Inside Out Magazine scoured the internet for the best 6 blogs, and Blogger Connect member Cybele Masterman from Blah Blah Magazine was selected as the headline blog.
I chat with Cybele and discover more about Blah Blah Magazine and her blogging lifestyle, along with her advice for bloggers starting and what types of brands she likes to work with.
Can you tell us about Blah Blah Magazine and why it’s different to other lifestyle blogs?
There are so many amazing blogs in the lifestyle genre, but I’m yet to find another one searching for a beautiful and meaningful life that doesn’t cost the earth. We believe it’s possible to live a wonderful life whilst minimising our impact on the environment without going into debt.
How many years have you been blogging for, and how many hours per week do you spend blogging?
My goodness, our Blah Blah baby is just over a year old – she’s growing up so fast! How many hours a week? How long is a very stretchy string? I blog as much as I can because I love it, but my piece of string is generally about fourteen hours long per week.
How does blogging fit into your lifestyle and describe your typical blogging day?
Our blog is very much about our life as a growing family with a preschooler and newborn. It’s also increasingly becoming my ‘day job’, and I’m now able to dedicate some set time each week to work on the blog.
This is the time I spend writing and photographing material for posts in our editorial calendar. However, a good chunk of material is from things we are making and doing in our life. Gordon does many food posts when he is cooking for family and friends on the weekend.
Usually, to publish a post, we do quite a bit of research, and when we’re ready, we do a rough sketch of how it might work as a post and what photos we might need. We make or do whatever it is and hopefully catch some lovely snaps along the way. I try and do the writing in the morning while my mind is fresh, while the photo editing happens throughout the day.
Morning, lunch and evening are the times I like to have a frolic on social media.
What was the inspiration behind setting up your blog?
Our first son was born three and a half months early, and we spent a lot of time in Neonatal Intensive Care; during that time, I decided I wanted to cut the crap and lead a more meaningful life.
The blog is about sharing our desire to create a more simple and sustainable life and having a giggle along the way.
What do you enjoy most about blogging?
The people. The amazing people one meets in this crazy world of blogging.
When did you first receive income from your blog?
All those little clicks from all those lovely people meant I received my first advertising payment five months after Blah Blah started.
Where would you like to see your blog in 1 year and 3 years?
World domination in a year! Hee hee, I’m so happy that our little community is growing, and it’s a wonderful thing to be a part of. Over the next year, we will be running some events, releasing a couple of ebooks and adding a few more contributors, including a doctor who will launch our health and wellbeing pages. We hope to run our events in other places three years ago, too, because it’s so lovely when our friends step out of the computer!
What advice would you give to brands and PRs contacting you for opportunities?
We love working with brands that can meet one or more of our three core elements: beautiful, good value, eco-friendly. Brands that create good quality and durable products are a good fit because they offer good value over time and reduce the need to be replaced.
We also enjoy collaborating with brands that can incorporate products as ingredients in our recipes and repurposing adventures. We always love to support companies that are launching an environmentally-friendly component to their business.
What 3 tips would you give other bloggers starting?
1. Start. Every great blogging journey starts with one word or picture.
2. Think about what’s important to you. Imagine you have to write a personal life mission statement – what would it be?
3. Remember, every little click is a person looking for something.
What would you like to see more of in the blogging community?
This is hard to answer because it feels like you can always find what you need in the blogosphere. You have to look in the right spots.