Happy Monday all! Thought I’d ease into the week with a tag that I’ve seen floating around recently. It’s so interesting to take a step back from the community and look at what blogging has evolved into over the years. I’m now in my third (and counting) year of writing this blog and, until I sat down to write this post, hadn’t given most of these questions a second thought. Feel free to carry the tag over to your own blogs too, I saw this on ASHLLYD and would love to hear your responses. ♥
When did you start your blog?
I founded Daisybutter in October 2009 but in its formative weeks and months, I didn’t have any focus for posts, topics or even an online ‘voice’.
So I took a back seat, read some of the very first blogs I ever discovered (Pearls and Poodles, Zoella and Sophie Is Made Up, FYI!) and eventually began sharing my own everyday style and student musings properly in January 2010.
Have you had any other online presences?
I’ve been online ever since my Mama first installed our AOL dial-up!
Anyone remember those tinny email notifications and ‘write your own story’ page on AOL? I started out, community wise, on Neopets, then Bebo and Xanga, moving over to Livejournal and MySpace where I had one of those amateur graphic and layout sites, dabbled briefly with the Soompi and AsianFanatics forums, and over to Facebook and Tumblr…
I like the Internet, okay?!
Why did you start a blog?
I knew pretty early on, aged around 14, that I wanted to write about fashion and style, and hey presto, these seemed like a fun way to get started. Creating my own content and making it all look pretty on-screen? Yes pur-lease.
When did you become serious about starting a blog?
I’ve never taken blogging ‘seriously’ as such. I kinda roll with the punches, prioritising it as a main hobby because I really don’t like leaving the house, and ideas for posts always slide into my mind, no matter what I’m doing.
I looked forward to coming home from Uni and writing about my outfit, how I put it together, how Uni was or wasn’t working out for me.
What was your first post?
My first post (now archived!) was an outfit post featuring a pair of floral Topshop culottes that I still have today!
My first post in January 2010 after the reboot was my Burberry Prorsum runway report, now also a draft! I didn’t think too much about a first post or ‘introductory’ post, which is a real shame now that I think about it.
What has been your biggest challenge about blogging?
Hmm, this fluctuates on a weekly basis!
Back at Uni, it was the challenge of knowing where I stood as a blogger, learning very quickly about the business side of things, and balancing blogger events and networking alongside my studies.
I studied Writing Fashion and Culture at Southampton Solent University, and networking at events and being surrounded by the industry was SO valuable for some of my modules. Then it meandered off into challenges with anonymous commenters, to keeping up with my emails, and currently my challenge is fitting blogging consistently and ‘well’ around full-time employment.
Where do you see your blog in one year?
I would love to see Daisybutter expand into new territories and audiences. Of course I’d love to expand my readership a little, but I’d also love to shape it into more of an online destination, somewhere that my readers can read a blog post but also get more out of being on my site.
I’d love to meet more bloggers and see new places with my blog too!
What is the most discouraging thing that has happened to you?
I get discouraged when I receive less comments than average, which is probably pretty odd! I’m an avid and serial blog commenter and love having that interaction with my readers, but there are midweek points where comment numbers are lower and I get worried that people no longer enjoy my content.
What’s your lasting inspiration/motivation?
I’m inspired and motivated by the pace at which the blogosphere evolves.
It’s kinda fascinating to see the media shift so phenomally from print to digital, and notice just how influential bloggers are becoming. I mean, runway collections now take note of the way bloggers put outfits together. I’ve spied YouTubers on big-name adverts, and I’ve begun to carve my freelance career via my own blog.
Post your own response to this tag and let me know in the comments – I’d love to hear about your blogging experiences.