Hey, guys, I thought it’d be fun to learn about other bloggers so here’s a new series, where I interview bloggers. Beth writes about her teenage life and you can read about all about it at teenagelifebeth.blogspot.com you can also follow her on Twitter @teenagelifebeth
What inspired you to start your blog?
When I first started my blog I was fifteen and really into YouTube and it was people such as Zoella and Tanya Burr that made me want to share my advice due to my own experiences and to help others, however, I wasn’t brave enough to do all of that in front of a camera and so I decided to create my own blog instead.
How long have you been blogging?
The end of this month marks three years of me being a blogger and after taking some time off from blogging for personal reasons for most of last year, it feels better than ever to be back.
What has been your worst blogging experience?
I haven’t personally had a bad blogging experience but I have seen some bloggers having fallouts on twitter or see that one blogger has copied posts from another blogger and it makes me upset in a way to see people within the blogging community falling out with one another.
How did you feel when you first started blogging compared to now?
When I first started blogging I was kind of scared as to how my blog was going to be received and was uncertain about the kinds of posts I should be writing about. Now I have stopped being afraid on the subjects I write about and write posts that mean a lot to me and have found that by being completely honest about myself with my audience, it makes it easier to connect with them and have found that I’m not completely alone in any of the things that I write about.
What are your ultimate blogging goals?
I don’t think I ever really set out an ultimate blogging goal when I first became a blogger as originally it was just something that I saw as a bit of a hobby. However, I would say that my one goal over time was to connect with others and to create content that other people could relate to and to help others with what I have learned from my own experiences – which is something that I am beginning to achieve.
What has been the hardest thing about blogging for you?
The hardest thing was definitely from around the end of 2016 to the start of 2017 where I was struggling to balance doing A-Levels and do weekly posts for my blog, especially as I was also struggling to find something to do a worthy post on. I guess this is what I’m also worried about for when I start uni; however, I’ve been a bit more organized and planned my posts way ahead of time, as well as writing them a couple of weeks in advance so I’m covered for now.
What is the best blogging advice you’ve received?
The best advice given to me was to make sure that I try to connect with my audience on a more personal level and to try and get myself involved in blogger chats on twitter; which can help to promote your blog and get to know others better.
Is there any advice you would give to new bloggers?
My number one advice to new bloggers is to make sure that you plan your posts ahead as this makes you much more organized. I would also say that you should write your posts a week or so ahead (or at least a few days) of the day that you are planning to make them live because I’ve done that classic thing of leaving writing a post to the last minute and becoming mega stressed of either what I’m going to write or making sure that I get my post out on time.
What do you think makes you unique or your journey as a blogger unique that you’d like others to know?
I would say that what makes me unique as a blogger is an honesty in my posts and the fact that I’m no longer afraid to shy away from writing posts about more taboo subjects. I’m not saying that other bloggers don’t do this as well but I feel that during my time of being a blogger I’ve only ever seen maybe one or two others who will be brutally honest about really personal things in their posts or will talk about those taboo subjects that everyone else seems to try and avoid.