Good Faith. The pillars on which most blogs stand.

I've been thinking of different ways I could do something interesting here and have concluded that I’m not that interesting. No really I’m not Interesting.

I've mused and googled many potential blog challenges and since I don't think I can come up with a 'wannabe Buzfeed article' every day I’ve settled on the following. 

I'm going to try and write (at least) 100 words a day and commit to have it published by the end of every day. Ideally 8PM but midnight is the final cut off. 

You may think this sounds pi** easy... you haven't met me have you? 

21 Aye?

In many ways i'm lazy, bus sometimes im just too busy to do things. I turned 21 on Sunday and it was the first day in the last 2 weeks that I actually stopped and looked around. I didnt smell the roses because that's the last thing my hayfever needs.

I don't feel older and I'm certainly not wiser but 2016 so far has been a big year, not withstanding the new and events. I've been more aware of what I don't know and my own inexperience. For me that is half the battle to becoming more (stand by for wan*y blogger lingo) self aware and confident.

Someone said to me today 'It's weird to think of you as just 21 because you're mature" to which I usually reply "Ahh code for 'you look old'"

Free Tea, Dundee, Serial and Me.

As I write this I’m on a train, camped in the quiet coach taking advantage of the free tea and wi-fi. The journey is sunny; I can see my own reflection in the laptop. I've had a sort of half day today, went up to Dundee for a few hours now I’m heading home.

I have so far enjoyed the ‘100 a day’ challenge I’ve set myself and up until this post I haven’t really struggled to come up with something to write. 

So, i’ll leave you with this, an article by Sarah Koenig, one of the creators of Serial, the podcast that took over the world.

In this piece she breaks down how she managed to tell a story without having the material she wanted.

It’s a great insight into the amount of work and research they go into to make Serial.  It’s also a lesson on recording everything and throwing none of it away.  

While you were away…

The very first thing I saw when I woke up today was someone getting shot, a video on twitter that showed the shooter in Dallas. A story that dominated headlines all day.

Horrific, from all viewpoints and a story we will no doubt learn more of in the coming days.

Twitter is great, social media (for the most part) is a good thing that can inform, amuse and entertain.

On days like today, Twitter hinders. It dilutes the pool of information with re-hashed headlines, ‘BREAKING NEWS’ and speculation. Rather than writing about the people, the reason or what those in power might be able to do, some journalist’s time was devoted to tracking down and sharing the picture of a man who was not involved and writing articles about a deleted tweet from a former politician who’s idiocy if measured by numbers would be tenfold his amount of followers.

As news becomes more international and local/ national tragedies are broadcast round the world faster than is healthy, we’ll need to find a better way of working/ reacting online, especially if something is on going. Even though we’re becoming numb, many still attach a lot of trust to the words ‘Breaking News’ and this leads to miss information and misconception. The last thing that this tragedy needs is for an important message to get lost. A message that if it was already held in the palaces that it's not, this might have been avoided. #BlackLivesMatter