“By all means let’s be open-minded, but not so open-minded that our brains drop out.” – Richard Dawkins
This week on the Snoop Snoop Series I’d like to introduce you to Janelle from The NellyBean!
Can you tell our readers about yourself and your blog?
I’m Janelle, a uni student and London dweller. I’m a bit of an eclectic mix – I study pharmacy, teach the violin, love makeup and adore cats with a passion. I guess you could say my blog reflects me in that sense, it’s all about beauty, philosophy and lifestyle with lots of cheeky ramblings thrown into the mix. Head on over if you’re into making products work for you rather than burning cash on new stuff – I don’t think it has to be all about a consumer culture, and my beauty section is all over that.
Describe how did you first get into blogging?
Honestly, I started my blog as a distraction – I was in the application process for many summer internships and as you know, these things are tiresome. I have been blogging for around 5 months now and being someone who loves to write about everything I love to talk about, my blog has remained the best distraction I could ask for.
How do you manage time for your blog and how efficient do you think it is?
Over the summer, I would simply write whenever I fancied and post immediately, sometimes posting every day for a week. Being the rookie that I was, I took this for granted. I have now learned to schedule my posts, with the aim of publishing twice a week and keeping one week ahead of myself at all times. It’s worked for me so far.
What do you think is the best strategy that worked well for you to get more traffic to your blog?
Being active on social media, particularly Twitter (which happens to be my new favourite social media platform). It’s wonderful for connecting with just about anyone, particularly fellow bloggers and brands. I’ve heard wonderful things about people getting a surge of traffic from Pinterest when they play their cards right, but I’m still in the process of figuring it out. Any tips are VERY welcome.
What are your blog plans for the next year?
I plan on expanding my content niche – possibly adding some fiction or more historically inclined pieces on art/music. I’ve always loved to get my teeth into research for posts of that nature, and you’ll probably come across some in my “Musings” section. Just wanna do more, y’know? Easier said than done, girl.
Who has impacted you most in blogging and how?
DGGYST (Damn Girl Get Your Shit Together) is absolutely fabulous. I hadn’t come across her blog until later on in my blogging journey but I am so glad I did. Her sense of humour is incredible, and her writing always gets me smiling and wanting to read more. She was also one of my earliest social media followers when I decided to experiment with Twitter and Pinterest, and I love a blogger who shows genuine support. If you haven’t checked her out, please do so. Like right after you finish reading this. And showing Hazel some love for having me on her blog.
Who are your top 3 favourite bloggers and explain why?
Oh goodness, so difficult to choose. I’ll be honest, I love so many bloggers I’ve discovered to date for various reasons, but here are three who immediately come to mind:
- Laura from The Style of Laura Jane (also Lauzies Lifestyle). She does some fabulous beauty reviews and everything about her and her site is just so professional. She’s a great writer too, and has been supporting my blogging consistently from day one.
- Kerry from Kerry, Life, Loves – not your average Mumma blogger. She has some great posts on skin care and has a bit of a makeup shopping addiction like myself but I always enjoy scrolling through her blog when I’m winding down after a long day. She’s such a lovely lady and always makes me smile with her Twitter posts.
- DGGYST – need I say more? Seriously, if you desperately need some cheering up, check out this girl’s site.
If you could only have ONE plugin on your blog which one would you pick?
Yoast for SEO. It’s such a powerful tool even if you don’t have the premium version, and I find that it’s taught me a fair few things about the SEO game simply from experimenting. Goes without saying that I still have a lot to learn about it.
What do you find the most frustrating aspect of blogging?
Since I went self-hosted, my traffic has slowed down immensely and I’m trying to explore different ways of getting it back, ie. learning how to Pinterest. I would also love to see less of an obsession with social media follower stats, and more genuine engagement with more focus on high quality content.
Did you have any professional help or did you created the blog yourself?
I am proud to say that I created it all myself. Coming with someone who knows zilch about coding, it’s very possible to get a site that you’re happy with. If you’re like me, it might take a long time and lots of frustration but the perfectionist in you will thank you for it later. Besides, you learn a hell of a lot on the way there.
Which is your favourite social media platform to use alongside your blog?
Twitter – I find that it’s the best platform for reaching bloggers, brands, non-bloggers and a whole load of people who may not even blog in your niche – sometimes, that can be a great thing. The whole setup is so versatile and it’s the one social media platform I’ve gained most blog traffic from.
Who takes the majority of your photos?
Me, myself and moi. It’s usually either my Samsung phone camera or PhotoBooth on my laptop if I want to go hands-free with a selfie.
I hope you enjoyed this Q&A with Janelle as much as I did!! A huge thank you to Janelle for joining in and being a fabulous sport!
Have you guys seen Janelle’s blog??!