Why Erin is Brilliant – Bloggers’ Secret Santa

Dear Erin,
I find it absolutely amazing how a simple project – a Secret Santa from Teenella – let me discover your blog. Otherwise, I’m scaredt I wouldn’t have found you, that I wouldn’t have spent a lovely afternoon looking through so many of your posts and reading your words. How scary is that – just to think that if I hadn’t got involved, or you hadn’t, then I wouldn’t be writing this to you.

I don’t want to make this your average letter, because I think you deserve so much more than average. It might sound weird for me to say this but through your words, I feel like I know you a little – just a bit of what makes you work, and how you think, and I’ve found something strange.

I realised that I relate to so much of what you say, and that you also inspire me. Before you raise your eyebrows and say, “Hah, she’s talking rubbish!” I’ll explain, because I mean this from the bottom of my heart.

I know what it’s like to be seen as “intelligent” and have tons of expectations heaped on you, both from yourself and from other people. You’re in year 11 now, and I’m guessing you’re preparing for mocks or you’ve already done them. Keep at it – keep going – because your writing shows me you are going to do amazingly. You can tell a lot of things about a person by the way that they show themselves to strangers on the internet, and I see in you something I should have seen in myself. That is that even when you get knocked down, even when you don’t believe in yourself, you prove to yourself that you can do this. You have the motivation, the kindness and the general attitude to succeed at your subjects. At GCSE, sociology was one of my favourite subjects too; I love looking at society and picking it apart, like I can tell you do as well.

Now, why you inspire me. I read your amazing post on equal pay and never have I been so captivated by someone’s words. You are so incredibly right, and you express yourself in such a way that you make me believe you can change the world. That’s powerful, and I’ve seen that not only in that post, but in so many others. You remind me of myself, or who I could be, even in your first post: right from the beginning, you jumped into the blogging world with more enthusiasm than I’ve seen in a while.

As I write, I’ve found it easier to talk to you about you, because I know people will read it. I want them to see how inspirational I think you are, and how I could spend another day just going through your posts and reading. Like you, I love books and want to be a journalist, and so when I was reading I was thinking, “That’s me! And this, and this – I could read her words forever.” I can’t see the design of your blog, but I think the way you post gives me an idea; your tagline is amazing, same as your blog title. It’s short, to the point, and grabbed my attention the first time I read it.

If I hadn’t looked, I wouldn’t have noticed it, but your blogging birthday is exactly a year after mine. Next March, I’ll remember to wish you a happy blogiversary, because already in 9 months you’ve come so far. It’s okay not to have the motivation to post all the time, to take breaks, because there’s life outside of blogging. But you’ll always have your blog, the beautiful things you write, and I honestly feel honoured that I could spend time reading it.

Keep dancing, reading, playing music, writing, and watching all the movies you can because I know that you love it, and you should always do things you love. I wanted to show you that your blog isn’t just a bunch of words; you make people happy through it, and you’ve given yourself a voice that can say incredible things. Be proud to call yourself a feminist, someone who wants equality and someone who’s not afraid to shout it out loud, because I’m proud of you.

Merry Christmas, and I hope you have an amazing day.

Love from Elm 🙂

23 thoughts on “Why Erin is Brilliant – Bloggers’ Secret Santa

  1. This is so amazingly sweet! Followed your blog for ages on my old account and started a fresh blog on this account a couple days ago. My goal is that one day someone will read and appreciate my writing the way you appreciated Erin’s! Happy holidays xx

  2. […] Elm is literally the sweetest,most humble blogger I follow. I don’t think you realise how amazing you are. Your posts take me on a journey,and suddenly, I am you, feeling and experiencing all the things you’ve written about. I was with you during all your exams, your trip to France and prom. You’re amazing and I so look forward to reading whatever you write. […]

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