One of the top things that people say about blogging – or being on social media in general – is that it’s a great way to make new friends and meet new people. Look at almost any “Reasons I Love Blogging” post and I guarantee at least one of the points mentioned will be surrounding online friendships or acquaintances they’ve made along the way. If I wrote that post right now, I know that would certainly be one of my top reasons why I love doing what I do. Then there’s the argument of “Are Online Friendships Real?” which I don’t really have to answer because it’s pretty obvious that they are. At least in my experience anyway.
I did not buy into the adult colouring book hype, when it came into fruition a while ago. Of course when I was a kid I would use colouring books, painting by numbers and all sorts of fun, crafty things. But you know, I grew up. Like everyone else. I wasn’t interested in these things anymore. I wanted to listen to music, play video games, go out with my friends. Then I got even older (ugh!) and I had to do college work, find a job and grow up a bit. And now at the tender age of 25 I’m right back to where I started.
I don’t write poetry. I don’t usually “get” poetry and it’s never been one of my favourite creative methods to both write or read. Can I blame it on school? On having that dreaded poetry anthology thrust upon us all in Year 9, in schools all over the country? Possibly. School certainly didn’t make poetry a fun experience; having to dissect every line, every word almost, constant analysis and notations. We were never really allowed to just read it, enjoy it and make of it what we wanted to – if anything.
In case you didn’t notice or didn’t see me tweeting about the fact I was blogging every day in July – I blogged every day in July! Did you hear? I’ve blogged every day in a month once before and that was last October for Blogtober. And afterwards, I vowed I’d never do it again. So naturally, I did it again. This time though, it definitely wasn’t as bad and I definitely think I gained much more from it this time around where I did it of my own accord. Here are some things I’ve learnt and/or noticed from blogging every day in July.
If there’s one thing that I loved when I was younger, especially in school and probably one thing that I spent far too much pocket money on, is stickers. Oh stickers. How I used to love decorating my school books, notebooks even my wardrobe with stickers of dogs cats, ice creams, smiley faces, bees and an array of everything in-between. I think stickers are very nostalgic and our first foray into creativity as youngsters. But now, at the age of 24 and part of the blogging community, I can see that stickers are very much still a “thing” for us oldens and most good stationery brands will stock them in a huge range of designs!
You probably all know Jemma, from Dorkface. Blogger, creator of #TheGirlGang and if you didn’t know, a very talented designer and artist. A good while ago now, Jemma asked around on Twitter for anyone who might want to review some of her stickers that she designs herself and sells and I registered my interest because they’re hella cute. The other day, I woke up to bright pink envelope with a cat and a shooting star on the front and if you follow Jemma on Twitter, you’ll recognise her designs and drawings from anywhere.
This year, I turn 23. I’m very much enjoying my 20’s but can’t help but think about how quickly it’ll be over (translation: I’m having a premature quarter life crisis) and how many things I’d still like to achieve while I’m still young. So.. Lo and behold, my 33 before 33 list. A 10 year bucket list, if you will.
I’ve concocted a list of things I’d like to do and achieve before I’m 33; some are quite unrealistic others, I know I will be doing – I wanted a mixture of things with varying degrees of difficulty and impact.