While blogging has been relevant for many years, a lot of people still just don’t quite get it. Tell us a little bit about blogging in general and why it is so popular today.
“By definition, a blog is a website that covers a particular topic that is regularly updated by an individual. We live in a world of instant gratification, so bloggers offer specialized information on an array of topics for others to glean inspiration and learn from with the click of a button. For me, I took a topic I’m passionate about and highlight information I feel may be helpful to others as it pertains to style.”
Tell us about you and what inspired you to start blogging.
“I have always had an affinity for style. I draw inspiration from those who raised me, each bearing their own individual style. My mom loves bold, bright colors, while my sister prefers darker tones. My Poppy is never shy to splurge, while my Mimi is forever looking for a bargain. Because of these contrasting influences, I have never truly fit into a style ‘box.’ I’ve always tested the boundaries of style and though I participate in and appreciate trends, I’ve never let them dictate my taste. I know there are others out there who can relate, so I created The Hunt for Style as a space where I encourage all individuals to embrace their own personal style. I strive to create looks that are chic yet attainable, and love to mix a splurge with a steal! And since my style doesn’t fit in one category, there’s a little something for everyone.”
With thousands of blogs out there, many may say that blogging is an “oversaturated market.” What makes your blog unique?
“First and foremost, I strive to keep it ‘real.’ Real women, real bodies, real, attainable style. Because I strive to keep my social media in line with the blog, it can often times turn into a highlight reel—and I’m far too open for that. So every once in a while, you’ll catch a ‘raw’ moment to keep things balanced because things are rarely as stylish as they seem!
“Being a Hartsville native, I feel that I also have unique inside perspective on our town. I love this town and it brings me so much joy to highlight its growth in my blog. I hope to convey a homey Hartsville feel through my website, even when the town isn’t the topic.”
Many say that the blogging world never sleeps! Tell us about your normal daily routine.
“It’s so true! The internet is an ever-changing world, and to be successful, you have to be consistent! I am constantly creating content for the website and social media! I definitely consider the blog a job. It requires so much time and effort on my part, and because I ‘report’ to myself, I have to practice a lot of discipline when it comes to scheduling, shooting looks, meeting with local businesses, etc. I’m still getting a feel for what ‘normal’ is going to look like in my blogging-sphere. As far as an income goes, the blog will hopefully be a lucrative source of income at some point, but right now I’m just building out her platform and sewing seeds!”
What is one thing you wish you knew before you started blogging?
“How incredibly supportive our community would be! I have wanted to launch a blog for several years, but my pride and fear kept me from taking the plunge. I have felt so much love and support from friends and even complete strangers—makes all that fear seem insignificant.”