Hello! My name is Darnielle Sarjant , and like my name, I’m ever-so-slightly unique. I honestly have no idea how to say this without sounding like one of those “it’s not a phase, Mom!” teens despite being well over a decade past being able to use it as an excuse, but I’m weird. I’m a weirdo. But at least I don’t wear a stupid hat.
I’m an omnivert who can’t get the same result on a personality test twice, a metalhead with an undying love of pop music, and a foulmouth with a rather extensive vocabulary. My favourite colour is rainbow but you will almost always find me dressed in black, I find beauty in “ugly” and scary things, and caffeine makes me sleepy.
I was born and raised in New Zealand, but “home” is the Netherlands and has been since 2016. I live with my husband, Sam, and two doggos named Moose and Caribou. If you couldn’t guess, I am also peak Millennial and I unironically use the word “doggo” and will not be having kids to prop up the economy. I also really love avocados.
In the immortal words of Forrest Gump, my life is like a box of chocolates and I never know what I’m gonna get on any given day. This is because I am “dynamically disabled” by a rather impressive collection of chronic illnesses, the first of which was diagnosed when I was 19. I was also diagnosed with ADHD at the ripe old age of 35.
Being disabled means I have limited ~employability~, so I take work where I can get it. I have qualifications in the social sciences, but I am also skilled with a computer. I like to make pretty but useful things with pixels, code & words, and I love to help people wherever I can! I am currently using my skills to make content about chronic illness & ADHD over at Brokedown Body, Moshpit Mind.
I am passionate about the exchange of knowledge. I love to learn and share what I know. I also love problem-solving. My leisure time is filled with all the usual forms of entertainment, non-fiction writing, cooking & baking, “planning”, stationery & paper crafts, word & logic puzzles, diamond painting, the consumption of true crime content, exploring new places, and healthy-ish living.
DARNIELLE.me is my personal social media hub which basically functions as: a good old-fashioned blog, LiveJournal, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Yelp, and one of those anonymous Q&A websites that disappeared too quickly to ever become the standard. I also use it to practice my written Dutch and keep a log of the things I am thankful for. Sure, it lacks a database of users, but I’ve survived the internet without easy access to people and their content before. I can absolutely do it again!
I was an early adopter of many social media services and I used them all pretty prolifically. But over the years I started to get fed up with the algorithmic changes designed to push advertisements over the content I actually wanted to see and inconsistent censoring. Elon Musk taking over Twitter was the final straw. I decided I needed a place free from ads, search trolls, and fragile manbabies to post all the tat I have become accustomed to posting.
I write about anything that tickles my fancy. The idea of niche blogging makes me uncomfortable because I don’t really have a specific lifestyle or hobby I’m super passionate about. To be quite honest, I enjoy blogging simply because I find running my fingers across a keyboard at speed to be very therapeutic. The major topics covered here are my disabilities, ADHD, immigrant life, social sciences, alternative lifestyle, my hobbies, and life in general.
I have been blogging since before “blogging” was even really a thing. As a pre-teen in the late 90s, I would type up my posts in Notepad and drop them into a WYSIWYG editor with my email address attached for people to “comment”. I taught myself how to code and made my way through various systems including Haloscan and Greymatter until the late 2000s when WordPress took over. I’ve taken breaks over the years, but I always end up back in the world of blog.