Introduce yourself! Tell us a bit about you and where we can find you on social media too!
Hi! I’m Alice and I started my blog ‘My Mind Speaks Aloud’ just over three years ago. I’m an undergraduate student at UEA studying English Literature with Creative Writing and I’m a huge fan of all things books, films and music.
You can find me on social media at the links below!
Why did you start blogging?
The concept of blogging hadn’t occurred to me until one of my close friends convinced me to create one! I had no idea what to expect jumping into it, but it was instantly a place where I could share my thoughts and feelings on what really mattered to me without judgement.
Blogging was a huge step for me because I’ve always been a bit shy, so it helped me gain confidence in who I am as a person and to be proud of my own voice.
Tell us about your niche and your blog
Because I went into blogging as purely a hobby, I never gave myself a specific niche. My blog is an amalgamation of all my interests in one place, whether that is reading, creative writing, films or music. There’s a little bit of everything which means there’s something for everyone.
Recently, I’ve been writing more lifestyle posts about cooking and days out, so that has been a nice change from the usual, and I hope to include more of that in the future.
What is the best thing about blogging for you?
What I love most about blogging is connecting with other people. When I first started, the Wordpress blogger community were so welcoming and friendly. It was nice to have conversations with people similar to me, to share common interests and to help and support one another on our journeys.
I’ve only just joined twitter (late, I know) but this has helped me reach out to even more people which has been really exciting! For me, making a difference to someone’s life, whether making them smile or recommending a good book, is really important and meaningful to me, so knowing my blog has reached so many people amazes me every day.
What’s your favourite social media platform and why?
This is a tough one. I’ve been on Instagram longer and I love being able to share photos so easily. I think there’s a tiny part of me that longs to be a photographer because I enjoy composing photos and editing them.
However, joining Twitter has opened me up to so many opportunities (including this one!) and encouraged me to get to know some other bloggers. So both Instagram and Twitter are my favorite for different reasons!
What would you say to someone interested in blogging or just starting out?
First of all, I would say go for it! There’s no harm in trying it out, because what have you got to lose? Secondly, I would suggest writing what you know and love, not writing what you think others want.
It is really obvious when I read a blog post whether the blogger is passionate about what they’re talking about, and when they are, I am more likely to engage by commenting or following.
Last of all, don’t give up because you think you aren’t getting noticed. Likes and followers come with time, and if you reach out to others (commenting, following etc.) then you’re more likely to gain some of your own!
What was the most challenging thing about being a blogger for you?
The most challenging part about blogging is keeping up a consistent audience. I have days and weeks when I’m super busy and it’s hard to post all the time. This means my stats are often all over the place and it gets me down sometimes because I know I can do better.
I try to remind myself that I blog because I enjoy it and stats don’t matter. In the future, perhaps I will start planning and scheduling my posts for specific days, but at the moment I have to let it go when I have other things going on in my life.
What do you do when you aren’t working on your blog?
When I’m not blogging, I’m mostly reading books for my English degree! I play clarinet in various bands at my university, and I play badminton at the weekend. When I have a break from university, I love travelling with friends or family and doing some baking/cooking. I probably also spend a bit too much time watching Netflix!