TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOU WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START BLOGGING?
During university I’d be spending my time going from one essay to the next, a report to dissertation planning, all my writing was revolving around Psychology. I’d spend 9-5 huddled up in a little wooden booth in the library frantically writing up note after note and preparing myself for the next exam that was coming my way. I decided I wanted to write about things other than Psychology, like when something really good happens in your life such as travelling to a different city or trying out a new restaurant, or maybe a lesson you’ve learned from a certain situation, well I wanted the Internet to know about all these things, so that’s when A Daily Dose of Holly began. It was almost like having my very own ‘Hannah Montana’ life, something that no one I knew, knew about, and something that strangers on the Internet could relate to. I’d attempted blogging many moons ago but could never find the right site that worked for me, or just didn’t have the motivation to stick at it, but when I came across WordPress I felt like it was the beginners book for blogging and I didn’t look back after that.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN BLOGGING FOR?
I’ve only been blogging since September 2016 which really isn’t long at all, but in that time I feel I’ve learned a significant amount about the blogging world, and in that short space of time I’ve taken the plunge and gone self-hosted, which I believe is a big step forward. I feel a lot of people get worked up about how long they’ve been blogging for in comparison to others, but I really wouldn’t worry about it, just blog at your own pace.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT BLOGGING?
My favourite thing about blogging is seeing an idea for a post come to life, or when a post of yours does really well in terms of say views or the feedback you’ve received on it. The blogging community is something I feel pretty lucky to be a part of, everyone is really supportive and you end up developing good friendships through having that common thread. Being approached by brands isn’t the be all and end all of blogging, and I certainly wouldn’t recommend starting up a blog just for the sake of ‘getting free stuff’, however it’s always nice knowing a certain PR company or brand has came across your blog and decided that you fit the criteria for working with them.
WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES BESIDE BLOGGING?
Attending concerts is definitely a main hobby of mine, although there’s been a lack of that this year, but in previous years it would be concerts galore in my life. I’m not afraid to go to concerts alone, let my hair down and have a good old dance along to my favourite artist or band, concerts have just been something I’ve known since such a young age all thanks to my mum. That’s also when travelling comes into the equation too, I love travelling and although I don’t do as much travelling I’d like, I love nothing more than hopping on a train or jumping on an aeroplane and going to somewhere new, whether it’s for a trip or for concert purposes. In the last year I’ve ticked off two new places on my bucketlist: Amsterdam and Paris, and the memories I made whilst in both places have only made my love for travelling grow even more. I can only look forward to 2018 and all the new and exciting places that I’ll hopefully have the opportunity to visit.
WHAT TIPS WOULD YOU GIVE TO NEW BLOGGERS?
– Don’t stress if your blog doesn’t immediately take off, I’d be surprised if anyone’s does. You have to start from the bottom and work your way up, and it can take time and a lot of effort but stick at it because you will notice a difference after a while.
– Plan plan plan (I need to take this advice for myself), since starting up my blog I’ve not been the best planner but sometimes life isn’t easy and can get in the way so that’s my excuse for that. Since going self-hosted though, I’ve made a promise with myself to always plan ahead and blog consistently, this is when a good old planner can be useful.
– Set yourself some blogging goals, but don’t get too frustrated if you don’t achieve them all, you really do have to take things one step at a time. Start with small goals, so don’t say “I want to reach 1000 followers in my first month” because if you don’t you may be like oh…you’re better having the goal of 100 followers for your first month, and then take it from there.
– Promote your blog across Social Media, this is a good way for getting your content out there and increasing blog traffic. Blogger threads on Twitter are great for putting your link out there, gaining followers, receiving comments or feedback. In addition to this, Facebook groups can be time-consuming but are great, with days set for particular purposes such as sharing your latest blog post or sharing your Twitter handle.
– Engage within the blogging community as not only will you meet some lovely people but you become part of one big support network helping one another get the recognition that you deserve.