Back in February when looking at how to maximise my Twitter engagement, I came across ‘Teacup Club’-an account that organises comment swaps, chats, and more. The Blogger behind it, Bre, had me intrigued with her posts, and how she writes. So, for the next Blogging For Business interview, I thought thatI would ask her some questions. You can view her blog by clicking here.
What was it that introduced you to blogging?
I blogged as a teenager! I actually went back and looked at one last year, and I was horrified! Like, It was so bad I had to laugh. Oh my god. It was such a diary style blog of an angsty, “I’m not like other girls” 15/16 year old with bad self-esteem. I got into blogging *for real* in college. One of my writing professors said a piece I wrote could be a blog post. I’d already had a craving to start a site again, and I remembered how fun blogging was. The rest is history.
Bre. C/O Toocuteforlife.com
What was it that inspired you to blog?
My blog I started in 2016 was intended to be a mental health blog. Gah, I feel like this makes me sound bad, but I was always complimented on my self-esteem and told I inspired people to be more confident. You can’t say that and not sound douche-y, right? I thought I could blog about confidence and self-esteem because I wanted to help people. It makes me sad how many people are unhappy with themselves and block themselves from their own happiness. I was way too formal though and kinda backed myself into a corner. There was so much to blogging I didn’t know! I’m much happier with my current blog where I write about all different subjects.
Could you tell us the story behind your blog name?
It kinda just came to me! I had shut down my last blog and was already planning my new site. The name I was tossing around was Bredefined. Not the greatest, but it was a play on my name and redefined. I wanted a name that would be true to every part of me and not limit my content the way I had been on my previous site. TCFL : Too Cute For Life hit me out of no where mer weeks before my new site was going to launch. I think it’s sassy, charming, and silly. I’d like think that’s me.
How did you settle in your diversity of subjects?
What was the appeal of pole dancing, enough to write about it?
Well, they’re all the things I love. It’s not so much I settled into these subjects. It’s these are the parts of me that excite me, and I want to share with others. I’d already fallen into the trap of writing content I wasn’t passionate about before, so I found that allowing myself to write about anything I want keeps the passion alive.
Why did you decide to start posting your poetry?
I hadn’t seen anyone else writing about it, and I thought it was something different I could share with people. I actually backed off from that category because the only response I was getting was “I’m too fat/clumsy to ever do that.” I hear that enough in real life, and it’s not the vibe I wanted on my blog. I don’t want people reading my content and finding ways to shame themselves because of something I wrote. I love pole dancing and I’ll still write pieces as they strike me, but I chose to not make it a full category anymore.
What do you think about blogging for business?
I’m a poet! I’m working on a collection (or two), so I figure I need to be comfortable putting my art out there. My blog is me and so is my poetry. My poetry belongs on my blog. People have already told me they want to buy a collection of my work, and I only post rough drafts! It’s encouraging for me to get the feedback I do by sharing this way. It’s, like, oh… people actually like what I’m creating.
Would you ever turn your blog into a business?
I would love for my blogging to be my main source of income. Like, ooo skippy is that the dream! I think I think it’s the career I’ve always wanted and didn’t realize it.
I’d like to. I hold myself back in a lot of ways. I’m working on making changes so I gradually build my brand into something more than it is now. I mean, I haven’t even partnered with a company yet. I’ve received offers, but they either didn’t have a budget to pay me or didn’t align with my content. Like, bruh? What about my blog screams multivitamins? I want to pursue opportunities that stay true to the heart of what I write. I’m not gonna just take any ol’ offer because I want the money or want to look like a *real blogger*. I’m trying to focus on making my content better and consistent before I worry about getting into business.
Where do you see your blog in five years time?
Who actually knows? I’d to think I’d have a genuine following, consistent, quality content, and a passion that’s the same or greater than when I started. I want to do whatever I can to make it the best it can be.
For a day at the office, what could we find in your handbag?
Haha! I actually just bought a new purse. Let’s see. I have my wallet, sunglasses, hand lotion I use multiple times a day because the papers dry out my hands, headphones for listening to podcasts, phone charger cable, my bullet journal, pens, and Chipotle gift certificates.
And for bloggers who wish to follow in your footsteps, do you have any advice?
Really think about your voice. We bloggers are told constantly to be authentic and be yourself, and I think the language aspect of that is entirely overlooked. I don’t wanna sound mean, but I read so many posts where an exclamation point is the closest thing to personality. I read my posts out loud (when I’m cramming last minute oops sorry) to make sure they sound like I’m speaking and it’s actually *me* my readers are reading. Think about how you talk and make it how you write. It’s harder than it sounds, and it makes all the difference.