Bloggers’ Bench with Emma Joy

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Let’s sit down on the bench next to Emma Joy and ask a few questions about her blog: A Shopaholics Notes

Emma Joy

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

I have been passionate about beauty, fashion and lifestyle for a very long time, the concept of something on the outside changing how you feel on the inside really interests me.

My blog is almost like my space to voice my opinions and products, items, companies and personal journeys in hopes of helping others out there and allowing people to relate to me.

How long have you been blogging for?

I initially set up my blog around 4 years ago, however due to a very unstable relationship and a very time consuming university schedule along with working I have only recently started taking it seriously and putting as much effort into my blog as possible.

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

I love to write, I tried a diary and thought writing my opinions/experiences in a book was pointless because they wouldn’t benefit anyone so I started a blog almost like an online diary so I could write and benefit people at the same time. Also, I felt quite good about myself setting up a website/business all by myself and it was an achievement.

Is this your first/only blog?

Yes.

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

I like to spend a good 12 hours on Thursdays and Fridays writing scheduled posts and replying to comments/emails, if things aren’t complete by then I will work into the weekend on it until I am happy.

What’s the best bit about being a blogger?

I feel like I am part of a community and it is something that none of my friends around me are doing and it gives me a little bit of an edge when discussing jobs and hobbies with people.

What’s the most frustrating thing?

Gaining a following and the stigma that comes with saying ‘I am a blogger’ I feel like people don’t take it seriously or think it is something that could potentially be a job for me one day they just see it as a trend almost.

Do you find that bloggers support one another?

Majority yes, I have had a few that would do anything to not help or answer some questions, I have noticed that once over a certain number of followers they no longer want to be part of the community as if they are too good to talk to new bloggers.

I once emailed my idol blogger about featuring in a university project for me by just answering some questions about blogger and she completely ignored my email, I though it may have gone to spam, so sent her a message on Instagram to receive the reply ‘no’ when I asked why because I felt I deserved a little more than she said ‘I have more important things to do with my time’ which hurt a lot and made me realise that if I ever become successful I will not forget about where I came from and what I went through.

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

Yes, I honestly don’t care if people laugh at me anymore because honestly, they used to but now my dad thinks it is really cool and is always asking how it is going and encourages me and googles things I could do to help develop and progress which means a lot.

My boyfriend tries to understand that it is something that means a lot to me, but can get frustrated from time to time when I am not helping out as much around the house because I am focused on my blog so much. He also laughs at me, but in a playful way and I know if I needed his support he would give it to me.

Can you remember your very first post?

My first ever post was a review on a TopShop lipstick! Reading it really makes me giggle because I know I had so much passion and really wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone to post it but you can really tell I am trying too hard!

My second post is an appreciation post for all the people I had around me at that time and it includes my ex-boyfriend which is really awkward!

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

That consistency is key, don’t start something half-heartedly. If you are busy and can’t put your all into something, then don’t start until you can.

I regret not being as consistent as I am now back when I first set my blog up because I could be a lot more successful by now than I currently am as I really am still at the bottom.

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

Just do it. Be passionate, be truthful, be you. People will follow you if you are relatable, don’t be scared to be yourself and put your personality out there (I know it’s difficult through the internet). Don’t be afraid of what people will say or think, just write what you want to, and enjoy yourself!

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

I really want to turn it into a positive platform, I would love to become my own brand, run it as a business and make a living doing something I love (isn’t that everyone’s dream?).

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

You can find me over at :-

Bloglovin
@emmjoyxxx
Facebook
Pinterest
Instagram
YouTube
Google+

 

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

 

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