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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In the aftermath of President Trump’s abhorrent Muslim Ban, #DeleteUber trended on Twitter because of Uber’s attempt to profit from the protests at JFK airport. Thousands upon thousands of people expressed their disgust at the taxi company, and vowed never to use them again. A few days later, Uber’s CEO stepped down from the Trump advisory council, proving once again that boycotting things does work. At the same time, the internet went mad over the trailer for the new Beauty and the Beast live action remake, despite the fact that Disney’s CEO is also a member of Trump’s advisory committee. Apparently, people only want to boycott companies with an association with Trump when it suits them. The relationship between art and the artist is an issue that comes up time and time again. Every time Woody Allen gets nominated for an award, Twitter reminds people that he is a sexual…

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Women are better than men. There. I said it. I know, I know. I’m not supposed to say things like that. As a good little feminist I’m supposed to say that I don’t hate men! That I don’t think women are better than men! That I love men and want them at the forefront of my feminism! But that’s not true. That’s not true at all. See, I hate men (well, actually I hate straight, cis, white, rich men – but that doesn’t sound quite as catchy). And, if I’m perfectly honest, I think women are better than men. Do you know why? No woman has never sent me an unsolicited picture of their genitals on the internet. A woman has never cornered me in a club and then called me a bitch because I wouldn’t get off with her. No woman has never told me she wanted to rape…

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