A social media mini-break

I tried boycotting social media for a few days this week.  Why?  Because, and I don’t mean to sound dramatic, it’s eating up my life.

It’s the first thing I look at when I wake up in the morning, and the last thing I check before going to sleep.  The last time I went to Ireland, I actually racked up a whopping £75 phone bill from checking my social media accounts through data roaming charges, despite being warned against it.  That’s BAD, right?

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Happy 30th to The Breakfast Club – we could never forget about you.

I’ll admit to never having watched The Breakfast Club until the summer of 2013.  It was introduced to me by a friend on one of our spontaneous trips to HMV – he told me I should buy it and I did.  Since then I’ve been pretty much hooked.

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Happy Mother’s Day, Mum! You will probably hate this.


To my dear Mother,

I know better than anyone that gushy, soppy statements are not your thing. You’re from Middlesbrough and it comes with the territory, so I’m told. (Joke).

But since it’s almost Mother’s Day, and you’re actually rather bloody great, I thought you deserved just a little bit of thanks for all the lovely, generous things you have done for me these past 22 years. Not too much though, because, you know, sentiment is for losers.

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Stop letting your looks shroud your self-worth


I stumbled across an article today on Thought Catalog which really baffled me.  I’ve been through it another seven times since and I’m still scratching my head.

It comes from a writer called Elle C. West, published just over a year ago and entitled: I Want To Reclaim “Ugly,” But Everyone Keeps Telling Me I’m Hot.

Its premise can initially mislead you, as I found upon my first reading.  I actually got quite angry.  This girl’s writing was bitter, spiteful and argued how ‘we’re all ugly really’, and this crazy pipe-dream that everyone is beautiful is just plain and simple bullshit.

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Why I blog and what I’ve learnt from it.

1.  Blogging is FUN.  Writing very rarely feels like work to me.  It’s my favourite thing to do and pretty much always has been.

2.  It is such an easy and convenient way to voice my thoughts, opinions and experiences.  There’s only so much you can fit into a 140 character tweet, and I’ve never really been a fan of posting long, ranty Facebook statuses (though I do enjoy reading the odd one-or-two).  This blog gives me the space to write as much as I like, convey and develop an argument or idea properly without worrying too much about the word count.

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