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?
The tagline for my blog is “The day to day ramblings of a slightly neurotic 20 year old just trying to find his way in the world” – and I think that sums it up pretty well. I post about a variety of different things like fashion, celebrity and entertainment – but mostly it’s just a place to post my own thoughts and observations on the world around me.
Q1. How and why did you get into blogging?
I’ve always loved reading other peoples blogs, and I guess that’s what inspired me to start up my own. I’d recently moved to London from the countryside – there were a lot of changes going on in my life that I knew I wanted to document somehow. I’m not the most organised of people, but I thought if I started up a blog then all my thoughts and feelings would be together in one place – it would be easily accessible for others to read, and great for me to look back on in the future.
Q2. Where do you get your writing inspiration from?
There isn’t much that DOESN’T inspire me to be honest. Although I will say that a lot of what would be considered my more controversial blog posts are influenced by social media. In the age of Twitter and Facebook, everybody has an opinion about something. If I see a statement or a point of view I strongly disagree with, it quite often inspires me to write my own views on the subject – I really enjoy writing when I’m angry or annoyed with something because the words seem to just flow better, and I would like to think a certain level of passion comes across when people read it. I wouldn’t write anything that I didn’t believe in 100%.
Q3. If you could offer some words of encouragement to a newbie or frustrated blogger, what would they be?
Just stick at it! I’ve only been going six months, and there are times I’ve wanted to throw the towel in, particularly early on when I wasn’t getting much response or interaction from people. But keep writing, keep putting your heart and soul into it – and over time, if what you’re writing is good – people WILL start to pay attention. Success in blogging isn’t something that happens overnight, but people don’t seem to realise that. They want the readers and the followers without putting in the effort it takes to get them.
Q4. What has changed most about blogging culture/the blogging industry since you started?
I haven’t really been blogging all that long so it’s hard for me to give an answer – one thing I will say I’ve noticed having been online and reading blogs for a few years now though, is that I’ve seen video blogging really take off! I’m torn on how I feel about this, because although I see bloggers making some fantastic ‘vlog’ style videos – I’d hate for the art of traditional writing to fall by the wayside because of it.
Q5. What daily tools and platforms do you use in your blogging routine, for research, promotion, sharing and other?
Twitter’s probably the biggest one. I use Facebook quite a lot too. Also, recently I’ve had quite a good response to a few of my blog posts on Reddit, it’s another very social community.
Q6. Do you understand your blog analytics, and how important do you think they are? Please share some best practice.
I find it quite fascinating seeing where my readers are coming from – particularly seeing the search terms they put in to Google to find my blog. It’s always helpful to know who your main audience is, but I don’t think I’d let it affect my content really.
Q7. Where do you hope blogging will take you in the future?
If I could make a career out of blogging then of course that would be fantastic – but that’s not why I’m doing this. I blog because I feel I have a lot to say, and ultimately I just love to write. That’s what keeps me going I think – the love of writing.
I’ve only been running mrjoiee.com for six months now but already I’ve had some fantastic opportunities come my way because of it, and met some really cool people as a result. I’m excited to see where I’ll be six months from now, because you just never know! :)
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