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Blogger Q&A with Hazel Blakey-Graham/@slightlyskintblogName

Hazel Blakey-Graham


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Please tell us a bit about your blog?

The Slightly Skint Blog is all about trying to do things on the cheap. Since the recession in 2008 people have become more aware of their spending habits and are wanting to save money in every area of their lives. I’m on a one woman mission to bring thrift into fashion and shying away from the old stereotypes. Saving money can be fun and extremely rewarding. The main things that I cover are budget beauty, recipes, DIY & craft and frugal fashion.

Q1. How and why did you get into blogging?

As a university student I struggled to gain work experience and I needed something interesting to put on my CV so I thought I’d give blogging a crack. For my course I needed to be good at writing academically but that can be very restrictive. Writing for the Slightly Skint Blog allows me to improve my writing skills and has given a creative aspect to my life. My blog had had a previous incarnation but was definitely less successful as it is now. My first proper post as the slightly skint blog was a review of Lush’s Butterball bath bomb and I’ve been doing it ever since.

Q2. Where do you get your writing inspiration from?

I get my inspiration from all the other lovely bloggers whose blogs I read. If there is buzz in the blogging community around a certain subject I want to write about it and experience it for myself.

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

If you are getting stuck for what to write and it is frustrating you, sit down and have a cup of tea away from the computer for 5 minutes. You will be much less exhausted and will ultimately write a better post. Sometimes you just need to step away for a while to get things into perspective. You aren’t going to let anyone down by not sticking to a schedule so take as long as you must to get a good quality post out there.

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

Not a lot, as I’ve only been blogging regularly for around 5 months!

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

I’m constantly updating my twitter, instagram and facebook pages to keep people up to date. Having your smartphone or laptop handy is always a good way to keep up with research and promotion as well as responding promptly to emails from companies.

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

I think blog analytics is incredibly important. You have to know what your readership is so you can write useful content and gain more followers. I’m a believer in using analytics in this way.

If you aren’t already, set up a facebook page and ask all of your readers to like the page. Once you’ve got a got a few likers use your page’s Page Insights feature, this will give you a break down of the percentages of male and female readers, their ages and their preferred language. Most blog sites will have their own statistics pages which will help to identify what country readers are in, which posts they prefer and what time of day they are reading.

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

I jut hope it will remain a nice little hobby for me but if there are any other opportunities that arise then I will be more than happy to take them.

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