Updated: Jul 17, 2019
Introduce yourself! Tell us a bit about you and where we can find you on social media too!
I’m Liv, I’m a student who has just finished my A Levels and can’t wait to find more time for blogging on my website, Liv Happy (www.livhappyblog.wixsite.com/livhappy).
Aside from blogging I spend huge amounts of time dancing, which is my greatest love of all.
To see extra content and get to know me a bit better, you can follow me on Instagram and Twitter @livhappyblog .
Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging because I had wanted to for so long. I was always worried about what people would think of me, but in the end I thought that if it was something I wanted to do, then I should. Life’s too short!
Tell us about your niche and your blog
With the concept of blogging as something to make myself happy, I decided to make my blog all about that. While I’m getting used to it, I’m doing this by sharing all my favourite things, but hope to take it on to a more journalistic approach about happiness in general! I think the look of my blog really represents me and what makes me happy, so hopefully readers come away from my blog with a sense of friendship – creating a positive environment is so key for me.
What is the best thing about blogging for you?
I’d say the online community makes blogging such a supportive space. It can sometimes feel like quite a lonely place as you do it all (at my level, at least), from your bedroom, on your own, so to have networks like this one mean that you feel appreciated and that your hard work is something wider than just you at your laptop.
What’s your favourite social media platform and why?
I’d have to go Instagram! I love being inspired by everyone’s photos and grids, it’s so fun to take pictures and interact with people you admire. It’s also great how an Instagram post can almost be like a mini blog post, so you can develop ideas that wouldn’t constitute a whole post but you want to share.
What would say to someone interested in blogging or just starting out?
More than anything else I would say not to put too much pressure on yourself. I kept beating myself up a bit for not being able to keep to the schedule of a post every week, even though I had sixth form, dancing, and a part time job to juggle too!
It’s fine to take it at your own post – at the end of the day, it’s YOUR blog and it should never be a burden. You’re doing it because you love it, and while it’s great to give people what they want, you should do what you’re interested in too!
What was the most challenging thing about being a blogger for you?
In some ways I’d say growing a platform. I started my blog thinking it would be something just for me that maybe my best friends, sister, and mum might read… but the more work I put into it the more I wanted others to read it! If you work really hard at something you do want it to pay off.
The other thing would be originality. The blogging culture is so saturated now that it is hard to do something nobody’s ever seen before.
What do you do when you aren’t working on your blog?
A couple of months ago this would have been revising, as my A Levels totally took over!
Aside from this, as I’ve mentioned earlier, dancing takes up many hours of a week! I do ballet, tap, and jazz, but ballet is my first and primary love. Dancing is such a break from everything else that might be stressful, but another chance to work hard and reap benefits. I love performing and at my most recent show I made so many new friends and just had the best time.
Name a female blogger or business owner who inspires you and why.
I’m in constant awe of Freddy from Freddy My Love. Her style is my complete inspiration, she always looks amazing, but above anything it’s so clear how much hard work and dedication goes into everything she does. Her confidence in what she loves is the greatest inspiration that you don’t have to be like everyone else!
I also love Olivia Cowley, a Royal Ballet dancer who has a blog called Ballet Style where she talks about the life of a dancer as well as dance fashion which I think is so original and interesting.
What advice would you have for women wanting to start their own business?
To have confidence in yourself and your idea. I think that when someone really loves what they’re doing, it makes others love it too!
Anything else you want to add?
I’d like to say a huge thank you to Minnie and Fierce Female Society for letting me have this chance. As an absolutely teeny tiny blog, to be considered for something like this is amazing. Fierce Female Society is doing amazing things for bloggers and women, and it’s so inspiring and empowering, so THANK YOU!