Ask Me Anything – Part One

A few hours ago, I turned to Twitter and made a request for questions for my first Ask Me Anything post. I have had a few come through so am going to start answering those – hopefully some more will come in as I type. So, let’s go!

From A girl with a blog: What do you study and how do you manage to keep a balance in studying and blogging?

I study a MSc in Science with The Open University. Good question! I’m still trying to figure that out myself – he he. At the moment, I make a weekly plan where I balance my time between studying and blogging and try my best to stick to it. When I am studying I have to put my phone on silent and be super disciplined otherwise I get so easily distracted with twitter, insta and general blogging related stuff.

From Morgie: What made you get into blogging? 

I used to run a blog from 2010 – 2013, writing about my journey to a healthier lifestyle where I shared my tips and advice. I took a few years off, then started reading blogs again and decided I really wanted to get back into it. Things have changed a lot since the old days – I used to just write a post, share it on Stumble Upon and hope for the best. Nowadays, it’s all about the social media but I think that’s a good thing.

From Another Little Birdie: Is your name short for anything? I find it very cool!! 

I have lots of names! My long name is Rebekah. My medium sized name Becky. I’m also a Bec or Bex. I added the A onto Bex so it’s like Bexaaaah as I thought it sounded cool. Heh, I’m glad you think so too!

From Huda: Tips on growing your Pinterest! 

Ooh, I would like to know the answer to this too! I’m always neglecting my Pinterest and only ever go on there for my daily dose of inspirational quotes and cute cat pics. So far, I have been pinning my own posts, creating boards and finding new people to follow from Twitter. I’ve read a lot that Pinterest is great for blog traffic but I’m yet to discover the secret. If anyone knows – please let us know!

From Soffy: Do you bulk write your posts or write as you go along?

I write as I go along. I’m not organised enough to plan ahead, although I would like to be. I try to blog 3 times a week (Monday, Wednesday and Fridays) and hope I get some inspiration during the day. I sometimes have a few ideas lined up for the future but nothing is ever really planned out. My goal is to write and schedule some future posts but we shall see. I kinda like being a bit last minute as it makes it more spontaneous.

From Jennie: What are your favourite props for your blog photies? 

I have a little box of blog props which I have collected over the months, but I’m always on the look out for more. Some of my favourite props include: scrabble letters, hearts, stars, fairy lights, and mini inspirational cards. One of my favourite tricks is to use B&Q wallpaper samples to make it look like I have a fancy wooden table when I actually don’t. Shh, don’t tell anyone.

From Rebecca: What would be your dream blogging collaboration? 

Ooh, good question! I’d love to do a collab with a travel company or a some posh spa so I could get a free holiday or some luxury treatments he he – a girl can dream, right? Seriously though, it would be pretty cool to do a collab with another blogger. There are so many awesome blogs out there I couldn’t pick one. But if anyone fancies it, feel free to get in touch and we can share some ideas!

From Ana: How to you prepare your posts?

I think of a general idea then I’ll go and take my photos. Next, I’ll edit them in Photoshop and come up with a blog title. Once that is done, I’m kinda committed to the post and just have write whatever comes into my head. I’m not much of a planner really, although I would like to blog about some days out again out so I’m planning a little adventure soon. Watch this space.

Hope you enjoyed my first Ask Me Anything! Feel free to leave some questions in the comments for a future Part Two post! Thank you to all those who sent me questions – it was fun answering them.

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52 Comments

  1. Emma
    January 24, 2018 / 7:21 pm

    This was a fun post to read some great questions. I love learning more about fellow bloggers X

    Emma http://www.bookinggoodread.com

    • January 25, 2018 / 7:25 am

      Thanks Emma! 💖 So glad you enjoyed it – it was a fun one to do ☺️ xx

  2. January 24, 2018 / 7:26 pm

    What a great idea to help us learn more about you 😃 well done for keeping that work / blog balance I find it so hard to make sure I take time away from my phone etc I need to have a proper written plan !
    Looking forward to more Ask Bexa posts I really enjoyed this one

    Melanie | http://www.frasersfunhouse.com

    • January 25, 2018 / 7:27 am

      Aww thanks Melanie! 💖 So glad you enjoyed it, that’s lovely to hear ☺️. The phones can be such a distraction he he, having a good plan really helps though 💕. I’m looking forward to write Part Two 😄 xx

  3. Huda
    January 24, 2018 / 7:35 pm

    Loved reading this! Also, I feel like many people do struggle with Pinterest, I guess it’s just one of those social media’s that takes time to get accustomed to! Anyways, great post and looking forward to the second part! ☺️💕

    • January 25, 2018 / 7:28 am

      Thank you Huda 💖 so glad you enjoyed it. I agree, I think Pinterest will be one of the last things I figure out 🙈. I’ll let you know if I discover any tips and tricks. Thank you for your question 😘 xx

  4. January 24, 2018 / 9:24 pm

    Loved reading this Bexa! Can’t wait for part two!
    Well done for keeping a balance between studying and blogging. I can relate as have gone back to work after maternity and my head is still in a whirlwind how I’m going to cope!

    Soffy // themumaffairs.blogspot.com

    • January 25, 2018 / 7:30 am

      Thanks so much for the lovely comment Soffy 💖. Keeping the balance can be hard at times – I hope your return to work goes well ☺️. I’m looking forward to write Part Two, thank you for your question 💕 xx

  5. January 24, 2018 / 9:26 pm

    Why didn’t I think about scrabble letters before??Brilliant!You should make a post about how you edit your post pics-they’re always so cute with that lettering!

    • January 25, 2018 / 7:31 am

      Yeah, scrabble letters are such a handy prop! 💖 Ooh that’s a good idea, thanks Maria! I’ll definitely do that as a future post 😘 xx

  6. Shaun
    January 24, 2018 / 10:13 pm

    A very fun and interesting post Bexa 😘. I admire how you keep the balance between your blogging and studying 😄. I love the props you use for your photos, especially your scrabble letters and your mini inspirational cards ☺️. I am looking forward to reading part two 😄😍❤️😘 xxxx

    • January 25, 2018 / 7:32 am

      Aw thanks Shaun! 💖 That’s lovely to hear ☺️. Gotta love a good inspirational quote! I’m looking forward to writing Part Two 😍😘☺️😄 xxxx

  7. January 25, 2018 / 6:19 am

    i reeeaaallly want to start studying again, would you recommend the open university?

    katie. xx lacoconoire.com

    • January 25, 2018 / 7:35 am

      I would! 💖 I got my Health Science degree with them and it was definitely a positive experience. They are so flexible too – so if you want to have a break between courses then that’s all good ☺️. What you thinking of studying? 😘 xx

  8. January 25, 2018 / 12:47 pm

    Great post as always! I must say that I was shocked when I found out that your name was Rebekah like :O also, I hate myself for not being here when you were accepting questions. But anyway, as I said this was great. It really allowed your readers. Also, I think it’s great that you’re so dedicated to blogging that you’ve split your time between that and school. I was actually looking forward to reading about how you’ve grown your Pinterest but I guess us bloggers are just so clueless sometimes teehee <3 amazing work bexa! Hope that I’ll catch the next ask me anything.

    • January 26, 2018 / 7:13 am

      Aww thanks so much for your lovely thoughtful comment Olivia! 💖 Feel free to send me a question for Part Two! ☺️ He he, I’m going to have to do some Pinterest research I think, it’s a very popular subject! 😄 xx

  9. January 25, 2018 / 5:08 pm

    Hi, I really enjoyed reading this what a fab idea for a post. It is great to find out a little more about you because I am nosy. I love the props that you use, interesting to see scrabble letters at the top.

    • January 26, 2018 / 7:14 am

      Thanks so much Chloe! 💖 Scrabble letters have come in handy a few times! 😄 I am glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

    • January 26, 2018 / 7:15 am

      Aww thanks so much for your lovely comment 💕 that’s so sweet of you to say! I am glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  10. January 25, 2018 / 5:10 pm

    I also don’t bulk write. I find if I do too many in one go, the tone gets too similar and they feel a bit dull. I also want to publish stuff the second it’s done so there’s that too 😂. Do you find it harder to be disciplined studying with OU? I’m contemplating a masters next year and I don’t know if I want to ‘go to uni’ or not x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    • January 26, 2018 / 7:21 am

      That’s so true Sophie! 😍 When I write something I just wanna get it out there, I’m too impatient to wait he he! 🙈 Personally, I enjoy studying with the OU as it’s so flexible and supportive. Although, motivation is hard at times and it can be lonely. But if you have a good plan, stay focused and not too bothered about interacting with actual people then it’s great! ☺️ What are you thinking of studying? xx

  11. January 25, 2018 / 5:16 pm

    I’m with you on the not planning I get an idea in my head write the post & schedule it!! I really thought with your fabulous pictures you would be all over Pinterest totally surprises me you don’t have a million boards 😍

    • January 26, 2018 / 7:23 am

      Aww thanks so much Lisa! 💖 That’s a lovely thing to say! I do need to figure out Pinterest soon! I’ll do a post on it when I do 😘 xx

  12. January 25, 2018 / 5:18 pm

    Great answers! I missed your tweet asking for questions so I will make sure I get in quick next time! Love learning more about blogger 🙂

    • January 26, 2018 / 7:24 am

      Aw thanks Lauren! 💖 I’m glad you enjoyed it ☺️ Feel free to send me a question anytime for Part Two! It’s fun answering them 😘 xx

  13. January 25, 2018 / 5:22 pm

    Loved reading this Bexa 😍 I’m also a Bec or Bex (never a Becky though 🙈). I don’t bulk write either I just kinda wrote when I get my inspiration and go with the flow! xx.

    Rebecca | https://www.rebeccasreviews.com

    • January 26, 2018 / 7:28 am

      Thank you for your comment Rebecca! 💖 Do you prefer to be a Rebecca, Bex or Bec? ☺️ I’m sometimes Becky but never a Rebekah he he 🙈. I definitely agree! Going with the flow is much easier than planning ahead ☺️ xx

  14. January 25, 2018 / 5:22 pm

    Really enjoyed This! I adored doing my 1st Q and A post and already can’t wait to do another 😊
    Amy xx

    • January 26, 2018 / 7:29 am

      Thanks Amy! 💖 Glad you enjoyed! They are so much fun to do! 😘 xx

  15. January 25, 2018 / 5:28 pm

    I loved this post! It’s so good to find out some more about you and your answers were so in depth! I use Pinterest – not recently I will admit but when I used it regularly it did increase my traffic! I also wish I had the organisational skills like you as I am too studying for a masters but I’m struggling to find the time to blog! Loved the props ideas, I’m trying to up my photo game so let’s do this!
    Liz xx

    • January 26, 2018 / 7:32 am

      Ooh you will have to share your Pinterest secrets with me! 💖 I dunno where to start 🙈. It can be hard juggling studying and blogging, I miss having naps he he. So glad you enjoyed the post ☺️. Thank you for your lovely thoughtful comment Liz! 💕 xx

  16. Sunkissed Scribbles
    January 25, 2018 / 6:01 pm

    Lovely post, Bexa. Always nice reading about the people behind the blog 😀

    • January 26, 2018 / 7:33 am

      Thanks so much! 💖 Glad you enjoyed reading 😘 xx

  17. January 25, 2018 / 6:13 pm

    This was a neat little idea, loved to get to know you a bit more.

    • January 26, 2018 / 7:33 am

      Thank you Lauren! 💖 xx

  18. January 25, 2018 / 6:40 pm

    Awh I love these sort of blogs! Such a great idea 💕 xx

    • January 26, 2018 / 7:34 am

      Thanks so much! So glad you enjoyed! 💖☺️ xx

  19. January 25, 2018 / 8:07 pm

    Great read Bexa, This is a great idea for a blog post xx
    🌷 🌟🌻💕love the pic to. I need to be a bit more arty with mine really. Wish I had the time. Soon as I’d set it up my little one would run over it haha. X

    • January 26, 2018 / 7:35 am

      Aww thanks so much Kerry! 💖 He he, I know what you mean! My cats are always all over my props 😂 they are determined to get in the photos 😝. Glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

    • January 26, 2018 / 7:36 am

      Aw thanks so much! 💕 So glad you enjoyed reading 😘 xx

  20. January 25, 2018 / 9:12 pm

    How did I not answer your Q&A? Doh, must have had an off day… anyway, I loved reading this, such a good idea to ask fellow bloggers for questions. In fact I love these tags altogether, it’s a fab way of getting to know more about my favourite bloggers 😘 xx

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    • January 26, 2018 / 7:37 am

      Aw thanks for your lovely comment Lisa! 💖 Feel free to leave me a question for Part Two, I would love to answer it ☺️. I’m glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  21. January 26, 2018 / 3:35 am

    These were some pretty interesting questions and your answers were so well articulated. Lol you’re so cute and funny 😄 I think Bexa sounds super gnarly too! I think you do a pretty good job of posting 3 times a week esp with school, it’s a great number as to not overwhelm yourself. I’m glad you came back to blogging so I could meet you & your awesomeness. Lol PS when you learn the secret to Pinterest holla at your girl too 😂 ❤️

    xx Lena | https://lenadeexo.com/

    • January 26, 2018 / 7:43 am

      Aww thanks so much Lena! 💖 You are the sweetest ☺️. He he, glad I’m back into blogging too, it’s so much fun & I have loved getting to know all the awesome bloggers, your bubbly personality always make me smile 😄. I’ll let you know when I discover the secrets of Pinterest, it seems to be a mystery to most of us 🙈😝 xx

  22. January 26, 2018 / 7:09 am

    This is so interesting! I might steal your ‘ask me anything idea’ if you don’t mind?
    Isn’t it great when others determine what you write about in this way!
    Fab post!

    • January 26, 2018 / 7:44 am

      Thanks so much Becca! 💖 Go for it, I’d love you read your answers, they are so much fun to do! 😘 xx

  23. January 26, 2018 / 12:54 pm

    Fab post lovely! I always love simple Q&A type posts – to write and to read! My dream blogging collab would definitely be either Disney or Dominos Pizza haha! Huge fan of both 😉 xxx

    • January 27, 2018 / 10:38 am

      Oh my… yes, Dominos Pizza is the dream, could you imagine! 💖 Disney is awesome too! Thanks for reading Jenny, glad you enjoyed 😘 xx

  24. January 27, 2018 / 8:14 pm

    Such a good post idea! Glad I’m not the only one who doesn’t bulk write either, I tend to work on one post at a time haha!

    Sinéad xo Fabuleuse Du Jour

    • January 29, 2018 / 4:36 pm

      It’s so much easier just writing as and when you have inspiration! 💖 I’m glad I’m not the only one ☺️. Thank you for commenting 😘 xx

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