Today’s blogger behind the blog is Mel from Hellamel.weebly.com, she’s a high school senior who blogs about her life, books and shares her graphic designs. She’s very sweet and a youngin’ lol (I say as a young woman in my twenties haha) You can follow her on Twitter at Twitter.com/hellamelblog. You can see some of her awesome graphics here.
Go and check out her blog!
What inspired you to start your blog?
I’ve always wanted a place to be able to write about anything I wanted. Having a blog allowed just that! I also wanted to improve my writing skills and to practice creating a unique voice and perspective, something I think is important in life… and also important for UC essays, haha.
How long have you been blogging?
I’ve been blogging for 8 months now! I posted my first entry on New Year’s day.
What has been your worst blogging experience if you have any?
Luckily, I have not had any negative blogging experiences. They’ve all been pretty positive so far!
How did you feel when you first started blogging compared to now?
Since I’ve been blogging for a shorter time compared to most other bloggers out there, nothing has drastically changed. I’d say one thing is that I was definitely more stressed when I first started out, and I struggled more with getting posts up on my blog. Time management is a necessity and that definitely improved as I practiced more, writing and posting.
What are your ultimate blogging goals? Meaning what’s the one goal you set out to achieve to say you’ve made it as a blogger if you have any?
One of my goals is definitely just to keep following my one post a week system and to not quit posting altogether. I’m also trying to get 1000 followers on my Twitter account by the end of the year. I think the one goal that I would need to achieve to say I’ve finally made it as a blogger would be getting more readers and being more involved with them, and I would need to also improve my content. Right now, I’m blogging about basically whatever I want, about whatever comes to mind. But I think I’ll need to stick with a theme if I were to achieve that goal.
What has been the hardest thing about blogging for you?
The hardest thing is creativity. I, for the life of me, struggle with coming up with ideas for my blog posts. I’m not proud to admit this, but I’m relieved when I get a blogger award because that means I’ll have another week to think of more ideas and I won’t have to rush. It’s been a problem since I started blogging, and I’m not sure how to get better at it.
What is the best blogging advice you’ve received?
The best advice I got was to post whatever content gets me excited and to not push myself too hard. I actually got this piece of advice when I first started blogging so it was super helpful.
Is there any advice you would give to new bloggers?
Yes, one piece of advice I’d like to give is: definitely try to be active on all your social media platforms and make friends in the blogging community. I can’t tell you how much love I’ve received from my blogger friends. Don’t be afraid to reach out to others, to like and comment on their posts. I know it definitely makes my day whenever someone replies to my tweet or comments on my blog entries!
What do you think makes you unique or your journey as a blogger unique that’d you like others to know?
This is a hard question because I’m not exactly sure what makes my blogging experience unique. I guess I’ll answer with this: I’ve seen many bloggers in their 20s and 30s, but fewer teen bloggers. (I don’t know if this is accurate; this is just what I’ve seen based on Twitter). So I have a younger perspective than most others, and I’m blogging as I go through different things (stress of school, testing, the high school life in general). In that way, I tend to blog about things currently relevant in my life and of course, those things are different than say a blogger in her 30s. The way I narrate my blogs is unique as well; I find that the voice I put in my words sounds light and young.
I hope you enjoyed getting to know today’s blogger, Mel, go and support her by checking out her blog! If you’d like to be featured or work with me feel free to send me an email.