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Lbloggers Chat • 17.08.14

August 18, 2014

Last night I hosted the Sunday night @Lbloggerschat on Twitter. In case you’re wondering what exactly it is, @Lbloggerschat is a Twitter account that promotes lifestyle blogs and organises chats every Sunday and Wednesday at 7pm (UK time) to discuss all things blog related. I don’t take part every single week, but I do try and get involved in the #lblogger chats as much as I can and last night I got to host the chat itself.

The topic I chose was Full Time Blogging vs. Hobbie Blogging. The reason I chose this topic is because it’s becoming increasingly popular for bloggers to earn a living from their blog. More and more of us are quitting our day jobs and going full time. I wondered just how many of us lifestyle bloggers would love to turn our hobbie into a career? Or would it no longer be fun because it’s a job? If we went full time, how would it affect our blog? I decided to find out more via the #lbloggers chat! And in case you missed it, here is a round up of the chat, including all the questions and some of my favourite answers and comments from those who participated…

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Q1. First off, I wanna hear some stories – why did you start your blog?
My Answer: Mine began 4 years ago as a bit of relationship/dating diary, which is completely different from what it is today – a lifestyle blog

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Q2. What kind of impact has blogging had on your life? What does it mean to you?
For me, it’s given me a reason to write, keeps me busy, and I’ve met lots of lovely talented people like you guys

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Q3. Do you aspire for your blog to be a full time job? Or just want to keep it as a hobbie?
I love blogging, it’s my escapism, and my fun, and I worry blogging for work would ruin it, or make it less so , BUT as an aspiring writer, I couldn’t turn down an opportunity to write everyday for a living. Plus I’d love to build something of my own.

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Q4. How do you think your blog would change if it became your full time job? Good or Bad?
It would be great to spend all day long on it, but I would worry my blog would change if I got too caught up in the earning money and sponsors and advertisers.

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Q5. How influenced are you by paid or sponsored posts?
If someone wants to pay me, gift me or sponsor, of course that’s Brill BUT only if I belived/liked/had passion for it (as in the product or service )
Also to add – I think it’s important not to lose sight of why you started blogging

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Q6. Okay, let’s think BIG!! Your blog has had HUGE success. You are now a globalbrand – what other platforms would you like to take it too?
I think apps are the future and would love my blog to develop into an app (blogs and safari on the iPhone don’t always read well or look great)

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Finally I had a little request…

Q7. Before we swap links, a request, please can you share one part time blog you think you’d like to see be a full-time site?

Here are a few that were mentioned:

TheBriarRoseBlog
MyPaleSkin
HazelJane
Flux&Flow
BeckyBedBug
LittleWinter
Notwedordead

After this we all shared our links, and I was able to start following even more fabulous blogs (I don’t how I’m going to keep track). Hosting the chat was a great experience, I have to admit I was a little nervous; it was all quite frantic, I was using my iPad and iPhone at the same time trying to do three things at once. But it was so much and such a rush to be engaging with so many other bloggers all at once, posing questions and getting some fantastic answers. I received such wonderful feedback too, I couldn’t help but share some of the positive comments on here…

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  • I missed most of the chat last night but I did discover your blog beforehand so I win!
    Looks like you did a great job, it’s such good fun.
    M x Life Outside London

  • I’ve never taken part in the blogger chats before, a) because I’m so absent minded and b) because I had no idea how it worked, what to say etc. but now I am definitely going to take part! It seems so fun :) xxx
    Lucy @ la-lingua.blogspot.com

  • It’s great fun. There’s lots of different accounts that host different chats (if you took part them in all, you’d never have a night off). This one runs Sundays & Wednesdays at 7pm, if you follow they account they tweet each day to let you know who is hosting, or at 7pm on those days just search with the hashtag #lbloggers and you will normally find the questions :) Hope to see you, well tweet you, on Weds or Sun x x

  • Haha! Aww thanks Michelle, also: Awesome name for a blog!! High Five x x x

  • It was my first time to join and I’m happy you’re the one who hosted the chat. Enjoyed it immensely! :)

  • Awww Yay! Thank you, that comment has made my day x x x

  • Kirsty

    I’m so annoyed that I missed you hosting the #lbloggers chat! I caught a few posts right at the end but I spent my Sunday night absolutely failing at making a homemade steak and onion pie from scratch. Sweetened pastry instead of normal shortcrust pastry… need I say more? Anyway, it looks like it was a really interesting chat and I enjoyed reading through some of the answers to your great questions. Well done lovely xxx

    Kirsty – Effortlessly Excessive.

  • Steak and Onion pie?? That sounds amazing *stomach rumbles* If we ever meet in real life, please can you make that for me???
    Awww you missed a good chat, but the pie sounds worth it! And Thanks, glad you found it interesting. You should host one, you’d be a really good host :D x x