(Why I’m unapologetically reblogging.)

3 days into 2017 and I’ve already learned something wonderful.

Now I’d love to be able to say it’s how to burn off 2 weeks worth of Quality Street in the space of 3 days – it’s not, they’re still annoyingly lingering around my hips – or the secret of how to stop faffing – it’s not that either, since I sat down to write this an hour ago, then stopped to check Twitter, play with the cat and then proceed to plait and un-plait my hair 4 times. (Does anyone else do that?) No, what I learned was much less elusive. It was something that’s actually really pretty simple, but at the same time something rather increasingly powerful.

Reblogging.

Now I’m sure a lot of you are already quite well versed in the power of the reblog button, but for those like me who are relatively new to blogging (I’ve not even been here a month yet) I’m going to witter on about reblogging for a bit anyway, and tell you how I reached the epiphany that it’s a tool I’m going to utilise to death in 2017.

It started, like many good tales of epiphany, on New Year’s Day. I’d previously posted a tribute to my terrible eyebrows, and how an unfortunate Christmas Dinner encounter made me strive to improve them (if you missed that one, you can find it here) and I got a real inkling to follow it up with an eyebrow tutorial (for the sake of any other poor souls suffering the same eyebrow fate as me.) But, since I didn’t want to be responsible for a load of wonky eyebrows, I knew I couldn’t be trusted to create a tutorial myself. So I scoured the web and found Gemma’s tutorial. I asked for her permission to reblog the post (to which she kindly agreed) and then clicked the button. Simple as that.

With that one simple click I was able to make Gemma smile (because her hard work was going out to even more people), make myself smile (because I spared myself the trauma of attempting to create my own eyebrow tutorial) and – hopefully – able to help educate other people in the very important skill of eyebrow maintenance in the process. Win, win, win.

Then I realised something really neat; this hat trick of winning doesn’t need to be limited to eyebrows. There’s a load of great information wandering around the blogosphere that deserves to be shared. I’m only one month in and I’ve already been lucky enough to read a tonne of exceptional posts, a lot of which should be shared around as many people as possible.

That’s why I’m creating a new section on Chasing Kites called Unapologetically Reblogged. And, in case you hadn’t guessed it already, it’s going to feature a lot of wonderful blogs that deserve sharing. Blogs that you can then share. And then your followers can share. And we can all make 2017 the year where we create blogs based on giving and receiving, as well as having and sharing. And the blogs that we give and have are shared and received. And through this having and giving and sharing and receiving, we too can share and blog and have… and receive. (If you watched Friends I hope you got that, if you didn’t then I hope it still made sense. Albeit admittedly quite stupid sense.)

Long story short, (and shameless Friends reference aside – I actually use these far too often) Unapologetically Reblogged is now live. And my very first addition (well, second after Gemma’s eyebrow tutorial) is a really, really, really good one. So go and check it out. And then share it to everyone else. And then keep checking back here for more reblogged gems. And then share them also.

If you do it’ll make my entire year. Honest.