Hello Radio!

This morning has been a busy one already. In fact it has been a bit too busy for someone who is currently out of a job. Surely I should still be in bed right now, watching re-runs of Frasier on Channel 4+1, but no! I am up and about, and have even been out of the house since 6:45am!

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What was I doing I hear you ask? Well this morning I was on the radio. That’s right, the radio. Over the past couple of months I have appeared on the radio a number of times, and for those times I was always “Heather, from Uproar Comics.” I always had an official sounding title and people knew I was there because of the business I was in. Today was a different matter however. Today I was just “Heather, a local blogger.” I was on the radio just as myself. Little old me, not affiliated with any company, any more…at the minute. It felt a little liberating.

What was I doing on the radio I hear you ask? I was on the Breakfast show on BBC Radio Foyle, and I was doing the review of the day’s headlines in the newspapers. It was all thanks to a friend, who was looking out for me. Sadly she was unable to review the newspapers this morning, as she normally does, and she offered my name up to take her place. I was flattered and when I got the call to come onto the show, I jumped at the chance.

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Nervous wasn’t even the word for what I was feeling all of last night, and most of this morning. When I dragged myself up out of bed this morning at 6:30am, I wasn’t in the best of moods. The house hadn’t heated up yet, and I was in no mood for breakfast. I left my house with an empty stomach, and it is true that when you are nervous, empty tummies are a lot sorer than full ones. My stomach was in absolute knots.

The people at BBC Radio Foyle were really lovely, and they provided me with everything I needed. All I had to do was choose a couple of headlines from the newspapers, review the stories and end on something a little more light-hearted. Simple.

As I made my notes, I could feel the time quickly slipping away, almost as if it were water running down a drain. I could hear the different segments of the show in the background, and when I heard a particular segment, I knew I was going to be next. One of the producers of the show came and collected me from the waiting area, and as we walked down towards the studio, I couldn’t help but feel like I was on some sort of death row, walking steadily closer to my doom. I greeted the presenters, they told me what was going to happen, and sooner than I would have liked, I was live on air.

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I was only on for about 5 minutes to start, but that 5 minutes felt like a lifetime. I talked about the relevant headlines, I chatted amicably with the presenters and I even got them to laugh. I stumbled over a couple of words, due to the crippling nerves I was feeling, but somehow I kept the worst of it at bay. Once my section was completed, I left and waited to do the second around.

The second time round, which was roughly 45 minutes after my first segment, was a lot easier. It flowed better and I managed to talk about different stories too. I ended my final segment by talking about the Belfast Film and Comic Con, definitely a topic close to my geeky heart. I wasn’t able to go to it, but a close friend had attended, and I’d gotten the lowdown from him the day before!

So not too shabby for an unemployed blogger such as myself, I do feel like I’ve actually accomplished something today!

Would I do something like this again? Definitely! Will I be as nervous the next time? Definitely not!

If you would like to listen to my little stint on the radio you can listen to the show on the BBC Radio Foyle website HERE. (I start at around 45min and then again at 1 hour 45 minutes!)

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Welcome to BlogityHeth!

Welcome to BlogityHeth folks! My name is Heather, or Heth for short, and I have decided to create my own blog.

Recently I have found myself out of a job, so I thought to myself, “What can I do in my new found spare time, before I start the hunt for a job?”

The answer to my question was pretty obvious. I should start a blog.

BloggingIn my last job I blogged for a living. I was blogging for the company, and so I got into a habit of writing something every day. The things I used to write for the company were pretty geek orientated, and I think this is something I am going to continue with. There is nothing more fun than geeking out about the things you love. For this blog however, I think I may branch out a bit more. Sure I love everything geek, but I also love history, museums, heritage and culture. Geeking out about these things is also really fun, and also it will help in my hunt for a job.

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Being a Museum Professional at large is all good, but you need to keep your head in the game if you’re going to get anywhere. Expect bloggage about museums, education and how I plan to revolutionise the industry (well I plan to revolutionise the industry in my head!)

So the long and short of it is, I am writing my own blog now. As I blog, you’ll find out about the things I love, such as Superheroes, books, gaming, film and television. I will warn you now that I am a bit of a fangirl! Sometimes my excitement gets the better of me, but this is what a blog is for right? To express your excitement? That is what I intend to do! You’ll also get to read about my hunt for a new job in the museum sector, which hopefully won’t be boring and will throw up and number of surprises!

Cheerio for now!