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“Take a break when you’re feeling that it’s not that much fun anymore, and really think about why.”
Remember: It’s not wrong to take some time off, especially when you feel that what you’re doing becomes too tedious. It’s better to just take a break than giving up! Keep on reading to know more about the story of Anna!
How should we call you, and how long have you been a stylist/blogger/influencer? Do you remember the year you started?
The name’s Anna Bjørdal. I’ve been an influencer since about one or two years ago, depending on the definition. I started Instagramming three years ago and my blog one year ago.
Do you have a specific style?
Minimal with a twist maybe?
What advocated you to become a blogger or an influencer? Was there anything in particular that happened which triggered you to become one? Did you see something or someone online, or was it because of your avid interest for fashion?
I wanted a platform where I could share my travels, recipes and personal style, like a journal for myself where I could get an outlet for my creative abilities. I soon discovered that my readers liked my fashion posts the most, and, after a while, the recipes started to fade and the fashion posts became more frequent.
Did you start with social medias then made a site? Or did you start off using a website along with the social medias?
I started out with Instagram because all of my friends were on there, and I really liked the response I was getting.
After about two years of Instagramming, I started my blog because I couldn’t share the recipes for my food pics on Instagram (it would take up too much space). Also, I wanted to share more details of my travels and write more.
Which website are you using for your blog (WordPress, Blogspot, etc.)? Do you have a reason as to why you prefer it?
I started my blog using WordPress but felt really lonely on there. Now I use Nouw.com, which is, in my opinion, the best platform there is. First of all, it’s a great tool that works perfectly when creating posts, and I have a lot of freedom as to the design. Second, the social network is great. Everyone is so supportive of each other and we cheer each other on.
Which social medias did you utilize in the beginning? Why did you think that it was the best medium to use? Which was beneficiary in terms of reaching your audience?
Instagram. Instagram. Because it was “the” medium of that time.
Do you use more social medias now in comparison to when you started? If so, which social medias have you added?
I made my Snapchat public about a year ago and started using it more often. Other than that, I haven’t started using more social medias. In contrast, my Instagram use has decreased because of the new algorithm.
How often do you post on your social medias when you first started? Was there a specific time you thought best to post?
During the beginning stages, I often posted three times a day on Instagram. Always at 9AM, 6PM and 9PM.
What camera were you using when you started? Did you have a photographer or were the photos taken by yourself? Could you compare the quality of the photos from when you started to how it is now?
When I started, I was only using my iPhone camera and took photos myself. Mostly #wiw, #fwis and food pics. When I moved in with my bf, he started taking my pics, being the wonderful person he is. I can most definitely see huge changes in my photo quality from when I started and how they are now. Mostly because I bought a good camera (Sony Alpha a5000) with a great lens.
Was there a specific blog post or social media post which made you go “Wow!” due to the amount of likes, follows and/or interactions it received?
Yeah, actually. On Instagram, I posted a selfie of myself in the mirror wearing a (in my opinion) very cool outfit, and it got tons of likes. And this was posted at a time I normally would never post (10PM) so it really took me by surprise. And that’s how I found out that mirror selfies are a huuuge success with my followers.
How was your first year of becoming an influencer? Plenty of others have insinuated the first year as challenging, for any business in fact. Was there ever a point you felt it wouldn’t work and felt demotivated?
My first year as an influencer was so much fun! I didn’t start out with a goal of having lots of followers and I think that’s what made me an influencer. I just posted for the fun of it. I started getting collaborations early on, and it just continued from there and became even more fun to use Instagram.
As an influencer, there ought to be plenty of times you were contacted for a collaboration, do you recall the first time you were sponsored by a brand?
My first collaboration was with the swimwear brand Deltagram, and they sent me a really cool neoprene bikini that all the big influencers were posting pictures of at the time. That was when I started feeling like I was an actual influencer.
Upon receiving an item from the brand, how did you feel? For many bloggers, that must have been such an achievement! Did you celebrate when it happened?
I can’t remember celebrating it in any way, I just remember feeling really proud of myself.
Any advice for our future influencers/bloggers/stylists? Do you have a few words to keep them motivated or inspired?
Remember to have fun! If you’re only in it to receive stuff, you won’t get any far. Take a break when you’re feeling that it’s not that much fun anymore, and really think about why. And ALWAYS follow up on collaborations, and be professional.
Finally, do you have a personal motivational quote which never fails to motivate you whenever you are feeling demotivated?
Not really. I just tell myself “Anna, suck it up!” if things aren’t going my way.
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