Getting a blog up and going is no easy feat. It can take years to find your voice and grow a following. There are also the nights and weekends you give up to create and edit content for your site and social channels. With all that work, on top of being a great sister, mom, friend, lover, it’s no surprise that some bloggers quit before they start.
Thankfully, Lifestyle Queen Bee’s Lana hasn’t let a little hard work stop her. This newlywed from up north, you know the country whose immigration site America crashed on election night, has been putting in the time building a pretty sweet blog. While she’s no Cupcakes & Cashmere just yet, her charm, honesty, and style prove she is well on her way to being the next big blogger. Since she knows her life better than I do, I’ll stop with the intro and let Lana tell it.
Tell us a bit about yourself and your blog.
My name is Lana and I am a newlywed, January 2016. My husband and I moved to Toronto from Ottawa in April, that was the best decision we’ve ever made. My blog is Lifestyle Queen Bee, where I like to write about things I love or want to try. The blog is 100% written by me and relays my views and perspectives on everything featured.
Where would you like to be in blogging five years from now?
I would love to have grown my blog to a larger scale where I have a much larger audience. My main goal is to make my blog my main source of income/primary job so it would be nice if I have succeeded by that point.
What inspired you to start your blog?
I was working a job where I wasn’t happy and was looking for an outlet for me to be creative. I have always enjoyed writing, combined with my love of fashion, food, and beauty, it was a perfect fit. Years ago, I had two other blogs that never made it past the 6-month mark. Looking back, I realize I started them thinking they would appeal to readers but the biggest mistake a blogger can make is to have a site catering to what they think their readers want instead of writing what they are passionate about. If you write from the heart, the right readers will come.
What do you find frustrating about blogging?
As a newbie,only 6 months in, it definitely is frustrating to write great content and have little uptake. It is a bit disheartening to read about how other new bloggers are achieving great success who have been at it less time than I have. One thing I’ve learned is to not compare yourself to other bloggers. Everyone starts off as a newbie so don’t get discouraged when you see others doing amazing things. Keep at it and you can achieve success too!
In the future, where do you hope your blog will take you?
I hope that my blog becomes my primary source of income, my main job. I would love to be able to grow Lifestyle Queen Bee into a lifestyle empire, not just a blog. The blog will be an integral piece of my business but is not the only trick I have up my sleeve.
Do you have any specific goals for the rest of this year?
My main goal is to grow my followers on my blog as well as my social media accounts by the end of the year. Right now, I am aiming for 500 followers on Instagram so be sure to check out me out.
What is the biggest difference in your life post-blogging?
I definitely spend more time on social media, especially Instagram, than I used to! Also, I’m constantly looking at things from a perspective of possible content for my blog and various social media accounts. I definitely look at my blogger heroes in a whole new light! Blogging is a lot more work than people may think!
Is blogging your profession or just a hobby?
Right now, blogging is just my hobby. I haven’t started earning money from my blog just yet but it is a goal. Eventually, I will gradually build it so I can transition from hobby blogger to pro.
How would you describe your personal style?
While I like to follow trends, I always follow my own sense of style. I know what works for me and what doesn’t and I don’t like to try to take on a persona just to get attention or followers. I love to have my home reflect my personality which is comfortable, welcoming and cozy. I love colour and trying new things so that definitely comes through in my personal style as well.