About my blog:
It’s a history blog dedicated to proving that history isn’t boring and sometimes it’s okay to live in the past. I tend to write content based around my own historical interests, which include Welsh History, early modern history, fashion history and court studies.
My main blogging category is:
Arts and Culture
How and why did you get into blogging:
I kinda fell into it by accident. I was off work ill for quite a while earlier this year. One of the side effects of the condition I was suffering from meant that my cognitive function was seriously impaired. I couldn’t retain any information and felt totally useless. So I set myself a challenge – if I could learn a new skill I knew that my brain was getting better and heading in the right direction. I settled upon building and running a history blog, as I love history and a blog seemed like a natural progression of my Instagram account. I had no technical background in setting up or running anything web-based, so I had to learn everything from scratch. Now I’m much better and I am still running my blog because I totally love it. I’m so proud of what I’ve learnt so far.
Where do you get your writing inspiration from?
A variety of sources. I like to go out and visit historical attractions and then write about them for the blog. I also get lots of inspirations from books I’m reading or podcasts I’m listening too. I’m also very lucky in that everything and everyone has a history of some sort, so really random things can inspire me. For example, recently I was singing nursery rhymes to my 2 year old nephew and I got the idea to write a blog post all about the history and hidden meanings behind nursery rhymes.
If you could offer some words of encouragement to a newbie or frustrated blogger, what would they be?
Join a blogging community. I belong to several, both online and a physical meetup. I also help run a Facebook history bloggers promotion page with two other history bloggers. Everyone I’ve met so far has been very positive and supportive, and fellow bloggers are a great source of advice.
What has changed most about blogging culture/the blogging industry since you started?
I’ve only been blogging six months so it’s quite a difficult question to answer. Pinterest seems to be becoming a big thing again. Also I think the emphasis on both promoting micro-bloggers and rooting out influencers with ‘fake’ followings are positive things.
What daily tools and platforms do you use in your blogging routine, for research, promotion, sharing and other:
In terms of promoting my blog, Instagram and Facebook are my primary social media focus but I also use Twitter too. In terms of posting I use Hootsuite but am currently toying with the idea of moving to Buffer as lots of fellow bloggers have recommended it to me. I also started a monthly newsletter two months ago and use Mailchimp to create and send it.
In terms of imagery, I like to take most of the images I use on my site myself using my Olympus Pen (blogger cliche I know!). I edit using Lightroom on my phone usually. Canva is also a great tool for graphic design – it’s incredibly easy to use! I’ve been using it quite a bit recently to create a series of gift guides.
Tell us about your greatest blogging achievement to date?
I have two moments that have stuck in my mind. Firstly, when a fellow blogger contacted me to say she loved my blog even though she hated history in school. One of my aims when starting my blog was to make people who weren’t typically interested in history fall in love with the stories I was telling. This feedback meant I had achieved that and it made me feel so good. I had a similar feeling when Kelly from the Millenial Mother blog mentioned me as her favourite blogger in an online interview she did. Kelly is an amazing blogger and I was honestly astounded she picked me. I know I haven’t won any awards or secured any paid collaborations (yet – there’s always time) but I didn’t start blogging for that. Anything like that would just be a nice bonus.
Where do you hope blogging will take you in the future?
I’m not sure, but it’s a question I’m thinking about a lot at the moment. My overall aim is to use the blog in some way to make history a full-time part of my life, not just a hobby I do around my job. I’ve been toying the idea with writing a book. I’ve had a couple of ideas, but am still waiting for that great flash of inspiration to strike!
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