Well, we’ve almost made it to the end of 2016. While I had some great events take place this year (got married, got a new pup, sold our 1st home, moved to Toronto, changed jobs, started this blog), there were also some things that happened I’d like to leave behind in 2017. Instead of dwelling on the negative, let’s shift our focus to something more lighthearted – like my final blogger interview for 2016. Today, we’re peeking inside the mind of fellow blogger, Bronwen Goodbar, the girl behind the blog, All Kinds of Me.
[ THE INTERVIEW ]
Tell us bit about yourself and your blog.
I’m Bron and I’m a 28 year old Aussie who’s just moved to London. I’m an ex health and fitness addict, an extremely driven career woman and a recovering perfectionist. As I got older, my ambition and perfectionism started an anxiety disorder that slowly but completely dominated my life. Moving to London was a turning point for me, so I started blogging as a side hobby to process my emotions. Since then, I have grown and positioned my blog as a fun and fresh twist on anxiety, personal growth and living a balanced lifestyle without the guilt or shame of feeling inadequate!
How would you describe you blogging style?
To be completely honest, anxiety is not the sexiest topic to write about! I found that similar blogs were used as a venting platform for their writers, with the tone and mood being darkly emotional. As a reader, this left me feeling a little worse than when I first got to their page! So I wanted to write in a tone and style that was factual and realistic to how many people are suffering in silence, yet also keep it upbeat, positive and motivational. This is so that my readers can firstly feel that they are not alone, and secondly, to ensure they leave my blog feeling uplifted and better than when they arrived!
Can you tell me some of your strengths that really helped you with blogging?
I have worked in digital advertising for the last 6 years, so I have quite a broad understanding of video and social marketing. I also have a pretty good understanding of SEM and SEO, so the technical skills from my job has really helped me get the basics right in setting up my blog from the get-go.
What do you think is the best service a blogger can provide to his/her readers?
I think the best thing that can set you apart is being yourself. Be authentic, be vulnerable and just be human! When you show your true self you are so much more genuine to your readers, and they get to feel like they know the real you.
Who has impacted you most in blogging and how?
Marina De Giovanni who runs www.notamodel.tv. She provided a free webinar a few weeks back that helped give me and so many other bloggers some clear direction for our content and brand position. The biggest thing I took away from her session was to be uniquely you and find your niche, rather than just becoming another generic lifestyle, fashion or beauty blogger.
How do you motivate yourself to keep your blog up and running?
I still work full time, travel lots (living in London!) and need time for my boyfriend and social events with friends. So I manage my time by writing down ideas that pop in my head, and then dedicate Tuesday nights and several hours on the weekend to PRIORITIZE them and then bang them out. Otherwise I just get distracted trying to multi-task with no clear direction and end up achieving nothing!
In the future, where do you hope your blog will take you?
I would love to extend my network into the business space and be a life coach SPECIALIZING in career anxiety. I would also love to have a guest column on the Huffington post, run seminars or groups on how to manage modern day stress, and maybe even one day write a book!
Can you tell me about your ideal reader?
My main focus is on ambitious, passionate and driven individuals who feel crippled by the pressures of modern life in trying to have the perfect body, perfect career, perfect relationship and perfect personal style, but spend every day miserable or dealing with an anxiety disorder because they feel inadequate. I want to be the voice of these individuals who feel like they can’t speak up, and empower them to take the pressure off themselves and take back control of their lives, to live the life they deserve.
What is your greatest achievement outside of blogging?
I competed in two fitness model competitions last year and early this year placing in the top five for both! People think that training for a comp only involves the dedication of eating clean and working out, but that is only 10% of the challenge. The other 90% is all in your mind, and I learnt so much about how I talk to myself mentally and the belief systems that hold me back, not only in training, but in life! So being able to work with myself and my mentality to then place third and fifth, against hundreds of stunning women was definitely my biggest achievement.
If you could blog about another niche, what would it be?
Even though I’m trying to step away from the hard core fitness industry just to get some mental balance, my addiction to health and fitness is still strong! I love Nike sneakers, protein shakes, weight training and how tweaking macros affects the body. The “Strong Is The New Skinny” movement is completely up my alley, so it might be something I look at when I’m back in Australia!
If you loved getting to know Bronwen as much as I did, you’ll be happy to know she will be guest posting on the blog before the year is out (YAY!). Be sure to come back and check out her post (which will mark our FIRST GUEST BLOG POST EVER!) on December 22 (Updated: Blog post can be read here).
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If you’re interested in being interviewed, want to submit a guest blog post OR do both, submit your info via the Collab page!