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10 Tips For Bloggers: An Interview With Lauren Hollie

by - May 15, 2020


A Helpful Interview With Fitness Blogger Lauren Hollie

I interviewed Lauren Hollie about her experience as a blogger and she shared some really good tips! Let's take a look!

Say Hello To Lauren!




I'm Lauren, 22 years old from Bedfordshire but currently living in Leicester to be in full-time dance training at an academy here. Aside from dancing, I'm a fitness trainer and that's where my blog comes in www.laurenhollie.com - my blog has a mixture of fitness and lifestyle content.

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Let's Start The Interview

What does your day-to-day as a blogger look like?

Blogging for me has always been a hobby that I didn't give a whole lot of thought to, however, during lockdown I decided to take the plunge, go self-hosted and launch my website/blog properly. Since doing that, I feel like a full-time blogger haha! I like to workout in the morning and then start my admin/blog work in the afternoon.

I try to post two blog posts a week and I'm in the process of writing enough content so that I can have posts scheduled a whole month in advance. Right now I have lots of editing with my site because it's brand new, so when I'm not writing a post I'm probably checking links in old posts, learning and applying SEO, creating pins for posts. I also like to spend about an hour each day on Twitter interacting with the blogging community and promoting my latest posts. I try to post on Instagram every day and update my stories a few times a day too and interact with people there.


 How did you decide to make fitness your blog niche?

I've been a dancer since I was 4 years old, but I was never 'sporty' or into fitness growing up, until about the age of 14 I'd say. My mum is a fitness instructor and made that career change when I was young so I think I saw that and followed in her footsteps. I used to much prefer fitness classes to training in the gym, but over the years I've adapted to appreciate and utilize both. I actually have a blog post all about my fitness journey: https://laurenhollie.com/my-fit-pro-journey/

What do you think is one of the most important things you've learned about blogging so far?

It takes A LOT of time, effort and energy to get your blog looking exactly how you want it to, and that's before you've even started to put it out there and promote it and find your audience. As soon as it becomes a chore to run and you don't enjoy making content for your blog, something needs to change. That doesn't mean you need to give it up completely, just evaluate what you want and what has changed that means you don't enjoy it as much as you used to.

Are there any bloggers that you look up to? If so, what have you learned from them?

I love Ell's blog (both hers and her business one) she has a lot of great articles on how to get started blogging, growing your blog and even has a Pinterest course. https://www.ellduclos.blog/

Another is https://www.glowsteady.co.uk/ I love the amount of yummy Vegan recipes that I need to try, and the general aesthetic of her blog. Aesthetics are really big for me so if your blog looks nice, I'll probably read it no matter what the content is like.

I'm also loving this blog right now https://www.bossbabechroniclesblog.com/ again it's really nice aesthetically, but also has a lot of helpful blogging tips (this is the main type of content I'm consuming at the moment whilst I get my blog going). There's also some great personal development on there which I'm really focusing on during lockdown.

What have you been doing to increase your blog's visibility? How effective have your methods been?

I'm still very new to blogging but so far most of my views have come from promoting my site on Twitter and engaging with other bloggers over there to learn from them too.


How did you decide the design (fonts, colour scheme etc.) for your blog?

I picked a theme that I liked and honestly haven't got around to picking the colour scheme yet really, it's just simple and minimal at the moment! I'm in the process of changing up how my posts look with featured images etc because I don't actually like how many colours are on my blog in terms of that at the moment.


 What are your favourite things about blogging and why?

I love that it's just like a blank canvas and I can say what I want. I love learning about topics within the field of health and fitness and equally love to pass on this knowledge and educate others which is how my blog came about in the first place. I love the blogging community and the support available.

 What are your least favourite things about blogging and why?

Editing can take a long time, and just generally setting up the whole site to be exactly how you want. I'm very impatient so I don't like to wait for it to all fit into place!

Why did you decide to buy your website domain and start self-hosting?

Basically to start monetizing my blog. I wanted to take blogging more seriously and fully commit to it.

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 Do you have any words of inspiration for new bloggers?

Just go for it, believe in yourself and be more patient than I am and you'll be fine!

Recap of The 10 Tips For Bloggers

  • Scheduling your content in advance can make blogging so much easier - "I try to post two blog posts a week and I'm in the process of writing enough content so that I can have posts scheduled a whole month in advance." 
  • Blogging shouldn't always feel like a chore, you should be able to find joy doing what you love -"As soon as your blog becomes a chore to run and you don't enjoy making content for your blog, something needs to change. That doesn't mean you need to give it up completely, just evaluate what you want and what has changed that means you don't enjoy it as much as you used to."
  • Learn from the people around you, they might be able to help with your blog more than you think - "My mum is a fitness instructor and made that career change when I was young so I think I saw that and followed in her footsteps. "
  • Find blogs that can help you developed your own crafts and grow as a person -" I love Ell's blog (both hers and her business one) she has a lot of great articles on how to get started blogging, growing your blog and even has a Pinterest course."
  • Social media is a great place to promote your blog and find your target audience -"my views have come from promoting my site on Twitter"
  • In blogging, sometimes simple is better - "it's just simple and minimal at the moment!"
  • You should genuinely love writing for your blog -  "I love learning about topics within the field of health and fitness and equally love to pass on this knowledge and educate others which is how my blog came about in the first place."
  • Blogging is hard work, but if you put in the time you're bound to get more out of it - "Editing can take a long time, and just generally setting up the whole site to be exactly how you want. "
  • If you're feeling down or overwhelmed about blogging, find a source of inspiration to help motivate you - "Just go for it, believe in yourself and be more patient than I am and you'll be fine!"

Ending Notes

Thanks again to Lauren for letting me interview her and if you want to follow Lauren's blog just click here. Hopefully, you were able to take something away from this interview filled with tips for new and experienced bloggers. 

What is your favourite blogging tip and who did you hear it from?