I've not been this excited to write a blog post in a long time. That reality in itself is probably one of the many reasons why this blog didn't come top in Channel 4's search for Britain's Young Blogger of the year but I am so glad Jo Bucks pointed me the direction of the competition. I feel this way for two reasons - firstly, entering was a good little exercise in itself as it made me question myself on why I blog. Secondly - it led to me discovering Louise Jones who ( until further notice ) is my new favourite person as I am sitting here with a big stupid grin on my face after reading her blog. Yup, you guessed it. She's the winner.
Damn right. Bookmark this http://hiyalouise.blogspot.com/ now. The week Louise entered the competition she posted:
"Channel 4's Young Blogger 2010 This has taken over my life since the end of September. I found out about it through a link sent to me on Twitter, and I was full on :Oing and !!!!!!!ing when I read it. Jon Snow set up a competition to find the best young blogger between the ages of 16-24, and that night, after much backspacing, rewording, shaking, and squinty eyes checking for errorsing, I said a little prayer whilst clicking 'send'. My lucky bracelet hasn't come off since. I don't think I've ever wanted something so much in my life. Ever. EVEREVEREVER."
She started blogging because she wants to be a journalist. Now she blogs for Channel 4. Enough said.
"But I've learnt something about all this that I never even realised before. I've had emails from strangers telling me that I've inspired them to do something. Me. A normal 17 year old with a random blog. Teenagers have started their own blogs because of me and that is cheesily one of the best feelings in the world, knowing that you've inspired others. Yes, you may gag at me now. It just proves that ANYONE can change someone's life, you don't have to have done something brilliant or be famous, you can be an average person. Like me. I'm no one special. Just a moody weird rambling teenager. Sorry to disappoint. X"
I spend alot of time talking about 'real people' and 'real lives' and how we can better understand why people feel the way they do. It doesn't get more real than this...
"Dear Mr David William Donald Cameron,
Sup. How's it goin'? Good? Of course it is. Your children can afford to go to University.
I don't really understand politics, I admit. I don't understand how governments work, why we have to pay tax, and I also didn't understand why everyone hated you, David Cameron, becoming our new Prime Minister. Note 'didn't'. I totes get it now."
Teen: Dreaming is real, relevant ( plus hilarious at times ) and now it's in the spot light. Absolutely well done Louise!!!