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What Is Blogging Even For, Anyway?

What Is Blogging Even For, Anyway?

I’ve been finding myself in a weird space with regard to blogging recently. My posts have become more and more infrequent over time, and while part of that is that I’m easily distracted and frequently lose track of my ideas before I have a chance to put fingers to keys, it’s also because my relationship with social media has been undergoing a metamorphosis of sorts. I live on the internet, to an extent that’s probably somewhat unhealthy. I’ve become uncomfortably…

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YouTube Won’t Pay Me Anymore

YouTube Won’t Pay Me Anymore

As a blogger, I’m basically a bus: I’ll go weeks without posting and then I’ll post two days in a row. But I was prompted to write another post because I received an email today from YouTube, telling me that they’re bringing in a new policy and under the terms of it, my account will no longer qualify for monetisation. Not only would I need 1,000 subscribers (I currently have 522), but I’d also need 4,000+ hours of watchtime each year,…

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The (Potential) Return Of The Vlogger

The (Potential) Return Of The Vlogger

I haven’t uploaded a vlog since I tried about my ‘Medievalist Miriam‘ idea in May or June of last year. I wanted to. I filmed a couple, including a room tour of my college room this year because those have been popular in the past, mainly around Newnham applicants and offer-holders who wanted to know more about the college. (Which is precisely why I started making uni videos in the first place — my Insider Cam series was something I…

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Medievalist Miriam

Medievalist Miriam

And the internet said to Miriam, “Tell me the story of the Destruction of Da Derga’s Hostel in a way I’ve never heard it before.” And Miriam said, “Not difficult that, since you’ve never heard it at all. But is this the day for such a story?” The internet replied, “Yes.” “As in today?” The internet looked at Miriam and said, “It would be a poor poet who could not tell us the story of Da Derga’s Hostel.” “Yes, but…

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Tumblr Likes It

Tumblr Likes It

I have a band. We started out as a trock band, but the first few songs I wrote were about Torchwood, so we decided to branch out. Then I saw Sherlock and realised that I needed to write songs about it and I didn’t want to have a separate band and the others agreed. And basically we ended up becoming  band who write songs about things that Tumblr likes. We’re called Forever Reblogging and we haven’t yet had a rehearsal…

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I’m From The Internet

I’m From The Internet

I pride myself of having read every single xkcd comic that has been drawn to this day, mostly when I was ill and nothing else to do. I’ll admit that quite a few of them I don’t get (too much advanced physics for me!) and some of them are rather rude, but the others… well, it’s impossible to choose a favourite. However, if I did have to, I’m rather fond of the ‘Online Communities’ ones. Here’s the first of them (with the original…

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Books You Should Read

Books You Should Read

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PY70J80HRVM

A few of my favourite books (click through to YouTube and read the description for a list of those that I should have included here) at this moment in time, and books you should read.

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Help Me Decrease World-Suck

Help Me Decrease World-Suck

Dearest blog readers, and anyone else who has misguidedly ended up here, I come here today with a plea not on my behalf, but on behalf of the charity I have chosen to support – Stop the Traffik. I am vehemently anti-trafficking, especially since slavery is thought by so many people to have been wiped out. They are WRONG! And so for this year’s Project for Awesome, I made a video about Stop the Traffik. Please watch, ‘like’, comment on…

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A Thick Skin

A Thick Skin

It takes courage to have internet presence. It takes courage to keep a blog, and to pour your thoughts and your feelings into a post and then click ‘publish’ without knowing exactly who will read it. It takes courage to make a video when you’re feeling insecure about yourself and to upload it to YouTube without knowing whether you’ll become the victim of harsh criticism about your ideas, your appearance, or your editing skills. It takes courage to go onto…

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How The Internet Made Nerds Cool

How The Internet Made Nerds Cool

There was a time when being the sort of person who wore glasses, had braces, liked books and/or did well in school made you a target for bullying. I think, among younger people, this is still the case. I know that at primary school I was constantly being called a ‘bodrick’ (however that’s really spelt) because I was clever. But for the older ones, who spend their time on internet and watching YouTube videos, it’s ceased to be an insult….

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