Becky Goddard-Hill has been blogging forever! Well, since 2009. She has 8 very active blogs ranging from travel to food, from budgeting to parenting and from Interiors to lifestyle. Here she tells us about her lifestyle blog, A Beautiful Space, and how it has evolved over the last 7 years.
This is a busy and exciting month for Becky; she has just taken on a new part-time job as a children’s therapist at Action for Children and she has just had her book Create Your Own Calm published by Harper Collins.
What inspired you to start a lifestyle blog?
I had written for a long time about budgeting and I was frustrated, I wanted to write about gardens and fashion and interiors and beauty but without always having to take a budget angle. It made a lot of sense for me to start a brand new lifestyle blog and A Beautiful Space was born. It felt liberating. It is now 7 years old and has over 1600 posts on it – it celebrates the lovely things in life.
Has your content changed much since you started?
Yes, so much so, to start with it was all about homes and interiors, then food crept in, then a little fashion and now over 50% of my posts are about wellbeing.
What social media platforms do you use most/find most successful?
I think Facebook and Pinterest are the most useful platforms for me. I always have my Tailwind queued with lifestyle pins and they do well on Pinterest. I am a big fan, I even have shares in Pinterest! I am on Facebook a lot promoting what I do too – that’s where I get the best engagement. I would LOVE to do better on Instagram, but I just don’t seem to have the knack!
Can you share the three most popular posts on your blog?
And my most recent popular post is How to Calm Down – 100 simple ways
How do you balance blogging and real life?
I get up at 6 am every day even on a Sunday in order to find time to blog, write my books, vlog, podcast AND have a life!
Can you share any tips for newer bloggers who would love to set up a lifestyle blog?
Yes, my top tip would be not to just follow trends but really think about your style, your interests and what makes you smile and let that shine through. Let your blog be as individual as you are.
If you could go back in time to when you first set up your blog would you do anything differently?
Not a thing, I really do love my A Beautiful Space blog, out of my 8 active blogs it is my favourite (sssh …don’t tell the others!) I am happy with the theme, how eclectic it is, the content and how it has evolved, I am proud of it.
Which blogs do you love to read for inspiration?
I like to read food blogs! They massively inspire me to be a better cook and I do share quite a lot of foodie content at A Beautiful Space. I like Thinly Spread and Tinned Tomatoes, for veggie/vegan content. I also LOVE to write about health and wellbeing and so am very inspired by Tiny Buddha. For interiors Bright Bazaar just makes me swoon.
What are your blogging plans for the next 12 months?
In the next 12 months I am going to really focus on improving the SEO of my blog and strengthening it. I tend to be very forward looking and dash from project to project and SEO is something I have neglected. I want to really tighten up on this and maximise what I have rather than constantly inventing new content.