20 Facts About the Blogger

Over the last couple of days there's been a trend on Instagram of stories featuring a couple of facts about bloggers, I have no idea where this began but if you do please let me know so that I can appropriately credit them here.

As it's been a boatload of fun to read everyone's facts and learn a bit more about the people I see on my timelines everyday, I thought I'd boost these 5 facts on stories to 20 facts in a bit more of a permanent place.

1) I'm the youngest of 3 siblings, my two sisters are 11 and 12 years older than I am.

2) I've never broken a bone, though I once bruised the bone in my wrist by tripping over in heelies. I was 13. Far too old for heelies.

3) I've had a total of 10 housemates in my time, due to uni and house sharing in London. 10 is a whole lot of people to live with over a few years. I've had some fucking awful ones.

4) I spent a month travelling around Japan right before my final University exams, which meant that I was writing coursework on the bullet trains between cities.

5) I have a degree in law, a career path I don't think I'll actually ever end up going down.

6) I always studied very academic subjects despite deep down wanting to study things more creative. My jobs since leaving education have all relied on creativity, I don't think I'll be going back to academia anytime soon.

7) I identify as bisexual. I've got a post in the works on this, though it's a topic I don't really discuss that much. I always knew growing up that I didn't feel 'straight', leading to a lot of confusion during my teens until I just accepted that I'm attracted to what I'm attracted to at around age 18.

8) When I was 21 I quit my only job to go to V Festival all so I could see Sia perform live. I knew I wouldn't be able to get the time off work and absolutely hated the job so just threw the towel in and got in the car to head to V. That same day I watched Bastille perform, a band I knew little about bar their big hits, and then fell completely in love with their music. I've seen them 9 times since then.

9) I really dislike cooking so only make anything that's quick, easy and cheap. Sounds like a description of me.

10) My absolute worst habit is biting my nails, I've been trying to stop for years but always fail. Currently I'm trying to incentivise myself with a record if I don't bite my nails for a week. It's not working yet.

11) Cereal is my favourite food, specifically an off brand Krave called Chocolatey Checkers that don't exist anymore. I contacted the brand multiple times to find out if they'll ever bring it back, it's a solid no.

12) I aim to visit 25 countries by the age of 25. As of right now I'm at 18 with the vast majority being in Europe, I'm hoping to expand this to South American and Oceanian countries in the 2 1/2 years I have until I hit 25.

13) I took up archery for a while because I really admired Katniss Everdeen. I was mediocre.

14) When watching TV shows and films, I get very invested in them and must know everything about the world, the behind the scenes, the character's backstories and motivations, the source material, etc. Watching Game of Thrones ended with me intensely studying theories night after night for months after finishing the books (which also took months to get through)

15) My poison of choice is whisky/whiskey. This all came about because I watched Mad Men, in which every person bloody drinks whiskey all the live long day. Turns out I actually really do like it.

16) I love anime, I spent my teens watching series after series and collecting all of the merchandise. I still love anime as a form of storytelling, though I began to enjoy watching more western series so that I could discuss it and theorise with my friends in real life, rather than discussing it with small English speaking communities online. I still watch anime, though I struggle to find the time these days. My favourite series, that everyone should watch, is Puella Magi Madoka Magica and my favourite animation studio is SHAFT.

17) Glass Animals are one of my favourite bands, I watched their Glasto set as BBC iPlayer put it on straight after Lorde's. Immediately I knew that I was going to be head over heels for their music. I forgot about them until a few weeks later I saw Dave (frontman) in a bar I was in with a friend but couldn't place him. Later I put their music on during the bus ride home and haven't stop listening to them since.

18) I love to run, even though I'm shit at it. I have a knee injury which flares up almost every time I road run or run 5km or more, meaning that I barely go as much as I used to.

19) A huge percentage of my friends I met online. I find it strange looking back at it now, that some of the people I consider extremely important in my life now I met through a mutual love of Pokemon in our early teens!

20) Once John Stamos changed his Twitter bio to a Mean Girls reference because of my tweet. This is my true legacy.

I tag 12 blogging buddies I'd like to know more about:

+ everyone else because I want to know more about my friends. That sounded almost nice, that's not on brand for me.

What it's like to work from home

Working from home. It's not like how Fifth Harmony said it would be.

Here are 10 thoughts I've jotted down in my first few weeks of working from home after working in an office 9-5 everyday.

I know, a listicle. What is this, Buzzfeed in 2014? Well that's exactly what I base each and every decision in my life off of.

1) Getting up in the morning is an absolute Brandon Flowers (read: a Killer)

2) Not leaving the house for days on end sounds ideal when you're commuting on a cramped train at 8am, when it's your fifth day in the house, the outside world feels like fiction.

3) But being able to watch Netflix on your lunch break is revolutionary.

4) Being your own boss can be hard, if you're not sat at your desk by 9am, you're the only one who's gonna be pissed off about it, because you'll have to work harder and later.

5) Joggers and pajama pants are the real MVP. I treated myself to a pair of Adidas joggers on Black Friday and I think I've worn them so much that they can be legally considered a part of my body.

6) It's lonely! You see a good tweet and the only way to share it is via social media, you can't laugh in person with anyone! Your laughter is solitary! Copyright that before Next start selling a print for your bedroom saying 'laughter is solitary'

7) Snacking is the enemy. I won't say that I ate an entire packet of Bourbons whilst at my laptop the other day, but I WILL say that chocolate biscuit crumbs do really get stuck in your keyboard.

8) Your surroundings get so repetitive, though that's the same in any job that I've worked. Whether it's in an office, or retail, or whatever, spending a lot of time in one place can be a bit numbing.

9) After work drinks were a bit of a perk that I do miss, but I can have after work drinks alone in the bath now, and I think that's the winner.

10) There's no one to judge you for being completely gross, not showering and working from bed whilst chugging coffee like no tomorrow. Bliss.

To my fellow workers from home, may the force be with you! With all of you who have to go to a physical place of work everyday, may the force be with you. We all need it in the working life.

If you have any tips on working from home or just any advice on freelancing, it would all be much appreciated!


Welcome to INTERVIEWED, a series of chats and discussions with creators of all kinds.

Today we're joined by a Pokémon maestro known for his Pokémon themes project, Pokémon Reorchestrated! Braxton Burks joins us to discuss how he does exactly what he does, ahead of the release of Pokémon Reorchestrated's latest album, Johto Legends.

D: Tell us a bit about yourself + what do you do as an 'online creator'.

B: Well, hey! I'm a composer and arranger from Seattle, Washington, USA. When I'm not writing music for media, I'm probably binge-watching anime or catching up on my ever-increasing backlog of video games.

Online, most folks associate me with a fan music project called 'Pokémon Reorchestrated,' which I created in 2011 to share orchestrated versions of my favorite Pokémon game themes. The response to my debut album Kanto Symphony (a tribute to Pokémon Red and Blue) was beyond anything I imagined, and eventually led to me releasing more than 3 fully-licensed Pokémon albums, two of which landed on the Billboard charts (!!!).

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Tervetuloa Suomeen! - WELCOME TO FINLAND!

A sometimes Scandinavian, once-upon-a-time Russian and extremely cold country based in Northern Europe. 

Whether you want a city break, a delve into a sauna (pronounced 'soww-na') or want to drink a lot of coffee (that's me), Finland's capital Helsinki is for you.

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Welcome to INTERVIEWED, a series of chats and discussions with creators of all kinds!

Today we're joined by a man with an eye for household D.I.Y, Iwan A.K.A. Mr Carrington!

D: What do you do as an online creator?

I: On my blog do men's fashion, lifestyle and travel, along with anything else that I think might be interesting to people. I like to mix things up and keep it creative so there are no rules with me. If something has inspired me I'll try to share it. I also have a YouTube Channel where I've ended up doing mostly 'house' stuff. I'll do anything from full room makeovers & DIY tutorials, to advice on moving house. I'm really passionate about property and interiors and I love sharing tips and techniques that can help and inspire other people in their own homes. All of my camera equipment is covered in paint splatters as a result though!

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It's time for the final installment of Music of the Month 2017! Will this series be continuing into 2018? I haven't decided on that yet, so we'll find out.

This series has been a completely fun way of forcing myself to give new tracks time, to discover new artists and to challenge myself to review a song in a couple of sentences.

Enough about that, let's get into the best music of December!

Here's November's if you missed it.

I Know You - Acoustic - Craig David + Bastille

Taking a production laden track with a focus on it's twist on the conventional 'drop' and turning it into an acoustic isn't an easy task. Somehow Craig David and Bastille have pulled it off by slowing down their vocals, relaxing it all and changing the entire tune of the song, yet they still absolutely crush it.

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Goodbye 2017!

2017 is coming to a close, here we are on the last day of the year. You BET I can't fucking wait to make a joke about not having showered since last year, though I shower so infrequently I could make that joke now and mean 2016.

Last year I wrote a bit of a similar spiel to cover my year, to have a long ass list of what I did that year forever. It's nothing of any quality, but it's a nice thing to have to look back at.

January. I opened this year by standing at Point Hill in Greenwich overlooking central London and the famous London NYE fireworks. They looked kinda tiny from that far away, London is a giant ass place. Amy and I went back to my new house, drank some prosecco and fell asleep at like 2am, it was clearly quite wild. A few days later I started my new job, as a social media and website intern (later becoming assistant) for a charity based in East London. I was all alone in this big city living with people I didn't know then, but who went on to become like family to me. The rest of January was spent finding my feet in this new city I lived in. And at a conference in Morecambe, where it promptly pissed down. Whilst there I met and befriended so many people who are big parts of my life now, and also met Laura who I already knew through the wonderful world of Twitter, despite the two of us having 0 clue we were on the same internship scheme. Wild. The most important part of January was going to the Tate Modern for the first time. My favourite gallery, my favourite spot to have a coffee and take in the London skyline. I miss that place already.

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Welcome to INTERVIEWED, a series of chats and discussions with creators of all kinds. 

Today we're joined by photographer extrodonaire, Kaye of Fordtography, if you're a follow a lot of bloggers online, you'll have 100% seen some of her amazing work!

D: What is it you do online?

K: I really don’t know haha I blog some stuff and take some photos and self

market on social media. So I guess what I do online is show the world what I
create with my camera!
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Top 10 Albums of 2017

Another year in music is over. Last year I recounted my top 10 albums of the year, and it's time to do it all over again. This year's list was very tough, it's been an absolutely amazing year for all genres of music, so many artists have released such mind blowing pieces of work! Here are the 10 I've chosen as the best of the best.

This year I tried not to simply focus on my 10 favourites, but on 10 that I truly believe are the best, whether this is overall, or means a complete album with 0 filler, or an album that's defining it's genre, these are all something special.

Lorde - Melodrama
Top Track: 'Homemade Dynamite' 

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My Year in Music

The end of the year is nigh, and that means only one thing, Spotify's 2017 Wrapped has arrived! It's time to look back at a year of music and what we've wrapped our ears around over the last 12 months.

I love these stats and document them every year, here's 2015's and 2016's if you're interested!

Top 5 Artists

1) Bastille (Last year: 1)

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