Bloggers Uncensored: with Welsh Wanderer
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 Welsh Wanderer.
Why do you write?
Since I was a child, I've been passionate about writing. I used to type out 'novels' on our family computer, print them out and bind them together with string. It's my creative outlet! I have a science-based day to day so it's nice to have an easy, relaxed past time to play with.
Why did you start blogging?
I've blogged on and off during my teen years, but nothing ever stuck. During my first year at university inspiration struck and I decided to give it a go again. I haven't looked back since.
What do you love about the blogging world/community?
The sense of community mainly. Everyone I've communicated with so far has been so friendly and genuinely supportive it's really heart-warming.
What do you hate about the blogging world/community?
The copycat content. If I had a pound for every photo of a blogger I saw posed in front of the Peggy Porschen shop I'd be a very rich woman! Oh, and the follow/unfollow game of course. I don't have time for that.
In your opinion, who are the most underrated bloggers?
Deandra - Black Princess Diaries
Tilly - We The Human Kind
Sofia - According to Fi
What are some hard truths you have learnt about life?
Not everybody is your friend. Also, life isn't a fair game.
What does freedom mean to you?
Freedom means enjoying life to the fullest without worrying about the little details. It's also being openly your authentic self without apology.
What are your thoughts on mental health and how it's portrayed in today's society?
The topic of mental health is something which no longer feels 'taboo' to me. I love how open and honest people are able to be through their own online platforms, and I appreciate that it's a conversation we're finally having as a society. However, there's still a lot of stigma surrounding mental illness that still has a negative effect. Hopefully this will change soon.
What are your thoughts on feminism and how it's portrayed in today's society?
I think feminism is often misrepresented massively. I believe that inter sectional feminism is the way forward, and personally find that other branches of the movement are fairly toxic. By toxic I mean trans-exclusionary and anti-LGBT in general.
What are your thoughts on 'Love is Love' and how it's portrayed in today's society?
'Love is Love' is a statement I 100% believe in. Love doesn't have a gender, sexual orientation, or race. I love that wider society is gradually beginning to reflect that in it's laws. For example, Taiwan recently legalised same sex marriage - they're the first territory in Asia to have done so. It's an amazing step forward.
What advice would you give to someone who is fighting a mental illness?
Surround yourself with people who love and care about you. If you're able, seek help from your GP or a counsellor. Find self-care tips that work for you and remind yourself of all the good in your life rather than focusing on the bad. Also, talk about your experiences (if you're comfortable and it helps.)
What advice would you give to someone who is being bullied or harassed?
Block everyone online who's targeting you, no exceptions. Turn off all anonymity options on messaging services so those people can't hide behind a screen. Screenshot evidence and turn it in to the police if you feel comfortable doing so. Finally, as I sad above, surround yourself with people you love and trust.
If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?
The climate crisis, without a doubt. We've got limited time on this planet and we're killing it.
What else do you feel strongly about?
I'm incredibly passionate about sustainability - it's the primary focus of my blog. I think that we've done so much irreversible damage that I think it's high time we start to make changes. We can't continue to abuse our environment in the way that we do. I'm also passionate about making sustainability available to everyone. It's not just a middle-class thing.
Let's end this with some fun 'This or That' questions:
Love or money?
Definitely love! While money can open doors in life, love makes it all worthwhile. What's the point in having nobody to celebrate your best achievements with?
Work hard or play hard?
Both. I work until the early hours of the morning most days, but when it comes to taking the day off, I really know how to enjoy myself. I think it's a healthy (ish) balance.
Cups in the cupboard: right side up or upside down?
Right side up. I used to stick them upside down but kept dropping my mugs and breaking them. I'm a very clumsy person.
Chocolate or sex?
Sex. Chocolate's great, but I'm more of a savoury snacker anyway.
Plan everything or wing it?
A mix of both? I think there's a time and a place for both approaches. For example; I've booked a holiday this August while all the important stuff is planned perfectly i.e. flights, hotels, transfers etc. I have zero concrete plans for when I actually get there. I'll just be winging it.
Happiness or money?
Happiness! It's the one thing that money cannot buy.
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