Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Putting yourself out there...

The hours go by too fast, days off seem to be over in the blink of an eye but the days working seem to go on forever. Wishing our lives away instead of turning those dreams into a reality. I am constantly looking around at people my age who seem to have everything figured out and here I am making sandwiches in a 'glorified' coffee shop. Working long hours to only scrap by each week. What am I missing out on? Did I miss that day where they handed out the
 'grown up guide'.
I am 22 (the WRONG side of 22 I should add) and if I keep it up one day I will wake up and be 40 single, no career, still driving a shit car, going out three times a week only to scrap by until the next week. This post was not initially meant to be a depression session. I realize that I don't have it bad, but I can't but help compare myself to other people i.e my friends and fell like I have failed. There I gave said it. Failure. After three years in college and a lot of money I have a degree that doesn't get me very far. Now like I said this post was not intended to make me sound like a moaning myrtle. And as the quote above would suggest I am making my way to were I want to be.

So on a more POSITIVE note. I have decided to put myself out there realizing that if I want to be a writer I need to get more experience in writing (duh.....). So last month thanks to a friend I got to write a piece for the Galway Independent on my Interrailing experience.

You can read the full piece here.

As well as that I decided to get in contact with a local magazine in my area Sligo Now.  
I thought to hell with it I might as well put myself out there and the worst thing that can happen is that they can say is no? And the best? I can see my name in print. 
After a few weeks of no word I had given up hope but I got an email back from the editor himself who arranged a meeting and low and behold I have an interview piece written for Decembers issue.

Here's to putting yourself out there.
To not being afraid. 
You can fall on your face....
 but then again
you could get exactly what you've always wanted. 


Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Look its my face on a website......


Well better late then never.
But never under estimate the power of social media and a #hashtag . 
I may have only a mere 190 followers ( it tends to fluctuate quite regularly). 
But when I do use social media outlets to promote my posts of my blogs or photo's the hashtags 
#fblogger #bblogger #lblogger #irishblogger 
tend to be splattered all over the place I am sure to the annoyance of anyone having to read it. 

BUT nonetheless that is how you spread the word and last month I was posting more pictures and links and I got contacted by a woman on twitter saying that she was working for Irish website shemazing!

Now I was a little bit sketchy as her twitter account did not seem affiliated with the website but I tweeted her back and said it straight out and she kindly replied through the shemazing! twitter account.

Long story short they do a segment called Beauty Blogger of the Month and every two weeks they feature a beauty blogger. Now I am by now means claiming to be a beauty blogger but I do have an interest in beauty and I wasn't going to pass on an opportunity to showcase off my little blog.  

You can check out the piece here. 

Hashtags may seem like something small but without using them I would not have been able to be featured in the segment. I know this piece is something small and it may not seem like a big deal to a lot of people but it gave me another boost to keep on writing and doing what I love. 

Don't forget the power of a #hashtag