belle.” Sounds good to me! 

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One of the days, I tried to do a cosplay of Rarity but I failed horribly. I bought a skirt that I transformed into a dress and stitched Rarity’s diamond cutie mark pattern on, which was the only redeeming quality of the entire look. I ran out of purple hairspray so I had to use pink, which dried out my hair and made it look nothing like Rarity’s. I messed up on the makeup too. It was just a train wreck and a bad idea all around. For BronyCon 2019, I’m either going all out, or not bothering dressing up like a character at all. At least I got these cool pony ears and unicorn horn combination. 

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Although I wasn’t a major fan and didn’t know much about the community so therefore didn’t really feel like I “fit in” much per se, the people who I did meet were extremely nice, friendly, and welcoming. One of the great things about this convention is they give you a landyard and three different tags you can choose to attach to your landyard, called “Communication Cards”. Green means you want to engage in conversation and meet new friends, yellow means you only want to talk to people you know, and red means you do not want to talk. Attendees pick which one they feel comfortable with, and fellow attendees must honor their wishes (or security gets involved). I think this is a great idea to help not only prevent harassment, but also to help people feel more comfortable going to the convention, especially if they are usually introverted.

A large majority of the attendees dressed up and some of the costumes were outrageously good. Some even wore an entire mascot-eqsue suit. I imagine it must have gotten pretty warm being stuck in that all day. I met Scootaloo! That was one of the highlights of the entire weekend. 

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All in all, BronyCon 2018 was an amazing experience and I highly recommend any “My Little Pony” fan to come out to Baltimore, Maryland for the very last BronyCon in August 2019. Apparently the staff is closing BronyCon because the numbers in attendance are declining drastically, and they do not wish to go back to their smaller roots. Although I understand this, I feel sympathy towards those who went every single year to the event, made friends and memories each year, who had one place to be themselves and not be judged, and now all of that is being taken away from them. If you’re one of those people reading this right now, then I must say to you: I’m sorry, and I hope you make BronyCon 2019 your most memorable year yet!

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BronyCon is the destination for all “My Little Pony” fans. With their panels, marketplace, guests, contests, and more, it is a dream come true for any fans of any generations of the show. For information on passes, sponsorships, vendors, running an event, volunteering or hotels for the convention, click here:

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Thanks for checking out my blog every pony! I hope everyone has a great day and that I see all of your faces at BronyCon 2019! XOXO  


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Social Media: Stars on the Rise

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Ten years ago, the terms “YouTuber” or “social media influencer” didn’t seem to exist. If you told someone your career was uploading weekly videos to the world wide web, or that posting a photo of yourself would earn you thousands of dollars, it would seem almost impossible to believe, wouldn’t it? Fast-forward to 2018—now, there are thousands upon thousands of people who call social media their full-time job, some of these people achieving fame and fortune for their content. How did the internet create so many possibilities for these individuals? Why are so many of these social media enthusiasts becoming idolized by viewers they’ve never met? And how likely is it that your videos can become the next viral hit?

            The majority of these content creators are found from posting videos on the popular website known as “YouTube” (where virtually anyone, anywhere can publish a video of almost anything). YouTube was founded in the year of 2005 but didn’t become the worldwide phenomenon we know of today until late 2006 when it was purchased by multi-billion-dollar company, Google. The type of content published on YouTube varies. Some popular YouTubers who started at zero subscribers and earned their way up to being in the top percentile are as follows: Shane Dawson, a comedian on YouTube who posts conspiracy theories, vlogs, and sketches began his YouTube career in 2006 and currently sits at 15,000,000 subscribers; Tana Mongeau, a twenty-year-old female who posts videos telling stories of her life, started posting videos only three years ago and is now at over 3,000,000 subscribers; and newcomer 17-year-old Emma Chamberlain who has only been posting videos for one year, is set to pass 4,000,000 subscribers by the end of the summer. Other notable YouTube celebrities include Rosanna Pansino, who earned over 10,000,000 subscribers posting cooking videos; Zoella, who earned over 12,000,000 subscribers by creating beauty and fashion videos; and the most subscribed to person on all of YouTube, PewDiePie, who has a whopping 64,000,0000 subscribers and over 18,000,000,000 views on his channel by posting gaming videos.

            How did they do it? How tangible is it for your channel or Instagram page to hit these astronomical numbers? A lot of the time, these social media stars have one thing in common—luck. Luck isn’t the only factor, though, as hard work, motivation, and determination also have a key to play in creating your social media success story. Each of these internet celebrities kept goals and achieved them by doing simple things creating a weekly posting schedule (and sticking to it), opening other accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay relevant on each platform, and most importantly, being consistent in the content you create. For example—an Instagram star who is in the fitness industry is not likely to create content about video games, and vice versa. Developing a niche and expanding on it is the best way to find devoted and dedicated viewers for your content. Some social media influencers appear to grow big numbers overnight, whereas others may take years of developing their skills and content to see their audience expand.

            The last and final question is, why are these people earning so many viewers daily and what sets them apart from mainstream celebrities? Social media stars—like previously mentioned—start from zero subscribers, start from zero followers, and start at zero views. They are regular people who were able to make something out of their zany, sarcastic, funny, and likeable personalities. Musicians and actors may have all these traits too, but one main reason why so many people are developing a fondness to a social media star over a mainstream celebrity, is that of the personal connection you can feel with the person. Social media stars make videos for their viewers about their lives, especially by filming vlogs—some YouTubers even make their videos feel like a one-on-one chat with their viewers. A social media star is more likely to reply to comments, like “tweets” on Twitter, or follow their fans on Instagram. There’s some sort of indescribable bond between stars on social media and their viewers—perhaps because the viewer is what makes it all possible for the social media influencer. After all, without the viewers, there would be no platform for social media stars to post on, would there be?

            Whether you are a creator yourself, are on the bandwagon and support social media stars, or still don’t really understand the concept, one thing can be said—social media stars are on the rise, and it seems like there’s no stopping the demand for them anytime soon.


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