#HappyBirthday #Hashtags

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Toady is the 10th birthday of hashtags on Twitter.  I know, 10 years! However did we keep track of trends before then?  What did we use the # key for?

Me personally I love a good hashtag.  Besides the mega-loz in winding my husband up by using them in actual spoken conversation, they are super useful! My personal favourite is using them to run twitter chats.  Twitter chats can take a bit of getting used to at first and can feel like this….

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But once I got into the swing of them then it’s a great way to talk to other people about a certain topic.   I don’t know of any bisexual or queer regular chats that go on (hit me up if you have one!) but here are my top 4 chats :

#PJchat (Mondays 9pm GMT)

#RoundReads (Selected Wednesdays)

#TalkMH (Thursdays 8.30pm GMT) (Selected Wednesdays)

#PosiMH (Sundays 8pm GMT)

What are your favourite hashtags??

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Bisexual backchannel … sharing the message

Hello.

So many moons ago I decided to have a personal blog. There was a few sporadic posts but it never amounted to anything. I feel this was for two reasons:

  1. I am RIDICULOUSLY bad at maintaining anything for more than about 3 months at a time. Seriously, I aced a Tough Mudder half earlier this year with my twice a week gym habit……however I now have a full one in 4 weeks and I haven’t been to the gym since I got back from honeymoon. This is disappointingly standard.
  2. I didn’t really have a focus.

Now I’m hoping that by resolving problem number 2, I develop a better habit which in turn resolves problem number 1. So what is my focus?!

My personal twitter is very focused on the bisexual* community, with a sideline in mental health. Now for both of these there are some great Tweeps that I recommend as follows:

Bisexual Community:

@BiPrideUK
@MarcusTeaches
@lavenderlifeco
@Bifuriosa
@LarkerAnthology
@Andrematronic
@biscuitmag
@ArnallDominic

Mental Health:

@GeekMagnifique
@LuluDigitale
@NekoBear
@TheWeInMe
@nospaceformilk

Queer Mental Health:

@SupportULGBT
@MindCharity
@switchboardLGBT

But I saw a tweet the other day about a bisexual culture panel happening in Glasgow. When I enquired about how to follow this event online, there was some enthusiasm but no way of me following the event.

Then I booked a ticket onto Stand By Me – an event by Mind launching their bisexuality & mental health resource (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/stand-bi-me-launch-of-minds-bisexuality-mental-health-resource-tickets-36658622928).

And then I had a thought…

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I’ve attended a few HR/L&D events where the backchannel on twitter and social media has been incredibly active. Through good use of hashtags and apps likes Periscope or Storify, it allows people not attending the event to follow along and share the message and highlights with a much larger audience. Maybe there is some room to do this with events on bisexuality?

I’m not sure whether this will work….but it’s going to be really interesting to give it a go.

Watch this space!

Review: Stonewall Bi Role Model Programme

Really good summary of great event by Stonewall for bisexual people, giving us a space to shout (or whisper) in.

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Post 1: Practical things, how the day went, an overview of content.

At first I felt really apprehensive about attending the Stonewall Bi Role Model Day. We had been emailed over some booklets in advance to get us thinking about role models beforehand. Whilst they served this purpose well they also triggered a lot of negative feelings for me and I grew weary of what Stonewall were planning to do. This was down to the fact that the booklets only seemed to contain one token bi story each. (Several people featured didn’t label their sexuality.) So it left me wondering why they couldn’t have made any bi specific resources to send us? I was afraid that the day would involve non bi staff telling us how to be role models without listening to our experiences or addressing issues which are specific to our non-monosexual lives.

Thankfully I needn’t have worried. After…

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Still a man’s world…..

I have had these same thoughts and fears…a brilliant post on the issues women face.

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Yesterday we went and paid for a gender scan on my ever growing belly to check what flavour we were having.  Lovely boyfriend and I are very happy that our family will be completed with a baby girl.  I am looking forward to legitimately dressing a small person in hello kitty prints without the frown of disapproval that came when I gave my infant son hello kitty related things.

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Just because it has been this way for centuries…

So true….and needs to be said again and again and again until it sinks in!

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doesn’t mean it has to carry on this way!

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In the Victorian era, the ideal body shape for women was so impossible that corsets were worn that some times broke ribs and always squeezed so tightly that women’s internal organs were displaced.

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In the 1920s the ideal body type for women was so “boy-like” that they bound their breasts and wore ling line girdles to disguise their hips.

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In some parts of burma (and many other places around the world at times) beauty was considered to involve a long neck such that brass rings are worn around the neck which gradually deform the clavicle and compress the ribs to give the illusion of a longer neck.

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In ancient china (right up until 1911) small feet were so desirable in women that their feet were bound to prevent them growing large. Such a process was intensely painful as id didn’t stop the feet…

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Cakes and Weddings

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So I haven’t been up to a lot this week.  Mainly I’m re-watching Buffy.  Yes I am a big fan.  No there is no thing as too much Buffy.  Sssh.  But that probably is a topic for discussion elsewhere.  As well as that I have been getting a few photo projects going.  My friend in Basingstoke has started up her own cake stall.  Only small at first but she asked if I would take some nice photos for the facebook page.  Some very yummy ones on offer if you are in the area! (https://www.facebook.com/lizzyscakesandbakes)

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Now this was something slightly different for me.  Normally I just take my camera with me and see what I can find when I go out.  I haven’t really done a lot in the way of small, indoors photos.  This was a good opportunity for me to practice setting up a shot exactly how I wanted.  It’s cool being able to put the light exactly where I want it.  So after a fair amount of re-shuffling of her kitchen, I got down to business.  I personally wanted to make them slightly more interesting than the standard instagram snap of a cake.  Mainly this involved playing around with depth of field.  Pretty basic stuff I know but it’s amazing how much difference it makes to the overall look of the photo.  I also used a white board to reflect the natural light from the window in some of them, though again it is pretty well accepted that natural light is a lot better to use than indoor light bulbs.  Not a huge volume of photos but I am pretty happy with what I came out with 🙂

While I mentioned that photography is a passion of mine (as far as someone as lazy as me can have passions), you may gather that I am no professional.  However one of my friends obviously liked my style enough to ask me to do the photography for her wedding this summer.  First thoughts were something along the lines of “Eeek!”.  After confirming with her that she knew I wasn’t a professional, I was reliably told (in writing!) that the only thing she really wanted was the formal group shots.  But if I was going to do that, then by Jove I would do the whole thing properly.  We did some engagement shots just before Christmas which went really well and gave me a chance to practice my director skills.  My friend Sam has been doing photography for far longer than me (in fact it was modelling for an idea of hers that got me started on the whole thing!) and offered her help.  So there are two of us.  What I spent a fair chunk of time over the last week was putting together a shot list for the day.  I think between us we have got it covered right from the getting ready shots, up until the first dance.  It’s a big thing to be working on but I am really looking forward to it and having the opportunity to try.  For all I know I might want to do more weddings afterwards! So shot lists, and a lot of Pinterest until August.  It will be really good to get a chance to put the things I know into practice.

It’s all about opportunities in this blog post.  We have a photo club at work.  There aren’t very many of us, but a couple of people in the group have been doing it for longer than I’ve been around and it is awesome to have that sort of resource to pull on.  It also stops me getting stuck in one particular style.  So we will have to see how that progresses….

Point of the blog: GO PHOTOGRAPHY!

Link to last week: Still looking at new poems.  This is a new favourite of mine 🙂

Do I dare to eat a peach?

Ok.  Well I tried to post this once and then the internet stole my words! How rude. Ahem.  Moving on.  Apologies for anyone who read this while it was just a title.

So the title is a line from this poem called The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T. S. Eliot.  It is a very long poem with beautiful meter that flows fantastically.  And what a line! In fact I recommend you listen to a reading of it right now.  It’s quite long.

So the reason I’m quoting this poem is because I’ve just watched a film called Kill Your Darlings.  This is a film about a completely different poet called Allen Ginsberg and how his intellectual and passionate blooming entwines with the creation of the Beat movement.  I highly recommend it to anyone.

But it got me thinking about poetry.  About words and stories and sounds and experiences.   I like poetry.  Mostly this has come from an angsty few years at university where the best way to cope with my emotional confusion was to write.  Hey it’s cheaper than therapy.  But the thing is I never learnt to write poetry.  I never learnt about rhyme and meter and the difference between a sonnet and a haiku.  I never even learned how to read poetry properly.

This is a pet peeve of mine.   Thousands of people of similar age to me in the UK suffered through poetry at GCSE by being given an anthology, told to read a poem, in silence, and then dissect every line of the poem for meaning whilst completely failing to appreciate the poem as a whole.   This picture is a good summation of my English lessons (apologies for the swearing!)

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But now that I have even the shallowest skim understanding of things like meter and caesuras, I can actually enjoy reading a poem.  I can read it out loud the way they are most often meant to be and appreciate the sound of the poem as well the experience.    I would like to read more poetry.  I don’t really know any poets so at this stage it’s pretty much just a random search to see what sticks…..so far one.  But that is better than none. 🙂

Umm…the end…..quick Rachel try and get to a point!

Poetry is a beautiful art medium.  I’m glad that I can start to appreciate it properly now.  Here’s to exploring the world.