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1 April 2016

Alice's Antics


Over 2 years ago, I wrote a blog post about myself. Not a day in the life, but a post like 'Hey, this is real, this is me, I'm exactly where I'm supposed to be...' (Camp Rock anyone? Just me?). 

Essentially, I wrote a blog post for all of my lovely readers to get to know me a little better. And recently I hit 300,000 views on this little teeny tiny internet space. 300,000!!!! I only have 200 posts up! In fact, this is my 201st post. I've been steadily aware of more and more people reading Alice's Antics, but I do have to say I feel a little bit like I blinked in September 2013 when I was writing to 2 people (cheers mum and dad) and woke up to 300,000 views. So, I thought I'd refill you all in on me and my life and who I am.

Because really, you all read what I have to say, but unless you've come over here from Faceyb, the chances are you don't actually know me in real life. I could be awful. 


So here's some life facts about me, I'm not going to put them in list format, I'm going to do a typing equivalent of word vomit. 

I'm currently 20 years old and split my time between living just outside of London, and by the coast in Dorset with my family. I study a degree in Politics and International Relations, which was much to the amusement of my family for a long old while, because honestly, I was never really that political. But hey ho, here I am, spending thousands on a degree in it.

Last time I wrote about myself, I was living in Italy. That was a thing. I moved to Italy for 7 months in January 2014 and it was just as full of gelato-eating as I thought it would be. I met my American soulmate in friend form and met sexy Italian men and managed to learn some Italian. But I was 100% ready to return back to England and start uni, turns out there's only so much Pizza and Pasta a non-Italian can eat. Italy was also the birthplace of the ending of my blog 'Ciao for Now!'. 


When I was growing up I was, to be perfectly honest, a bit of a melt. I'm pretty sure 'melt' is not a noun, but it's the best way to describe me. I idolised all of the 'cool' girls and would go out of my way to do anything to please anyone and would make up completely unbelievable stories to make me sound far cooler than I was, which in turn meant I set myself up to be walked over.  And I completely, 100% contribute that to how I'm now the epitome of honest truths. I'm that friend people take shopping because they know if something isn't flattering, I'll tell them. 

For as long as I can remember, all I wanted to do was get out of where I lived. I've never been a 'home body' and never really been content with being in one place, which explains why I upped and left to Italy at just 18 after already travelling the south East of Europe. I actually haven't spent more than about a month or so at home since I got back, but I think I'm starting to appreciate England a lot more. Even though I have no idea what I want to do with my life. I feel as if we all spend 18 years being told we're too young to do this, and too young to make any decisions and then at 18/19 we are thrown into making choices which will affect our whole life. If I could (somehow, very hypothetically) change the curriculum in anyway it would be to show children and young adults how to do the adult stuff. Claim tax and get car insurance and explain what council tax is. 


I haven't actually seen the photo above for about 5 years, which is truly horrifying. 

I became an 'internet human' when I was 16. I began blogging on Tumblr, which I'm sure 99% of people reading this will know of. And for some reason, I quickly gained a large amount of followers. I loved the community of the internet, and although from 16/17 onwards I was a lot happier at school, I loved how the internet allowed you to be anyone you wanted to be. Despite the stick I got from some of my friends who knew about it, everyone I was friends with at 6th form knew I was Alice the internet person and now, they don't really question it, even if they don't quite 'get' it. It's so easy to get caught up in having thousands of followers, having friends who do take the mick a bit can keep you grounded and in touch with the world around you, rather than swamped up in the internet version of yourself. And they never ever made me feel uncomfortable, it was just enough to make me laugh at myself without making me feel awkward, which in hindsight is the difference between friends and 'friends'. At one point I had 27,000 followers and would have people drawing me and fangirling if I followed them, so it's important to be able to go to school and have friends laugh at you about it. 

Through all of this, I was inspired to get into 'big girl blogging'. I wanted to write about things that mattered, instead of re-posting photographs of pugs (although I do love pugs). I still think there's a huge area of blogging which is underrated, the blog which write about politics and feminism and all of the ism's, and although I don't really care about views, I sometimes wish my most read content was my take on the Refugee Crisis rather than my Evening Skincare Routine. 


For relevance, the photograph above was taken in 2012, of me and 5 friends I met through blogging on Tumblr. The gateway blog.

I've purposely written a lot about the past in this blog post. I know the future is uncertain, and to be honest, I'm completely winging it. I know I love blogging and the internet almost (ALMOST) as much as I love Leonardo DiCaprio and Grey's Anatomy. I know I'm terrible at Maths and hate tomatoes and John Green books (gasp!). I know I'm moving to France for 3 months over the summer instead of getting relevant work experience because I don't even know what work experience would be 'relevant' anymore. I know I will probably always have the funkiest mugs in any house share and will also be the clumsiest person in all of my friendships.

To summarise myself to you, I asked 3 of my favourite people who know me best to describe what I'm like in 3 words. This is what they came up with:
Funny, thoughtful, bossy, passionate, kind, fun, loyal, hilarious, honest.

Obvs they're a bit bias, and are also not wrong about me being bossy. Woops. (I wish I could insert the hair flick emoji here).

Alice's Antics is a documentation of my life and so long as I keep on having 'antics', I plan to keep writing about them. I love every email and every comment. I appreciate every follow on any of my networks. I have Russia, Japan and Israel in my top 10 country pageviews, and that literally blows my mind. So thank you x1000 for giving me something to write about. I'm sure I'd blog even if I still only had 2 readers, but knowing what I write is appreciated and received makes me feel warm and fuzzy.


Thank you all, SO much. Let's continue to wing it together.

Ciao for now!
x

4 comments:

  1. Loved this insight into you, your past, present and future. I don't know anything about tumblr I'm afraid, perhaps I'm too old? But 27,000 subscribers there is amazing!

    What are you going to be doing in France this summer? X
    Amy at amynmore.co.uk

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    1. I'm so glad you liked it! Hahah yes it was rather a lot! I'm working as a holiday courier in the south for 3 months which should definitely be fun! x

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  2. I love all of your posts, honestly! Congrats on growing! I can't wait to see what other antics you'll have! Also i'm terrible at math as well, & the map part of the stats is all I look at! It's so exciting! :)
    x Kenzie
    kenzieblogslife.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you for ALL your support Kenzie! You've been here such a long time! Hahah oh god, I will never ever be good at numbers, I've learnt to live with it haha! x

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