22 Jan 2018

20 Facts About The Blogger

After seeing the popularity of '5 Facts About Yourself' on Instagram, the homeboy Davey Granger set me the challenge of doing 20 facts about the blogger on my blog so here they are! 

1. I’m the human equivalent to a lone wolf. I live by myself, I always get coffee by myself, I pretty much do everything by myself. I have no idea why but it’s just the way I am! 

2. I’m an indie kid at heart. These days all of the new music I listen to is rap/hip hop but music from The Maccabees, The Smiths, The Libertines etc will always have a place in my heart.

3. Not many of my internet friends know that I’m a massive football fan. I spent most of my youth on the terraces at Cardiff City getting drunk, wearing Gazelles and a Harrington jacket on cold Tuesday nights. 

4. I’m not much of a TV watcher at all. I’ve never watched Game Of Thrones, Breaking Bad or most of the ‘classics.’ I do bloody love Stranger Things though.

5. I’m a pretty anxious person, to the point where I have thrown up a few times because of nerves getting the better of me. How fun?! 

6. I’ve seen Tyler, The Creator live 6 times and plan on adding to that a lot more. I’ve been to Amsterdam, Reading Festival, London and Bristol so far for his shows. 

7. I only went ‘public’ with blogging about two years ago. I’ve had blogs for at least 5 years but I was too shy to let people know what I was doing. That was until I knew there was a whole community to interact with! 

8. I worked in retail for 7 years of my life. Jobs included Topman & Vivienne Westwood but that life just isn’t for me. I fully commend people who can put up with the mental strain. 

9. My favourite colour changes on a stupidly regularly basis. At the moment it’s pastel pink but I’m sure that will change in 3 hours.

10. I once went through a phase where I was obsessed with chameleons. I would spend hours on end just looking at photos on Google and it was the weirdest time of my life.

11. I went to university and lasted less than six months. I was meant to be the brains but university just wasn’t my calling. I studied computing and I honestly have no idea how/why I got onto that course. I don’t even know what RAM means. 

12. Podcasts are my coping mechanism. If I’m having a bad day I always throw on one of the same podcasts I’ve listened to at least 30 times but I never get bored of them. Podcast recommendations are welcome by the way. 

13. I absolutely despise exercise, but I recently signed up for a gym. The only way to get myself fit was to sign up at a place with a jacuzzi so I can reward myself after I break one drip of sweat. 

14. Millionaire by Kelis is my favourite song of all time. Don’t try and tell me anything else is better coz it isn’t. 

15. I’ve never fully recovered since Netflix stopped showing The Office U.S. 

16. I was ready for fight everyone at Channel 4 if Stacey won Bake Off last year. 

17. I haven’t been on a ‘sunny’ holiday since 2012 and it’s taking its toll on me. I really want to go on holiday this year because I bloody deserve it.

18. I am the biggest fidgeter you’re likely to meet. I can’t sit still for longer than 3 months, and I’ve had to get a stand up desk at work because I can’t sit down all day. 

19. I have no idea what I want to do when it comes to being an adult. The pleasing thing is, nobody on the internet knows either so I know I’m not alone feeling this way.

20. I cried when I saw Kendrick Lamar live. I don’t know why but it got too much for me and I had tears in my eyes, tragic! 

I'm not going to nominate anyone but feel free to do your own and make sure you let me know if you do! 


2 Jan 2018

Plans for 2018

Firstly, happy new year! In traditional Ryan Mules fashion, I've left my new year content too late and I write this on 2nd January as I've prepared no content whatsoever! The purpose of this post is to essentially air my hopes and plans for the forthcoming year and hopefully by putting it in the public domain, it will give me a kick up the arse to see most of them through.

I've already touched on my first hope for 2018 and that is to plan better when it comes to content. Over the festive period I saw so many fellow bloggers saying they've got blog AND social media content sorted for January and it puts me to shame! The majority of my blog posts are written on a whim, as you can probably tell, which has also led me to promising myself to write more prolifically this year. Instead of chiming in here and there with the occasional blog post I really want to create more readable content as well as creating good visual content.

On the subject of social media, I definitely need to engage more this year. I'm one of those dickheads who has been moaning all year saying "it's impossible to grow on Instagram" but I've realised it's because I'm basically invisible! I rarely comment on people's photos which is so stupid because I follow so many awesome content creators, but I'm definitely making it a priority to compliment peoples work this year.

With regards to blog content, I'm looking to hopefully expand on my music section. Stats wise it doesn't really perform but I enjoy writing about music so who gives a fuck? The state of music at the moment is incredible and I feel like I'm doing an injustice to myself by not sharing my thoughts about what's happening, what I'm listening to and what I'm looking forward to etc. I want to tie in more interviews with my music section too, which means I'd like to venture outside of the blogosphere and interview people within the music industry. I think that would be really awesome, right?

Looking away from blogging/SM I'd love to learn a new language this year. I've been saying it to myself for years and I keep putting it off and to be honest, there's no excuse for it. I've heard DuoLingo is free forever? Is this true? If so then sign me up and keep tabs on me because how incredible is that? Learning a new language for free, loooooovely!

The last thing I'll bore you with today is my aspiration (?) of possibly starting a podcast. I'm really enjoying the resurgence of podcasts over the last few years and it's such a great medium to just talk shit, put it on record and share it with the world. The only thing holding me back at the moment is nerves. It scares the living shit out of me for some reason but I think if I did one, I'd want to continue making them. If you're reading this and you have a podcast, invite me on and hopefully you can settle my nerves!

As far as 2018 goes they're my main goals for the year and hopefully I can start ticking them off the list ASAP! What are your plans for 2018?