I do love a good blogger story and will be highlighting some very special bloggers partly to show how very different bloggers are despite sharing a lot of the same joys and challenges of this particular art form.
Today I meet Rhian Westbury and I hope you enjoy her sharing her individual blogging story.
Why did you start your blog?
I started my blog because I was doing a lot of freelance work for clients and will I loved writing I didn’t always enjoy having a brief and an outline of the style and content. I wanted somewhere where I was the creative controller so I began writing and it evolved from there.
How did you feel when you started blogging?
I felt relieved to have an outlet but I didn’t really do anything properly. My images were rubbish, I had no schedule and would sometimes go weeks (or even a month or so) without a post.
How do you feel about blogging today?
Ultimately I feel proud about blogging today as I know how far I have come with my skills involved such as social media management, photography, organizational planning and other areas. And while I post 5 times a week (sometimes more when it’s busy) I still love it.
What is your proudest achievement related to blogging?
I would probably say it would have been being picked to go on a four day trip to Ischia a few months back. I applied on Twitter and didn’t think much of it but when I got the email offer I thought it was fake to begin with but it hit me that someone had chosen me for whatever reason be it social stats or my blog and liked it enough.
What is the most exciting event you have attended as a blogger?
For my normal blog I haven’t really been to many events, just two in the last month. But I also edit a large music website and through that I have been to a number of festivals and I’d say the most exciting event would have had to be Download Festival.
Do you monetize your blog and if so how?
I do monetize my blog to some extent but only through sponsored posts with brands who fit my blog and are a natural interesting fit. I have tried affiliate work but never found it to work before but it’s something I need to look into.
What do you find most challenging about blogging?
Trying to keep on top of everything. As I work full-time and I am a music website editor, alongside wanting to spend time with friends, family, my boyfriend etc I find it can be tough managing my time. But it’s worth it.
What surprised you most about blogging?
How time consuming it is. It’s not just writing a post and clicking publish there’s so much more to do such as taking the right photo, optimizing your post, scheduling social media, promoting and so much more.
How do you balance blogging and family life?
I balance blogging with a full-time job in marketing by using my time wisely. I blog and do admin before work in the mornings, I am productive at lunchtime and scheduling is my friend. I batch take photos, batch schedule social media so I can have time off when I need it to enjoy life.
What would lead you to giving up blogging?
I can’t actually imagine not blogging. I think the only reason I would give it up would be if I had a health issue and physically wasn’t able to, although even then I’d like to think blogging would be a good outlet.
What is your top tip for a new or inexperienced blogger?
Buy your own domain straight away. They’re so cheap so it’s not a huge investment but it means you can start building your DA right from the start as opposed to when you change over a year after you start.
You can also find Rhian on Instagram and Twitter @Rswstbry