Your name: Nicole Helgason
Name of your blog: ReefDivers.io
Let’s get to know YOU:
Tell us a little bit about yourself (mini bio):
I started ReefDivers to share my knowledge and passion of scuba diving with the world. Thank you to all our fans who visit the website, and follow us on social media!
I learned to scuba dive in 2006, and after 200 dives became a PADI instructor in 2007. I was afraid of diving before I started, and I worked at a dive center as a snorkel guide in the Dominican Republic for six months before someone convinced me to go scuba diving. The rest is history!
As a PADI Instructor, I have been able to travel around the world and work in some truly breathtaking locations. It hasn’t always been easy and I’ve had many challenges along the way. But my experiences have given me a unique insight into the professional world of scuba diving. These lessons guide my work on ReefDivers.
What do you do outside of blogging (think school or work):
I am fortunate to work full time for an established website www.reefbuilders.com. This allows me time to build my own website www.reefdivers.io. I have been working on ReefDivers for one year and am passionate about helping people learn to scuba dive and in particular learning to identify coral species.
What do you like to do on your down time?
In my downtime, I work on building ReefDivers, reaching out to sources and scouring the internet for new things to write about. When I am not at the computer I am in the water scuba diving, taking pictures and gathering new content for my blog.
Blog niche: Scuba diving, Marine Biology, Coral Identification.
There are plenty of travel blogs and scuba diving websites so I try to differentiate myself by focusing on Coral restoration and Coral Identification. I also like to feature article about female divers and female marine biologist around the world.
What’s the purpose of your blog?
I want people to come to my blog before they learn to scuba dive. As a dive instructor, I have lots of content about what to know before you learn to dive, what to expect and what skills you will learn. I also follow up with more advanced topics for certified divers who want to get advanced certification.
I am passionate about coral reefs and I like to write about coral restoration projects around the world and the different techniques they use to restore coral reefs. Tied in with that I write about coral identification and how people can learn to identify coral while they are scuba diving.
Who’s your target?
New divers, ocean enthusiasts, coral enthusiasts, underwater photographers, marine biology, anyone who loves the ocean and corals.
What’s the best way for your audience to contact you?
You can email me directly firstname.lastname@example.org, leave a comment on any of our blog posts and social media profiles, or send me a private message on facebook or instagram. I check them all 🙂
If you have pictures of coral and you would like me to help you identify them please send me to my email!
How would you describe your blogging style?
Science, information, interesting facts
When did you start blogging?
What inspired you to start blogging?
Sharing my knowledge
What’s the biggest change in your life since you started blogging? Working a ton and not making any money!
- Short term: Grow my facebook page to 1000 in 2017. Have more engagement (comments) on my website
- Long term: (3yr goal) Get free invitations to dive centers and resorts in return for photos, video and reviews on the blog.
How do you motivate yourself to continue blogging?
That one day it will pay off and I can live from blogging
What attributes has helped you become successful blogger?
Consistency – Posting every day (Monday-Friday) If someone comes to your blog a second time and see’s new content, they are more likely to continue coming back for more.
How have you tried to increase your blog traffic? Which way has been the most successful?
I reach out to different coral restoration projects and female marine biologist who inspire me and offer to write a story about them. Hopefully they share the story with their network and my site grows.
I am active on Instagram, although I don’t know how much of this traffic comes back to the website.
What’s your favourite social media platform and why?
Most of your traffic comes from which social media platform?
Facebook however, most of my traffic comes from google search
What’s your greatest win so far with blogging?
Travelling to Indonesia
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve so far with blogging?
Consistency is key. No matter how hard it is to post daily content you have to keep posting.
Has blogging surprised you in any way? If so, how?
You never know which stories will resonate with your audience. You can have an idea what they will like but sometimes the article you spend the least amount of time on will have the biggest response, whereas articles, videos you work days to create could be a total flop.
How often do you publish a post?
I try post at least one article a day Monday – Friday
Do you accept guest posts? If yes, tell us about it!
Yes, scuba diving, travel, marine biology, coral restoration, coral identification
Have you made money from blogging? If so, how?
Nope I still haven’t made any money; however, I have been given products to review and complimentary diving.
How long had you been blogging before you made any money?
Still blogging since 1 year without making any money
Give advice to someone who wants to start blogging:
Just start! If you think something is interesting chances are someone else will too.
Tell us one thing your readers don’t know about you:
I speak four languages. I did French immersion school when I was younger and speak fluent French. When I was 19 I moved to the Dominican Republic for four years and learned to speak Spanish. In 2013 I moved to Mozambique Africa for two years and learned to speak Portuguese. Now my Spanish and Portuguese are a little mixed up but I can get by in both languages!
Leave a message for your readers:
Thank you for visiting ReefDivers.io and following us on Social Media. I really appreciate all my fans!