It’s hard to believe, but this is the last instalment of Meet The Blogger in August which means Autumn, Halloween and of course Christmas are literally peeking around the corner! Anyway I digress, today it’s all about Victoria from Vic’s Online Blog as I chat to her to find out all about the inspiration and ideas behind her website. Check out her interview below and be sure to use the links to visit her blog and social media too.
Tell us a bit about yourself and your blog
I am 17 years old and I am currently studying politics, geography and economics for A levels. I also currently have a part time job, and I live in Dorset, in the UK. My hobbies include playing the guitar and singing (not very well), exploring nature and taking too many photos as well as of course blogging.
I suppose that my blog was initially somewhere where I would write about a wide range of topics, from mental health and lifestyle to political affairs and news reports. However I have now tried to develop a bit of a niche where I have narrowed down my content to talking mainly about social and political issues.
Currently I am writing a series post about the demoralisation of the working class in Britain, while I also recently uploaded a post about things which I feel we all should have learned over the time of this pandemic including over lockdown (though it looks like there could be another lockdown at some point, but lets hope things get under more control…).
How long have you been blogging?
Well, I started my blog back in January 2019, although I only really began properly dedicating myself to writing frequently on this back in March/April. Therefore I suppose I am pretty new to all of this, and while I do wish that I had started earlier, I am so glad that went about doing one in the end.
What or who inspired you to create your blog?
I suppose a good number of things and people have inspired me to do so. Initially it was back when I was 15 while doing journalism work experience in Bristol. As there a few people on my work experience suggested to me that it would be of benefit to begin a blog. Then more recently a few more people suggested to me that I ought to begin a blog, considering that I still wanted to go into journalism, therefore I thought that it would be about time to get into it!
Another thing which has inspired me, is a kind of strong desire to get my views and feelings down on paper (well on a computer). Because though I am a rather quiet person, due to being both introverted and socially anxious, at the same time I suppose that I am pretty opinionated. Therefore I find that having a blog is a great platform to express myself, while reading other people’s posts further inspires me to keep on going, because it is such a brilliant community.
What’s your favourite thing about running your blog?
Like I already said, I like being able to express myself. While it is also the satisfaction having finished off a post, and being able to upload it on my page, knowing that I have given it my best and that I have made my point, even if very few people read it.
Meanwhile it is enjoyable to read other people’s posts to gain an insight into their views and experiences.
How do you stay motivated?
I suppose that if I don’t put in a certain amount of effort in whatever I am trying to focus on, after a while I do naturally tend to feel guilty, so this is helpful in ensuring that I maintain creating content on here. Meanwhile I TRY to make and stick to a list of goals for each month and day at the moment, though I am still working on sticking to these.
What’s been the most challenging part of your blogging journey to date?
I suppose that creating every piece of content that I am satisfied with, is challenging. Because I believe we all improve by each minute spent writing content, therefore our own expectations increase slightly after each post which we write. Therefore every time I write a new post, I feel we are confronted with a new challenge. Which this is all part of what makes blogging so challenging yet reward-able.
Tell us about your favourite blog post
Gosh this is so difficult, because there are so many excellent bloggers on this community, and so many brilliant posts on here., However I recent post which I enjoyed reading about and found very informative was “Environmental racism and fast fashion
” on an account called “stunning art created by, with and for women, trans and non binary people.” This post is short but very informative, giving you a small insight into the brutal conditions of those working in the fashion factories, as well as some of the catastrophic effects that the industry is having on the environment; while it lists a few documentaries giving you a deeper insight into this. While another post I enjoyed was titled “Of anxiety and Uncertainty
” because it discusses the misconceptions associated with anxiety and with very helpful advise on how to help someone who is going through this.
Describe your blog in four words
Opinionated, Funny, provoking, Ambitious???
What are your future hopes and dreams for your blog?
Oh gosh, I am not sure where to start but it would be nice if the content could reach out to more people. Plus it would also be pretty cool if there was more of a discussion in the comments.
While next year I am possibly considering taking a gap year and travelling to a number of places, while doing relevant experience, helping thee local people, and earning a bit of money (which I guess will all inevitably be spent haha). But I aim to write more about the areas and hopefully combine it with my view of the local experiences, or the political climate of these areas? From then, or even to then, I am far from entirely sure, however sometimes the best way to learn and to go further is just by continuing with something, and see how it goes.
QUICKFIRE GET TO KNOW YOU QUESTIONS:
Early Bird or Night Owl?
Early Bird- though I struggle with getting up before 7.
Night in or night out?
In- a night out is always fun, though I am an introvert, and would rather not have a hangover the next day!
Ketchup or mayo?
Summer or Winter?
Tea or coffee?
Tea, I mean believe it or not I could live without coffee, but I always have a nice cup of tea in the morning to get me going!
Bath or shower?
Bath- least you can get the temperature right before you get in haha.
Pizza or Chinese?
Going to be pizza but I love some Chinese food, but don’t really have it often enough.
Dog or cat?
Cat, they can be rather grumpy and anti social, a little like myself.
Movie or box set?
Sweet or savoury?
I’d like to say a massive thank you to Vicky for taking part. Check out next week’s post as I welcome another fabulous blogger.
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