I have a confession to make. A confession that will probably destroy any hopes and dreams I have of becoming a successful blogger. But this blog has always been a place for airing my slightly controversial opinions, so here it goes… I don’t believe in the blogging community. In fact, I don’t know if I want to be a blogger at all. /END BOMBSHELL Now before you all burst into tears, don’t worry. This blog isn’t going anywhere. I’ll still be bombarding you with my opinions and words three times a week. I’ll still be Tweeting every thought that comes into my head (#FollowMeOnTwitter). And I’ll definitely still be using the blogger hashtags to shamelessly promote my content, cos a girl’s gotta get dem views. But, if I’m perfectly honest, I think the blogging community is complete bullshit. Not because all bloggers are awful. Not because I haven’t made any…

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If you study an arts degree at university, chances are you’ll have to write a dissertation in your final year. Dissertations range between 5,000 and 15,000 words, and are generally accepted to be the bane of every undergrad’s degree. There are a lot of fancy books in university libraries about how to write a dissertation – but when it’s 2am and you still have 9,000 words to write, those books aren’t too helpful. So today I thought I’d share with you my tips for how to write a dissertation, since I know a lot of my readers are in the middle of writing theirs right now. Full disclaimer: this is based on my own personal experience of writing a dissertation for my History degree at the University of York. Each university and each course have different expectations for dissertations, so this should be treated as a rough guide only. But…

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Today – that is, the 16th February 2017 – is my birthday. Yup, that’s right. Ya gal just turned 22 (cue Taylor Swift music). I’ll be honest with you: there was a time when I didn’t think I would live to see my 22nd birthday. See, my teenage years were difficult. Of course, every person’s teenage years are difficult. Being a teenager is difficult. But my teenage years were full of mental health problems so severe that I genuinely thought I’d be dead by now. Sorry. Things got a bit morbid there. The point is, I survived it. But teenage me didn’t think she would. When I think back to how I felt as a teenager, my heart breaks. If they ever invent time travel, the first thing I’ll do is nip back and give my teenage self a cuddle. Tell her that it’ll be okay. Tell her to stick…

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Today is Valentine’s Day. A day for telling people how much you love them. Whilst traditionally Valentine’s Day focuses on romantic love between partners, I thought it’d be nice to share some extra love today as well. So today I’m going to share with you three bloggers I love. You might already follow them, you might not. Either way, I thought it’d be nice to share the love! Emma of Bluchickenninja Emma, of bluchickenninja.com, was one of the first ever bloggers I started following. I found her blog through the WordPress tags (#oldschool), and have been reading everything she writes ever since. Emma blogs about a range of things, but focuses mainly on books and design (she’s an avid reader and also a graphic design student). Although I’m not in the least bit artistic, Emma’s posts about graphic design, projects she’s done at college, and even how she sets up…

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Contrary to popular belief, most bloggers aren’t blogging full time. Most of us have full time jobs to pay the bills (and will continue to do so until landlords start accepting exposure in lieu of rent). Which means that most of us have to learn to juggle working full time with running our blogs. This can be tricky for a lot of reasons. Firstly, finding the time to stick to a regular posting schedule and work a 9-5 (or whatever kind of job you work) is hard. Secondly, the absolute terror of having your colleagues discover your little corner of the internet is paralysing. At least, it is for some people. For me, I’ve always been unashamedly proud of my blog. In fact, I’m so proud of my blog that it sits happily on my CV, for any future employer to see. Indeed, the only reason I got my first…

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