So there I was, having a bit of a de-motivational slump after the initial adrenaline of putting my writing out there for the first time. I was possibly even feeling a bit of sudden fear that maybe I don’t actually have anything to say at all (this is common, yes?) When all of a sudden I get a notification that I’ve been nominated for my very own Very Inspiring Blogger Award by the amazingly talented Andrew James Writer. Thrilled and extremely greatful!
What an excellent way to share the amazing pieces of writing and expression out there! I shall of course abide by the rules which are as follows:
- thank and link to the person who nominated you
- list the rules and display the award
- share 7 facts about yourself
- nominate 15 other blogs you enjoy then comment on their posts to let them know that you have nominated them.
Seven little facts about me:
1. I’m a twenty-something woman from the North of Ireland (Northern Ireland, Ireland, Britannia in the Most Glorious, call it whatever you want – it’s a complex place with amazing coastal areas).
2. I lived in Venice, Italy for a semester during my undergraduate degree. This was one of the best experiences of my life.
3. I recently completed a Masters in Psychology and am particularly interested in infant mental health, child development, social, biological and evolutionary psychology. So, all of it really.
4. I studied History during my undergraduate degree and have a serious fascination with The Tudors. I sometimes get quite sad that I will never be a fly on the wall of a real Tudor banquet or ever meet Anne Boleyn.
5. I played the flute for most of my childhood. I misplaced it, a lot. I still love music and theatre.
6. I love The Sims and have been known to use well-earned, much-needed funds on purchasing lifestyle points for them.
7. The first proper book I ever read was Jane Eyre. I was so proud of myself that I kept feeling the thickness of the book to remind myself how long it was and how good a reader I must be. I still do that when I read a particularly long book. Okay any book.
1. Andrew James Writer – Not just because he nominated me, but because he is a fantastic writer and his blog about Paris is full of fascination and intrigue. I look forward to reading his many critically acclaimed future novels.
2. I Am Begging My Mother Not To Read This Blog – Intelligent, inspiring, hilarious and honest blog, one of the first I followed: “Katherine is a woman in her twenties who lives in Philadelphia. She has a blog about that.”
3. I Am The Milk – Sometimes funny, sometimes deep, always a thought-provoking read about children, family, parenting and life from this blog
4. Binary This – “Everything you always wanted to know about gender but were too afraid to ask”
5. Talkin’ Reckless – “Thoughts on feminism, health, and education”
6. Rebecca Hains – Author of “The Princess Problem”, professor and speaker on children’s media culture. Great pieces on gender identity.
7. I Wanted Wings – “A Geeky Feminist’s Musings on Visual and Pop Culture”.
8. Erin Matson – “Are you ready to dig into modern feminism and the quest for reproductive justice?” …”How do you be a writer? You write. How do make change? You speak up. And that, my friends, is why you should start a blog.”
9. SheRights – “Women’s rights are human rights. When they are abused, disrespected, or ignored, society as a whole is affected”.
10. Genders, bodies, politics – Excellent blog by Dr Alison Phipps discussing sexism, lad culture, and feminism.
11. Went Looking – “See the world, think about it, then act”. Very interesting travel blog.
12. Brotherly Love – “A personal exploration of autism from a brother’s perspective, including family relationships, philosophy, neuroscience, mental health history and ethics”.
13. FP Interrupted – Blog dedicated to “changing the ratio, amplifying female voices, interrupting foreign policy”.
14. The Melissaverse – “On the occasions when this space isn’t devoted to hockey it will probably focus on pop culture, and if it’s not hockey or pop culture it will be something more philosophical. Probably. I guess we’ll find out together.”
15. What an Amazing World! – Really interesting travel blog from an engaging writer. Reminds me that the world really is an amazing place.
I am still really rather new to this WordPress world but these are just some of the great blogs I have seen so far. They have all informed, inspired, educated and entertained me in different ways. If there are any others that people could recommend I would appreciate it.
Thank you once again to Andrew James Writer for the nomination!