Bloggers Uncensored: with The Yellow Typewriter
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 Yellow Typewriter.
Tell us a little about yourself.
Hey. My name's Leah but my nickname's Leezy Lee. I'm 22 and studying creative writing. My hair is an uncontrollable gremlin and I baby my cat (she's called Tilly).
Why do you write?
That's such a hard question. I've been writing since I was little and just always loved making up stories. More recently though I love writing from experiences.
Why did you start blogging?
It was initially for a uni project, but I've been posting more writing on Instagram which has encouraged me to write more and post more on my blog.
What do you love about the blogging world/community?
I love how supportive everyone is and how different and unique every single blog is. I think this is because people put so much of themselves into their blogs so it's just really fascinating to see how different everyone's passions are posts are.
What do you hate about the blogging world/community?
Probably the pressure. I know a lot of people can worry about follow count or having to post by a schedule. I think it doesn't matter how many followers someone has or how specific your posts are. As long as you write from the heart and post what you love then the rest doesn't matter.
In your opinion, who are the most underrated bloggers?
Honestly you, Han. You work so hard and put so much effort into everything you do. You have a lot of support behind you, but genuinely you deserve a lot more support too. Other than yourself though, the smaller bloggers too. I always find smaller blogs have some of the best content because they write from the heart.
What are some hard truths you have learnt about life?
Not to trust everyone. I always like to see the best in people and tend to forgive a lot, but the truth is you can't be friends with everyone. Not everyone is going to like you and you're not going to like everyone either. As long as you have a group of close knit friends who you love and trust then that's the important thing.
What does freedom mean to you?
Being able to make your own choices and live your own life; free to make mistakes and grow.
What are your thoughts on mental health and how it's portrayed in today's society?
It always seems to have such a bad portrayal, especially in media. I think a lot of TV shows or movies use mental health as a way to profit and because of this present it in a false way. But also the lack of attention mental health gets is worrying too. I think a lot of people are talking about it, but not in the way that's needed because there's still a lot of myths about what mental health is. Depression is just one example, but a lot of people tend to think it's just a sad feeling, when it's more complex than that.
What are your thoughts on feminism and how it's portrayed in today's society?
Feminism also has this bad name. It's usually interpreted as angry women who praise themselves and hate men, and because of this for a long time I thought "feminist" was a bad thing. Really though, it's just the equality of genders which everyone should believe in. Whatever the gender, we're all human.
What are your thoughts on 'Love is Love' and how it's portrayed in today's society?
Love is love! People are too nosey and obsessed with who is dating who. Who cares? It's not affecting anyone else but that person. I'm so glad it's being talked about so much more openly now and celebrated with occasions like pride. Also the whole "bisexuals are greedy" and "why isn't there a straight pride?" just makes me laugh. It's 2019. People are gay guys.
What advice would you give to someone who is fighting a mental illness?
Probably that you will get good and bad days. I don't think it's talked about much that depression can fluctuate. It's always 'I'm either depressed or I'm not', but the truth is it's so much more complex than that. Some days you will feel great, but that doesn't mean you don't have depression. And other days you will feel depressed again, but that doesn't mean you should feel guilty for not being happy. As cliche as this is too, the little things you love can always make a difference. I guess my point is good days will always come again no matter how bad it gets.
What advice would you give to someone who is being bullied or harassed?
It's hard to say. Every situation is different. But as scary as it can be at the time I think it's important to stand up for yourself. Looking back now I wish I hadn't just took what my bully said or did to me as gospel and been a little tougher. Whatever happens that person won't in your life forever. Surround yourself with people who love you and you can get through this.
If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?
Control. People are so eager to control everything because of race, sexual orientation, gender and every action or identification that makes a person different. It's all judged if it doesn't conform to a specific type. If people stopped trying to control everyone else and focused on their own life and happiness I honestly believe this would be a much nicer place to live in.
What else do you feel strongly about?
Expression. I think it's always important to be able to express yourself in your own way through hobbies or passions or talents.
Let's end this with some fun 'This or That' questions:
Love or money?
Work hard or play hard?
Both are key I think, but I procrastinate a lot.
Cups in the cupboard: right side up or upside down?
Upside down so the water drips off easily.
Chocolate or sex?
Plan everything or wing it?
Both. It's always good to have a plan, but spontaneity makes life more interesting.
Happiness or money?
Happiness. Money is pointless if you're not happy in life.
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