Welcome to my Guest Blogger feature “Ladies & Gentlemen, Meet…”, where this month I’d like to introduce you to a blogger who is well-known to many of us and who hosts the very successful #SundayBlogShare over on Twitter.
Suzie is a diamond amongst all the bloggers I have got to know over the fifteen months I have blogged. She is one of the biggest supporters of bloggers I have had the pleasure to get to know and her blogging tips posts were amongst the first I read during my early days here on WordPress. She got me off to a great start when I decided to start blogging and, since then, I have never looked back. She writes about so many subjects, often with a lot of humour thrown in, and does not hesitate in getting to the point. Check out her post “Things That Will Happen When Gay People Get Married”, and you will see exactly what I mean.
So, without further ado, let me hand you over to Suzie.
It is rare that I get the time and the opportunity to write a guest post, so when the lovely Hugh kindly asked me to take over his blog for the day, I was honoured.
Over the last few weeks, I have repeatedly sat down with the specific purpose of writing a post that would not only be suitable, but would be totally awesome. Usually, when I get the urge to write, I have a specific idea in mind, and I spend time researching different things that would help me to expand on my original revelation.
Unfortunately, the creative side of my brain appears to have packed it’s bags and left for a seemingly much-needed holiday. I’ve typed, deleted, re-typed and deleted ideas again and again, without being able to get past the first paragraph.
When someone asks you to guest post, it’s exciting, but if you think too much, as I seem to often do, it becomes a daunting prospect. Will they like it? Will it fit the theme of their blog? Should I tone down my potty mouth so as not to offend their regular readership? What if they think it’s rubbish? Do they really want to hear about the funny way my cat sleeps on his back with his legs in the air?
I’ve tried everything, from a set of cards with literacy ideas, to a book of lists. I read through some of my old notebooks to see if I could do a follow-up on any of them and scanned my favourite playlists for titles that would inspire.
Nothing. Zip. Zilch.
I’ve experienced bloggers block before, and it’s still not something that I feel comfortable with. However, I suddenly remembered that I have just celebrated my two-year blogiversary. So, instead of creating a post with a specific theme, I’ve decided to share my blog in a list of thoughts, questions and ideas. This is a snapshot of two years of Suzie81 Speaks, in just twenty points.
1. The people with the best advice are usually the ones with the most problems.
2. You know when you’re a teacher when regardless of where you are – shopping, the cinema, in a restaurant, or worse still, at the beach on holiday – you’ll almost always hear ‘Hi Miss/Sir!’ and instantly know that a student is standing behind you. The event of this happening is far more likely when you’re wearing your scruffiest clothes and haven’t washed your hair.
3. The cliché phrases that I have often heard spouted by so many people over the years have never made any sense to me. For example, unless life also hands you water and sugar, your lemonade is going to suck.
4. If you are undecided about two options, flip a coin. Your instinct will tell you which one you’re secretly hoping for when you feel happy or disappointed with the result.
5. These sentences didn’t exist in my vocabulary when I was at university:
I’ve just binge-watched the entire series on Netflix.
I’m going to put that on Facebook later.
I saw it on Breaking Bad.
I unfriended them the other day.
I’ve just rented it from iTunes.
6. If I were to write a ‘recipe of me,’ would it be wrong just to write ‘Bloke, cats, Mojito?’
7. No good apology will ever contain the word ‘but…’
8. Of your 99 problems, 86 of them will inevitably be completely made up nonsense and will result in unnecessary stress for no logical reason. These will undoubtedly surface at 3am when you have an important event at work that day.
9. Life is too short not to get drunk in a costume. I only wish I was still thin enough to fit into my She-Ra costume. That costume rocked.
10. Somebody found my blog recently by typing ‘marine send back soiled dirty feet.’ This troubles me.
11. Note to self: you may know all the dance moves to Beyoncé’s ‘Single Ladies.’ However, your version closely resembles a frog in a blender. Stop doing in on the dance floor – people are beginning to pity you.
12. We don’t owe anyone explanations. The act of explaining ourselves is often an attempt to justify our actions to another person, as if a decision needs validation. We don’t have to explain ourselves for the way we choose to live, who we choose to live with and the priorities that we have.
13. Can you refer to yourself as a ‘professional writer’ if you have never been paid for writing something?
14. When someone says that they will be there as soon as they can, and are waiting for a taxi, they often really mean that they still haven’t got dressed and can’t find their handbag.
15. I remember the Empire State Building, the piano and the bag. I remember the sand, the Ferris wheel and the graffiti. I remember the chess, the sore feet and the sunburn.
16. Before you are 23, you should know how to look after yourself and keep you and your home clean, cook from scratch, be financially knowledgeable (even if you have very little money), and appreciate your own company.
17. I dislike the idea of expectation. To expect something suggests a sense of entitlement, and this can often lead to disappointment.
18. It’s been over a year, but I still miss my little friend.
19. Over the last 33 years, my mother hasn’t just had the job of parent and PA (the job she actually gets paid for). She has taken on the role of taxi driver, teacher, therapist, chef, cleaner, maid, waitress, hairdresser, tailor, party planner, nurse and personal ATM. How lucky I am.
20. The good has not outweighed the bad for a long time. Today, I took the risk…
Thank you very much to Suzie for being my second guest blogger in my “Ladies & Gentlemen, meet…” feature. Knowing just how busy Suzie is I was absolutely delighted when she agreed to write a guest post for me.
Don’t forget to go and check out her blog, Suzie81 Speaks, and also to come and join her, me, and hundreds of other bloggers at the #SundayBlogShare party she hosts on Twitter. I’ve picked up hundreds of followers from joining in #SundayBlogShare and it is a fantastic way to meet other bloggers.
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