Tags are one of those things that often can take a lot of time, but it's really fun because you get to know more about the blogger than just them writing the content which we all know and love. The lovely Rikki from Luscious Lane mentioned doing this such a long time ago, and has finally got around to doing it - I said from the start I'd be so interested so here it goes!
Why and when did you start blogging?
Round about a year and a half ago. The first blog I ever read was Kayleigh's over at Couture Girl on how to create a messy bun (I still suck at it today), reading her content, then her followers content made me want to start writing my own blog on Blogger rather than the little ramblings I had going on from Tumblr. Then I kinda went from there, it was a place of my own, able to write what I want about anything I wanted to.
What gives you inspiration for blog posts?
I don't really get inspiration from anything, I tend to spend time blogging about the things that I feel are relevant to me and readers. Whether that be a lifestyle post based on uni or the latest product out; often enough my posts are more rambles than inspired content. More often than not though, that being said Pinterest often makes me want to delve into beauty posts far more than what I already do.
What advice would you give to people starting out?
Blog because you want to, not because there's a community you feel like you have to be apart of. If you just want to read blogs, then read them don't feel pressured into having a blog because of others. Also don't feel pressured into buying all the new and latest products, you'll only break the bank; blog about products you already have if that's the content you're going for. Blogging is fun, don't ever feel like it's a chore, if you don't post for a week so what, you do have a life away from your computer/laptop, it's no big deal if you miss a few weeks even. I didn't blog for a month, readers can be loyal so I've found! A 101% must, be social media active and use the same name throughout everything if possible, my blog name includes my middle name but everything else is 'bethanyfell' - other bloggers can find you easier than way, take part in chats too if you feel like it, can pick up some good advice.
What is the best thing about being a blogger?
Knowing that I actually have a hobby that not many of my friends have. Networking is my ultimate fave though, god I sound like such a geek. Being a blogger and using the #lbloggers #bbloggers #fbloggers, you can chat to so many like-minded individuals out there around the world at times, often gaining advice, rambling about the latest products out or sometimes ranting and raving about Katie Hopkins - now that is a favourite. Networking opens up so many doors and so does being a blogger, no matter what your follower rating is!
What do your friends and family think about you being a blogger?
My Dad thinks it's great, when he once read a post about uni he said how well written it was and I was shocked he'd even found my blog but he's been following it on Google+ which I feel is really supporting, knowing my closest family member has my back and helps me as much as possible. Not many of my friends know that I have a blog, some do but I kinda like keeping it a secret from them, yet those who know and have read it say how it's a different side to me and often find it quite engaging. The boyfriend on the other hand wasn't too supportive, he doesn't understand, thinks it's a load of shit so I tend to stay quiet about it now.
Is blogging how you pictured it to be?
Kinda yeah, I knew it'd be difficult to pick up readers because I wasn't 100% sure on how to market my blog at first and with me studying business I know new projects can take a while to pick up. If I'm being 100% honest, I didn't realise how much time it would take for me to gain some followers, not that it bothered me because I enjoy blogging whether anyone reads it or not. Once I started getting a few comments here and there, it was like my hard work was paying off but still have to keep pushing to get my blog out there.
Are they any bloggers that you feel deserve more readers / have you made any friends through blogging?
There are so many and far too talented bloggers to name them all, but I feel the three that deserve some huge recognition are: Amy over at Style Storms, Lo on Notebook 54 and Chantelle at Chantelle Hudson.
Talking about making friends I haven't really made any friends as such, but there are some I can strike up a conversation with pretty quickly and easy. The one thing I've found through blogging is when you need advice whether it be to do with blogging or personal problems, there are some genuine lovely bloggers out there who are willing to jump at the chance to help you.
What inspired your blog name?
I desperately needed a change, for the life of me I cannot remember what my old blog name was and I don't intend to find out either as there's an obvious reason as to why it's changed! Wanted something simple and easy to remember, so stuck with my name and initials yet when someone asks what my blogs called instead of saying B M F I'll say bumf which sounds so funny.
Honestly, I've got no idea who to tag there's so many bloggers I'd love to see do this so if you decide to take part definitely give us a shout on twitter @bethanyfell and leave a comment!