Be a shepherd. Not a sheep. | Just Add Ginger

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In the past few years, blogging, YouTube and social media have absolutely rocketed in popularity. As a blogger myself, I of course, love having this outlet. My own little place on the internet where I can share what I love, my thoughts, feelings, and just take note of whatever is going on in my brain. It's a journal. It's a diary. It's an extension of my personality. It is an extension if me.

But lately, it has become really concerning to me just how bitchy the blogging community can be. I've mainly stayed out of the way of it. I'm a little bit out of the targeted demographic the YouTube & blogging "Superstars" aim for, and I'm at that age now where if negativity was to ever be aimed at me, I really wouldn't care. 

Blogging is all about self-expression. And I am all for that. As long as a post isn't offensive, or could potential cause harm to anybody, I believe that everybody is well and truly entitled to their own opinion. It happens all the time. But because social media seems so up-close and personal, people take these opinions to heart immediately and sometimes far too much. I mean, how well do you really know a person? Bloggers, vloggers and YouTubers alike have made the decision to share a part of themselves with the world. We don't know who is watching. Who is reading. But we are willing to share our thoughts for the pure fact that we love what we do. If we didn't, we wouldn't do it. But just because we upload a blog post, a video,, or a vlog, it doesn't mean that anybody reading or watching truly knows us. Not really. 

That's why the nastiness in our honesty upsets me. It sends a bad message. Are we just supposed to follow the flow of opinions and keep ours to ourselves just to keep everybody happy? Aren't we allowed to speak up? Just imagine it. A word where everybody had the same review of a skincare products, loved exact;y the same films, and wore exactly the same clothes....How exciting would that world be? 

We as bloggers should be allowed to write in truth and honesty. I am always 100% honest in my writing. Because to be untruthful to your readers is to lie to yourself. And what good would that do? Just because I don't wear the same clothes as you, listen to the same music as you, follow the same YouTubers and blogs as you, doesn't mean I am a horrid person, or my opinions is less valid. It just means I have my own personal taste. And I'm sticking to that. 

People are going to disagree. It's human nature. Personalities clash. Opinions differ. And that's okay. We are not all cut from the same cloth. But taking it too far is not okay. It completely defeats the purpose of sharing our thoughts. There is no nee to "gang up," be mean or alienate a blogger or YouTuber just because they have shared their thoughts. I don't particularly like Breaking Bad, 1D or celery.... Am I suddenly going to start getting hate for sharing that piece of me?

If you want to tell us you don't like something we have written, do it tactfully. Don't be bitchy or curse at us. Don't just join in because other people are doing it. Commenting something like "I'm sorry, but I don't agree with you" sounds a lot better than "I don't *&$%£ agree with you." At the end of the day, negativity will only attract negativity. And that is not what blogging is about. 

I won't say what started all of these thoughts. But if you know me in person you can probably guess. I woke up at 5am this morning thinking about this post, and how I was going to phrase it, so I hope it now translates onto screen okay. The whole point that I'm trying to make is that it is our right as bloggers or YouTubers to have our own opinion. There is no need to jump on a bandwagon just because everybody else is on there and you don't want to get left behind. Take a different route. It'll make you stand out from the crowd. Don't follow the herd. It is your opinion and your outlook on the world that makes your blog unique. 

At the end of the day our opinions on beauty, music, food or fashion may differ. But as bloggers we should embrace this. Because if we all become sheep, the blogosphere would become a very boring place indeed.


One Sunny Summer Wedding | Just Add Ginger

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Dress: ASOS. Fascinator: Debenhams. The Boy's Suit: Slaters

Mid-July, Boyfriend & I, took a trip down to Oxfordshire to attend a family wedding at the beautiful Belmond le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons

I've only been to a few weddings as a grown-up, and deciding what to wear is always difficult. It is Summer, so I knew that too restricting a choice could end up in discomfort, feeling sweaty, or something even worse! 

But I had planned well ahead of time, and knew hat I had just the right floaty, fluttery-sleeved number in my wardrobe (purchased from ASOS - whenever I need something, ASOS always gets it right!) 

Finding a fascinator was a little bit more tricky. With the wedding being held in such a beautiful venue, I knew I just had to go all out. But finding a piece of headwear that actually suited my head and was comfortable was more difficult than I first anticipated. But my final choice could not have been more perfect. It was comfortable, classy, and I ended up being one of the very few ladies who kept their hat on all day.

Boyfriend's suit-buying experience was fantastic. He opted to go for a more tailor-made experience, so we headed to Slaters in Liverpool. And they really looked after him, listening to the sort of look he wanted to go for (channelling Michael Fassbender,) and ensuring that all the alterations were done to perfection. 

It was a glorious, beautiful day. I felt so glamorous, and very Kate Middleton, with my ghd curls and pretty headwear. And the Boy looked dapper in his choice of slate grey suit with royal blue accents (we were so matchy-matchy!) 

Who's heading to a wedding this Summer? 


Bees, Flowers & Whiling Away The Hours | Just Add Ginger

bee on purple flower

wild flowers and pond


scarecrow in garden at national wildlife centre

garden shed at national wildife centre

church in liverpool

hot pub food

It seems so long since I put fingers to keys and updated you all on how life in my Just Add Ginger-y world has been going. And I'm sorry. If you caught this vlog from my YouTube channel that I uploaded a few weeks ago, hopefully you'll know why. But now I am back, better, and ready to return to my blogger-self! 

My parents are up visiting for a couple of days, and, because we are a family who are always itching for a good outing, today was spent looking at wild blooms at the National Wildflower Centre, sipping hot chocolates, and catch-ups with friends over food. 

The wild flowers at the centre were beautiful, so, iPhone in hand I quickly snapped a few shots of the blooms. There's something so therapeutic about being out amongst nature, standing, and just watching the world go by. It's a little pocket of time that is completely yours, and no matter what you are going through, it really helps you realise just how big and beautiful our world truly is. 

After a wander around the wild flowers and a quick stop at the cafe for a hot chocolate, we headed to the Childwall Abbey Hotel for a bite to eat, and a catch up with a friend of my parents. I was trying to be good, so ordered a frittata, which, was delicious, but I've just scoffed ten chocolates, so any healthy points I scored for that lunch just got flushed down the loo. (Totally worth it though!)

What have you been up to today?