I’ll never get enough of answering personal questions. It’s just fun writing about your personal opinion about anything. This time it’s a #YouBlogYou series created by Louisechelle. It’s a link up party that’s sort of like the Liebster, just without the unnecessary “award” word and you know, looking for blogs with a small following (because that’s a real hassle). YouBlogYou is a series for bloggers to answer 11 questions, which would be posted every Tuesday by Louisechelle.
1. What inspired you to blog?
Before blogging I have been writing on my diary since 1st year high school. It’s chock full of stories about friendship, crushes and every stereotypical mishap of a girl going through puberty. I stopped writing my diary when my brother discovered it–my boyscapades and all written in painfully accurate detail, and ratted everything to my mom. I was distraught but at the same time, I felt liberated. I figured if I could survive being found out, I guess there’s nothing to hide anymore.
2. When did you start blogging?
I started a blog on my 3rd year in college, and I’m not sharing my old blog url (sorry, too embarrassing lol). My blog was so personal. I mean, I talked about people I personally knew, but I couldn’t care less. I was half wishing nobody I knew would care to read it and half hoping some stranger would stumble upon it and somehow relate to what I was going through. Over the years, I’ve used the blogging platform as a shock absorber–a way to confront my feelings and release my personal sentiments about everything. Since I had quite a troubled mind back then, I guess I could call blogging my therapy, something that kept me sane. Then I started reading other blogger’s write ups and realized, I’m not the only one getting temporary highs after successfully publishing a blog post. There’s a whole community of people who never ran out of ideas to share and it’s just so fun, I got addicted.
3. What’s the topic you enjoy blogging the most?
I like writing anything that involves personal empowerment, Arts&Design, cool stuff round the internet and ways to enjoy living. I think a lot of female bloggers are into that sort of thing. I love it when people write about things that make them happy and things that inspire others. It’s a win-win situation when you give a part of yourself through your blog and your readers are kept inspired.
4. How long does it usually take you to finish a blog post?
They say that emotion fuels a writer, and I’m like that. The more feeling I put into what I’m writing about, the longer it takes to write. I want to write my blog posts like I want to win an essay contest or something. I want to verbalize as much ME into that post. I want it to be so compelling that it would make me proud when I read it again after a year or two.
5. If you were to name three (3) goals you want your blog to achieve next year, what would it be?
1. A collective of 6000 social media followers and 200 new blog posts
2. To be published on a physical publication (Candy, Meg, Cosmopolitan–my dream magazines)
3. At least 3-5 blog sponsors
6. Does your family know about your blogging career? Why or why not?
Yes. My mom and brother are well aware that I love writing. I’m grateful that they’re really supportive about it especially right now that I stopped working as a nurse and became a fulltime blogger. I’m also an entrepreneur on the side so, they have nothing against me financially, and I could keep on doing what I love best. Besides, they really like it when I bring home loot bags full of free stuff. I don’t talk about blogging a lot to them though. I still want to keep this passion within my personal space.
7. Which blog or blogger inspires you the most?
I really love Gala Darling and MessyNessyChic. Gala Darling is the founder of Radical Self Love movement and I’m eternally grateful her blog awakened me to doing away with self harm and loving myself more. More importantly, her blog was the reason I made my blog my personal therapy, a place of love, gratitude and happiness. Vanessa is a Parisian explorer who’s my ultimate idol in finding cool things around the net. Her blog is full of historical collections, obscurities and things you never knew existed.
8. What is the greatest achievement your blog has received? If you haven’t got any, what would be the achievement you’d want to receive?
I’m not really up for blog awards or anything but I’d really love to be a speaker in blogging seminars, an endorser of empowering events or movements, with the whole blogging community backing me up. The greatest achievement I really want to have is to create a positive change in at least one person. If my blog could transform someone from being an emotional wreck into a person living with a purpose, it’d be worth more than a million awards.
9. What is your best viewed post? Share it with us by providing a hyperlink and a short description about it.
My all time best viewed post was written way back in 2013.
10 Things in a Long Term Relationship
And if you’re curious if my mom read this, yes she did. I was scolded but I regret nothing. haha!
So this post is just to celebrate my very first, and hopefully last, long term relationship. Part of my teenage depression was about dating a lot of guys and getting my heart broken all the time. It made me question whether I’m worth anyone’s love or not. I was just in it for the free food when I met my, now boyfriend of almost 5 years. Despite all my deeply seeded doubts when it comes to commitments, I got to realize why it never worked out with anyone else. My view of “forever” was tarnished, but my belief in “destiny” just got stronger. I just think a lot of people relate to this cheesy list.
10. If you were to give out three (3) advises for newbie bloggers, what would it be?
1. If you’re in it for fame or for money, you’re barking in the wrong industry.
2. Good grammar isn’t mandatory for a great blog post, but please proofread first before publishing. No one’s perfect, and I’m not a grammar nazi, but wrong grammar turns people off most of the time.
3. Copy pasted articles are the worst. If you’re going to blog about anything, make sure it either excites you or you’ve experienced it for yourself. I was guilty of copy pasting posts then but now I realized that copy pasted articles are like half baked cakes, not really worth serving. Instead of copy pasting, try copywriting. It gives out the same message but it’s uniquely your own.
11. If you were to give out three (3) advises for yourself as a blogger, what would it be?
1. Laziness is a bitch. Keep yourself interesting, keep others interested.
2. A little effort on social media, dear.
3. You have written your 2016 goals. Don’t fuckin’ disappoint me. (Yeah, harsh.)
That’s it! I’m looking forward to the next #YouBlogYou series and I couldn’t wait to read yours too! If you happen to read this, please don’t hesitate to drop in a comment and a link to your #YouBlogYou post. Also don’t forget to check out Louisechelle, the woman behind this amazing link party.