Far too many weeks ago, I was nominated by the fabulous Mel of Footsteps on the Globe and I haven’t even registered that I received it, written this blog or even thanked Mel for the nomination in the first place! Let’s rectify that shall we and get cracking…
Firstly, thank you very much Mel for the nomination. I am flattered, and everyone please do check out Mel’s blog and her Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award post here.
Now, the next 3 steps in this blogger award go…
- Answer the questions as set out by Mel in her post to all of her nominees.
- Come up with 10 questions to ask other bloggers
- Nominate up to 10 bloggers.
Well… Just as I did with the travel edition of The Liebster Award I’m not going to come up with any questions or nominate anyone else. Because I’m really bad, and don’t know of that many people to nominate. I know that’s pretty sucky but all it means is I will have to go to many, many more blogger events next year and meet all of you lovely people!
The 10 questions…
How would you describe your blog in one sentence?
Almost Ginger is here to provide film and travel experience to inspire on the road and on the couch.
Why did you start blogging?
My first blog wasn’t actually this one. It was some awful mess called Oh The Places I Hope To Go. I initially wanted it to act as a kind of portfolio for all of my media related experiences and act as evidence for my interest in film and TV… but then as it continue, I realised I loved writing online content and I set up another brand new blog that looked a bit better and took it a little more seriously and here we are!
What inspires you to create a post?
Well, initially the thing that inspires me to create a post is the knowledge that, as a new blog, I need to post consistently (something that hasn’t really been happening recently!) in order to gain more readers. However, post ideas come from anywhere. Some will be fully formed as soon as I know what films I want to watch or what places I know I’m going to go to, others just come from everyday inspiration and I’m sure to make a note of them even if they’re bad.
What is your writing style? (i.e. journal, informative, long-form, editorial…)
I’ve never really given it a lot of thought, but I don’t really think it’s any particular style. I’ve written more personal posts but they aren’t really journal style, I’ve written informative posts that delve slightly deeper into film education but nothing too in-depth just yet. Somme can be long-form, but not all of them. I think for my kind of blog it’s good to mix it up.
What is your writing process?
Sometimes, depending on the type of post, I can bash it out in a couple of hours and it’s all done and dusted. Others require a lot more work and research so can mean writing a bit, mulling it over and doing more research. Then writing a bit more and honing it. Totally depends on the subject matter.
What is the easiest and most difficult part of blogging?
Honestly, the easiest thing at the moment is the ideas. I’ve recently had a big 2016 brainstorm and I have ideas for the first three months of next year pinned down. But tonnes sorted for the rest of the year, but of course there will be so many other ideas that I’ll have in the meantime that I pretty much know I’m set on the ideas front.
The most difficult is keeping up. Blogging is like spinning plates and once I go to one event and meet so many cool bloggers who all have super cool blogging tips, that puts my blogging plans out of whack. I want to keep learning about web development, photography, social media, photo editing, and much more about filmmaking and editing, whilst also improving my blog design and implementing the hundreds and hundreds of tips that I receive. It can be overwhelming.
What do you wish you knew about blogging when you started?
There are more and more bloggers nowadays that read blogs before they decide to make one, which wasn’t the case at all when I started. I really envy those bloggers because they’ve had the chance to take their time, come up with the design and logo, have some ideas, and few posts under their belt before they show themselves to the world. Whereas I in comparison read zero blogs when I set up almostginger.com. I made so many mistakes and progressed really slowly. I really wish I had read blogs. Especially those that wrote posts on how to set up a blog in the best way. That would have really helped!
How has blogging changed you?
Ultimately, blogging has not only given me a space to create and be creative and learn so many new skills, but has also changed my ideal career path and what I want to make of my life. Wow, that’s heavy when I put it like that, but I really do spend most/all of my time on my blog in one way or another, so I do really enjoy it.
What are your blogging goals for 2016?
This is a great question, primarily because I have done sooo much planning for 2016. Remember just a few seconds ago when I said that I wish I had been more prepared when I unleashed my blog on the world? That’s essentially what I’m doing by taking a step back at the end of this year and concentrating on next year. My main blogging goals are to be 100% better prepared, be much more active on social media, attend many more blogging events (like Blogstock) and generally improve on my existing skills.
What would be your number one tip for new bloggers?
My tip for those who are thinking about starting a blog would be to not rush it. Read some existing blogs out there on how to start a blog and do it right. Get a domain name off the bat and get it hosted straight away. Work on the design, get your social media handles sorted and get a few posts under way. And at least 50 blog post ideas before you tell the world. Feeling a bit more prepared will do wonders in the long run.
Have you been nominated for a Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award? If so, congrats!