Ever feel zapped of inspiration? Creatively challenged? Or somewhat lost? We all do at times but I’ve found the best way to overcome these feelings is to pick the brain of those of around us and you never know what inspiration may arise.
Each week, style etcetera will feature a blogger that we enjoy, look up to and that certainly has their creative juices flowing… all in the name of style – and blogging, of course.
Name and blog:
Emily Dick, editor of whyhellobeauty.com
What prompted you to start Why Hello Beauty?
A love of beauty and I was just felt like my instagram (@whyhellobeauty) wasn’t a big enough platform to share all my thoughts and images!
Is it your full-time gig or do you have another job? If so, what is it? And how, if at all, does one help you with the other?
I work full time in administration and spend night-times blogging away, thanks to a lot of soy lattes (and the odd RedEye)!
Where do you find your inspiration?
I follow a whole LOT of blogs from mediamarmalade.com to sheissarahjane.com.au, thecourtneykerr.com and cashmereandcupcakes.com, as well as a great deal of local Aussie bloggers who provide endless inspiration and great reads. Instagram and Pinterest are THE best way to lose a few hours and have a million ideas pop up in your head!
What is your favourite thing to blog about?
I have a real love of makeup so reviews and hauls are fun but I am finding myself learning and creating more hairstyles, which is thanks to my awesome hairdresser prompting me along the way! A recent personal laser tattoo removal story was a little intimidating to post but actually holds the highest amount of daily views and reader interaction. See it at whyhellobeauty.com/laser–tattoo-removal/
I was thrilled to recently interview Katrina Lawrence, a huge face of Australian beauty and magazines, after being a fan for so many years and keeping an eye on what she was up – whether it was online editor of primped.com.au or freelancing for Elle magazine. She shared with me her current beauty faves and totally had me fangirling!
I’ve also interviewed Megan from thequintessentials.com and Marjohn from Kelly Baker Brows in the US which were both beyond exciting!
My newest goal is to interview Emily Schuman from Cashmere and Cupcakes as her blog is one of all time favorites and I have followed Emily for so long through various social media.
Did you have a mentor and/or regularly network?
Jaclyn from blogsociety.com provides endless inspiration and ideas for bloggers, through daily emails/BlogSociety facebook group and is always sharing her knowledge on all things blogging/advertising/sharing ideas and people to follow.
What is your biggest stumbling block?
Time is definitely a hard thing to manage when working full-time. My goal is to post new content daily but this is just not achievable with life getting in the way! If I can post 3-4 times a week and I am proud of what I am publishing, then I am content.
What are your goals for the future?
Again, I would love to collaborate with Emily from CashmereandCupcakes.com.au one day but also just continuing to provide constant interesting and relevant content for my readers. If one day I can blog full-time comfortably and have the fan base to do so, I would be a happy gal!
What advice would you give to someone starting out on their blogging journey?
Just do it, if you enjoy what you are writing about then you will enjoy the process. The blogging community is really helpful and friendly to newbies and the connections you can make through blogging are invaluable.
Blogging is a craft that is continually changing and improving which is really fun to see your content evolve through the years. Make sure you flick through Blog Inc. by Joy Cho if you are just starting out, this book breaks down all confusing terms like SEO, pingbacks, statistics and so much more. I re read this book every few months!