AS A WELLNESS BLOGGER IN THE SEATTLE SCENE, I'VE JOINED THIS BLOGGING COMMUNITY I DIDN'T KNOW EXISTED. I MET PORTIA A FEW TIMES, BUT MET HER AGAIN AT A "BARRE AND BRUNCH" EVENT SHE HOSTED A FEW MONTHS AGO.
I'VE HEARD THESE COMMON QUESTIONS FROM BLOGGERS AND THOUGHT, WHO BETTER TO ASK THAN PORTIA!?
Tell us a little about you: I’m a lifestyle blogger based out of Seattle, WA sharing my favorites in health, fitness, fashion, travel and motherhood. I have two little girls, ages 3 & 6 and a husband of 7+ years (though he’s camera shy, so you’ll rarely see him on the blog!)
How did you get started as a blogger? Obsessed by Portia began as a passion project two years ago. At the time I was a full-time stay-at-home mom needing a creative outlet. I had always loved writing and was an avid connoisseur of a myriad of blogs, so I thought…why not give it a go? And it was the BEST decision I have ever made (besides the hubby and kids!). What started as a ‘project’ turned into a bustling business very quickly! I spend well over 40 hours a week on my blog…and all by choice. When you enjoy what you’re doing, time flies!
What do you do as a blogger? What don’t I do?! When I thought of blogging, I figured it was an easy gig to do while I’m home with my girls. Well, I’ll be the first to tell you…it is noteasy. It is incredibly time consuming. Between emails, events, writing, taking photos, editing photos, social media, the list goes on…it’s anything but your standard ‘job,’ and yes as I write this, I realize it sounds really fun…which it is! But, time is everything. You ask any blogger - what is your biggest struggle and they will say time! The internet never shuts down, therefore, you never really shut down. When you’re building your brand, you are always on…which means checking your phone, posting photos, engaging, etc….the trick is not letting it interfere with everything else in your life…which is a struggle, let me tell you!
How often do you post a week? I don’t have a standard posting schedule. I post when I feel like it - of course, sometimes I have deadlines when working with brands, but I don’t restrict myself to only 3 days a week, etc. I only write when I’m inspired, so that may be 5 times a week…or 1! It’s my blog - and I do what I want :)
What is your favorite event to attend? I love fitness events! I would much rather work up a sweat with a group of bloggers (or readers!) than sip cocktails and mingle. I firmly believe being active with people is the ultimate ice breaker - so whether it be Flywheel or a yoga festival…sign me up!
How many events do you attend a week? A month? A year? (On average) I attend 1-2 events/week. I try to limit them, since I do have a family at home, but I sincerely love the Seattle blogging community, so any chance I can connect with them and local brands, I try my best!
Do you get paid in addition to free product? All of my blog posts are sponsored, which means product and/or compensation.
There are a ton of new bloggers out there wondering how long it took you to get paid for posts? Every blogger offers their own value to a brand and whether you’ve been blogging for 3 months or 3 years, there’s an opportunity to negotiation compensation, whether it be product and/or compensation. Blog and social posts take a significant amount of time, and credit should be given for that. If you have confidence in your brand, others will too.
What do you love about being a blogger? I really love every aspect of blogging, but my favorite is the adventure it brings. Every week I’m trying something new, sharing with my readers and having conversations about really cool stuff happening…that I love.
How big is the community of bloggers in Seattle? We are lucky in Seattle to have a really close, supportive community of bloggers. From fashion, to food, to travel - there are some of the most genuine and talented writers in the country right here in the Pacific Northwest. I couldn’t estimate the number of bloggers as that is always changing…but I recommend to new bloggers - join Seattle Bloggers Unite and connect!
ISN'T A BLOGGER'S LIFE FASCINATING AND FUN!? THANK YOU PORTIA!!!!