I deactivated my Facebook account and it feels AMAZING
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I deactivated my Facebook account and it feels AMAZING

Earlier this week, I deactivated my Facebook account. I'd been considering it for a while because Facebook just wasn't a positive experience for me anymore. When someone says Facebook is making them feel rotten, people often assume it's because of all the photos of people's amazing holidays and happy families. My experience had nothing to… Continue reading I deactivated my Facebook account and it feels AMAZING

Why I ditched my Facebook page
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Why I ditched my Facebook page

I recently got rid of my Facebook page. I went back and forth about this for quite a while and in the end I decided to unpublish rather than fully delete the page, because you never know what he future holds (and I like having the URL containing my full name registered on Facebook, just… Continue reading Why I ditched my Facebook page

Colour photograph of a silver tabby kitten with blue eyes
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Silver the kitten is now on Instagram

Because I was in danger of my my entire online presence becoming kitten-based, I decided to create an Instagram account for Silver. You can find him at @fromsilverwithlove if you'd like to follow tiny kitten adventures through regular photo posts.

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How to use Facebook without using Facebook

What I hope for from Facebook: To keep in touch with lovely friends who I don't get to hang out with often enough (partly due to living in different countries), to celebrate huge life-changing landmarks and small beautiful moments with people I care about, and to share thoughts, ideas and musings with my friends. What… Continue reading How to use Facebook without using Facebook

Images with captions from my Instagram Story
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Why I scrapped Snapchat (and love Instagram Stories)

Before I get into this, I want to make something super clear. I'm talking about why I scrapped Snapchat, not why you should. This is totally about my preferences and how I use social media. It's not going to be the same for everyone and I'm not for a moment suggesting that no-one should be… Continue reading Why I scrapped Snapchat (and love Instagram Stories)

My snapcode
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I’m on Snapchat now, because reasons

UPDATE 16TH MAY 2017: My experimentation with Snapchat was short-lived. Read about why here. Every time I read about how ridiculous/self-indulgent/disgusting selfie culture (whatever the fuck that even means) is and how terrible/offensive/pretentious it is for people to share pictures of the minutiae of their lives on the internet, I think, "Hang on, I'm ridiculous,… Continue reading I’m on Snapchat now, because reasons

Colour photograph of a person with blonde hair and black-framed glasses holding a phone in a purple metal case in front of their face in a mirror
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Selfies and soapboxes

Today, a friend posted a link on Facebook to an article entitled Narcissistic, Maybe. But Is There More To The Art Of The Selfie?. It's an interesting article and it's short, so if you have a couple of minutes free right now you should totally go and read it. Or open it in a new… Continue reading Selfies and soapboxes

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Oh, Facebook! The issue of names and social media

This post was originally written in December 2014. A couple of months ago, I was delighted to read that Facebook had apologised to members of the LGBTQ+ community for locking accounts based on the use of pseudonyms. I was even more delighted to read that Facebook's policy apparently "has never been to require everyone on… Continue reading Oh, Facebook! The issue of names and social media

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It’s OK to express yourself through images of yourself

This is a reminder that it's OK to express yourself through images of yourself. It's OK to take photos of yourself, to draw or paint pictures of yourself. It's also OK to write poetry, stories, essays and blogs based on your own experiences and ideas. It's OK to share those things with your family, your… Continue reading It’s OK to express yourself through images of yourself