Your name: Eryn MacGillivray
Name of your blog: Diaries From The Window Seat
Blog URL: https://www.diariesfromthewindowseat.com/
Blog social media accounts:
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- Facebook: Diaries From The Window Seat https://www.facebook.com/diariesfromthewindowseat/
- Twitter: @diariesftws https://twitter.com/diariesftws
- Instagram: @erynmacgillivray https://www.instagram.com/erynmacgillivray/
- Pinterest: diariesftws https://www.pinterest.com/diariesftws/
Let’s get to know YOU:
Tell us a little bit about yourself (mini bio): I am a 22 year old university graduate born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory way up north in Canada! I love exploring the outdoors and have always had the travel bug. Although I was lucky enough to travel while in school, I have not gone on a solo trip yet. Hopefully in the fall of 2017 I will be off exploring the world while writing about it in the window seat!
What do you do outside of blogging (think school or work): I have just graduated from university with a bachelors degree in Anthropology and psychology. Now I have been working as an administrative assistant while saving up to travel.
What do you like to do on your down time? I like to adventure, hike, ski, take photographs, and work on my blog!
Blog niche: Adventure travel and lifestyle.
What’s the purpose of your blog? To talk about my adventures! Whether it be hiking and camping in the Yukon wilderness or walking the streets of Paris and New York. I want to give people tips and insight into my terrible failures and greatest successes!
Who’s your target? Anyone who wants to learn more about the amazing world we live on!
What’s the best way for your audience to contact you? My contact form on my blog! Or a direct message on Twitter or Instagram 🙂
How would you describe your blogging style? I like to keep it professional, but also real. I don’t want my blog to seem fake in anyway so I would call my blogging style something that is all my own.
When did you start blogging? I have always loved the idea of blogging and finally decided a few months ago that I wanted to share my adventures, tips, successes and failures with others around the world!
What inspired you to start blogging? Other travel bloggers! Especially World of Wanderlust and Polkadot Passport.
What’s the biggest change in your life since you started blogging? I haven’t been blogging for long, but I would say my time management has gotten much better! Spending so much time working on my blog has taught me how to get stuff done!
- Short term: To expand my subscription list to about twice the size it is now.
- Long term: To eventually be able to blog full time 🙂 !!
If you could start blogging all over again, what would you do differently? I would start WAY early and not let my fears stop me from following my dreams! I would also look at a lot more WordPress tutorial videos.
How do you motivate yourself to continue blogging? I genuinely enjoy blogging so it’s not too hard to motivate myself! But when I need a little push, I think about how awesome it felt to finally launch my blog and that keeps me going!
What attributes has helped you become successful blogger? I am a very outgoing and happy person, which i think has helped my grow my blog and social media accounts a lot. I am also very driven, so I spend a lot of time working on my blog!
How have you tried to increase your blog traffic? Which way has been the most successful? I have tried a few methods to increase my blogs traffic, but have not been blogging for a very long time so I still have a lot to learn. I am apart of many Facebook groups and Pinterest group boards, and these are where the majority of my traffic comes from.
What’s your favourite social media platform and why? Instagram! I have always loved it. I love photography and it’s an app based completely off of photos!
Most of your traffic comes from which social media platform? Pinterest and Facebook!
What’s your favourite blogging group on Facebook? I like Ultimate Travel Group the best!
Do you have a freebie for your readers? If so, what is it? Do we need to subscribe to receive it? Not yet but I am working on something along those lines and my subscribers will be the first to hear of its release!
What’s your greatest win so far with blogging? Getting my layout all figured out! And getting AdSense. Now I feel like a real blogger!
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve so far with blogging? Not to worry about what other people think! I was so afraid to tell anyone about my blog, but people have been so supportive.
Has blogging surprised you in any way? If so, how? I was surprised at how supportive the whole blogging community is! There’s much less competitiveness than I was expecting!
How often do you publish a post? Every Thursday! 🙂
Have you had writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it? Yes! If I do I leave it and come back to it later after I’ve done something else like take a walk or made something to eat! Puts me in a fresh mindset.
Do you have a blogging schedule? Daily theme? Please share! I try to network my blog about 1.5 to 2 hours a day, and work on my writing for another hour everyday. Not a super set schedule but it seems to be working so far! And I have certain things I do to network. I try to answer all the posts in Facebook groups to promote, and post all my posts on Pinterest!
Have you guest posted for someone? Not yet no!
- For whom?
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Do you accept guest posts? If yes, tell us about it! I would be open to the idea! I just haven’t had the opportunity yet!
Have you made money from blogging? If so, how? Approximately 87 cents haha!! Again I’ve only been blogging for a few weeks. One of these days though I hope!
How long had you been blogging before you made any money? About 2 days! But I started with affiliate links and ads as soon as I could.
Who’s your favourite blogger before you started blogging and why? (Name and blog URL) World of Wanderlust! http://www.worldofwanderlust.com/ She inspired me to start my blog in the first place! She was the first true “travel blogger” I ever followed and her ebook on starting a travel blog was a huge motivator for me!
Who’s your favourite blogger now and why? (Name and blog URL) Polkadot Passport! http://www.polkadotpassport.com/ I feel like she is very real with her readers and has some really awesome articles that have helped me a lot with my blogging!
What type of blogs are you interested in reading and why? I LOVE travel blogs! I read so many of them. I have a serious case of wanderlust so I’m always interested in learning more about different places around the world.
List the top 5 blogs you are reading currently: (Names and blog URLs)
- World of Wanderlust! http://www.worldofwanderlust.com/
- Polkadot Passport! http://www.polkadotpassport.com/
- The Blonde Abroad http://theblondeabroad.com/
- The Travelling Spud http://www.travelingspud.com/
- Wanderlust Chloe https://www.wanderlustchloe.com/
Give advice to someone who wants to start blogging: Just DO IT! Set up a WordPress account and start blogging! If you really want to do it then nothing should stop you!
Tell us one thing your readers don’t know about you: I have owned horses my entire life and have ridden in shows internationally!
Anything else you’d like to share with us? Go for it!!! Travel blogging is a passion of mine and I am so happy I have finally started to blog seriously!
Leave a message for your readers: I just want to say thanks to everyone for getting through this post! I really appreciate it and I hope you love my blog as much as I love writing in it!