Why did I start blogging?

Why did I start blogging?

This is a question I asked myself five minutes ago as I stared blankly at the screen of my computer, the curser a throbbing reminder that I had nothing to blog about and probably wouldn’t for a number of days. This lead me to ripping a large amount of pages out of my idea’s book and tearing them to minute pieces not only because I was frustrated, but because they where all completely useless idea’s. This turn of events led me to asking that fateful question, why did I even start this in the first place?

Don’t get me wrong, I love blogging and the community that comes with it, but there are few things more frustrating than writers block, and unfortunately I seem to be encountering an inspiration dry spell. I read other blogs, I brainstorm, I frantically search my mind for vaguely exiting occurrences that may have happened in the recent past, and still nothing.

I suppose to answer my question, I need to journey back to when it all began, the 13th of June 2013. On this fateful day I decided I wanted to become ‘someone’ and the best way to do that was to start a blog. So, I did some research and decided wordpress was a suitable website and made an account in the name of ‘thelonelylion98’. I then introduced myself to the blogging world with a truly terrible post called ‘umm… hi guys?’ which, to this day, has two views, zero likes, and zero comments. I then followed this up with a large number of equally terrible posts, usually only five sentences long, which I put in the category ‘comedy’ even though they where completely unfunny.

It wasn’t until I was nominated for The Leibster Award on the 1st September that I actually started trying with this blog. How I managed to get nominated for an award I will never know but I still owe pretty much any success this blog has to Kattie Kate. Thank you so much for saving me from my awful ‘comedy’ posts all those months ago.  

So, to answer my question, I guess I started blogging because I want to be ‘someone’. Before you say anything, I’m not asking for sympathy. I’m not trying to make out I’m some poor girl ignored by everyone she knows, I just decided it would be nice to try something new and see what happened. If you think about it, everyone wants to be someone, they just go about doing it in a different way. Anyway, whatever the reason was, I’m very glad I started blogging and I certainly won’t be stopping any time in the near future, weather you like it or not.

Thanks for reading!  

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Anonymous blogging; upsides and downsides

I suppose there are two reasons I am an anonymous blogger;

  1. I am still a secondary school student so am being constantly bombarded with assemblies about internet safety. In fact, I had one just yesterday about getting naked on omegal which was accompanied by a video. You can only imagine how that went down in a room full of 15 year olds.
  2. I don’t want my friends and family to read this blog. I suppose, this being a personal blog, anyone who found it would probably spot some similarities between me and this anonymous blogger but this is much less likely to happen if I don’t reveal my name. I guess I don’t want them to read it because I hate people reading my work. I mean, I find it hard to hand essays in to my English teacher, so friends and family finding this blog is essentially one of my worst nightmares.

Anyway, if you hadn’t already guessed by the title, there are upsides and downsides to being an anonymous blogger such as myself. I decided to share these with you partly because they might be useful and partly because I haven’t blogged in 5 days and have no other ideas.

Upsides:

For me, the biggest upside of anonymous blogging is none of my friends and family have to know. I understand that many people write their blog partly to keep up to date with their loved ones but, if you are like me and just want to sit behind a computer screen peering into the personal lives of others and ranting about your day, then anonymous blogging is the way forward.

Secondly, it’s much safer. I know my internet vulnerability has pretty much peaked since I have facebook, twitter and instagram, but I post no where near as much about my personal life on those sights. I can also lock them from strangers (to an extent) but this blog is open for the world to see and, after having internet safety hazards constantly hammered into me for 4 years, that scares me a little bit.

I also don’t have to worry too much about embarrassing things I post because no one knows who I am. I have confessed a number of things on this blog that not many people know about me (99 to be exact) and it would be rather embarrassing if people I actually had to talk to could read about them on the internet.

Finally, teachers won’t find out. There have been a number of people in my year who have started various blogs and youtube/keek channels who have been told by the school to take them down. I mean sure, that’s because the where posting pictures of them in their underwear but I would be very embarrassed if the school asked me to take this down.

(I was also hoping to have an air of mystery surrounding me but I don’t think that’s happened…)

Downsides:

Since this is a personal blog, it’s frustrating not being able to reveal very much about myself. It would be easier if this was a beauty or technology advice blog or something but I really had my heart set on a personal one. They are the ones I most enjoy reading (we’re all stalkers on the inside) and I feel personal blogs can really connect to the reader.

That brings me onto the next point, I can’t connect to readers as well as others because I can’t reveal too much about myself. I always feel that the beauty of persona blogs is the fact you feel as though you are really part of that persons world and they are part of yours. It’s much more difficult to create this effect when you don’t want to reveal your identity.

I can’t post pictures of myself. I don’t mean I have a constant desire to post selfies all over your computer screen, but it would be nice to be able to share photography of holidays or days out. I am forming an idea in my head about posting some of my photography but it can’t be personal or show mine, or my friends and families faces.  

Who knows if I will ever be brave enough to reveal my identity on this blog, but I really hope so. I would love to make this more personal and really share every aspect of my life with you but who knows, lets just see where this magic carpet takes me.

The Sunshine Award

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My day has been made. I’ve been nominated for the sunshine award! I would like to thank Kattie Kate, once again, for this second nomination and for reminding me that the sun is not shining, but behind a giganto raincloud that just deposited its contents on me on the way home from school. Anyway, I’ll get on with the post and make sure you take a look at Kattie’s blog, it’s fab!

The first thing I have to do is nominate 11 bloggers I enjoy reading so, in no particular order

1. The war in my brain

2.  Cara’s cliche

3. Girl on the contrary

4.  Domestic geek girl

5. Finding beauty in spite of myself

6. Iceabel

7. ZooBoo

8. The diary of a curly girl

9. Thoughts appear

10. The accidental cootchie mama

11. A pretty Penny

The Rules:
-You have to post a picture of the Sunshine award in the blog post.
-Post 11 random facts about yourself.
-Answer the 11 questions from the blogger who nominated you.
-Nominate 11 wonderful bloggers.
-Write 11 questions for them to answer
-Let the nominated blogger know you have nominated them

11 facts:

  1. I have done ballet dancing since I was 6.
  2. I have very long, very thick, very curly hair.
  3. I am incredibly flexible. I can put my hands flat on the floor with out bending my knees and put my legs behind my head!
  4. I get obsessed with TV shows and music very very easily!
  5. I can’t wear skinny jeans because I find them so uncomfortable.
  6. I know how to ride horses.
  7. My first word was duck.
  8. My first dream job was a mermaid. No one explained to me that this was a mythical creature not an occupation.
  9. I teach myself tap dancing through youtube tutorials. Unfortunately this has severely scratched the kitchen floor much to the horror of my mother.
  10. Rice pudding makes me throw up.
  11. My due date was Christmas day but I managed to narrowly avoid that by fighting my way out early!

My answers:

1. Do you play an instrument?

I used to play the piano but gave up a few years ago. However, I have been known to be handy with a ukelele.

2. Who is your favourit band/musician?

I am the kind of person who changes their opinion on this daily but at the moment it’s definitely The Wombats. They have been feeding my Indie rock addiction very nicely for the past few months and they are proper genuine musicians.

3. Where is your favorite place to shop?

 Unfortunately for my bank balance, Topshop. I just love the mix of clothes they have in there and they’re always good quality and often made in Britain and… who am I kidding, I just like the designs!

4. If you had to choose one person to be stranded with, who would it be?

Unlike most people, I wouldn’t choose someone famous. I’d probable choose my sister. Although we’d drive each other crazy, she’s the person I am most comfortable with and we make a pretty good team.

5. If you where an animal, what would you be?

A cat. Definitely a cat. I mean what could be better? You still live in a house and can sit by the fire on cold winter evenings but, unlike other pets, have freedom. I know, I’m so imaginative and exotic.

6. If you could marry a celebrity, who would it be?

Since I still haven’t got over my… minor… Louis Tomlinson obsession it would have to be him. Just imagine… Just imagine….

7. What do you do when you are bored?

Blog, listen to music, draw, read, snapchat, wii (so 2011), have a bath, listen to the radio, do some pointe practice (if my feet feel up to it), watch youtube vloggers. I’m bored an awful lot.

8. What inspired you to start blogging?

I guess it was youtube vloggers like danisnotonfire, amazingphil, zoella ect. I’ve wanted to start a youtube channel for a long time but don’t have the confidence so figured a blog would be just as fun and I could stay anonymous! I’m hoping to start up youtube next year… maybe.

9. Would you rather have riches beyond your wildest dreams or a life filled with adventure?

A life filled with adventure. Definitely. Riches would be so unfulfilled and a bit of  adventure is always good!

10. What is the coolest place you’ve ever been?

The top of Rockefeller Center in New York. I went there in the summer and it was incredible. I will never see a view that breathtaking again in my life and I feel lucky to have seen it.

11. What blogs do you enjoy reading?

All the blogs I listed above and Kattie Kate of course!

My questions for you!

  1. Where is the one place you want to visit before you die?
  2. What stops you sleeping at night?
  3. How long have you been blogging for?
  4. Do your friends and family read your blog?
  5. What was the last song you listened to?
  6. Do you have any interesting hobbies?
  7. One fact nearly no one knows about you?
  8. Quick, tell us a joke!
  9. What is on your mind right now? (Wow, I sound like 2012 facebook!)
  10. Whats the view from your bedroom window?
  11. What’s the best book you’ve ever read?

Wow, that took a good hour long chunk out of my homework time! Still it was worth it and I hope I made the day of those I nominated to.

Thanks for reading!

6 procrastination methods and how to combat them

I hate to say it, but procrastination is one of my worst habits. If I have set myself a task for that day, for instance, finish a drawing I have started the day before I would literally rather do anything than that one drawing. I will happily do another drawing, art homework or sometimes. Even. English homework. But, ironically, if I have art homework due the next day I will happily draw anything but what I need to for art.

Anyway, since procrastination is a wide spread problem I have made a list of my top six procrastination methods and how to combat them

1.Watching friends.

I love friends and watch it way to much. I have the box set and have watched every single episode at least three times. See, if I’m doing homework and decide to give myself an undeserved break, I think to myself ‘I’ll just watch one episode… and another… just one more’ and end up watching an entire series. I am out of control.

You can combat this by making sure your TV or DVD is out of your site as if you can see or hear an object it makes the temptation much greater. You can also tell yourself that if you finish whatever your doing you can congratulate yourself by watching whatever it is that’s tempting you.

2. Social media.

A common causer of procrastination. It makes it even worse that my sister made the laptop automatically show facebook and twitter when you open up the internet. This means I find myself mindlessly browsing for hours instead of doing what I am supposed to.

You can combat this by making sure your computer does not show you facebook or alert you when you have a message. If you are being distracted by social media on your phone then either turn it or the alert off. If your phone makes a noise to tell you you have a facebook or text or email then you are much more tempted to check it and it takes the average person 20-40 minutes to regain concentration after checking social media.

3. music.

I tend to listen to music when I do everything, homework, cleaning, even in the shower. With some types of homework I find it useful, it tends to make me concentrate more as I am also enjoying it and not bored out of my mind. However, if I’m writing an essay and I have music on I end up either writing the lyrics down by accident or dancing around my room singing at the top of my voice.

You can combat this by either playing lyricless music or none at all. However, if I have no music on I find myself getting very  bored and restless but hey, everyone’s different.

5. Eating.

This is probably my worst one. The minute I become bored, I trick myself into thinking I’m hungry or thirsty or most of the time, both. I then take the longest time possible to make myself a cup of coffee and grab a biscuit just to avoid doing what I’m meant to. I often end up taking 20 minutes just to make a coffee by being ridiculously precise about the amount of water, coffee and milk, often using scales and measuring jugs in the process.

You can combat this by, just like the TV, hiding all food from your sight. If you can’t see or smell it, you won’t be tempted by it and won’t become hungry. I mean, it’s fine to have a cup of coffee while working just try not to take 20 minutes making it.

6. Blogging.

While trying to work, I will often have a sudden blogging idea and find myself either writing and posting it or scribbling it down in great detain in my english book. However, the minute I realize I haven’t posted in like a week I have no ideas and end up sitting and staring at my computer screen for hours on end with nothing to write.

Anyway, you can combat this by writing down an idea in notes. What I try to do if I have a sudden burst of creativity whilst doing something important is write it down in very vague and quick notes and write and post it when I have the time. This means my idea won’t be forgotten but also won’t interfere with things much more important than blogging.

So there you have it, 6 ways to procrastinate and how to combat them. I hope this maybe helped in some way? Anyway, go do something and stop procrastinating!