I’ve been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by Sam, creator of the very cool Book Beat Blog (highly recommended read).
Here’s how it works…
- Thank the person who gave you this award — of course.
- Include a link to their blog. They deserve to have some credits too.
- Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
- Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this
- Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.
I’ve always been a fan of English, me. It’s my kind of subject. It requires me to use my brain in a particular way, a way with which I am familiar and comfortable. I love books. I love writing. I love words.
Numbers – personally? Not a fan. I’ve never had a scientific brain nor do I believe I ever will have. My Maths skills are and always have been appalling, despite receiving extra tuition when I was at school. And it was only with the help of my best friend that I even scraped through GCSE Science.
Finding your teenage diary can be hilarious as well as horrifying, as I discovered this afternoon. A few of my favourite bloggers have been rooting out their own journals from way back when with a sort of “here’s what I’ve learned since then…” theme in mind, and it inspired me to peruse through my own.
A while ago, a couple of my favourite online bloggers published their own manifestos and since then I’ve been mulling over what I’d include in my own.
Manifestos are important, and they aren’t exclusively associated with politics. They might sound a little scary and formal but by definition, a manifesto is simply a public verbal declaration of all the shit you believe in – “your motives, incentives and beliefs.” ‘To manifest’ is ‘to make real’.
When I finished University last June, I was told I’d be fine. I already had a job interview scheduled and secured for the following week and I’d worked my arse off for (the majority of) my degree. I’d taken part in plenty of extra-curricular activities and co-edited the University magazine alongside writing my dissertation. I’d pretty much always been employed since the age of 16 and had heaps of experience working with people.
YOU’LL BE FINE, they said.
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?
Listicles: not something gross that grows on your skin, but a fairly youthful breed of news article formatted into a simple, easy-to-read list. You will find them on BuzzFeed most famously, as well as Thought Catalog, Huff Post, Elite Daily and Bustle to name a mere few.
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.
There is no doubting that reality TV contests have become a staple ingredient of modern British television. As a nation, we can’t help but indulge in the guilty pleasure of watching “real” life drama unfold on screen, both selective and protective of our favourite contestants.
For Valentines Day this year, the BBC did something quite wonderful and chose to broadcast a collection of short films written by some of Britain’s finest comedians. The best of these was penned by Nick Helm and called ‘Elephant’, starring the writer himself and actress Esther Smith.