This week, it’s Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist! Yay!
You guys, this video makes me laugh so hard, and then it makes me uncomfortable, and then it makes me laugh again. Happy Friday!
Diseases I Don’t Want to Contract
<3 Harry Dean Stanton <3
Diseases I Do Want to Contract
I could go on all day (or, okay, for a few minutes) about the things this blog has done for my life. I started it last May when I decided to take writing seriously, and my life is now exponentially better. I’m not saying that’s all because I started a blog–I made a lot of other changes at that point, too–but the blog was a jumping off point. Here are the main reasons I think you should start one:
1. Practice makes not-perfect-but-at-least-a-little-better.
If you’re writing everyday or every week, you’re going to get better. I’d recommend establishing some sort of blog schedule for this reason, and sticking to it. I used to be very rigid about having something up every day. I’m a little looser about it now, but that’s mainly because now I have other writing to do. If you want to become a better writer, the only way to really do it is to write. Probably, I don’t know, I’m not a writing teacher. Guys, don’t take any advice from me! Here’s more advice.
2. Internet friends!
Sometimes people leave me nice comments. Sometimes people send me nice e-mails. I love, love, love this. There is no better feeling in the world than when someone says your writing was funny/touching/entertaining/whatever. And most of the time these people will be interesting, and they will have funny blog, and now you have an internet friend!
3. Ready-made portfolio.
If I ever need a writing sample, I have a whole year’s worth of blog posts. Okay, so I might not ever use my story about Lenny Kravitz or that weird fan fiction I wrote about being married to Gordo (for your sake, I’m not linking to either of those. I never said I was a normal person, okay?), but there are lots of posts I’ve reused for other things.
4. Sense of Purpose.
Listen, I’ve had a few “down days” over the past year, and you know what? I could always say, “Well at least I have the blog,” which might sound depressing. But it’s better than, “And I don’t even have a blog!”
Image via Toothpaste For Dinner
I seriously don’t know why people buy furniture or decor new. Almost everything I own is secondhand: from my parents’ basement, from a garage sale, from my grandma’s basement, from a thrift store… I even own some things that aren’t from basements. I did buy my couch new, but I got it on clearance at Kroger. That’s right, I bought my couch at a grocery store. Jealous?
Here are some new-to-me items I recently bought at various thrift stores around the world. Or around Columbus.
The strawberry cross stitch is a new acquisition. I can’t help but buy cross stitch, embroidery, or crochet when I see it…someone spent so much time on that. Also, I just kind of love this. Old lady chic, y’all. The yellow pitcher is also from a thrift store, but I’ve had it for years.
So HelloGiggles is currently accepting new writers. Sometimes people ask me how I started writing for them, and I don’t know how it works for everyone, but I just sent in a pitch when they were taking open submissions for columns. I didn’t know anyone there or have any significant writing credits or anything. If you’re interested in writing for them, this is very good, specific advice!
I really enjoy writing for HG, and I can honestly say it’s one of the more fun things I’ve done! I’ve internet-met some really interesting people through the site, and I like that it’s a positive, lady-friendly environment. If you’re a writer, you should definitely submit!
Have you guys seen this yet? It’s Julie Klausner in a deleted scene from It’s Complicated!
Seriously, I love Julie Klausner. I think of her as a spiritual mentor/pretend friend.