For this week’s blog I thought I would do something a little different, so I thought I would share with you my favourite blogger of the month along with a Q&A with them. I will be picking someone who has inspired me with there blog post and has given me a real WOW moment. Enough of my babbling lets get started.
For my January blogger of the month is the ever so lovely Maria J....
Let me tell you a bit more about why I picked Maria as my blogger of the month.
My favourite blog of Maria’s was the a day in Paris blog. The headline pretty much excited me from the get go as it is one of the places I would love to visit someday. I loved reading what Paris is like and seeing all the landmarks. It has made me even more excited to visit there. Check out Maria’s a day in Paris blog here www.mariaj.co.uk/2016/12/a-day-in-paris.html
I caught up with Maria and asked her a few questions........
Hello Maria can you tell my readers a little bit about you?
Hi! I'm Maria a 19 year old blogger from London, my blog is my baby and I've got a slight photography obsession.
Favourite blog you've written?
My favourite blog post has to be my what I got for Christmas 2016; its quite recent and doesn't involve a huge amount of writing but I just love the photos I took!
If you could visit 3 places anywhere where would it be and Why?
Does it count if I say New York even if I’ve already been?? hahaha, i want to go back to New York because I feel like you'd learn something new there every time you visit. I'd also love to stay in Beverly hills even just for a short amount of time, just to see what its like. Also South Africa or somewhere with a massive mountain, because think of the photographs.
Quote you live by?
"She believed she could so she did", I think it perfectly describes my unusual levels of hope and unwillingness to give up on something I've actually put my mind to. If i haven't put my mind to something though, its likely I will give up - its all about actually knowing you want to pursue something.
Three blogger tips for novice bloggers?
I've actually done a whole blog post kinda around this but I’d say, blogging shouldn't feel like a chore or something that you're forcing yourself to do - if its right for you you'll have the motivation. Promote your blog posts! There’s only one way to get people to read your blog in the beginning when nobody knows it exists and that’s through social media. Finally, go on your blog yourself and see through the eyes of someone who has just gone on your site. Check that all your links are working, whether your fonts are clear and in general that everything is user friendly. For example if someone wants to follow you on Instagram, the link should be really obvious to them, if they can't find it immediately its likely they'll just click off!
Favourite thing to blog about?
That’s a hard one! I don't think I can pick!! Although I love photographing products, people also seem to like my informative posts as well but I also love photographing different cities and events... Its so difficult to pick because I love every aspect of blogging!
Have you ever had bloggers block and if so how did you get rid of it?
I've had bloggers block once in the past, I think I'm pretty lucky that I’ve only had it once. Now that I’m a lot busier with blogging there’s always something for me to work on so I don't tend to get it anymore but when I did I actually just wrote a post about it! I did a post all about post ideas for when you've got bloggers block and wrote about how others might be feeling if they were reading it, because that’s how I was feeling at the time! Writing it brought back my motivation. I also remember scrolling through Instagram to get some inspiration for colours and things like that!
If you could give any tips to your younger self what would they be and why?
Value yourself more, but if I was actually talking to my younger self I wouldn't try to change anything. I am who I am today because of the things that have happened in the past and what I’ve learnt from them.
How do you come up with new blog content?
It sort of just comes to me if that makes sense? I plan a lot in advance so if there’s a few days where nothing comes into my head its alright because I’ve already got things to work on in the mean time. A lot of the time I just pay attention to my surroundings and listen to what people want, some of my most popular posts have either come from suggestions or noticing things on the internet and writing my thoughts about them. Although a shopping spree is good too, reviews reviews reviews!
Where would you like to see your blog in 2 years?
I honestly haven't got a clue, I recently did a tweet and blog post about my progress in one year of blogging and it even shocked me! I'm really proud of how far I’ve come but there’s always room to progress, grow and learn more!
Who inspires you?
I could list a whole load of huge bloggers who do inspire me but its mainly my blogger friends around me. Its a great community and being part of it and talking to other bloggers makes you even more obsessed with it than you are already!
Check out Maria’s blog here www.mariaj.co.uk/
I would like to thank Maria very much for taking part in my Q&A. I had so much fun doing it.
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Do you have a favourite blog of the month or is there someone you would like me to check out?
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