The Disabled Blogger Tag

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Today I have another tag for you! I found this while on the #DisabledBloggers Twitter account, it was by Elin of My Blurred World. I will admit it’s a little different compared to the others I’ve done in the past. If you have a disability of some sort, you might enjoy doing the tag, and honestly everybody can possibly learn more about me as a disability blogger.

When and why did you start your blog?

I started this blog in 2011, and I don’t really remember having a good reason to creating this blog. I think I was really bored with my first blog, there was only so much I was taught about it, and for some odd reason I decided I needed a change and decided to abandon that one and move on to this platform. I actually had help with getting up and running, thanks to another fellow WordPress blogger, but it was also easier to figure out compared to Blogger.

Did you intend to talk about your disability online in the beginning?

I think a part of me wanted to at least keep it at a minimum but something happened in the very beginning that I decided that I can’t hide my disability. I always like seeing and reading people’s reactions after finding out that I do things with my feet but I was fairly cautious on what I was comfortable with talking about in the beginning.

Have you ever been skeptical about talking about your disability online?

I have a few different disabilities, I have my main condition Arthrogryposis, that by itself is difficult to explain to people, but the fact that I have add the reasons why I only use my feet and then eventually explain the names of them, because leave it to me to have two different foot conditions! And then finally talk about the Scoliosis and why I had three surgeries on my upper body when I was 10 years old.

Once you get everything out, people kind of give you this look like they just can’t think that can happen to a person, so talking about it online, does make it somewhat better, because you don’t have that eye-to-eye contact, but you’re still familiar with the expressions and if you’re like me, you’d kind of like to see what their faces do. Unfortunately, one of the downsides of this is that people are generally too afraid to ask you anything else because they don’t know if they’d be able to handle it and they want to redeem themselves by not being a pest. Personally, I’m fine with the questions. I’d rather a person ask me all of the questions they want, then assume what I can do on a daily basis.

What kind of response have you/do you receive in terms of your disability related posts?

In the beginning, everybody was fairly supportive and really shocked too! I also never posted pictures of myself in the first five years I blogged, it wasn’t until I started doing outfit posts that I literally started seeing a change in people that read my blog–like she’s being serious, she’s in a wheelchair and her arms are bent! Now that I’ve kind of gotten myself deeper into the blogging community, I hardly ever get to see people be really curious about my disability.

Do you write/talk about other topics apart from your disability?

I don’t talk about my disability as much, I feel because I’ve lost my ability to upload photos and of course, winter came around that I had to stop doing outfit of the day posts, but as the weather warms up, I’m hoping to bringing those back to my blog. I also think that after my nephew, Nolan arrives, I’ll bring back my disability posts because I’ll be learning on how to do things for this little baby.

I am mostly a lifestyle and music blogger. I remember somebody describing the word “lifestyle” as anything goes, because it can be a mixture of different topics. As far as the music goes, I started writing reviews since I created this blog, but I didn’t really do it full-time until 2015 and you can usually find those on Thursdays and I like building a good, strong friendship with artists and brands. It’s fun too!

What steps do you take to make your blog accessible to yourself as well as other people?

One thing that makes really mad, especially whenever I go on other blogs, is that the font is really small or light in color. I’ve actually been known to tell a few bloggers about it after they’ve redone their site as a whole. I’ve been both supported and called out for saying it too! For some odd reason, nobody likes being told that their font is too small to read! I shouldn’t have to make the font size over 200% because you think it’s pretty or fine the way it is!

So with that being said, I try to keep the font size and format easy to read for everybody. I tend to like the Century or anything else in that type. I feel like this is the only thing I can physically, and personally can do at the moment, If I ever decide to have a more professional looking layout, I’ll still keep this in mind, because I want to be a good example to other bloggers and my readers..

What is your favorite thing about blogging about your disability?

One of the things that I like doing, is coming up with crafts or basic things to do, and write about them. Even though my nana and I are not around each other as much right now, we still have a lot of different posts where she just let me do anything I wanted to do. Some of them were about learning how to do them with my feet, those were hand chosen by me to try to recreate and some of them went smoother than others. They’re also favorites among my readers too! I think they enjoy seeing me do different things that they wouldn’t expect me to do either.

What are your top three favorite disability related blog posts that you’re ever published?

  1. Blog Post Ideas for Disabled & Chronic Illness Bloggers 
  2. Photography 101 | How To Hold Your Camera
  3. Why You Should Do OOTD Posts 

Do you think that the disabled blogger/YouTuber community is overlooked?

It’s strange, five years ago, it was so difficult to find anybody on both Twitter and YouTube that talked about their disability. I would seriously try to find others like me every few months just to see if anybody had created an account, but now that both blogging and making vlogs have become so popular, it’s like we are EVERYWHERE! I like it, but in a way I feel we are overlooked by brands, most are looking for a specific person, so they’re not open enough to help or work with you like other people.

I would love to travel around like my friends Laura, Lucy, and Julia but like I said, when you have a physical disability, opportunities like the ones they’re given are harder to find. I still love the crap out of these girls, but I would like to have the same offers like them despite my disability, you know? Us, in wheelchairs want to learn, discover and travel our butts off too.

Do you find it difficult to think of new disability related content to publish?

Yes and no, well I guess it all depends on your situation.

When I was around my nana and at my grandparent’s house, we did a lot of different things. She taught me a lot of basic things that a normal person should know how to do, we didn’t do anything too big, but I know a lot more than I did beforehand. And everything that we were doing, I would blog about it. I wanted to show everybody that I could do this and that, this includes opening a can of soda, putting the trash bag on the can, etc.

Now that I’m not doing those things on a weekly basis, I feel both useless and stuck because why did I learn all of these things, if I can’t put them into good use? And then the blogging part is there like, what am I going to talk about now? I feel bad that I’m having to wait for a baby to arrive and using him to kind of go back into those posts, because that’s not fair to the two of us.

One thing that it does create is another journey into something new!

Do you think that blogging about your disability helps to change people’s perceptions?

I really hope so. I mean, I think it’s cool that I don’t have a condition that people are kind of used to hearing, which I have to say, there’s nothing wrong with it. I just think it makes me more unique to have something completely different. Even though, I feel like it wouldn’t feel like ages talking about the other things included with Arthrogryposis! I like being able to do things with my feet and proving people wrong.

Well that was fun! It was a different little tag to do. Hopefully you enjoyed it and thought it was informative too! If you know of any other cool tags you’d like for me to do, send them over in the comments section! I may not do every single one, but I’ll think about it and maybe surprise you at a later time.

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Favorite Family Friendly Films!

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You know, I look at my sister and wonder about her sense of humor a lot. She can laugh at the silliest things! She will share different videos on her social media outlets and even at family gatherings, that can be both scary and shocking at the same time! How can she (and Brandon too!) think some of these ridiculous things can be comical? I credit myself for sticking to myself on what makes things funny, and I usually always go for movies that have very few sexual and offensive jokes in it. I enjoy the cleaner and fun family friendly movies.

This list is complied of different comedies and dramas that I’ve enjoyed both as a teenager and an adult. To me, they’re timeless and I can actually see some relatable things in the film; I find it a bit odd that there are characters that remind me of the cleaner versions of my family members! If you’ve never seen any of these movies or haven’t watched some of them in a long time, I strongly suggest you make time in your day to watch one or two at least.

Father Of The Bride (1991) – Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Kimberly Williams, Martin Short

I actually watched this movie for the first time in a really long time a few months ago! My mom recorded it back in January and she’s the one that showed it to me. Growing up, the two of us kind of enjoyed the second movie better, but after I watched it after all this time, I thought this was better!

How is this relatable though? Well, I literally saw things in this movie that we dealt with my dad before Blondie got married. There were WAY too many similarities! I also want to show this to my dad and say, at least she didn’t want a wedding planner like Franck! Now that I’ve watched it, I find it very cute and yes, I cried while watching it and as I remembered Blondie’s own wedding. I was sort of a mess by the end of the night!

Beethoven (1992) – Charles Gordin, Bonnie Hunt, Nicholle Tom, Christopher Castile, Sarah Rose Karr

This movie always makes me cry! The beginning would just break my heart, nobody wanted him and when somebody did, they wanted to hurt the poor guy! I remember watching this a lot as a kid, and blame it on my sister to always pick it! She was like a damn ox, she could get through every sad part in a movie, whereas I am definitely my mother’s daughter who usually has tears rolling down my cheeks before the climax of the saddest scene ever!

I think one of my favorite scenes is when Beethoven goes off on a little afternoon adventure and finds a child who will share an ice cream cone with him. Now as an adult, I find this absolutely disgusting (even though my dad does this with ChiChi with both Popsicles and suckers!) I just thought it was so cute back in the day! I also love the doggy standoff at the end of the movie. You have this row of both large and tiny dogs ready and willing to attack these dognappers and that crazy vet.

Casper (1995) – Christina Ricci, Malachi Pearson, Bill Pullham, Cathy Moriarty

One of my favorite movies from my childhood is Casper! I always found it weird that I was never interested in ghosts or spirits after watching this though!

This one also makes me cry. Man, every single one has made me bawl my eyes out so far! I think it was last scene while the “human” Casper is dancing with Cat, and James sees his dead wife Amelia float up to him, those scenes always get me going but as bittersweet they are, I do enjoy the film as a whole! The uncles are absolutely hilarious and I have been known to quote some of the infamous scenes too.

Dr. Dolittle (1998) – Eddie Murphy, Kristen Wilson, Norm Macdonald, Chris Rock

I love this movie, but if you were ask other members of my family, they’ll probably tell you that the second was better! The bear was freaking hilarious! Anyways, this was good, but I think because of how serve the tiger’s condition was, it made my mom, Blondie and I all cry our eyes out!

I really loved the funny scenes involving Lucky, the drunken Monkey, and Rodney the Guinea Pig. The part where Lucky (poor dog) is getting checked out at the vet and that German Shepherd is like being dragged across the floor because he knows he’s about to get fixed and he’s basically pleading with his owner with “please, I’ll never look at another poodle again” and yet as one walks right out of the door, it immediately captures his attention, after they pause to let them through the doorway, the poor dog is back to begging. Of course, the best part is when it’s Lucky’s turn and the vet just without warning just puts his hand up Lucky’s butt and the only thing that Lucky can say at that moment of impact is “Hello!” I just crack up instantly, because it’s the best if not the only reaction, one would have at that moment.

Rush Hour (1998) – Chris Tucker, Jackie Chan, Elizabeth Pena, Tzi Ma, Tom Wilkenson

This is a movie where you can watch in the morning, afternoon, or late at night. It’s one of those that can help boost your mood because it is just so freaking funny. Even though, this is a movie where watching it in closed captions should be a requirement because you can have a little bit of trouble understanding Jackie Chan in certain scenes, I still thoroughly enjoy it.

Cheaper By The Dozen (2004) – Steve Martin, Bonnie Hunt, Hilary Duff, Alyson Stoner

When my mom recorded the remakes of Father Of The Bride, I actually found this one playing on Starz quite a bit and I instantly had to watch it too. It’s been a really long time since I’d seen it, but I do remember the laughs and especially the pranks played on Nora’s boyfriend Hank, played by Ashton Krutcher. Gosh, he was so perfect for that role, because he was so funny as this stereotypical model, only thinking of himself. The younger kids were the best jokesters on the planet.

I know I probably could have added a few more onto this list, but I actually had to remove a couple because I think I will do another post that’s similar to this post, because it involves animals. I actually have three other movie inspired posts coming soon, so you’ll have to keep an eye open for those too!

What are some of your favorite family oriented films? Are you a purist when it comes to comedy or do you mind it being a little obnoxious like my sister? 

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EP Review: “Ledger” by Ledger

30688228_929567243880109_6462951484328771584_nI know I don’t usually publish a review on Tuesdays anymore, but I didn’t have any other ideas for today so I decided on scheduling this for today since it would be somewhat shorter compared to the other reviews. Now that we have that out of the way, we can discuss everything about LEDGER!

If you read my four songs that got me through high school post I put up last month, you already know the story of how I got into the band Skillet. Well, I have to say finding out that their drummer Jen Ledger was breaking out a bit and releasing a solo record didn’t surprise me one bit, but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t nervous though. Skillet is a big rock band, so I didn’t know what kind of direction she was going with her music. I was open to it, but like I said, a bit nervous too! The EP was released on the 6th of April and it has six songs on it.

We start with “Not Dead Yet” and from the start of it, I knew that I would like it. It’s kind of different to only her voice on entire song. Since she joined Skillet, she’s only been a very noticeable background singer, so it’s something to get used to, but it’s really nice though! The song itself has a very pop-rock vibe going on, I really like it. Second is “Warrior” and you instantly hear this static-y, but jam packed introduction. I really like the lighter notes, but it is definitely a mood booster, I will say that! This actually features John Cooper, the lead vocalist of Skillet. I feel like this is kind of like payback, but in a good way! He gives it an added edge to it.

Next we have “Bold” and it has a mellow sound, but on top of that, whereas the first two had a strong rock influence, this one doesn’t. It has a little bit urban flare to it, but it also goes with the meaning of the song, so I really like it for being unique in that way! Fourth is “Foreigner” and if you didn’t know Jen and the rest of the members of Skillet are Christians, the band itself is considered a “Christian rock band,” so I figured she’d speak about different things and incorporate God in some way. This one is very interesting, because I thought it also plays with her heritage too. She’s actually from England, you can kind of hear it in her voice in different songs, I actually like it, because it’s all about perspective, you can say she’s talking about one thing but really it’s about the other.

Last two songs, we have “Ruins” and it’s the only ballad track on the EP. You really get to hear the beauty in her voice. I’ve actually heard her sing a few slower songs on YouTube before, but it’s nice to finally hear her do her own music. And then, we have “Iconic” and we’re back on this pop-rock sound, but thankfully I really like this subgenre anyways. It also plays with some electronica elements too, so it’s like a best of all three worlds! After this one was over, I wish there were more. Hopefully one day, she’ll finally release a full album!

I thought this was a really good release, it wasn’t what I was expecting by any means, but I’m really glad I was wrong! I liked the fact that she didn’t have a full on rock record. People would have probably grilled her for going in that direction. I don’t want to hear Skillet music, I want to hear what she enjoys and basically get a look inside her mind as an individual musician.

Have you heard of Ledger’s first extended play? What did you think of it? Do you have any favorite tracks?

Why You Should Blog Now?

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I may be getting ahead of myself a bit, but on Sunday, I’ll be celebrating seven years of blogging on here! SEVEN! It still shocks me that next year I’ll be blogging as a whole for 10 years! Blogging wasn’t supposed to mean anything to me, other then another outlet to do school assignments in one of my English classes, and yet here I am completing another milestone!

I’ve been trying to rack my brain on what all I could talk about today. I could have ignored the meaning of the day and publish a simple favorite movie post, and in my defense I’m actually having fun coming up with those, so if I annoy you with all of the different types, sorry not sorry!

So the only thing that I thought would be a response post to a swirl of blog posts I’ve been seeing online.

Apparently blogging in general is losing its shine on people. They’d rather watch videos on YouTube then read a bunch of articles on a blog, and in a way I understand because I roughly read four posts a week. I may follow over a ton of sites, but it’s true I don’t read as many of the blogs I used to. I will say this, it’s not smart to read a restaurant review at eight or nine o’clock in the morning without having breakfast first!

What is the point of having a blog, if nobody is going to read it? 

If you created a blog for the sole purpose to share it with strangers on the internet, even maybe make a little money on the side, then yes, this is a question that you’re faced with every single day. For me though, since my views are somewhat low anyways–we’re keeping it real today–I don’t really care. I’m not focused on my stats anymore. I’ve literally switched that section to the bottom of my dashboard, I do enjoy the comments I get from fellow bloggers and some of my readers, it makes everything worthwhile, but when that fades away, would I still blog?

My answer will always be yes and this goes back to the first blog. Despite the fact we made them in school, that didn’t mean that they were all set on private, they were very public, but we got our laptops so late in the semester (it was a one semester class!) that our teacher couldn’t give us the low down of the settings of the site. I actually didn’t know where the stats section was until probably four months prior to creating this one. I hardly ever received a comment on the various things I would talk about there, so I didn’t really care or knew anyone who read my stuff, I  just wondered how that person came across my post in the first place!

If you do decide to create your first blog, here are some most frequently asked questions I’ve been asked in the past. If there is anything else, please ask below and I’ll try to answer it.

How many times should you blog on a daily basis? 

This is your decision. I don’t recommend on blogging 365 days. I actually did that once and even though I only missed four days out of the whole year, I absolutely hated it. You shouldn’t force yourself to talk about something, you won’t produce genuine posts!

I think it is important to come up with some kind of routine. I don’t have a daily routine of when I write my posts, but I usually start in the early mornings when it’s really quiet or past noon, after I’ve eaten lunch. It just depends on how much free time you have, if you’re an early riser or have an afternoon/night to yourself, then I’d use it to your best ability.

Now as far as figuring out a daily schedule. If you want to work on pieces and publish them at a later date, that’s not exactly a bad thing and I don’t know why more bloggers don’t do it. I actually post on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at roughly the same time each day, around seven o’clock in the morning. Whenever I publish my posts on Facebook, they actually have an exact time schedule and that is 8am. Every day has a different topic, such as Monday’s are usually more personal, whereas I leave both Tuesday and Thursday as my entertainment days, this is why you see my movie posts on Tuesdays and music reviews on Thursday!

Should you establish a niche for your blog?

For me, I always knew I was a lifestyle blogger. I wanted to discuss things that went on in my life as a person with a disability. Even while I was still on my first blog, I knew what kind of content I wanted to create on a weekly basis, but I didn’t know there was an actual category until about five years later and found the motherload of fellow bloggers like myself.

To answer the question for you though, no, I don’t think you should. I think it’s fine to play around with different topics at first, but if you are an amateur expert at a certain niche, then go ahead and give it a go! I just don’t think you should close off on other things though. I’ve seen plenty of bloggers who, for years, have only talked about one or two very specific things and literally feel like they’re repeating themselves or notice other people talking about similar things and they want to change things up, but are too afraid that they’ll lose followers in the switch.

Should you buy a domain, professional layout, and/or accept sponsored posts right off the bat?

This one is a difficult one to answer, because you have three different things wrapped into one question, but they all do go together because they all involve money. Now this is purely my opinion, but you shouldn’t buy a domain or template until you’ve at least blogged for a year, for example, say you only use your blog for six months and don’t go back to it until a year later. By that time, you’re going to be kicking yourself because you could’ve used that money for something else.

Now about the sponsored posts part, I’m not the best person to answer that section. I wouldn’t know how to get started on it or do it in general. If you know some bloggers already that have a widget for monthly sponsors or pieces that say that they were sponsored by a certain brand, then you could ask them how they got started with it. However, I will say this as a fair warning, not everybody is as friendly about it as you’d think, especially the ones who work with bigger brands!

When is it time to branch out of your blog though?

When is it time to branch out and do other stuff? Honestly, if I was asked to writing articles for Disability Horizons in either 2012-14, my editor would have hated me, for the fact that I had such horrible writing!

I think being asked in 2016 was the perfect timing because I was starting to really care what I was talking about, and I edited my posts that desperately needed to be taken care of before I officially scheduled it to be published. I don’t think you’re never ready to do something out of your comfort zone. Blogging has become my security blanket, I’ve grown into it, and with that being said, I believe I can grow into writing for other sites too! That’s why I’m building a relationship with the creator of the History Of Royal Women, because as passionate as I am talking about disability issues, I am also a fan of history and the royals!

It’s like what I said before about being open about discussing other topics on your blog, you shouldn’t close your mind from something else you enjoy and have some type of knowledge for it because it doesn’t go with your original blogging plan. It does get boring every once in a while and when I decided to write about my love for Anne Boleyn last year, I literally had the same freeing experience I had whenever I started blogging about music full time. Don’t worry, that post goes up soon!

If you’re asked to work with a site or another blogger that either is similar to what you write about on your blog, go for it! There’s nothing wrong with it, because if you decide one is enough, then at least you can say you were published somewhere!

How to deal with the misconceptions of blogging

Thanks to a recent lifestyle blogger chat on Twitter (hosted by a favorite of mine Amie!) I’ve decided to add a section of it to this post.

Back in January, I was asked by an old friend from school, who was thinking about creating her own blog. She had looked up the different platforms and asked me array of questions about blogging. I actually think she’d do good as a blogger, because she already knows how to promote and I thought she could bring something new to the blogoshere, but ultimately she decided not to go for it. She’s recently had a baby, so she doesn’t have a lot of free time on her hands.

Blogging isn’t for everyone, and I think it’s fair to keep that in mind. I mean, it isn’t easy by any means. People who don’t do it just assume that you are sent things from brands for free all the time but whenever a blogger is being sent things, the blogger has post multiple times on their blog, social media accounts, etc to help promote the brand itself. They may not always get a commission from the brand itself, but there’s a lot of work that goes into it that people just don’t understand!

Should people continue to create blogs if the trend itself is dying?

Again, this is a yes for me!

If you’ve learned anything about this world, nothing really fades away. I mean, just look at MySpace, it’s still holding on with all its might! So who knows, blogging could catch its second wind, but I think I’ll be here anyways.

I know I’ve already said this, but if you have any more questions, send them my way!

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REVIEW | Andre The Giant Documentary

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Last month, HBO really decided that the month of April would be about documentaries, so at the end of March, they played Judd Apatlow’s two part film about Garry Shandling, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I don’t remember him or any of his work, but I did think it was a very educational and funny film dedicated to this comic legend. After that, they aired another one that I had my eye on for a while and we’re going to talk about it on this post: Andre The Giant. And finally the last documentary was about Elvis Presley,  I did try to watch it but I didn’t really like the format of the people were interviewed, so I never finished it.

I’ve always heard about Andre The Giant, through my dad. While I sat in my room, trying to watch the film, I told him about it and he said to me that he saw or met him while in Louisville. Yes, I believed him. My dad at a younger age probably liked wrestling, I mean, he still likes to arm wrestle! The only thing I know about him that I didn’t get from my dad was the fact that he was the inspiration for Shrek.

When I started watching it, I didn’t exactly know what I was getting myself into. I just thought it would be a regular documentary about a fairly large legend of the wrestling world. Honestly, I was right on a certain level, but there were parts in it that I absolutely hated about it.

As somebody who doesn’t know really anything about Andre Roussimoff, as a person, I thought we’d get to know more about him and more of his condition: acronmegaly. They interviewed his family and they did talk about how he was as a young lad, even showed us a handmade wooden chair that his mother had made for him, but they didn’t really explain more about this condition, they just showed us the affects of it. I wish his family were a little bit more open about how Andre himself felt about this when he was younger. They just rushed into the wrestling.

In the beginning of every film, they gave the different production companies that helped get it out to people. One of these companies was in fact WWE. At first, I thought this was a nice gesture because he did a lot to make wrestling a lot more interesting. Although, I felt being called “the eighth wonder of the world” is a little mean; it gave me a sense to the circus people with their disabilities on display, and it made me sad, but I also had to keep an open mind at the same time, because sometimes people will do anything to get work. Some people strip, others will do bodily harm.

Anyways, back to what I saying before. I really thought WWE’s big boss Vince McMahon Jr. basically called the shots for this documentary because for some odd reason, we stopped talking about Andre’s life in the middle to discuss about the rising of Hulk Hogan’s career. Yes, I realize there’s a part of it that needs to be talked about because he and Andre hashed it out before Andre retired from the sport itself, but there was a large amount of information about the start of how wrestling in general became a big thing to cable TV that took over the documentary, and a part of me was really mad about this, because first I thought people were treating him like a freak of nature and now I really got the sense that they were using his name to showcase the WWE name.

Overall, the film was pretty good. It gave me a better sense of this gentle giant. I did feel bad for him later on in life because of his sheer size and amount of fights he’d do in the wrestling world, that people would stare at him in joy, horror, and pity. It was a very enlightening documentary to watch as somebody who doesn’t really like MMA, which considering my story I’m writing, does contain a bit of it.

Did you watch Andre The Giant yet? What did you think about it? What were some of your thoughts?

Favorite Dance Films!

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I’m back with another list of films. This time, we are going to be discussing my favorite dance movies. I will say this, I have a lot. I actually wrote out a few movies one night on my To Do List pad, and I only had like four movies and then before I went to work on this post, I went on Google and realized “wow, I missed quite a few!” so it grew to like eight movies total!

I was going to open it up a little bit and add the singing aspect of it, but I figured we’d be here forever, so if you’d like to see that list, just let me know!

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Dirty Dancing (1987) – Jennifer Grey, Patrick Swayze, Jerry Orbach, Cynthia Rhodes

Okay, first off if you are going to have a “favorite dance movie” list, Dirty Dancing has to be somewhere on that list, whether it’s at the top or somewhere in the middle is up to you, but it has got to be on this list in general!

I actually wasn’t introduced to this movie until later on in my preteen years! I think I saw it the same time frame I watched Grease for the first time. I love both of them just as much, but Dirty Dancing is probably my favorite though. This is such a sexy, but fun movie! I think I had more of a crush on Jennifer than I ever did for Patrick! As you’ll find out in this post, I like both ballet and ballroom dancing and I’m happy to say I enjoyed both before watching the dancing competitions on TV! And yes, I watched and absolutely loved that Jennifer went on Dancing With The Stars a few years ago!

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Center Stage (2000) – Amanda Schull, Zoe Saldana, Peter Gallagher, Ethan Stiefel

I want to say that Center Stage was probably second dancing movie I ever was introduced to, but I cannot figure out who showed it to me, because I think I was still in middle school when I watched it the first time, but I think I might’ve watched it on Oxygen one afternoon and ended up liking it a lot. This has happened once before with Where The Heart Is. 

This one introduced me to the dark sides of ballet, between the concerns of the dancers weight and limited space in different companies, after finishing it I remember thinking to myself “maybe it is a good thing I’m disabled!” I’ve always loved all kinds of dance, but ballet is at the top, even though I’ve never seen a real show or know any of the meanings or stories of the ballets besides The Nutcracker.

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Save The Last Dance (2001) – Julia Stiles, Sean Patrick Thomas, Kerry Washington, Fredro Starr

I remember my mom told me about this movie when I was little, her words were “it has a big car explosion in it” and when I did eventually watch it with her, butt explosion wasn’t as big as she had explained. However, I ended up loving the story so much that I didn’t really care! Everything about it was brilliant for somebody at my age, because I learned about loyalty, standing up for myself, and seeing passed somebody else’s differences. I don’t understand racism and I still hate that I see specks of it everyday and I feel very ashamed of my ancestors who ever owned slaves centuries ago.

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You Got Served (2004) – Omarion, Marques Houston, Steve Harvey, Jennifer Freeman, Meagan Good

You know you’ve seen a movie too many times in your life, when you don’t need to look up anything about that certain film because you know everything about it! I was addicted to this movie when I was like 13 or 15 years old. I watched that DVD so many times that I think by the time I started my sophomore year, it stopped working for me, and the same goes for the soundtrack too!

After getting into STLD, I figured this one would grab me and never let me go too! I loved the atmosphere of it, the dances were so crazy and yes, the last battle is probably the best of the movie. I usually always cry while watching it but it is so sweet!

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Take The Lead (2006) – Antonio Banderas, Alfre Woodard, Rob Brown, Yaya DeCosta, Laura Bernati

This is the second movie that I got into that involved ballroom dancing, but I think it showed you more of the styles than Dirty Dancing. I thought it was an interesting film the first time I watched it, as high schoolers are fairly difficult to “break” as they don’t like to listen and generally hate dancing with a partner. It takes a very patient and clever person to make this happen!

Fun fact: Yaya DeCosta was a contestant on America’s Next Top Model a couple of years before this came out. I really loved her in this movie and she looked beautiful in that purple dress! And yes, Jenna Dewan is in this film too! She plays the character “Sasha” and has that big dance with the boys at the end. It’s probably one of my favorite scenes.

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Step Up (2006) – Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan, Mario, Drew Sidora,

Oh yes! We have to talk about Step Up! I feel like Dirty Dancing was probably the ultimate dance movie in the late 80’s whereas Step Up became the best of the best of dance movies for the younger generations! Since I’ve seen both probably in the four years between each one, don’t ask me which movie I love the most, because I cannot answer it honestly!

It still shocks me that Channing and Jenna got married and had a kid after meeting on this movie, like holy crap! You got to see the love blossom in this movie and it actually makes me want to believe in love, but then after I finish it, my black heart comes back around and reminds me why I don’t believe in it.

Update: Four days after I officially finished on this post, it was announced that they were separating and I’ve been very sad about ever since.

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Burlesque (2010) – Christina Aguilera, Cher, Stanley Tucci, Kristen Bell, Eric Dane

I love Burlesque! In 2015, my mom, Aunt Laurie, nana, and I went out to do some Christmas shopping at Dollar Store and my mom found the DVD, she pointed it out and asked if I wanted to get it, but somehow we never got it. I’m still stumped about it honestly, because she knows how much I loved it that why didn’t she just get for me anyways? It also wasn’t even that expensive either!

I know there are some scenes that were very corny, and seemed like they were taken from Coyote Ugly, but I really enjoyed it. I never knew about burlesque before watching the film and afterwards all I wanted to do was learn all about it, so that’s why I have a whole board on Pinterest dedicated to the form of performing! I really loved Cher and Christina Aguilera’s characters, but I really loved Kristen Bell as the bad girl “Nikki” she made me laugh and feel sorry for her. Oh and Stanley Tucci plays a good gay guy too!

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Footloose (2011) – Julianne Hough, Kenny Wormald, Miles Teller, Dennis Quaid, Andie MacDowell

Last one, is Footloose and I must apologize for anyone who thought I would be discussing the original version, but I have never seen it! In 2011, my mom, sister and I went to see it in theaters and we really enjoyed it a lot. I was so glad to see Julianne Hough as the title lead, and I remember Kenny from the second installment of Center Stage that came out in 2005 I think. Oh, and we LOVED Miles as “Willard” he was such a fun character! Even my dad liked him after we rented the movie for a weekend.

If you haven’t seen any of these movies, you definitely look into them, because they’re all very good in their way! And every single film has a great soundtrack too. There are a few movies that I may not watch as much anymore but I still listen to the soundtrack almost every other day.

Are you a fan of dance films too? Did I put any of them on this list? Let me know below!

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The Ultimate Harry Potter Tag

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Howdy!

Today I am doing a fun tag and it’s all about HARRY POTTER!

Unfortunately, I haven’t finished reading the actual series. In 2016, I borrowed my cousin Taylor’s first three books, just to see if I could actually get into them as I have with the movies. I made it through both The Sorcerer’s Stone and Chamber Of Secrets like it was nobody’s businesses, but I’ve been kicking myself for not being able to stop comparing The Prisoner of Azkaban to its film release. I’m still hoping that one day I’ll finish it, but right now I’m just content with that I managed to read the other two!

I found this on the same blog: A Geek Girl’s Guide, but the questions were taken by two separate tags and so instead of doing both of them, I just meshed them all together! I would also like to point out that I’ve left out a question or two from the original layout. Hope you don’t mind that too much, so let’s get into it! 🙂

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Favorite Book?

Surprisingly I liked Chamber of Secrets a lot more than I thought I would. There were a lot of good and interesting material that I felt was left out in the film that would have made better sense to the person watching the movie, like the ghosts. Pee Wee and the story of Flich and why he is so bitter to the students and some of the staff.

Favorite Movie?

I really like both Prisoner of Azkaban and most recently Half-Blood Prince, I think both of these films have such dark tones to them but the happier times really shine too. However, I will agree Dumbledore’s death wasn’t the greatest thing about HBP but still, I think it has a lot of comical moments to it and I think that’s saying something.

Least Favorite Movie?

I’ve always been divided between Globet Of Fire and Deathly Hallows Part 1. GOF because of the introduction to the Death Eaters and their masks, and of course Cedric’s death doesn’t help either. As far as DHP1 goes, I think it’s fairly boring, because all they’re doing in searching for the horcuxes and the only good things about is that Ginny and Harry kiss and get caught by George, and Dobby saves Harry Potter but unfortunately dies at the end.

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Favorite Quote?

I loved the first book/movie, so there are a lot of lines that I like to quote out loud whenever I watch it, like this one.

Now if you two don’t mind, I’m going to bed before either one of you gets us killed or worse, expelled.

Sadly, I didn’t understand the reason why Hermoine said it in that way until much later and realized that if they got killed there, they’d haunt the halls like The Grey Lady or Sir Nicholas. And when I say “much later” I mean like several months ago! Yeah, I’m a little slow sometimes!

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Favorite Weasley?

That’s actually really difficult, but I really love Molly Weasley. She just took in Harry like one of her own, Heromine too, but I mean she didn’t know he was thee Harry Potter when they first met at the train station. She was amazing to him after being around his crappy Aunt Petunia for years!

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Favorite Female Character?

I am in love with Luna, from the moment we meet her in Order Of The Phoenix, you get a different person then the other female characters. She’s not out to impress anybody, she accepts herself and her quirkiness–but she doesn’t see herself in that way, she’s “just as sane” as everybody else.

Favorite Villain?

This is another difficult question to answer. I think it would have to be Umbridge and Lucius Malfoy. I literally have a difficult time watching OOTP because of her snotty personality. And Lucius, for obvious reasons!

Favorite Male Character?

Sorry, but why doesn’t anybody say Hagrid? I absolutely loved him to pieces, but I was a little troubled during the DHP2 when he just shows up bonded by Voldemort’s camp, like when the hell did that happen? Because if he got captured while at Bill and Fluer’s wedding, then why wasn’t Molly, Ginny, etc snatched as well?

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Favorite Professor?

I know everybody will say either Snape or McGonagall, but I loved Remus Lupin very much. It was nice to see a teacher that 1.) wasn’t full of themselves and 2.) seemed to really care about Harry and wanted to help him in any way they could. I’m not saying Snape or McGonagall weren’t like this, but Lupin was like Harry’s third guardian apart from both The Weasley’s and Sirius Black.

Would You Rather

Would you rather wash Snape’s hair or spend a day listening to Lockhart rant about himself?

I think I could get through Lockhart talking about himself, because I feel like you would have to drug Snape (I’m such a muggle!) to be able to do anything to him.

Would you rather duel an elated Bellatrix or an angry Molly?

I would 100% duel an elated Bellatrix. I am not messing with an angry Molly!

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How would you travel to Hogwarts, ride on the Hogwarts Express or drive the flying car?

My brother-in-law said he’d want to do both, but honestly I think experiencing the Hogwarts Express would be awesome! Especially getting to see the trolly of goodies. I want a chocolate frog and a package of Bertie Botts Every Flavored Beans!

Would you rather kiss Voldemort or give Umbridge a bubble bath?

I think if Voldemort ever got kissed early on in his life, I don’t think he wouldn’t had been so evil.

Would you rather ride a Hippogriff or be dragged by Fawkes?

I think I would be dragged by Fawkes because I always feel like I could end up like Draco and get myself kicked or beaked by this thing!

Book To Movie Adaption

Is there a character which you felt differently about in the movies versus the books?

I think after discovering the reason why Flich is the way he is, makes me look at him differently.

Is there a movie you preferred instead of the book? 

So far no, but I think I like the COS (book) compared to the movie, because there’s obviously more information about certain characters, but the whole scene of Tom Riddle and Basilisk was less frightening for me because back in the day I would literally try to avoid that movie at any cost and now I’m like that with DHP1.

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Richard Harris or Michael Gambon as Dumbledore?

I think if Richard Harris wasn’t so old, he would have been allowed to do more of his own stunts, I think we would love him a little bit more. I also wish they would have cast Michael Gambon in the beginning because he was obviously a better choice.

Your top thing (person or event) which wasn’t included in the movie that annoyed you the most?

I think we need to talk about what happens to Norbert the Dragon during the first movie. The whole scheme to get him out of there to Ron’s brother Charlie is very informative in the book, but it’s not quite explained in the movie. All you know is that within 20 minutes after Norbert hatches, he is taken away by the Ministry.

I wish the scenes where Harry arrives at The Barrows during COS was longer, although it’s only like two pages long in the book, I’d still like to know more of the magic the Weasley’s are exposed to, because the reader is as impressed as Harry when he first goes into the house!

If you could remake any of the Potter movies, which would it be?

I couldn’t, but what’s sad is that one day, somebody is going to attempt it and it’ll be a 50/50 deal whether or not it’ll be as good as the originals. Hopefully by then, our technology will be able to produce something new to the magic that is described in the story and will be able to really surprise the older and newer generations to the series.

Hogwarts

Which house was your first gut feeling you’d be a part of?

I don’t know, I feel like I’d belong in every house but my gut is putting me into Ravenclaw, mostly for the fact that I’m very patience and have a lot of wit. I actually put a poll on my personal Facebook and everybody said Ravenclaw too.

Which house were you actually sorted into?

I remember doing a quiz a few years ago, and I think I was put into Gryffindor, but granted this wasn’t a very good quiz–it literally only had five questions!

Which class would be your favorite?

Honestly I think it would Defensive Against The Dark Arts or Divination. I already have physic tendencies but DATDA would be really cool to learn more about in a sense, but of course only if Professor Lupin was teaching it.

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Which spell do you think would be most useful to learn?

Alohomora and Lumos. I’m only saying these two alone because I literally can’t open doors on my own with or without my wheelchair and I don’t have a light by my bed. I literally use my flashlight to see anything in the dark! So I think both of these would be sort of handy for me.

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Which character do you think at Hogwarts you’d instantly become best friends with?

Weirdly enough probably Seamus, mostly because I was around guys like him when I was school anyways! I also have a thing for explosives too!

Miscellaneous

If you could own one of the three Hallows, which would it be?

Cloak of Invisibility. If it worked so well to the youngest brother why would I want to chose any other item?  I’m also not looking for power or resurrecting anybody back from the dead, they’d probably be miserable!

Favorite Marauder?

I’d say Sirius Black.

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If you could bring one character back to life, which would it be?

Ahh, again I think it would Sirius Black. He was such a good character and once Harry found out that he had nothing to do with his parent’s death, made everything seem easier for him, that he didn’t have to stand up to Voldemort by himself. He had Sirius and Dumbledore by his side, but after Sirius was killed, it was so sad because there was a lot of things that could’ve happen to Harry in a happier way while being around Sirius was alive.

Hallows or Horcruxes?

Hallows. Hands down!

Bonus

What would your Patronus be?

I actually had to look up the real definition of a Patronus, in case I got it wrong the first time, but I think mine would be a Hawk. They symbolize something special for me and they make me happy, so that would be mine. However, since the definition doesn’t exactly say that it should be an animal per se, so I’d also say maybe a tree. They also make me very happy and are strong and can be born again after some time.

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If you were on the Quidditch team which position would you play?

Now, after going after what Mad-Eye’s broomstick looks like in the films, I always hoped that there would be a cool broom for people with disabilities. To me, I’d be a keeper. I mean, even without flying on a broomstick I already have a track record of being quick anyways, so I think I would be perfect for this role!

Were you happy with the ending?

Since I have yet to finish the last book, I don’t know if I should really answer this question, because I don’t really know what happens to Harry, Heromine, and Ron after the death of Voldemort. I’ve only known what the ending of DHP2 shared with us, so I’m kind of hoping there’s more information in the book itself.

How much does Harry Potter mean to you?

I remember reading the first book in my English class in eighth grade and it was my first ever fantasy book, and what was funny about it was that earlier in the year I went to my friend’s house for a birthday party and they all wanted to watch it that night but I was too afraid to watch it with them that I actually fell asleep before it started. Here when we read it in class, I knew all of the information and then our teacher made us watch it and compare things in both of them, which was the worst thing she could have done because this was reason why I’m having trouble reading POA!

Now as I get older, I want to rediscover it as reader but I also really enjoy watching the films too. Whenever I’m down or in a weird mood, I can just lay out on my bed and watch two and a half movies in an afternoon.

So what do you think? Could you complete this ultimate tag like me? If you do, I’d like to see your answers!

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