Hi Fashion Addicts!
Its time for the feature of Blogger of the Month!
This March I bring you the non-typical fashion blogger, her name is Ana (I know best name ever right?!). She is from the UK and I love love love her outfits. She is very fashion forwards and out there when it comes to trends. But what I love the most about Ana is that her posts are full of rich arguments about her opinions of things that are going on around the world. Her posts are not the typical experience or tips on trends, although if you really want to know how to mix prints and trends in general, you need to follow her. She enriches her audience with articles that create controversy and arguments among her followers.
If this got you curios about her read the interview below to get to know her more!
What made you decide to create your blog?
Growing up I had always followed blogs but never made the decision to start my own because I was in full time education. Come university graduation, I was finally ready to start my own blog and it has been a whirlwind journey. I have been very ill for a few years and the blog was my way of coping and expressing myself in a way that I could not necessarily do in person and it felt good to share my experiences with others. I am ( at least before blogging) a very private person and often would dismiss and ignore problems but my blog forces me to acknowledge them and recognize that I need to look after myself before I help others. Blogging has opened my eyes to a new world and challenged personal and social boundaries to the extreme but I would not have it any other way. I am proud to call myself a blogger and wanted to challenge social perspectives on the nature of blogging as an occupation. I have been questioned to what exactly I do all day with some people implying that I just sit on my arse and that is not the case. Blogging is hard work and a lot to deal with when you have other responsibilities too. I wanted my blog to be a platform for the voiceless, oppressed by society for being different and in many ways I am an outsider. I don’t follow the crowd and am very vocal on important issues like body image, abuse, bullying and more prevalent political issues affecting our society today. I also write about fashion but often my fashion articles are rooted in historical/social/political/
Do you consider your blog a full-time job? Or do you have any other job? If so, what is it?
I work insane hours especially since I am early to rise and late to sleep and suffer from insomnia. So while the people I live with are sleeping I am up at 3 am scribbling away or completing blog threads because I can’t sleep and it is the perfect time to start blogging when there is noone to distract me. I work three jobs including my blogging which I consider a full time job, and am a freelance journalist, fashion & lifestyle blogger with a passion for advocating social issues and a nanny and primary/secondary school tutor- specifically English. I take the kids to school in the morning and then attend blog events, write future blog posts, reply to emails, write articles for other companies and create meetings with PR/Brands/Photographers and edit photoshoots. During this time I also take time to manage my social media and plan shoot outfits and locations. After picking the kids up I am either working on my blog, working in general or attending blog events and meeting up with friends. I have a very strong work ethic and can sometimes become slightly obsessed because I live, breathe and am ‘work’. I love to go out and have fun with my friends too and meet new bloggers. I have even met some of my fans and we have become good friends.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? And where do you see your blog?
In five years I want to be able to publicly advocate for social minorities and campaign to make the lives of others better. I want to start creating my own blog events and travel the world meeting some of my fans along the way. I am not asking for fame but I do want prestige so that I can help those in need. I want my blog to become a safe haven for those who have been through some dark times and sprinkle some positivity into their lives. I have always been career minded from a young age and I am hoping that my blog will showcase journalistic prowess and work alongside my freelance journalism. I want to expand on my clientele and work for some magazines and sites that I admire. I am also thinking about turning my blog into an online magazine although I may open that up as a seperate venture which would be split into fashion, social issues and debates which is central to my ethos as a brand and blogger. I would love to launch my own clothing range and although I can’t draw to save my life I have ideas that would work very well and open up a new sense of style to a mass audience.
Do you have any piece of advice for new bloggers or girls/boys hesitating about opening one?
Be sure that becoming a blogger is your ‘everything’, this is no 9-5 job and you will face some adversity and hardships but it is worth it if you know this is what you want to do. Some people choose to do blogging as a hobby which is completely fine but for those wanting to go full time I urge you to ‘look past the freebies’. Do not accept opportunities that do not fit your brand simply because you get something for free or it is paid because at the end of the day your readers will know when you are being authentic and when you are not. Some people I know tried becoming bloggers because they thought it was the luxurious lifestyle portrayed in the media and its not. It takes time, blood sweat and tears to build up your blog and following but remember it does not matter how many followers you have. All that matters is that you be true to yourself and the readers will soon come pouring in. Use social media groups and interact with other bloggers because blogging can become alienating so remember to keep being social.
If you wish to read Ana’s blog Faded Spring click here!