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Follow Friday: 24 August

Today is Friday. I suppose you probably know that, seeing as you’re so eager for the weekend. I am, anyway — I get to visit my beautiful grandmother, see my incredible younger brother and sleep the weekend away.

But before we get there, I wanted to share the names of a few lovely people who have backed me, supported me and helped me on my blogging journey. These people aren’t necessarily all bloggers — indeed, a few aren’t — they’re just such kind people that we all need yet don’t deserve. I am forever indebted to them.

Bibi’s Book Blog

Not only is Bibi a client of my web development business (shameless plug, I know!), but she’s also an incredible friend and a talented writer. While I can’t say too much at this stage, we’ll be working together soon on some more stuff very publicly so watch this space! She truly is a pleasure to work with, even if she nags me when I’m forgetful. It’s my own fault.


A talented writer covering crime, mystery and intrigue — some of my favourite topics of all — Elise is not only an incredible writer but comes across as such a kind person too. I asked her for some help a while ago, and she got sidetracked meaning she didn’t respond. When she eventually got in touch, she was so apologetic about the entire thing, which made me laugh as she owed me nothing.

I think it’s also important to note that she writes about things that are so important in this day in age (yet shouldn’t be), such as the Ask for Angela campaign, a discreet way to keep those going on dates safe when first meeting somebody, by offering them an escape route if things turn sour. We shouldn’t need anything like that in this day in age, but that’s a whole new blog post.

Grace Marsh

One of the North’s finest — if such a thing were ever said about the North — Grace is tall, blonde and blind. Of course, you’re now wondering why I’ve made a point of her being blind, and that’s because she writes with such prose, elegance and honesty on such a disability that many of us will never understand, let alone face. She’s also pretty funny, especially if you tell her that your name is Robbie Duckworth. Honestly, try it, but don’t tell her I told you so. She’d kill me!

She’ll also always be that sweet girl who gave me the rest of her drink in McDonald’s, so I approve. 11/10.

Helen at RY Midlands

Blimey, where do I even start? Helen is a volunteer with the Midlands branch of Respect Yourself, a charitable organisation “believing in young people and bringing communities together”. Not only does she put so much effort into supporting young people despite her own troubles and problems but she’s proactive in reaching out to those in need, and offering nothing but a strong listening ear.

Suffice to say that I have today nominated her for a Pride of Britain Award as Helen epitomises everything that a role model should be. She is truly an inspiration, not only to Respect Yourself or myself, but to our nation and the world at large. Thank you, Helen, for all that you do for us.

Kira Davies

While Kira and I met through the strangest and saddest of circumstances (and her sister hates me for no reason, LOL.), she is easily one of the strongest people I know! Despite difficult personal circumstances as of late, her perseverance and courage in getting better is nothing short of truly incredulous to me and I have a great deal of respect for her. She’s also an incredibly talented special effects makeup artist, who I can see going far.