Once again I’m incredibly late this month, and once again I’ve been completely MIA for most of the month. I won’t lie, I’ve lost all motivation to blog. I was looking at my stats each day and seeing no change. The odd view here and there but nothing made me feel like anyone was actually reading. I felt like I was just wasting my time. But then I remembered, I blog for myself nobody else. I know in years to come I’ll be able to read my old posts and look back at all the things I used to do. There are so many memories in my blog and that’s what I love.
Just the other day I was reading an old post and I was just smiling so much. It’s crazy how things I did less than a year ago can slip from my mind and bring so much joy when I read and remember them.
Anyway… enough about me, this post is all about my absolute bestie!!! And what better day to celebrate her and her blog than the day she FINALLY COMES HOME FROM MILAN!!!!!!!!!! (I’m just a little excited).
May’s blogger of the month is……
Eva from Styled By Eva.
Hey girl, tell everyone a little bit about yourself…
My name is Eva and I’m a beauty, fashion and lifestyle blogger from Manchester, UK.
Although, if you ask either my Uncle or Grandad, I’m from Stockport, not Manchester. I love absolutely all things fashion and beauty, anything Christmas related (yes, even in Summer), and I am always ready for a cheesy sing along movie. Always. I’m also vegan, but I go on about that enough so we can skip over it!
It’s alright, we live like 5 seconds from each other and I tell everyone I’m from Cheshire… It suits me more than Stockport 😉
So what’s your blog about?
My blog is beauty, fashion and lifestyle. If you have a question or issue relating to those
topics, I’ve probably tried to answer it at some point! I like to talk about the influence of
‘material’ things on your mental and physical health, show you that ‘fat girls’ really can look sexy ( 😉 ), and promote self-love and confidence as much as possible.
L O V E I T !
Why did you first start blogging?
I’ve been attempting to start blogging on and off for years, but it’s only ‘Styled by Eva’ that stuck. In January last year, I was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and it ruined my life. I spiralled down and down until my amazing Uncle Steve got me to snap out of it. We realised that my love for fashion was the only thing that had stuck with me throughout all of this and realised just how much it helped me improve my confidence. That’s where the blog came in. I remember sitting in the lounge with both of my Uncles, discussing this amazing thing that could help not just myself, but others too! We bounced ideas off each other all night, when eventually Steve helped me find my name, and Harry helped me find my niche. I can’t thank them enough!
That’s so sweet… I love how supportive they are and if it wasn’t for them, we’d never have met so SHOUT OUT TO STEVE AND HARRY YOU TWO ARE DA BEST!!!!
How long after you first thought about blogging did it take you to actually start and make it public?
I was so excited that I had to start the next morning! Well, technically I started that night by staying up until about 5:30am designing logos when I had to be up for work at 7am… That was the longest morning of teaching toddlers, let me tell you!! I think it was so easy for me to start because I was so excited and motivated by the idea of the blog. That first post was hard to write, I’ll admit, but I pushed through the writer’s block and nerves, because I was (and still am) so passionate about my niche!
Do your family and friends know about your blog?
Surprisingly, yes! My Uncles were the first, obviously, because they helped me design the concept. Little by little I started introducing my family and friends to the idea and now they pretty much all know.
What do they think of you being a blogger?
It was a mixed reaction at first. My friends were all on board straight away and couldn’t believe I actually had the ‘balls’ to do it. Family was the difficult one to win around! I had full support from my Uncles and my Grandma and Grandad; my brothers and my sister are supportive but don’t necessarily engage… It was my mum that was concerned, really. She worried about creepy old perverts messaging me and saying they lived down the road and asking to meet me in dark corners. Especially when I got a message from a lovely tiny girl saying exactly that and asking to meet for coffee!! We know you’re legit now Hann, but I have to admit that my Mum still affectionately refers to you as “that Creepy Old Man”. Oh, and she’s also now completely on board and is subscribed! (Thanks mum!)
Well I love your mum and if that’s what she wants to call me I’m fully on board!! Tbh I had the same worry when we met but I’d seen you on YouTube so I kinda knew you had to exist!! haha
What are the best things about blogging and the blogging world?
I know everyone says it, but the thing I adore about the blogging world is the community. I have never met a more supportive group of people in my life! Finding a group chat full of lovely ladies who are passionate about blogging and will support you to the end of the earth (even at the beginning with my terrible videos…) has made this experience so amazing. The confidence blogging has given me is also incredible. I’ve gone from being this timid little girl who couldn’t sit in a restaurant for too long without having a panic attack, to this loud-mouthed and ridiculous girl who (seemingly) oozes confidence! I still have a long way to go but thanks to this crazy community, I can say that I’m twice as confident as I used to be.
What about the least?
This whole, ‘follow/unfollow’ game. I don’t understand it. I think I get around 20 people following me on Instagram each day and, if they didn’t take part in this ‘scheme’, I would probably be at over 1000 by now. However, almost all of them unfollow me the next day. I understand you want more followers, but this is cruel guys!
I couldn’t agree more!!! It’s just nasty!
Tell me a goal you want to achieve with your blog?
What I started this whole thing for. I want to help people like me, get better. Receiving messages from people telling me that they read my article / watched my video and it made them feel good, or it made them laugh… that makes it all worthwhile. One day, I want to receive that message from somebody saying that they too used fashion and now they’re off their medication, or they’ve finished with their counsellor, or they just feel good.
If someone who wanted to start blogging came to you for advice, what would you tell them?
Find that one thing that gets you excited and write about it. You have to be passionate. Treat it like a full-time job, even when you’re not earning a penny, and you’ll start to see traffic building up and up! Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and do it. You won’t regret it.
Finally, what posts you’ve written are you the most proud of?
Without a doubt, I am most proud of my post: ‘Depression Saved My Life’. It’s hard to accept, but without all that heartache, I wouldn’t be the person I am today and putting that into words helped me come to terms with it all. I’ve had so much positive feedback from it, because finding the positives in the worst of situations, is so important!
Well thank you so blooming much for taking part!! I cannot wait to see you for our HUGE catch up tomorrow!!
Everyone go and follow this gorgeous girl!! It’s Styled by Eva on both YouTube and her blog!!!