by Phoenix A. Desertsong, The Perpetual Prose Machine
"The Prose Machine Interviews” is a series where we interview AWESOME writers and share their insights about the online writing craft! Today, we’re SO EXCITED to interview Hello Bexa for the Prose Machine! She’s always so helpful and inspiring to bloggers old and new. As someone who really wants to bring more exposure to bloggers large and small, we’re really honored to be able to have some of her insights here!
Bexa: Thank you so much for sending me the questions and inviting me appear onto your blog. I really appreciate it!
The Prose Machine: Q1: How did you start blogging?
Bexa: I started my blog in October 2017 with a post sharing my study tips as an Open University student. I’d also recently got back into photography again and was looking for a place to share my photos. My second post was a collection of my holiday snaps from Zante, Greece and it just carried on from there. I’ve been loving it ever since!
The Prose Machine: You just never know what happens when you start a blog! You decide to post about one thing, then another, and then it just takes off! :D
Q2: What's the most important thing you've learned about yourself since you began blogging?
Bexa: I’ve learned that I am very determined when it comes to blogging. It takes so much time and energy and it can be hard work at times, but overall the joy of blogging outweighs the challenges. I’ve also learned that I get easily influenced when I read other blogs, I now have a never ending pile of books which I’ve purchased on impulse after reading a great review that I haven’t even looked at yet, he he. Oh, and I can never say no to pretty stationery, enamel pins and washi tape either!
The Prose Machine: Blogs are so powerful when it comes to being influencers! And to get there, it does take a great deal of determination. As you’ve shown, determination with blogging really does pay off, and you learn so many things! And yeah, you acquire a lot of things you never would’ve expected to before… Yay, pretty things! :-P
Q3: If there's one thing that new or up-and-coming bloggers absolutely need to know to enjoy blogging success, what do you think that is?
Bexa: My best advice is to get involved in the blogging community on Twitter, it’s so friendly and supportive. I joined twitter pretty soon after I set up my blog and it’s definitely made my blogging journey so far a positive experience. Also, reading and commenting on others blogs is a great way to connect with others and grow your following. Every Sunday I share an all day blog comment swap thread on my twitter (hellobexa) and it gives everyone the opportunity to meet new bloggers and support each other. Hope to see you there!
The Prose Machine: The best thing about twitter is that it gets conversations going.The blog comment swaps are great because they bring the conversations to the posts themselves! Blogging can get lonely sometimes, so it’s awesome to have a great, thoughtful community backing you up! It can get so grindy at times, so seeing real interest in your work is always a really helpful boost. We all have to build each other up!
Thanks so much for sharing with us, Bexa!
Bexa: Thank you again lovely! I really enjoyed answering your questions <3
Check out Bexa’s website here: www.hellobexa.com
And on Twitter: @hellobexa
You can also find Bexa on Pinterest and Instagram!
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Often known by her nickname "Ami," Ms. Phoenix Amelia Desertsong has written for many online publications, often under pen names.