Hi everyone! I am so sorry about my absence from posting the last few weeks, my month of blogging everyday wore me out and with some issues as well as school starting I just did not have the time! But I am back and transitioning into school so hopefully I will be able to get myself on a regular schedule! But today I have an exciting post for all of you, an interview from Alexandra who is the voice behind Little Wild Heart.
I have known her for quite a while and she is an awesome person as well as an AMAZING blogger and I definitely recommend checking her out, she definitely keeps me inspired and I love her content. Her team of other bloggers is amazing as well, they all bring in different view points.
Anyway…I have asked her to answer a few questions for you guys that has to do with blogging as well as some tips and tricks for other bloggers which is something we all can benefit from! Hope you all enjoy this post and I hope to do more of these in the future!
When did you first start Little Wild Heart?
I started what I do now, connecting with people that inspire me and who I want to inspire online, when I was fourteen. I was spending way too much time mastering HTML to get my Myspace about me section perfectly formatted, switching my background on that page probably more often than I showered, and trying to come up with the perfect summary of words to communicate who I am to the world – all the while friending girls from mostly Europe and Australia who dressed the way I did and liked the same movies and music that I did.
This online expression and community formally took shape as Little Wild Heart Blog in July 2014, although I had tried to blog consistently for a long time but wasn’t able to until after I graduated.
How would you describe LWH?
Little Wild Heart is the place you go to get inspired. It’s my story and my curation of images, words, and humans that have a lot to give to the world. When you’re feeling defeated, anxious, or uninspired my hope is that a a few minutes of clicking around Little Wild Heart will help you get back to being a #girlboss or boy boss or whatever kind of boss you want. It’s the pep-talk you didn’t know you needed and a reminder that miracles do happen and fairytales are real – so keep going fast towards your dreams!
What was it that made you want to start a blog?
I’ve always felt like I had a lot to say and nowhere to say it. A blog seemed like the best solution because I have a lot of control over about what is published and I can say what I need to without annoying the people in my life. It’s this take it or leave it approach to putting myself out there that doesn’t have a ton of risk involved.
What is the best piece of advice you have ever gotten?
I am never not seeking advice. I read so many things on LevoLeague.com, interviews with women I admire, and I really just ask whoever I think can give me some perspective to share their experiences with me. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg and #Girlboss by Sophio Amoruso are two books full of advice that I read and then built my professional life on. My current favorite piece of advice is to help stay in the moment: with deep breaths, on the inhale think “I am” and on the exhale “at peace.” Because you can’t think about which color raincoat to order for your dog or the embarrassing thing you did last week while you’re doing that exercise.
Where do you hope to see your blog in one year?
We all see the incredible success of Emily over at Cupcakes and Cashmere or James of Bleubird, so of course the dream is to be wildly successful, or maybe even profit enough from the blog to pay for what I spend on hosting it. And Emily and James work incredibly hard, every day, all day, on their blogs. They took a leap of faith and have incredible talent and have been at this for years. Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle. It’s so easy to lose sight of how cool it is to just blog consistently and be courageous enough to put ourselves online like this. In a year I hope I’m still blogging and I hope I’m even more authentic in my posts than I am today. I have to learn all the time that it’s okay to be who I am through my writing – I want to keep getting better at creating a complete picture of my life on Little Wild Heart.
What is your biggest accomplishment/what you are most proud of from the first year of Little Wild Heart?
I grew a team of amazing, talented people who inspire me, and by contributing to Little Wild Heart they use their talents to send more inspiration and beauty out into the world. It is amazing to know that someone else was inspired to create because of something I made.
What is your best advice for those who are just breaking into the blogging world?
Be kind to yourself. Sometimes you aren’t going to feel like writing and you might go a long time without publishing a post. It’s part of the process. When you are in the mood to write try to make a cushion for yourself and write your heart out. If you’re only in the mood to pin to Pinterest, or write social media posts, or interview people, then just do that. Don’t feel like you have to do anything you don’t want to. It is your blog and you are the boss. If you are patient with yourself and are continuing to be inspired then you’ll write something sooner than you think.
What are a few of your favorite blogs to read?
Beside KoffeeBreakWithKate.wordpress.com, I love reading www.chiconfleek.com because it’s my best friend from college, so it’s like a note from her that I can’t help but read in her voice. I also love the design and girl behind www.cocorrina.com, it’s like stepping out of reality and into a soft, lovely haven. My last favorite I’ll share is www.rarelytakenseriously.com. Kerrie is an amazing, consistent, blogger. Her photography is gorgeous and her writing is super fun to read. Kerrie is a blogger I connected with online and today we have a great friendship and have created an amazing bond. I am so grateful!