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Bloggers Uncensored: with Griff Blog

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Welcome to this weeks Bloggers Uncensored! 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 that you can start following! This weeks blogger is Griff Blog.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I'm Sam, the blogger behind Griff Blog. I write about a variety of topics, including travel, fashion, vegetarian food and the occasional book review. In February 2019, at the age of 28, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma, which is a type of blood cancer. I speak about it openly on social media, and hope that by sharing my experience I can raise awareness of blood cancer and how it can affect your life.

Why do you write?

I've asked myself this many times, but the simple answer is I really enjoy it. I try to write posts which I would genuinely enjoy reading myself. For example, I love writing travel posts and city guides because whenever I'm planning a trip to somewhere new I spend hours scouring the internet for tips and recommendations. Hopefully this means I attract readers to my blog who are similar to me!

Why did you start blogging?

I started my blog in 2012. I had just graduated university and wanted a productive way of occupying my time while I was job hunting. My blog actually ended up helping me to get my first job in marketing and social media!

What do you love about the blogging world/community?

I love how blogging brings together like-minded people. It allows me to connect with people who have similar interests to me, and I've made some great friends over the years!

What do you hate about the blogging world/community?

My experience with the world of blogging has mostly been very positive. Sometimes I think it's easy to compare yourself to other bloggers and feel like you're not good enough. The pressure can be daunting, but every time I receive a positive comment or tweet it makes it all worthwhile.

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

I'm a strong believer that mental health should be taken just as seriously as physical health. You wouldn't tell someone with a broken leg to "just get up and walk" so it shouldn't be acceptable to tell someone with depression to "just snap out of it."

I went through a roller coaster of emotions when I was diagnosed with cancer. Social media can have a bad reputation when it comes to mental health, but I've personally found it really helpful for connecting with people who are going through a similar experience to me.

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

Everyone should be a feminist. I think a lot of people refuse to label themselves as a feminist because they don't understand what it truly means. I recently read a book called Invisible Women By Caroline Criado Perez and it opened my eyes to the way women are treated in this world in comparison to men. I'd highly recommend that everyone reads it.

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

I believe that everyone should be free to love whoever they want, regardless f race, sex, gender or religious belief.

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

Only you can know what it is you need to get better. I've personally found that my mental health is better when I'm looking after myself by eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly. However you have to find what works for you.

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

Speak up. Ask someone you trust for help. You shouldn't have to deal with it alone.

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

I'm not sure how to phrase this, but I would get rid of negative stereotypes. I think the world would be a better place if we didn't make assumptions about a person simply because they belong to a certain 'category' of people.

What else do you feel strongly about?

I've been a vegetarian since 2010 and over the past few years have been moving towards a plant-based diet. It's something I feel very strongly about. The meat and dairy industries in particular are incredibly cruel and so damaging to the environment. I think where possible everyone should do what they can to reduce their consumption of animal products.

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

Love or money?

Money is more reliable but my heart wants me to pick love.

Work hard or play hard?

Work hard so you can play harder.

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

Right side up.

Chocolate or sex?

I'm actually not a fan of chocolate so this one is easy!

Plan everything or wing it?

I'm definitely a planner. I'm that person geeking out over a spreadsheet every time they plan a weekend away.

Happiness or money?

Happiness. 100%.

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There's a new blogger every Sunday at 5pm, see you there!

Love, Han


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