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Bloggers Uncensored: with Chloe Metzger

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Welcome to this weeks Bloggers Uncensored! If this is your first time reading a BU interview, this is my longest running blog series, and definitely my favourite. This series is a perfect opportunity to read your favourite bloggers' honest and uncensored opinions on real life topics, and to discover new bloggers to follow! This weeks blogger is Chloe Metzger.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I'm Chloe, I'm a 25-year-old freelancer, blogger, Spoonie and book lover!

Why do you write?

I write because it's like a need in me. I need to get my thoughts out of my head and on to paper - or screen as it may be now! It's how I sort things out, how I get new ideas. Also, I really enjoy it, which helps because writing is also my job!

Why did you start blogging?

My first blog was reviewing books on my bookshelf so I had a reason to keep them! I was living at my parents house at the time and only had 1 book case and was starting to stack it quite high! My current blog started so I could write about the uni experience.

What do you love about the blogging world/community?

I love learning from everyone and feeling that there are people like me in the world.

What do you hate about the blogging world/community?

I get frustrated when DAs and follower counts replace good writing. I see some excellent writers that aren't getting projects or views because they're writing about things they care about or things that aren't lifestyle!

In your opinion, who are the most underrated bloggers?

So many! I'm always looking for new/smaller bloggers to read!

What are some hard truths you have learnt about life?

Life can change in an instant and there is nothing you can do to prepare for that.

Some people are just arseholes.

What does freedom mean to you?

Hmm, tough one. It means being able to talk about the things that matter to me without fear of persecution, it means living the life I want to live!

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

We're doing better than we were but we need to do more. Talking about the realities of what it's like is key - also I think as a society we need to work harder to show it's just as important as physical health particularly in work and school settings. Also showing that not everyone recovers and writes a bestselling book, becomes a CEO etc. That mental health can impact anyone and the fact they live with it, despite their job or achievements is pretty kick ass.

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

I love feminism and its something I totally support but for the longest time I didn't want to call myself a feminist. I just saw angry women shouting about how shit men were and about periods and in my late teens I thought well that isn't me so I'm an equalist, right? Taking a Women's Writing course at uni changed my mind and made me so aware of being a woman - the struggled and the immense pride I feel to be a woman. Now feminism is seen as being cool and I'm into that but also we need to make sure the narrative is about empowerment and both genders working together not division and hatred. Also, TERFs can suck my right toe - you're not helping anyone.

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

I fully support it. Again, it's a big issue and we're getting better but while the UK is taking great strides we need to make sure that's happening all over the world! There are so many places that it's illegal and punishable by death to love who you love and it's not ok!

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

Find someone to talk to, take one day at a time and get the help you need. You can do this.

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

I guess flipping the bird isn't appropriate. Let someone know what's going on who you know will support you. If you can remove yourself from the situation definitely do and know that your health and wellbeing are important! Put yourself first!

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

Poverty because in this day and age we shouldn't have people struggling to eat or have someone sleeping on the streets.

What else do you feel strongly about?

So many things! I'm a passionate girl! Chronic pain and understanding it, education, mental health, restructuring working life. The list goes on and on - my brain never shuts up.

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

Love or money?

All you need is Love (duh duh duh duh duhhhhhh)

Work hard or play hard?

I'm definitely a work hard person.

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

Right side up! Although I've been known to do both...I have a lot of mugs.

Chocolate or sex?

Chocolate - although I hope my fiancé doesn't see this...

Plan everything or wing it?

Plan everything!

Happiness or money?

Happiness, definitely.

You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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Love, Han


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