- Tell us about yourself
My name is Anne, I’m 21-years-old, and I run a lifestyle blog that covers an array of topics – from mental health to what boots I’m coveting. I first started RootingBranches in late 2015, after finally working up the courage to go for it.
- How did you first get into blogging? Who inspired you?
I was introduced to the blogging world by Youtubers, way back in 2010 when it was a new thing for bloggers to transition to. I think the first blog I read was ViviannaDoesMakeUp (who is now The Anna Edit). From that moment I was inspired and wanted to create my own little corner of the Internet, but anxiety always held me back. What if no one read it? What if I wasn’t good at writing? I’ve created a few blogs throughout the years but have always given up after a few weeks. RootingBranches is different.
- How would you describe your blogging style?
I don’t know if “homey” is an accurate description, but something along those lines. I make sure to always write as though I’m just compiling a message to a friend. That can result in way too many bracket notes and rambles, yet I wouldn’t have it any other way. I never want my blog to seem cold or like you’ve stumbled across an online article.
- How do you come up with new and fresh ideas for your blog?
I don’t do anything in particular to make sure that my posts are fresh or insanely different from the crowd, but I make a point of only ever writing up a post when I’m inspired by the topic. I won’t sit and brainstorm as I think that can result in mediocre ideas or posts that seem rushed. It’s important to write about what interests you, otherwise the readers will sense it.
- How do you make sure you always have time to blog?
I write when I can, whether that be the first thing in the morning or late at night. I find it difficult to schedule a specific time to blog as I don’t have the greatest of health, but I understand that most bloggers work full-time and rely on a schedule. I can only suggest sitting down with your planner and finding the hours in the week, plus scheduling ahead of yourself is a life saver. I always try to make sure I have at least two posts written and ready to upload.
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- What do you like to do in your spare time?
I enjoy reading, a lot. And I volunteer over the holiday season to get outside. Blogging can sometimes become a little isolating so it’s good to get out, even if it’s just writing up your next post in a coffee shop.
- How do you deal with negative comments and feedback about your blog?
I’ve been extremely lucky with my blog so far, as I haven’t received anything negative. I do think that if/when the day comes, it’ll likely be through social media as people rarely go out of their way to both read AND comment on your blog, which is rather sad. I hope that I’ll be able to – in the words of Taylor Swift – shake it off.
- What camera do you use to take your blog pictures with?
I just use my phone which is a Samsung A5. I’m hoping to invest in a proper blogging camera next year, something with a flip screen.
- For new bloggers. . . how do you find the money to fund your blog posts?
I don’t worry too much about things like that, but I suggest you try samples of expensive products before splashing out for the sole purpose of wanting to do a post on it. Readers won’t mind reading about an old product if you have strong feelings about it – good or bad. Keep an eye out on free magazine samples, as they can have brands such as benefit and nails inc. If you do book reviews, join the local library. For blog layouts, check out your local charity shops for props.
- How do you keep your readers interested?
I wish I had an answer for this one, but the only thing I purposely do to keep people reading is interact with them. Readers like to get to know the blogger behind the screen, as it then builds a more friendship-like relationship and that aids in them wanting to know what you’ve been up to or what lipstick you’re currently loving.
- What is the greatest satisfaction about being a blogger?
The community and the freedom, you can write about whatever interests you without any limitations. It’s your own corner of the internet and that can be incredibly satisfying.
- What is the best way to gain more readers on your blog?
Go out of your way to interact with other bloggers on social media platforms. You won’t get the readers without putting your content out into the world. And don’t be afraid to push a post a few times, and on every platform you have. People won’t go out and seek for your blog, so make it easy for them.
- For anyone thinking about starting a blog of their own, what advice would you give them?
Don’t lose the passion you had going into the blogging world by becoming obsessed with views and what the world is giving back to you. This is something that you have to want to do, or else it won’t be enjoyable. And always write something that you yourself would want to read.
A big thank you to Anne for taking time out of her day to be part of this blogger series of mine! I have loved reading her blogs, they are so relaxing and just always interesting! I you haven’t already you should go and show her some love!
Image by Anne