I truly believe one of the most important parts of blogging is supporting other bloggers.
With that in mind, I’ve started a monthly series where I will feature a different mental health blogger each time so you can all get to know some of my favourite people to follow!
This month is all about Angela from Unapologetically Angie.
Introduce yourself and your blog!
Hi, so I am Angela, a final year French and Italian university student and I blog over at unapologeticallyangie.com. I blog mainly about mental health although I also touch on lifestyle content at times.
Why did you start your blog?
I started my blog 3 years ago anonymously under the name The Mental Health Blogger (hello if you remember me from back then). I started my blog in the September that I was starting university as a little something for me to do, to keep me busy and distracted. Initially it was a place where I shared other people’s mental health stories, I wanted to create a safe space so that others would know that they weren’t alone. After a little while, I started to write things myself and I quickly noticed how therapeutic it felt and then here we are 3 years later.
How would you describe your blogging style?
As my blog name suggests I aim to be unapologetically myself, to be as honest as possible, to talk about the things that people don’t like to talk about.
What is your favourite post that you’ve ever written and why?
This is a tough one, there are a few that spring to mind but I think it may be “I am not your inspiration” because it is a post that I wrote a time that I was struggling really badly with my mental health yet I was still being told I was inspirational and it felt wrong. I was only being told I was an inspiration because of the pretty picture of recovery I was painting yet in my struggle very few knew the reality and certainly no one was calling me inspirational then.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve got to share about blogging?
I think my blogging advice would be make it something you enjoy. If you feel pressure to blog, feel like you are searching for things to write just for the point of writing, take a break. Personally, my best posts come when I actually want to write them instead of just needing to meet a blogging schedule. Write for yourself.
What is your favourite thing about yourself?
I like that I am caring, that people know that I am here for them, that I will always listen and if I can, try to help. But this also comes with a catch. For a lot of people I am there “go to”, some people we only ever talk when they need someone and then when I am the one who needs a shoulder they suddenly disappear. I, however, wouldn’t change this trait, it is what allows me to be a good person and a good blogger, I believe. I just need to learn that not everyone should have access to my full support, because some people will take and take and then run. I need to learn that it does not make me a bad person to preserve myself.
What is your favourite self care activity?
I think it has to be listening to music and having a good sing and dance along. Music is such a powerful tool, I just need to slap on a great song and then I feel on top of the world. Its great.
What is your biggest achievement?
I think my year abroad is my biggest achievement. It was one of the hardest years of my life, not only because I lived in 2 different countries and had to deal with a heck of a lot of change (who even likes change) but it was a really tough year on my family and my mental health was at rock bottom. If I can get through that on my own in another country then I know that I can through anything.
What photograph is guaranteed to make you smile?
I am just going to say the first one that pops into my head although I am sure there are probably others. Last summer I had a party for my 21st birthday party and there is a photo of one of my friends and we are mid laugh. This photo always makes me smile because it is a photo that captures our genuine happiness.
Who are your top three bloggers right now and why?
Simply Eleonore – she blogs all about feminism, LGBTQ+ stuff, veganism and mental health. Eleonore is actually my in real life best friend and flatmate and I honestly learn so much from her and her blog. I’ve learnt all about intersectional feminism, veganism and all sorts about issues surrounding the LGBTQ+ community and so I would 100% recommend giving her blog a read.
You – Cara’s Corner. There are very few bloggers where I actually look forward to every single post written by them, but your blog really does leave me wanting to read more. You have the type of blogging style that I love, authentic and raw but equally positive.
Dorkface – Jemma’s blog is a little different to what I am usually into, but I absolutely love her blog. Recently she has written a lot about being a new time mum and whilst it isn’t something that I can even vaguely relate to, the way in which she writes really just sucks me in and makes me feel like I am on this little journey with her.
I guess the running theme is that I like people that write honestly, that aren’t all about this picture perfect image that so many people spend their time trying to create. So if you are looking for some bloggers who genuinely say it how it is, the good and the bad then these bloggers are ace and I always look forward to their content.
Besides blogging is there any other channel you would like to branch into such as vlogging, or podcasts?
I have tried my hand at vlogging and I really enjoy it! It is just trying to have the time for it and the confidence. I vlogged my year abroad (I’m Unapologetically Angie on Youtube if you want to see those vlogs) and it was so much fun. I didn’t worry about being judged as I was already in an unfamiliar place and didn’t know that many people. However, vlogging at home is very different and every time that I tell myself I will vlog I start and then I never finish because something gets in the way, or I forget and then these vlogs never really happen. If I had the confidence and time I would love to vlog my life, because it’s such a cool thing to look back on.
What question would you like to ask next month’s blogger?
If you could have an afternoon with a group of bloggers who would those chosen bloggers be and why? Also what would your chosen activity be?