FIRST BIRTHDAY! :)

23 Jul

Well hello there Yellow Bunting followers! I don’t know if you know but this date marks the first year anniversary for us! And what a year it has been, we have gained writers, lost writers, had a lovely reunion and covered issues both big and small. We have come so far, about to enter a competition to take part in the Blogcademy! And so this article is going to take a look at the past year, our highlights and fun times, we hope you enjoy the read J

“I always start off my articles by thinking to myself about the subject. Originally we were all given different sections of the magazine to focus on and up till now I have stuck to this. My section was ‘health’ but after reading more and more of our writer’s articles, I have decided to branch out and write more about what interests me.

The title may suggest that this article is pointless, but there is no article itself, only an explanation of who I am and what Yellow Bunting is and hopes to be. It started off with me lying in bed in my uni house one night thinking. I’d always found teenage girls’ magazines interesting, the way they speak to the girls and what they include within their magazines. When I was younger my sisters, a friend and I put together are own magazine, using cuttings from others and adding our own bits in. Looking back, I realised then that I love the act of creating and writing. And with my interest in teenage girl magazines, I thought that this would be the perfect opportunity to start my own.

If truth be told, I was also worried about having something to do when I finished university. There aren’t a lot of jobs but while I was going to keep applying, I needed something to do to keep my brain going in the meantime. I thought about this magazine and decided that as hard copies are limited and difficult to purchase, in the beginning I would remain online.

I was in uni doing English and I was interested in editing as a career so this would be perfect to not only do what I love (which is also editing and writing) but to also make something of it.

My ex wasn’t really all that supportive, he told me that he didn’t think it would work but my housemate and friend, Daisy, believed in it and offered to help. Through Daisy, Yellow Bunting has been named and launched; she has brought countless writers to the table and edits the articles every week. I am truly blessed to have her. There are often times where real life gets in the way and I don’t have time to give everything I have but Daisy is always there to put me back on track and to make sure I don’t give up on it.

This article, I guess is my way of explaining what Yellow Bunting is and how Daisy and I are involved. I am also extremely thankful for our team of writers, past and present, who have made my dream of owning my own magazine come true. To mention them (please let me know if you are missed out of the list, there’s just quite a few names!), Zdena, Daisy, Melody, Meg, Catherine, Sarah, Kera-anne, Si, Rubyyy, Nesrine, Stef, Alex, Bryony, Ellie, Beth and Tahnee. Without this great bunch, Yellow Bunting wouldn’t exist or work the way it does so well.

Finally, a new section of the magazine has also helped other areas of my life. I had always thought about running an agony aunt section but I didn’t want it to be boring, stereotypical teenage questions. I wanted it to be real, like the magazine is. Teenagers are old enough not to be looked down at; if they have a question then I will answer it with the most realistic answer possible. This helped the ‘wanting to help’ nature of my personality come through. Rubyyy is also the main force behind this section and has some very strong beliefs, (catch her interview earlier in issue 8).

Whether fat or thin, curvy or spotty, I hope that Yellow Bunting helps you to be less afraid about it. It is real life and these airbrushed to within an inch of their life other magazines don’t promote the right image in my opinion. This is why I created and work on Yellow Bunting, to show young women that it is alright to be yourself and that you don’t have to look or act a certain way just because the media and some people make it out to be better.

I hope you enjoy future articles and issues of Yellow Bunting, I certainly can’t wait to see where we go.

All my love,

Becky          ”

What Yellow Bunting means to me (from our writers):

‘what does Yellow Bunting mean to me? well, it means a lot actually. it gives me the opportunity to be creative and to write about and share with people, the things that i love. it’s introduced me to some wonderful and interesting people whose articles inspire me and push me to do the best with my own.

this first year has gone so fast! it only seems like last week that i heard Becky talking about her idea for a magazine and now here we are celebrating our 1st birthday! it’s been hard work, but then nothing in life worth having ever came easy and we all enjoy a good challenge now and then!

so, here’s to another fantastic year at Yellow Bunting! who knows what i will be writing this time next year?’ -Daisy

‘Yellow bunting has become a small fun community away from the normal caged society that we all dwell within. For me writing for YB has given me the opportunity  (when I actually manage to write pieces) a chance to spread my own ideas and opinions, even if sometimes they are slightly wacky. Everyone who makes up YB are all friendly and creative and even though I have only met a few of our lovely writers we all get along and contribute to something that will hopefully help and inspire people.’ –Kera

‘Looking for an idea, voicing what I’m thinking, research, polishing, editing. Why is it so exciting? I have to write. I need to write. My life would be so much emptier without it, and definitely harder for those around me. I need to vent my fury which appears when I let my mind stagnate in sameness of everydayness. Maybe a punching bag would do even better trick. But turning my aggression into creation seems more meaningful. This is what I need to do and there is no other option, says the pacifist in me.

Yellow Bunting and me, we have the same aspirations. We want to show the alternatives and inspire the readers in their search for … whatever. I share my interests; a little bit of feminism, a tiny bit of intelectualism, some of the environmental issues, travels.

We hope to make this world a better place, grrr, what a cliché. Shall I rather say: ‘Girls, the future is ours, let’s work on it.’ We count on a convincing argument more than on physical strength.

Yellow Bunting helps to keep my sanity and those close to me. I contribute with my weltanschauung which, hopefully, helps someone to leap in their intellectual progress.

This may be a win-win situation.’  -Zdena

‘For me Yellow Bunting was a way to write about something I was passionate about and be part of a project that stood for giving women a voice and being about what was beneath the surface.’ – Sarah

‘To me, writing isn’t something you can learn. I think it is something you are either born to do or born not to do. It can be practiced but I believe it is a part of who you are and that’s what I feel writing is to me. Yellow Bunting has provided me with a very rare opportunity to express how I really feel about the things I care about. It has provided me with a voice and a platform for that voice to be heard. A writer is who I am and what makes a good writer is passion, because you have to feel something for what you write about otherwise you won’t produce good results. It takes drive because of deadlines and despite having writers block, those deadlines still have to be reached! People love to read about themselves through another person’s perspective and writing for this magazine allow me to reach out to those who may really need it. I am extremely proud of what we all have achieved as a team, and my page on the Yellow Bunting site makes me feel as though I have a purpose and a duty to be there for our readers. Becky and Daisy have done a brilliant job in delegating and running things smoothly and I just want to take this chance to say thank you to both of them for keeping us all in check and for creating this magazine.’ -Melody

We have had many writers, past and present, and I would like to thank every single one of them: Daisy, Beth, Sarah, Kera-anne, Meg, Alex, Catherine, Zdena, Melody, Rubyyy, Stef,Tahnee, Ellie, Bryony & Nesrine

. Without each and every single one of you my idea and dream would never have become a reality, so thank you all of you from the bottom of the heart!!

Yellow Bunting plans to have a good old revamp after our birthday. We are going to bring some more writers in, change how we edit articles, and market a lot more plus much more!

Here are some pictures from our reunion:

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And finally I just wanted to thank YOU our readers, without you we really wouldn’t have gotten anywhere, thank you for being there and I hope we can give you a lot more in the future to come! 🙂

About the Writers:

Becky has just finished a degree in English and Creative Writing and is very happy with her 2:1. She is friendly, bubbly and just so happens to be the co-creator of Yellow Bunting. She hopes you enjoy it and that you get involved!Click here to see more posts by Becky.

Daisy is an irregular photographer, wannabe writer and full time female. In between tea and toast breaks she spends far too much time on the internetbloggingtumbling and tweeting. She is unapologetic in her love of the Spice Girls. Click here to see more posts by Daisy.

Sarah is a filmmaker and writer with an obsession for luscious visuals and a distain for tomatoes (they are a sneaky and untrustworthy foodstuff). If she’s not blogging or tweeting, she’ll be watching films or running around with her video camera. Click here to see more posts by Sarah.

Stef is a 22 year old graduate who has a lifelong obsession with books and reading who also loves music and live theatre. You’re most likely to find her in a book shop or out in London standing at a theatre stage door. She can be found on twitter and running The World of BlytonClick here to see more posts by Stef.

Rubyyy Jones is a performer, writer and muse; originally from Canada, she moved to London to find the sexier side of life! Rubyyy is no expert but she’s listening, learning and loving her way towards wisdom and peaceful power. Click here to see more posts by Rubyyy.

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Melody has just finished a degree in Journalism, Film and Media with a 2:1. She aspires to work with vulnerable women and children subject to domestic, and or other forms of abuse. She is an animal lover and has a small obsession with Fearne Cotton. She is a constant joker and can be found on TwitterClick here to see more posts by Melody.

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Zdena comes from Slovakia but has made Wales her second home, that is when she is not travelling, which she can’t live without. Two important things in her life are books and Scrabble and she also loves world cinema. Click here to see more posts by Zdena.

Catherine is a biology geek by day and cake baker by night. When she’s not in the kitchen you’ll be able to find her writing, tending to her tomato plant or curled up reading one of her many cookbooks. Click here to see more posts by Catherine.

Kera-anne is currently in her final year at London College of Fashion studying Surface Textiles specialising in Knitwear who loves nothing more than baking, writing and playing the occasional Nintendo game. She wants to give something new to future artists who are yet to taste the confusing fruit that is the fashion industry! When working on a project she tends to go for the darker viewpoints as the work always leans toward the obscurer side of art. Click here to see more posts by Kera.

Previous writers at Yellow Bunting:

Nesrine is a final year student , MA Politics and International Relations at the University of Aberdeen. Her intention is to break through the media industry in the near future. She speaks four languages: English, French, Arabic and Spanish. Her trait is to: look like a girl, act like a lady, think like a man and work like a boss. Click here to see more posts by Nesrine.

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Meg is currently studying English and Creative Writing and hopes to one day become a writer or journalist and be known for her writing. She’s also a part time model and would not so secretly love to become a popstar! She may seem shy at first, but once you get to know her she becomes very loud indeed. Click here to see more posts by Meg.

Alex is a drama graduate and self taught photographer. She started out by photographing her friends unique style and was soon approached by others wanting to be shot by her. She has recently been offered representation and has been listed as a photographer for Vogue Italia. You can find her on twitter,facebook and her websiteClick here to see more posts by Alex.

Bryony is a 3rd yr Applied Drama student. When she’s not teaching drama or writing (creative as well as articles) she’s attempting to fullfill her goal of living life to the max. Writing for health & well-being and making a difference here at Yellow Bunting, she loves star-gazing, the theatre, partying, surfing, being outdoors, cider n pasties. Click here to see more posts by Bryony.

Ellie is a history graduate and PR Consultant. She loves reading, dipping into 1984, Harry Potter and The Bell Jar. When she hasn’t got her nose in a book she enjoys creative writing, museums and galleries across the UK. When she has the time, she also likes nothing more than catching up with a few friends over dinner and a cocktail or two! Click here to see more posts by Ellie.

Beth is a music enthusiast as in she listens to music all day, everyday. When she’s not raving in her room she’s reading, working, tweeting or hanging out with her friends. Working towards being a film director, music producer or English teacher, Beth is currently studying media and literature along with more diverse subjects. Click here to see more posts by Beth.

Tahnee (say it Tar-Knee) is an English Literature graduate and works at a theatre in Cardiff where you’ll generally find her getting misty eyes over some new piece of writing. One day she’ll be the director of the Royal Shakespeare Company but until then you’ll find her writing for Yellow Bunting, mooching around second hand books shops and eating cake. She occasionally tweets too. Click here to see more posts by Tahnee.

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2 Responses to “FIRST BIRTHDAY! :)”

  1. angelkaede8 23/07/2013 at 5:58 pm #

    Congrats to you all! Thats quite an achievement and I wish you all the best in the future too. 🙂

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