We’re meeting Rachael today she is a Geordie blogger ☺️ why aye man! Her Instagram feed is so autumnal right now, absolute goals.
What made you start blogging?
I had been thinking of starting a blog for about 18 months but hadn’t had the time to really get something actually off the ground. So what finally gave me the kick up the bum I needed was something I spotted on Twitter which got me really riled up. I pointed it out to a few people I know professionally on Twitter and was invited to write a guest blog post for a Public Relations website on the topic which you can see here. I also wrote a couple of blog posts for my day job too.
After that I decided to stop putting it off and took the plunge to set up my own blog and over a year later here we are!
Do you have a blogging niche? Or do you just write about whatever you enjoy?
I don’t have a particular niche for my blog. I’m really passionate about the North East but I like exploring other areas within and beyond the UK and although I have pearls of wisdom from the day job in communications and public relations my interests are much wider than this. I didn’t want to restrict what I was able to write about and having the freedom to ramble as I wish is what I really enjoy about my blog and hopefully readers do too!
Who would you say are your blogging inspirations?
I admire quite a few bloggers and hope to keep learning and growing and finding new opportunities.
A few people have visited restaurants and stayed and visited places I have blogged and recommended which is really lovely. I think my inspirations come from wanting to help people whether that’s sharing tips to save money, how to keep your home warm or cool or some nice places to eat and visit.
How long have you been blogging?
I have been blogging for just over a year now – the time has absolutely flown by!
What is your favourite social media platform for sharing your blog?
This is tough as I use quite a few different platforms but if I had to choose I’d probably say Facebook groups for connecting with other bloggers and Twitter more so for promoting but also connecting with other bloggers. I have learnt so much from other bloggers and would definitely recommend finding a supportive Facebook group to join and take part in Twitter chats.
Networking isn’t just about growing your stats it’s about connecting and learning from other bloggers and reading some fantastic blog posts!
At first I joined loads of groups on Facebook and found it overwhelming; now I’m only in a handful and it’s much more manageable and enjoyable.
Any tips for new bloggers?
- I’d definitely recommend connecting with other bloggers as the community can be so generous and knowledgeable. Join some Facebook groups, search the #bloggersrequest #bloggersrequest #bloggersrequired on Twitter. I also recommend joining in some Twitter chats too.
- Try not to focus too much on the numbers like your stats and follower count – it will all come. Keep writing, learning and growing and the rest will fall into place.
- Try not to be too shy – promote yourself and your blog. Put yourself forward for opportunities and collaborations.
- But most of all I would say just start writing and enjoy it!
I completely agree with your tips Rachael, especially about promoting yourself ☺️ I love when someone tells you they have been somewhere because they read about it on your blog. It is such a good feeling, keep doing what you’re doing Rachael 👌🏽