Today I interviewed Vanessa about her blog, and I wanted to find out a little bit about herself and how she got into the blogging and what her plans are.
Vanessa’s Social Media Is:
- Blog: http://thewellbeingblogger.com
- Twitter: http://twitter.com/theWblogger
- Instagram: http://instagram.com/thewellbeingblogger
- Insight Timer teacher profile: http://insighttimer.com/vanessadias
- YouTube: The Wellbeing Blogger
Can you tell our readers about yourself and your blog?
I’m Vanessa and I’m a Well-being Coaching Psychologist now based in Lisbon, Portugal. I blog about different aspects of well-being as a way to raise awareness and make well-being education more accessible to all.
Describe how did you first get into blogging?
The first time I got into blogging I was 12 years old. Two decades have already passed! Although I have always loved writing, my blogs never really made it that far. My current blog is the project I have invested more time in and it’s been five years now.
Can you tell me some of your strengths that really helped you in blogging?
When I started my current blog, I believe that my personal approach to writing was my top strength. I was not afraid to talk about my struggles and dreams. Since I try to learn from my experiences, I was able to share my stories and offer some guidance to those who could possibly be going through similar situations. Today my blog has a slightly different goal which is to inform and educate people about well-being, so my professional abilities became a stronger ally in blogging too.
How would you describe your blogging style?
I like to write short articles packed with as much practical information as possible so that readers can learn how to increase their well-being and put it into practice.
What do you think is the best service a blogger can provide to his readers?
I think authenticity is key. If you are authentic and you write about topics that you are passionate about that will show in your posts. People will notice it and those who resonate with your message will stick around and join you in your journey.
How do you manage time to run your blog efficiently?
I create blocks of tasks and I schedule my content beforehand. It wasn’t always like this but I had to learn to implement a few organizational strategies in order to run my blog more efficiently.
How do you want to improve yourself in the next year?
I’m willing to learn more about being strategic with my blog so that I can increase its access to those who potentially need it. To give you an idea, less than 25% of people diagnosed with depression worldwide have access to mental health treatments so if we can make well-being education more accessible we might be able to reach people who otherwise wouldn’t have any source of support.
What was your greatest failure and what did you learn from that?
My greatest failure was to put my blog on hold for a couple of months. I learned that if blogging is part of your dream, then you should never let it go.
Tell me about your proudest blogging achievement?
Maybe when brands started to reach out to collaborate. That let me know that I was likely doing something well.
Who has impacted you most in blogging and how?
So many people have. I can’t really name one person because many have come and gone with precious stories and experiences. I can share who I aspire to be as a blogger though, I do resonate a lot with Rachel Hollis and how she has managed her brand to create an impact and empower people’s lives.
What is your greatest achievement outside of blogging?
To quit my academic career when it was about to skyrocket. I wasn’t happy and I dealt with burnout. I actually started my current blog as a way to cope with the stress and rekindle my passion for writing.
What do you do in your spare time?
I do like to get involved in creative projects. This past weekend I just designed my own canvas shoes.
Where would you like to be in the blogging world five years from now?
I’d like to have helped more people on their journey toward greater well-being and happiness. That’s my only goal.
What was the most challenging moment in your blogging journey so far?
The most challenging has been to recover traction after putting my blog on hold for a while. I realized how far I had come and how I had to rebuild my presence online. It takes time and dedication.
Can you name some of your favourite bloggers and explain why they are your favourites?
Jade (mumlifeand.me) and Benny (thestoicpadawan.com) are two of my current favorite bloggers. Jade is a sensitive blogger and a phenomenal mum. She writes about her life as a mum and how she has been supporting her children’s growth.
Benny is a very thoughtful blogger and writes about stoicism and how its principles can improve people’s lives. Two bloggers with great content and human touch!
Anything else you would like the readers to know?
I would like to tell them to have the courage to be themselves and if they are into blogging to approach it according to their own style. Great magic happens when you bring your personality into your blog.
Thank you vanessa I loved getting to know you and chatting.
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