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Hannah Russell
Features Writer
3:48 PM 19th January 2018

The Big Wide World Of Blogging

A few years ago back in 2013, I started a blog on Little Alf.

I was given a Nikon D3300 camera for Christmas in 2012 and knew I had the perfect model for taking pictures and to share them online with friends. With Alfie’s cheeky fun nature he was always getting up to mischief and he took to life on camera - every time I get my camera out the bag he seems to go into ‘model’ mode!

I was thinking about blogging last week and how easy it is for people to connect with you over social media and online.

In January lots of people across the world begin their own blog; it can even be people's New Year’s resolution to ‘Start a blog and stick with it’ throughout the year.

The blogging world is huge and over the years there have been new terms developed such as Vlogs, Vlogging, Vloggers, Blogs, Bloggers…The list is endless and to be honest I’m not really sure which category Alfie and I fit into, but I love posting online his daily antics and have now even started to develop more and more videos and people love how they can connect with what he’s up to on a daily basis.

Blogging has now also turned into a career for many and there are thousands of influencers all over the world which are making a living about posting on social media.

I suppose it’s a little bit like online advertising - you’re paying someone to post about your product to their blog followers, although I’m not 100% sure how the logistics work behind it all.

I personally follow lots of social media bloggers who run a full time blog as their job. I think they're pretty great. Over the years there have been lots of different opinions in the press about the blogging industry. I think it’s one of those things you’ll either love and get involved in or don’t believe in it and carry on your daily life.

Having a blog myself with a nice following into the thousands I have found that it takes a lot of time and patience to grow your following and readers. It’s not easy and it has taken me 3 years to build up mine and Little Alf’s profile and every day we are trying to slowly build it up even more.

For me as I’m also an author and the way I write my blogs is very similar to my writing style so I’m trying to develop that to a level where people want to pick up one of Alfie’s books and enjoy it.

If you’re starting a blog this January than write about something you love and be patient, it takes time to build up a following.