The Liebster Award is an award meant to give more exposure to growing blogs. This has always been a great way to recognize other writers in the blogging community and it just perpetuates the support in the space to keep sharing a unique perspective and storytelling through various mediums and themes. I can’t think of a better way to pay it forward than help other blogs nab the exposure they deserve.
Thank you, Lizzie, for my nomination! Also, I appreciate you for lighting a fire under my butt to get back to writing here. Lizzie writes for her blog, Photosynthesis206, the title of which I like to think of as homage to our native Seattle. I went to college with Lizzie and she has inspired me to stick to my voice and write unapologetically. Lizzie’s also a badass chick who just quit her job at a huge tech company to pursue her passion for yoga and explore all that blogging has to offer. Kudos to this boss lady.
Lizzie’s questions actually turned out to be quite timely since I’ve been going through this writing existential crisis dredged up by my return to reading and reengagement with creative writing. Here’s what’s on my mind:
How did you get into blogging?
I started blogging in college as a way to channel a bunch of creative energy into a physical space. At the same time, I was in a creative writing class (as a business major!) so writing without rules or criteria was important to me.
What are some of your favorite blogging tools?
I have two new favorite blog tools: CoSchedule and Afterlight. CoSchedule is a premium content-scheduler/publisher that syncs WordPress up to your social media accounts to publish content. And they just recently integrated with Pinterest which is where my blog gets a good amount of traffic. As a planner, CoSchedule has become necessary for keeping organized. My second favorite tool is the app, Afterlight, which I’ve been using to edit pictures for posts, social media, and for personal use. All I can say about it is “HOLY FILTERS.” And that it’s totally worth $.99.
How much time to you spend on your blog per week?
When I first started writing for my old blog, I was posting 5 days a week. But these days I’ve been trying to get myself back on a 3-posts-a-week schedule, which is proving to be a struggle with my work and social life. I find that writing brand new content is actually easier than it used to be – I have a lot on my mind! But it’s the link generation and collage-creating that is taking up a lot of time. Which is funny because that was the most interesting part of the creative process when I was in college.
What’s something about blogging that surprised you?
Something about blogging that has surprised me is the extent of the blogging community. Even recognitions like the Liebster Award exemplify that. When I first started blogging I had no idea I’d work with a variety of brands or collaborate with so many in the space. That’s been truly amazing. It’s great to see how many other bloggers love to collaborate with you and are willing to share tips and advice to help you grow.
If you’ve worked with brands, which brand has been your favorite and why?
My favorite brand I worked with was Simple & Crisp when I was writing for my old blog. They make these awesome fruit crisps which are great for charcuterie plates and, I’ve found more recently, for mixing with cocktails . They’re also local to Seattle so working with them definitely made me nostalgic for home.
What’s one of the hardest parts for you about blogging?
I know I mentioned time as a struggle but another struggle of mine is the battle between creating original and authentic content versus what I want to write about. There are several days where I want to write about an awesome outfit I put together for a dinner with girlfriends. But then I think about how many posts there are about Ladies Night Out already floating around the Internet. My other struggle is discussing more real, personal topics that are more thought-provoking. Which brings up the question: how much is too much and what’s too personal of a lifestyle blog?
What’s your favorite food?
My favorite food is probably Italian food. I studied abroad in Florence so I definitely miss eating pasta every day for lunch (and being able to not gain weight from it!). I’ve been eyeing this new cookbook to reignite that spark for cooking pastas and other Italian-style dishes.
If you could change one thing about the blogging world, what would it be?
This started as a tough question but I think that for a lot of bloggers, it can be difficult to open up and just be vulnerable on a public platform. I’m sure many bloggers start writing with the intention of sharing a part of their world but often hit a wall. “Is this post too personal?” or “What will people think if I write this?”. I should also mention that there are a lot of cruel people both online and offline that have very strong opinions about anything and everything, which can be very intimidating for someone new to blogging. So I guess the one thing I would change about the blogging world is blogger insecurity. Think about all the content we would have if we wrote unapologetically!
What are three things that you think make a blog great?
1) Authenticity. Write what you know. And be true to yourself. It’s seriously as simple as that – and a whole lot more compelling.
2) Personal touches. It’s one thing to write a killer post and create awesome content but it’s another for the blogger to engage with their readers. Whether that be by responding to comments or giving them social media love, those sorts of gestures can go a long way and keep readers engaged.
3) Solid Content. Maybe this is because of my background in marketing but I think that compelling content can go a long way and make even the simplest blog look great. This includes putting time into writing thoughtful posts, being detailed when it comes to building collages, and so on and so forth. I honestly think this is what keeps readers hungry and clicking through for more.
What do you do when you aren’t blogging?
When I’m not blogging I’m probably thinking about blogging or writing. But most likely brunching, working, or Soulcycling.
What is your spirit animal?
I’m starting to think that leopards are my new spirit animal mainly because I admire their silent determination. I’ve also noticed that I’m attempting to incorporate more and more leopard prints into my wardrobe and around my apartment.
Now for the fun part…
Rules for the Liebster Award:
- Thank the blog that nominated you on a post in your blog.
- Answer the questions asked by the blog that nominated you.
- Nominate 5-11 other new bloggers.
- Create 11 new questions for the nominees to answer.
- Notify all nominees via social media
- Olivia Johnson – Baubles to Bubbles – I met Olivia through blogging a while back andhave loved her content ever since
- Ally Archer – Go Seek Explore – A dear friend from college and an avid traveler
- Meaghan Webster – Meags Eggs – I met Meaghan in college and am jealous of her D.C. life and all the food she’s been eating!
- Jenna Ramirez – Eat Drink Love Jenna – A foodie friend of mine who keeps me hungry as I Insta and helps with SF food recs
- Lauren Mizrahi – Live Happy Inspired – A fellow PNW native living in SF whom I discovered through Instagram
Questions for My Nominees
- What inspired you to start your blog?
- What’s been the biggest challenge for you blogging or writing?
- Where do you find inspiration for writing?
- How involved in the blogging/writing community are you?
- What inspired your blog’s theme?
- How has blogging changed your perspective on everyday life?
- How do you stay organized to balance blogging and real life obligations?
- How do you power through writer’s block?
- What are some of your favorite Instagram accounts you follow?
- Books: What are you currently reading or looking to start reading?
- What’s the one place in the world you would travel to if you were to go by yourself?