Influencers Uncensored: with The Best Paige In The Book
We have said goodbye to our popular Bloggers Uncensored series to make room for the new and improved Influencers Uncensored! You're probably wondering what the difference between the two is outside of changing the name slightly and how it's "new and improved". Well, in this new series we've expanded it beyond just the blogging community to involve all social media influencers and youtubers! We'll also be diving deeper into the life of an influencer, racism, mental health, feminism, LGBTQ+ and so much more! Have you ever wondered what your favourite influencers really think about the topics that matter? Well now you'll find out in this raw and uncensored interview series!
Excited? Good, because it's time to introduce to today's Influencer!
Everyone, meet Paige, the fantastic blogger behind The Best Paige In The Book. This 25 year old beauty has just graduated from law school and is hoping to sit for the bar, and then eventually work in employment law or provide legal assistance to survivors of domestic violence.
When she isn't kicking ass working or studying, Paige loves to read, crochet, scope out fun things to do in Atlanta, and keep up with the latest fashion trends.
Life as an Influencer...
What initially made you get into blogging?
I started blogging in college just as a fun side hobby since I've always loved writing. I got out of it once I started law school, and I picked it back up briefly when I was going through a tough time in my life. My blog really took off this spring once lockdown started and I had more time on my hands to learn about how to run my blog. Through trial and error, deletions and re-writes, and a lot of work, my blog became what it is now.
What is your experience of societies perception about pursuing blogging as a career path?
I feel like blogging as a career seems unreal until it isn't. When someone thinks about sitting down to write something, it seems incredulous to think that anybody would make money off of just writing, but then you see people getting paid to promote brands or travel and wonder how they're living such a dream life. Blogging can definitely be a viable career if you're willing to work at it.
What are the pros and cons to being an Influencer in 2020?
Some of the pros to being an influencer in 2020 are that most people are stuck at home, so they're spending a lot more time online. This makes for a much bigger audience than usual. There's also a super welcoming community that helps out newer bloggers and influencers grow and a bunch of information available so it's not such a shot in the dark.
Some of the cons are that brands know that there are a bunch of people looking to break into the influencer sphere, so they run sales pitches guised as looking for influencers that require purchasing a product. It seems like a good deal when you're just starting out, but it's really just the brand looking to make a sale.
What difficulties have you faced during your time as a blogger?
Most of my difficulties have been just trying to figure out how everything works. If I want to make an update to my blog it might involve coding. If I want to reach a specific target audience I have to find out the best way to do that. Sometimes I'll think a post of mind will be a huge hit and it ends up getting a lackluster number of views. It can be trying at times, but I think that loving what you're doing makes it a worthwhile pursuit.
The Influencer community is huge, who are your favourites to follow right now?
I love @AJStyleBlog and @ScrubsAndSequins on Instagram! They're both super nice and it's awesome to see talented people succeeding both in the influencer sphere and in their professional lives. Brazen and Brunette is another blog I love! She does law school and lifestyle blogging, and I've followed her since I started law school!
Let's get deep...
Recently the Black Lives Matter movement got the world's attention. Racism is finally being talked about openly, and white privilege is being acknowledged. What is your opinion on the BLM movement?
I think the BLM movement is such an important topic, and I'm glad it's getting such a big stage for its message. There are good cops out there, but there are too many laws and systems in place that allow the bad cops to continue to perpetrate violence with little to no consequences. Rather than relying on officers' individual moral compasses, we need laws in place that hold officers accountable. As Uncle Ben said, "with great power comes great responsibility." There is a lot of power in law enforcement, but those in power can't be allowed to wield it unjustly.
Although the protests have mostly stopped for the time being, what can we do to make sure the movement and black lives continue to be supported?
Write to your government officials! I think this may be among the most effective means of enacting change. Social media posts are great at keeping a movement alive and making people aware, but lasting change comes from enacting laws that govern our society. Find out who your local, state, and federal representatives are and send them a letter demanding change. Also make sure to research who is running for office and vote!
What does the word "Feminist" mean to you?
To me, feminist means female empowerment. It's about encouraging women to take control of their lives despite what society may say women should or shouldn't do.
In 2020, how important do you think the feminist movement is?
I think the feminist movement is incredibly important in 2020. Life as we know it is changing, and it's important to encourage women to live their lives in a way that fulfills them, however that may look.
There has always been such a stigma surrounding mental health, how do you feel mental illness is being portrayed in today's society?
Mental illness and its perception has really evolved in the last 10 or so years. Growing up, mental illness wasn't really talked about much, and when it was there was such a negative stigma that was attached to it. There's still a stigma and people who hold onto the mindset that mental illness isn't important or that it shouldn't be talked about, but I think the majority of people have really embraced mental health and its importance. I don't know that the stigma will ever truly go away, but hopefully is won't be such a deterrence to people seeking help.
What can we, the government and society do to progress mental health services and end the stigma surrounding it?
I think having open and honest conversations about mental health has been helpful. Celebrities have been opening up about their struggles, and that has made a lot of people more comfortable with their own mental health situation. I think part of the battle to seeking mental health help is the stigma surrounding mental health. If we as a society can normalise seeking help for mental health the same way we do with our physical health, I think that would really help a lot of people.
Another part is just being able to afford to seek help. There are some cost-effective community resources, but increasing awareness of these resources so people know about them is important. Some employers have started having therapists on their staff for employees either as part of the facility or as part of a benefits package, and I think that's a really great way to start making mental health accessible. If mental health help becomes less stigmatized and more affordable, I think more people would be comfortable seeking help.
As an Influencer you have to spend a lot of time on social media. Do you get affected by online trolling; whether it be directly or indirectly?
I think online trolling is something that weighs on a lot of people's minds and causes them to think critically about what they post. I constantly find myself thinking "Will this come off the right way?" "What will people think if I post this?" "Will anyone care about this?" Some days I feel as a lot less weighed down about my online presence, but other days I feel like no amount of work is enough.
Do you think social networks are doing enough to combat online trolling? If not, what can they do?
Social networks work to try to control trolling to the extent they can, but they can't monitor every single thing that goes on 24/7. I think they need to especially work on paying attention to younger users as they're more impressionable and more vulnerable.
Do you believe we are all individually responsible in stopping online trolls? What can we as the users do to help stop them and protect others?
I don't think individuals should be 100% responsible for policing the internet, but we do have a greater ability to see what our friends are posting and have helpful conversations when posts get out of hand. Also, by reposting things that are harmful or offensive we all help to create a better social media experience. Social networks in turn need to take reports seriously and investigate.
How much acceptance do the LGBTQ+ community receive in your country?
Overall, I think the USA has become more accepting than other countries, but there is still a lot of work to do. The most recent Supreme Court case protecting LGBTQ+ people from discrimination was a big step in the right direction.
Are we, as a society, making enough progress?
Overall I think society has been progressing. Minorities are given a greater acceptance and rights are recognised for a greater group of people. There's obviously more work to be done, and I hope that we can continue to advance.
In your opinion, why in 2020 do you think some people, cultures and countries still have a strong dislike or disdain towards the community?
I think some of the reasons people are hurtful is that they just aren't well enough informed or aren't exposed to new ideas. As a kid, you might have sworn you don't like a certain food until you tried it and realised you really liked it. By forcing ourselves out of our comfort zones we are able to continue to learn, grow, and expand our understanding.
In your opinion, what is the biggest issue we as a world are facing?
I think immediately, the biggest issue is getting COVID-19 under control.
What does freedom mean to you?
To me, freedom means being able to make your own choices, take your own risks, and strive for what you want. However, with that freedom comes being able to work through the consequences and challenges that may result. We also have to make sure that we don't harm others in the process of exercising our freedom.
What else do you feel passionate about?
I am really passionate about advocating for domestic violence survivors. I'm hoping when I'm an attorney that I'm able to seek justice for my clients and help them with the healing process.
Let's end this with some fun 'This or That' questions...
Tea or coffee?
Coffee. I definitely miss being able to spend an afternoon writing in Starbucks!
Text or call?
Texting. I like being able to look back over old conversations and reminisce.
Summer or winter?
Winter. I love cozy oversized sweaters, curling up in a warm blanket and reading on cold days, and warming up with a hot drink!
Love or money?
Definitely love. Money can't buy you someone to look forward to coming home to at the end of the day, and no dollar amount comes close to the love I have for my dog!
Book or movie?
Books hands down. I love getting immersed in a story, understanding the characters and their relationships, and seeing how they develop. I feel like movies don't allow you to get as deep as books do.
Sex or pizza?
Meat or veggies?
Veggies, but I could never be a vegetarian.
TikTok or Youtube?
Youtube. I'm not on TikTok.
Fame or quiet life?
Fame. I've lived the quiet life for a long time (especially since lockdown) and I'm so ready to go out and see people again!
Night in or night out?
Night out for sure. I've had plenty of nights in due to quarantine.
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