18/31 Why does everything have to mean something?!

18. The meaning behind your blog name

It’s a pretty uninventive blog name… chloemayward is just my full name.

When I created this blog back in 2013, I didn’t know exactly what I’d be writing about. To paraphrase Naomi Smalls, I didn’t want to pigeon hole myself and put myself in just the one box. I have so many ideas, interests and passions. I wanted to use my blog as a journey, a way to find out exactly what I wanted to write about. Although, three years later, I’m still unsure of which direction I’d like my blog to go in. I have a couple of ideas that I’m hoping to kick start after I’ve finished my Blog a Day in May challenge, which I’m hoping will lead to big things next year…

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My delayed journey

So, my delayed vlogging journey is, at last, starting to take shape – I’m forever watching one of my favourite vloggers, Tyler Oakley (seven years of content will thankfully take a while to catch up on), along with my favourite vlogging duo, Superfruit, comprised of Mitch Grassi and Scott Hoying (aka Pentatonix). But, I finally have a MacBook that will allow me to edit videos in my own time…. and not during my lunch breaks! *victory dance* I’m so unbelievably excited to have received this as it feels like I’ve been saving for years. I must admit however, that it feels so bizarre to be sat here on my sofa, watching the Brit Awards… and TYPING!

Oh I’ve missed it…

Created by me!

Created by me!

Finally!

Howdee fellow bloggers!

I’ve got some exciting news… well, I feel very excited about it anyway! For those of you who joined me on my newly embarked blogging journey last year, you would have noticed that I had taken up the 365 Days of Writing Prompts challenge set by the wonderful WordPress team. I must admit that I thoroughly enjoyed it (and I hope the people who read them did too) as everyday was something new and it also gave me something to look forward to (and time permitting, really sink my teeth into it!).

So, now we’re in 2015 and I couldn’t decide what to do next with my blog. In all honesty, I still don’t feel like I’ve found a specific area in which I’d like to stick to writing about as, quite simply, I like writing about a wide variety of things! Therefore, I’ve decided that this year I am going to start VLOGGING!

Since my work video projects in Norway a few months ago, I’ve realised that I really enjoy video editing and presenting. So, with the help of a very dear friend of mine who gave me some fantastic advice and encouragement, I’ve been looking into gaps in the vlogging market. Luckily, I think we’ve found one that could work quite well as not only am I passionate about these topics but I can’t seem to find anyone that does anything similar.

If any fellow vloggers have any tips or advice on how to start my vlogging journey, they’d be greatly appreciated.

Stay tuned and I hope you enjoy what’s to come!

Safety first

#324: Share the story of a time you felt unsafe.

Walking home from a night out. I hadn’t wanted to leave as it was such a great networking evening and to be fair, it wasn’t even as if there was anyone around making me feel uneasy. What it did make me realise however, was that there are hardly any street lights on at midnight. That was what terrified me most, the fact that it was pitch black (I literally couldn’t see my hand in front of my face… I tried!) and it was insanely, spookily quiet.

I must admit, during the summer I do tend to get quite annoyed that random street lights in our area are left on throughout the day. Why don’t the council save their money by turning them off and keeping them off when it’s light, and use more of them during the dead of night?! Or at least invest in motion sensor street lights so that the path ahead is lit during a potentially dangerous journey home!

Ebb and flow

#271: Our blogs morph over time, as interests shift and life happens. Write a post for your blog — but three years in the future.

Day #1366: 28th September 2017

Another entertaining journey home…

So I boarded the train on the second carriage (as the first one was crammed with the usual Friday night loud-mouth drunks) and sat down, only to sit opposite a blurry eyed gentleman, who had his feet up on the chair, drinking some cheap lager out of a can. Great! He also had his backpack on the seat next to him, which proved awkward when a bearded 30ish-year-old approached the seat. “Do you want to sit here mate?”, said the clearly tipsy Irishmen in a semi-aggressive manner. “Yeah”, the bearded man replied cautiously. “Well, I’m not a *expletive* mind reader!”. Oh dear… what have I let myself in for. Do I risk moving and creating a scene, or do I wait it out?! It’s only a 30 minute journey, what’s the worst that could happen.

That’s when a revolting daddy long legs started to dive bomb me… I was unable to hide my insane dislike for those things and it hadn’t gone unnoticed. So, the Irish guy tried catching it in order to put it out the window – only to accidentally pull its leg off! But it broke the ice as the Irish guy then began mocking the newly seated guys beard… Luckily for everyone, he was a pretty mellow man and didn’t take the slightest bit of offence. That’s when our conversation began – we discussed beards (obviously), nights out in the areas we lived in and, well, more about beards. But it just goes to show that initial impressions aren’t all they seem…

* FYI – this journey did actually take place, including everything in it. I always seem to have eventful train journeys home after nights out (and these all take place before midnight!), and my close friend mentioned that I should begin documenting it. So it would be nice if this actually took off and people enjoyed reading about them. Let me know what you think!

Ready for your close-up

#240: Cast the movie of your life.

Apologies for the lateness of this one… as you may have read on Wednesdays post, it was my brothers birthday yesterday and it was a seriously jam packed day, which involved a wedge of Choccywoccydoodah cake (of course!), an IMAX screening, dressing up as Astronauts/Red Arrow Pilots, eating too much and seeing a west end show. I will elaborate on our day very soon!

Hmm… Considering the majority of my life has been spent in education, it would be quite a boring film. So instead of a life movie, it would focus on my journey from Uni to the world of work. It would include my many adventures and opportunities experienced since entering the journalism world: – Heading to Iceland for the release of Ice Age 4 on DVD – Covering the European Premiere of Oz: The Great & Powerful – Being on the red carpet of the National Television Awards 2014, mingling with the stars – Interviewing a robotic Nigel from Rio 2, whilst the characters voice, Jemaine Clement, was in another room – Attending the World press conference of Thor: The Dark World – Attending a launch night of Nerf’s Zombie Strike range and making a short video to promote it.

Hopefully that wouldn’t be too boring!

Second time around

#116: Tell us about a book you can read again and again without getting bored — what is it that speaks to you?

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. The adventure and journey Liz goes on in this story, is just incredible and something I’d love to do myself. The only down side to this plan is that I’m not quite brave enough to go it alone just yet 😦 However, after reading the book (and then watching the film version), I realised that everyone should go on a *cliche alert* soul seeking journey to find out more about themselves and what they want from life.