Just an opinion: Episode 2- “We need more celebrities and influencers addressing things like mental health, the system…”

Hello everyone! Welcome to episode two of our blog series!

Today’s episode features Ib, from ” It’s Ib! “.

It’s Ib blog is a lifestyle(?) blog run by a confused lady about to reach her 20s’, that’s me! It’s just a medium for me to share my thoughts and interests with whoever may be interested. I’m just here to have fun, interact with other people of the same interest and just live, I guess. Thank you Divi! 💜

Ib, Author of ‘It’s Ib’ Blog.

Ib has a very cheery and funny personality when she expresses it in her blog. I love how her posts are always so optimistic! Please go check out her blog!

Here’s what she has to say-

We need more celebrities and influencers addressing things like mental health, the system and not just trying to paint a perfect picture of their lives on social media

*Before we begin, I’ve noticed some of you readers have been confused as to who wrote what, This isn’t a guest post. All the content is written by me (Divi), where I write my opinion regarding their statements. *

Clearly by “celebrities and influencers addressing things like mental health, the system”, you mean like BTS. I agree one hundred percent. I also disagree a bit.

The last episode, I wrote about unrealistic expectations. The reason I took up Ib’s entry as the next was because this is quite related to it in that perspective.

What would you expect in a celebrity social media handle? Picture perfect shots of them vacationing, them with family, them with their dog, them with their mascara, them with their pasta and crap like that. When you sum up all of these, you kind of get a picture. “This woman is living it up” or “That is the perfect life that I wish for”. Thought these things much?

My biggest issue with all of this propaganda is that, it’s not fake, but it’s not true either.

Behind those beach parties, dog, pasta, family, vacation, there is a whole lot of stuff going on. Probably some sponsorships, or product endorsements. Maybe they’re SUPPOSED to post it online.

Credits to owner.

But I get the point Ib is trying to make. Why not use their influence for a better cause?

We all live in a world that has people full of insecurities. No, I’m not criticizing, I have loads of insecurities, so I’m one of you all. After seeing such perfect things, unrealistic expectations are so high. We all need motivation, like, “hey buddy, you don’t need to be perfect”.

Instead we see celebrities promoting consumerism. (Oh look at my expensive clothing, my mercedes, my coffee that comes in plastic everday!)


Talk about celebrities with plastic surgeries and cosmetic enhancements? When popular figures like them are insecure and dissatisfied with their own body (and literally go to the lengths of altering it), how do you expect Gen Z to be confident about themselves? The impact such behaviour can have, is depressing. (So before you judge our generation, talk about our role models first.)

It’s all toxic and sometimes suffocating, too. Like you’d feel like you’re never gonna be like them or as perfect as them.

If you do think like that, please ditch all those useless thoughts. They’re of no actual use. PERIOD.

Let’s come to the second part. Mental health issues need to be addressed, now especially since mental health issues are mainstream. A while ago, Ariana Grande donated a million dollars for a mental health campaign that gave people free therapy. BTS launched the love yourself campaign. I feel a few really do make a change. I’m not a BlackPink fan, but they advocate for climate change. I really like it when people come together for a greater cause.

Yes, we need more outspoken people who have a vision to change. Yes we need more true and not so perfect celebs.

But again, they’re normal people like us. They aren’t saints to always do social service, they’re just enjoying their money. Tell me, as a normal human being, would you let go of all the luxuries money can buy? Or would you give it all up for charity? The balance, is somewhere in the middle.

Signing off,

Divi.

Just an opinion!- A blog series @TheNameIsDivi!

This series is a blog series where I share my opinions on one-liners that I got from my readers a while ago. To fill in your entry please do do here. To learn more about the series, please read this post.

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Just an opinion: Episode 1- “I’m tired of seeing aesthetic bookstagrammers and their oh so amazing shelves…”

Hello everyone! Today’s post is the very first episode in the Just an Opinion blog series! I recieved such intriguing entries, I’m so happy I got so many!

Today’s episode features Sep, from Bookishly Yours. (One of my favorite bloggers out there)

Bookishly Yours is a blog where I (Sep) talk about books. No, I don’t have a huge fancy library, but I love books. I’m always up and ready for a bookish talks. Oh, and my blog has poetry, and other stuff too! (probably not the best description).

Sep, Author of Bookishly yours.

It is a great description, it’s all quirky and humorous~~

Here’s what she has to say-

I’m tired of seeing aesthetic bookstagrammers and their oh so amazing shelves. Don’t you think there should be more bookstagrammers who don’t have huge shelves but love to read?

First up, I do agree and disagree with you.

Vocabulary time- Bookstagrammer: A person who maintains a bookstagram, meaning a books-themed instagram account.

Fake expectation-anxiety is an actual thing. The bookstagrammers post such pretty pictures of their photos, it sometimes seems too good to be true. Despite not being on instagram, I think I understand what this means. On pinterest, the pictures’ level is somewhere up in the sky. Credits to their talents, but isn’t it too demotivating? Someone who wants to begin something, they’d see all this, the person would be so overwhelmed, they’d give up on this right away, saying “Man, I won’t ever be able to do it this good!”

The same thing would happen with the so-called “perfect” bookstagrammers.

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There picture perfect filter-thick pictures of huge bookshelves and over exaggerated emotions are enough to lead you away from reading. Because that isn’t the point of reading. The excessive beautification of a book gives you fake expectations, that you should do something similar to this. But it isn’t practically possible to read in an aesthetic comfortable atmosphere.

I mean, we all read on couches in our twisted positions that give us backaches.

And I don’t own a lot of books too. I bought the books in my home library when I was in my tweens, after that I didn’t buy many. The majority of the books I’ve read are either library borrowed, friend exchanges, or e-books.

So this is the part where I agree with Sep’s statement. There should be more bookstagrammers who don’t have a fancy library, but love to read.

Loving a book isn’t that easy. All of you people, who think reading is easy and can be done by just merely reading- no it’s not. Book reading is so personal to so many people like myself. Who like to own the characters, plotline, get immersed into the story entirely and read every single line and make out so many interpretations out of the words that convey the deep emotions. That is serious thinking.

And do you even know how hard it is to let go of a book and move on to another?

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Reading 20 such books that touch you deeply and change you for life is greater than reading a huge bookshelf full of books that you read for bragging you’ve read those many.

So yes again, there should be bookstagrammers who don’t have fancy shelves but want to share their experience of reading books they like.

Coming to the disagreement.

Bookstagrammers use aesthetics for visual appeal, we all know that. Tell me fairly, do we all feel inclined towards a block of text or a picture? Not everyone likes reading such huge texts, no matter how good the content is.

At the end of the day, aesthetics, are just to bring the people in. Take my blog’s case for example. I try using aesthetics in my post, which are totally unrelated at times. It’s just a small trick people like me use for bringing people in and read your content. (mind you, this isn’t clickbait.)

Apart from that, aesthetics serve no purpose.

But sometimes, we should just leave it to them. Perhaps doing things like that give them satisfaction. I myself love doing photo set-ups for my object photoshoots.

In the end, I feel tired seeing the unrealistic aesthetic culture spreading, no matter how pretty it can make things seem. I’m all for actual content based approach, because aesthetics may go out of trend, but content never does.

Not-so-daintily loving you,

Divi.

Just an opinion!- A blog series @TheNameIsDivi!

This series is a blog series where I share my opinions on one-liners that I got from my readers a while ago. To fill in your entry please do do here. To learn more about the series, please read this post.

Book tag- |LAST, NOW, NEXT|

Hello everyone! Happy February! I hope you’re all fine, and if you’re not, remember as usual that Divi, is always there for you <3

I was tagged for a book tag by @ Shivakshiiifyblogs the last week, and I must say, I was never this hyped for a tag this much. This is so fun to do. She herself is the creator of this tag, show her some love!

(Please note other bloggers that I no longer do award tags, but I still do book tags. All the bloggers who’ve tagged me for awards recently, I’m so happy for your consideration, thank you for your nomination!)

Shall we get into the tag then?

Points to remember :

  • Link back to the ORIGINAL CREATOR-@Shivakshiiifyblogs.
  • Show gratitude to the person who tagged you.
  • Mention these points in your post.
  • Answer the following questions and use the original graphics and featured image.
  • Use the tag “Book Tag|LAST, NOW, NEXT|” in your post.
  • Tag as many bloggers as you want.
  • Have fun!

~Last

The last book I read was One of us is lying. It is a murder-mystery novel that revolves around 4 teenagers who are supposed suspects for killing a guy at their own school.

Yes! It did! First of all, Riddhi from @Whispering stories (Thank you for the rec-) hyped me up about it. I did like this book very much and I’m excited to hop onto the next one!

Ummm, hard to recommend. Look, this book has everything in it, but at some points, I really felt like I’d read this or seen this book in a movie or something. It seemed to me like any other YA novel. Not a stand-out, but, it was a memorable read for me, so go ahead and try it if you think murder-mysteries cum high-school tropes are your thing.

~Now

I’m was thinking of going on a book reading break because I have a lot of things on my to-do list and my exams are coming up. Nevertheless, I’m betting for an easy standalone book. They both die in the end, by Adam Silvera. I read the synopsis, and I’m so impressed.

As I said, I read the synopsis and I fell for it.

This one is a bit long, judging by my messed up schedule, it’ll be a long read for me:(

~Next

I’ll try to stick with Young Adult fiction, but historical fiction is on the list. YA is easy to read, because they’re all characters I can relate to in some way. Historical fiction because I’ve been so fascinated with history lately and if there’s any books adding a spinoff to that, that’ll be amazing for sure. Talk about a world war era melodrama or medieval Indian love story. It’s so cliched but so good to read.

As much I miss the characters of a book and say “It’s over already?!”, I prefer short reads because I don’t like holding onto a book for too long. I HAVE MORE STORIES TO READ.

I already mentioned about my top 10 tbr in this post, check it out!

~Nominees

As always, I’m leaving this an open nomination for anyone who’s interested in this tag! No pressure!

Also, before you leave, do not forget to fill out the form for my new blog series and make your opinion count!

Not-so-daintily loving you,

Divi.

Just an Opinion- a brand new blog series!

So, how are my readers doing? I hope you’re okay, in any part of the world you live in.

I’ve been thinking of doing a blog series for a while, and I thought, I could write about something I was good at- Giving opinions. Opinions no one needs. I wanted to write about some social issues, or controversial topics or give my opinions on a one liner.

But that’s when I got another idea.

What if, I got one-liners from you?

This would be more exciting, and relevant, since I get entries from you. So, I was thinking of receiving one-line statements from you. How do you do it?

I’d attach a google form along with this post. You could fill it, and you don’t ‘need’ to add your email. You could give a one-liner anonymously as well. But if you do disclose your name, I’d surely give credit to you.

Your one-liner could be something like-

  • I genuinely feel the education system needs to change
  • I don’t like E-books
  • How do I fight insecurities?

….and so on.

Guidelines, instructions and everything else:

  • You could give me a one-liner regarding ANY topic. For example- Advice, Blogging, writing, reading, social issue, etc. I’d do 10 episodes, 12 tops.
  • Your one liner would be the heading, and the more insightful and thought provoking, the better.
  • Your name would be mentioned. You could give me a fake name if you wish to be anonymous.
  • You can also promote your blog through this. More details on this one in the form.
  • You can fill out this form multiple times and give various entries.

Fill out the form here.

I really expect many entries to pour in. Remember, you only have to give a statement. That is all! Once you’ve filled it, let me know in the comments!

I’d begin the series once I’ve received a good number of entries!