Bloggers Behind The Screens is a monthly interview series, where fellow bloggers come together to answer a series of questions on a specific theme. This is a chance to get acquainted with a whole range of bloggers, some of whom you may not have encountered before, and learn a little more about them!
In May, we’re talking to bloggers about the very thing that makes them bloggers. Their blogs.
I’m delighted to be hosting Latoya from Pure Nourish this month.
Latoya is a qualified Lifestyle Coach with a Diploma in Life Coaching and years of experience of face-face health coaching including in a management role at Holland and Barrett. Latoya’s previous work experience also saw her working alongside Nutritionist Julie Neville at her Manchester health & nutrition store, ‘Win Naturally’ Latoya’s passions include self-development, kids nutrition (inspired by her young daughter) and self-care.
When did you start blogging and why?
I started just after giving birth in 2013 to keep myself accountable with nutrition and my health after going through a difficult pregnancy. I have previous Journalism experience and to be honest I missed writing on a daily basis, so starting a blog gave me a focus while I was on maternity leave.
How did you come up with the name for your blog?
It was my partner who suggested the name. I wanted a name which focused on health, wellbeing and food. Nourish is a word which I love.
What do you blog about? Has that changed from when you first started?
I initially focused on nutrition and food reviews. I still cover these topics but my blog is now more focused on mental health, self-care and parenting.
Is your blog your job, your hobby or your side hustle?
It’s all three to be honest. I recently qualified as a Life Coach and I am using my blog as a platform to offer help and support to those who need it. Whether it’s tips on how to practice self-care or how to change your lifestyle.
What is the best thing or experience that blogging has given you?
There have been so many, the main one is being able to meet some incredible content creators. Brand wise it has to be being approached by Nivea to become their ambassador. I have used their products since I was a child, so it was and is still a huge honour for me.
What is your favourite thing in the whole world to write about?
Mental health in young people. It is a huge focus of mine as a mum and a Life Coach. I spoke to a Clinical Psychologist recently who said that usually by the time children come to her they are already so emotionally damaged and we need to reach them before they get to that point, so I want to make the subject more wide-spread so that we know the signs to look out for.
What skills (the more unusual the better!) has blogging taught you?
How to develop super-speed skills to clear a messy area for that perfect Instagram photo!
What is your favourite post from your blog? Give us the link and tell us why it’s your favourite.
This was a very personal post for me because I had a very difficult pregnancy and first few weeks of being a mum as Amber developed a life-threatening infection. I think sometimes bloggers only share the good parts of their lives, so for me I want to be relatable to the regular mum or reader. Something which my followers always tell me is that they follow me because they can relate, especially when it comes to sharing my journey of being a mum and suffering from anxiety.
Have you ever been on TV or radio in your capacity as a blogger? If so, what for? If not, do you think it’s something you’d like to have a go at?
Not yet but I am open to the idea.
What is your least favourite thing about blogging? There must be something you don’t like about it…
The lack of opportunities for women of colour with some of the big brands. It is frustrating because there are some amazing influencers who are often overlooked because they don’t a certain mould.
Do you have any advice to give to anybody out there thinking of starting a blog right now?
Be consistent, honest and don’t compare yourself to others. Also get to networking events and put yourself out there. It can be scary to attend blogging events on your own, but sometimes even the most confident looking bloggers struggle with social anxiety, so please don’t let that put you off attending events.
Where do you do most of your blogging? Do you have a home office, are you on the sofa or do you prefer to be out and about when writing posts?
I have always blogged from home but I now also use a space in Manchester city centre called B Works. It is a great space for freelancers and they give you free coffee! Win win.
Be honest. How many unwritten posts are in your drafts right now? How many are likely to see daylight?
Only 3 at the moment. I’m a little OCD about it to be honest.
What are you most excited about for your blog in the next six months or so of 2019? Anything awesome in the pipeline for the summer or are we forever winging it?
I am excited about bringing more Life Coaching content and content on how to be more productive for both work and study. I am also working on the idea of confidence building workshops aimed mostly at mums.
Finally, what is your absolute favourite thing about being a blogger?
It has to be getting to try new products and connecting with like-minded people, both bloggers and those who follow my blog. It has been a really positive experience for me over the years.
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