Bloggers Uncensored: with Tea and Travel
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 Tea and Travel.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I'm Amy Jo, I've been blogging since forever, I think I'm now on my 5th blog? I've always loved the idea of being a blogger but it took me a while to decide what exactly I wanted to write about. Initially, I started off as a fashion blogger, then lifestyle, then food and now it's a combination of everything really! Travel, food and lifestyle. I'm 22, recently moved to Manchester, I've just started a new blog called Tea and Travel and it's based around me wanting to write more personal pieces and travel content.
Why do you write?
Because I enjoy it, I've always wanted to be a writer, ever since I picked up my first book when I was a kid. It's just something I've always enjoyed and found solace in.
Why did you start blogging?
Initially, it was because I wanted an online diary to store memories in, then I started doing recipes and wanting to prove you can be healthy on a budget. Now, I think I do it because it's the natural thing to do. It's a bit of a routine when I'm thinking of something I want to write it down, so I put it on my blog.
What do you love about the blogging world/community?
The fact that - as cheesy as this sounds - it is a community. There is always someone to talk to, even if it is online, and usually, they've either gone through or are going through the same thing as you. It's a great space to share ideas and just not feel so alone.
What do you hate about the blogging world/community?
The disparity between 'big' bloggers and smaller ones, and the assumption that if you're smaller then you aren't as good. Which isn't always the case!
What are your thoughts on mental health and how it's portrayed in today's society?
Mental health has become more prevalent in today's society, and the amount of help available is truly amazing. Of course, more can always be done, but right now is a great start.
What are your thoughts on feminism and how it's portrayed in today's society?
Feminism is a powerful thing, and everyone's interpretation of it is a bit different, and I love that. Feminism isn't one mindset, it's lots of different ones, it gives women hope and a voice and power.
What advice would you give to someone who is fighting a mental illness?
It's okay to ask for help. More people suffer from mental illness than you realise and it's okay to talk about it. You are not alone.
What advice would you give to someone who is being bullied or harassed?
Speak up! Your voice is worth being heard. You are stronger than the bullies, you can show your strength using your voice. Speaking out about issues is a powerful way to overcome them.
If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?
Racist and sexist people. There is no excuse for it in our society and it's not something that should be tolerated.
What else do you feel strongly about?
Female rights, this does link into feminism of course, but it's something which is important to discuss. Too often lately laws have been changing restricted women's rights as well as workplace behaviours affecting women. This all needs to be changed. It's time for women to shine.
Let's end this with some fun 'This or That' questions:
Love or money?
Work hard or play hard?
Cups in the cupboard: right side up or upside down?
Right side up!
Chocolate or sex?
Oh, that's a cheeky question!
Plan everything or wing it?
Plan everything, wish I could wing it.
Happiness or money?
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