Your name: Lilly Moore
Name of your blog: Moonbeams on the Path
Blog social media accounts:
- Facebook: https://en-gb.facebook.com/people/Lilly-Moore/100014206244499
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/Moonbeamspath
- (you can also find me at https://www.quora.com/profile/Lilly-Moore-5 , https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyKFLD6Juza5VSzb-2tUh0w and https://www.younow.com/LillyMoore_36285/channel)
Let’s get to know YOU:
Tell us a little bit about yourself (mini bio): I spend my afternoons proving strange theorems, my evenings practicing Tae Kwon Do, my nights writing and blogging and my mornings sleeping.
What do you do outside of blogging (think school or work): I prove crazy theorems, search for ways to speed up matrix multiplication and solve partial differential equations (i.e. I’m a mathematics student)
What do you like to do in your down time? The official answer to this would be practise Taekwondo, go running, read classics and mysteries, write and plan stories and learn languages, but in my REAL downtime, I watch Youtube videos and Younow shows while playing Slitherio and drinking hot chocolate.
Blog niche: Writing/books/university life
What’s the purpose of your blog? To provide a safe, calm oasis to come and take a break from the stress of everyday (school/university) life.
Who’s your target? University students. But young adults, high school students and pretty much anyone else are also welcome.
What’s the best way for your audience to contact you? I have a contact form on my blog! ☺ Also a chat.
When did you start blogging? I started Moonbeams on the Path in November 2016. I’ve had other blogs before this one, though.
What inspired you to start blogging? Honestly, it was watching various Youtubers. I was too shy to star in videos and didn’t know the first thing about film production, but writing was something I could do.
What’s the biggest change in your life since you started blogging? I’ll spend entire days writing blog posts, updating social media, connecting to bloggers on Facebook and reading other people’s blogs.
- Short term: Double my views, visitors, likes, comments and followers each month
- Long term: Get a huge readership, create a beautiful, fun space for people to come and take a break from the stress and troubles of everyday life
If you could start blogging all over again, what would you do differently? Nothing, but since I am still quite new to blogging, that answer will probably change once I get wiser and more experienced.
How do you motivate yourself to continue blogging? Actually getting views, likes and comments is all the motivation I need at the moment!
What attributes has helped you become a successful blogger? I wouldn’t call myself a successful blogger yet! But I am proud of my commitment, my writing style and being present on lots of social media.
How have you tried to increase your blog traffic? Which way has been the most successful?
- Commenting on other people’s blogs: pretty effective, about half of those people checked out my blog
- Being active on social media: ranges from very successful (Facebook groups), through moderately helpful (Twitter) to completely useless (Youtube comment sections, Younow shows)
- Adding a chat, monthly quote and other cool features: no help whatsoever
What’s your favourite social media platform and why? Probably ask.fm, if that counts
Most of your traffic comes from which social media platform? Facebook
What’s your favourite blogging group on Facebook? There are so many good ones, but I’d have to say GirlBoss Bloggers because of the supportive community.
What’s your greatest win so far with blogging? Going from 6 views to 152 in the space of one month. Not super-impressive, but it felt like the most exciting and amazing thing ever.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learnt so far with blogging?
Even if your hard work seems useless and unrewarding, it will pay off in the future. I’ve often spent ages planning and writing a post, posting it on social media and participating in Facebook posts only to have absolutely no-one read it, then woke up the next morning to lots of new views, follows, likes and comments.
Has blogging surprised you in any way? If so, how? I think people often underestimate how difficult it is to build a popular or famous blog. It seems easy and readers only see the fun parts of it, not struggling to come up with ideas for blog posts, getting a headache from too much html and layout planning and getting excited over every single comment because you haven’t received one in weeks.
Another thing that surprised me is how much bloggers can find out about their viewers. Whenever you read a blog, the blog’s owner will see the country where you reside, the pages you looked at and whether you clicked on the blog through social media, a google search or whatever. If you leave a comment, the owner will see your email address and can edit it. This is of course obvious to everyone who owns a blog, but to me as a reader was a bit scary (the friends and friends of friends whose blogs I had stalked probably knew it was me all along, since I live in quite a distinctive country).
How often do you publish a post? I try to publish two posts a week-one is part of a writing project called Wordbound, the other can be anything.
Have you had writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it? I have had writer’s block twice, but both were very strange and unique situations which most people probably couldn’t empathize with. Writing them out would be an entire blog post of its own, if not longer than that. Maybe a novel. But basically, the first time it happened, I was convinced that my writing wasn’t good enough and would never be. Whenever I took out a paper and pen, my thoughts didn’t flow like they used to and it didn’t work. The disjointed poems I forced myself to write definitely belong to the strangest things ever written. I got over it by managing to get revenge on the thing that was holding me down through my own writing, and lo and behold, I could write again! In the second case, I lost a part of my personality. I stopped writing and started thinking that making up stories was a silly thing of the past. Months later, words and ideas started flowing through my mind again and that was when I realized that I was, in fact, a writer. I’m afraid these weren’t very common situations or helpful tips. Sorry about that.
Do you have a blogging schedule? Daily theme? Please share! I wish! But I also think that being forced to write blog posts at a specific time would lower the creativity/quality of them, so I’m fine with making posts whenever I feel like it.
Have you guest posted for someone? Yes, once! It was a letter that I wrote to my 10-year-old self.
- For whom? Father Lee Moments at http://www.fatherleemoments.com/
- Blog URL: http://www.fatherleemoments.com/back-to-the-feature/back-to-the-feature-part-xvi-nicole-mum-reviews/
Do you accept guest posts? If yes, tell us about it! I am currently working on a new series of blog posts that deal with unique, fascinating matters to do with finding out more about our world, like for example genes, mythological creatures, philosophy of mathematics and international relations. SO pretty much anything. I’ll be accepting guest posts for this soon, so if you have a specific topic that you’re really interested in and/or know a lot about, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Have you made money from blogging? If so, how? Nope
What type of blogs are you interested in reading and why? All kinds! Personally, I’m really interested in posts to do with publishing and university experiences, but ever since I started blogging, I realized that a lot of blogs can be fun/informative/lovely, like travel and cooking blogs!
List the top 5 blogs you are reading currently: (Names and blog URLs)
- We Have Pizza https://wehavepizza.me/
- Learn Fun Facts: An Archive of Curious Facts for the Curious https://learnfunfacts.com/
- T’yanna Tells: Your Favorite 90’s Primadonna https://tyannatells.wordpress.com/
- Millie Schmidt Writes…With Cats https://millieschmidt.wordpress.com/
- Emma Reads Things http://www.emmareadsthings.com/
Give advice to someone who wants to start blogging: Stay safe, stay legal, pick a topic you love, don’t worry about advanced design stuff, make sure your posts are interesting and well-written as well as aesthetically pretty, connect with other bloggers, return comments and likes, use social media, guest post and enjoy blogging!
Tell us one thing your readers don’t know about you: My life is crazy.
Anything else you’d like to share with us? Go for it!!! Thank you for interviewing me! This has been really fun ☺ (and also please check out my blog)
Leave a message for your readers: Thank you so much for reading/watching my things! Having lovely, positive people like you in my life really means a lot to me, you should see me jumping up and down whenever I get a like or comment and squealing “Oh, these wonderful, amazing, sweet people!“ I’m not even joking.
Also, check out my chat! Please. Iputalotofworkintomakingit.