Wednesday, 16 September 2015

TAG: Interview with a blogger

tag blogger interview


I love a good tag! it feels like it's been a long while since I last did one! Anca tagged me in the bloggers interview series, you can read her answers here! Without much further a do, I present to you, my interview!

How did you get into blogging?

I actually started blogging around 10 years go! Incredible, but blogging back then was nothing like it is today - in fact, I don’t even think it was even called blogging! I had a LiveJournal account where I poured out all my late teenage angst, living a very Dawsons Creek kind of online life. That blog eventually fizzled out, weird things happened and I couldn’t go back to that blog anymore so I deleted everything and closed the account. But the blogging bug had got me and I was determined to make something in this new medium. I ended up making several blogs over the years, but none of them every really got a chance as I got fed up of the niche I had penned myself into every time. I took a break from the blogging world and took to writing on other platforms, mostly product review websites and article pages like Hubpages. 

Then, one day, I got fed up of my writing being in all the places online. I had accounts and passwords coming out of my ears, I would forget what content was going where, and I didn’t have one unique spot online where I could direct people to my writing. So, I came back to blogging. Saloca in Wonderland originally started out as a Walt Disney World travel blog, which at some point I decided that making each post 500 words or less would be an amazing idea - it wasn’t and once again I felt too restricted by the niche and closed the blog. I didn’t delete the content though so if you scroll back far enough you will find it!

After another hiatus, I came back to the blog (I’d actually remembered my account details!), and turned Saloca in Wonderland into a lifestyle blog - a way to incorporate everything I could possibly want to write about. It’s easily my longest standing, most active blog to date and I can’t see me giving up on this one anytime soon!

What advice would you give to a blogger starting out?

Blog because you have a passion for it. Be it a passion for your subject, your photography, for writing or for the ever-growing blogging community. Don’t be one of these five for a dime bloggers who have come into it because they think it’s all freebies and product launches, events and cupcakes. For those of us who live and breathe blogging, it’s not easy. Sure, it might look that way on the surface but so much goes into each and every good blog post - and you have to make sacrifices, be they social or financial. Nothing is free in the blogging world, not even those freebies people seem to think come flooding through my letterbox - they don’t. For me, blogging is like having a second full-time job - but I love it, so it’s worth it!

What would be your dream campaign?

I would love to do something about the City, be it covering a food event or working more closely with local businesses. That would be pretty amazing. 


Do you have a plan for your blog?

I just want to keep blogging. I want to see my blog grow and to see myself continue to grow as a person. Blogging has changed me in so many ways and I can't wait to see what changes are yet to come. Like I said before, I've stopped and started lots of blogs in the past but this is the one that has struck. I'm eager to sit down after a long day at work and work on my blog, on the content, take pictures, engage in the community, read other blogs etc. Just enjoying doing that and continuing to do so is my plan right now! I also want to keep working on my writing process. I feel this is something that evolves with every post!


What do you think about rankings?

I think it's interesting to keep an eye on them and to understand them but for me, it's not the be all and end all. I know when I post more, am more active on social media, Pinterest etc, my numbers go up, I see more page hits, people staying on my page longer etc and my rankings, domain authority and anything else I can find go up - when I don't do these things, they go down. The numbers are not my success story. Creating and engaging in the community are success enough for me. Just knowing one person has read my blog, took my thoughts on board, maybe even changed a habit or a thought process themselves, or has simply left with a smile, that's a job well done from me!

I tag - 

Jemma
Jackie
Hannah
Corinne
Jessica

Can't wait to see everyone else's answers! What are your thoughts on blogging?

Until next time, 





2 comments:

  1. Thanks for tagging me! I'll have to do this at some point because it's deffo one of the better tags!

    I had a live journal too, skinnedcartree.livejournal.com. LOL

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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    1. I figured this one was right up your street! How great was LiveJournal? It was the ultimate teenage angst meets fandom extravaganza back in the day! A part of me kind of wishes I could go back and re-read some of my old posts but then they would probably be ridiculously cringe worthy!

      Sarah :)

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