Some people on Twitter just cannot contain themselves to 140 characters. Here's a selection of some of their writings from their own blogs. Like Twitter, it's a mash up of the deeply personal to highly whimsical, with some great creative & visual art thrown in as well. Hope you enjoy it.

Grammar tips for scientific writing on

I have a side job for a few hours a week editing scientific papers. I thought I'd share a few of the problems that I come across most often.

What's the point in this?

Language is an ever-evolving thing and grammar and spelling can, and do, change over time. However, it's important to have a grasp of the language rules that are in common usage. When people are communicating with each other they need to have a...

Read & Feed: research meets real life on Wild Writes

Over August I’ve been involved in Smallbridge Library’s Read & Feed project. As it pertains to Rochdale there’s more about this on the Writing Rochdale blog. It’s not strictly PhD related – although I will be reflecting upon all work I’ve been...

Catharsis on

Depression, anxiety and self harm. This post is all the fun. Though I'm still determined to find the light at the end of the tunnel!

As many people, I sometimes struggle with mental health. I've a long history of anxiety and depression. I'm fortunate enough to be (just about) able to pay for a therapist,...

Removed on Ramdom thoughts

On the Saturday after he was removed from the house after terrifying our daughter I was in contact from the EDT and left it in their hands after explaining the situation to them obviously, and we heard nothing more, and stupidly assumed that they had placed him somewhere over the weekend for things to begin to move on the Monday morning, so we went out to visit some friends on the Sunday night, but when we got home the house was lit up, and...

Sinful Sunday – shower  on bustythewench

After a muddy cycle, the hot shower




To see who else is being sinful, click the lips


Future on bustythewench

My immediate future is to focus on my daughter. 

I want to furnish her with the skills and confidence she needs to live her best life. 

I do not want her to end up in the position I am in, she deserves to know happiness. 

I invest myself in her 


Where do I go from here…? on bustythewench

I don’t belong anywhere. 

I am in a Twitter community that embraces a side of kink and sexuality that I would love to explore, but experience is showing me that it’s not to be. 

I try to keep cravings for feelings under control, but I see posts that make me cry because I’ll never know how it feels to experience anything on that level. 

I cannot go back to “vanilla” Twitter. I...

Resigned on bustythewench

Tonight I finally deleted the last of my online dating profiles. 

I didn’t use many. 

Got so sick of being lied to, of being used by men to get what they wanted, of being left full of self-loathing and hurt. 

I’m sitting here crying. 

Despite all the hurt, I still had the hope and optimism to shore me up in dark times. 

Deleting them means I am drawing a line. 


Cover me! on Carol Hedges

New cover ... almost ready
They always say you shouldn't judge a book by its...

Another self-pity post. Sorry about that  on bustythewench

**be careful when reading. Discusses depression, suicidal thoughts and thoughts of self-harm**

Been reflecting on the past 6mths or so since things came to a head with my husband and we agreed to see other people. 

It’s not led to anything positive for me at all. 
If anything it’s eroded any self-confidence I may have had. 

Started with “Glasgow man”: who told me he wanted to...

How To Make Money On SwagBucks + PERSONAL HINTS on Young & Twenty

[Click HERE to Sign Up For Swagbucks and Follow Along]

SwagBucks is a very cool way to earn extra side cash (well technically, gift cards).

Don’t let the idea of doing tedious, time-consuming surveys turn you off.  You can earn SB’s (swag bucks) without doing a...

August 2016 Reading on

I have wanted to read some of DFW’s stuff ever since sending one of my blog posts through I Write Like and discovering that our styles were statistically similar. Having read this collection of essays, I am rather chuffed at the

Recommendation • Bluehost [ONE DAY FLASH SALE] on Young & Twenty

Have you always wanted to start a successful (or even casual) blog – or you’re ready to take your current blog to the next level? TODAY IS THE DAY TO DO IT!

BLUEHOST is having a flash sale.

For today only [Wednesday 15th] you can start [or upgrade] your blog/website for an incredible price. For these 24-hours, you can get...

Fatigue on My progress and recovery from Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia

It's a funny thing. And a topic that I write about from time to time. It's always there, following me around like a shadow.
There have been a few conversations in person recently that have made me think about writing about fatigue again. Just because I remember what I've written about in the past and the words and emotions used, doesn't mean that others do.
This isn't going to be a whinge or a rant. More of a reflection...

Team GB Success Causes Medalmania on ogginblog

With the runaway success of Team GB at the Rio Olympics, British people are now expecting medals for virtually every activity.  The phenomenon was first observed after Adam Peaty took the gold for the 100m breaststroke on day 2 of the Olympics, whereupon a fight broke out between two pensioners at the early-bird swim in the Wavertree Aquatics Centre in Liverpool over the pool attendant’s refusal to hold an award ceremony using some benches...

Conference travel hacks on

Summer is here and with it comes wave after wave of conferences. Here are a few ways to make conference season a little more pleasant and a little less stressful.


Having a master packing list that you consult each time you go away is the only way to make sure you don't forget anything important. Don't forget any medications that you take, earplugs, cables for electronics, pyjamas, and toothpaste.


White Picket Fences Can Get Dirty Too on Young & Twenty

If there’s anything that growing up will teach you – it’s that depression and ‘real sadness’ is no longer just for the classmates with divorced parents, or the rebellious teens with smokes in their back pocket. It’s not the story line you watched on The O.C, or the ‘gateway”‘ drug you’ve been taught to fear.


Final on Ramdom thoughts

I came home from work yesterday to raised voices, nothing new there, things have been going downhill for the last two weeks, and a couple of times we have had to call the police, it seems now that if our home number or my wife’s mobile appears on the 999 system it’s deemed as a priority. He came in at 230am on Saturday morning, my wife said that her and our daughter were having a lovely morning and at about 1pm he came downstairs...

BEING Young & Twenty • Helen on Young & Twenty


Age • 20

Being 20 is a funny age. You’re suddenly transitioning from your education to the big world of adulthood. The phrase “the world is your oyster...

No more  on bustythewench

I wanted to be part of that world

I wanted you to show me

But I was never quite enough

But I believed I would be if I tried had enough

I tried my hardest 

It wasn’t enough for you 


I shouldn’t have  on bustythewench

Shouldn’t have drunk the whisky
Shouldn’t have unblocked you 

Shouldn’t have engaged in conversation 
Shouldn’t have opened that wound

Shouldn’t be crying 


I miss you… on bustythewench

I miss you. 
I miss messaging you every day

I miss conversations in emojis

I miss conversations in gifs

I miss posting silly snapchat photos to you 
I even miss hearing you ramble on when you were pished


I don’t miss the feeling that I was always second best to the next new, shiny toy. 
And I don’t miss feeling that I was only good enough...