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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all my readers and any visitors who happen to stumble onto my humble corner of the world wide web.

Firstly, congratulations on surviving the last day of the world (which was this Friday in case you were THAT non-chalant to not notice). Secondly, for all those who celebrate Christmas (and those who do not) I hope you have a wonderful few days celebrating the holiday season and the end of yet another year.

Normal blogging will resume once the excitement of a day off, Christmas itself and the guilt of my work-load has passed. So let’s say, boxing day.

To put it simply, that is the only reason I have been absent for longer than usual from the brilliant wordpress.com. Sometimes when running you have to slow down in order to finish properly and actually continue the race. I have had to do just that this past week to be able to make it through the past seven days or so and juggle everything on my plate. I have missed blogging and I’ll be back to it within the day (apologies in advance if you have been celebrating my absence!)

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Christmas


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Winter sun

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Yay!! In the very cold month of December as my journalism course intensifies and I start to forget what the sun looks like, the very talented and extremely funny Gemma has nominated me for a blog award: the Sunshine Award.

I am very, very happy to have received a new award that I can add to my lovely little collection on my sidebar. (I am aware that I use the word ‘very’ too often. But I have been up since 5am and it is now 7pm so my brain is slowly starting to die). It’s always a good feeling to receive a comment or a like, to be nominated for an award is like the icing on a very large cake.

Now because Gemma’s blog has been crazy popular in her absence (you should check it out, best thing you’ll do all day!) with awards being thrown at her from all directions of the blogosphere; this award does not, technically, speaking have any rules. Although I’ll be passing on the love with a few nominations of my own and there is a fun little Q+A that I will be answering, it makes talking about yourself so much easier and a lot less awkward when you have questions to answer.

I have four nominations for this award. So, without further ado (please imagine a throat being cleared and a drum roll, maybe a hushed silence too – the kind you get when something exciting is about to happen) here they are.

Planning for Accidents. I have only been following this blog for a little while but I am completely addicted. Linds has a beautiful, simple way of writing that does a lot to move me. The only way I can think to describe it is when you decide to be silent to hear the roar of the ocean and it is only when you’re quiet that you realise how loud and amazing it is. Linds blog is a little like that.

All mussed up. I nominate this blog a lot. Mainly because it is like hugs for your eyes. The writing is like everyday poetry and the pictures combine to create a warm, fuzzy feeling in the pit of your belly. It is just a happy, calming, interesting blog. I always spend the time needed to read and take in every aspect of the post.

The Log Booker. This blog is more like a journal or a diary than most of the other blogs I have visited, read or followed. It’s a great insight into a cool person’s life. If you read nothing else on Gallifrey’s blog, you should read this post about the methods of going through Freshly Pressed. It was quite interesting to read how somebody else does it.

A Gracious Life. One of the nicest bloggers I have virtually met on WordPress. She usually leaves a comment or starts a discussion on my own posts (which I very much appreciate) and her corner of the world wide web is lovely. A personal but practical look into, what seems to be, a wonderful family.

Last, and probably least, are my questions. It’s a nice change from the facts about yourself, I look forward to reading anyone else’s!

1. What is your favourite 80s film and why?

Who framed Roger Rabbit is probably one of the greatest films ever. Nobody can make me think otherwise. It’s the perfect amount of cartoons and humans, and it’s probably the most fun ever to be had in a film when you get to point out all the characters you know in the end shot when everyone is together.

2. If you could live in any fictional world, which one would it be?

I think I would quite like to live in Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland. It would be a fascinating place to stay for a while, although I do think I would go crazy, but if I’m to go crazy Wonderland would probably be the place to be. Oh actually I change my mind. I would live in Neverland with the boy. Now that is one amazing world! Or maybe Narnia – there are so many!!

Okay, I’ve calmed down. My final answer is Neverland. I think. Maybe Narnia actually.

3. A time machine is invented, but a person can only take one trip. Do you go to the past or the future? Why?

This was hard and I treated it a little as if I was going today and this was actually happening (which made this all take a lot longer to write than I had intended). I’ve decided I would travel to the Renaissance period. I would have to be rich however and my gender could not impede me in anyway. The Renaissance period has always fascinated me, it was like the world waking up again to realise how much there was still to discover. That’s exciting stuff to be able to live through, especially if I already knew the importance of what was going on.

4. How did you come up with the title of your blog?

My blog post for a long time was titled Brown Eyes and Green Bees like my URL. This was mainly because I didn’t actually know what I wanted to write about really and although I set out with the intentions of making this a blog about saving etc. I knew that I wouldn’t keep that up. I changed it to Rambles, Rants and Raves when I realised that’s what I was writing about. Technically the name found me, I can receive no credit for it.

5. What is the most important item on your bucket list?

At the risk of sounding too general it is to travel. I honestly feel that if I don’t explore the world and travel for at least a small portion of my life, then I will not be satisfied. I also want to own a dog. I know that sounds like a very small thing to be on a bucket list but it has to happen. Having it on there just means I’ve promised it to myself.

6. All’s fair in love and war. True or false? 

False. Although the cliche may seem cute I think it’s just an excuse. If all was fair in love and war, there would be hardly any injustice in the world since many things are either born out of love or war.

7. What is your go-to karaoke (or shower) song?

My shower song is completely dependent on my mood. My karaoke song is probably Whitney Houston’s I will always love you. I sing it so badly, I could break glass. It is so bad, that it is in fact, good. But you’ll only be able to take my word for that.

8. Which sense could you live without?

I would say smell. Mainly because off the top of my head, I’m thinking of more bad smells than good. Saying that, my life would be a little sadder not being able to never smell cut grass, the air after rain or my mum’s cooking.

9. Would you rather be loved because you are needed or needed because you are loved?

Easy one for me this one: needed because I am loved.

10. What do you really think of these blogging awards?

I think they’re brilliant. It’s a great way of expanding blogging circles and being told about new blogs, that’s the main reason I like to take part. It is also a massive happiness boost when someone takes the time to tell you, they’ve given you an award. If I can give someone else even a third of the happiness I get from receiving one, then that’s pretty good going.

11. Where were you on your eleventh birthday?

I couldn’t remember but I asked my mum and apparently I was having a birthday party at McDonalds which was amazing. My 11-year-old self was so happy that I, along with my sister and best friend at the time, apparently walked there consistently singing Disney tunes with my mum.


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A blogger award

Since I started blogging regularly on WordPress, I have virtually met some brilliant bloggers, been introduced to some great blogs, received a couple of blog awards from said bloggers and been Freshly Pressed. It’s been an amazing experience and WordPress seems to be full of inspiring, funny, talented and touching people.

One of these brilliant bloggers is Gallifrey whose blog, The Log Booker, you can read here. Gallifrey has awarded me my third blog award, The Very Inspiring Blog award, which I am very happy and humbled to accept!

Like all of these blog awards, the rules are simple:

– Thank the blogger who nominated you.

– Place the award on your site.

– Share 7 things about yourself.

– Nominate 15 blogs. Let them know they’re nominated and how to accept the award.

So here I go, sharing the love!

A big thank you to Gallifrey for not only being a brilliant supporter of my blog but for your brilliant writing on your blog (love the theme by the way).

At the risk of putting too many images on this post, here’s what the award looks like (I assume that’s what number 2 is trying to say). Drum roll please…

Ta-dah!

7 things about me. This is difficult because a) I’m not very interesting and b) I don’t like talking about myself. Forgive me if I don’t manage seven things.

  1. I am currently reading I Capture the Castle and am enjoying it so much I’m reading it slowly. I am a bookworm and this never happens but it feels like a book that should be read slowly.
  2. I have a phobia of spiders that is becoming worse, the older I become. Just last week I cried for so long after having a spider crawl towards me that I woke up in the morning unable to open my eyes.
  3. I am still crazy in love with my first love.
  4. I like to think I am at the dancing level of Beyonce and singing level of Adele. It’s the one thing I am happy to lie to myself about.
  5. Cheesecake is probably the best dessert in the world and I can eat one cheesecake made for eight people in one sitting, on my own.

Couldn’t manage seven. Sorry blogging gods.

Finally, the real fun bit: nominations. I have been trying to find a YouTube video saying: “and the nominees are” but can’t find a suitable one. This is in no way a reflection on my YouTube researching abilities, it is totally the lack of “and the nominees are” YouTube videos.

  1. Remain Insane: It is one of the first blogs I followed and one of the first bloggers I got to chat with properly. Her posts are hilarious and she always makes my day that little bit brighter.
  2. An Afternoon With: This blog is absolutely amazing. If like me, you love to look around people’s houses then this is perfect for you. The photography is amazing and the people’s homes that are photographed are inspiring.
  3. Bucket List Publications: Well, Lesley Carter is just incredible. I want her life and she is living proof that you can do as much as you want if you just set it as a goal. So motivating.
  4. Sengel Publishing: This blog belongs to a friend of mine who happens to be a brilliant writer. His blog is thought provoking, edgy and funny. A really good read.
  5. Attempted Amusement: Still a fairly new blog but probably one of the funniest I have ever read. I should warn anyone that reads it that if you do so in public, you will laugh out loud and look an idiot. You’ve been warned.
  6. Wckd Words: This is a spoof on the 50 shades series, it’s a redneck version. I don’t think I need to further elaborate on how brilliant this is.
  7. All Mussed Up: Her blog is just, quite simply, beautiful. The pictures and the writing are poetry and it does transport you to lovely place on the world wide web.
  8. Girl Lost in the City: Awesome modern blog with cool images and brilliant text. It’s clever and colourful and always a good read. If I was refined and more eloquent, I would hope to be similar to this.
  9. Pretty Bored: Written by an epically hilarious model with a sharp tongue. I only wish she could be blogging consistently. As in ALWAYS.
  10. Canadian Hiking Photography: The most incredible and inspiring photos ever. I check this blog regularly with great envy and a load of awe. I have added several new places to my ‘must travel to’ list, thanks to his photos.
  11. A Girl with Questions: I LOVE THIS BLOG! Her questions are the type of questions that I’m always asking. She writes well and intelligently and always puts a good argument on the metaphorical table.
  12. Moore with Madi: A fellow budding journalist and a blog I have only been following recently. My loss. She write really well, very clearly and I always enjoy what is posted on this lovely corner of the world wide web.

This took a lot longer than I expected. Now to tell all these lovely people the great news. Thank you again Gallifrey!


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The curse of the 100th post

This is my 100th post.

Please pause now for an appropriately joyful dance, maybe a little whooping.

I should have made a cake to celebrate this whole 100 posts achievement. Definitely not overkill.

As with most significant things, they always cause a pause for reflection. However, I spent most of last week in excruciating pain because a stupid nerve in my stupid back decided to become trapped between two stupid bones. I walked with a hunch for a little while feeling like Quasimodo with a limp and had to sleep like a vampire. I need to forget about it and so that means no reminiscing or anything like that. Anyway, this blog is not old enough for such a thing to occur.

Instead I have been racking my brains for days (because I knew this was coming) to think of something good to write. This is not usually how I blog. Normally, something pops into my head and I think “hey, I’d like to write something about that.” I then may or may not read into it depending on two things: how much I know about said topic and if said topic is supposed to be informative or not and if it’s personal to me obviously. That’s three things but the personal reason is so obvious it doesn’t count. I mean no one researches their own life.

Then I came to the sorry conclusion that due to my incredibly high expectations of a wonderfully amazing 100th post, think HRH Queen Elizabeth II’s jubilee celebrations this year, I was doomed. Doomed to write a post I wouldn’t like and if I don’t like what I write, it’s not posted. So I’m stuck. Either I quit now while I’m ahead: 99 posts is a pretty good run or write a 100th post that makes me want to punch myself in the face.

I’ll tell you what I am excited about though. Getting that little congratulatory badge that wordpress do now when you hit a ‘target’ that they made up for you. Oh and feeling a sense of accomplishment  that I’ve been able to keep my lovely little space on the internet going.

So here’s to my 100th post (that actually has no real purpose) and to at least another 100 meaningful/entertaining/informative posts to come!


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Freshly Pressed!!

Ever had an email that made you cry with happiness? I’ve had three in my life. I can’t remember what the other two were but I remember the tears. For some reason, too much happiness too quickly results in me crying and my face going red. I usually resemble some fairytale creature that has just crawled out of a swamp. My third email that caused happy tears to spill from my eyes I received on Saturday. It was sent to me by the kind people of wordpress.com stating that I was to be Freshly Pressed and that my post will be appearing in the next day or two!

HOORAY!!!

(Sadly there was no picture that I could find or take that sufficiently expressed my happiness or the level of celebration that I have had in my head since I got the email).

I am very happy and very honoured to be have a post be Freshly Pressed. To be honest, knowing that just one person reads a post of mine makes me so happy I could explode. If I was a cartoon character I probably would. So, as my way of saying thank you to wordpress.com, my lovely readers and anyone else that has stumbled into my little corner of the world wide web is by showing you this video.

It’s hilarious. If you haven’t seen it already: no need to thank me, you are most welcome and I hope it makes you laugh as much as it made me. If you’ve seen it already: no need to thank me, you are most welcome for having me remind you such comedy exists. This post is pure joy and I think this video embodies that well. Enjoy.


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Self Promotion

I have been running this blog for a little while, and before this one I had another which I decided to leave in bid of a fresh start. I don’t get as many viewers as I’d like but that’s entirely through my own fault. Self promotion is completely necessary if you’re going to be able to get the recognition you want, especially  in a medium such as the blogging world which is so vast I’m pretty sure it would take at least three human lives to at least look through half of them.

The topic of self promotion has been something the boy has been hassling me about for about the same amount of time as when he started reading my blog but I’ve always been reluctant. Then today, a short visit to Facebook during my lunch break from revising found me looking at a status of a friend who had started her own blog. Naturally I clicked the link she had posted and read her post. It was good and I realised I would never have bothered searching for a blog like that had I not seen her self promotion.

It’s a great tool to get the ball rolling when it comes to hits, but self promotion is a fantastic tool in everyday life – if used with balance and truth. Self promotion in interviews and job applications could see you cinching an important step up the career ladder (also known to students as the work experience ladder). As long as you’re not arrogant and there’s some truth in your claims of being absolutely fantastic (at least a little truth, which I’m sure there is) then self promotion is great, well founded and a brilliant tool to show that you’re confident and capable.

In the real world I don’t have a big problem with self promotion. I’ll do it when necessary and if it will benefit me and is necessary for e to do better than whatever it is I’m currently doing. However, self promotion in the blogging world seems to leave my palms sweaty and my heart beating that little bit faster.

Since I first began blogging a few years ago, I have never been able to promote myself or the things I am writing. I have no real idea why I can’t either. This is my way of putting a few thoughts into the blogging world and maybe, hopefully, getting a response. It’s almost cathartic in that I feel like I am still talking to someone and yet, for all I know, no one is reading it. But that’s okay, I started using wordpress more for myself than anyone else (although I do like checking those stats pages!) Yet getting even a few hits on my blog always gives me a buzz, I do want readers. If I didn’t, I’d write a diary not a blog.

Self promotion would be a sure fire way of ensuring that I would get at least a couple more hits and yet when it comes to typing browneyesandgreenbees.wordpress.com on my Facebook page and ‘writing check it out, tell me what you think!’ I just can’t. I freeze.

I don’t even think some of my closest friends know that I have a blog, or if they do, they wouldn’t know how to find it because they don’t know what it’s called. I’m pretty sure it’s an insecurity that I’ve suppressed and only resurfaces when I’m pressured by the boy into promoting myself (still haven’t cracked though…) The thing is, someone else promoting me is fine, I can handle that but doing it myself seems, I don’t know. I think my writing still needs a lot of work, my posts need to be tighter and more entertaining (be it in an intellectual, superficial or humorous way) and I just need to be better before I can take responsibility for unleashing my blog on the world through self promotion.

Until then I’ll be thankful for my handful of lovely followers and those that seem to check it everyday (including my sister). One day, after a few shots of tequila and a mouthful of cheesecake I will push that Post button on Facebook and I will self promote! I may have to give myself a deadline to really commit to this whole online self promotion thing though…

Funny considering one of my student jobs is media and marketing.