Bloggers’ Bench with Jodie Keith

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Let’s sit down on the bench next to Jodie Keith and ask a few questions about her blog: www.Jodetopia.com

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Welcome Jodie, can you tell us a little about yourself, and your blog?

Hi! My name is Jodie and I’m a 21 year old girl from the UK. I currently live in Kent with my parents, Zara the dog and Prince the cat.

During the day you’ll find me commuting into London for my Property Investment job, and in the evenings I’ll be squirrelled up on my computer – my heart lies in my blog!

Jodetopia is my little space on the internet to share my thoughts, and whilst it is predominantly makeup and skincare based I try to cover all of my main interests – beauty, fashion, book reviews, travel, food and much more!

How long have you been blogging for?

I started my blog back in September 2015, but the first few posts are awful and I didn’t start taking it more seriously until January 2016. Technically speaking, that means I’ve been blogging for a year!

What inspired you to start a blog, and why did you choose your chosen subject?

Honestly – I was feeling pretty low in myself. I was in a job I wasn’t enjoying and bringing the stress home, only to mooch around and do nothing productive of the evening. I was in a downward spiral and there seemed like no way out. My parents and boyfriend were bugging me to ‘get a hobby’ – something that I saw as an insult at the time, but now I see just how important it is to be able to compartmentalise and focus your efforts into something you enjoy if you’re struggling in other areas of your life.

At about this time, I was getting into watching Casey Neistat’s daily vlogs on Youtube, and found him so inspirational. I’d also been toying with the want to start a blog for a while – I’d always read them and secretly wanted to start one, but I was scared of being judged, and that I and my blog wouldn’t be good enough. Ultimately, it was Casey’s videos that motivated me to get up off my arse and just do it!

Is this your first/only blog?

Yes

How much time do you spend on your blog per week?

Pretty much every second I’m not at work, showering or eating, haha! Okay, let’s try and actually work this out – I try to take bulk batches of photos of a weekend, which will normally take me 2-3 hours on Saturday morning. I then like to spend either Saturday or Sunday afternoon blogging, so always leave one of these free from any social commitments… say that’s about 5 or 6 hours in one sitting. Plus maybe, half an hour minimum each evening after work, in which I try to just tick off a few tasks from my ever growing ‘to do’ list. So.. that’s 11-12 hours each week on average – ouch!

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Jodie’s Blogging Space

What’s the best bit about being a blogger?

This is a tough question – there are so many positives of being a blogger! I would say the best bit of being a blogger is having a creative outlet where you can share your passions with like-minded individuals!

What’s the most frustrating thing?

Hmmm – there’s a few pet peeves of mine within the blogging world. The most frustrating is probably when someone refers to a PR product as a ‘freebie’ in the sense of ‘oh my gosh you get so many freebies for doing nothing!’.

Firstly, they’re not ‘freebies’ – they’re payment, and secondly it takes HOURS to produce a blog post. Normally the gifted product is a lower value than what I would charge as an hourly rate! On the same note – when bloggers expect something for nothing. We’ve all seen those bloggers moaning on social media and begging companies for PR gifts when their blog posts aren’t well thought out and their photography awful.

Do you find that bloggers support one another?

Generally speaking, yes! Although there are always some individuals that like to start drama no matter what industry.

Do you tell people when you meet them, or friends and family that you are a blogger?

I would mention it if it came into conversation naturally when meeting someone, but I wouldn’t be like ‘oh hi, I’m a blogger’ haha. My friends and family all know and are very supportive!

Can you remember your very first post?

I think it was a review of a hotel my boyfriend and I stayed in last year!

What do you wish someone had told you about blogging at the start of your journey?

Oooooh good question! I would say – stop obsessing over your stats! As exciting as it can be hitting your first 10, 50, 100 views a day, views really don’t matter much. I barely look at mine nowadays!

Is there any advice that you would like to give people who are thinking about becoming a blogger, and those just starting out?

Buy a theme (Etsy do good ones for like £10-15!) so your blog looks good and professional. Write about what you enjoy and most importantly have fun!

What’s next for your blog, any big ambitions for it?

I have some exciting opportunities in the pipeline which I cannot wait to share, but generally I just want to continue this journey I’m on. I cannot believe in only one year I’ve gone from 300 followers to over 2,000 followers on Twitter! I can only hope I continue to enjoy blogging and that people continue to enjoy reading it.

Apart from your blog where else can we find you on the internet?

You can find me over at :-

@Jodetopia
Facebook
Pinterest
Instagram
Bloglovin

 

I would just like to say a very big thank you to Jodie for giving us an insight into her blogging life, and we wish her lots of success for the future.

 

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