Bloggers Uncensored: with The Mini Smallholder
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 The Mini Smallholder.
Tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Alex and I work as a teacher in the West Midlands. I teach a private training provider and cover all areas of electrical installations. It is a dream job as I loved my career as an electrician so it is a natural progression.
Why do you write?
I enjoy all aspects of crafting and running our home, but wanted to keep myself focused. I love teaching others and the blog seemed a natural progression.
Why did you start blogging?
Just to monitor myself originally and now I have some really great friendships as a result. You couldn't ask for a more supportive network! Now I can inspire others through my Facebook groups where we can discuss natural alternatives to harmful pesticides one minute and then go to talk about crocheting old socks the next!
What do you love about the blogging world/community?
So much love and support. I feel strongly that we are all on a journey and I have had so much help, I will offer to give anyone that boost too.
What do you hate about the blogging world/community?
The comparison game. There is no reason why someone in a different niche wouldn't get more views to begin with than you. So people who compare themselves to others are just harming themselves really.
In your opinion, who are the most underrated bloggers?
I love The Prepping Wife for her fab recipes and general down to earth advice!
Foodventures for clever nutritional content and the way she explains the cleverest things in the easiest terms!
Crazy Organic Mama for her inspiring garden and all that she gives out for free in tips and advice!
LittleTinkablee is also a little hero of mine, I wish I was as formidable at her age!
I have been doing this for less than a year and I'm so inspired and impressed by them all!
What are some hard truths you have learnt about life?
Hard work is no guarantee of success but failure to work hard is a guarantee of failure!
What does freedom mean to you?
I am able to create my own future and this has not always been the case. Freedom to work where I want, live where I want and love who I want!
What are your thoughts on mental health and how it's portrayed in today's society?
People are now keen to say it is good to talk, but this is only the case if people are helped to learn how to listen. In my last college I was a mental health first aider and was able to support students and other staff alike. This needs to become the new normal in companies.
What are your thoughts on feminism and how it's portrayed in today's society?
Being an electrician I get asked a lot if I am really qualified. I am tempted to say something off hand like 'oh no equality means we girls get to work on live electrics with no qualifications' but sometimes I think that will be believed. Why has feminism become a swear word lately? I hope that by teaching I can inspire the next generation, even if I mainly teach men, it may mean they are less surprised next time they see a female on site. I don't think we have equality yet in many areas of society and I know that I am lucky to be born in the century I am, it's just we have so much further to go.
What are your thoughts on 'Love is Love' and how it's portrayed in today's society?
Everyone deserves to feel loved and to share love. Love should be represented in all of its forms.
What advice would you give to someone who is fighting a mental illness?
Seek help from the experts. I have my own tactics which work for me, but they may not work for you. Don't rely on advice from unqualified friends as they will have good intentions but your mental health should be taken as seriously as your physical health. So seek professional help as you are allowed to be tired and worn down.
What advice would you give to someone who is being bullied or harassed?
Tell someone as this can be so subtle that others will not be aware of it. There is lots to be said for asking the perpetrator to stop, but they may not be aware of their behaviour. I have been bullied in work and the company found them guilty but then did nothing to stop any further action, sadly I moved on from that company. So sometimes it is not enough.
If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?
Deforestation. It is such a big problem when ancient forests are destroyed and cannot be replaced for hundreds of years. The best time to plant a tree was fifty years ago and all that. But we hope to make our own small contribution over the years and hope that we can inspire others to do the same.
What else do you feel strongly about?
As we all turn to stop our reliance on single use plastics I think we can also lose sight of who is making our products. I volunteered with FairTrade Wales and helped to make Wales one of the first FairTrade countries in the world. I would love for this to carry on moving forward.
Let's end this with some fun 'This or That' questions:
Love or money?
Love! Love rules the world.
Work hard or play hard?
Neither - work smart and you can play all day.
Cups in the cupboard: right side up or upside down?
Right side up.
Chocolate or sex?
I do love a good bar of Divine chocolate!
Plan everything or wing it?
A little bit of preparation can go a long way!
Happiness or money?
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