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An Insightful Interview With Jo From A Little Bit Of Jo

I had the honour of interviewing Lifestyle Blogger Jo-Ann Biyani about her blogging experience. She shared some great advice that every blogger, new or experienced, should hear. Take a look!

Meet Jo!

Jo-Ann Biyani is a Canadian based newly-wed who blogs about all things lifestyle and millennial marriage. She is an avid lover of travel, food and vintage red wine.

The Interview

Why did you want to start blogging? What were your initial intentions in creating a blog and have they changed?

I’ve started one too many blogs to count over the years and my motivation was wanting to share my interests and things I was passionate about. I wanted to have a creative outlet that would allow me to showcase aspects of my personality and my life with the online world. In the beginning, I didn’t think anyone would ever actually read my blog- I just enjoyed the process of creating! I don’t believe that my intentions have changed but I’ve definitely become more exposed to the opportunities that come with blogging thus motivating me to take it even more seriously than ever before.

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Are there any bloggers that you look up to or see as a role model? If so, what do you admire the most about them?

Two of my favourite bloggers are Catriona Smart of Coco & Cowe and Laura Scott of Laura Scott and Co. I consider both these amazing women to be role models, particularly as career-driven women and incredible mothers. I admire their drive and passion to show up in the world authentically and share their lives. They are so raw and honest with their audience and that is something I’m trying to implement into my own blogging journey.

What is your biggest blogging achievement and how did it make you feel?

My biggest blogging achievement thus far was finally purchasing a domain and self-hosting! I had blogged for many years through free websites like Wordpress and Blogger but when I decided to dedicate myself completely to my work, I knew it was time to have my very own, professional space on the internet.

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Has there ever been a time you felt like quitting? If so, how did you get through it?

I have days where I am overcome by imposter syndrome where I feel like I have no clue what I’m doing and have no right claiming to be a blogger. This self-doubt is very damaging, in any aspect of life, so I’ve learned to take it day by day. Sometimes I may not have content ideas to share with the world and that’s okay!

Who has impacted you the most in your blogging career?

The people I’ve met online since I began my blogging journey have been a great impact on me. Strangers can be some of the most encouraging and sweetest people in the world! In a weird way, it’s sometimes easier to open up to people who don’t know you than it is to those who know you best.

During the earlier stages of your blog, how did you decide your niche and what tips would you give to others trying to determine what is best for them?

Right away I knew I wanted to blog in the ‘lifestyle’ niche, though I didn’t know what it was called at the time. As cliché as it may sound, my number one tip would be to stay authentic and true to you. Write and create content around niches that you genuinely enjoy and feel that you can shed light on.

What is one quote that keeps you going on hard days?
There’s beauty in the struggle and ugliness in the success.

Who is your number one blog supporter? Is there one person that is always encouraging you to move on?

I think everyone’s mom is their number one blog supporter, am I right? But seriously, my mom has read every single blog post and had stood behind every single entrepreneurial venture I’ve embarked on. She genuinely believes that everything I create will turn to gold!

Which blogging resources have helped you create A Little Bit of Jo?

I’ve watched endless YouTube videos and enrolled in more online courses than I can count. Education is timeless! I always look for ways to improve my blogging techniques and create a better experience for my readers.

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How did you come up with the name for your blog? Was it a long process or did it just come naturally?

I struggled with coming up with a blog name for weeks before I settled on A Little Bit of Jo. I was so worried that I’d pick a name that I’d get tired of quickly or one that wouldn’t resonate with the content I’d later create. I figured if my blog ever took off or got a ton of exposure, I’d want it to be associated with my name.

How long have you been blogging for and what is one important thing you would like to share from your experience?

I’ve been blogging for about 6 years now. One important thing that I’ve learned since blogging is not to pretend to be something you’re not for the sake of creating “relatable” content. Your journey and life experiences are unique enough to set you apart from everyone else in the world.

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How might you change or re-design your blog in the feature? Are there any new widgets or blog themes out there that are catching your eye?

I’m always eyeing new themes and widgets and I am constantly being inspired by other blogs that I visit. I love my blog as it is now and I’m enjoying what I’ve created. Who knows how I’ll feel in a few months though!

What is your end goal of blogging? What do you want to gain from your website?

My end goal of blogging is to hopefully create a strong community through the content I create and the relationships I foster. I think the great thing about blogging is being able to connect with so many different people that I may not have otherwise had the chance to come across.

When was the moment where you realized that people are reading and enjoying your work?

I realized people were reading and enjoying my content when people other than my mom started leaving genuine comments! I couldn’t believe that REAL people had found my little space on the internet and were relating to my work.

What advice would you give to bloggers that are just starting out?

Be consistent and don’t give up! Blogging is a fun experience but can also be discouraging when you don’t see results right away but I promise it’s worth it. Keep creating and keep sharing your work. If you’re in it for the right reasons and continue to create original content, the traffic will come!

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Main Takes Aways For Bloggers

  • Be passionate about your blogging, don’t force yourself to blog about something you don’t like.
  • Purchasing your own domain and self-hosting can give you more control over your blog and more opportunity to personalize it. 
  • Take blogging day by day. It’s okay if you don’t know what to write. Be able to recognize when you need to take a break.
  • Stay authentic and true to yourself when creating content for your blog.
  • Your mom is your number one supporter!
  • Don’t pretend to be something you're not in order to increase blog traffic. Always be yourself!
  • If you’re in it for the right reasons and continue to create original content, the traffic will come!       
Jo is a true inspiration for upcoming and established bloggers out there. It was brave of her to share her blogging experience with us and give out the honest advice that she did. If you want to see more of Jo head over to her blog alittlebitofjo.com.

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Blogging can be stressful and tiring. Here is some inspirational advice to motivate bloggers to be successful. Find the motivation you need to be successful as a blogger in this interview I did with lifestyle blogger Jo. She shared a bunch of tips about writing blog posts, making money blogging and blog traffic!  #bloggingtips