Bloggers Uncensored: with Hannah's World
Welcome to this weeks Bloggers Uncensored! This is my latest and favourite blog series that I've created. This series is an opportunity for you to hear your favourite bloggers' honest, uncensored, thoughts on real life topics. This weeks blogger is Hannah's World.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I'm Hannah, I'm 20 nearly 21 (in December) and I'm just about to go into my third year at university. I study criminology and I absolutely love it. I hope to be a crime intelligence analyst when I finish university, but we'll see how that goes! I write about lifestyle topics mainly, but I add a little bit of everything else in there! I'm an only child to my mum, but I am one of three to my dad! I love to laugh, have fun with my friends and never take myself too seriously.
Why do you write?
I write because I enjoy it. I write for me and nobody else. I find just simply writing things down whether someone else reads it or not is an outlet for me when I'm upset, unhappy or stressed. I don't know why, but it just does. Some people voice their feelings in a rant, and don't get me wrong I do that too but I also just open up my laptop and within seconds you'll hear my hands become keyboard warriors whilst I simply vent about whatever is annoying me, or about how I'm feeling.
Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging because I thought, what if I'm feeling, someone else is feeling? Therefore by me putting my feelings out there, then it may help someone else if they see that they aren't the only one. I've seen so much about mental health and how you shouldn't be afraid to speak up, and although so far, as far as I'm aware I do not suffer from any mental health issues, I still think it's important to be honest and open about your feelings no matter what the topic is. I also wanted somewhere, where some day I could look back at everything I'd written and see what I'd accomplished, where I've grown and just to have a giggle at myself if I'm honest.
What do you love about the blogging world/community?
I love the community. Especially twitter. Twitter is my favourite thing about blogging. Everyone I follow on Twitter is so open, honest and inspiring. Everyone is so warming. I haven't been within the blogging twitter community for long but since I did become part of it, everyone has been so lovely to me. I haven't had a single problem with anyone and everything has just been so positive. Even when I have doubted myself I have had little comments from other bloggers that have been so touching and encouraging whether that's in a tweet or a comment on one of my blog posts.
What do you hate about the blogging world/community?
Urm, this is kind of a hard one. There isn't anything I 'hate'. But, there are little things I see when some bloggers are annoyed with other bloggers, and they tweet about it, with no names and I'm guessing it's a dig but indirectly, and I just think maybe that's a bit unnecessary, especially when everyone get's along so nicely. In my opinion, if one blogger is annoyed with another blogger, enough to want to tweet about it then maybe they should just send them a message and talk it through. Then it can be discussed.
In your opinion, who are the most underrated bloggers?
I don't think any one is 'underrated'. The only way to know someone is underrated is to see their page views etc. I think maybe some bloggers have more popularity than other bloggers within the community. I see some of the same bloggers always being spoken about on Twitter by certain others and although that's lovely, I think those relationships often over shadow anyone 'new' coming in and making a friendship/relationship on that same level. Being a newbie blogger is really hard!
However, some of my favourite bloggers, who I think don't get enough credit are; Stephanie over at I am Stephanie Jay, I love her blog, her honestly and that she has no fear to walk away from her blog when she needs a time out from social media, I think that's really inspiring. Especially when people suggest that regular posting is better than just posting here and there whenever you want too. She shows everyone that your mental health is so much more important than social media and that if you need a time out, then you should take as long as you need.
Another favourite blogger of mine is Tara over at Blog About A Latte. Again, she is one of the loveliest people who I've had the pleasure of interacting with over Twitter and Instagram and she's so bubbly, honest and kind. Her Instagram feed is to die for as well! At the moment, these two are my favourite bloggers who I don't see getting enough mention within the community from what appears on my feed. They are two lovely women, who have inspired me since my blogging journey began!
What are some hard truths you have learnt about life?
Wow, deep question. Unfortunately I've learnt a lot of hard truths. Due to certain events in my life, I had to grow up very quickly. A lot quicker than most young girls do. I've learnt that normal life can change in a heartbeat and your whole world can change in a blink of an eye. I've learnt that nothing lasts forever and you should always value everything no matter how big or small it may be. Friendships you thought you'd have forever, you won't and the friends who you thought would be at your wedding, won't be. The biggest pill to swallow...your mum is ALWAYS right. As much as I hate to admit it, but mum's have this sixth sense about everything and they are always blooming right!
What does freedom mean to you?
Freedom to me, means that you have the power to be who you want, do what you want and not be held back by anything or anyone.
What are your thoughts on mental health and how it's portrayed in today's society?
I think mental health is scary, it's terrifying that sometimes people can be honest, open and supportive towards it but they can also discard it like it's nothing. I find it terrifying that in some of your darkest moments, when you need the most support, both you and your close ones can have no clue what on earth is going on with you.
What are your thoughts on feminism and how it's portrayed in today's society?
If I'm honest, I'm confused about what exactly "feminism" is. I thought it was one thing, then I learnt it was about a whole host of things. There is so much going around about feminism in relation to different topics. At first I thought it was to do with equality in pay. But over the last 2 years, I've come to realise that feminism is about equality for women across all spectrum's. Feminism for me is creating a movement that women will be told they CAN do the same things as men and get the same credit or applause, rather than being told "only men can do that" or that women are taken more seriously in jobs that were once mainly occupied by men. Feminism to me, is an open subject, that brings attention to all the indifference's that women face against the opposing gender in the world today. It's a movement to allow women the freedom they deserve, the freedom men have had for so long with no questions asked.
What are your thoughts on 'Love is Love' and how it's portrayed in today's society?
To me it's incredibly important that no matter who you are, you get the chance to love and be loved. Whether you assign to a gender or not, whether you love the opposite gender as you or the same gender as you, EVERYONE deserves to love and be loved. Love is a beautiful thing, and there isn't a single person who shouldn't get the chance to feel that. I personally think, now with all the millennial that 'Love is Love' is portrayed very well and their is no questioning any type of relationship. However, I do think the older generations are still a little behind in keeping up with a younger generation that's moving so quickly. I think that because we have Pride celebrated around the world now, that 'Love is Love' is portrayed accurately and the only issue now, is the older generations accepting it.
What advice would you give to someone who is fighting a mental illness?
I don't have any advice, because I think in all honesty every mental health illness is different, and each individual who is suffering, is suffering in different ways so there is no one thing that can be given as advice, the only thing I would say is, is that you are strong whether you feel it or not, you are loved whether you feel it or not, and there will be light at the end of the tunnel whether you can see a glimpse of that light yet or not.
What advice would you give to someone who is being bullied or harassed?
Speak up, because whilst telling someone may be terrifying and the bullied may harass you even more for a little bit, once someone knows and they can look out for it, especially to those of you who are still in school, college or university, then once someone knows the people who are harassing/bullying you, they will then notice it more and it will get resolved quicker. Just ask yourself, when someone tells you something about someone that you hadn't noticed, once you know, you notice all the time. This is why you should tell someone. It helps, I promise.
If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?
What else do you feel strongly about?
A lot of things, more than I could think of. So if anyone has any topics they feel strongly about and wants someone to debate with or discuss with, come say hey!
Let's end with some fun 'This or That' questions:
Love or money?
Work hard or play hard?
Play hard, but a little bit of work hard. You don't appreciate things unless you work for them.
Cups in the cupboard: right side up or upside down?
Right side up. Always.
Chocolate or sex?
Ooo...sex...no...chocolate...oh no, sex!
Plan everything or wing it?
PLAN. I am the most organised person on the planet.
Happiness or money?
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