We have asked our blogger community to answer a few blogging questions about themselves, with the aim of getting to know them and their blogs a little better. These will be published as a series of blog posts, which we hope will make interesting reading. Carry on reading if you’d like to find out more about the bloggers who are active on Bloggers Required. You can view other blogger Q&As here, and you can complete your own here.
Please tell us a bit about your blog?
My blog is primarily fashion and lifestyle. It’s just little articles focussing on things I find interesting and want to share with people. I know that what might work for me might not work for other people and vice versa, so I make it my mission to put as much truth and information into my posts as possible so I can help others with their decisions on what to buy/wear etc. All I want to do is get a giant conversation going with the blogging community so that we can all help each other as much as possible, regardless of what it’s for.
Q1. How and why did you get into blogging?
I am a writer at heart. Always have been and always will be. I do any form of writing, be it articles or making lists. I find writing the easiest and most natural thing in the world and best of all, I love it.
Blogging is a total outlet for me. It gives me an opportunity to write about things that I enjoy, such as clothes and shoes. These things often seem trivial in the cultured world of writing. While I enjoy a Shakespeare sonnet as much as the next writer, I can’t ignore the fact that a lot of my time is taken up ooh-ing and ahh-ing over Jeffrey Campbells and the majority of my sentences contain the word “like” at least seven times.
I can be a deep and provocative thinker but the majority of time, I’m not and this blog is the opportunity to showcase the real me to the world.
Q2. Where do you get your writing inspiration from?
I have to be honest and say no one really. I often write my articles on a whim at 3am. An idea has come into my head and I’ve run with it. Sometimes I will plan posts but like I said before, my blog is mostly an outlet so I can be me and so I use myself and my feelings as inspiration.
Q3. If you could offer some words of encouragement to a newbie or frustrated blogger, what would they be?
Not too sure if I’m qualified to answer this question as I’m pretty sure I’m still a newbie/frustrated blogger! I would say just stick with it. I often get down about the fact that I don’t have a lot of comments or follows, but then I remember that I’m doing something that I enjoy and I’m trying to connect with other people in the meantime. Slowly but surely it is working. I would say try and connect with people as much as possible. It’s the only way for you to be seen, if that’s what you’re after. But most definitely make sure you’re writing for you and you alone.
Q4. What has changed most about blogging culture/the blogging industry since you started?
I’m still fairly new to the game so pretty much nothing. I’ve noticed more and more that bloggers are becoming the new superstars of the world. I mean, it seems so crazy that sitting at home, typing on your computer and uploading a few pictures can suddenly turn you into this person who people come up to on the street crying.
Q5. What daily tools and platforms do you use in your blogging routine, for research, promotion, sharing and other?
I personally always promote my posts on twitter, tumblr and instagram. I’ll always include a brief summary or a headline that I think will grab people’s attention. Oh and lots and lots of hashtags. It would be worth checking if something similar to what you’ve written about is trending at that time because it makes it easier for people to find.
Q6. Do you understand your blog analytics, and how important do you think they are? Please share some best practice.
I will be honest, I don’t know what that is. If you mean pageviews and shares etc, it depends on what kind of blogger you are. If you care about being noticed and want to be the next BeautyCrush or FleurDeForce then I suppose they’re very important but they shouldn’t be your goal. Again, everyone should write for themselves. Unless of course, you’re reviewing something for a company. Always bare in mind that if someone has gifted something to you, it’s best to try and promote their product as much as possible.
Q7. Where do you hope blogging will take you in the future?
I think I said it earlier, I really just want a massive communication with everyone! I love talking to like minded people, it’s great! So many people use the internet these days and so many people take part in the blogging world. It would be wonderful if I had a load of subscribers, people who comment regularly, so that I could get to know more and more people and interact with people from all over the world.
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