Your work must bring value to your audience. Subscribers share your work when they apply some of the information in their own lives.
1. Tell us about yourself and how you got into blogging
2014 I was going through a heartbreak. I felt it was going to kill me. I started writing my thoughts to let them out of my system. I started off with Blogger, I didn’t quite enjoy it. A blogger friend suggested I try out WordPress, I loved it and I’ve never looked back since.
Sharing my story one day at a time grew into over 400 posts that are currently on my Lifestyle Blog. In 2016 I branched out and started a Fitness Blog which has sent nothing but good fortune my way.
2. Have you ever felt like quitting? What kept you motivated?
I felt like giving up after year one of writing on my Fitness Blog. I was out of creativity after publishing 100 blog posts. Everything changed after I won an Award for Best Blogger in the Fitness/Sports category at the inaugural Zimbabwe Blog Awards. That was all the motivation I ever needed! I got back to work and continued to write.
Apart from winning an award the other thing that keeps me motivated is setting goals and watching myself achieve them. April is my birthday month and I’ve challenged myself to write not one but two fitness blog posts every Wednesday and Friday for the month of April 2019, fun times!
“I made new friends through different competitions we held, I got radio and newspaper coverage, my life was a dream! I couldn’t believe that blogging would open doors like these.”
-Fitness Bae on working with Delta Beverages, the Golden Pilsener #GoForGoldCampaign
3. What has been your biggest blogging mistake and what did you learn from it?
Writing-on-the-go. I used to boast of how great I was at doing that. Most of my posts from the first few years of my blogging journey where written and published on the same day. I soon learnt that it was the wrong way of doing things after I had busy days which wouldn’t allow me to blog. This soon made me realise that the Schedule button is there for a reason and that I should make use of it. I started giving myself time to write when I was settled. When I adopted this approach I got more done and had time to spell check, edit, and have a life while I was at it because I had already put in the work.
4. Share your experience working with brands? What advice can you give to bloggers seeking collaborations with the corporate world?
I’m one of those people who over-share, if you follow me on Twitter you’ll know what I mean. I found it hard not to tell my followers about brand collaboration until it was the right time. I absolutely LOVED working with a brand for the first time! My favourite brand partnership to date remains Delta Beverages, the Golden Pilsener #GoForGoldCampaign was a beautiful experience.
If you want to seek collaborations I would say, stay consistent in what you do, put yourself out there; someone is always watching, network and you never know who might just slide in your DM
5. How did you feel winning the Best Blogger award from Zimbabwe International Women Awards?
I nearly fell off my chair last year when I received an email informing me that I had been nominated for The ZIWA Best Blogger category. I thought I was imagining things. I won my second award for the Fitness Blog I had nearly abandoned thinking it wasn’t serving any purpose. This experience only confirmed that if you want to be outstanding, be different! Don’t for one second think that the blogging niche you are serving won’t make a difference; if anything, it will increase your chances of being noticed.
6. What are the 3 blogs that you visit almost daily?
- Mine, I want to make sure I respond to all the comments left on my posts.
- Beaton; he’s hilarious and he’s always having coffee, I love coffee!
- Techzim, they’re always up to date with the latest Tech news, I have plans of developing something in that field someday soon…
7. How have you managed to share your private life with your audience? (Photos and personal life experiences)
I’m an open book when it comes to sharing my life. I’ll even write a blog post about issues that most people aren’t comfortable talking about. Think depression, sex, suicide, having a child out of wedlock, abortion; I speak my mind and I don’t mince my words. I believe we are all entitled to say our thoughts. That’s the reason why my Lifestyle Blog’s tagline is My Space, My Voice, My Story.
8. What can other bloggers reading this interview do to grow and improve their blog?
- Consistency: Blogging is an actual job. Once you start you have to stay consistent and committed to your craft otherwise your subscribers will easily forget about you.
- Value: Your work must bring value to your audience. Subscribers share your work when they apply some of the information in their own lives.
- Know your why: Without knowing why you’re blogging you can easily stop. Have a purpose for your work; it will drive you to do more, to do better.
9. Where do you see your blog in the next 5years
- I can see both my blogs always ranking high on the first page of Google search. My goal is to be a Blogging Mogul and I’m going to work to ensure this happens.
- My blogs should get to a point where: if anyone thinks fitness in Zimbabwe they think of Fitness Bae and if they think How To Do Life The Nonjudgmental Version they think MaKupsy.
- I also see my blogs making more money than they currently are even though they don’t have domain names.
Fitness Bae is an award-winning Zimbabwean blogger
FitnessBaeInternational for fitness .
Makupsy for unfiltered lifestyle.