My name is Tré and this is my first blog post. I spontaneously got the urge to create myself a blog. I’ve always had a passion for writing about my opinions on specific things. Predominantly about things that I am passionate about. Things that I enjoy and things which are ongoing around the world in discussion. This is probably a reason as to why I chose to study sociology, communication & culture and media at A level. After quietly always wanting to begin blogging or something similar to it, I’ve never fully put my efforts into it. I thought that creating a blog for myself would be a great way for to explore my urge further. I am particularly interested in music, social justice, current affairs and public figures. Consequently, I think that my blog will follow these key subjects throughout the most but things always change right? Hopefully, I won’t just ‘give up’ and I will actually write more than just a few posts. I have a few topics that I have ready to write about so I have faith that I will gradually continue posting. After all, who knows how this blog will develop further.
Around three months ago, I started my blog, TREXTHOMAS. In this post I would to reflect on the reasons as to why I began blogging.
As I stated in my first blog post, I’ve always enjoyed writing about things that interest me. Especially the things that I have good knowledge about, enjoy or have an opinion on. Being a student, blogging sort of links into my A level subjects and the things that I tend to write about all intertwine with the topics within my A level studies. I’m also an athlete and although I’ve not written massively about athletics itself, I think that I am lucky enough to gain an audience of readers from that aspect of my life. It’s exciting because I know that people from all over the UK and even abroad read my posts. I’m lucky in that respect. I think that blogging is definitely an opportunity that I had to grab.
With reading and writing writing, I’ve never really been a person that liked to read books. I used to read and I definitely enjoyed it but I always felt as though I was forcing myself to. Reading felt like a chore to me. With the way that society is today, everything is online and it is so easy for you to put out messages for your friends and followers to read. The messages you read online also tend to be things that you’re interested in so on you’re not forced to read them. You get so much choice as to things that you want to read online and they don’t have to be books. Although I like to share things on apps like Instagram and Twitter, they’re slightly limited. 140 characters is shorter than you may think and blogging has been a great way for me to develop my writing skills.
I am also aware that by writing my blog posts, I somehow have a positive impact on my readers. I know that people take away tips and pointers to enhance their lives. I know that I often persuade people to be more open minded about things and I’m really happy about the way that my blog has flourished.
Blogging is simple but definitely a challenge in some ways and I’d definitely recommend it to young people. You get to write whatever you want. Put your message out there and build a platform for your yourself. Be unique. Make yourself known.
Is it time for you to start a blog?
Apologies for not posting yesterday. Long story short – I was busy 🙂
Anyway, let’s get to the post.
I’d like to think that goals are important. In my experience, I know that I achieve better in specific things when I know I have an end goal. I’m always searching for a new goal that I can set mentally. Whether that be in education, athletics or just everyday general life.
When you run out of goals to aim for, I think that it’s very easy to drift off into a space of carelessness. Having a bunch of goals to keep you well driven will always keep you on track. Short term and long term goals will benefit each other and help balance things out. Let’s take a small example of my own… It’s half term for me now and I reached my goal of trying to keep a 100% attendance at sixth form. This enabled me to keep on top of my work and go through the term smoothly. This short term goal will help be in my long term goal of trying to achieve good grades at the end of the year.
It’s important to not let your goals consume all of your energy. I would definitely advise people keep a healthy balance of ‘work’ and ‘play’ time. This will of course help with your mental state too. It’s also important to know that you’re not always going to achieve your goals. Especially if you aim high. As long as you deal with failure in a pro-active way with a level head on your shoulders, you’ll be able to move onto your next goal swiftly.
So, no matter how big or small your goals may be, they’ll always be beneficial to you if you have the right approach. You will prosper.
mental heath problems can affect anyone and they are common. probably much more common than you think. it’s a topic that is often swept under the carpet but the more that we shy away from it, the more difficult it is for someone to admit needing help. mental health problems can easily be triggered with changes in academics, sport, relationships and identity etc. it’s as simple as that. young people especially have so many pressures at such a young age making life difficult. i would just like to raise some awareness today and reassure young people, athletes and students that you are not alone, particularly boys. boys tend to withdraw from discussion of topics like these after being told to ‘man up’ and hide their emotions away. but boys are massively effected too. there is help out there online, in schools and at nhs centres. don’t be hesitant, it’s not out of the ordinary. spread the hashtag and message today, let’s help each other collectively.
After the attack in America last week. A mass shooting, killing dozens of innocent people. I had so many thoughts. So many thoughts about how people react to situations like these. It’s obvious that we need to think about the victims and others effected. But I have a few questions that I’d like to challenge concerning this whole affair whilst it’s still current.
I watched an interview where a woman had actually witnessed the attack. She said that we need to focus on people’s mental health problems to stop these attacks from happening. She was right. However when questioned about gun control in America, she was quick to be defensive and point out that she wasn’t a ‘politician’. She said that individuals are to blame for attacks like this instead of guns. Which made me think, everyone is so stubborn and caught up in these silly debates. People are worrying about what label they will get given instead of tackling the problem head on. In this instance, she was opposed to the thought of being labelled as a politician. Maybe things aren’t as black and white as we think. Maybe we need to tackle both sides of the problem. Mental health problems need to be tackled, yes. It is also very clear that the law concerning guns in America also needs to be re assessed. America has had so many mass shootings because guns are so easily available for people to legally buy. It’s not a matter of which problem needs to be sorted. We need to look at the bigger picture. Sorting out only one of the two problems is like plugging your phone in to charge it without turning the switch on. It simply won’t do it’s job.
I also thought about the way that the media portrayed the murderer to be ‘Grandad’ or ‘lone wolf’ instead of simply just a ‘mass murderer’. It seems wrong that when a Asian, Muslim man has done something similar in support of extremism, there seems to be a whole different narrative that is sent out to the public. The acts of this mass murderer aren’t any less deviant than any other terrorist. So I wondered why the mainstream media almost sympathised with the man by saying that he’s never committed a crime before or that he was a Grandfather. They also jumped to the conclusion that he might have had mental health problems. Likely. But when similar Asian, Muslim suicide bombers kill others in the name of what they call their ‘religion’, the media don’t mention anything about that individuals mental health problems. They don’t mention their family or lack of previous criminal activity. They’re just named as ‘evil’. White American men are a bigger domestic terrorist threat than Muslim foreigners, perusing more attacks (And that’s a fact, there are statistics so support it) . Can we not just admit that Asian, Muslim and White men are all able to have mental health problems, they are all able too kill maliciously? And more importantly, they need help.
And finally, you hear people say “another attack” or “pray for _____” so many times. Too many times. Attacks like these seem to be normal now and it’s not right. We are so used to seeing terrorist attacks happen in Western society and it doesn’t make any sense. It’s clear that something needs to change. The government, people in power need to change laws and crack down on this wave of terrorism. Gun laws in America. The freedom of use on the internet. Everything needs to be analysed. We’re tired of praying for the world.
As for the title of this post. How many more times do terrorist attacks need to happen before they are normalised? How many more times will people get murdered by white men with guns before the media realise that not only Muslim extremists are a threat to society? How many more times do people need to get killed by guns before the laws in America change?
This one is for all of the athletes reading.
As you know, it’s getting to that time of the year again when winter training begins. It might have even already started for you. It’s a pain, a struggle. We can all relate as athletes.
Those cold winter mornings, those cold winter nights. You body is filled with lactic acid and pain. Your soggy socks lead you to having cold numb toes. Feeling breathless and weak with water vapour screaming from your mouth at every breath. Legs like jelly.
“Why am doing this?” , you question yourself. You want to skip a set, but you can’t. Every time you slack, another competitor is working hard. Every session you miss, another race you loose.
Don’t give up. Power through. If you snooze you lose.
Let’s go, winter training. Reward me in 2018.
I always feel that people will be reading my posts which are similar to this and be thinking, “Wow, he’s brave for speaking about this topic” or something along those lines. And when you think about it, it’s kind of true. But, i’m not writing about nonsense. What I’m writing about, isn’t just me waffling on about rubbish. Let’s be open minded.
Colorism sounds like a silly little thing. Unfortunately not. It’s a big problem in society that most are blind to. Colorism has certainly effected me in my short lifetime so far. I was unaware of it too. Problems like this tend to effect people without them even noticing it.
So, what is colorism? Colorism is a form of prejudice or discrimination in which people are treated differently based on skin tone or shade. Racism is a different mater so let’s not get the two confused. It’s definitely not about disliking black people. A lot of it is actually about black people discriminating against other black people.
I think that today in 2017, colorism is demonstrated the most in the media so that’s what I’m going to talk about. The media influences the ways that we think about each other. Whether that be about race, gender or religion.
In the matter of colorism, I think that it’s fair to say that people of colour are increasingly being represented more in the media which is great. However, the majority of coloured people being used in advertisement are light skinned. They might be black, but they’re of a lighter shade compared to the average black person. It happens a lot in modelling for be clothes or makeup.
The message that the media sends to us is that, us dark skinned kids aren’t pretty enough to be the face of a clothing line or makeup brand. The light skinned kids are the pretty ones.
Representation of darker skinned black women is getting better with examples of Beyoncé’s Ivy Park collection and Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty release. Both include models from all shades and colours from white to black, Asian to European and so on. But let’s not be dependant on black businesswomen to include a fair representation of coloured people in advertisement. Especially those who’s profession is to actually sing. We need representation to happen across the board
As a summary, colorism basically makes dark skinned people feel alienated and not worthy and the media fuels this ideology massively.
Right so, I thought that I would update everyone on what is happening with my blog.
I started my blog juts two months ago and I’m proud to say that I have been able to continuously write about new topics every week. Now that I am fully back into the routine of being back at sixth form, I have figured out that Sundays are the best days for me to write and upload my blog posts. I have found is easiest to wake up on a Sunday morning and spontaneously write about whatever comes to mind. I’ll write blog ideas, drafts for future posts and even full posts. All leading me to posting sometime in the afternoon. This has worked best for me over the past few weeks so I have decided continue doing it. Please understand that I am a student and athlete so free time is something that I don’t have too much of so sorry in advance if I ever miss an upload day.
So it’s official, Sunday is my upload day. Feel free to read my blog every week on a Sunday for my newest posts. I tend to keep them short and sweet and not too much for the average reader to take in. I would really appreciate if you would subscribe to my blog via WordPress or simply through e-mail. This would allow you to get a notification immediately after I post. You can do this by clicking on the ‘Follow’ button on my blog page or entering your email address in the section where is says ‘Follow my blog via email’ (at the bottom of the page via mobile). It makes it easier for you, the reader, and me the writer as you can get my posts immediately with myself continuing to get a progressive amount of views.
Your comments are also important too. Feel free to comment on my posts. Don’t be shy. Feedback is great as it gives me more direction. I also love it when people suggest things for me to write about. I would love to hear about your ideas.
Lastly, I would like to say thank you to everyone who has continued to follow and read my blog so far and I hope that I can continue to write more about some cool topics.