Bloggers Uncensored: with Life of a Blind Girl
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 Life of a Blind Girl.
Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Holly, I'm a 22-year-old disability and lifestyle blogger from the UK. I am registered as blind due to a condition called Retinopathy or Prematurity (ROP) as I was born at 24 weeks and weighed less than a bag of sugar. I love all things beauty and fashion, gong to concerts, pop music, spending time with my family and friends, reading a good book and watching a bit of YouTube or TV.
Why do you write?
I have a passion for writing, it's something that I love to do. Very generic but it's the truth. I also find writing gives me the ability to express myself and write all my thoughts down.
Why did I start blogging?
I started blogging because I wanted to share my experiences of living with a visual impairment, tackle the common misconceptions surrounding visual impairment and disability, educate others on these topics and help others in any way I can. I'm passionate about blogging and helping people so the two go hand-in-hand.
What do you love about the blogging world/community?
I love being part of the blogging community, I love how friendly, helpful and supportive everyone is in the blogging community.
What do you hate about the blogging world/community?
I hate how overlooked disabled bloggers are, as a disabled blogger I feel like we are often overlooked, it's very hard to get sponsored posts, blogging opportunities and brand collaborations as a disabled blogger. I also feel like the blogging community overlooks disabled bloggers at times as well. I also hate how inaccessible some blogs are, for example, I am often unable to comment on people's blog posts because their comment form isn't accessible with a screen-reader. My biggest pet peeve is when people don't add image descriptions to their images in posts or on social media, I know that people don't often know how to do this or don't actually think about doing so, but it annoys me if they are told and still don't do it.
You can add image descriptions to images in posts by writing then in the 'alt text' box or adding a description underneath the photo. You can add them on social media as well, Twitter has a feature to enable image descriptions in settings so please turn them on , you can add them on posts on Instagram and Facebook as well in the caption itself or in the comments.
In your opinion, who are the most underrated bloggers?
What are some hard truths you have learnt about life?
Those who mind don't matter, those who matter don't mind.
Things aren't going to be easy all the time.
You have to work extremely hard to get where you want to be.
Not everyone is going to like you.
There will be people that do not get your disability.
What does freedom mean to you?
Freedom means to me being able to go out independently, being able to travel on public transport without any barriers or failings in assistance, being able to go where I want to without worrying how to get there or having to plan a journey way in advance because of my disability, having the same opportunities as everyone else and being treated equally.
What are your thoughts on mental health and how it's portrayed in today's society?
I don't think there is enough discussion on mental health, it is such an important topic. There are so many stigmas surrounding mental health in society, and most of them are not true at all. As a society, we often shy away when the topic of mental health is brought up in a conversation and this shouldn't be the case at all, we should be ale to talk openly about mental health, we should be able to talk to those around us about how we truly feel without being worried, scared, anxious or the fear of being judged, we should be able to ask for help when we need it without being called weak. Society portrays mental health in such a negative way most of the time and this causes stigmas and misconceptions to be brought to the surface. We need to look at mental health and really help to start to help those who need it most.
What are your thoughts on feminism and how it's portrayed in today's society?
I am a feminist, I want equality. Feminism can often be portrayed as being negative but that's often not the case at all. I think we need to look at the bigger picture and think what Feminism is all about.
What are your thoughts on 'Love is Love' and how it's portrayed in today's society?
People should have the freedom to love who they want, it's your life and no one should say who you should love and who you should not. As long as both or all parties give consent then what's the problem? There are so many negative attitudes surrounding this topic and there really doesn't need to be. If everyone is happy then who are you to judge? Love is love and that should be the case no matter what.
What advice would you give to someone who is fighting a mental illness?
Reach out and get help if you need to, be honest about how you're feeling, don't bottle it up, don't give up no matter what - there is always at least one person that will miss you, there is light at the end of the tunnel - it may not seem like it but you will get through it, I promise!
What advice would you give to someone who is being bullied or harassed?
Tell someone who you trust, you may feel like it's the worst thing to do. Remember that you aren't the only person going through this so please don't think you're on your own because you're not. Be honest about what's happening and if you talk to someone then they can help and it can be dealt with.
If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?
The stigmas and common misconceptions surrounding disability, we're all different.
What else do you feel strongly about?
Disability equality, accessibility, people's right to access education, there's so many things that I feel strongly about!
Let's end this with some fun 'This or That' questions:
Love or money?
Work hard or play hard?
Work hard, it is so rewarding.
Cups in the cupboard: right side up or upside down?
Right side up.
Chocolate or sex?
Plan everything or wing it?
Plan everything. I'm too much of a perfectionist and a worrier.
Happiness or money?
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