HerStory: Katy from Katy Belle
HerStory is a series of profiles where fabulous bloggers, makers and creative entrepreneurs share their stories and tips for creating a beautiful online space. Know someone who has blog wisdom to share? Comment below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Katy of Katy Belle is one of my favorite bloggers right now – her photos are always absolutely gorgeous and her Instagram aesthetic is drool-worthy. She's a Belfast, Northern Ireland-based blogger who writes about lifestyle, beauty, fashion and travel.
Today she's sharing her blogging journey, how she keeps going when inspiration is low, and how she's adjusting to changing algorithms and the online landscape.
How did you decide to start blogging?
Well, I'd been reading and admiring other blogs from afar for such a long time, all the while wishing I could create something equally as interesting, to have an outlet for all of my interests. One day I just kind of realised that literally nothing was stopping me from trying it out for myself – so I just decided to go for it. And I haven't looked back since!
What is the most rewarding part of being a blogger? What is the most challenging?
Honestly, I find the most rewarding part to be when someone tells me that my words have helped them in some way; whether it be that they've felt inspired or found something that they could relate to. As a writer, I've found that there's little that beats that feeling. In terms of what I find to be most challenging, it's for sure managing my time. I am the worst at time-management. I work full-time and manage my blog in every spare moment that I have, but I find it most difficult when I'm having an off-day or have other plans. It can get super hard to stay on top of everything, you have to have serious discipline! (Which, most of the time, I don't have).
What is your creative process like? How do you go about creating content?
I take inspiration from literally everything. From videos, to other blog posts, to artwork, to photos on Instagram, to music – so many things get all kinds of ideas floating around in my head. Every week I try to sit myself down and grab those ideas out of my head and get them down on paper during a huge brainstorming session. When it comes to actually creating the content itself, I always find it much more motivating to start with the visuals. I think I'm a very visual person, so as soon as I've got them, my thoughts, writing and everything else just flows much easier.
What is your favorite blog post that you’ve ever written?
That's a tough one! A few months back I watched my favourite band perform live and wrote an entire blog post about it. I think in total it took me over two weeks to write it, and I do think it's one of my best pieces of writing to date. It also just brings back a ton of wonderful memories when I read it, so I'd definitely say it's a favourite for a few reasons.
What is one thing that surprised you about becoming a blogger?
This might sound silly, but when I started blogging I genuinely thought it would never last because I didn't think I'd ever be able to come up with enough ideas. So the most surprising thing I've found since becoming a blogger is the fact that ideas are literally endless. Sure, everyone goes through those dreaded bouts of blogger block, but ideas always come back around when you seek out inspiration. I often see that as a concern that many new bloggers have, or even those that want to start blogging but are hesitant to; if you really have a passion for blogging and creating content, ideas will always come to you!
What has been your proudest moment as a blogger?
I won an award in the Bloggers Blog Awards late last year, so that was definitely my proudest moment. It was really nice to know that other people, aside from my mum, actually enjoy reading my blog. It was extremely heartwarming!
What advice would you give to bloggers who are just starting out?
If you're hmm-ing and haa-ing about it like I was in the beginning – stop, and just do it! I honestly wish I'd started blogging sooner than I did, so if it's something you really want to do, just go for it. If you find out later down the line that it's not for you, that's okay, you can put it down to experience.
What is one fun fact about yourself?
I once body-doubled for Cersei in Game of Thrones. It was a totally surreal experience. In Joffrey's death scene they had missed out a few seconds of footage in the original filming so they held a casting call for a body double to fill in Cersei's part of the scene. It was basically the couple of seconds of footage where Joffrey is dying in Cersei's arms - that's me. I had to wear her dress and hold his head on my lap. Hands down the weirdest day of my life!