Category Archives: 31 Day Blog Challenge

Why do I blog – day 31 blog challenge

First of all I was really busy this week with my SEO course so I didn’t have time to blog and I decided to skip the last few days entries.

Day 26 – I already posted an old photo of me on day 10

Day 27 – I don’t have a favourite recipe, because I don’t cook. I’m afraid I’ll set the whole house on fire.

Day 28 – I’m not really sure what I am looking for or was looking for. Maybe the weekend?

Day 29 – I’ve only traveled to some places in South Africa – never abroad. We usually go to Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage once a year, because my family is based there.

Day 30 – I don’t have a make up bag because I don’t wear make up. I only have foundation – and I despise it! I only use it to hide my shame of skin picking.

Day 31 Why do I blog?

It gives me hope. I think my blog has saved me. I don’t know how I would have survived this year without it. I’m so glad I started a blog.

It also gives me a space where I can write and share my interests.

My blog motivates me to write. About anything.

Your 5 fav blogs – day 25 blog challenge

I have to confess – up until yesterday I only followed three blogs, so I made it my mission to check out all my followers’ blogs. I noticed most of you have something called Gravatar. What is that? Is it worth it? I like my blog as it is. I just can’t look into some of my followers’ blogs

The only comments I get on getting traffic is in my Spam inbox. So naturally I’m a little reluctant to look into it.

Personally I think you are all nuts. I didn’t get a blog to get followers. I started a blog to start writing again. But it’s nice to know there is people out there who thinks like me or like what I am doing.

Still, this Gravatar thing… It feels like I’m missing out on something great. Usually I have to help myself in understanding something new, but all this Gravatar and making money on your blog is just too new and intimidating.

I’m going on a SEO course this week. I hope it won’t be too hard. Like Uni. At least I had a whole semester to get around stuff – now I only have 3 days and I have to write an exam on the 4th day – yikes!

Plus my new boss wants me to work as well. Don’t know how I’m going to balance everything.

One thing I’ve noticed checking out your blogs is that most of you are a part of a group called “Project AWOL (Another way of life). What is an affiliate marketer? If it is such a great thing to do then why are there so many of you. That must be a hell of a lot competition?

I started following some of you – mostly because we share my love of creative writing:

Julie Mellilo – hoppityfrog – very genius name. Almost as good as mine!

Betty Generic – She tries to write a haiku every day. I tried to do that for a month for Napowrimo and I wanted to kill myself after that – RESPECT! Plus, I like your “about me” page.

Cheeni Thoughts – poetry

Tig 23 – very smart peotry

Others I’m already following:

Author Kristin Hope Mazzola – poetry, writing

Clearly Writing – shared condition called trich

Anskepades – my study buddy who studied journalism with me but decided she wanted to be a teacher instead now she writes about her experiences in Afrikaans – very funny!

I can’t really choose five right now, because I only started following most of you yesterday. My favourite blogs at the moment is

Kristin Mazzola and Anskepades.

My favourite childhood book – day 24 blog challenge

If I really, really, REALLY can only pick one book, I’d have to go for the “Liewe Heksie” series books. It’s an Afrikaans book about a daft witch that can’t ever remember any spells and doesn’t understood big words.

Sy bly in Blommeland en sê heeltyd vir Koning Rosekrans Koning Roseboom en sy sê heeltyd vir Blommie, haar kaboutermaatjie, “Haai oe, Blommie!” Sy’t ’n kat genaamd Matewis en Karelkat is haar sjarmante en slim maat.
Sy sê vir die gifappeltjies, Gerrie en Borrie, wat altyd die silwerroos wil kom steel, Berrie en Gorrie. En toor haar perd, Griet, altyd per ongeluk. Sy sê vir die Geelheks, “die ou Perse”. As die ander vir haar lag, dan trek sy haar hoed oor haar oë en begin huil. En as sy skaam kry dan boor sy met haar toon in die sand.

Verna Vels was ’n genius. Dis glad nie maklik om ’n kinderboek te skryf nie.

My dream job – day 23 blog challenge

My dream job is to be either a full-time writer/online journalist/digital copywriter/or doing editing for a magazine.

So far I’m a freelance journalist and an online journalist/digital copywriter intern – so it’s definitely possible.

Here’s some of my articles:

 http://www.jobvine.co.za/blog/how-not-to-choke-during-an-interview/

 http://www.shireenlouw.com/2013/06/extensive-list-wedding-ideas-wow-guests/

Imagine if people would pay me for what I write for my own blog! That will be the ultimate job!

The best thing that happened this year – day 22 blog challenge

Answer: My blog!

If you were to tell me last year I will start a blog I would have laughed at you and called you a liar.  I wasn’t always keen on the idea of having a blog.  Maybe because I thought my life is too boring to write about (I still do).

But I have no regrets! I love my blog SO much!  I don’t know how I would have survived without it.

The fact that I now have 33 followers is a bonus. Thanks for liking and reading my blog.

Ciao

My 10 favourite foods – day 21 blog challenge

My 10 favourite foods is as follows, in no particular order:

  1. Macaroni and cheese. With pieces of bacon and a can of tomato and onions.
  2. Mom’s version of (I don’t know how to spell this, please forgive me) Bouffe Boignon: a beef stewy dish.
  3. Samoosas
  4. Biltong with lots and lots of fat
  5. Fruit: Cara Cara red oranges, apricots and nectarines.
  6. Chocolates
  7. Prawns and shrimp
  8. Pork Ribs
  9. Steers chips
  10. Beef and Mayo wrap

A difficult time in your life – day 20 blog challenge

Whenever my depression gets the better of me: that is the most difficult times in my life.

I had a difficult time in school – especially in primary school. I cried a lot in my last year at primary because I didn’t have any friends and I was very unpopular.

In my second last year in high school (Gr.11) I had a huge nervous breakdown. I just started crying and I couldn’t stop. I cried non-stop all through the weekend. Nothing could cheer me up. I felt especially bad for my parents. My mom sent me to a psychiatrist that subscribed me some anti-depressants. I’m still on them although it used to be 1 and a half each day. Now I’m down to 1.

I had my second huge nervous breakdown a month ago when I was yet again rejected for a job. I started to believe that I’ll never get a job and I’ll never be good enough. I fell into a very deep abyss and it was hard to get out of that one. I haven’t entirely recovered from it yet.

At least I have this great digital copy writing intern program that I officially started today. For 3 months. The guy/boss called me today if I might be willing to relocate in six months time. Not set in stone but there’s definitely hope for the future 🙂

What do you collect? – day 19 blog challenge

I collect mostly newspaper and magazine articles: those that I find very well written. My favourite writers for the Time magazine is Joel Stein and Hannah Beech.

I also collect CD’s. Very randomly wow and from a wide variety. My latest addition is Rodiguez “Sugarman”‘s Cold Fact and Coming from reality.

I used to collect pictures that I pasted in scrapbooks. I have 6 scrapbooks with all my interests and so on.

I have so many notebooks that I use and used to jot down my ideas. I have this one project that I started while I was still in primary school: to write down all the books I liked back cover stories and I rate it for myself. I also do it with all the movies I’ve watched.

I also have a Horrible Histories collection.

The reason why I am dada for nonsense – day 18 blog challenge

O frabjous day! A reason to talk about the meaning of my blog!

Actually I’ve said it so well in my very first and second posts. So I’ll just quickly refer back to those if you haven’t read them yet:

The reason behind the name:

The reason for the name “dada4nonsense” is that during my third year in my creative writing class I thought of my poems as nonsense poems.  My lecturer said it leaned more towards dadaist poems.

According to the Oxford dictionary “Dada is an international movement in poetry and painting, initiated 1916 in Zürich, repudiating (refusing to obey) tradition, culture and reason.”

There is also a play on the word dada which replaced the word gaga, meaning to be crazy about something.

The reason for starting this blog is to get a sense of motivation and to work on my writing skills.  

So there you have it. If you want to know more about nonsense and Dadaism check out my very first post titled “Nonsense” and my favourite Nonsense quotes from the Dadaists.

My most proud moment – day 17 blog challenge

When I got published!

Well, okay, technically it was just a poem but still…

I entered a competition for The Poetry Institute of Africa in my Matric year and then I forgot about it. Great was my surprise when I got a letter in the mail congratulating me that they want to publish my poem. Whoohoo! I couldn’t stand still – I just did my victory dance all over the house.

My poem: Nightmares: which one would you choose? Pirates is on p.412 of the Resolute Rendition.

I got 3 copies: one for me and one for each of my grandmothers.

My second poem was published in my first year as our class project.

“Through the eyes of a bird” on p.56 of Afrikaans/English “In Warm Water”.