Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your blog? How did you first get into blogging?
I’m Ting and my blog thetingthing.com came about after ten hours of drinking with a friend of mine after I was made redundant from a business consultancy job. It began as something positive for me to focus my energy onto and quickly became a space where I flourished creatively and a step in a different direction for me career wise. Now two years in, I can’t imagine my life without my blog or my new found blog friends.
You co-run Brum Bloggers. Can you tell us a bit about this and why it’s so important to you?
I’ve lived in Birmingham for 14 years and over that time have seen the city change and grow. It’s wonderful now to see the different parts of the city celebrated by people who live, work and play here. I love the diversity of the blogging community and how something has simple as Birmingham Bloggers can bring people together across different niches, ages, and walks of life. Our meet ups are great fun visiting different venues across the city and I get to meet someone new each time.
What do you think is the best “service” a blogger can provide their audience?
Authenticity. For me being true to yourself and standing for something is what I look for in bloggers that I enjoy working with and reading.
Do you have a full-time job as well? How do you find the time to run your blog so professionally?
Thank you! I work part time in social media, and the rest of my week is taken up with blogging and co-running Birmingham Bloggers. It’s a 60 hour week fitting everything in but worth it. I love that I get to write my blog, develop a local community and help clients to reach their target audience effectively.
How has your blog changed since you first started it, to now? What was your first post about?
When my blog first started I was hesitant and held back a lot. I didn’t want to give up my privacy but over time as my confidence has grown my blog has too. I’m no longer a beauty blogger hiding behind photos of products but a lifestyle blogger who shares personal insight and expertise as context to my opinion of things I’ve reviewed. My first post introduced me and the idea that I was going to review my hoard of beauty products – particularly samples. Oh how things have changed!
Do you have a favourite post that you’ve written? Does it differ from your most popular post?
My most popular blog post is ‘Fixing a Broken Powder Becca Highlighter‘ and it’s not my favourite as it was a very sad time for me when that happened. My favourite is probably my recent ‘Going dotty for florals‘ post as it’s the first post where I felt comfortable shooting fashion and talking about it. It’s taken to my thirties to feel comfortable enough in my own skin and sense of style to write about it but now I’m really enjoying it.
What’s been the best thing about your blogging journey?
Meeting so many people that are passionate about the things they blog about. It’s brought people into my life that I otherwise may never have met.
We all know you’re a well-rounded lifestyle blogger, but if you could do it all again, would you choose a specific niche? Why/why not?
Maybe a blog that explores how life is for me as a British born Chinese woman and my experiences with sexism and racism. I know – very different to my current blogging topics! I hesitate to start this as I don’t want to come across as if I’m speaking for all women from my background. It’s a very personal type of blog and I don’t know if I’m ready to explore that publicly yet.
A lot of people think that blogging is an easy way to make money, but we all know it’s not that easy. What advice would you give new bloggers?
I would say that there is nothing wrong with wanting to be paid for doing something that you love to do. So if you truly love blogging/vlogging and this is something that you want to make a living from then work hard. It’s a 60 hour week job with no holiday and no sick cover. Be as consistent as you can, and don’t be afraid to grow. Nothing comes straight away so work hard and build up your blog, which is your personal portfolio to demonstrate that you’re worth working with. And always be professional – if you want this to be your job then treat it like one.
And finally, we want to share the love, so who would you like to see us interview in the next newsletter?
Without a doubt Anoushka from Anoushka Loves. She is a lovely blogger and makes me laugh but without a doubt is terrible for my bank balance as her blog makes me want to shop!
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