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#GirlOnline – Literary Talent Decline?

December 7, 2014

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If you’ve been residing anywhere other than beneath a rock, you’ll be all too aware of the current shitstorm surrounding the revelation that Zoella’s record-breaking book wasn’t penned organically, but instead written by a ghostwriter – seemingly YA novel freelancer Siobhan Curham. I’d just like to slip in the disclaimer that I am not an aspiring novelist/blogger/vlogger: my passion lies solely in creating articles akin to the one you’re currently eyeing with inevitable scepticism. Since the news dropped, the Twittersphere has been awash with clashing opinions, with many denouncing anyone who dares speak out against a fellow blogger, especially queen bee Zoella – mainly putting any negativity down to mere jealousy.

Am I jealous? Naturally – I’m human; if somebody is earning more money and acclaim, in an area that they have no skill in (I’m sorry, but if you frequent Zoe’s written blog, you’ll struggle to argue that she is a strong writer), jealousy will inevitably weave its way in here. However, as I said, I’m not looking to write novels – but I feel so cripplingly angry for those who are and don’t get a sniff in, purely because they don’t have the Disney Princess aesthetics to convey through YouTube vlogs about lipstick, and consequently, can’t score a Penguin publishing deal. A two book deal, no less.

Literature is dying. There, I said it. If you can’t write a novel, don’t write a novel. If you can’t write a novel but you can afford to get someone to write a novel for you, definitely do not write a damn novel. The use of ghostwriters for autobiographies is far less deplorable: some people need a little help to tell their own stories – but to take on an art form that, unless stated/outed, implies that you can, or have penned, an entire novel? Then to reap the benefits of becoming an inspiration to a generation of young girls, despite really only having the ability to be gloriously endearing and pretty nifty with bobby pins? Unbelievable.

Many well-known bloggers such as Lily Melrose and Zoe London have chimed in on the debate, arguing pro-Zo, with statements such as “anything that supports young people picking up books and taking time to actually READ is good enough for me” and “Hardly any mainstream art is created by it’s author. Yup. That Beyonce song you love? Of course she didn’t write it.” (sic), respectively. Whilst I definitely agree with Melrose’s sentiment, this isn’t the issue at hand – surely it’s more damaging to glamourise the idea that, as long as you sit in front of a YouTube channel for ‘x’ amount of hours and procure enough followers: you will automatically become an amazing author/designer/singer/whatever-the-hell-you-want?

With Zoe London’s response, I completely disagree – the example of Beyonce is moot for one. Beyonce is a singer. Granted, I don’t agree with the fact she mightn’t write most of her material and is often coined ‘singer/songwriter’, but she shot to fame predominantly due to her voice. Nobody is singing Beyonce’s songs for her – so let her have that bit more integrity for her name on her album cover, than for ‘ZOE SUGG’ emblazoned on a book that she contributed so little talent to.

I spoke to a number of Zoe’s fans on Twitter and asked them “What inspires you about Zoella?”. Most answers left me crawling up the wall and wishing it wasn’t Sunday evening, so I could source a large bottle of wine. They ranged from the endearing lines of ‘she’s doing something she loves and following her dreams’ (which in actuality was riddled with bad grammar – #GirlOnline can’t be that helpful, eh), to a downright disturbing exchange in which a girl refused to see any other career prospects than “YouTube singer” or “famous vlogger”. I’m all for ambition, irrespective of where it’s headed, but we’re creating a generation of “When I grow up, I want to be a professional vlogger” clones – which is a self-perpuating fucked-up fantasy, in which advertisers and agencies will only further profit at the naivety of youth.

Why doesn’t Zoella step away from her prop of a pen and instead, start a vlogging series about the importance of books – even create an online book club, in which she focuses on a novel every few weeks, where viewers have to race to read it and keep up with her? If she has the power to break the records of J K Rowling, I’m pretty sure she can put her little head (shameless brand name) to that, no?

Earn Money on Your Blog with LinkShare.

May 13, 2013

I’ve spotted this affiliate/advertising website around a few times and today, I decided to sign up and see if it was actually beneficial. The site allows you to earn money by placing ads for your favourite brands on your blog/website through an affiliate scheme. There are plenty of categories for companies all over the world, allowing you to cater your advertisements to the content you write about. I mean, nobody’s going to put a car dealer ad on a beauty site, right? Companies that I’ve applied to thus far include: Benefit UK, Miss Selfridge, Kurt Geiger – etc. All legitimate brands that I would be happy to advertise on my site.

At the moment, I’m still awaiting my applications to be accepted, but I’ll be posting about any progress I’ll hopefully make through the website. I’d definitely recommend signing up and I’d like to thank The Editeur (who I have also applied to) for bringing the site to my awareness! Click the ad to the right of my posts and sign up too!

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Integrating Music (Through Spotify) To Your Blog/Website.

May 5, 2013

If anyone (and by anyone, I’m probably referring to a handful of my closest musically-minded friends) read my blog before I changed URL and became a relatively exclusively beauty/fashion oriented writer, you’d know that I’m a tad obsessed with music, and my blog was formerly solely based on album/EP reviews. And synthesisers. And strings. And harmonies. So, after doing a little research at the insistence of my boyfriend (who always jokily asks me to write him in to one of these posts – congrats, babe), I found out you can pop little ‘Spotify Play’ widgets into posts – including tracks, albums and playlists – by using this page.

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Upcoming Giveaway – The Body Shop’s New BB Cream.

October 18, 2012

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Beating The Blogger Blues.

October 18, 2012

We’ve all been there. Something messes up in your personal life, or it’s just one of those days – and everything seems pointless. All those countless hours you’ve spent writing posts, collaborating images and data and you’re thinking – why am I bothering? You feel like noone’s reading it, you’re doing it for nothing and can even go as far to think you’re just wasting your time. This happens to pretty much all of us.

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Google Friend Connect, Please?

October 4, 2012

As a blogger with my account half-hosted through WordPress, I am completely unable to find any way of integrating the allegedly discontinued Google Friend Connect service. From the research that I’ve done of looking at other blogs using Google Friend Connect, they have significant amounts of followers through it – given its very simplistic and popular format. It infuriates me that myself and other WordPress-based users are missing out on these followers, as we’re only presented with subscription through email, which isn’t the most appealing of offers…

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September Wish List.

September 18, 2012

I’ve seen a few of these posts knocking around online and, despite the fact that I haven’t done one of these since I was 13 and lime/pink was the height of cool on Piczo layouts, I thought I’d indulge myself and have a go. Now, most of this stuff is most definitely to remain a “wish”, given I have just absolutely maxed myself out as a result of my London Fashion Week trip (so worth it!), but you never know what my student loan will bring…

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Beauty Look of the Day – MUA Cosmetics.

September 10, 2012

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NEW SITE: Vote Now – Whoever You Are!

August 7, 2012

Okay guys, I need your help here. I’ve decided to bite the bullet and expand MeticulouslyOrganisedChaos by getting a proper domain and branching off from WordPress. However, I’m getting a little stuck for names and, as much as I’d love it, www.meticulouslyorganisedchaos.com may become a ballache for readers to type out – and I may lose traffic as a result.

Here are my two current favourites – with the only downside to MOChaos.co.uk being the fact that there’s a MOChaos.com and people may go on the wrong one – which I really don’t want. Let me know what you think and I’ll keep you posted about my move!

 

Posting in the Office. Whilst wishing I was watching The Office.

January 11, 2012

Accessing any interesting websites on the Internet whilst at work is risky business. A bit like stealing the last chocolate from the box, or having sex in a public place – except the gratification is nowhere near matched, unfortunately. Recently, I’ve been doing the odd few days a week where my boyfriend’s mum works; gathering a bit of cash during my holidays from university. This aspect is brilliant but, alas, the work I’m ‘set’ isn’t exactly enthralling or all that time-consuming, meaning that I have a ridiculous amount of spare time to kill during the day…

Here’s a list of websites to keep you going during your ‘working’ day:

  • www.reddit.com/r/askreddit – plethora of random questions, more often than not, hilarious
  • www.reddit.com/r/sex – similar to the first, gives insight into how hopeless guys are and how secretly horny us ladies are
  • www.reddit.com/r/twoxchromosones – page where women talk about women things
  • www.reddit.com/r/indiefolk – if you’re lucky enough to be able to listen to music at work
  • www.look.co.uk – website that corresponds to the UK magazine (my favourite magazine)
  • www.cosmopolitan.com or uk – I prefer .com, strangely
  • www.wordpress.com – perfect time to write away

What websites do you frequent when you’re bored?


Ebony. 25. Manchester.
Marketing Manager who likes to mouth off on here about stuff she cares about. Expect mental health, Borderline Personality Disorder, and reviews - from restaurants, to books, to fashion. Talks to cats more than people, but seemingly has a lot to say.
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