Good morning and welcome back to our latest Wise Words Wednesday. Today we have the lovely Katie from Blooming Fiction taking time out to answer our question.
Katie’s blog is packed full of book reviews, author interviews and the latest book news. In a world where technology is taking over, if you are looking for some inspiration on what to read next, head over to her blog to take a look.
Over to Katie:
Tell us a little bit about you & your blog:
My name is Katie and I’m a book blogger / freelance copywriter and mummy. My book blog is called Blooming Fiction and it features book reviews, book tours, news and author exclusives. At the moment there are only four genres which are women’s fiction, cosy crime, contemporary romance and historical fiction.
What inspired you to start blogging?
Blogging wasn’t something I’d intended to start doing. I gave in my resignation to a job where I was bullied on almost a daily basis and suddenly found myself without work. I’ve always loved to write so completed an online course for copywriting and started doing some small jobs here and there. But … there wasn’t enough work for me to carry on honing my writing. So, me and blogging hooked up. It was only a temporary measure but here I am a couple of years later still with my own little corner of the web.
What has been your highlight of blogging?
The whole aspect of blogging is such hard work but it’s so rewarding when you get a comment or a new like on a social media page. The highlight for me is really every time I get a comment on my blog. There’s nothing nicer than readers letting you know they like what you’re writing.
Is there anything you have learnt about blogging which you wish you knew when you started out?
Photography skills. I’m still constantly working on my photography to get some great shots of the books in my pictures but I spent far too much time trying to make my photos like the ‘popular’ blogs. I’ve now accepted that their way isn’t my way so I’m now working to create natural shots which aren’t forced or fake.
Bloggers sometimes get a lot of stick however many work really hard and are reaping the rewards, what has been the most rewarding part of blogging for you?
I work really hard on my blog but sadly I’ve never seen the rewards that some bloggers get. The book niche is one of the hardest categories to crack with so many aspects of our lives turning digital. However, I’m determined to make Blooming Fiction work.
The biggest reward I’ve found so far is a relationship I have with one of the publishers I work with. I like to say I have a good working relationship with them and the love of sharing each other’s work is reciprocated. This kind of blogger / publisher relationship is hard to get but now I have that with someone it’s wonderful.
What would be your 1 tip you would give all new bloggers starting out?
Don’t blog something because someone else did. This is how I started and of course I was miserable and blog just didn’t reflect me. I wanted to fit in but really its you as an individual that makes your blog shine, even if only a handful of people read your stuff. Touching the hearts of 20 is way more important than 300 people skimming your stuff.
Who do you find inspiring to read/watch in the blogging world?
There’s a good handful of people I talk to via Twitter who I’ve seen grow, which is amazing, but there’s no one I watch constantly as I find that I begin to compare myself. A big no no.
That being said I love flicking through Bloglovin to see lots of different blogs I may not have come across yet to find other talented writers who don’t get the spotlight.
Lastly – do you have any big plans/dreams for your blog in the next 12 months?
Since having my little girl in 2017 a lot of focus has shifted to try and make Blooming Fiction a source of income as well as my hobby patch. I’ve been made redundant from my job I should have been returning to so blogging has catapulted into a different focal point for me.
In addition to this I’m also hoping to add some more genres to my collection of reviews and extend advertising opportunities to other book bloggers or publishers.