I've been tagged by the lovely Susanne over at The Musing Blonde to a little blogging Q&A. Looked like fun so I thought, why not?
When did you first start blogging and why?
I first started regularly blogging when I was 18-19. Some online friends got me hooked into it. It was an online journal. I'm a little sad since I can't remember any of the posts I've written, and at the same time relieved since I'm sure I was mostly talking about boybands!
Have you had any past online presence?
I had a fair bit of followers in boyband fan communities due to writing fan fiction. Gosh, can I go hide now?
When did you become serious about your blog?
Just recently to be honest. I wasn't quite sure where I was going with it when I relaunched One Chocolate Box from a book review blog into a lifestyle/personal blog in July last year. I've got more of an idea with regards to direction now, and so for the moment the key feature will be happiness-related posts.
What was your first blog post?
Since the relaunch? I wrote an incorrectly titled post on how smart phones and tablets are affecting how we interact socially.
What have been your biggest challenges blogging?
Figuring out what I really wanted to focus on with my blog, because I wanted to do everything - product reviews, fashion, books, life in general. But it just wasn't possible to cover everything without being all over the place. So I decided to focus on what was most important for me personally at the moment, and let my blog reflect what's happening in my life.
What is the most rewarding thing about blogging?
Meeting like-minded bloggers, for sure. I've only been regularly blogging again for nearly 6 months and it's great how I've made some friends from different parts of the world - ones that I hope I'll eventually get to meet in my upcoming travels.
What is the most discouraging thing about blogging?
I started getting really disheartened just a couple of months into blogging because I was focusing too much on how many bloggers were following me. It was so liberating when I finally stopped obsessing over it. I still care about whether people follow me or comment on my posts, but my main focus has been transferred to my content and maintaining relationships with my regular visitors (most of which I now consider as friends).
What is your lasting inspiration or motivation?
Other bloggers inspire me, especially the ones that have been consistently blogging for more than a year, and have grown their own community. I would love to have something like that one day.
What is your blogging dirty little secret?
Try and take inspiration from everything, and get yourself a blogging diary/planner. It's been such a time saver for me.
What is your current goal as a blogger?
This is going to sound really corny, but my current goal is to document my journey on becoming a more positive, happier person; and hopefully be able to inspire someone else to do the same.
Have you learned or become passionate about anything through blogging that caught you by surprise?
I think I've gotten quite passionate taking photos via Instagram because of Fat Mum Slim's Photo A Day challenge. I've also become a little more active when it comes to charities as well, since being inspired by Esther's work.
So now I'm tagging Mary at Secret Obsession, Lindsay at Wedding Rings to Teething Rings and Esther at Esther and Jacob.