Hey, everyone! Remember how I mentioned that this week I had my TEN YEAR BLOGGING ANNIVERSARY?
It is absolute madness. When I first got started, I never imagined I’d still be here ten years later.
And what’s crazier is that I don’t even know anyone who has been blogging as long as I have. A few are close. And yeah, there are blogs older than mine that I don’t read. But in my little corner of the internet, I’m definitely the senior citizen here.
Which is why I was delighted to discover that Lauren Becker, a fellow member of The Peaceful Posse (a blogging group on Facebook) was ALSO celebrating ten years. And not only that, but in the same month and everything. So we decided, hey! Let’s celebrate this huge milestone together!
Lauren writes at the blog Shooting Stars Mag. She’ll tell you a little more about her journey in a minute, but hers is mostly a review blog where she writes about books and movies and all kinds of fun stuff. I knew I found a kindred spirit when she listed “Life as a House” as one of her favorite movies. I seriously thought I was the only person who had ever seen it!
Anyway, so read on to learn more about Lauren, and then head over to her place and see what I had to say over at hers.
1. How did you start blogging?
I was in an online book club in high school and through that, I came up with the idea for an online magazine. Hence the “mag” in my book title. My original co-blogger, Keaton, is the one who set us up on Blogger and we ended up just doing posts there instead of creating specific issues every month, like we had originally planned.
2. How has your blog changed in 10 years?
Starting out, Shooting Stars Mag focused mostly on music, as the online book club we were in was created by Panic! At the Disco so music was something we really loved. Of course, we also loved books – and other forms of entertainment- so the blog expanded early on. After a while, it was mostly books and book related posts for years. In the past few years, I’ve started adding back in more music and entertainment/lifestyle posts because I wanted it to focus on all sorts of things I was interested in.
3.What would you tell people who want to start a blog?
First off, don’t do it for the money. Yes, you hear about some bloggers blowing up and making tons of money, but this isn’t common. There are tons and tons of blogs out there – in all sorts of niches – so even if you make some money blogging, it probably won’t be a lot. Also, write about what you want. Don’t just focus on beauty because you think it’s popular – write about what you like and it will show and make your blog more fun to read.
4. Do you have a set blog roll of blogs you must visit?
Yes! I actually have another blog called Let’s Get Beyond Tolerance (LGBT+ focused blog) and I have a whole list of blogs that I love and try to keep up with there. I need to update it though! You can find it here: www.letsgetbeyondtolerance.blogspot.com.
5. Do you remember the first guest to read your blog that wasn’t a friend or relative? If so, who?
I think the earliest readers were probably other people from the online book club. Not only was it me and Keaton, but we also had a couple other members of the book club do posts for the blog in the beginning, like Annie and Braxton, so I’m sure those who weren’t part of the blog did read the beginning posts. I actually just went back to our first month to see who the first person to comment was – and besides an anonymous comment – it looks like it was someone named Lety from Myspace. Ah, I miss Myspace. It was such a great way to find new music and talk to artists!
6. Who are some bloggers you miss?
Oh, there are so many blogs that have quit in the ten years I’ve been doing this, or don’t blog as much at least. I miss people like Chelsea from The Page Turner (I’m blanking on her second blog name…) and Kristi from The Story Siren. Both of these ladies lived somewhat close to me so we would interview authors at events together – like Cassandra Clare – and generally just hang out. It was great, and I wish they were both blogging.
7. Have any of your blogger buddies become IRL buddies?
Going along with the above question, I consider Chelsea a friend. She’s someone I still talk to and we keep up with each other on Facebook and Instagram. Then there is Alicia – my current co-blogger – who I’ve been able to meet in person a few times, which is always great! I wish she lived closer though.
8.What is the one topic you won’t write about?
Oh dear…I’ve expanded so much through the years so I feel like I focus on most topics, though some not as much as others. Something I will never write about though? Hard to say – I don’t want to rule anything out!
9. Random/fun: what is your favorite book?
Besides the Harry Potter series (favorites being the third and sixth books), my all-time favorite book would probably be The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.
10. Random/fun: If your life was turned into a movie, who do you wish would play you?
I’d like to say Emma Watson because I love her (and she also loves books), but hmm…maybe Ellen Page? I feel like she has the superficial aspects of my looks (dark hair, etc.) and I love her. She’s a great actress.
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