Blogger Q and A with @ljmorningstarBloggers name:
Laura Morningstar

My blog:
http://lauramorningstar.com

About my blog:
My blog is called Loving Life Everyday which is something I aim to do, it is predominantly a lifestyle blog with a focus on health & wellness. I regularly write about my own chronic health struggles, mental health advocacy, parenting, and my love of books and music.

My main blogging category is:
Lifestyle

You can find me at:
https://www.instagram.com/laurajmorningstar
https://www.facebook.com/laurajmorningstar
https://www.twitter.com/ljmorningstar
https://www.pinterest.co.uk/LauraJMorningstar/
https://laurajmorningstar.tumblr.com/

How and why did you get into blogging:
I have been self-employed and/or freelancing for over 15 years and always used to maintain a blog as a way of promoting my business. However, in April 2018, I had to close my business due to my health struggles. Not knowing what to do I decided to follow a childhood dream of being a writer. I write about a broad range of subjects as I love sharing my knowledge on different topics. I also enjoy exploring and researching concepts that may be new to me.

Where do you get your writing inspiration from?
All over really, when I am reviewing books it will often be a line or a word that I have read that acts as the starting point. For other reviews, it will be a fleeting thought that I have jotted down while testing the product or enjoying the experience.

For posts that are more around family, fitness and health & well-being, I scribble down ideas for posts as and when I have them. I have three pages of a notebook full currently so as and when I have time and space on the blog, I revisit those pages and use one that catches my eye as the basis of a post.

If you could offer some words of encouragement to a newbie or frustrated blogger, what would they be?
Write about what lights you up. There is no point being a tech blogger if you hate computers. Yet if you only love red lipstick and you are passionate enough about it then you could build an entire blog from one thing. For me, I enjoy that I have a number of areas I write around as it gives me the ability to vary what I write about helping me to stay fresh.

What has changed most about blogging culture/the blogging industry since you started?
I have only had this particular blog since April, however, what I have noticed since starting is that there is a bigger emphasis on bloggers being a part of a marketing strategy. I love the chances I get to work with brands and enjoy the opportunities they present. Yet it can feel like to many people are in it just for the perks and their 15 minutes of fame.

What daily tools and platforms do you use in your blogging routine, for research, promotion, sharing and other:
I try to promote each blog post across a range of social media, so spend a chunk of time each day creating the right graphics to do that. My preferred programme of choice is Canva. Depending on the subject matter of the post it can suit one platform better than another. My book posts are better being shared on Twitter, whereas health and fitness ones do better on Facebook.

Tell us about your greatest blogging achievement to date?
My first piece of paid work was a huge achievement for me, it made me feel as if my choices and decision to pursue writing as a career was a valid one. I was super grateful for that brand putting their faith in me.

Where do you hope blogging will take you in the future?
I hope that my blog will continue to grow, my dream is that it becomes financially viable so that I can continue to pursue writing as a career.

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