The Hot Blooded Veganuary Blog
I have run two blogs so far, the first on sex and the second on veganism. I love the humourous, hyperactive, conversational potential in blogging, but I'm only interested in having these conversations in view of things bigger than my own day-to-day.
In September 2016, I went from eating steak and oysters once a week to being a vegan, with no veggie period in between. By the time January came around I was just getting the hang of the diet, with many a blunder under my belt, so I wrote a Veganuary advice blog to help other newbies, recounting my feckless antics in the hope of saving people time, giving laughs along with reassurance. Click here for the blog's home page.
I am devastated to report that all of Varsity's 'VICE' history was wiped from the internet, and this included 'The Swearbox'. It must have happened very recently, as only a few months ago a friend of my mother's was complimenting her on having raised a child who can speak so earnestly about anal. The term-long weekly blog came about when I was asked to write something "feminist/LGBT" for the paper; having no desire to conflate the two terms and preach to the converted in a corner, I gave sex advice aimed at straight male students, enthusing and guiding on giving women pleasure and on sexual communication in general. It was a strive towards equality in an area that made sense when writing to stressed young academics.
If anybody were to be interested, I can provide examples of my straight/purely serious journalism, which, as with blogging, I'd like to do more of when the cause and time are right.
Vegan Parma-Violet Ice-cream. Photograph by Emily Hodge.