Today’s Get to Know the Blogger is with Magda from My Life in Bournemouth, showing us a little insight into her blog.
Thanks for taking part! Can you tell us a little bit about what My Life in Bournemouth is all about?
As the name suggests it is a lifestyle and travel blog about my life in Bournemouth. I moved here about 5 years ago from Poland, and despite the fact that it feels like home now, I have this constant urge to explore places and areas around Bournemouth as if I were in a new place. I am a foreigner and probably look at things from a different perspective.
How long have you been blogging for, and what made you get into blogging to start with?
I’ve always thought that blogging was a pleasant and creative thing to do. I was following some bloggers and started thinking that I would like to do the same. I started in October 2018 and realised it’s hard work! I still love it and I treat it as a way to develop my writing skills and realise my ideas. I studied English and I always liked writing essays and short stories – my blog gives me the opportunity to continue my passion.
Do you have any particular topics you like writing about most?
Travelling, living by the seaside, reviewing restaurants, places to go and events in Bournemouth and surrounding areas.
Favourite Social Media Platform?
Instagram. It gives you an opportunity to advertise your blog or business for free, and it’s a platform for realising your creativity. However, I know I used to spend way too much time on it, and I’m trying to use it more wisely and consciously now.
What are your favourite things about Blogging?
I simply love writing and creating content that will help me to remember all the beautiful moments in my life. It’s a personal diary; an opportunity to express myself. Blogging helps to increase your network and meet new people, and it also helps you to do something different from your daily routine.
Are there any aspects of the industry you don’t enjoy as much?
Blogging sometimes involves sharing very personal moments of your life and it’s difficult to do it without feeling anxious about how other people will react. The only thing you can do is to trust yourself and hope that the people who are meant to be your audience will like your content. You cannot please everyone’s taste and that’s okay.
Can you share a post with us that you are most proud of?
My blog post with colourful photos from a Pier-to-Pier walk in Bournemouth was quite popular. Many people said it’s impressive that I can create content about simple things like walking in an interesting way. Another blog post that has reached more than 2,335 people – and was shared many times by local cafés and other organisations – was about reducing my personal plastic usage by buying fruit and veggies without plastic packaging at Bournemouth greengrocers. I was genuinely proud of the success of that blog post.
What is your favourite thing about living in Bournemouth?
The sea, the beach, the New Forest, the Jurassic Coast and the slow life you can have here.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
I have learnt not to plan my life too far in advance, as life very often changes your path without you having any control over it. I would simply like to be happy and to continue blogging and take my blog to another level.
Who are your favourite bloggers?
The list is not long. The blogs I visit most often are the lifestyle blog makelifeeasier.pl, the culinary blog makecookingeasier.pl (this one is unfortunately available only in Polish), and the travel blog wheresmollie.com. From local bloggers, I am inspired by https://www.jayerockett.com/ and, even though I’m not vegan, I love looking at the content created by https://healthylivingjames.co.uk/