like trying to make it a viral post

shinhoseoksgf  asked:

small au for yuta please!! 💓💖

  • world famous actor!yuta au
  • can do any genre, from action to romcom to horror to tragedy
  • has his own fanclub and his fans are called yutavers (yuta + lovers)
  • is like the nicest celebrity to ever grace the planet is always replying to people on twitter and posting selfies and making videos and trying to accept as many letters and gifts as he can (even though the company keeps telling him he can’t do that)
  • his kissing scene in a movie went viral because apparently some of his fans fainted watching it because yuta is ,,,,,,,, a killer,,,,,,,kisser. a killer kisser that’s what i meant
  • but as much as he loves to give back and be kind people can take it too far
  • and so that’s why he has you, his personal bodyguard
  • and you try to keep it all serious, no fun stuff at all times because that’s what professionals do
  • but it’s hard to keep a straight face when you’re going over his schedule in the morning and yuta comes out wearing a face mask, apple hair, and his one piece pajamas
  • like,,,,,,,,he’s world famous. people literally think he’s a God and here he is
  • in his t-shirt with luffy’s face on it asking you if he can just have ice-cream for breakfast and showing you his town that he just started in animal crossing
  • and you’re,,,,,,like it’s impossible to not grow fond of yuta. with his shining smile and his sense of humor and like
  • it makes you really want to protect him, not just because of your job but because there are people who want to hurt him for real and that pisses you off
  • which is why when you end up threatening to break someones neck after they shout something obscene at yuta,,,,,,,,yuta is like pulling you back by the shoulders and he’s like
  • “it’s ok, words don’t hurt me.” and you’re like,,,,,,,,,,i know but,,,,,,
  • and you know you overreacted and you’re embarrassed for the rest of the day until you’re alone with him in the car
  • and yuta suddenly nudges you and he’s like 
  • “im not gonna lie though, seeing you get worked up,,,,,,you’ve got a very sexy angry stare”
  • and you flame up with embarrassment and you’re like ,,,,s,,,,se,,,,sexY??? and yuta is like “i fell hard for you in that moment.”
  • and you make a face and you’re like “stop joking,,,,,”
  • but he just shrugs and is like “i already like you a lot and im good at hiding, but wow in that moment i wanted to kiss you.”
  • and it’s silent until you look over and you’re like ,,,,,, “really?’
  • and yuta turns to you and smiles and he’s like “really”
  • you: driver roll up the partition.
  • yuta: also put on some loud music
  • long story short you’re making out with yuta in the backseat of his expensive car,,,,,,,,,,,
  • he comes out with messy hair and his manager is like “what happened?” and yuta’s like “it was a bumpy ride here”
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I want to recommend this book, it’s like one of the best investments I have made with vegan cooking books, it not only has pretty easy recipes but also delicious. The drawings make it more interesting, every time someone goes to my house, has to take at look at it and most of the time, they leave wanting to try vegan food!

You can buy it in here! The Vegan Stoner Cookbook: 100 Easy Vegan Recipes to Munch

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Give it a try :)

So I was inspired by this post and I always love love LOVE behind the scenes stuff for TV series that people draw, so yeah! I had to do something with it. Take it and do what you want with it! *falls over*

(I guess this qualifies as an actor AU? This occupies a weird space so yeah. @ackerchou, I blame this all on you.)

  • Shiro and Zarkon are super good friends off-camera. They are always posting pictures on Twitter and other social media platforms in costume, commenting on how “today was a good day, got to beat up this dude” or “Black Lion Paladins have to stick together #vld2016”. Shiro is super notorious for biffing takes because he’ll start laughing and Zarkon is shameless in totally screwing up scenes by making him laugh with stupid faces. It happens a lot during the super serious moments.
    • Shiro is also known for fangirling over Zarkon, considering how long he’s been in the acting business and his famousness. Pretty much everyone fangirls over Zarkon.
  • Zarkon hates his outfit; he’s always tripping over it and has fallen over in a few scenes. He fell into Haggar once and they both went tumbling down off a green-screen set. Everyone was fine but his cape had to be modified so he could walk around in it.
  • Keith and Lance are that pair of actors who are super tight off-screen and do pretty much everything together. They post stupid Vines, crazy pictures, ALS challenges, cinnamon challenges and anything else you can think of. They love interacting with fans and are super shameless about fanning the klance flames; they’ll post pictures of them almost kissing or posing seductively with each other. Both of them snag pictures of each other when the other isn’t paying attention and will hack each other’s accounts to post stupid posts. They wander around a lot wearing Voltron merchandise.
  • Lance is heavy into improv; it’s gotten to the point where the writers just say “Insert Lance commentary here” because he will totally go off-script. Some of his best moments come from doing things off the top of his head.
  • At least every actor has done something like this with Hunk. He’s so big and strong that it’s hard not to give it a try. Even Zarkon did it (complete with the caption “I’ve got a leg up on your paladin”); that post went viral within minutes. He’s not only the heart and soul of the lionsquad but of the cast and crew as well.
  • Allura takes pictures of everything and with everyone. Her dressing room is filled to the brim with pictures of times on set that she snagged or selfies with the crew and cast. A lot of them are her kissing their cheeks or making duck faces. She also records her singing songs or dancing with the crew during down time and posts them online. Her favorite picture is with the original Allura actor from the 80’s who came to visit the set of the new TV series.
    • A memorable moment was during a take with her and Zarkon and they totally screwed it up. While the camera will still running, they decided to do whatever and confessed their love for each other and Zarkon ran off the set with Allura in his arms. They both jokingly commented later about how they really feel like their characters are having an affair with each other and that the entire plot line of the show should be changed.
  • Haggar is actually super young and pretty but she gets a ton of makeup and prosthetics to make her ugly and witch-like. Both she and Zarkon have the most prosthetics to put on and it takes a couple of hours to get them to look like the evillest duo of the universe.
  • A lot of wide shots are just miniature landscapes, like the Castle of Lions or the Garrison, and the cast will often take pictures next to them or act like Godzilla getting ready to stomp on them. All of them have pictures where they’re leaning up against the legs of the lions, which are really the only things that aren’t CGI of them.
  • Pidge is like Orlando Bloom where she’s forever making funny faces in the background during takes and no one notices it until the final edit. She gets bored easily and is the known prankster of the cast. She also squirrels food everywhere to eat between takes and forgets where she hid them sometimes. So when the prop guys come through and dismantle everything, they find fruit snacks, fruit, nuts, chips, and pretty much anything else you can think of.

I just want to let you all know that I’ve added a donate button to my blog. It’s pay what you feel because I know most of you are just as skint as me.

I have been thinking about doing this for a long time but I didn’t want to become one of “those” bloggers who just begs their followers for cash, however, I am poor, and I do provide a service with this blog. Many of my posts are popular, some have even gone viral, and I put a lot of work, and a lot of myself, into making this blog something you can all enjoy following.

I’m currently trying to save up so that I can do a Masters degree next year and I’ve had to face the horrible realisation that if I don’t save up enough money over this coming year not only will I probably be unable to do a Masters (let alone my dream of a PHD), it’s likely I’ll have to put my poetry career on hold, or even abandon the performance aspect of it completely, in order to pay rent and eat and all of that important shit.

I’m not begging. I’m just giving you the option to throw in a few pennies now and then, if you have them to spare. If you particularly like a post (and seriously, only if you have money to spare) please feel free to chuck a few coins in my virtual hat. As a tip, or something.

anonymous asked:

hi can you give me some tips on how to build a bigger fanbase?? I would really love to do commissions but I have a relatively small amount of followers and only very slowly gain more. ty

Hey anon! I think it’s a slow process honestly. I am in the same boat as you for my main art blog. For some reason, this one is exploding, and I think it’s because a few of my posts went viral somehow.

Though I do think it’s partly luck, you do a lot to optimize the chances of being seen,

1. Post on a schedule and disperse your posts with the queue function (if on tumblr, at least. If you use other services, there are also queue functions and 3rd party solutions. Just let me know and I will update this!)

2. Keyword relevant tags with a mix of popular and less popular ones. Less popular tags will not be flooded so quickly, so there’s a greater chance of your post being seen. 

3. Pick a good time to post (& set your queue!). For tumblr, late evening to night is very good. Or when you think everyone has a lunch break and will be on their phones. I post around 6-11pm and seem to have decent exposure. However, if you’re raring to go, just post it! It’s not all about the views/ optimization. Make sure you have fun with it too! 

4.Make sure your stuff looks high quality. This means a nice scan/photo if traditional, or a high quality digital art file. Even if it’s a sketch, which many people love seeing, it’s good to have a good amount of legibility, you feel me?

5. Follow/like/comment on blogs/posts you’re interested in! Be genuine and do not spam, though. Try to build your community and network naturally and gently. 

6. Watermark your pictures, subtly. Not everyone’s a fan of this, but it’s better than having no credit when it goes viral from an art thief. 

7. Try to post semi regularly without being spammy. 

8. Enjoy making art! The views will come eventually if you put 100% effort. 

9. I haven’t done this that much, but fanart is helpful for establishing a base before your own work will be seen. Unfortunate, but can be true in some cases.


Hopefully that helped! Have a great day! Thanks for the good question, Anon. 


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Guys. Wakanda is a monarchy. That means they don’t have elections. 

So does T’Challa think Americans are weird as fuck? Does he follow American politics and think “wow seriously guys how is this working” because he’s met Americans and, quite frankly, they barely agree on what to get for DINNER not to mention who is going to RULE for the next four years.

And does he watch, out of curiosity, debates with Sam because Sam is not only a good American but also a friend with Steve Rogers (and if being a friend with Steve doesn’t make you feel like you need to do your civic duty and vote then nothing will) and he might be on the run but he can still try to be informed goddammit. 

Just. Imagine T’Challa watching the presidential debates with Sam and shouting at the different candidates, because he’s actually run a nation and that is not how it works.

Sam records it and the video goes viral overnight.

Starkquill Fic: Postcards From Space

616 fic but no incursions, Spider-Man is Peter and not Doc Ock. Based off a prompt from valerishka-s

*****

Peter finds them first. He doesn’t mean to snoop, but MJ is at work and it’s not like he has anything else to do. Besides, it’s cool new technology Tony brought back from his space adventures. How could he not sneak a peek? 

The device looks nothing like the Starkphone Tony has given him, but Peter gets the impression that it’s meant to be similar. Despite its alien appearance, it’s familiar enough that he’s able to figure it out pretty quickly, and soon he’s exploring the contents. 

There isn’t much. Mostly pictures. They are all of incredible vistas out in space, and almost all of them have a caption attached. The pictures are so beautiful and, well, unearthly, that Peter is certain they must have been created in Photoshop. Either Tony used a picture he took while he was out in space with the Guardians of the Galaxy and then added to it, or else he just made the whole thing up. Whichever it is, the pictures are pretty amazing. 

The captions, though, are so cheesy that Peter can’t help wondering what Tony is thinking. He can get behind the idea of space postcards, some new money-making venture for Stark Resilient, maybe. But if that’s the case, Tony really needs to hire some new writers. 

Binary star system. Forever locked in orbit around each other. Like us.

Icy ringed planet, moon on the rise. Looks lonely. Makes me miss you.

Cloud with new stars forming. I like to imagine what you would say if you could see this.

Stopped a Badoon attack on a Spartoi colony today. You know how as a kid you think it would be fun for people to treat you like royalty? Trust me, it’s not. 

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ok so i know everyone likes thinking of bitty’s endgame as finding his place within the WAGs and being happily married to jack halo halo or something zimmermann but have you considered

  • bitty going back to figure skating? 
  • so one day he graduates and he’s trying to find out what he’s gonna be doing and jack goes, huh, you could go back to figure skating?
  • and bitty’s like, oh hey, that’s something i haven’t thought of before, it’s not impossible. he’s rusty but he’s spent all his time on the ice still and occasionally he practices his jumps and all that
  • like listen bitty competed in southern junior regionals ok like it’s possible shh
  • so maybe he starts small like the regional local stuff but then he notices that hey he’s really not that bad at it? so he posts some videos of his routines onto his vlog 
  • and he gets noticed bc by this point he’s already like one of those massive internet personalities probably. maybe katya rings him up being like uh hey bitty, wanna do this again??? 

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Youtuber AU

Art School AU Anon back at it again because she has no sense of self-control!! Only this time, I got those Youtuber AUs, inspired by that post about how Kyle and his s/o’s videos would go viral. … They’re dumb af but here we go!

((THEY’RE NOT DUMB. They’re so adorable, thank you for submitting!)

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Babylon Vine

because Vine still exists in the late 2250s/early 2260s. duh.

B5 Staff

  • Jeffrey Sinclair - posts encouraging, affirming statements like “I hope you’re having a good day,” “You’re important to us all here on Babylon 5,” etc… and always ends them with a smile and a nod
  • John Sheridan - fleeting shots of Delenn’s smile, and rips of official feeds of her speeches titled with cute things like “look at her go!” and “ohh that’s a good one!” when she delivers a particularly impactful line
  • Susan Ivanova - she has exactly one post on her account - it’s a video of her saying “I am not using this.” She revines it sometimes to remind people of that. 
  • Michael Garibaldi - literally just revines funny daffy duck and looney tunes and rebo & zooty stuff all day he constantly remakes his account with stupid gibberish usernames to make it look like he’s a spambot so he doesn’t get tracked and actually uses an rss to track everyone else’s accounts because he’s a nosy fucko 
  • Zack Allan - he’s literally the most supportive person when it comes to b5 restaurants okay he has been to every single one - including the pak’ma’ra place - and he vines the highlights of his meals and his favorite recommendations and has a special hashtag for nonhuman foods that would be good on pizza 

Ambassadors

  • Delenn - pastel aesthetic-y backgrounds greenscreened behind her as she says passages of wisdom drawn from Minbari literature and history - secretly a coded information nexus for the Rangers
  • Londo - he doesn’t know how to use Vine at all but he had Vir set up an account for him because its the cool, hip thing to do so all his vines are just him with his face wayyy too up close to the camera getting frustrated
  • G’Kar - half of his account is regular-ish posting of readings from the Book of G’Quan, the other half is wildly incriminating half drunk attempts to piss of Londo that have gotten his account flagged for harrassment and public defamation multiple times which has teetered dangerously on causing interstellar incident. “this content has been deleted at request of the Centauri Government” is a constant thorn in G’Kar’s side
  • Kosh - “Off the Air”-esque mashups of random clips recorded from his various exploits over his thousands of years of existence; you watch them and you are really not sure what you’re watching but you come away with a distinctive feeling of wholeness or foreboding afterwards depending upon who you are

Attaché Club

  • Lennier - parkour. just parkour. his account is full of those videos where you put the camera somewhere and then get into an impossibly high perch and then u flip off the camera. except he doesn’t flip it off he does the triangle valen salute thingy. and they’re all soundtracked to minbari religious death metal. #FUCKTHEWARRIORCASTE #RELIGIOUS4LYFE #DELENNDABEST #LENNYOUT # △ △ △
  • Vir - is an accidental vine star on Centauri Prime because he was trying to make a cool vine and fucked it up infomercial-style and posted it anyways and it ended up going viral and turning into a meme overnight so whenever he goes home with Londo he gets swarmed by fans who want him to re-enact the vine and live the meme all over again he’s like bad luck brian or smth okay but he turns it into something positive and uses his account to post happy things during wartime and whenever people pressure him to post anti-Narn propaganda he blocks them and reports them to Vine and gets their accounts deleted oh yeah
  • Na’Toth - COME TO THE NARN AMBASSADOR’S QUARTERS FOR AN ASS KICKING. COME TO GREEN SECTOR FOR AN ASS KICKING. COME TO THE ZOCALO FOR AN ASS KICKING. COME TO THE ENTIRE BABYLON 5 FOR AN ASS KICKING. COME TO THE NARN HOMEWORLD FOR AN ASS KICKING. IF YOU HAVE AN ASS IT NEEDS KICKING AND I HAVE FEET. BOOYAH.

Psi Corps

  • Talia Winters - regular promotional videos detailing her services as a comercial telepath, with revines of fellow Zocalo businesses’ promotions, also the occasional sparkly-filtered aesthetic-y vid of the flowers that are sold in the marketplace because those flowers make her happy
  • Lyta Alexander - had a self-promotional account when she was with Psi Corps, just like Talia Winters, but it was terminated when she was thought to be dead during her time with the Vorlons. when she came back from Vorlon space, she re-activated it only to permanently delete it on their orders. when they left, however, she remade it in order to promote her telepathic skills again. she changes her password more than Garibaldi changes his.
  • Bester - Psi Corps propaganda, the occasional reprogramming video directed to Control or Garibaldi, and that’s it. He isn’t a complicated man.

Rangers and Warriors

  • Marcus Cole - wouldn’t even know about Vine if it weren’t for Lennier - he got his account soon after he arrived on B5 and then both he and Lennier started a parkour prank war that put both past and future generations of pranksters to shame. he also posts snippets of song and recitations of poetry in human and minbari languages, the romantic <3
  • Neroon - someone gave the dude a GoPro once and he hasn’t put it down since
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“Matt Diaz Shows His New Body After Surgery.”

Today, I’d like to share something very special with you.

I’ve been waiting for the right time to make and post this video. I wanted to wait for my relationship with my body to really come into bloom, for enough time to pass since the initial video that went viral so it didn’t just seem like I was trying to capitalize on the buzz surrounding it.

But now, it’s time.

After over a year, 2 extensive procedures and a hell of a lot of effort:

This is my new body.

Please let me know what you think, and reblog it if you enjoy it!

anonymous asked:

I'm thinking about converting my blog into a studyblr. I kinda already reblog school related jokes and helpful studying stuff. Do you have any advice on how to make original posts for studyblrs?

Sure! I think original posts are very important to a successful studyblr. There a lot of reblog studyblrs out there, so if that is all you do, you will not stand out as unique amongst the crowd. That is simply the truth. There is nothing wrong with reblogging. Reblogging is good. That’s how we share all of this important information with each other. But if all you do is reblog… I might as well just search the #studyblr tag, because I’m going to see the exact same posts.

There are several types of original posts you can make (no particular order):

  • Study Tips
  • Journaling
  • Answering Asks
  • Printables
  • Studyspo Photos
  • Videos
  • Masterposts
  • (…and likely many more I didn’t mention!)

Study tips, in my opinion, are one of the most important types of posts you can make. They’re not necessarily the most viral type of studyblr post, but I think they carry the some of the most meaning and value of all studyblr posts out there. It is the core of what us students do, study. The point of studyblr is supposed to encourage studying. Without study tip posts the movement would be very fake and superficial.

There are a lot of study tip posts out there, so how do you stand out from the crowd? Try to approach it from a place no one has approached it before. Take that as you will. You can write study tip posts on tips that are common knowledge, if you want. People will probably still reblog them. But the more unique, the better. I try to encourage people to be more specific about study tips. There are way too many generalized study tips out there, which is why I created studyblrsubjects. So I encourage you to try writing tips for specific subjects, classes, or types of methods rather than in general. They might seem less useful to the general public, but it gives you more of an idea of what to do and will probably leave you with more posts to write anyway. It might even inspire you to write more general ones. You have to start somewhere!

Journaling is also something that sets you apart from the crowd. It makes you unique. No two people have the exact same journey. And I don’t know about you, but I follow blogs for the people behind the blog more than solely the content alone. You are a student, so write about your student life! Maybe you’re still in high school and think it would be boring because you’re not in college. I’ll tell you this much, it’s not! Not only will other high schoolers empathize with you, but college students and beyond still like to see that content. I follow some high schoolers. If you’re in an academic extra curricular like Science Olympiad, HOSA, Debate, Amnesty International, etc. then write about that, too! If you do research, write about your research (doesn’t have to be in a lot of detail). People like to see that content.

Answering asks is an original type of post. People want advice, so even if you don’t know what to write about, someone might ask! Granted, this is something you just have to sit around and wait for, but it’s a type of original post. There’s a studyblr out there whose blog is a load of reblogged posts and answered questions, and she is very popular because of her dedication to answering questions, theorganisedstudent. She also makes free printable pages to organize study time (something I’m trying to make more time for). That combination was enough for her!

Studyspo posts are the core of the studyblr community. The most viral of all studyblr posts. But I don’t think in a good way. They ought to have started out well-meaning, but it has evolved into something that focuses too much on aesthetic and not enough on actually learning. It’s often classist and supports pretty notes over functional notes much too often. I post studyspo type posts, but not for the sake of studyspo. I use it as a journaling tool or if I’m trying to explain something. For example, if I’ve been studying one subject really hard all day I can log my work by taking a picture of my setup. I might take a picture of my setup as a means of explaining to people a way they might consider setting up their desk space for maximum efficiency. People love studyspo posts, and exploiting that is going to get you more exposure in the beginning, but I implore you to do it for the right reasons. Always add captions, and never erase them.

Videos are slowly gaining momentum in the studyblr community, but are not exactly viral material yet. They may never be because of the scrolling culture of tumblr. But they are very useful, and people who do take the moment to watch them usually do appreciate them. You can turn any study tip post into a video, and much more. For example, you can review pens and do bleed tests on videos, which you can’t do in text and is not as easy to see in photo form. It’s a growing area that could use more posts if you’re willing to make them. The bonus is that you can accrue follower from YouTube, as well!

Masterposts are borderline original. They are useful, and also quite viral, but I do hesitate to call them original. If you make a masterpost comprising of completely your own posts, then it is no doubt original. But it’s hard to say gathering up other peoples’ material is “original”. Nonetheless, it is useful, and people love it. I think it’s great that people take the time to search out these resources, organize them into comprehensive lists, and share them conveniently for others. It’s something that will get you exposure. It technically is original in that you literally have to make a new post on your blog to make one, but I don’t want to treat it with the same regard as true original posts. It’s just in a league of its own.

I hope that helps!

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My Top 5 Most Popular Posts of 2013 (by flora-file)

It has been a good year for me on Tumblr (radar, lensblr, new followers galore), but as good as it has been I must admit my little blog is one of the only things keeping me afloat these days. 2013 may go down as one of the shittiest years of my short existence on planet Earth. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to kick 2013 to the curb. Bring on 2014.

As the year winds down I’ve gone through the thousands of my photos I posted this year and picked out my personal favorites. I’m forever surprised by the reactions to the photos I post. Often a photo that I think is incredible gets hardly any love, while a photo I was about to delete instead of post goes viral. Why were these 5 photos so popular when there were others that were probably better? These 5 photos generated more than 66 K notes between them. What makes them so special?

 I went through and picked out some forgotten posts (more or less) that I really liked, despite how well or poorly they were received by the internetters out there. Most photos have an interesting story behind them which I will try to tell, so for the next few days I will be sharing some of my personal favorite photos from 2013. Namaste.

Fandoms

Fandoms can be something great. They support shows so that they come to more seasons and give the makers work and a reason to continue. They give lonely nerds and excentrics (I am also one) a chance to talk with same-minded peeps…

But besides that. A fandom still has the word ‘fanatic’ hidden in it.

The Steven Universe accident is nothing I call new or suprising. There is the same potential in each fandom and it happened not only there. I met the same with my sonic drawings from 2007, but that is another story. So don’t make a bigger deal out of it, like it’s the cruelest thing the internet ever created…

This time it just went more viral.

I wanna make this post short, because I don’t wanna preach here. But keep in mind:

It’s just a fucking cartoon and nobody from the show or makers get hurt when someone makes porn or something else with it.
It’s not tasteful but it hurts nobody. The makers won’t get into a corner and try to kill themselves, because they found out about rule34.

Neither will your love to a show dimmer, when you see people don’t like it. A show is made to entertain someone. And when it’s only you… be happy it’s you who gets a kick of the show, why concetrating on others not liking it?

The characters itself are fictional. You can’t hurt a ficitional character, nor will the show get cancelled or changes, because of some out-of-the-norm fanarts…

So when you have a problem with peeps who are not in your image of the right ‘fan’, then go to a doctor… you are a fucking obsessed fanatic (I made a pleonasm…hehe).

Now be a good fanatic and hug everyone who has the ‘normal’ degree of obsession with any show and try to keep it normal.

When you don’t agree with someone, then use something called ‘constructive critizism’, that means talking like an adult.

Thanks.

was going to make a post that’s like “gnna barbecue a flag today” but 1) it’s been done im sure and 2) i try to stay away from 2edgy4u type content. but on second thought, i don’t consider myself above consuming a flag For The Notes. the only thing that’s really stopping me is the possibility that it may go bad viral, end up on Fox News, and my dad will see it. & i want to stay on his health insurance so, no

1 week smoke free.

I gave up smoking last week. 9 days ago to be exact. Just put out my last cigarette and never bought another packet. And here’s a list of things I’ve noticed especially immediately since quitting for good. 

Sleep is easier.
I’m falling asleep at a much more reasonable hour than I used to, and I’m going to bed now because I’m tired rather than because it’s so late and I have to be up early in the morning. I don’t come home from work on a late/early shift (finish at 10pm, start again at 7am) and try to count how many cigarettes I can fit in in the time I get home to when I really should be asleep. 

Waking up is easier. 
No more mornings feeling like I could do with another six hours of sleep! I wake up now feeling refreshed rather than groggy and foggy headed. I’m more alert in the mornings and more energised. I don’t resent having to get up earlier because I don’t feel like I need ten hours of sleep every night, and my body is waking earlier naturally regardless. 

Breathing is easier.
Duh! But with a goal of running 10km in September under my belt, the cigarettes were not helping my case. I was stuck solidly at the 4.5km mark without being able to break past it. being away from home for six weeks without being able to run didn’t help, but the fitness I lost while I was away–that would have taken me another six months to build up again if I’d kept smoking–I’ve gained back in the last 10 days. And I haven’t been coughing either! Omg! It’s amazing how used to it you get, and it isn’t until you haven’t had coughing fits for a couple of days that you think oh my god, I’m breathing like a normal person again.

More energy. 
I’m running harder and further than I was (despite a healing hamstring injury), and I’m enjoying it. I’m playing netball again and loving the adrenaline. I love the feeling of breathlessness that comes from exertion rather than obstruction. I’m not tired at work and I’m not stagnant when I’m at home. 

Improved mood.
My life never did revolve around when I could get my next cigarette, but I won’t deny that a lot of my mood did. There’s no more irritation or anxiousness about not being able to light up at night (when I normally did–rarely did I smoke during the day). No more guilt or embarrassment if someone commented on my smoking, or for lighting up in someone else’s home. No more annoyance when someone commented that smoking kills (really, Sherlock? What a fascinating discovery, did you discover that all by yourself?). 

I’ve saved money. 
Any Australian will tell you that smoking here is expensive. Between 20-50 bucks a regular packet expensive. Don’t get me started on cartons (the ones I smoked cost over 150 a carton). Mine cost me 30 a packet, and I’d go through 3-4 packs a week. Between 90-120 a week on cigarettes. That’s with a part time income while I’m studying and paying rent. I’ve already saved nearly 200 by giving up, in 10 days alone. I’m putting that money into a savings account so I can buy myself something nice when I graduate.

All of this is only after ten days of going without. The most surprising thing for me though, is how easy it was. The last few times I’ve tried to quit, I armed myself with the arsenal. The Ex-Smokers Guide To Removing Nicotine From Your Life Forever, Without Killing Anyone In The Process. Nicotine patches, gum, spray, prescription medication, behavioural changes, habit breakers, distractions and all things galore. The first time I tired (nicotine patches), I worked myself up so much I ended up with regular nose bleeds. Every time after that was a failure after another, using every assistance I could. 

This time, aided by a viral illness the week before that made me put them down for a day or two, I just stopped. I stubbed out the last one the night before I was to come home after two weeks in coronary care, and I haven’t so much as had the urge to light another. I wish it was like this for everyone else out there trying to stop.

I’ve been a smoker for over ten years now. And I’m going to make damn sure that from here on I remain an ex-smoker. 

Yay me!

dancyflammarions  asked:

Imagine MCU! tumblr: There is a candid photo of Sam Wilson without thousands and thousands of notes and the caption 'MARRY ME PLEASE'. Everyone assumes it was posted my a teenage fangirl but if you go to the OPs blog you'll find hand-drawn 40s-style political cartoons explaining basic social justice issues. Steve Rogers discovered tumblr.

scream yeah

sam probably runs the important birds tumblr and reblogs fandom and music stuff onto his main

steve reblogs so many angry sj things but also dog photos and every single kickstarter about technology all :DDDD!!! and every time he sees an anti-vaccination person he just frowns so hard they can feel it all the way through the internet. he probably has his own webcomic blog

natasha has like 7 side blogs and they all have links to each other because in this context she can but everyone still has no idea they’re run by the same person

bucky has a password-protected blog where he posts readmore’d diary entries. his main just has a really eclectic collection of random photo posts.

thor reblogs everything with CAPSLOCK CAPTIONS SIGNIFYING HIS APPROVAL OR DISAPPROVAL. there’s a lot of food. there’s a lot of selfies, all of which get at least over 1k notes.

jane has a straightforward science blog and it is full of her being excited about science and space!! so many space gifs. she follows xkcd avidly. she reblogs all of thor’s selfies

darcy has a blog full of attractive people and cats and some fandom stuff. also selfies.

tony logs on once every 2 months to reblog a bunch of awful memes and make massive text posts that don’t have any punctuation and are in fact in a brand of technological shorthand comprehensible only to him. if you go through his 3,291 drafts, you have enough stuff to either advance technology 20 years or build 20,000 rabbit AIs, it’s hard to tell. JARVIS keeps him informed of what his dashboard (which is just all the MCU people he knows) is doing. “sir another of steve’s art posts has attained over five thousand notes. sir one of thor’s selfies has gone viral.” he also deletes any posts containing national secrets tony inadvertently makes

rhodey spends all his time on tumblr pretending tony doesn’t exist. pepper does the same.

i like to think that bruce’s tumblr is just full of cats and hipster photos of teacups and floral print fabric. with an occasional interlude of hard science. follow for more pastel rage

clint reblogs a lot of popular text posts and he keeps trying to get one of his to 100k. he would also have a lot of fandom stuff, and birds, and the occasional selfie.

clint made a blog for fury that only has one post on it, which clint made, saying “follow me, fuckers”. it has 2,000 followers. fury’s real tumblr account is a secret literally nobody knows.

The Quick Casual Bashing Dismissal: A Problem With Dudes Who Diss Dudes

 

When I share a blog-post written by another male with a fellow dude, usually he’s quick to dismiss it or bash it without really reading it, because:

- Men often feel threatened by the possibility of another man’s popularity or intellect, so they protect themselves by thinking “What a pretentious douche."  We’re quick to write you off.  If you infringe upon another male’s ego, they will mentally murder you with immediate character assassination.

- Men tend to be insanely jealous of other men’s success, usually because they suffer from intense insecurity or a lack of affirmation. It’s not always their fault, but it’s why men will see other men at the gym and say, "He ain’t all that big” or “He probably takes roids."  When a man gets jealous because his girlfriend is being hit on by another dude, this usually isn’t about his girlfriend, but it’s about the power-struggle of "conquering” his property.

- Most men do not like reading blog posts, or books, or the instructions, or street signs. 

- Men will devalue another man’s success by crediting external factors, while blaming his failures on internal factors.  So the big businessman or the famous megachurch pastors have “sold out” by smart marketing or shiny facilities, but they’ve gone bankrupt because they’re incompetent idiots.

- Most men find it easier to complain and criticize, instead of actually working to do something.

- Men like to use the words hater, troll, douche-bag, or sigh, because we perceive a disagreement as an attack on our identity, instead of embracing the “opposing view” as a way to build bridges.

- Men want to have the best story in the room.  Hence, they love to story-top each other.

- Most men think they’re already very enlightened, so they’ll tear down another man who might remotely be smarter than them.  Or we condescend by saying things like “You’ll get it eventually” or somehow think we’re “further along in the truth.”

 

I know that these issues overlap across genders, but seriously:

Men tend to be the most vicious, vindictive, catty creatures of all, and we destroy each other with snarky sniping deconstruction and various macho forms of eye-rolling.  When a woman does this, she’s called a b-word.  When a man does this, he’s called a critical thinker.

I’m not saying we don’t think critically or that we can’t dismiss obvious mansplaining. I’m sure it sounds like I’m bashing men for bashing men: but really, I would love it if we could celebrate each other and learn from one another’s success.  I wish we could slow down and even consider the points that another man is trying to make, and instead of feeling so threatened, we could admit, “There are smarter men than me, and I could benefit from engaging in conversation."  I wish we could high-five each other when we get the book deal, the movie contract, the keys to a new business, or when one of our blog posts go viral.

Jealousy only holds back the next generation, and I don’t want everything about me to die with me.  My hope is to pass on the torch, to promote others to a better place than me, to work myself out of a job, to encourage you to be the truest version of you.  I want to pour out the best of me for the best of you.  I never, ever want to be the smartest person in the room.  God help me, I don’t do this perfectly: but I want to lift up men to run this race together.

Men: I want to cheer for you.  Nothing would make me happier than to see you surpass me in every way.  It wouldn’t even be that hard. 

We need more bro-support and bro-promotion and bro-love. 

Love y'all.

– J.S.