I got a chance to sit down with Frugal Beauty blogger Kelsey, who is the author of “Frugal Beauty“. Not only is her blog amazing but how she came to be. If you are into beauty and all things makeup, I highly recommend you check out her interview and afterwards be sure to follow her on WordPress.
- Can you tell our readers a little about yourself and your blog?
My name is Kelsey, and although I am only a sophomore in a small Community College, my dream is to become a journalist and/or writer and share my gift of words with the world. Frugal Beauty is a sensible beauty blog with a twist – for those of you who don’t enjoy all things beauty, or for my guy followers out there, I’ve included book, movie, and technology reviews just for you! My goal is to relate to each and every one of my followers, even the ones who don’t know the difference between blush and bronzer.
2. How long have you been blogging
I have been blogging for 8 months now, however Frugal Beauty is quite new to WordPress. My blog launched officially in early June of this year.
3. What inspired you to start blogging/Describe how you first got into blogging?
I have my Internship Coordinator at my local college to thank for getting me into blogging. At one of our meetings, she suggested that I start a blog – just to get my name out there and get some material written. My first blog, BoldnBlonde, was great, but after a few months, I just wasn’t passionate about what I was writing. I felt like my topics were far too broad and didn’t fit a specific theme. Thus, Frugal Beauty was born!
4. What do you like most about blogging?
I love interacting with my followers and other bloggers in the blogosphere. It gives me so much joy to see you guys comment on my posts – you have no idea! I’ve developed a lot of great relationships through Frugal Beauty, of which I’m very thankful for!
5. What would you say is the biggest challenge you face when it comes to blogging?
The biggest problem I’ve faced with blogging is consistency. I’m one of those people that get bored with things (styles, themes, colors, etc.) very quickly, and I don’t want to lose interest in what I’m trying to achieve through my blog. That’s one of the reasons why BoldnBlonde failed miserably; I simply got bored and gave up.
6. How do you come up with post for your blog?
I purchased a travel sized notebook from my local Target and created sections for each category (hauls, Thoughtful Thursdays, Book/Movie Reviews, etc.) of posts I plan to include on Frugal Beauty. Whenever I come up with an idea, I jot it down in the corresponding section and go from there. I use this along with my calendar to schedule posts – usually, I’ll just pick a topic that I think is interesting for the week, write it, and then schedule it to post on the corresponding date! Hint: Sometimes, if I’m feeling really uninspired, I’ll check the internet for ideas of posts. I also find it helpful to read other blogs and see which of their posts are the most popular, and write something similar to that nature.
7. How do you keep your readers engaged?
When Frugal Beauty was still new, I decided to throw a giveaway to get people to visit the site. After all, who doesn’t love free?! Also, I always respond to comments, even if it’s just a simple emoticon or a brief reply – I ALWAYS REPLY. I also find that a nice layout is helpful; if it’s pretty, they’ll come back for more!
8. Outside of blogging what other hobbies or activities do you enjoy?
I am a full time college student, so when I’m not writing posts for Frugal Beauty, I’m almost always doing some form of homework for class. But in my spare time, I love to read and cook!
9. Please share a link to one of your favorite post from your blog (why is this your favorite?
A Teenager’s Bucket List’ is one my favorite posts I’ve ever written for a few reasons. Firstly, I thought it would be interesting to share some of my life goals and aspirations with my followers, and by doing so, I hoped to encourage others to reveal some of theirs to me! Secondly, this post encouraged me to actually sit down and make a list. I’ve always dreamed of having one, and although I’ve always had these thoughts jumbled up in my head, it’s nice to finally see them written out on paper. I believe that dreams are much easier to obtain and/or complete when they’re visible to the human eye. Finally, this post gives me something to look forward to – the future!
10. What advice would you give to those who are interested in starting a blog?
My advice to those who are interested in starting a blog is to be passionate about what you’re writing and take in as much knowledge as possible. It doesn’t matter if you write as well as Shakespeare (although, that would be a plus!) as long as you are behind what you’re posting. Also, make sure you interact with others. It’s important to be active in the blogosphere, otherwise, your blog may go unnoticed! Plus, it makes people feel better when they receive attention for a new post – trust me, I’d know!
11. How can others find you on WordPress (please provide link to your blog)
You can find Frugal Beauty here: frugalbeautybloggerr.wordpress.com