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Katrina Drake


Katrina Drake


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Please tell us a bit about your blog?

Carousel Diary is a UK fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog. It covers a vast array of different topics to appeal to all readers; from food to travel, beauty to fashion and fitness.

Q1. How and why did you get into blogging?

I have always dabbled in blogging but decided last year to really get stuck in. I have always enjoyed writing and buying things so it seemed like the perfect idea, plus it gave me an excuse to buy even more things!

Q2. Where do you get your writing inspiration from?

For me it’s a way of relaxing and taking my mind off of everything else. I can really sit there and focus on what I am writing rather than worrying about everything else.

Q3. If you could offer some words of encouragement to a newbie or frustrated blogger, what would they be?

If it’s all getting too much take a break. A few days or a week will allow you to collect yourself and come back with a fresh and inspired approach.

Q4. What has changed most about blogging culture/the blogging industry since you started?

There are lots more bloggers and it is a hobby/career that is talked about a lot more now than it ever has been previously. It’s great to see fellow bloggers being featured in magazines and newspapers.

Q5. What daily tools and platforms do you use in your blogging routine, for research, promotion, sharing and other?

Google is my holy grail, of course, but I find a lot of my information through Twitter. Twitter is also my key tool for promoting blog posts and networking with others. TweetDeck and HootSuite are great tools for scheduling tweets if you won’t be around.

Q6. Do you understand your blog analytics, and how important do you think they are? Please share some best practice.

I do have some knowledge of SEO from my day job so I know what my statistics mean. It’s always good to keep an eye on them as they can suggest valuable changes you can make to your blog to improve it. For example, keep your bounce rate low – preferably under 50%. If it is high it means readers are either not finding the content interesting or your blog is too hard to navigate and they are becoming impatient and closing your blog window.

Q7. Where do you hope blogging will take you in the future?

I have had some really great experiences through blogging and am hoping to start attending lots more events. Somewhere exotic would be nice!

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