Three Years Of Blogging: Q+A Part Two

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
I received more questions than I thought I would so I have had to split the questions into two posts. If you haven't seen the first post, click here

1.  If you could go back to day one of your blog, would you do anything differently? (question from Lay It Bare Lifestyle)

I would learn how to use my camera and how to edit photographs! Most of my photos from the early days of my blog were cringingly embarrassing and I wish I could go back and change that! Also I would not add my blog name to my photographs, it looks amateurish (to me) and no-one would have wanted to steal my photographs back then anyway!

2. How do you keep your blog posts fresh? (question from Ashleigh's World)

I like to think I keep my blog fresh and different as I love to talk about so many different topics from lifestyle, fashion/ootd and posts about all things beauty, even hair removal and being a vegetarian! Inspiration from other bloggers, magazines, products, seasons and social media helps to my blog ideas flowing. 

3. What are the brands you have loved working with the most? (question from Mon Petit Billet)

So far I have loved working with (individually and through PR's): Makeup Revolution, Newlook, Jurlique, Manuka Yoga, Clarins, Debenhams, Essence, Brodie and Stone and so many more! I am so lucky and grateful that I have been able to work with a lot of brands, some of which I have loved since I was a teen! You can check out the list of brands I've had the pleasure of working with, here.

4. Advice for new bloggers, how would you say you can get your blog seen by more people?  (question by This Is She Dates)

Here are my personal pointers to a good basic blog to start with and how to get more traffic as a blog beginner; although keep in mind that it can be a very slow process and I am definitely not an 'expert' in this topic:

- A simple but unique blog design and clear bright photography will always attract readers

- Comment on other peoples blogs (don't spam though) as it has personally brought so much more traffic/page views and followers to my blog

- Blog about what you are passionate about

- Make it easy for your readers to find your social media icons so they can follow if they want to

- Link your blog to all of your social media accounts and join in with twitter chats, follow bloggers and generally just interact 

5. What has kept you motivated these past years? What tips would you give a beginner blogger? (question from Neenys Little Blog)

My personal motivating factors are: wanting to grow my blog and I want to share my opinions of all things beauty! Reading other blogs keeps me motivated too! I've already noted some tips of blog beginners above but another point I would emphasise is not to give up!

6. What is your favourite blog post type to read? (question from Haileys Workshop)

I love reading reviews, bloggers are fantastic enablers! I have bought quite a lot of makeup and some accessories based on bloggers reviews and recommendations. I also love reading hauls, especially Primark hauls as it can be a great way of seeing what stock they sell currently. 

7. Did you have any initial misconceptions about blogging or the blogging community? (question from Life Of a Thinker

When I started my blog I didn't know about the blogging community or about blogging generally. Blogging wasn't nearly was big/popular as it is now, it was a small community so I did't really have any misconceptions. 

8. What's the best thing about blogging... please name just ONE (question from Suede and Symphony)

That's a difficult question as there are so many amazing things about blogging but I would have to say: the blogging community. The blogging community is SO supportive, whether I reached a new blogging milestone or if I'm having a bad day, the blogging community is always there to help, support and celebrate. Also twitter chats are a great way of talking to bloggers with the same interests - I always look forward to them, especially the #lbloggers chat!

9. Why did you start your blog? (question from Fizzy Peaches

I have received this questions about so many times on social media and on my giveaway post (here). I started my blog because I wrote on review websites  such as Dooyoo and Ciao. I loved writing about beauty products and testing products so starting my own blog was a natural progression for me - although I didn't think about what having my own blog would entail at the time. 

10. What piece of advice would you give to me as a fellow blogger either about my own blog or blogging in general (question from Beauty Queen UK)

My advice for bloggers would be: keep doing what you are doing, don’t get disheatened by negative comments, keep supporting one another and don’t be scared to contact other bloggers to chat/ask questions. Also my advice for everyone (as photography is a passion of mine) is to experiment with your camera, try different settings and locations as well as props/lighting. 

If you have any other questions for me about blogging (or anything else) leave them in the comments below and I will reply as soon as possible - make sure you click the box next to the comment section to receive an email when I reply to your comment!

*make sure you check out my blog giveaway (here) and my twitter exclusive giveaway (here)*

13 comments

  1. Love this post so much Heather, it's so nice to get to know the girl behind the blog. Also totally agree with your tips to starting a blog, fab post lady :)

    Elle
    www.theellenextdoor.com
    xx

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  2. I love this post! It's good to know we all start of struggling with photography and aren't all natural snappers and editors, mine are so bad from when I started and I still have a long way to go! xxxx

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    1. Mine were awful for the first couple of years! So embarrassing! x

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  3. congrats sweets, such a useful post
    Keep in touch
    www.beingbeautifulandpretty.com
    www.indianbeautydiary.com

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  4. Loved this post, especially as I like being nosey haha. I had no idea about the blogging community either, bit overwhelming when I found it!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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    1. Same, it is a fantastic community of like minded people x

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  5. Really enjoyed reading our Q&A posts, very interesting! x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

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  6. This was such a great post. So important to stay focused on what you're doing! And honestly if it starts to feel like work and is stressful than it might be time to take a break.

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

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  7. Great post! I have a blog but lack the motivation to update it regularly although I have sooo many things I want to talk about. Manly because the photo editing that takes so long and writing a blog post in English is quite a challenge for me (I'm Indonesian). I mean, it's good to improve my English but sometimes in English there are things that I really cannot express as well as in Indonesian, do you know what I mean? :(

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