What’s the name of your blog?
Where do you live?
Charleston, South Carolina.
Tell us how you started your blog, Anabelle Kristine, and what did it take to get where it is today?
I was a freshman in college living in New York obsessed with fashion and dressing up! I was also extremely interested in photography and loved being in front of the camera. I created my blog as a way to document my outfits and traveling adventures.
What’s been the hardest business lesson you’ve learned from blogging?
Look out for yourself and don’t take any brand deals that you aren’t passionate about.
What does a typical workday for you look like?
I’m a college student so I spend some of my days working on school work, and the rest of the day I spend writing blog posts, posting and engaging on Instagram, planning and shooting content, replying to emails, etc. The list goes on and on and there is never enough time in a day to get it all done!
What’s one piece of advice you would give to someone just starting out in the blog world?
Acknowledge how much time and money it will take to grow! Make sure you’re going into it because you are passionate about it, not because you’re trying to make money. You will find yourself disappointed very quickly when you realize how long it takes to make money.
What do you think the blogging industry will look like in 5 years?
I honestly have no idea, and that’s both exciting and scary. I don’t think Instagram will be around forever and I think it will be a huge wake-up call for many people who haven’t dedicated as much time on their blog as they have on Instagram.
What’s been your favorite project, or post you’ve worked on?
I recently was gifted Universal Orlando Resort passes in exchange for a blog post! I was so excited for the opportunity and had so much fun exploring, taking photos, and creating the post.
How do you stay inspired?
I find most of my inspiration through shopping and Pinterest, as well as traveling. Charleston is one of my favorite places when I need to find inspiration!
Do you consider yourself a blogger or influencer?
At times I feel like the term influencer has a negative connotation to it, due to the fact that a lot of peoples see “influencers” as people who just get free stuff in exchange for little-to-no work. I consider myself a blogger and also an influencer (someone who influences others to buy and do things).
Which social media platform do you wish you knew more about or spent more time on?
I wish I knew how to “master” Instagram, sometimes I feel that my photos and stories don’t get seen to many of my followers which is very frustrating.
What’s your favorite blogging hack or trick?
Plan ahead and be consistent! I consistently post on Instagram every day and on my blog 3 times a week. This keeps my followers in-the-know so they know what to expect from me.