October 2016

The Rise of Blogging

20/30 years ago you would never hear about a career where you film yourself talking to a camera or writing content about your interests for people to read. However, in this digital age blogging has gone from being something to do as a hobby, to being a career and a way to dominate the world with your words.  An example of this would be Zoe Sugg, a.k.a Zoella. She went from writing a blog and creating YouTube videos in the comfort of her home in Wiltshire, to becoming one of the most successful bloggers/vloggers with a beauty and lifestyle line in Superdrugs across the UK. Now she is earning approximately £50,000 a month from her YouTube channel with over 10 million subscribers.

A lot of people have created a brand for themselves and have gone from being a blogger to being an author to creator of fashion or beauty lines. Samantha Maria created her blog and YouTube channel, of the same name, in 2009 and has gone on to having nearly 2 million Youtube subscribers and has created her own fashion line, Novem & Knight with her fiancé.

Ashleigh Wilson, 18, book blogger and youtuber (A Frolic Through Fiction) said “I still feel a bit weird when I call myself a blogger because I still feel like it is a growing thing. But more people are definitely trying it.”

I guess the reason why a lot of people have a blog now is due to the people like Zoe Sugg, Tanya Burr etc who have become big icons for younger ages. Also the fact that there is such a diversity in blogging because you can create a blog about anything, attracts a lot of people to start creating content. These are some of the reasons I started blogging.

I created my The Giggly Blogger at the start of 2014 and it has slowly grown, and still is growing, into having a small following and regular content. I have always had a passion for writing and thought that blogging would be a great way for me to express myself in a way that I am good at  and enjoy. I mainly write lifestyle content and reviews of products and books as  they are my main interests, but I sometimes write about specific things that aren’t related to my usual content.

At the start I would blog about random things because it was a hobby where as now I take pride in what I write and publish. Event though it is still a hobby I want people to look at it and actually want to read it, instead of being put off by bad images or poorly written content.

Abbie Akers, 17, former blogger said ” I started blogging because it seemed like fun, which it was, but its a lot more effort than people think.”





Top 12 Budget Beauty Products



As a student you find it hard to buy good quality things for a decent price, one of these is beauty products.

A lot of students find it difficult to discover products that suit them and work with there skin but still within a student lifestyle budget.

Here are a list of affordable drugstore products that are perfect for being on a budget.

  • Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation
  • Makeup Revolution Eye Shadow Palettes
  • Sleek Matte Me Lip Creams
  • Collection 7 Day Wear Nail Polish
  • Rimmel Lasting Finish Concealer
  • Collection Super Size Fat Lash Mascara
  • Natural Collection Blushed Cheeks Blusher
  • Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Polish
  • Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick
  • Kimmel Stay Matte Powder
  •  No 7 Stay Perfect Shade and Define Eye Crayon
  • Maybelline Colour Tattoos



Promotion As A Freelancer

As a freelancer you have to rely on yourself and word of mouth to get yourself known to potential employers. However there are many ways you can promote yourself and your work.

One example of promotion is social media. Using Twitter if you are a freelance journalist great as you can keep up to date with the news and tweet about your opinions to a wide audience. Also, if you are a freelance photographer, using Instagram can help you promote your work and reach potential clients. Instagram is a great site to use for your portfolio as you can display all your work on one page and people can choose what to look at. The disadvantage of using these two sites is that they can sometimes be seen as unprofessional, even though they are a simple way to promote your work.

Another type of social media is LinkedIn. This site is used for professionals so they can look for potential employees and freelancers. You can also add a portfolio of work for people to look at.

Another method of promotion is through your own website. Creating your own website is similar to social media as you can reach a wider audience, but you have more control on how your work is presented and how the site looks. Also, you can have a lot more fun and creativity with creating a website as you can design the layout and overall features of the site yourself.


Also, creating a blog can also help you if you are a freelance journalist. If you are a freelance magazine journalist then this method is a great way for you to get your name known as you can write about fun topics of your choosing and stick to something you are passionate about. A blog is typically the same as a website, however it is more relaxed, but you can still make it look and feel professional. Since it is the same as a website you can have loads of features that can display your work as a journalist or photographer.

Business cards are also a great way to promote your work as you can hand them out to anyone you meet. You can’t display your work on them but you can have your contact details on them and the link to your website so potential clients can contact you or look at your work.

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