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Bloggers Uncensored: with Carly Bloggs

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Welcome to this weeks Bloggers Uncensored! This is my latest and favourite blog series that I've created. This series is an opportunity to read your favourite bloggers' honest and uncensored opinions on real life topics. This weeks blogger is Carly Bloggs.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I'm Carly, a 31 year old living in Essex with my other half, 2 children and our dog. I work part time as an administrator for a care company. I'm a massive (gluten free) foodie.

Why do you write?

I write because I enjoy it mainly. It gives me an outlet and it's the first time I've ever had a hobby I can stick to.

Why did you start blogging?

I started my blog as a place to store my recipes that can be accessed by everyone. I actually started as a foodie Instagram account so it all came from there.

What do you love about the blogging world/community?

The support. I think twitter and Facebook groups are incredible tools for bloggers. There's always someone ready to help, no matter what it is. Need a 2nd set of eyes over a post? Ask Twitter. SEO question? Watch a live talk on Facebook! There's always something going on.

What do you hate about the blogging world/community?

The rivalry and jealousy. Blogging is a tough game and there's a lot of people out there doing it. That doesn't mean you should make enemies, make friends, support a=others and don't badmouth people. It won't help you!

In your opinion, who are the most underrated bloggers?

I don't think anyone is underrated. Everyone does things at their own pace and every blogger I know works so hard at they they do, they are all amazing.

What are some hard truths you have learnt about life?

Not everything is sunshine and rainbows. Life can be shit but it's all about surrounding yourself with good people and doing what you want to. Positivity can go a long way.

What does freedom mean to you?

To me freedom is being able to do whatever I want whenever I want. Speaking to people I want to speak to and seeing friends and family whenever I feel like it. I've had my freedom removed before and it will never happen again.

What are your thoughts on mental health and how it's portrayed in today's society?

People's perceptions on mental health have got a lot better but there is still a long way to go. The delays in people getting proper help is ridiculous and something needs to be done about it. It;s nice to see many workplaces will now try and help people that are suffering though. I work in the care industry and counselling is offered to anyone who needs it whether it's work related or not.

What are your thoughts on feminism and how it's portrayed in today's society?

I'm a feminist as in I agree that women should have equal rights but then I think we have. The gender pay gap for instance. I understand that there is one in some industries, like the acting world but the checkout staff at Tesco complaining they don't get as much as the warehouse staff?? It's a completely different job" I've done admin jobs where I get paid more than my male counterparts but it was because I was better at it. If you want to be paid as much as them then do the same job. "There are more men in the top jobs", well yeah, women tend to have babies so they take time off? Also, why have pit lane girls and ring girls disappeared? If a woman wants to do that for a living then that's her right to, the same if a male wants to be a stripper. And to finish, you know what, I like being a home, cooking, cleaning and taking care of my family. If I could afford to, I'd be a stay at home mum.

What are your thoughts on 'Love is Love' and how it's portrayed in today's society?

I'll be honest, I had to Google this because I had no concept as to what it was about. Love is love and it doesn't matter what/who you "are". Be who you want to be and love who you want to love. To me a person is just another human and I don't care what gender, race, religion, sexuality anyone is. Let's just be happy!

What advice would you give to someone who is fighting a mental illness?

Stay strong. There is always someone that can help. It may be a friend, family or a complete stranger but there are always people willing to listen. I actually studied counselling, failed the course but it helped me in so many ways. I will always be thankful that I done it.

What advice would you give to someone who is being bullied or harassed?

Speak up and tell someone. Bullying doesn't just happen at school, it can happen anywhere at any age. Tell your friends, family or even the police.

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Hatred. There's just no reason for it. We're all here for a short time, just live life to it's fullest. Everyone is different and everyone has their own opinion.

What else do you feel strongly about?

I think I made my point in the feminist question and it's probably the thing I feel most passionate about. Leave me in my kitchen, I'm quite happy there but then you can also find me under the bonnet of my car...

Let's end this with some fun 'This or That' questions:

Love or money?


Work hard or play hard?

Work hard.

Cups in the cupboard: right side up or upside down?

Upside down so no dust gets in.

Chocolate or sex?

Hmmm...tough one. Can I have both?

Plan everything or wing it?

I'm a bit of a stickler for planning. But only because I need to know what food I'm going to have!

Happiness or money?

Happiness every time.

You can follow her on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

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Love, Han


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