Sunday, 17 April 2016

Tag: Confessions of a Blogger

I was asked by Alisha to take part in the "Confessions of a Blogger"tag. So here goes!

When did you start your blog?
August 2015

Have you had any past online presence before (Other blog, YouTube)?
I’ve never had another proper blog before. I’ve had Tumblr, where I tried to post my progress whilst trying to lose weight, but other than that it was mostly just Facebook.

Why did you start a blog?
I’d been toying with the idea for a few months. I spent a while just thinking about what I wanted to write about, worrying that people wouldn’t like it, worrying about it looking professional. In August, after my Granddad died, I decided to stop giving a shit about what other people think and to just go for it. If people like it, great! If not, it isn’t the end of the world, because I love doing it anyway.

When did you become serious about starting a blog?
It’s difficult to say really. I do consider this a hobby. I’d love to do it full-time, but I’m very happy doing this as a hobby. I’ve been to a fair few events, and I have some scheduled for the near future, but it’s still weird to hear someone refer to me as a blogger!

What was your first post?
It was a super cringey introduction to me and what my blog is about. I’ve since deleted it, because it was only really short, so now my first post is a review of a Vaseline spray moisturiser.

What has been your biggest challenge about blogging?
Finding the time. I work shifts full time, and when I get home, I’m knackered. Sometimes I’ll get lucky and find time at work to write a bit when it’s quiet, and when I have days off and I don’t already have plans, I’ll make time to write.

Where do you see your blog in one year?
I hope it’s still alive and kicking. I’d LOVE to be able to do it full-time, but I’m realistic and know that that may not be the case. I’d like it to be a bit more organised, so I should probably work on that.

What is the most rewarding thing to you about blogging?
The feedback. I love hearing from other people that I’ve influenced them in any way. When I wrote about my diagnosis of PCOS, a whole bunch of people came forward and started asking me questions, and telling me that I had motivated them to go get themselves checked out. It’s so incredible to think that my experience could help someone else.

What is the most discouraging thing that happens to you?
Hate mail, and negative comments. I’ve had a few messages with your standard “lol u fat bitch” and other kinds of hateful things since I’ve started blogging. To be honest, fat comments are mostly like water off a duck’s back to me now, since I’ve had it all my life. No matter what people message me, I’ve probably heard worse already, so you can kiss my giant ass. I know it comes with the blogging territory, and I would be lying if it didn’t get to me at all, but I have bigger things to worry about than some scrawny little fuck giving an unwanted opinion.

What's your lasting inspiration or motivation?
Anything and everything. New brands, products, events, I hit a lot of walls with motivation, but I’ll always have ideas floating around.

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