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Betsy B Good
Please tell us a bit about your blog?
I blog about rockabilly, pin up, retro and vintage fashion and make up. I do reviews of the products I use (think hair dye, eyeliner and nail varnishes), the clothes and shoes that I wear (some sourced from vintage shops/charity shops but most bought online) and I also do hair, makeup and craft tutorials. I also run two online shops on Etsy and eBay selling kitsch and rockabilly jewellery and accessories.
Q1. How and why did you get into blogging?
I decided to start blogging because I have so many rockabilly and vintage clothes and shoes. I thought I would interest readers if I blogged about my interesting, alternative wardrobe and how I apply my makeup and wear my beauty products. I soon discovered people were most interested in tutorials and reviews, so I decided to concentrate my posts on doing these. I’ve had so much interest in how I do my hair and makeup, and although a picture paints a thousand words, video tutorials paint so many more. For this reason I have recently started doing videos tutorials and reviews and uploading them to YouTube.
My readership has grown immensely as I get to know my readers/watchers and they get to know me. I analyse the popular topics that I write in my analytics pages. My blog has grown to 142 followers in a month which inspires me to work harder and keep growing my blog.
Q2. Where do you get your writing inspiration from?
My wardrobe is such an inspiration to me, it’s such a big part of who I am and how I artistically express myself. I am inspired by the styles of the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s, by rockabilly chicks of Las Vegas, Hawaii and California and by Pin Up girls from all eras. My aim is to leave my readers likewise inspired and enchanted by the glamour and allure of these times and places.
The products that I use on my face, hair and body also inspire me to blog. I offer my readers beauty tips and give them honest reviews of products so that they can decide whether or not to purchase the items themselves. I see shelves full of beauty products and see all the blog posts, tutorials and reviews I could post!
I am sometimes inspired to write by other bloggers. as you can see by reading my post Tattoo and Piercing Pride. One blogger was slating my fashion and makeup style and I felt impassioned enough to step in and set the record straight. I defended my style sisters and gave a fair and honest account of what it’s like to be an alternative girl, with tattoos and piercings.
I am also inspired to keep on writing by the lovely blogging community and all the friends I’ve made online so far with similar interests.
Q3. If you could offer some words of encouragement to a newbie or frustrated blogger, what would they be?
I would say to a frustrated blogger who is maybe suffering from writers block – always keep a notebook nearby so you can jot down ideas that spring up in your head. Be confident and strong, find topics to blog about something you are passionate about, and that your readers will enjoy. Very importantly, always be 100% honest with your readers and with yourself.
To a newbie, I would recommend doing some research by branching out into the online community of bloggers to see what’s working for different types of blogs.
Q4. What has changed most about blogging culture/the blogging industry since you started?
Since I started blogging I have found that many bloggers offer encouragement and support to newbie bloggers. In a sector such as the internet, where trolling will always be existent, I have been very happily surprised to find a friendly, welcoming culture. I purchased and read Violet Le Beaux’s Blogging in Style when I was new to blogging. This gave me a very insightful view into the blogging industry and helped prepare me for the challenges of blogging. I would say the internet naturally grows and develops and things are changing all of the time, you just have to learn to be flexible and adapt to it.
Q5. What daily tools and platforms do you use in your blogging routine, for research, promotion, sharing and other?
I use Facebook advertising campaigns for promotion of my blog, and I also run two shops (on Etsy and eBay), both of which I pay to promote my jewellery and accessories line. I also promote my shops through my blog and my blog through my shops.
I update my twitter and Instagram several times a day to connect to my readers/watchers. I also connect with people on pinterest and cut out + keep, which keeps me in touch with the crafting community. I have a “linked in” account to connect me with people in similar lines of work. I also have a Bloglovin account, where I am publicised and where I follow the blogs I love to read.
I do most of my research online, through the channels I listed above as they work both ways. I use WordPress reader to connect with other blogs that I follow, as I find reading a good blog post by someone else often inspires me to blog myself.
Q6. Do you understand your blog analytics, and how important do you think they are? Please share some best practice.
I think blog analytics are very important and I check my WordPress, YouTube and Etsy stats several times a day.
By checking my WordPress stats I have gathered that most of my readership reside either in Canada, the US or the UK, although I also have readers in many other countries. I have also concluded that my most popular posts are my hair tutorials, makeup reviews and videos which has encouraged me to do more of these types of posts.
I see on YouTube that most of my watchers are men which is interesting (and a little flattering)… so I am working harder to reach out to women who are my target audience. I am doing this by organising a poll through Poll Daddy to see what my female readership want to hear more of.
I use the stats on my Etsy shop to show me what products of mine are the most favourited/liked/viewed and thereby put more effort into promoting those specific products. I do this by rearranging the view of my shop and putting the most popular products up the top of the web page.
Q7. Where do you hope blogging will take you in the future?
I love blogging and I hope that I always will enjoy it as much as I do. When I have enough readers to validate moving to a self-hosted web domain, I hope to earn some money through google ads. I also wish for the future that my jewellery and accessories line takes off and that my readers can enjoy wearing things that I have personally made them, which I think is a really nice touch. I hope to have 600-700 unique hits per day, that is what I deem as truly successful. I hope I grow as a blogger, and develop relationships with the companies whose products I am reviewing, so that they send me free samples and products for me to review. I would also love to model clothes and shoes for my readers as these also prove to be popular posts.
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