Monday, 15 December 2014

Of Note: 8 Great Online Reads

I think Bloglovin’ is my happy place. After finally logging in again on my shiny new Macbook, (six months + no laptop = one unhappy Rachel) I’m not sure how I ever lived without it for a week, let alone half a year! I’ve discovered and rediscovered so many beautiful blogs over the past month or so that I'm never short on great posts to read. Here's a roundup of my favourite online reads, recently:

Jenny Purr | ‘Four Excuses We Need To Stop Making to Ourselves’

If you don't already follow Jenny's blog, do it. Do it now. Her whole blog is wonderful, but my favourite of her recent posts is all about the excuses we make to ourselves and why they're so detrimental and can end up holding us back. It’s a real thinker, and a bit of a wake up call for me personally. The last point was an important one for me to hear, I think. While you're there, check out her thoughts things we should stop apologising for - another great one.

Hello October | 'Stop It, Stop It, Stop It - Body Bashing'

Since I first heard the (now famously) offensive, ignorant and hypocritical lyrics to Meghan Trainor's skinny-shaming - and, dare I, annoying - single, All About That Bass, I've not been able to get the issue of body bashing off my mind. Suzie over at Hello October nicely summed up my feelings on the song and more in this post last week.

Into The Gloss | What's In A Compliment?

Trace writes beautifully about the impact a remark or a compliment can have on you, no matter how minuscule in significance their words may seem to everyone else. As someone who has always, much to my detriment, noticed the subtle, the subtext and the semantics, this idea is definitely applicable to me. Compliments, even the little, seemingly trivial or superficial ones, can make all the difference.

Girl Lost in the City | The Joy Of Missing Out

The Joy Of Missing Out. JOMO, not FOMO. Because it takes guts to miss out, sometimes, and because the world (probably) won't end if you don't go to every party. Emma explains this nicely, and you should follow her; she's great.

Wannabee Barrister | Sex Sells: Let It.

A good, feminist view of the recently enforced Audiovisual Media Services Regulations 2014, which ban a number of acts in the UK porn industry, Milly says what I wanted to say, better than I would have been able to say it. Read this.

Superlatively Rude | Why I Write & Scarphelia | The Power of Reading and the Human Wordsmith

Since I started my job back in July, I've re-discovered my love of words and writing, and reading Laura and Katie talk about why they write (and read) was an eye-opener for me, too.

Gingerbread Buttons | The Problem with Zoella's "Girl Online"

A necessary criticism of Girl Online from someone who actually read it, front to back, Libby explains why the problems with Zoella's bestselling book go far, far beyond last week's ghostwritergate. In fact, Zoe's (or whoever's...) portrayal of anxiety in particular is downright dangerous. This article is a must-read.

What have you been reading lately? Any recommendations?

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  1. Oy, six months without a laptop?! I wouldnt be too thrilled either. And woot, I now have a bunch of new sites to waste an hour or two in ;) Thanks for the roundup!

    xo marlen
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    1. It was a trial. I honestly don't know how I did it! There's some great reads here, hope you enjoy them as much as I did, Marlen :) x


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