Confessions of A Blogger - I saw this little tag on Michelle's blog the other day and thought I would have a go myself. My blog has been very focused on reviews, swatches and recipes etc recently, so I wanted to get back to the personal style of writing I used when I first started my blog. I'm not a serious beauty or fashion writer, so I don't want to feel like I have to write my blog in that style!
When did you start your blog?
I started my current blog back on the 9th March 2012, so it's a little over 1 year old :) I didn't really know what I wanted to write about, I just wanted another little space on the internet to write my thoughts, experiences and get involved with a new community.
Have you had any other online presences?
I've been on many different online platforms in the past. I started off with using the internet for MSN, but quickly moved onto MySpace, Bebo, Piczo and of course Facebook (even though I was a die-hard MySpace fan, I never thought I'd fall into the Facebook trap... but look at me now). I have also had a tumblr account, which I attempted to use as a blog like this, but quickly fell into reblogging everything and anything. I did also have a previous blogspot blog when I was around 16, however I'm not sure why but I didn't really get into it like I have with this blog. Maybe it's because I'm older now and do more interesting things? Or the fact that the only blogs I followed were high end, more professional style blogs - who knows! I wish I'd stuck at it as a 16 year old though and fallen into the blogging community back then.
Why did you start a blog?
This time around, I had just started working in a digital marketing agency in a job role that dealt directly with bloggers, so being exposed to so many gorgeous blogs every day made me want to start my own up again. Bloggers were all so lovely to email too, that I wanted to get involved myself!
When did you become serious about starting a blog?
I still don't take blogging very seriously :/ unfortunately, due to working full time and enjoying a busy social life (sometimes), it means that my blog does often take a back seat at times. I don't ever imagine myself becoming a serious, 'professional' blogger or anything like that - this is just a hobby I enjoy for now :)
What was your first post?
You have the joy of being able to read my first post here. As I had read so many blogs prior to starting my own, I had a fairly good idea that I wanted to start off with a small introduction... but then the following posts just fell into a cringey mess haha.
What has been your biggest challenge about blogging?
My biggest challenge has been keeping up with posting. I went through one manically busy stage of life and my posts went down to one per week, if that. That is something that I find difficult, but I also sometimes struggle with what to post. I find that sometimes I'm posting things (usually reviews) just for the sake of posting, rather than that I enjoy it or think my readers would be interested in it. I really do struggle to judge what I think people want to see and that's quite challenging sometimes.
Where do you see your blog in one year?
Things could be very different in one year's time, however I hope that my blog has a strong direction and I've still managed to interest my readers enough to stick with me! I also hope that I can branch out from fashion and beauty slightly, I'm not sure what to yet though. Any ideas on a postcard, thanks!
What is the most discouraging thing that has happened to you?
I get discouraged when a post I've worked hard on, or I think looks good, doesn't get as many views or comments as a 'regular' post of mine. I know this is probably silly, but hopefully some people can relate!
What's your lasting inspiration/motivation?
I'm mainly inspired by my interest in online/digital media and marketing. Having a blog and following a variety of different styles of blogs, allows me to keep up with what's happening. I don't think you can have a career in an industry, unless you're involved in it in every way you possibly can.
I hope you enjoyed reading this! How do you feel about my blog heading in a more personal direction? Feel free to answer these questions yourself and leave the link in a comment if you do! :) x