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 documents my adventures into the worlds of modelling, fashion and music journalism.
Q1. How and why did you get into blogging?
Blogging has become such a popular way of connecting and sharing with a wider global audience. I began blogging to document my forays into the worlds of modelling, journalism, fashion and life in general. I found it was an invaluable resource in sharing content with as many people as I could.
Q2. Where do you get your writing inspiration from?
I take inspiration from my own experiences in life, whether they be modelling projects I’ve been involved in, fashion tips I’ve picked up or the latest song that spoke to me on a personal level. Inspiration is not hard to come by if you really observe what goes on around you and then identify what it means to you.
Q3. If you could offer some words of encouragement to a newbie or frustrated blogger, what would they be?
If you’re a new blogger you should dedicate some real time to determine what you want to put into your blog and what you’d like to get out. If you have an idea don’t be afraid to try it out and see where it takes you. You’ll never know if you don’t try! Also, try not to get caught up in follower counts and page views. If you focus on creating quality content that you’d like to read yourself the people will come, just be patient!
To frustrated bloggers I’d say that firstly you need to troubleshoot and identify the problem you’re experiencing with your blog. Once you’ve had a step back and given it some thought you can work on remedying it. Set yourself a goal and work out what you need to do to achieve it. Try not to be too hard on yourself, everyone has problems with their blogs somewhere along the line!
Q4. What has changed most about blogging culture/the blogging industry since you started?
Blogging has become more and more about follower counts and page views as the market becomes more and more saturated. This has made it imperative to be in the business of providing quality content to keep readers interested. Bloggers have to work much harder to make their little corner of the web stand out from the rest. This is where multimedia comes in and bloggers tend to provide more than just words these days, they must become amateur photographers, videographers, youtubers etc to keep up with the ever changing needs and gratifications of their audiences.
Q5. What daily tools and platforms do you use in your blogging routine, for research, promotion, sharing and other?
The most important skill in blogging and writing in general is research. You need to have all of details before you can write up an informative post. Harness the power of the internet in your research but ensure that your sources are reputable and trustworthy. I’ve also found that talking to an expert in the subject you’re writing about can be invaluably helpful so don’t be afraid to talk to people and find out their views. Promote your blog as widely as you can, its all very well telling friends and family but try to bring up your blog in conversation where relevant and connect with similar bloggers and like minded people. Having a social media profile is pretty much a requirement these days and can give you a platform to connect with your audience and keep them informed. Read up on what entices people onto your blog and incorporate that into your promotion technique. For example, if you’re posting on Facebook, always post content accompanied by a relevant image because that gives your audience a visual insight into what the content of the post and makes them more likely to click through to your blog.
Q6. Do you understand your blog analytics, and how important do you think they are? Please share some best practice.
Staying in the know when it comes to blog analytics informs and empowers you as a blogger to see what works and what doesn’t. Lots of blogging platforms provide analytical tools to help you monitor how many views individual posts get, how long visitors stay on your page, what is said in the comments section and so on. If you see that a particular style of posting or a particular subject is popular with your audience then this is a good indicator to create posts in the same vein. Keeping track of this data gives you something to measure your blog by and know what you have to do to keep your audience interested.
Q7. Where do you hope blogging will take you in the future?
I hope blogging will open doors to new opportunities and experiences so that I may continue sharing them with the world. I like to think that blogging regularly improves and challenges my writing skills adapting them so that I may engage best with my audience.
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