Follow me to greener pastures

This is a letter to my loyal followers. I started this blog four years ago, and I didn’t really expect much from it. It was a personal blog, that allowed me to vent all my excess creativity, and while I did promote it across my social media platforms, I really didn’t set myself any goals. I didn’t blog by a regular schedule, sometimes months went by without a blog post, and there was no real structure to it.

And yet somehow, over the past four years, I have garnered 24,600 views, over 50 loyal blog followers and countless other likes, comments and general engagement. I’ve enjoyed it immensely, even though it really was just for my own personal use. Then again, my ego did like the positive engagement I received from the blogging community, which brings me on to the most important part of this post.

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About a month ago, I decided to start a blog with my sister, Claire. Three weeks ago, we put that plan into action, and two weeks ago today, we put it live. In just 14 days, it has already had nearly 2,000 views. I’m so excited about this venture, not just because it’s a new project, but because it’s a creative collaboration with my sister, who I love and admire dearly, and am inspired by daily.

While my real-life friends and social media pals will know about our new blog already, it occurred to me today, that I have a surprising amount of blog followers who, for whatever joyful reason, enjoyed following my antics here on To My Write. In which case, I decided to tell you all about my new blog, Life Style Smile. I’m positive you’ll find this one even more enjoyable, as it’s much more regular, consistent, and focused. We’ll have some beauty, fashion, books, health, TV and some other funny stuff we like, try and do. Not to mention you get to meet my gorgeous sister, Claire.

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I’m certainly not saying goodbye to To My Write, but for now, I need to focus my attention and Life Style Smile and I’d love if you would join me. Do leave us comments, share our posts if you like them and let us know what you think. I’d love to see some of my followers from this modest blog come over and follow my new adventure with my sister.

You can check out Life Style Smile here.

We’re also on Facebook: Life Style Smile Facebook

And Twitter:  

Did I mention Instagram?  Instagram

If you’re really nosy, you can always add me on Snapchat. I don’t mind.

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BREAKING NEWS: Not all news is hard news

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News is “all kinds of everything”…sorry…I’ll leave now.

I have recently opened up my mind to the idea that I should really feign a mild interest in major sporting events. Why? Because I am a journalist. I may not want to be a sports journalist but I now realise it’s just as embarrassing not knowing who’s in the All-Ireland Final as it is to admit that you didn’t know there was going to be a bus strike and it’s also embarrassing to admit you didn’t know the Royal Baby was born. (Don’t worry, I knew all of those things when necessary).

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Carlsberg don’t do adverts…oh wait…

Ads are great. They stir up so many emotions in us. Aside from the obvious subliminal message they have where they make us want to buy things, they do give us opinions on things; they give us stuff to talk about; stuff to smile about; stuff to complain about. They take up a lot of our conversation, whether we like to admit it or not. So many ads come to mind as I write this (several I have favourited on Youtube, others I change the channel for) but obviously I can’t fit them all in one post so here are a few that spring to mind.

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Out of touch

When I do stay in touch, I buy newspapers.

I’m always ashamed of myself as a journalist when I’m out of touch with the news for several days. It feels like not doing my homework. For years I wanted to be a writer (an author not a journalist). Journalism never appealed to me much because straight hard news never appealed to me. The territory was alien and therefore scary, (in this instance, yes, writing a best-selling novel overnight and instantly making that a day job seemed so much less scary). But then I grew up, got into news and then journalism (a story for another time) and boom-I stay up late when I’m knackered to watch Vincent Browne, I switch my mp3 music to Newstalk in the morning, I take a free Metro and actually read it. That was grand when I was working towards my leaving cert, for the most part I was much more “in the know” than a lot of my friends. Then when I came to college to study journalism, we all fell into that category and some of us knew very little about one thing but could answer the most random question about something else (this became more clear in our radio classes, where we got a weekly news quiz to make sure we remained “in the know”). Don’t get me wrong, I try to catch bulletins whenever I can and I read the papers. But everyone has this I think. These random weekends where they’re off doing other things and they don’t hear any bulletins, they don’t watch any news programmes, they don’t read any papers. Then you wake up and Monday morning and Osama bin Laden is

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dead. The weekend continues during the day and the next day, five arrested near Sellafield, Osama was unarmed when he was killed (?), Varadkar is on Vincent Browne about his new position in government and Jedward are in the Eurovision semi-final. A lot can change in a small amount of time that you miss news for…I feel like I’m going to be spending the whole week catching up. It’s like a particularly wild night out full of drinking. It wasn’t bad at the time, certainly weren’t concerned but the next day you know nothing and could spend a week recovering and getting back the information about the weekend that you lost.