Book Club!! :)

Hi there everyone on Elm’s blog its me Tasia again.  A girl reached out to me, her name is Emma, and she just started her blog because I inspired her to begin.

She didn’t ask me to promote her or anything of the sort but I feel a little obligated to say something because I have NEVER inspired someone the way that I inspired her and that to me, is wonderful!

Anyways, she made her first REAL post on her blog just a little while ago and she wants to start a mini book club.  I won’t go into too much detail (because you can go read it here) and it will be community based and she is wanting to read Gone Girl.

I would love it if you all came and joined me in welcoming her into the blogosphere because, well, everyone deserves all the support in the world to express and create whatever their hearts desire.

Also, to throw me into the picture, I just posted a collab type post on my blog so you all should go check it out and comment to be featured in the post itself! (if you have questions please let me know)

Thanks so much for all of your support 🙂 especially you Elm. xx

Our Own Spheres in an Endless Void – Beginner’s Guide to Blogging, Week 1

So, originally, I was going to post this separately and make a separate post for the BGTB, but I thought that this fitted in with it well. Ateenagediaryonline, I hope you don’t mind!

Basically, the BGBT is a project set up by ATDO, for new bloggers, and it’s really great 🙂 This week, we were asked to do an intro to blogging, and this is my… Intro, of sorts. It’s a bit different, and I’m sorry:

When I first started blogging, well over a year ago now, I just thought that blogging was a means to an end: I even thought that when I got my second blog. I viewed it as just a place to get your thoughts out – a flat plain to walk on, connected to other planes but remotely – you could walk into other pplains, but it wasn’t permanent. You just had your own space for ONLY YOU. I hope these analogies are working.

It’s coming up to my 7 month anniversary on THIS blog – and really, I believe this one’s the only one that has mattered to me. I’m not going to do a monthly post, because I think that doesn’t work for me, but I’ve realised several things over the last 7 months.

Don’t think of the world – the blogging world AND the real world – as a flat surface. View the world as an endless void, stretching in ALL directions; it’s 3D and you’re part of it. And instead of a plain that’s flat, imagine spheres.

The spheres can be as big as you like – the world’s endless, after all. And it’s not based on popularity or the amount of followers you’ve got – it’s how you feel about yourself. My sphere, for instance, would be quite small, because I’m like that.

I’m part of the teenaged community on here – if there IS such a thing – because I’m a teenager. I’d argue that we DO have a community: a united one, but we’re not separated from the “adult” community. We’re all linked. I’m a life blogger, but I freely talk to fashion, beauty, book and ANY other type of blogger. We’re all connected by one thing, after all.

Our spheres aren’t segregated by who we are. No matter WHAT your purpose in blogging is, people aren’t going to shun you. What would be the point? I’ve tried to find as many new bloggers as possible, so that they don’t feel like their sphere is just floating in the void with no goal, but it’s up to you guys to realise that you’re not alone. There’s always going to be someone who understands you – who can step into your sphere for a bit.

Maybe your sphere is your blogging site. Maybe your sphere is your readers and commenters and followers. MAYBE your sphere is just the idea that people understand you; maybe it personifies YOU and everything you stand for. Whatever it is, it’s just as valid. YOU’RE just as valid.

To new readers and new bloggers alike, I hope this made you think just a little. Maybe I’m just shouting in my own sphere, or maybe I’m shouting into the void, because I’m not separated by walls or URLs or followers or who I am.

Thank you so much for reading. I’d love to know – what does blogging mean to YOU? How do you see it?

From Elm 🙂

When You Realised You Wanted Birch a Little Too Late – THIS IS SO CLICHE

(This is a long as arse post; I’m sorry).

Before I jump into this “EYYY I need your advice again HELP me because I am a puny mortal!” I just need to say this.

Guys guys guys! Thank you for all those awards! Unfortunately I won’t be able to post many of them until… A long time. But thank you SO MUCH! I apreciate it a lot. I have the Freestyle Writing Challenge, Creative Blogger Award and Blog Tour to do. I’m just a little out of sorts today.

Ha. I’m trying not to laugh.

You guys know about Ash and Cedar, but… Now it’s time to talk about Birch. (I love tree names WOW)

I sit next to him in History – OI! Stop laughing at these cliches! I KNOW, I KNOW!

I can’t quite describe how I feel about him. He makes me laugh so much. We talk, usually in lessons but we can talk over the internet, too. There’s a balance. It’s not like Ash – I’m not close with Birch. But it’s not like Cedar – I don’t have to watch myself around him.

I realised when we had a conversation, over the fucking internet, a few days ago. I just need to say this – I help Birch with his homework. A lot. Whenever I get a message from him, I just know it’s “Can you help me?” And that makes me upset sometimes, because I get the impression I’m being used. It’s fucked up – remind me why I “fancy” him again? HAH!

But I wasn’t being used this time. This time we had a proper conversation. Of course we’d had proper conversations before – I gave him girlfriend advice once (they’re not going out though and I don’t know what’s going on with that). And I told him some of the things about Ash, and in return he told me about his previous almost-girlfriend who’s a right bitch.

But that day, we just had a conversation. It made me think – “If he were using me, then why did he contact me just to say hi?” He’s away for a few lessons of History (it’s the only time I can see him because I have no other classes with him) – he’s got exams.

I was scared, any second, he was going to ask about homework. But he didn’t.

I don’t know. I don’t know what to do. I think this has been building up for a while, honestly. The boy who sits next to us accuses us of flirting all the time. I DON’T FLIRT! It’s not me, at all. I just laugh a lot because he’s funny and for FUCK’s SAKE!!!! (Calm, Elm, calm)

I’m just so confused. I don’t want to fancy him because he’s a… Very typical teenaged boy. He’s a moron – I KNOW that. I’m sort of scared of… What he’s done? Nah, that’s not right – I DON’T KNOW! He goes to parties and all that – and if you know me, then you know I never go to parties because I’m too scared and just… He isn’t serious, either. I want serious, sometimes.

He’s back in history on the 16th. I’m scared of how I’ll react, now I’ve realised how I could possibly feel about him. He said it was going to be a right laugh and that I should mark the day down on my calendar.

Oh god. What am I even doing?!

He can’t replace Ash. Nobody can. Ash will always be a part of me. But…

AHA! AHAHAHAHA, HAHA, HA! Sorry… Couldn’t resist that. Just read over that last paragraph – READ IT! It’s so cliche oh god what is this

Dear god! I’m so hung up over some conversation that meant NOTHING! We haven’t talked much since and I’m scared he just thinks I’m weird. I’ve just been thinking… And thinking… It’s not like Ash where I understand him. I don’t understand Birch.

(Sneer. Birch is such a stupid name. I’m such a stereotype I can’t even. I mean honestly reading over this shitty post is actually making me cringe)

What should I do?

I haven’t explained this fully, but I don’t know how.

From Elm