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Saturday Blogger Interviews – Tara Joy

Name: Tara Joy

Location: Florida

Age: 19

What sort of things do you blog about most: I mostly blog about product reviews, outfit posts, and some personal stuff here and there. It’s a big combination of anything and everything I feel like talking about.
Name three words to describe your blog: Relaxed, chatty, and of course, bow-filled.
When did you first start blogging: I first started blogging in May of 2012.
Why did you begin to blog: I started blogging because I needed someone to chat with about clothes, makeup, and skincare. I was definitely talking off my beau’s ear and there was only so much talk about different lipstick finishes he could handle. It was a fun idea I had toyed around with and I’m so glad I did it.
What’s one blogging tip that you would share with other potential bloggers: Don’t pay attention to the numbers. The #1 thing I couldn’t care less about is how many people follow or read what I have to say. Of course, without followers there isn’t a lot of interaction, but I don’t understand the big deal. I loved my blog at 3 followers and I still loved my blog the same at 300 followers. If you’re doing it for the numbers maybe that’s the wrong reason to.
Do you see yourself still blogging in three/five years time: Absolutely. It’s something that is more than a hobby to me. It makes me feel really connected to my girly side. I love being able to talk to people about the things that make me happy and blogging is one great way to do it.
What’s one of the best things about being a blogger: I just love the fact that we are all into talking about the same things. It’s so nice to be able to look to tons of awesome people for opinions on anything and everything you could possibly imagine. It’s a cool thing.
Has blogging helped you significantly in any other way: Blogging has helped me stay glued to the camera. I grew up wanting to be a photographer and to go to art school. Even though I’m not in art school, I like having reasons to get behind the camera and be artistic.
Name one thing that inspires you: My friends are a huge inspiration to me. Honestly, they’re all so fun loving and goofy. All of us have very different distinct senses of style and I love to mix up my own style with some add ins of theirs like graphic tees and trainers.
Share one of your favourite quotes: “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” – Earl Nightingale
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Saturday Blogger Interviews – Ashlyn Shore

Name: Ashlyn Shore
 
Location: Vancouver, BC
 
Age: 23
 
 
Facebook/Twitter: @Ashlyn_Shore (No Facebook)
 
What sort of things do you blog about most: 
I blog about anything really, but usually it’s book reviews and articles. My articles are about writing tips, advice, story structures, anything that may be useful to other writers. Sometimes I post short stories to let my readers know what my writing style really is. My book reviews are usually about books I’ve read and loved, but also the books that aren’t as popular as Harry Potter or The Hunger Games. I even blog about my opinions of things, like books and movie adaptions.
 
Name three words to describe your blog: inspirational, informative, and creative.
 
When did you first start blogging:
A little while after my birthday, exactly on June 28th 2013, so not that long ago. One day I just woke up with hundreds of page views and followers, it was a dream come true for any blogger. I actually tried blogging a few years back, ultimately failing to attract readers and I gave up on all of them. I’m glad I continued with this one, though!
 
Why did you begin to blog:
Before I began blogging, most of my friends and family knew I took creative writing seriously. I wanted to express myself through my writing, but clearly it wasn’t strong enough. Then one day a friend came up to me and suggested I start a blog to express my thoughts and feelings about writing. I considered it and created my blog through Blogger. It was actually quite fun, and to this day I feel that I can truly express myself in any way through my blog.
 
What’s one blogging tip that you would share with other potential bloggers:
Focus on the content of your blog, what you have written, the appearance, and manage all your useful widgets. Don’t waste your time attracting readers if there is nothing good to read. Always remember, content first, promotion second.
 
Do you see yourself still blogging in three/five years time:
I see myself blogging until I publish my first book. There is no way to tell when that will be, but surely more than four years. I will continue to blog and help boost confidence in others as my writing skills improve. Even after I publish a book or two, I won’t abandon my blog, but instead, expand my knowledge and share even more with my ever-growing number of readers.
 
What’s one of the best things about being a blogger:
One of the best things about being a blogger is connecting with your readers. Usually, your readers are those who have similar interests with you, which is what draws them to your blog. When you connect with your readers and make friends with them, you can exchange advice and ask them what they would like to see on your blog next. That way, your blog will become even better and your readers will like how you consider each of their opinions. It’s also great to run into another blogger. They can give you tips and secrets that will help enhance your blog. So it’s always great to connect with those around you whether through blogging or in life.
 
Has blogging helped you significantly in any other way:
Through blogging, I learned to grow through my writing and have confidence in myself. Before I would be more reluctant before writing something in my stories, but now I would just take the chance and go back to it later in my second draft. Sometimes you just have to take the chance follow your heart in the right direction it takes you. Blogging has definitely boosted my confidence and made me a better person.
 
Name one thing that inspires you:
Nature. I’m more country than I am city and I absolutely adore strolling through gardens and forests. Sometimes when I hear a rustle in the bushes nearby, my inner idealist takes over. There could be anything in there, from a fairy to a bear! I like taking photos of my surroundings when I’m hiking a forest trail or relaxing in a garden. That way, I can always look back at them at home and maybe spark an idea for another story to post on my blog.
 
Share one of your favourite quotes: “This is for writers yet to be published who think the uphill climb will never end. Keep believing.” – Terry Brooks
 
 

Saturday Blogger Interviews – Louise

Name: Louise
Location: North West England
Age: 20
Facebook/Twitter: @louisejoyb
What sort of things do you blog about most: fashion, lifestyle, travel, and recipes.
Name three words to describe your blog: personal, realistic, and colourful!
When did you first start blogging: three years ago
Why did you begin to blog: I was inspired by reading others, so thought I would give it a go myself!
What’s one blogging tip that you would share with other potential bloggers: all good things come to those who wait. There’s
no rush, nor a race, so be yourself and just enjoy it.
Do you see yourself still blogging in three/five years time: yes, but as I mature as a person, I think my blog will also mature with time too.
What’s one of the best things about being a blogger: the support you get from the blogging community, it’s made me a lot more confident in myself.
Has blogging helped you significantly in any other way: it’s helped me step out if my comfort zone and find my voice. It’s also a fantastic added bonus to add to your CV!
Name one thing that inspires you: design. I am a design junkie, studying it at university I am constantly inspired by patterns, colours, and typography.
Share one of your favourite quotes: true happiness can often be found in the simplest of moments.

My New Illustration Thanks To Amy

So a couple of weeks ago I really thought long and hard about how I could make my blog better and also how I could represent my self to my followers, I saw a lot of blogs with personal illustrations and immediately I desired one! I really wanted something which made my blog just feel more personal to me and I also had the idea of starting a Facebook group and pinterest but I wanted a logo or blog illustration first so I could use it as my icon.

I searched endlessly for someone who could do one for free which I know is a very long shot since many great artists and drawers would like payment, since I am a student and broke all the time this began to be a obstacle for me HOWEVER and this is where the story takes a turn for the best! I met a fellow blogger on a blogging forum site and she was an artist/drawer and after looking at her incredible work I decided to take a long shot and email her, luckily she agreed which made me over the moon and she done the illustration of me in record time for me as well as being super polite and friendly! 🙂

I just want to say a massive super duper thank you to Amy Maddison for helping me out and putting the time and effort into completing it for me in such a short time span plus it looks absolutely beautiful couldn’t have wished for more! 🙂

Visit her amazing blog here: http://amyloosworld.blogspot.co.uk/

Make sure to like her awesome Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AmyMaddisonFineArtist

Below is the illustration she kindly did for me 🙂

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New Weekly Blogger Interviews – Blogger Jessica Teixeira

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Name: Jessica Teixeira

Location: Pompano Beach, Fl

Age: 29

Blog link: http://www.beautydelicacy.com

Facebook/Twitter: http://facebook.com/thebeautydelicacy

What three things do you blog about most: I mostly blog about makeup, hair care + fashion.

Name three words to describe your blog: honest {a lie I cannot type!}; informative + real

When did you first start blogging: I first started blogging in 2010 but didn’t have even close to a clue
of what I was doing until over a year later. Even now I’m still learning
things!

Why did you begin to blog: I love sharing things with people; better + new ways of doing things
like eating healthy or going for a bold color even though your kind of
chicken. It kind of makes me feel like I’m cheering for anyone who needs
it, including me!

What’s one blogging tip that you would share with other potential bloggers: Don’t compare yourself to others. Everyone is different + that is a good thing.

Do you see yourself still blogging in three/five years time: Absolutely! When I stop learning then I’ll stop blogging 🙂

What’s one of the best things about being a blogger: I’ve always loved the freedom of expression in blogging. My personality
comes through in certain posts like I’m giving a friend that nudge they
need + I feel like I am.

Has blogging helped you significantly in any other way: Blogging has helped become more outgoing + open. Believe or not I
didn’t start wearing anything more than eyeliner + lip gloss until my
mid-twenties!

Just want to say a big thank you to Jessica for taking part! 🙂

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VOTE FOR ME FOR COSMOPOLITAN BLOGGER AWARDS 2013

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Hello Everyone!

I have entered myself into the Cosmopolitan Blogger Awards 2013 and would love it if you would nominate me as best newcomer fashion blog!

I have only started my blog recently but I have gained so many wonderful and motivational followers and would absolutely love it if you could nominate me as I have never done anything like this before and would love a chance a winning but I really would appreciate all the support and nominations I could get.

Please follow this link to the voting page: http://www.cosmopolitan.co.uk/blogs/cosmo-blog-awards-2013/enter-the-2013-cosmopolitan-blog-awards-nominate-now

Thank you all!

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New Weekly Blogger Interviews – Blogger Sophie Bolton

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Name: Sophie Bolton
Location: Bristol
Age: 18

What three things do you blog about most: I post a lot about skin care as I’m a bit of an addict, I will literally buy a new product as soon as i can afford it, I still haven’t found the one for my skin, so that’s why I have so many reviews, and advice because it’s what I know about! Secondly I think hair care is what I post about a lot, as recently I’ve got into caring for my hair, before I wouldn’t really take much care, I’d just use a cheap shampoo and the odd hair mask now and again, but now I’m just obsessed with having soft hair! I also love posting tips and tricks, it’s just nice to share your experience with others! 😀

Name three words to describe your blog: Small, honest and happy. I love my blog to have a happy feel to it, there’s nothing better than making people smile!

When did you first start blogging: I started on March 28th 2013. So I haven’t been blogging that long.

Why did you begin to blog: I had so much going on in personal life that I wanted an escape? I place where I could talk about all the happy things, the things I love, and talking to like minded people, it was the best decision I ever made. I’ve read blogs and watched the YT videos since I was 14 so I seemed right, haha…

What’s one blogging tip that you would share with other potential bloggers: Be honest. Don’t try and be something you’re not, people will read your blog because they like what they read, and they don’t want to be talking to someone who doesn’t see real. Also honesty. If your thinking of beauty blogging, even if you hate a product share it, I mean not all the time, but don’t lie about a things, share it, share your experience. Let people know if you’d recommend or really would not buy something. It’s the best way!

Do you see yourself still blogging in three/five years time: Definitely! I’m hoping to go to college and do make-up so this would be amazing to show you all, I love it, and I can’t ever see myself stopping. I tried to take a break a few weeks ago, I last 2 days!

What’s one of the best things about being a blogger: It has to be the people you meet, I’ve met lots of lovely girls and boys as well! The Best thing is comments, It sounds silly like out of everything, I just love comments, it shows people are actually reading and enjoying my blog, and I do love a good ol’ natter!

Has blogging helped you significantly in any other way? It’s helped me have better hair! haha… It’s really helped me in speaking and meeting new people, and definitely have improved my spelling.

Just want to say a thank you to Sophie for taking part! 🙂 

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New Weekly Blogger Interviews – Blogger Denise Earley

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Name: Denise Earley

Location: Galway, Ireland

Age: 27

Blog link: http://prettypetitepoppy.blogspot.ie

Twitter: @petite_denise

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/PrettyPetitePoppy/213792282051858

What three things do you blog about most: My blog is a mish mash of the things I love, but my most frequent posts are; outfit posts, beauty reviews of highstreet products and celeb style posts.

Name three words to describe your blog: Oh this is a hard one! Laid Back, Eclectic, Fun.

 When did you first start blogging: I started blogging in 2011, but didn’t really blog for a lot of 2012 because I kind of lost my blogging mojo! I started again in February this year and I love it more than ever and feeling so inspired.

 Why did you begin to blog: I stumbled across Lily Melrose’s blog (llymlrs.com) one day on the interweb and thought it was such a great way of showcasing your own personal style! I was looking for a new hobby at the time and decided I’d give it a go!

 What’s one blogging tip that you would share with other potential bloggers: Be yourself and write about the things you love. Don’t feel pressure to be like other bloggers and write about/review the exact same stuff as them. If you write about the things that interest you, in your own way, people will take notice and appreciate it much more.

 Do you see yourself still blogging in three/five years time: I’m a “take it a day at a time” kinda gal as you don’t know what’s around the corner. But I would like to think I’ll still be blogging in the future as it has become a big part of my life. I’m not sure I’d still be blogging about the exact same things in 5 years time, but who knows!

 What’s one of the best things about being a blogger: Definitely the people you get to interact with! There are so many lovely people I’ve talked to that I would never have the opportunity to chat to if it wasn’t for blogging 🙂

Has blogging helped you significantly in any other way: It has made me challenge myself style wise and I’m not afraid to try new things. I put more thought into what I’m wearing now and how I style it. It’s helped me find bargain beauty products, thanks to all the amazing beauty bloggers out there. It has also put a significant dent in my bank balance 😉

I’d like to thank Denise for taking part and for her lovely answers! 🙂

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