But first some background on my random Craigslist post response from yesterday.
Last week on the day Chris left for a five day hunting trip news vehicles surrounded my neighborhood. I ignorantly assumed Obama was in town or they were filming Chicago Fire again. It wasn't until that evening when I was watching the news and saw a clip of a reporter standing close to where I live when I understood what was going on.
Just two days previous a woman had been sexually assaulted in the Lincoln Park area. As in the area I walk around alone at night regularly. Mind you I don't walk around alone when it's super late, but when it's 10 or 11 p.m. and I'm coming home from a show I have no other choice. I'm always very aware of my surroundings, but it's my neighborhood and I've grown to feel really safe here.
But for the next five days while Chris was out of town I slept with the lights on and pepper spray in hand. It's incredibly frustrating to not feel safe in your own home.
So when I read that post circulating yesterday about some dip shit guy telling women to smile more and that we should pause to take a compliment on the street from strange men we don't know, as if we owe it to them, it really pissed me off. Thus the snarky response.
And now let's move on to a much lighter subject before I get too deep into my views on feminism and my deep rooted hate for cat-calling and street harassment. But if you'd like to read more, check out my friend's new site, Humans Against Harassment.
Now on to blogging...la la la. Happy thoughts, happy thoughts.
I never thought blogging would force me to stage a photo like the one above. (I needed a photo so whatever.) But what do you think? Did I do good? Does it look like those pretty photos on Instagram from other bloggers with the white table and white wall and white everything?
I'm sure you can't help but notice my fancy At-A-Glance planner. No biggy. If I opened it you'd see I've never written a thing in there. Nothing. Just my signature a few times and a couple of cat faces.
There's a lot of ways I could answer this question. Like for example I never thought blogging would make me want to photograph every single thing I do. I never thought blogging would make me obsess over social media like I do. I never thought it would actually introduce me to online friends. Here I thought I gave up online friends after my parents forbid me to go into chatrooms after the 1998 incident... Love you forever Sk8trboi29! And I never thought it would be so enjoyable and rewarding.
Those are all good answers, right? Cool.
But I'd be lying if I didn't admit the one thing I truly never thought blogging would do is provide me with some compensation. I know that's not the answer people want to hear, but it's true. When I started this little hobby I had zero inclination there was the side to blogging that a. allowed bloggers to make some money and b. gave bloggers the opportunity to try out awesome new products.
And now that I know, I think it's pretty cool. Here are three of my favorite things I've recently been introduced to thanks to blogging.
This new nail polish color perfect for fall from Fab Polish. Fab Polish is a subscription box that delivers four of the hottest new nail polish colors directly to your door every month. Use the code "daytay50" and get your first box for only $7.49!
And has anyone else tried Neuro water before? If you ever have trouble sleeping, try the Sleep drink right before bed. You will have the most blissful sleep of your life.
Speaking of feel-good things, I continue to absolutely love my Bulu Box that gets delivered every single month full of new healthy snacks and vitamins. It's a Nebraska based company which makes me happy as well. Use the code DAILYTAY and get 50% off your purchase!
There you have it. A few things I've found thanks to blogging.
And we are officially ten days in to #Blogtober14. Thank you so much to everyone who has participated thus far. It's been so fun to read your posts, see your Tweets, and check out your photos on Instagram!
Tomorrow's prompt: If You Were President.
I don't know about you, but I'm ready to take on my Friday. Have a great weekend!