So this is me! I’m just an ordinary person, working full time, who is now writing blogs and recording vlogs! Who would have thought it? Certainly not me!
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve fancied blogging for years. In fact my dream has always been to write a book. I’m not brave enough to start it yet, I know what I want to write about but just not sure I have the time to do it justice. I always thought blogging could be fun though! I absolutely said I would never never vlog!
Last year I shared my secret with a friend of mine over an Indian. I thought she would laugh at me. Instead she was really supportive. In fact she was thinking about doing a website herself. She is the most amazing artist. She draws for friends and family. I believe she actually could do cards, tea towels etc and make a good business for herself.
This is a drawing of Lola she did for me!
I decided that in 2018 I would start my own website and blogging. I already had a name in my head – Slimminginsprirations4u. I wanted to be able to talk to people like me who wanted to have a healthy diet and lifestyle. Yes I do Slimming World but I wanted it to be so much more than that.
In my blogs I wanted to talk about the usual, losing weight, recipes and body magic as they call it, but I also wanted people to see something more! For me exercise for example isn’t just about going to the gym. Its about exploring the countryside, seeing places and experiencing new things.
I love walking with my dogs and photography. I can enjoy both of those and help to myself to lose weight. I wanted my blogs to show people news ways of exercise through sharing my experiences and my photography.
Many people are on tight budgets, so I wanted to also show them that you can look good and eat well without having to spend a fortune.
I was really nervous the first time I pressed publish for my first blog, but I am so glad I did it. I’m not saying I’m amazing, far from it, but it felt good to be sharing experiences with others. I have a lot to learn but I hope by doing more blogs and reading other peoples blogs this will come.
I never knew though that blogging involved so much! Setting up a website and a host for your blogs. You can do it on free sites, but if you are serious it is worth investing. I use GoDaddy and WordPress for my website and blogs. I don’t earn any money off them yet, but I am hoping that one day I may. In the meantime, I am building up a base of followers.
The biggest surprise to me was Vlogging. I absolutely thought I would never never ever do one. Most people think I am super confident, but I am so not! I even surprised myself. However, when one of my favourite wine companies launched a new product – Slimline Wine – Pink, I thought it would be a good way to introduce them! Have a look at it (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-W1EqNeP0A).
I invested in a tripod for my iphone, sat in my dining room and pressed record! I was actually surprised what I did! Ok, looking back now, I could have tidied up the background, but to be honest, for most people that is real life.
My husband had some software on his PC which he transferred to my laptop. I played around with it and produced a Youtube Video. I also did one on how to make an omelette (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPkvXM7-N9o). This one was so funny as my dogs got into the act. You really have to see this one as Fido did a great star appearance! Releasing those to Youtube was so nerve racking. Now I will be honest they are not getting a lot of coverage, but you have to start small!
Since then I have tried to make a video a week. It’s hard getting people to subscribe to your channel. I’ve watch lots of YouTube videos about how you can increase your subscriptions overnight, but how true are they? I really don’t know. I’m a complete novice to this. What I do know is that I am enjoying myself and learning all the time.
I already own a Nikon DSLR camera, but recently I have bought the tripod I mentioned earlier, 2 lights and this week a GoPro 6. I’m determined to make a success of blogging and Vlogging. I want to keep things fresh and natural.
My signature is Slimminginspirations4u, but I don’t want people to think that only means diets. I want it to mean that you can be slim and enjoy life. You can do things that will help you lose or maintain weight, get out and explore and feel good about yourself. To discover new things about you and learn to love yourself and life.
I was even brave enough to share my cancer journey as I wanted to help others who may be going through what I went through!
If you have dreams, follow them. You might not get them right first time, but keep going. The important thing is you are following your dream.
I hope you will help and support me with my journey. If you like my blogs, please let me know. Have a look at my YouTube Channel and subscribe to it. I can’t get a URL address unless I get 100 subscribers.