Hello everyone it’s Zainab here, welcome or welcome back to the blog! For today’s blog interview, I’m joined with a lovely girl called Angel who founded the amazing blogging platform: BlogR which is working to have a positive impact on the blogging community with this unique idea. Let’s jump into the interview!
Thank you so much for agreeing to be interviewed Angel! For anybody who doesn’t know about yourself and BlogR?
Thank you so much for reaching out, it’s always a pleasure when people like to find out more! And sure, I’ll do a brief intro for both 🙂
So my name is Angel, I’m 21 years old and I’m a Business & Management university student. I started BlogR in my placement year and I’m really excited to continue it in my final year, and if all goes to plan, after uni too!
BlogR is a blog discovery platform, to allow users to find more of the content they love. We’re currently working really hard behind the scenes on the site and I’m really excited to reveal everything to you. The support we’ve had so far has been incredible, so I just hope everyone loves it!
Thanks for the introduction, I can’t wait to see the site, so before we talk specifically about BlogR, I want to talk a bit more about the idea, so where and how did the idea spark for you to create a platform such as BlogR?
The idea for BlogR came from wanting to find an inter-railing blog. I wanted more information on an itinerary for travelling Eastern Europe, and it suddenly made me realise that I didn’t know of any up to date platforms that were exclusively for blogs.
We know there’s Instagram for pictures, Tiktok for videos, Snapchat/Whatsapp for instant messaging, Medium for writers/journalists etc, but nothing exclusively for blogs. I knew then that I wanted to explore this space and create a platform for bloggers and readers, so I got to work!
Did you ever own a blog before, and if you have would you say that definitely helped you come up with the idea for BlogR?
No I haven’t! So even when the idea for BlogR came about, I was coming from the angle of a blog reader. I wanted a central location to sift and sort through content I actually wanted to read. Whilst waiting for my web developer to start, I decided to create an Instagram blog to start reaching out and forming relationships with bloggers. Pretty much a year later and we have a small (but global!) community of 1,700 bloggers and readers.
I have always loved reading a good blog, so I have actually recently started putting together my own personal one!
I think it’s so cool you’re coming from the angle of the reader, because I actually always thought you had a blog previously! Now I want to talk more about BlogR itself, so BlogR’s main aim is to bring together the blogging community which I absolutely love, what has been your favourite part or feature of BlogR so far?
One of my favourite parts about BlogR is the amazing friendships I’ve been able to make with some incredible bloggers, such as yourself! The online support I’ve gained has honestly blown me away. If I’ve had a mini social media break to work on product development, I will sometimes get DMs from people checking in and asking if I’m okay. Before BlogR I had never had exclusively online friends, so it’s definitely shown me the positive side of social media and I can’t wait to see how many new relationships are formed through the platform!
That’s so sweet, and I agree with you! I’ve made so many amazing friendships through my blog! BlogR has started branching out so much more on social media from doing interviews to doing advice posts, would you say BlogR is a community you wish you could’ve had if you were a blogger?
I think whatever space you’re in, it’s always nice to feel part of something bigger and to know you always have someone else you can turn to. As I mentioned, I am in the process of setting up my own personal blog, so the community has been a great support system as I know if there’s anything I am struggling with, there’s always someone I can ask for help.
Yes the blogging community i such a great support system! So, the big question for this interview is, why do you think people should come check out BlogR’s social media and what do you think other bloggers can learn from it?
BlogR’s pride and joy is our community, and I really think that is what you’re going to gain when you join the platform. With the year we’ve had in lockdown and the fact that more people are working from home, it’s more important than ever to foster and nurture online relationships.
I’d like to think that BlogR isn’t just the same as other online platforms. At BlogR, we’d love for you to really connect with a piece of content you’ve read, and for it to inspire you enough to come offline and try it yourself! Whether it’s a recipe blog, or a productivity one, we’d love to help people develop both on and offline
That’s why I love BlogR so much – I’m looking forward to the site coming out! It’s already growing so much, I know that you have the official website and platform coming out soon but could you share some of your future plans for BlogR? Maybe share where you’d like to be within the next few years and give us a tease of what’s to come!
Thank you! It’s been harder work than I originally anticipated, but I honestly love what I’m doing! To start with, we will be working on getting our first users on and gaining initial feedback. Overall, we want to make it easier for bloggers to share their work and be discovered, and for readers to find content that will benefit them. I’d absolutely love to get some big names in the blogging world involved with BlogR and on the platform!
I’m not really one to share business goals as I get nervous for some reason (probably because I am a little scared of being vulnerable and to let people know I failed at something ahah) but for those of you who followed us in December, you may remember we trialled our Partner Programme. This is definitely something I’d like to role out again on a large scale within the next few years.
I have BIG aspirations for BlogR, and I hope I can be the one to fulfil them. I guess only time will tell, so you’ll have to stick around and stay tuned!
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