Thursday, 19 October 2017

Why is blogging so hard?

Why is blogging so hard?

Is a question I ask myself, every time I take a break from blogging. I have had my blog for around four years now, and since it's conception, I haven't managed any sense of consistency with posting. I've made a lot of attempts, and failed spectacularly each time. I've considered closing my blog altogether many times, but somehow, I have never managed to take that step. Each time I've returned, I've invested in my blog, via its own domain or a makeover for example, convinced that by investing "real money" I will have to staying interested this time! but nothing seems to keep me hooked. (As a side note, this has never worked with mindfulness apps, slimming world, gym memberships etc, but somehow I keep using this technique...).

"We were on a break!" - Does taking a break always mean it's time to break up?

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Brilliant Podcasts! #1

Hello poppets,

Podcasts are one thing that I have never been able to get into, until I started working from home. They really cut down on the isolation I can sometimes feel from being home alone all day.

I don't know a lot of people who listen to podcasts, so it has been tricky finding ones I might like. The itunes have a weird way of promoting podcasts (I believe it's down to how many people leave a rating, which sucks!) so I have done a lot of my own research, and I'm trying new ones pretty regularly so I thought I would share the ace ones I find with you lovely lot! Just in case any of you are in the same position!

Heads up, as in life, I like my podcasts with feminism, diversity and preferably women, so if that's not your jam then my recommendations are probably not for you!

Another Round

The first podcast I've recently became a massive fan of is Another Round. Another Round features two amazing black women talking about life and doing interviews with amazing guests such as Janet Mock, Amanda Nyugen and Jordan Peele.

These fantastic women will having you literally laughing out loud, while opening your eyes to some really awful shit going on in the world, and how you can do better!

The episodes are all brilliant but my personal favourite (so far) is probably the one featuring Janet Mock's interview.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

The Best Books I Read in 2016!

Hello poppets,

I know it's March so it seems wild to be talking about my favourite books in 2016! Please forgive me for my tardiness to the party; I've had a busy few months, and I still really freaking want to talk about books!

2016 was a pretty good reading year for me, I read 154 books and I made an effort to try lots of different kinds of books. I actually became a fan of short stories and science fiction, much to my surprise.

I also made an effort to read more diverse fiction, but I did not read as diversely as I wanted to, so that's the aim for 2017! Especially with all that is going on in the world.

I wanted to make an effort to narrow this down to the absolute best books I read. For a book to be the best in my eyes it has to be three things; thought-provoking, engaging and well-written. It's hard to believe how many books do not tick those three boxes!

In no particular order, the best books of 2016 are;

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet is about a spaceship manned by a variety of different species who are on a long journey through space (hence the title!). The book is character driven rather than plot focused, which is interesting for a science fiction tale. One of the most interesting things about this book, is the relationships between aliens is far more believable than most fiction written about human beings!

I would highly recommend this for anyone who enjoys character driven stories, and it's a great gateway for anyone who would like to get into science fiction. Don't swear it off, there's honestly amazing science fiction out there!