I started my blog in May 2016, whilst studying for my A levels, with the intention of creating a small space to share my thoughts with the world. I named it ‘My Mind Speaks Aloud’ because I was always known as ‘quiet’, despite the fact that my mind is always extremely loud. Creating this blog was a way of proving that I do have a voice and learning to believe in that voice. It taught me how to open up to others and understand and accept myself as a person.
Now, in my second year of studying English Literature with Creative Writing at university, my blog has become a timeline of my thoughts and progression into adulthood. I’ve struggled a lot with social anxiety over the past few years so my blog has been really important in my journey to grow my self-confidence.
On my blog you can find:
Reviews on books, music and films
Creative Writing (poetry, flash fiction, etc.)
Deeper thoughts I have about the world and humanity
Hi, I’m Mel. I have always enjoyed writing, but I have never really seen myself as a writer, until now. This way of expression has always been an undercurrent in my life: madly writing short stories as a child, writing letters to loved ones far away, or to a boyfriend who has broken my heart, and then there were the long essays written during my time at university.
In stressful times, I have always put a pen to paper (or now, I open the notebook in my phone). I reflect, constantly. And I have found myself writing down these reflections. One day, I decided to turn a couple of ideas into something – one, a short story, and the other, a serious article. They didn’t really serve a purpose besides a personal accomplishment, but then it was suggested that I start a blog. So, I did.
My blog is my writing – things that come to mind and interest me, as well as pieces of previous writing. They cover many genres and don’t all fit nicely into one box. But that’s me. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy !
So who in the Hell is Tony and what is this bologna he speaks about?
Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls My name is Tony and welcome to the backstory of Tony`s bologna.
I’ve often struggled to put-a-finger-on what the theme truly is for my blog. I’m guessing a reader would probably know better than I, as I never really cared to set an agenda. I don’t know if I’m a satire blog, I don’t know if I’m a personal development blog, I don’t really know what I am, I just am. Not to come off as office-drone-discovering-yoga-for-the-first-time but I don’t really believe in boundaries or labels anyways, they’re all arbitrary and convenient for someone else.
Essentially the question is what do you write about? Well to be honest, I’m selfish, I only write about the things that are interesting to me. I write what I would want to read.
It could be personal development, it could comedy; my mind is always changing. So how has that translated? I often write about the random bullshit that I have floating in my mind. I guess I’m drawn to the doldrums of everyday life and try to find the comedy behind it. My most popular posts have been where I’m poking fun at everyday things like Gas Station coffee, or the stupid phrases people say. Whatever I write about, I try to blend honesty with satire and my goal truly is to entertain the reader. As someone who creates, each word you write paints a picture in someone else’s mind, I want my paintings to be memorable, funny and smile inducing.
They say misery loves company, and I believe I started this blog to escape a sense of misery and the (Unwelcome) company it provided. I had just moved home after failing at a job that I traveled across the country for and was feeling quite low. I just had a feeling that I needed to do more with my life and I concluded that writing was the only avenue that I had 100% control over. So I started my blog with the thought, I don’t know how this will work out, but I certain I’ll be able to leverage this one day. Fortunately it worked out. I been able to use my blog to get me paid gigs, meet new people and really take my life in another direction. I’m happy I started and I’m still stunned by the amount of people who reach out to me saying they like my work. I’m really thankful for gifts I have been given by God, and my readers who make me laugh and keep me going.