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Member Since: Dec 3rd, 2014
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Autostraddle

Autostraddle

http://www.Autostraddle.com

LGBT , Professional Blogs
Autostraddle is an online community aimed as lesbian, bisexual or feminist readers. It’s currently the most popular lesbian-oriented site in the world with over 3.5 million views per month.

The site offers daily articles including news relating to the LGBT community, celebrity interviews, magazine-style articles, recipes, playlists, book, music or TV reviews, lists, advice, trends, relationships and sex.

It’s one of those sites I’ll often open when I’m bored at my PC to peruse their latest articles. There’s always something new of interest and I’ve continuously found their content to be innovative and positively portrayed.

On a personal level, back when I first ‘came out’ and met my first girlfriend, the advice columns on AS proved invaluable. As a result, I've grown to trust and enjoy the site and can’t see that changing any time soon. I'm addicted.

AS is clearly laid out and it’s easy to find the topics you’re looking for. I can see why it’s so popular and completely recommend it to those interested in popular culture within the lesbian community.
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Goodreads

Goodreads

http://www.goodreads.com

Literature , Professional Blogs
As a self-proclaimed bookworm who’s never far from a Kindle, I find myself spending a lot of time on Goodreads.
The site allows readers to keep track of the books they’ve read, the books they want to read, give reviews and ratings, and see what their friends have been reading recently.

I have to admit, I’ve made several purchases based on my friends’ reviews and loved the majority, so I’m grateful I had the chance to get an insight from people with similar interests to me. It’s also a common theory that the books a person loves say a lot about their personality, so it’s a great way to further understand your friends’ interests and thoughts. If I’m honest, I’d stalked my girlfriend’s Goodreads page before we even became a couple. Thankfully, she has great taste!

Goodreads is a brilliant tool for literary enthusiasts, I couldn’t be without it.
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Dictionary.com

Dictionary.com

http://www.dictionary.com

Reference , Languages
As a writer, I'm often looking to enhance my copy with interesting words or find a different way to state my point.

This dictionary, along with the thesaurus feature are invaluable for such purposes. I even have the app on my iPhone, which offers a 'word of the day' notification that's great for expanding your vocabulary.

The site also features fun facts, quizzes and trending words - all great fun for literary junkies. I completely recommend it to anyone with an interest in the English language.
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Fiverr

Fiverr

http://www.Fiverr.com

Marketplace , Services
I've always been a 'writer', however it's only a couple of months ago I began writing as a full time job. As a freelancer, I look in all kinds of places to secure gigs and as I signed up to Fiverr, I had no idea it would take off the way it has!

I've been on the site less than a month and it's already proven to be a reasonable chunk of my monthly income. I hope it stays that way, as I adore the sense of community and freedom that comes with being a Fiverr seller. I've met some amazing people and agreed to work with them on ongoing projects. I have something new to work on every day, keeping my work life fresh and exciting.

I completely recommend it, whether you're hoping to incorporate Fiverr into your full time career or just looking to earn a few extra bucks, you'll be glad you gave it a try.
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Pinterest

Pinterest

http://www.pinterest.com

Link Sharing , Social Networks
Pinterest is an addictive, unique concept for sharing images or articles from around the web. In some respects, it appears to be a more grown-up version of Tumblr, without the excessive amount of teenage fans enthusing about their latest celebrity crush and featuring content directed more towards the home, food, style and family life.

It’s easy to find people to follow, or even just pins based on your interests using the search function. Users can create boards (either public or secret) dedicated to anything they wish, with the option to invite friends to pin to the board, making group ideas or projects a breeze. As of August 2014, the site also features a browser-based messaging system, similar to Facebook chat, allowing you to discuss your pins or projects with your followers.
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Facebook

Facebook

http://www.facebook.com

Social Networks , Link Sharing
Back in 2004, this site had promise. An opportunistic young Mark Zuckerberg unleashed his innovative plan, resulting in the $200 billion empire that exists today.
Sadly, Facebook isn’t the site it once was. Upon logging into the site, many of us will find our timelines filled with memes, articles, celebrity gossip and YouTube videos, rather than updates on what our friends are up to. Upon noticing a notification, it’s often going to be a request to send someone lives on Candy Crush, rather than a sincere comment from a loved one.

In a way, it’s sad. Facebook could be a valuable tool for keeping in touch, but it’s being wasted on current trends.

On the plus side, their chat feature is a quick, convenient way to chat with friends and I enjoy the amount of pages that are relevant to my interests, which can be fun to view from time to time. I’ll be keeping it for those reasons, but I can’t say I’m overly enthusiastic.
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The Huffington Post

The Huffington Post

http://www.huffingtonpost.com

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Finding a fair, objective news source can be difficult online, with top searches for current events often displaying results from right-wing, subjective sources such as the British ‘Daily Mail’, which seems to have taken over the world in recent months.

Whilst it does feature its fair share of celebrity news and ‘brain candy’, the Huff’s content is split into categories and the ‘news’ section is filled with informative articles on current events. As the Huffington Post is unbiased towards minority groups, religions or alternative cultures, it’s unlikely you’ll stumble across any form of ‘bashing’, with the exception of a few angry posts in the comments sections, which of course do not reflect the opinion of the source itself.

The site is easy to navigate, allowing you to quickly locate the news topics you’re interested in, making it ideal for staying updated on current affairs.
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PRESERVE

PRESERVE

http://www.preserve.us

Lifestyle , Food
Blake Lively may be known more for her acting or her marriage to Ryan Reynolds, but she’s recently proved herself to be a younger, hipster version of Martha Stewart.

Described by Vogue as a “part digital monthly magazine, part e-commerce venture, part video blog” combination, Preserve offers lifestyle articles, updates and an online store selling treasures picked out by the Preserve team and curated by Blake, such as clothing, unique home furnishings and gourmet treats ranging from artisan salt to organic hot cocoa.

Preserve focuses on the ‘greater good’ and although they are a for-profit company, they aim to provide 5000 children with meals, 2000 children with blankets and 2700 children with warm hoodies within the US.

While the site may have been slated by journalists to begin with, I’m a fan. The authentic aesthetic is refreshing in a world overtaken by technology and mass marketing, showing how home cooking, outdoor adventures and helping those less fortunate can still be a vital part of our culture.
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Duolingo

Duolingo

https://www.duolingo.com

Education , Languages
If you’re looking to converse on vacation or simply watch a foreign movie without the subtitles, Duolingo can help!
I’d always loved languages in my school days. As a native English speaker I also studied French, German and Spanish, but that was eight years ago and I’m a little out of practise.

Ready to take on a new challenge, I signed up to Duolingo. Through following the simple system, which utilises photos, audio and written text, my previous knowledge came flooding back and I quickly began to level up in my selected languages. I think it’s great that you cannot progress until you’ve proven your competence in the current subject, often revising sentences several times to ensure maximum retention.

More recently, Duolingo added Danish to their repertoire. I’m a huge fan of Danish television shows (and their talented, attractive stars, but I digress), and jumped at the opportunity to learn the language for myself. I’m currently at level four (out of a possible twenty five) and love building up XP, almost like a game. Learning feels effortless and rewarding, just as it should.

With 9 languages currently available to learn and more in the works, Duolingo is definitely a site to keep an eye on and I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone, whether you’re new to languages or an experienced polyglot.
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IFL Science

IFL Science

http://www.iflscience.com

Science , Comedy
I first discovered IFL Science through their Facebook page, which currently boasts over nineteen million ‘likes’ and posts regular science-related articles in a fun, journalistic manner. Describing their content as ‘the lighter side of science’, you don’t need a PHD to enjoy the comprehensive, entertaining and educational facts and trivia posted by the IFL Science team.

The site is easy to navigate, featuring a blog layout and allowing you to choose your subject of interest, including technology, physics and space to name a few.

Whilst plenty of trivia is posted, IFLS posts content based on current events in the world of science, such as the Ebola virus or NASA’s plans to send astronauts to Mars within the next twenty years, keeping you informed on the way scientific progress affects the world we live in.

A must-visit for anyone interested in science, technology or current events.
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