I bloody love writing. Hands down it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done. It’s introduced me to a great bunch of fellow bloggers and writers, it’s become an outlet for me to say exactly what I want, when I want (and believe me I have a lot to say) and above all, it’s allowed me to finally say I have a hobby.
I’ve never really had a hobby before. Unless you can call drinking and smoking a hobby. Oh and eating pizza, I eat a lot of pizza.
When I was little I used to go to ballet, so that was a hobby. But I gave that up after a few years, I was shit. Like proper shite. I think as disappointed as my Mum was when I confessed I didn’t want to go to ballet anymore she was likely relieved. Relieved she no longer had to come along to my performances and watch as I accidently tripped the other dancers up with my hula hoop. I’ve never been the most graceful of girls.
Blogging, however, is a hobby I really do enjoy. Immersing myself in a world of words has brought me unbridled joy. Knowing something I’ve written has made someone laugh, or someone can relate to an article I’ve written really is the best feeling.
I like to think it’s something I’m good at too, because being honest, I’m really quite crap at most things in life. I can’t cook, I can’t drive, I can’t sing and I’m really depressing myself listing the things I’m shite at. I know I could go on, but my ego needs a bloody good stroking so please feel free to stroke away.
I’ve had plenty of material to write about this year, from Donald Trump spouting his ill thought out views, through to couples having sex on national TV, it’s been an eventful year to say the least.
So, with this in mind, please join me as I compile a list (Top 10, of course) of my favourite Our Rach Blogs.
I love taking the piss out of celebrities, that could be a hobby of mine. So, with this blog post I decided to have my very own awards ceremony, just without the fizz, the glamour and the actual trophies. Well, it made me laugh anyway.
I cringed whilst writing this one but it brought back a lot of happy memories and some not so happy memories too. A great way to say goodbye to my twenties and welcome my new decade.
A really personal post that came after a bit of a blogging break. It felt good writing this. Cathartic for sure and like I got a few things off my chest. I wanted to write more about this subject but out of respect for others didn’t. Maybe another time I will.
Huffington Post featured this blog and I was cHUFFed to bits (see what I did there?). Of course, I still watched the last series of The X Factor and I still moaned every week. What can I say? I’m a glutton for punishment (and for Simon Cowell).
I was right on my soapbox about this topic and rightly so, it’s one I’m incredibly passionate about. The laws around abortion in many countries need reviewing; urgently.
5. Money Talks
This blog went a bit viral when I posted it. I say a bit viral because my understanding of viral means millions and millions of views and I could only dream of stats like that. Natasha Hamilton was the celebrity that came under fire this time around and I still stand by every word now.
I was really proud when this blog was chosen as Mumsnet Blog Of The Day. I really felt passionate whilst writing it. It also featured one of my favourite sayings “Big Fat Hairy Bollocks To That”. A saying I will never tire of.
I’ve been drunk twice since writing this little list and I did not take heed of any pearls of wisdom. AT ALL. Still cracks me up though.
A really important post to me; using my own experience with mental illness, I really want to raise awareness of anxiety and depression, and perhaps help others come to terms with their mental illness. Anxiety is an illness that can be treated; really quite successfully. Talking and writing about will always reduce stigma and that’s so important when it comes to mental health.
1. 10 Things NOT To Say To A New Or Expectant Parent
I think this may well be one of my most viewed posts of 2016. If I could work out how to get those stats then I’d have a better idea of exactly what is my most read article but I can’t be arsed to do it.
I loved writing this one. I laughed as I wrote it and I also found myself getting irate when remembering all the stupid things people had said to me whilst I was with child and in the first few months of parenthood. People really can’t be utter twats can’t they?
Here’s to lots more writing in 2017, and if any editors of any newspapers are reading this (if you’re not, then why not?), I could be persuaded to write my very own column for a small fee.