Hello my lovelies! For a little while, I’ve been thinking about doing an interview with someone who inspires me to keep at it with blogging, to push myself even when I feel like giving it up (I’m sure we’ve all had days like that!) and who generally just brightens my mood! I met Charlie at The Blogger’s Hub event a few months ago and immediately felt that I had met someone important – in her own way, as well as to me! I asked her some questions that I think would not only benefit myself, but benefit everybody who aspires to be a great blogger. Without further yapping from me, we’ll get on to the interview!
About Charlie –
Hi there! My name is Charlie and I am a twenty-one-year-old wannabe full-time blogger from London!
I could go into how I run a lifestyle, fashion and beauty blog / YouTube channel, and how I spend hours on the perfect flat lays and clothing collages, but realistically it just is not true. You are probably like “oh bore off, another lifestyle and beauty blog” – but let me tell you why mine differs!
My blog and channel are all about being the real me in the hopes I can relate to others out there on the World Wide Web. I want readers and watchers to have a little laugh as they read my posts and watch my videos, feeling like they actually know the real person behind it.
I know everyone says that, but do you really feel like you can relate to the girls who have a full blown skincare routine, that squat every day and have avocado on toast for breakfast? Because I definitely know I can’t. I am just doing what I can with the fact I am proud if I brush my hair at least once a day!
So screw the bullet journals (too much effort) and fancy Instagram themes (I still haven’t got a Scooby doo what they even are), I talk about life in the real world for a 21-year-old girl who is trying to find her way and has really no clue what she is doing. I mean, who really knows right?!
1. Starting off simple – how long have you had the blog, and what initially made you start it?
I first set up my blog in April this year after setting up my YouTube channel. I had decided to give vlogging a go, and then I realised how wide the blogging world actually was. It was at that point I thought, ‘that’s a bit of me! Get me involved!’
2. What’s your favourite thing about blogging/vlogging?
I know everyone says it but it has to be the freedom it gives you. It has allowed me to fully be myself without worrying about being judged! My other favourite thing is the fact that I’ve met so many amazing people through doing it (such as your lovely self), and everyone is so supportive even though they’ve never met me! That to me, will never get old.
3. You’ve mentioned your anxiety before – how does blogging help with that?
Blogging has helped me massively with my mental health as a whole! I have spoken out and I started blogging / vlogging as a way to push myself into uncomfortable situations where I feel vulnerable as a way to help me face my issues.
As I said above, the beauty of blogging is that you can just be you. You can write and say what you want, and that freedom allows me to feel the release of a build up of anxious feeling!
4. What do you do to find inspiration when it’s lacking?
I struggle with lacking inspiration quite a lot – mainly due to the fact that I like being relatable to people and so want to write posts / film videos people will enjoy and find useful!
To find inspiration, I do something very counterproductive – I don’t do anything. I take some time for me to chill, remind myself my blog will still be there tomorrow, and then let that personal time inspire me. I just think that sitting there trying to force ideas never works for anybody!
5. How much time do you spend on your blog a week? Do you set time every week to write/film or is it more get up and do it when you feel like it?
As blogging and YouTube are just a hobby, I very much like to treat it like one. As much as I’d love to be more organised with them, I only get up and do it when I feel like it! If I force myself it doesn’t feel right and then I’m not happy with the content produced. Overall, I would say I spend around 5-10 hours a week on my blog / YouTube channel, which I know isn’t very much, but life butts in a lot!
6. My personal favourite thing about you/your blog is that you come across very confident, you’re brave and unashamed of who you are (an amazing person!) and you’re so lighthearted and bubbly, you often brighten my mood! What do you look for in other people’s blogs? What determines whether you’ll follow a person and keep up to date with their posts?
Thank you so much – that makes me so happy to read!!
I look for someone who I feel I can relate to! I love blogs where I feel like they are just having a chat with me and are completely being themselves. I will follow you all day long if you make me laugh with your brutal honesty and no nonsense attitude! I will literally read anything that person posts from then on, even if they reviewed a banana – I would probably love it!
7. What would your advice be for new bloggers?
My advice would be to try not to feel overwhelmed! It is so easy to get disheartened when comparing yourself to the thousands of bloggers that are already out there. The best thing to remember is that your blog is for you, and as long as you produce good content and enjoy it (that is SO important!), you will grow with time!
8. You’ve mentioned your work and training, exams etc, do you find it difficult to juggle work and the blog? How do you overcome issues with time?
Absolutely – I find it extremely difficult! I work full time and had to use my free time to study, so throwing in a blog and YouTube channel into the mix was not my smartest idea!
The way I overcome timing issues is to set realistic expectations of myself when it comes to my blog and again, remembering it is a hobby! If I miss work or exam deadlines it will be pretty bad, but it isn’t the end of the world if a post goes up late at this stage! I am sure my readers don’t mind or care that much 😉
9. What are your long term goals for blogging and vlogging?
In all honesty, it would be a dream come true to be able to work for myself and make a living blogging & vlogging! To be able to make such an enjoyable hobby a career is like the ultimate goal. They say dream big – so why not!
Failing that, my long term goals would be to just keep enjoying it as much as I do now! Me finding a hobby I actually stick to is a big deal for me, so that would be fab!
10. Social media is a huge part of blogging too, what do you use and how do you use it effectively?
I mainly use Twitter! I find it easiest to interact with everyone and promote my content, and getting involved in Twitter chats helps with building a following massively! I also use Facebook & Bloglovin’, and occasionally Instagram. I wish I understood / liked Instragram more, but we just don’t get along!
Scheduling is definitely the way forward – I don’t like to overkill it, but it is handy for when you know you will be out of action. Scheduling tweets to post when you are asleep help to catch some American readers too I find!
11. Fitness! You’re a pole dancer and now training for the marathon, pretty inspiring if I say so! What fitness routine do you have to keep up with it all? Have you planned your marathon training yet? Tell me a bit about why you’ve chosen Mind!
I will be really honest with you, I am the most unorganised person so no, I have no routine and no idea what I am doing haha! I plan to use the 16 week training plan the London Marathon website provides to “get you round the course” – so I will just do casual running until the new year and then follow that all the way to April!
I still can’t believe it is happening, and to run for Mind is such a massive achievement for me in itself. The charity is so inspiring in the work it has done for mental health, and having experienced it myself, I know just how hard it can be. So this was my way of doing my bit and giving back! Too bold? I completely agree haha!