MTB: Glaiza Binayas

 

Glaiza BinayasIntroduce youself, why did you start blogging? 

I’m Glaiza, a lifestyle blogger from the Philippines. I started blogging last December 2013 because I wanted to have my own online journal. It started when I was browsing the internet when I stumbled upon a blog of a nursing student. (I forgot her name but I think it’s Caitlyn) She writes on her blog every single day about how her day went and I saw that she has a lot of engagements. I thought it was so cool that people are so interested in her life.
Since I’ve always been a journal/diary user, I thought I’d make my own blog and journal
online as well.

How did you come up with your blog name?

I didn’t want to use my name as I was scared I’d get judged with my grammar. (English isn’t my first language.) That time, I was in college with a part-time job. Life was busy but I wanted to document the things or memories that made me happy. Thus, GLIMMER OF
HAPPINESS. 🙂

What type of content do you generally post on your blog?

I usually post about stuff that happened to me, like my travels, books I’ve read, a day out with my friends and lifestyle posts. A friend once told me that I’m more like the ‘personal blogger’ since I post more personal stuff. So ya, I guess I could call myself “lifestyle and personal blogger”.

What are your main struggles as a blogger? 

  1. English isn’t my first language. Sometimes, I get discouraged to write a post because I feel like my thoughts and grammar errors are everywhere. For my grammar and spelling, Grammarly has been helpful, though.
  2. Creating content. There would be days when nothing exciting happened to me so there would be no new posts as well.

What are your favourite tools for blogging?

  1. Grammarly – very helpful with my spelling and grammar mistakes
  2. Pexels – when I don’t have my own photo to use, pexels.com is a lifesaver. They have a lot of pretty stock photos for free
  3. Statusbrew – where I schedule my tweets to promote my blog posts

What is your favourite social media site for interacting with your readers?

I don’t have much interaction with my readers other than on the blog itself but I guess I’ll answer Twitter. I get to talk more with other bloggers (who sometimes are also my readers) there and I like how there are threads to help us with our blog.

What is your favourite post that you have written? And why? 

My favorite post that I have written is “How to Achieve the Teal Effect on Photos in Three Easy Steps” https://glimmerofhappiness.wordpress.com/2017/09/22/how-to-achieve-the-teal-effect-on-photos-in-three-easy-steps/ Along with my other how-to posts, I like sharing in my blog how I do things and love seeing that the readers are liking it. With these engagements, it motivates me to discover or learn other things that I could share again to my readers.

What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about becoming a blogging? 

Just do it! Especially if it will just be for a hobby at first? It’s fun to write stuff about anything under the sun and have someone interact with you because they find your posts relatable and fun to read. If you’ll plan to become a full-time blogger, you’ll have by then experience in blogging, how to market your blog and you have new learnings that you could apply to manage your blog.

 

Glaiza Binayas 

Blog: https://glimmerofhappiness.wordpress.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/glaizabinayas/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/glaizabinayas/

Thank you so much, Glaiza, for participating in my ‘Meet the Blogger’ series. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. If you’re new here, be sure to check out her social media and blog with a little comment saying you found them via BryoniBurnsBlog.com

 

 

 

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MTB: Thomas Slatin

 

Introduce yourself, why did you start blogging?

I started creating websites in 1996, and by 1998 I had landed a job in IT. For many years, I created websites in HTML using a variety of software suits. As time went on, my sites grew to massive sizes, making maintenance and organization a nightmare. Eventually, I migrated the content to a modern content management system, which is now referred to as a blog.

How did you come up with your blog name? 

I just used my name, Tom Slatin. I wanted something that would be easily identifiable as being mine, and something that nobody could ever reasonably claim as their own trademark.

What type of content do you generally post on your blog? 

I went to college for information technology, then I changed my major to English and
Literature, then I decided to pursue medicine. Eventually, I gave up on college and went on to work a series of random unrelated jobs. I eventually landed a job as an Emergency Medical Technician and Firefighter, a job which I kept for just short of 18 years.

The majority of my blog posts are long-form written narratives and original photography. There are about a hundred free WordPress themes available for download on my blog as well, many of them have been used as themes for other peoples blogs.

What are your main struggles as a blogger? 

My only complaint is that very few people comment on my blog. This has been my main struggle since the very beginning. I have well over 500,000 followers collectively, across the main social media sites, including, but not limited to, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, though very few people comments. I get an enormous amount of visitors and traffic, and even advertising revenue, but very few comments.

What are your favourite tools for blogging?

I absolutely love WordPress. I love the way it works, the way in which posts are organized, and written, and the extensive amount of plugins which extend the functionality of the platform.

As far as photography is concerned, I am absolutely in love with my Canon 5D Mark IV camera, and the multitude of lenses. I also photograph with medium and large format film cameras, though it has proven slow and impractical for everyday blogging. But on occasion, I will post film based photography on my blog.

What is your favourite social media site for interacting with your readers?

There exists a tie between Twitter and Instagram, the reason for my decision is based solely on the number of followers and interaction on those two platforms.

What is your favourite post that you have written? And why?

I have been writing and taking pictures with an SLR since the young age of 8, so to select a favourite post from over 30 years worth of work would be exceedingly difficult, so I have narrowed my scope to the past few years. In recent times, my favourite blog post is Thomas Slatin, On Writing. I was inspired to write this post as an answer to all of the questions that people have been asking me about my writing since I started.

What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about becoming a blogger?

Be sure to sign up for paid web hosting if you are planning on blogging long term. Stay away from free hosting services, especially those which will advertise on your content. I have been hosting with DreamHost since the very beginning, and they provide outstanding service, in my opinion.
Ideally, you will want to publish at least two posts a week, more is better. I post every single day at 9 AM here in New York, which has worked well. After a year or so, you will want to start looking for opportunities to promote your blog. If at any time someone offers you a means to promote your blog, take it. Don’t think twice. I am one of the lucky ones who has been featured in the news and given radio station interviews. Seize every single opportunity to promote your blog, even if it is commenting and posting links on other peoples blogs.
Everyone is welcome to comment on my blog and include relevant links; please tell a friend.
In addition to posting content, you will also need to moderate and respond to blog comments. Always keep comments open on your blog, and always respond to comments in a timely and thoughtful manner. If you want to maintain a good blog, you will need to communicate with your readers. It is also a very good idea to include your email address in the footer of your blog for press and media inquiries.

 

Thomas Slatin 

Blog: https://www.tomslatin.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/twps

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tomslatin/

Thank you so much, Thomas, for participating in my ‘Meet the Blogger’ series. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. If you’re new here, be sure to check out his social media and blog with a little comment saying you found them via BryoniBurnsBlog.com.

 

 

 

 

MTB: Michelle Davis

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Introduce yourself, why did you start blogging?

I was inspired by Kony of New York on Facebook. The content was so real and so raw. I’m a health science major and I really started getting into health in undergrad because of it. I wondered if I could mush the ideas together and create something of my own. It’s evolved into something very original and heartfelt. I never imagined I would have made it this far with blogging.

How did you come up with your blog name?

50 Shades of Humanity was inspired by the idea humans and our experiences lie on a wide spectrum and it is never black or white. We all struggle to varying degrees and have different stories to tell.

What type of content do you generally post on your blog?

All my content is health and wellness related, but I use the 7 dimensions of wellness which gives me a larger area of content I can tackle. The 7 dimensions of wellness include physical, emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual, environmental and Occupational wellness. It shows how total health and wellness is best accomplished by enriching all of these dimensions.

What are your main struggles as a blogger?

My main struggle would be (consistent) readers. It’s hard to get people to read these days even on topics that are interesting. The people that need to learn about the topics I cover the most are the ones least likely to read, but social media helps a ton with gaining readers so no worries.

What are your favourite tools for blogging?

Google docs saves livesssssss. It especially helps with blogs that have features from other bloggers. You can communicate through the docs, share them with ease, and edit simultaneously.

What is your favourite social media site for interacting with your readers?

Twitter most definitely. I use twitter polls from my blogs and it is how I get a lot of my anonymous submissions.

What is your favourite post that you have written? And why?

MY fave is definitely “Speak Your Vaginal Truth”. It touches on vaginal health, STIs/STDs, yeast infections, bacterial vaginosis, lubrication, discharge, personal anonymous quotes from several people on their experiences. It really shows the truth and struggles behind being a women and how honesty allows to end the stigma around vaginal health. Check it out here: https://50shadesofhumanity.wordpress.com/2018/10/07/speak-your-vaginal-truth%F0%9F%97%A3%F0%9F%97%A3/

What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about becoming a blogger?

Brainstorm first. Find out your target audience. Find things people fail to speak on that will draw readers in as well as something you’re passionate about. Self-promotion is your biggest friend and don’t get hung up on readers too early it takes time. 

 

Michelle Davis 

Blog: https://50shadesofhumanity.wordpress.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/merrpppp

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_schellymaee_/?hl=en

Thank you so much, Michelle, for participating in my first ever ‘Meet the Blogger’ series. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. If you’re new here, be sure to check out her social media and blog with a little comment saying you found them via BryoniBurnsBlog.com.

MTB: Bryoni Burns

Hey there,

Welcome to my brand new ‘Meet the Blogger’ series. During this special series, I will be introducing new bloggers every Friday by creating a little profile about them. I am looking forward to this very much, as there are so many great bloggers out there and I think it is a great way for us to engage and interact with one another. If you would like to participate in this series, just give me a little message either on my social media or via email, so that I can send you the relevant documents. What’s a better way to start this series off than by myself answering these questions, so you can find out a little bit about me.

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Q1. Introduce yourself, why did you start blogging? 

Hey there, my name is Bryoni and I am 21-years-old. I am a full-time university student who loves blogging, photography, travelling and fashion. I started this little blog in April 2018 which was only 6 months ago. I wanted to create a space for all my random outbursts, my travel diaries, my top picks and my favourite fashion statements. Ever since my friend and I stopped making YouTube videos together, I realised that I just loved engaging and interacting with people all over the world, that have similar interests as me. I love being a part of the blogging community because it is so supportive and welcoming which makes me happy and motivated to blog about my life.

Q2. How did you come up with your blog name? 

Let’s be honest… it’s not very creative. It is just my name with blog.com on the end LOL! I might change it in the future, but I am not sure what to. Give me some suggestions in the comments below of what you think I should change my blog name too.

Q3. What type of content do you generally post on your blog?

I post everything and anything. LITERALLY! Whatever is on my mind or things that I want to share, then I just will share it. It is generally a lifestyle blog about everything I am interested in. I share anything from beauty, fashion, travel and photography. I am not sure if I will ever just focus on one thing because my mind is normally all over the place. I love working on different things and keeping myself busy. Let me know what posts you think I should write about.

4. What are your main struggles as a blogger? 

My main struggle is definitely fitting it time to actually write my blog posts. I wish there were more hours in a day. I work part-time and I am studying full-time too. It is difficult having to work out time to plan, write, take photos and publish a post. I feel like I am managing it ok at the moment as I am strongly motivated and very much dedicated. Posts are always published every Wednesday and Sunday at 6pm.

Q5. What are your favourite tools for blogging? 

Of course, WORDPRESS…. without that I would not have a blog. I 100% recommend using WordPress if you are wanting to become a blogger or even to create a website. It is so easy to use, great for themes and just generally a pleasure to work with. Everyone who is taking part in this series will agree that Google Docs. is also wonderful. It is perfect for saving your drafts, as well as if you are sharing files with other bloggers. It is very easy to use and saves a lot of time.

Q6. What is your favourite social media site for interacting with your readers?

Definitely Twitter! It is a great way to share your posts with readers as well as access posts of other bloggers. I love following bloggers and supporting each other too. I also find that Twitter is amazing for creating polls which are great, especially for getting your readers to interact with you. I often do polls about what types of posts people would like to see or just to get opinions across.

Q7. What is your favourite post that you have written? and why?

Hmm… This is a tricky one. I haven’t actually thought about this before. I don’t even know. Ok, I haven’t been able to decide on just one so I have chosen two. This is because they are both completely different and I loved writing them for different reasons. The first one is: Why I became a Vegetarian? and the second one is: 10 Things You Must Do When Visiting Budapest. I loved writing about why I became a vegetarian as a lot of you were asking me questions about it and when I created a poll on Twitter, it had the most votes. I really enjoyed talking about this subject matter as I feel like it is important to express our views and opinions. I also loved writing about my little holiday to Budapest with my friends. It was just so wonderful and I had the best time ever. I absolutely love my friends so much. It is definitely a holiday that I will always remember forever, probably because we legit got locked in the escape room LOL.

Q8. What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about becoming a blogger?

JUST GO FOR IT!!! If you have a couple ideas or topics that you want to discuss then great. Just dive straight in and start writing. I had always thought about blogging but was so nervous to do it which is why it took me a long time to start. If you need any help or guidance, you can always ask me and if I don’t know the right answer, I will try to point you in the right direction. The blogging community is always so friendly that whenever I have ever had a problem, there is always someone to help.  If you decide to create a blog after this, then please let me know as I would love to include you in my series as well as check out your blog.

That’s about it from me. If you would like to participate, please contact me either by social media or via email. I look forward to hearing from you. The moment I have been waiting for… let’s get this series started!