Friday, 19 September 2014

Pros and cons of blogging...

Last week I wrote about how blogging is the cool thang now and this week I have another post revolving around blogging. Not even on purpose, go me! It's weird blogging about blogging isn't it? Anyway I'll get on with it...

I keep mentioning how much I'm struggling with blogging at the moment. And it is a constant feeling of being pulled in all directions. I have moments of mad inspiration and do the classic blogger thang of scribbling it all down in a tumblr worthy notebook (LOL). Sometimes I think to myself "why am I doing this?" and get all negative about it, as I do with everything else. But then there are a few things about it that make me feel a little better about myself and keep me going. Not just in blogging but actually getting out of bed, doing something with my days. So these lists aren't going to apply to everyone, but this is my blog, so these are my pros and cons of blogging...

Cons...
.Feeling like I am too bad at writing to do this. That what I say just isn't interesting enough.
.Getting too wrapped up in 'internet-world' and just noticing everything that's wrong with the world.
.Comparing myself to others. I read some amazing blogs and am constantly like "why can't I be more like her?" I just don't think I'm interesting enough to be writing about my life.
.The occasional bitchiness. I had to mention it, soz gals. I haven't experienced much, and I am more sensitive than most, but when I do it knocks me massively and yes, I cry. Pathetic really.
.When you're not feeling motivated, and for me at the moment that's most of the time, it's impossible to have photos and posts ready simultaneously. 
.Not having the time when I am feeling motivated.

Pros...
.The blogs that I read are inspiring and lovely, as are the people behind them.
.Can I say the people again?! I haven't met any of my fave bloggers in person, but chatting to them in post comments and on twitter makes me so happy (you know who you are!)
.Can I say comments again haha? Sometimes remembering a really lovely comment about my blog is enough to spur me onto the next post!
.Feeling proud that I have built something up from nothing and done it all myself.
.Having something to show for myself.
.Being able to look back over my life on it, like an online diary but a lil bit less emotional and a bit more sarcastic.

What are your personal pros and cons in blogging? What spurs you to carry on when it starts getting too much? :)

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Student Life || packing for uni take two

This time last year I wrote this post on packing for uni, not sure why I did, I had no freaking clue what I was on about! I did seem to get some good points across to be fair... and maybe some not so good points haha. So after a years experience, here's a second go at packing for uni!

1. Same as I said last year, you're not packing to go on holiday, so bring all the things.

2. I said last year as well "don't forget your student cookbook" but scratch that, do forget it, you'll never use it. Trust me.

3. Whether you are in a house or halls you need to know what is already in the house, things like pans and mugs. I was in a house for first year and basically all the kitchen stuff was provided but we bought more bits anyway.

4. Last year I brought the bare minimum to uni with me, but this year I'm bringing any books to read, all my art stuff and my ukele. Not that I even can play ukele but it's good to know it's there.

5. If it's your first year do make sure you have what you need for maybe one night, so bring some food, or most students do a shop with their parents when they get there. You won't know where everything is. If you're second year or older, fuck it you know where everything is! Be lazy man. (If you're second year or older why are you even reading this post...?)

6. Bring stuff to make your room homey - fairy lights, photos, I actually have a cotch lampshade for my room as well :)

7. I'm super cool and keep all my painkillers and plasters in a lil bag as my first aid kit. This is not a bad idea, as much as I hate to be admitting to it on my blog where I'm trying my best to be cool (failing LOLZ).

8. Don't bother bringing or buying stupid food you won't eat. I know when you're parents are buying your first food shop it's tempting to buy all the things, and they will want to buy all the things for you too, but don't. You do not need five packets of powdered soup that you will probably never actually use (I still had packets of mushroom soup at the end of last year from my first shop).

9. A lil toolkit. Ok this is not essential but having just moved into my second year house on my own I realised I needed some pliers or something along those lines! Just a few bits would be handy!

10. Shot glasses. 'Nuff said.

Sorry for being a crappy blogger and not posting as regularly but it's freshers week for me so has been pretty busy! When I say busy I mean a lot of sitting around watching skins with the housemates.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

This week happiness is... #10


Not cooking for myself all week thanks to my housemate cooking amazing healthy dinners every night, and going round to a friends for fish n' chips.

Getting hooked on The 4400. Oh my stars it's amazing. The acting is awful, it's so cheesy, but we're so hooked on it!

Walking through Fratton and Southsea carrying a coat rack between four of us at two in the morning. And also stealing all the cutlery from our friends house. It's good to be home.

Taking coat rack selfies. It's a thing.

Sunbathing on the beach, and trying to swim in the sea just ten minutes from the house. The sea was so rough though it nearly knocked me over and I thought I'd never see my jelly sandal again.

So many cups of tea.

Listening to cheesy music and reminding ourselves of those school discos where everyone would go mad when crazy frog came on.

Salty popcorn. We went through a stupid amount of pringles and salted popcorn this week.

It's been a really good week but I'm ill now so all bundled up in blankets drinking a lot of lemsip *sadface* hopefully I'll get better 'cos next week is fresher's week for me! Tell me what you got up to this week? What was the best bit? :)

Friday, 12 September 2014

Blogging becomes cool


When I started blogging, the only other people I knew who blogged were just other bloggers that I was chatting to through twitter. It was not something that was popular, or considered 'cool' and only a few were professional bloggers. Now I've never given a crap about being cool, and never understood people who do, I just want to do what I love. I honestly pity people who have no true passions and follow the crowd and do something just 'cos it is 'cool' at the time. Then they just give it all up once it isn't the in thing again.

These are the people who will laugh at you when those hobbies are considered uncool, and they'll laugh at you for being passionate and caring about things. You know those kids who thought extra curricular activities were sooo lame?

I never told anyone I knew personally that I blogged, I was too ashamed, knowing how incredibly uncool it was to be writing what I thought of things. The only people who 'got it' were other bloggers. Many bloggers have experienced real life 'friends' being dickheads about their blogs, I did. Now fast forward nearly two years and everyone is writing a blog. Suddenly it's 'cool' to have an opinion and to share what you think all over the internet. This is all great, and it's inspiring to see that my generation actually give a shit about making a difference, and have big aspirations and believe in what they have to say... BUT I will not forget those people who made fun of it and made me feel small for being passionate about something. If you are passionate about anything, like I am about a lot of things, that is a good thing and no one should be making you feel small for it.