The New Site is live!


As I mentioned here, I’ve been working on a brand new website for my blog and finally it’s finished and ready to go! So go over, check it out and follow it for my new posts!

JSTJSH.co.uk

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We Interrupt Your Scheduled Blog Post


I am writing blog posts, I promise. I’m just not posting them. I’ve been working flat out last week, and I’ve been struggling with a nasty dose of the cold this week. In between working and trying to stay alive, I’m redesigning the entire blog from scratch and getting ready to migrate to a self-hosted blog. I’m sticking with WordPress because it’s what I’m used to; and if it’s good enough for half the internet, it’s good enough for me. Although the initial setup and creation of a self-hosted WordPress blog is a bit of a pain in the can; the level of customisation it affords makes it worth the effort in my opinion (plus I’ll be able to get rid of those pesky ads on pages).

It’s all part of the master plan to take over the world create a blog that I can be proud of for years to come. I’ve been blogging without giving much thought to posting schedules or the types of posts I want to make, but with the new website, I’ll be able to shake things up and create a space for myself on the Intertubes. So bare with me while I migrate everything and give myself headaches over which shade of grey I think makes a better background colour. It’ll all be worth it in the end.

I’d also like to start becoming a bit more collaborative, so if any other bloggers reading this would like to work on something together, please hit me up on here or Twitter, especially if you happen to be an LGBT blogger living in Northern Ireland. I have a few ideas up my sleeve and would really like to start becoming more included in the blogosphere.

The last exciting piece of news is that with the new blog comes my very own .co.uk address. I know a few people have contacted me on Facebook having trouble remembering the address for the current blog. The new address is a lot easier to remember, although I’m not ready to give it out just yet.

So there we go, a quick update to let y’all know what’s in the pipeline. It shouldn’t be too long until I return again, so watch this space.

Ignorance isn’t Bliss: Tackling Homophobia in Schools


Last week I had the opportunity to sit in on one of Cara-friend‘s ShoutOut anti-bullying workshops. The workshop is aimed at young people of secondary school age, and aims to educate them on what it is like to grow up as an LGBT teen in Northern Ireland and how their words and actions can have an effect on LGBT youth. The workshop’s emphasis on tackling ignorance through education and it’s honest, frank approach to talking about some sensitive and difficult topics was refreshing to see; and the overarching attempt to provoke empathy from a bunch of high school kids was (in my view) somewhat of a success, though it was not without it’s difficulties.Read More »

My Name’s Josh, I’m a Journalist


Is there anything as exciting, inspiring and intimidating as the first page of a brand new notebook? Despite my fierce love for, and dependency on gadgets and technology, when it comes to writing I’m a lot more old fashioned. Anything that makes it onto my blog (and many more that do not) is first written on paper. Sure, it makes the process longer (I can type a lot faster than I write), but there’s something romantic about being able to flick through a book full of ideas, opinions and stories that is impossible to replicate sifting through the archives of a blog.Read More »

The Bars Have Ears


Since we’ve been back in Northern Ireland, Robin and I have been checking out the nightlife one bar at a time to get a sense of what’s big on the North Coast right now (cocktails are huge, unfortunately, good cocktails are not). Not being totally sure whether we want to hop back into the bar scene or try something else for a change, we’ve been keeping our options open.Read More »

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline


Every time I’m flying, I kill time in the departure lounge by finding the bookshop and buying one book. My choice this time was Ready Player One, a novel from 2011 by Ernest Cline. While I wouldn’t describe myself as being a big Science Fiction fan, I gleaned from the blurb and reviews on the back that two of my favourite things played a big role in the story; video games and 80’s pop culture, that was enough to peak my interest and risk the purchase.Read More »