Meet the Blogger | A Proper Introduction, Coming Out, and My Face!

Meet the Blogger featuring face reveal

Hey friends! I hope you’re all having a lovely day. I was thinking about it and I realised I’ve never properly introduced myself. How rude! So I decided to have a little fun and write an introduction to me. Some of it you might already know if you read my blog often, but hopefully, I can share some fun new facts and we can all get to know each other a little better. I’m vaguely aware that there’s a meet the blogger tag that already exists, but I decided to just go for this my own way. Let’s get to it!

Dog sleeping on book. What more could you want from a picture?

Hi! I’m Abi.

(Okay, you definitely already know that one.) I’m 20 years old, I live in the UK, and I have a dog named Pip who you see at the beginning of every post. I read a lot of books (really just thought I’d get the obvious stuff out of the way) and I make art. Not so much lately, but I do sometimes, honest!

I work in digital marketing, which makes you think my blog would be more successful than it is. But honestly, when I’ve spent the whole day battling social media algorithms and researching keywords for search engine optimisation I really just want to produce content for the fun of it. Having said that, if there’s interest I’m happy to write a few posts with digital marketing tips for blogs! Fun fact number one about me: I love teaching. Even though I haven’t actually written any how-to posts, I think about it a lot, and I’ve also contemplated starting a YouTube channel a few times. I’d have to learn to not hate the sound of my own voice quite so much first though. ๐Ÿ™ˆ

As well as doing digital marketing, I studied Art & Design at college. Fun fact number two: I’ve spent a lot of time drawing naked people. Like, a lot. In-person and online. And if you’re wondering – yes, it was awkward at first. Picture the scene: a class of 16-year-olds fresh out of high school, gathered in a circle with easels. We’re not really sure what’s going on but we’ve been told to be professional. Then lovely woman named Helen, who’s in her sixties, walks into the middle of the room and drops her robe. It was a lot. Yet – in a way that shows even immature 16-year-old boys can adapt to anything – by the end of the two years we were having full conversations with Helen while trying to accurately capture the shadows on her bum. Art is so weird. Honestly I don’t know why I just typed out this whole story, but I did, so I’ll leave it. ๐Ÿ˜‚

Being queer as heck ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ

I always make a huge song and dance out of Pride month, yet I’ve never really discussed what it means to me. Well, I’m a lesbian! I’m also demisexual, which I have mentioned more often. (Demisexual means I’m on the asexual spectrum and can only experience attraction to someone I have a strong relationship with already.) Being a lesbian is something I’ve struggled with a lot over the years, and it was a source of bullying in high school, which is the reason I don’t mention it. But lately, I’ve been working on getting more comfortable with my identity (something books have helped a lot with) and I’m finally okay with saying it. Now to lighten this up, please enjoy some stories of things I did as a child that should’ve made me realise I was gay way sooner:

  • I used to exclusively make female Sims, then get all excited when I could make them kiss, get married, and yes, WooHoo. My kingdom on The Sims Medieval was entirely populated with lesbians (the dream, honestly).
  • When I was about 9 or 10 I told my female best friend that you could kiss people on the lips to show you loved each other as friends. Ummm…
  • One time I had a boyfriend, kissed him once (literally the tiniest peck) then didn’t want to do it again because I thought it was gross. I also shoved my hands in my pockets whenever he came near me because I didn’t want to hold his hand. What an idiot gay, literally.
  • “I only like fictional boys.”
  • My fashion sense alone should have given it away. A button-up shirt, chinos, and SUSPENDERS. I wore that into high school on non-uniform day and no one had the courtesy to tell me I was clearly a confused lesbian!
  • My hairdresser knew before I did??? He once asked me if I wanted to dye my hair rainbow for Pride and I was like “oh, no thank you, I’m not…” It took a few years before I realised YES, yes I was.

As if this post wasn’t embarrassing enough already, please enjoy these photos that show me before high school (confused, awkward human) and after high school (hella gay).

Yes I made it tiny, it’s horribly embarrassing ๐Ÿ˜…

Meet my face (and my partner)

The time has come to reveal my face to you! If you thought my icon with the green hair was a joke to match my lemon theme, you were wrong.

Meet me and my partner, Olly! We’re cute, right? (Olly is non-binary and uses they/them pronouns.) The first two pictures are my favourites but they’re nearly a year old now, so I’ve also included a current picture! Peach hair, no more braces, and glasses. The glasses are just for computers but I literally took that photo while writing this post, so there you go!

I don’t know what else to write in this section so I’ll just tell you that Olly and me have been together for two years now, we met at work, and we happily spend hours in bookstores together. Our record is 3 hours in Leeds Waterstones (the largest bookstore in Yorkshire). Olly is a uni student studying for a degree in Computer Security and Forensics, and I will never understand how to do the things they do. They wrote a guest post on this blog once, have a read if you’re interested!

My hobbies! Many, many hobbies…

I do a lot of stuff. Too much stuff, if you ask literally anyone who knows me and how easily I get stressed out. But I enjoy many different things, and I am also a fool with no sense of time who will try to cram a lifetime of work into a week. I’ve gotten a little better at relaxing lately (mainly since Animal Crossing: New Horizons took over my life) but instead of focusing on my terrible time management skills, I’ll just tell you everything I like to do instead.

The most obvious thing I can mention here is reading books, and blogging about those books! While I sometimes treat blogging as a job rather than a hobby, at the end of the day it’s something I do for enjoyment. I started doing it because I fell in love with the idea from reading other people’s blogs, and I still love it now. My two year blogiversary is coming up soon! As for reading, I’ve been doing it since probably before I could walk. Everyone in my family reads, and that produced a bookworm with a ferocious appetite for stories. Every year I would get a gold medal from my local library’s reading challenge, and I quite quickly moved on to books that were way above my age range.

My favourite story about my reading happened on holiday when I was 6 or 7. My mum had finished her book, so I asked if I could read it, and she let me. While I’m reading this near the pool, a woman walks past and comments to my mum how cute it is that I’m pretending to read her book. To which my mum responds “Oh, she’s not pretending, she’s reading it.” This woman is confused and scandalised, my mother does not care, I finish the book. The only time my mum ever stopped me reading something was when I started a Karin Slaughter book when I was 10 or 11, and I told her it started with a woman leaping from a building and getting impaled on a fence. Apparently that’s where she drew the line. When I was just leaving primary school I moved on to Adult books completely – my favourite was Watchers by Dean Koontz, and I enjoyed James Patterson. This is why I read YA now – I skipped it when I was actually in the target age range. ๐Ÿ˜‚

In an attempt to stop the length of this section getting totally out of hand, I’ll try to keep the rest of my hobbies short and sweet. I mostly do creative things – I enjoy sewing and crochet, as well as drawing and painting. I love to cook and bake, and I think I make a pretty good meal if I do say so myself. I also love to play video games – my all-time favourites are Fable, Borderlands, The Sims, Bioshock, and most recently Animal Crossing. (My Nintendo Switch friend code is SW-4123-2728-2322 if anyone wants to add me!) I don’t tend to watch TV or movies, but my favourite film is Tangled. My music taste varies from punk rock to acoustic indie, and everything inbetween, but currently I’ve mostly been listening to cavetown, Ben Platt, and girl in red.

Random information no one needs to know about me

I’m an Aquarius! My MBTI (16 Personalities) is INTP, which is The Logician. Although, my type seems to change every year and I think I’m due to take the test again soon. I’m very clumsy and that is entirely the reason my house only has plastic cups – I’m dangerous around glass. I like my food spicy. If I could only read one book for the rest of my life I would pick Glass Houses by Rachel Caine. I already own two copies of it after I read the first one to death and had to glue a couple of pages back in. Every morning I watch PAW Patrol on TV and it’s the highlight of my day. (Yes, I’m an absolute child.) I love musicals but I’ve never seen one live. The inspiration for my blog design was a combination of the song Lemon Boy by cavetown, the lemon tree I’m trying to grow in my garden, and my obsession with buying lemon print clothing.

Okay, this was a very long and rambly post! I hope you had fun reading and enjoyed hearing some of my random stories and learning more about me. If you’ve made it this far let me know in the comments – what’s your MBTI? Can you cook? Tell me a random fact about yourself! And don’t forget to let me know if you’d like to read a post about digital marketing for blogs!

Love and lemons, Abi

10 thoughts on “Meet the Blogger | A Proper Introduction, Coming Out, and My Face!

  1. OMG TALK ABOUT A GLOW UP
    This was super cool to learn about the human behind the lemons though ๐Ÿ˜‚ Iโ€™m more of a baker than a cooker myself because using pans is scary as hell (yes I am a big baby)
    I love your hair though! And you & your partner are just too cute together ๐Ÿ’ž

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    1. HAHA thank you! The human behind the lemons, I love that ๐Ÿ˜‚ Awww, that’s totally valid, pans are scary and baking has many advantages, like you get to sit down while it cooks, and you get to eat baked stuff for longer than just one meal ๐Ÿ˜‚ Thank you so much! ๐Ÿฅฐ

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  2. I’m so late to this post – just catching up on blog-hopping – but I loved reading this!! It made me smile a lot! ๐Ÿ˜€ The lesbian sims story in particular made me laugh out loud, it’s really wholesome. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Also, you and Olly are so adorable together. ๐Ÿฅบ Wishing you both all the best in the future, too. I’d love to read a how-to post on digital marketing. I’m absolutely awful at using social media or at using keywords for search engines, so I clearly could benefit from something like that. I was always curious if that was your real hair – I’ve always wanted to try colorful hair, but I don’t have the courage for it, honestly. (And I’m scared it’d ruin my hair, so I simply have it dyed to a reddish-brown color.) I do love your hair on all the pictures you shared. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. Don’t worry about it, I’m so behind on blog-hopping too ๐Ÿ˜… Aww yay, thank you! Haha glad that made you laugh, I love that story and it’s so funny thinking back to it now ๐Ÿ˜‚

      Thank you so much! ๐Ÿฅฐ Ooh okay, I actually have an article that I had to write for my qualification about SEO on blog posts, so I was thinking of publishing that.

      It’s definitely scary dying your hair the first time, when I had long hair I started by getting it dip dyed so if it went wrong I could just cut the ends off ๐Ÿ˜…

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  3. I love your sign off! โค๏ธ Love and lemons is so cute. And omg Iโ€™m so glad you discovered yourself in high school (itโ€™s like a transformer that place… everyone comes out 10x different) and that booms have helped your accept your sexuality and just who you are. Your house is awesome!! My gosh I could never be so daring to dye my hair that colour ๐Ÿ˜ญ 3 hours in a bookstore sounds like heaven and I honestly think they need to have cafes like right in bookstores (not an imported Starbucks) but where youโ€™re sitting surrounded by books because heck Iโ€™d practically live there!! I used to get the gold medal from the reading challenge at my library too, I now volunteer there every summer and listen to all the cute kiddies talk about their books (damn they can talk sometimes! Kinda like me ๐Ÿ˜†) and it just warms my heart to see these young people reading books unseats of stuck on iPhones because if thereโ€™s one thing that can get you through the lies in life? Itโ€™s books!! A wonderful post and so sorry for the long comment… so lovely to find another amazing blog ๐Ÿฅฐ And also your and your partner are ahhh ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ Adorable! I find couples so cute but thereโ€™s me still a single Pringle ๐Ÿ˜‚ Anyways I better leave you in peace now, bye!!

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    1. Awww thank you! โค๏ธ It was a Waterstones where I spent 3 hours and it does have its own cafe! Certain ones just have a Costa stuck in but my favourite ones have their own ‘Cafรฉ W’ and they do loads of baked treats and all different types of loose tea, and coffee and hot chocolate. It’s adorable! They even let you take books off the shelves and look through them in the cafe so you can decide whether to buy them!! ๐Ÿ˜

      That sounds so cute at the library! Yessss it makes me so happy to see kids loving books, or just playing with actual toys instead of staring at an iPad! They didn’t even exist until I was 10!! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ I had one of those Leapfrog things where you bought different story books and the pen read them out to you. (Don’t know if you’ll know what that is but maybe, haha)

      Haha, never apologise for leaving a long comment, I love them! ๐Ÿฅฐ And I’m definitely guilty of leaving really long ones myself. I’m not usually chatty, until I’m talking to someone who’s interested in the same things as me (books!!!) and then you can’t shut me up ๐Ÿ˜‚

      Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a lovely comment ๐Ÿฅฐโค๏ธ

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  4. Hi Abi, so nice to meet you! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Ooh Iโ€™d definitely be interested in a post all about digital marketing ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Though I can definitely understand wanting to keep that separate from this hobby. Ahaha that story about your art class and Helen made me laugh out loud ๐Ÿ˜‚

    Ahh Iโ€™m so happy to hear that youโ€™ve been able to become more comfortable with your identity recently! Also, โ€œI only like fictional boysโ€ is such a relatable mood. I love your hair in all its various colors, and you and your partner are adorable!!

    I have no idea what my MBTI is (though I could tell you for all the characters in my WIP lol), I donโ€™t love to cook but I love to bake, and a random fact about me is that Iโ€™m tragically allergic to apples. I loved getting to know a little bit more about your life from this, Abi โค ๐Ÿ‹

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    1. I think it could be fun to try and apply marketing stuff to something I actually care about (and am not just being paid to care about ๐Ÿ˜…) so I’ll definitely have a go at posting about it! Haha, I wasn’t sure if it was too weird to include so I’m glad it made you laugh ๐Ÿ˜‚

      Honestly, real life boys could never compete. The bar has been set far too high!

      Haha, I remember when I was writing my webcomic I spent forever reading about astrology and moon signs so I could decide exactly when my character’s birthdays should be. Probably should have thought more about an actual story and maybe it wouldn’t be a hopelessly “on hold” WIP. ๐Ÿ˜… Oh no, I didn’t even know apples were a thing you could be allergic to! I’m so glad you liked the post โค๏ธ

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