Hey all! Today I’m taking part in a blog tour for the launch of Ella Marie’s blog, February Fairy.
I LOVE interviewing other bloggers, so I’ll be interviewing her here, then you’ll get all the links for where more awesomeness is going on. <3
Welcome, Ella! It’s great to have you here. First things first: what inspired you to start your blog?
My older sister, Sarah. She had a blog for a little while, but then sort of dropped it. Before she left for collage we started a blog together, called Pip and Lolly. It was mostly a way of keeping connected and showing each other what was going on. But after a while, our excitement about it fizzled out. After all, texting is a much easier form of communication.
Now for even more backstory. A few months prior to starting Pip and Lolly, I had auditioned for an American Girl short film. I ended up getting to the top five girls, which meant people all over the world could vote for who they thought should get the role. It was a super exciting time for me. In the end, I didn’t get the role, but it was still an amazing experience.
I know, how does an audition relate to a blog? Well, I found out a blogger (Doll Days) had said they voted for me. I was really honored and started following their blog out of appreciation. A month or two later, I found Katie Grace’s blog, A Writer’s Faith. It was so pretty and she was interacting with so many people. I loved the idea of having complete strangers read and enjoy my writing. So I dug up our old blog and began posting again. And that’s the story of how my blogging journey began.
Wow! That’s quite an amazing story. What is your favorite thing about blogging?
Definitely interacting with other bloggers. I love having people comment on my posts, and discovering new blogs. It makes me feel like a part of something bigger than myself.
I can definitely relate to that 😀 What’s the hardest thing about blogging for you?
Coming up with original content. Sometimes it feels like everything has been said before. I always try to remember what Asha Dornfest once said: “I think new writers are too worried that it has all been said before. Sure it has, but not by you.”
Every blogger should probably keep that in mind 😛 Now what are your favorite blogs?
There are so many blogs I love, but some of my favorites are…
. Audrey Caylin
. Charis Rae
. Liv a Little
. Notebooks and Novels
. The Ups and Downs
. Totally Graced
And so many more.
I’ll have to go check out some of those I haven’t heard of! (and thank you! 🙂 ) Imagine you’re planning an event where you get to meet all your Internet friends. What would it be like?
Oh my gosh, this would be so much fun. There would be lots of pizza, because what’s a party without pizza? Actually, I think I’d just have everyone bring food, like a potluck. It would be in the evening, preferably in early fall or summer. There would be pretty fairy lights, swing dance music, and a campfire. I’d love to have it somewhere with a lot of land, so we could play capture the flag. A swimming pool would also be fabulous. The idea of this literally makes me giddy.
Aaaah I want to come asdjfkl; Especially if there’s pizza and fairy lights…. *gets serious again* What’s the best advice you’ve ever received about blogging?
This is hard. There’s always, ‘Be yourself’, which can be helpful and confusing. The real flesh and blood, me, doesn’t say flesh and blood. The real me almost faints at the sight of blood. The real me has bad grammar and laughs at everything. The real me loves being with crowds of people I know, but feels awkward when she meets new people. The real me doesn’t hardly talk about my blog, and blushes when her sister brings it up.
But the internet me, uses excellent grammar (I hope), doesn’t mind telling people about her blog and is generally… Different. I think everyone has their unique differences, and if we just write, they will flow into our writing naturally. It’s okay for other bloggers to have the same header as you. If you like yours, keep it! Honestly, ‘Be yourself’, is the best advice out there. In the end, I’d rather look back at myself for maybe being similar to others, and happy, than totally different and unnatural.
Awesome! Now for the last question: what would you tell someone else who wanted to start a blog?
Um, see above. 😛 Make your content readable. Read though your posts at least twice before publishing. Interact with other bloggers. The number of followers you have doesn’t matter. Talk about what actually interests you, and don’t conform to a mold. If you have a book blog, but don’t actually read that much, change it! If you don’t enjoy writing about something, then don’t.
Wonderful advice! Thank you for stopping by today, Ella. I can’t wait to see where your new blog goes!
Here’s a bit about the lovely blogger herself:
Ella Marie is a teen lifestyle blogger with a passion for inspiring other girls. She is a Christian, ENFP, aspiring actress, night owl. and lover of lemons and ice cream (not together of course). If you enjoy simple encouragement or are ready to dance to Meghan Trainor songs with her, then she’s ready to rock the world with you!
And be sure to go stalk follower her:
Finally, the blog tour is going on for the rest of the week, so be sure to go check out these other awesome peeps and the posts they’ll be doing:
Ilsa – Twitter post
Audrey Caylin – Blogger interview
Seriah – Twitter post
Michaila – Author interview
Abbiee – Instagram post
Totally Graced – Twitter post
Two Girls, Two Mountains – Blogger interview and mini guest post
Charis – blog mention
Abbiee – Twitter post
Megan – Blogger interview/discussion
Sasha – Blogger interview
Abbiee – Facebook post
Finally, a big thank you to Ella for asking me to participate in her blog launch! Now…go follow her 😉