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Let’s Be Game Changers

So, a lot of you have probably heard of this phrase. Or maybe heard the name Essena O’Neill? You know, this girl:

Essena has realised the fakeness of social media. She’s reinventing all her accounts, and instead of posting beautiful Instagram photos, she’s exposing the ugly truth behind her life. Yes, deleting thousands of followers to get the word out on what social media really does to us.

And honestly, I hadn’t realised the truth of what she was saying until I read those new captions. I go through the Snapchat stories and Facebook pages of people I hate, so I can see all the fun things they’re doing and hate them even more. I try to go outside just to take cool photos, because there’s nothing fun about watching tv. Online, I’m not me.

I know what you’re thinking – we know, Victoria. That’s the whole point of social media! Why would you want to post things that aren’t interesting, or photos that are unflattering? Anyway, Victoria, we’re book bloggers. We know all there is to know about not fitting society’s perfect standards.

I hate to be the one to tell you this, but even us high and mighty nerds are doing this. Right here, on our very own blogs. Just ask Ava, who did an inspiring post on the shallowness of book blogging. We want to be super readers, with the most books, the best looking bookshelves, the coolest book swag. We want to be besties with all the authors, have publishers BEGGING for us to review their ARCs. And when we don’t have all those things, we mope over the blogs of the people who do. Or at least, the blogs who pretend they do.

So what’s the point of this post? Well, just what Essena said – to be game changers. To do what makes you happy, no matter what that might be. To take photos of things that inspire you, not spend hours trying to get your hair look just right for a photo. To write all over your books, fold over the corners, stack them in a massive pile on your floor. To talk to a blogger because YOU WANT TO, not because you think it’ll increase the traffic on your blog. In the words of the wonderful Tyler Oakley, you do you, whatever that may be. And do it for YOU, not for the approval of a society who, in the end, don’t matter one bit

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I was a book blogger for a while, and I now blog about every little thing in life I can think of. Bear with me while I try all these new posts out... I'm a New Zealand teen who gets angry about the world (but not angry enough for tumblr). I like to capture the world through photos and words, and read in all the moments in nz-squadbetween. I have an overwhelming desire to see every corner of the world I possibly can, and hug the people I love in all those corners. I can't do make up to save myself, and you're more likely to find me buying matching stationary than matching clothes. My nerd hobbies include a new found love of the Avengers, reading YA, watching Game of Thrones, How I Met Your Mother, and every vlogger I can find, and being the last person on the music bandwagons. I have big plans for the rest of my life, including university, teaching, travelling, and having an army of puppies. I plan to blog every second of it!

15 thoughts on “Let’s Be Game Changers

  1. Bravo. I was just recently going to post something about the pressure I feel blogging sometimes and especially the pressure to read more books. I don’t think I’m a slow reader by any means but I cannot keep up with some of these people on Goodreads who read 200-300 books a year. I like to actually enjoy the book and remember what I read. Thank you for posting this.

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    1. I know what you mean. Some people go completely insane, and I hate that I can’t keep up with them. If you do post something, make sure you send me a link – I’d love to check it out! I’m glad I could help ❀

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  2. I love this post and the whole way through I couldn’t help but smile. You’re so right, I do the Snapchat and Facebook scroll of people I’m no longer friends with, for various reasons, contasntly. It’s like I need to see what they’re doing and then get upset because they’re in a better place than I am. Maybe it’s time for a good clear out before 2016 hits.

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      1. I know it’s like we have this need to check up on people that we should have cleared out from out lives a long time ago. It’s something I’ll be doing before the new year comes, a clean slate for a new year!

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