Hello my Beauties,
most of you might already know how much i like to look behind the curtains of a blog and reach out to different bloggers to hear their stories and to chat about experience, when it comes to blogging in general, lifestyle or traveling.
This time i decided to talk to Bex from Futures, who i personally find quite inspiring. She usually writes about food, fashion and beauty. So I wanted to know more about her as a person and successful blogger, as well as her motivation to keep it up.
You might have experienced the lack of inspiration during a really exhausting weeks or even months, when you actually wanted to blog and be creative, but simply didn’t have the needed energy to do so. I’ve read several posts on this subject lately, which made me want to discuss it with Bex and you, my readers today.
You’re an ice cream and Asian food lover, who doesn’t care for clowns or spiders, but shows a big passion for beauty hauls, books, Pinterest and the blogging world.
Q: Tell us, how did you come up with the idea of blogging and why did you decide to write about many different topics, instead of just fashion or beauty?
A: I have always blogged in some shape or form since the age of 14 – maybe not all the time but there would always be a blog of mine somewhere on the net! I then decided to start Futures back in January 2011 when I saw a few of my friends doing it and I told myself I could keep at it – I was right!
Q: What makes your blog stand out in your opinion? And what makes people come back to it over and over again? (Yes, they do!)
A: Aww, thank you! I think it is because I offer a variety of things. Although I do tend to lean more towards the beauty side, I do like to write parenting posts too and I think that is why quite a few of my blogger friends are young mums like me – they can relate as they have the same interests as me.
Q: I know you are quite dedicated to blogging. But when you feel tired, as we all do sometimes, how do you motivate yourself to sit down and write a blog post or even more than one?
A: If I’m really not feeling it, then I will leave it until the next day. I try not to do that if I haven’t actually got a post for the next day (for whatever reason) but sometimes you just need to take a rest. If I really feel like I need to get it done, I normally grab a cuppa, light a candle and play some music which seems to motivate me into getting something written up.
Q: I should mention to my readers, that you’re a young mommy of an almost 2 years old boy, who needs most of your attention, as well as your loved one. So, where do you actually find the time to prepare your posts? Do you always pre-write those for the whole week? What works the best for you?
A: I don’t always pre-write, although I do try to for most posts. The way I look at it is that certain posts can be scheduled in but others which are ‘of the moment’ need to go live once written. I tend to write my posts during Jack’s naptimes or the evening once he has gone to bed. My best time to get any blogging done is when Jack (the baby) is in bed and Steve is on nights – it means I can get as much done as I like because I haven’t got anything else to commit to, except checking in on Jack every now and again.
Q: Have you come across any inspirational books, sites or even fellow bloggers, which motivated you to stay dedicated to blogging and gave you new ideas?
A: Not so much books or sites but I do have a few bloggers who I really look up to:
Kaelah from Little Chief Honeybee is one of my favourites because I want to read absolutely everything she writes, I totally respect her opinion and I just love everything she does.
Someone else I really like is Becky Bedbug as she can write about absolutely anything and make it interesting!
Finally, Miss Makeup Magpie. Gemma is a blogging machine – her photos are fab, her reviews are fantastic and she is so nice too – always urging others to make the best of themselves. (Editor’s note: That’s the pure truth – Gemma IS a blogaholic and a really good one. Have been loving her blog from the very first glimpse!)
Q: What are your Top 3 favorite posts (written by others) that you’ve found motivating and would recommend to us?
A: Fortune Favors The Brave - do things that scare you.
I can’t think of any others although I do love the rest of Kaelah’s Honest To Blog series.
Q: Tell us about the Top 3 posts of your own that might be inspirational for others!
If I only had one more day…- why I support the charities I do.
When is the right time to have another baby? - is timing everything?
Handy Little Tip: Coupons – simple little tip to save some pennies.
Q: Last but not least, a piece of advice: If someone with a family or simply a busy lifestyle would want to start blogging, what would you suggest on doing? What should that person keep in mind?
A: Make sure to get other priorities out-of-the-way first then spend your spare time blogging. It doesn’t have to be all of your spare time but you can’t moan that you aren’t getting any blog posts written if you are sitting in front of the tv, staring into space and twiddling your thumbs.
Utilise your time wisely and you will see results.
There you go, my Beauties. I hope the interview made you think about your own spare time more wisely.
I know for myself, i need to make sure my weekly plan is written down and i know exactly what things i have to accomplish first. I have to tell you, I’m not that much of an organization talent, but i like to make lists…
Until next time – stay beautiful.
(All rights on the images used in this post belong to Bex from Futures.)