- Tell us about yourself . . . Name, Age, What you blog about and how long you have had your blog for.
My name is Becky, I’m a 30+ blogger and freelance writer based in Somerset UK. I’m owner and editor of www.lifestylelinked.com
|Lifestyle magazine LifeStyleLinked – delivering you the …
Lifestyle magazine and blog. Bringing you the best fashion news, new beauty products and the latest lifestyle trends from the UK.
2 How did you first get into blogging? Who inspired you?
I started out in the industry as a freelance writer, writing copy for brands and publishing houses. As time went by, I wanted to create a space where I could write about topics that I was passionate about. I also wanted to be able to give other writers a voice and so launching an online magazine seemed to be a really exciting way of doing that. LifeStyleLinked.com fuses magazine style editorial content and features with personal blog posts and reviews.
- How would you describe your blogging style?
The blogging industry is always changing and evolving and that’s something I really love. I find that my writing style and content works well because I’m always happy to embrace new changes and trends. I love to try and stay up to date with new launches and events. I enjoy creating content that is visually appealing and filled with high res images as well as engaging copy.
- How do you come up with new and fresh ideas for your blog?
I think it’s really important to make time to sit down and plan your content out on a regular basis. I am a self-confessed list-aholic! I have notepads filled with lists and lots of different folders on my laptop that are filled with ideas and inspiration. I then work closely with brands and PR’s to create content that fits well alongside this. I also tend to come up with content ideas on the go so I always jot down anything on my phone, no matter how silly or random it may seem at the time as you never know whether it could lead to a bigger idea for a blog post or feature.
- How do you make sure you always have time to blog?
When I started blogging I did it in my spare time and it was definitely more of a hobby. Now it has evolved into an almost full-time job so I do try to treat it as such. I make sure that I wake up at a sensible time, grab a coffee and start in ‘work mode’ straight away, answering emails and planning any posts. I also try and have a set time each evening where I turn off the work emails and spend time with the family.
- Who are your top 3 bloggers?
- InTheFrow is up there as one of my favourites. I love the fact that no matter how big her audience gets, Victoria always makes time to interact with everyone. Her blog posts and photography are stunning!
- I love the content that Jane from British Beauty Blogger creates. It’s one of my ‘go-to’ places for a quick hit of reliable beauty info from someone who knows the industry inside out.
- ReallyRee is a brilliant place to catch up on all of the latest releases and she’s another lovely lady who I always see interacting with her readers. It’s so important these days!
- What do you like to do in your spare time?
When I’m not working, family time is definitely my main priority. I try to spend as much time as possible with my husband and our teenage daughter. We have a lot of family days out, movie nights (I’m a huge movie fan!) and we all love to travel. We have become a bit obsessed with New York and always seem to find it at the top of the list for places to return to for longer family holidays. I also have an eight year old nephew and baby niece so seeing them is one of my favourite ways to spend my free time.
- How do you deal with negative comments and feedback about your blog?
I’m quite lucky that my followers are a really positive bunch but I do try to learn from constructive criticism if it’s something I feel that has a genuine point behind it. I think it’s important not to get sucked into that bubble of only looking at the lovely positive comments. Sometimes as long as they’re not just comments being rude for the sake of it or issuing a personal attack I do find we can learn from taking on board others opinions. I definitely value the feedback of readers.
- What camera do you use to take your blog pictures with?
I have quite a few. I take a lot on the go using my iPhone and my main camera at the moment is a Canon.
- For new bloggers. . . how do you find the money to fund yourblog posts?
I’d say that to begin with there is really no need to be throwing lots of money at your blog. Get a nice design and easy to read layout and be resourceful when it comes to using the content around you. Review products you’d generally buy anyway or perhaps ask a friend if you can photograph something of theirs. A good blog takes time to grow and build a following, don’t believe those who tell you that you MUST start out with the newest and best products on the market. Try to think outside of the box and blog in a way that suits your lifestyle.
- How do you keep your readers interested?
Listen to what they want! Keep an eye on which of your posts are most popular, which get the most comments via social etc. I try to keep on top of new launches and seasonal content that readers might be looking for each month. I also love a good twitter or Instagram stories poll as a direct way of asking your readers what they want to see from you next.
- What is the greatest satisfaction about being a blogger?
Knowing that you are building something that is grown from your own passions. It’s also lovely when brands and readers give feedback saying that a particular piece has gone down well. I suffer from autoimmune issues so being able to keep my own hours and make my own schedules based around my health is also really satisfying.
- What is the best way to gain more readers on your blog site?
Don’t be afraid to self-promote (in a non-spammy way!) and share via all of your social networks and on your personal Facebook.
- For anyone thinking about starting a blog of their own, what advice do you have for them?
If you have an idea you are passionate about, then go for it! People may tell you it’s a silly idea or that you can’t – but in my experience if you really want to create something you’ll do it. Just start writing, as obvious as it sounds, content really is key. Just make sure that you’re passionate about your blog topic and the posts you make. If you believe in what you’re writing, others will feel that and the rest will follow.
I would like to say a big thank you to Becky for taking part in this. I have read lifestylelinked for a while now and I love every post. Always interesting and fun…if you haven’t checked it out you should!