A new awesome Tuesday is here, and that means that I will present you another Special guest. I get so amazed by all the different personalities which really inspires me. However, last week I was interviewed by Ellen and today it’s my turn to interview her. As a girl I love to read about fashion and she has a blog that really makes you up to date. Please Welcome Ellen and spread some love.
Hi Ellen, so nice to have you here today! Thanks for accepting my invitation!
Q.1) Can you tell use a little about yourself and what have inspired you to start a blog
So I’m about to graduate film school, and at the moment I’m a full time blogger. Originally Eclectic Ellen was a place to share my thoughts about books I’d read or movies I’d seen, but it quickly moved to a lifestyle blog with an emphasis on fashion.
Q.2) How would you describe your blogging style to someone that never read it?
Eclectic Ellen is really a mix of a lot of things, and it’s kind of a place for inspiration, whether that’s how to wear the latest trend, a recipe, or blogging tips. I try to write very honestly, and from the heart, and I’m not very into rewriting, so I generally write and publish to keep it off the cuff.
Q.3) What do you think is the best service a blogger can provide to his readers?
Ultimately it depends on the blogger, and the blog. I think the best service for a blogger to provide is honesty, especially when reviewing products. Most bloggers will tell you that their opinions are their own, and they don’t work with companies that try to tell them what to write, and I think that’s a really wonderful thing. You feel like you can trust them (in a way that you don’t with traditional advertising) because of that honesty.
Q.4) How long have you been blogging?
I’ve been blogging on and off for years, but Eclectic Ellen is the only one that stuck. I’ve been doing it for nearly a year, although it was very scattered in the beginning. I’m posting about 5 or 6 times a week now, and I love it.
Q.5) What is the easiest about blogging? And what do you find the most difficult?
The easiest thing for me is the actual writing. I mean, sometimes it’s hard and you don’t feel inspired, but once you start writing it really just flows. The most difficult thing about blogging is the numbers. There are so many blogs, and so many bloggers, and some days you kind of wonder what the point of your blog is, especially when no one’s reading it. But then you get a great idea, or a nice comment, and you remember why you’re doing it, and it’s not so bad.
Q.6) What are your goals for your blog?
Well, one of them was to get self hosted, which I now am (yay!). I tend to set quite big goals, like reach 10,000 total page views and 300 followers by the end of the year, which probably won’t happen, but it gives me something to work towards.
Q.7) Is blogging your profession or just a hobby?
At the moment, since I’m not actually making any money from it, I guess it’s a hobby. But I’d really love to be able to be a full time blogger, so it’s kind of a profession too. (Fingers crossed.)
Q.8) A lot of people think that blogging is an easy way to make money online. Do you have some tips for those people who are interested in making money from the blog?
Honestly, if blogging is just a get rich quick scheme to you, then you’re probably not going to find success. Nearly every single blogger out there starts a blog out of love, or something to share, or a desire to write, and then the money comes later. Most of the time it takes a long time and a hell of a lot of work to get to a place where you can make a decent income from your blog, so blogging is something you should do because you love it, not to make money.
Q.9) Who has impacted you most in blogging and how?
Probably my readers. Although I don’t have a huge audience, I do have people leave comments and even if it’s just “I love this look”, it really means a lot. It’s comments and feedback that often shape a blog, and inspire you to keep writing what you love.
Q.10) How much time do you spend blogging?
It varies a lot, mostly because I’m a huge procrastinator with a super short attention span. At the moment it’s a couple of hours a day, probably more if you’re including promotion on social media.
Q.11) What do you do in your spare time?
I love to read, watch movies and TV. I also love to write (fiction), and I’m working on an idea for a novel at the moment. I also like cooking, although I’m not the best and tend to get way too excited and do too much at once.
Q.12) Did you have any professional help or did you created the blog yourself?
Well, both. I messed around for ages with different themes, changing the colours and fonts etc. Then I found the theme I have now on Etsy, bought it, and I’ve been using it ever since. But WordPress is so easy to figure out that you can start publishing within an hour of creating your site.
Q.13) What do you think is the best social media strategy for getting more visitors to a blog? Do you have any other strategy for get more visitors?
I don’t have a huge audience, so I’m definitely not an expert. I know a lot of bloggers use Twitter, and that’s one of their biggest ways to get visitors. I’ve also heard good things about Pinterest, since an image can continue getting seen and pinned for a long time, whereas Twitter and Instagram have a very short shelf life of just a couple of hours. That being said, I do find I get a lot more engagement on Instagram than I do on Twitter, but I don’t think many people from there then come over to the blog.
Q.14) If you had to describe yourself in two words, witch two words it be and why?
I hate questions like this, since it’s impossible to describe someone in just one or two words. Uh, maybe witty and optimistic. (I like to think I’m witty, so I guess that makes me optimistic.)
Q.15) Is there anything else you would like to add?
Thanks for this amazing opportunity Roberta!
Thank you so much for answering my question Ellen. You can visit Ellen awesome blog HERE, Twitter HERE, Instagram HERE and Facebook HERE