Friday, 15 May 2015

Lifestyle | Confessions Of A Blogger Tag

I thought I'd do this tag today as I was recently searching through tag questions the other day for inspiration and I came across this one on the lovely Chloe's blog - so I thought that I would do it myself.
When did you start your blog? - I started my blog on the 5th of April 2015, so I have been doing it for a little while now. Time does fly by really quickly though and I have gained extremely positive feedback in the short time that I have been producing these posts.
Have you had any past online presence before (Other blog, YouTube)? - Ever since I was about 9 years old, I've religiously watched YouTube videos, mainly beauty related such as Zoella, Swalkermakeup, Sprinkleofglitter etc., but I didn't have an account at the time as I didn't fully understand the whole Internet thing, considering I was only young. My YouTube channel was created on the 26th of May 2013, which means I have been interacting with channels for almost 2 years. I have never had a previous blog, or any other channel apart from the ones that I have currently.
Why did you start a blog? - In all honesty, I started my blog quite spontaneously. I'd been reading them for quite a long time, but I'd never actually known how to start, or even where to start. The idea had become more and more appealing to me in recent months though, so when one of my close friends randomly had an idea that I should start a blog, I jumped at the chance. She made me feel 110% definite that that was what I wanted to do and gave me that little boost of confidence I initially needed. The reasoning behind this creation was quite simple. I first started my blog, because I'd been persuaded too and it just seemed to be the perfect solution to the ideas and thoughts I had in my head. I have always been incredibly interested in writing and I have also always been extremely willing to help whenever I can. If someone needs something, or wants some support, I'm always there, trying to help and give advice to sort out whatever the problem is. So, a blog is the perfect idea really. If you combine wanting to change the world and help to improve people's lives with writing and a love of the internet, you will find my blog ;). This way I can express my thoughts and guidance on all sorts of different topics (including beauty and girlie things) and I can improve lives and reinforce positivity to everyone that reads my blog whilst still doing something I enjoy and feel passionate about. Therefore, it's a win-win situation!
When did you become serious about starting a blog? - Well, thinking about it, I don't think I have considered blogging seriously yet. It's purely just a hobby that I feel passionately about and it's something I do on the side that is different to my education and social life. It's not a job and it may not ever be a job, but I'm happy with it that way. If anything does come out of my blog and it does become very successful, then that would be absolutely wonderful, but I'm not expecting anything!
What was your first post? - My first post was actually an advice post on beating body image issues, which actually got pretty amazing feedback, considering it was my very first attempt.
What has been your biggest challenge about blogging? - Considering that I've only had my blog for a short amount of time, I can't say that there really has been many challenging parts. It can be difficult to think of ideas and actually get the content out and ready for the scheduled dates, but that isn't so much of a challenge if I'm honest. I haven't received any hate or criticism for it, even though I know people have found it because I've plugged my blog on social media and people gradually find out over time anyway. I'm not too bothered whether people know or not, because regardless of their opinion, I'm still going to continue what I'm doing as I enjoy it, so nobody is going to hold me back.
Where do you see your blog in one year? - That is pretty much impossible to say. I will definitely still be blogging, but as for followers, content and such, I have genuinely no idea. And, I really don't mind either. If I get a whole load of new followers, regular positive feedback, new, exciting opportunities and outstanding success, then I would be on top of the world, as I put a lot of work into my blog. But if I don't, then who cares? That doesn't affect me at all, because I'm doing what I love and everything else is just a bonus that I will think about if and when it comes!
What is the most rewarding thing to you about blogging? - Without a doubt, knowing the impact it can have on other people. That's one of the main reasons I do this blog after all. People can give such amazingly sweet feedback and just one of my posts could affect someone so massively that it changes their entire mind-set and helps to make their day more positive. The world really does need more happiness & love in it, rather than all the sadness & hate! Just one small space on the internet could change so many people's lives. And that's what I aspire to do.
What is the most discouraging thing that happens to you? - Honestly, I don't find anything particularly discouraging. I've been very lucky and I haven't yet had to deal with any hate or nasty comments, which is always a nice thing. It doesn't bother me with anybody else thinks anyway. If they want to laugh, then that's cool. I'm enjoying what I do and it's nothing to do with them, so why should I care what they think? It will only bring me down to their level, when I'm above them. :)
What's your lasting inspiration or motivation? - As I mentioned previously, knowing the impact that myself & my blog can have on other people definitely does make me want to continue putting in the hard work and effort. I'm determined to change the world and improve lives in the future, so why not start now and start aiming to do that whilst I have the opportunity? I may not be able to travel the world and volunteer everywhere just yet, but step by step, I will get there in time, believe me. We all have to start somewhere and this is one way that I can start changing lives and improving the world that we live in. With determination, perseverance and an aspiration to aim for, you can do anything.



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