About Cultural Life

Hey there, I’m Grace. If you had to sum me up in three phrases, they’d probably sound something like this: enthusiastic reader, avid movie-watcher and curious traveler. I started blogging in 2011 and spending time here, writing posts and reading other people’s blogs, is one of my favorite things to do in my spare time.

So, why “Cultural Life”? My blog name origin story stems from my interest in writing about multiple topics which are broadly related to culture: books, movies, music, language and linguistics, food, travel and the world.

Adding “life” in the title gives me the scope to bring aspects of my own life into my posts. Although I don’t often blog purely about what’s going on in my life, Cultural Life gives me the freedom to write about aspects of my life as well as acknowledging that our daily lives are bound up in culture.

Until recently, this bio focused on my academic aspirations. My plan was to finish my undergrad, specializing in linguistics, and go straight to grad school, followed by an academic job. As I wrote then: “I like to think that I have my career neatly planned and mapped out for the next decade or so (i.e. study, study and more study!) but who knows what is around the next corner?”

That sentence was strangely accurate — who knows what is around the next corner, indeed? I graduated successfully and began my Master’s degree a few months later. However, due to several reasons (including the fact that I unexpectedly found a wonderful job shortly after I graduated), I decided to put it on pause.

My love of linguistics is still strong, but for now I’m happy to put my academic aspirations on indefinite hold. I have blogged about my love for academia, and that hasn’t gone away, but this choice simply felt right. And one of the best things about writing here is that it gives me a space to talk about linguistic research and academic issues.

I enjoy being part of the WordPress community, and I’ve got to know so many wonderful bloggers here in my five years of blogging. Cultural Life is a space for me to write about topics that I love. My proudest moment so far as a blogger was when the WordPress editors chose one of my posts to be Freshly Pressed.

It was an emotional post for me to write and I was blown away by all the lovely comments and the amazing amount of hits my blog received. Here’s a link to my FPed post: Saying GoodbyeYou can check out a showcase of my other posts in the Best of Cultural Life section.

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Comments on posts are always welcome – click the ‘reply’ button at the top right-hand corner of each post to leave a comment.

Please note: sources will always be correctly cited and the appropriate credit/reference is given to any material which is not my own. If you have any questions about this blog, please email me at the above address. Unless otherwise stated, the material on this blog is Cultural Life © 2016. If you would like to reproduce or redistribute parts of my blog, please ask first. Thank you.

35 thoughts on “About Cultural Life

  1. Thanks for commenting on my blog because it led me to your site… I love it. I’m a Sociology minor and absolutely love the importance of culture and it’s significance in our own lives. I look forward to the various things you’ll be posting, from food to quotes to news to books. As always, feel free to stop by ohshinon anytime and collect a recipe from there 🙂

    Katie @ http://www.ohshineon.com

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  3. hey x
    Thank you for the follow…
    Followed back.
    I don’t know if you accept Awards.
    If so, PLEASE accept this http://prayingforoneday.wordpress.com/2013/04/21/the-wordpress-family-award/
    Made it myself..

    People on Word Press have been Amazing for me and almost like family I won’t meet.
    So if you accept Award. Welcome to my Word Press Family either way.

    Thank you again.

    More love, less hate (Something I say in blog) lol

    Shaun

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    • Thank you for the award nomination. I have accepted awards in the past but I recently made a decision to decline them. Please don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the sentiment behind award nominations and I’m really glad that people enjoy my blog. I don’t want to come across as being rude or ungracious by declining awards. But I have recently been nominated for a few different awards by various WordPress bloggers and it would simply take me too long to respond to all of them. Also, I don’t follow a huge amount of blogs – I have a select few which I read regularly – and I would simply run out of blogs to nominate!

      Thanks for reading and following. Have a great day!

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      • Don;t worry about it, truly..
        I stopped at about 150 Awards, as I was doing more Awards than blogs,, Personally I noticed I was meeting less people so started up again.
        And I have over 1,000 blogs to check over, IMPOSSIBLE 🙂
        So I bookmark the people that talk back and visit, get the rest through reader. Really hard, as we do want to visit everyone, just can’t…
        ..Lest trying is good.. lol

        And totally no worries..
        If I give you an Award in the future, just ignore it, it means I forgot. Top of my blog and to the right explains why …

        Thanks..
        Shaun

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