Friday, 31 March 2017

Bloggers Spill Tea W/The Average Gurl

Happy Friday everyone, and to celebrate I am uploading yet another Blogger Spill Tea, this one features the lovely Najida from The Average Gurl. I hope you enjoy!

1. Describe your blog in a sentence?
I think my blog is honest and hopefully helpful or just something enjoyable to read.

2. Does your blog name have any special meaning behind it?
My blog name isn't very meaningful. I got inspiration from the internet and quite liked The Average Gurl.


3. What//Who made you start blogging?
I guess the idea of creating a blog was the internet but what really urged me to do it was because I was bored and wanted to try something new during the holiday.


4. Where do you get inspiration from to write your blog posts?
Everywhere! When I'm walking to school or just outside or at home where I look at something and an idea pops in my head. Also, other bloggers definitely inspire me because they produce amazing content!


5. What do you do to prepare before uploading a blog post?
I prepare by taking any pictures before writing the post. Most of the time I just write as I go. I only plan posts if I really need to. I don't do anything really complex because I like to keep my posts simple but enjoyable to read.


6. What makes you want to blog consistently?
Number one has to be the comments. It just motivates me so much to write another post. My second reason would be that I really love writing posts. When I took a break, I realised how much I really want to write a post.


7. Do you like interacting with other bloggers?
Yes! I'd say it's one of the best things about blogging because you can make friends with people who are passionate about blogging like yourself. Even if they are in the same country or a whole different continent.


8. Have you ever followed a blog just to be nice even if you don't like it?
I would be lying if I said no. I use to do that when I first started blogging but than I realised that if I don't want to, I don't have to. Now I only follow blogs if I really enjoy the post.


9. What do you love and hate most about the blogging community?
What I love about the blogging community is the interaction between the readers and bloggers. One thing I don't like about blogging the blogging community is when there is negativity. I luckily haven't had any on my blog (but did on my previous blog on blogspot), but I do witness it on some bloggers.

10. Do you ever feel like no one remembers that you have feelings?
No not really. Everyone in the comments are so lovely which puts a smile on my face. And the fact that some people relate to some of my 'thought' based posts really show that they see me as a person.

11. Do you feel like the bigger you get, the smaller of a relationship you have with your readers?
No, I don't think so. My blog isn't the biggest but has grown in the past year and a half. I feel like I interact with my readers more because I've got more to respond to and read others thoughts which is really nice.

12. What opportunities have you gotten from blogging?
I've gotten opportunities with working with a couple of great brands. I hope in the future that I get to meet some of my blogging friends which would be amazing!

13. If you were to receive no views or comments on a blog post that you worked really hard on and you were super proud of it, how would you feel and what would your next step be to make sure that you don't experience it again?
This has happened to me before because my post just wasn't showing up on people's readers. I felt pretty upset but not for long because my next steps were to share it on social media. Even if not many people saw it, I'll always still be proud of it because the post is still on my blog and people can view it when they are looking through my blog.

14. What is your response to people that say blogging is easy?
I'd tell them that it's not. It's quite hard to think of ideas and trying to be original. And if your blog does have some photography, than I'd say that's the hardest part especially without proper equipment because natural lighting will not always agree with you. But if you're a blogger and find it easy, than fair enough. However, if your not a blogger and you say it's easy than you shouldn't really assume without trying it out.

15. Have you ever came across or noticed bloggers that do it for the fame or money?
Sadly, yes. I've even had a few bloggers DM me (not naming names) and ask me how did I get to collaborate with a brand? Or how did you get followers so fast because I can't.  I would usually check their blog and I'd see they have only posted twice in the past week and all they are thinking about is how to get free products and fame. I would tell them that things take time before you improve as a blogger before companies contact you or you could contact brands you are interested in.

16. What do you think shows that a blogger is in it for products/ money/ fame?
You can only tell if they do things like my previous answer. But I can't really think of any other way of someone wanting fame and money out of blogging. 

17. Do you think that there is a certain time or milestone that you should reach before earning money from blogging?
I guess this is personal preference and see whether you are ready for this step.  For me, I see blogging as an investment and want it to grow. If I wanted to I could buy a domain and earn revenue from ads and affiliates right now. But I'm in a comfort zone with blogging at the moment so when I'm ready, I will decide to invest and earn from blogging.

18. Is there a certain post/ collaboration (etc.) that you really regret doing?
Yes I did. It was my first collaboration and it was meant for a lipstick company and I was meant to post an honest review. Then they said they are going to transfer me to someone else who will send me the products and instead of lipsticks I got face products that were natural. My first thought of the package was 'oh'. I contacted them and they said that they transferred me to someone in the uk to give me products sold in the uk and said I could still review the face products. So I searched up the products I was sent and they gave me products for mature skin. I am 14 and I didn't want to put the products on my skin because it could effect it because it wasn't made for my skin. So I never actually tried or reviews the products.

19. Do you like reading sponsored content? and why?
I don't really mind. As long as it's honest than I'm fine with it. At the end of the day it's just a blog post and I'll only read it if I'm interested in the product.

20. In your opinion, is there anything wrong with sponsored content?
In my opinion, I'd say no. There is nothing wrong with sponsored content because people make a living out of it. But if someone is giving a false review then that it wrong.

Are you still enjoying the series?
Grace xx

Links Mentioned:
Najida's Blog - https://theaveragegurl.wordpress.com/


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2 comments:

  1. Thank you for including me in this series! Loved answering your questions xx

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    1. Thank you so much for taking part!xx

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