For those of you who’ve been following me since I first started TheMadBookBlogger blog in 2013, and I know who you all are, I want to take just a second to thank you for whatever support (be it either on line, or in person. I see you mama) you’ve ever shown me as I developed my interest in writing and reviewing books. I started blogging as the Mad Book Blogger when I was a wee lass of 14, writing book reviews on this very platform and this year, when I realized I was ready to start writing again, I didn’t have the heart to scrap anything I’d written in my blissful teenage years. My mouse hovered over that delete button countless times and countless times I shied away from clicking. I’ve tried many times to rename and redesign something that I had always envisioned I wanted to do but the timing was never right. I always wondered whether I should start fresh or continue what I worked so hard to build a few years ago, although it seems like a lifetime ago. So, I’ve decided to keep my old work in a folder on my new blog, to remind myself of how far I’ve come, and how far I have yet to go. In my opinion, that’s the beauty of life, I’m still the same little girl who wrote those innocent and wishful reviews from the quiet nest of her bedroom in the Seychelles… except I’m taller now, I live and study in London and I’ve kissed a few boys.
I’m turning 20 and so begins a new chapter in my life, a hundred fresh pages await to be written and I couldn’t be more excited. This is why I’ve decided to turn the page on the MadBookBlogger (which will always be a fond memory despite it being a bit cringe and exposing my ultimate nerd side).
Voicing Vanilla Vadz is the invocation of the new me, the latest me, trying to come to terms with what it means to live away from home, in a different country, and finally experience all the things that the little island girl dreamt of. I used to be thought of as very vanilla, an ordinary little cupcake with maybe a dash of frosting. Not to say I didn’t have my own array of multi coloured sprinkles hidden inside which represented all of my personality, but generally, I was very unsurprising. Now? Well now I don’t know. Sometimes I’m vanilla (conventional and ordinary) and sometimes I surprise even myself with the things that I get up to, the adventures I subscribe to and the paths that I take.
So, I’m inviting you to come on my adventure with me. I want Vanilla Vadz to be a voice for my experience of the little island girl discovering the big wide world, but also for any young adult out there who feels that they can relate to the things that we get up to and the mistakes we make as we learn to effectively adult.
So sit back, grab some Cheetos and let’s see what life has to offer us next.