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Blogger Spotlight with Liz of Fitness Blondie

Liz Taylor of Fitness Blondie

GPC: Please introduce yourself to our readers (i.e. your name, occupation, hobbies, etc.).

LT: Hi everyone! My name is Liz Taylor. I am 25 years old, live in Charlotte, NC and I am aspiring author currently writing my first novel, blogger, and an Office Manager (to pay the bills, ugh life.)

GPC: What is the name of your blog(s)?

LT: My blog is Fitness Blondie. www.TheFitnessBlondie.com

GPC: What’s your blog all about (i.e. genre, niche, etc.)?

LT: It is difficult for me to classify my blog. I write about my life and my weight loss journey, share recipes I create, and fitness/exercise tips I have since I have been NASM certified for 6 years with so much experience in the industry, but my passion is writing motivational and inspiration pieces to help and empower women.

GPC: What inspired your blog name?

LT: I wanted to blog; but I had no clue what to do name it. I put two words that describe together and well, Fitness Blondie was born. I wasn’t thrilled with the name, but it has grown and now I feel it is a part of me!

GPC: When did you start blogging?

LT: I started Fitness Blondie in June 2014.

GPC: Why did you start blogging?

LT: I truly started blogging because I wanted a scrapbook of my life. I love looking back at memories; even the most boring and monotonous. I knew never my love and passion it would grow into what it is today.

GPC: Is blogging your full-time job or do you work elsewhere full-time or part-time?

LT: I blog about 25-30 hours and I work a full time job. It is hard work, but I enjoy it immensely. I hope one day to write full time.

GPC: How did you grow your blog numbers to its current pageviews, unique visitors, etc.?

LT: The best way to grow is through visiting other blogs and making friends. It’s simple and it works. I have a passion for people and I am naturally curious and I enjoy being inspired. Therefore making friends and networking with blogging comes natural to me. I also started a weekly “blog hop” which is dedicated to bloggers making new friends. I join other blog hops and linkups, I advertise on different blogs, and I just put my heart and soul into it. It’s that simple.

GPC: What do you like about blogging?

LT: I love so much. I love being able to share my life and my afflictions, I LOVE making new friends and hearing about the latest beauty products, fitness fads, DIY projects, recipes, and helping other people. There is so much positivity that can come with blogging.

GPC: What would you consider your biggest accomplishment to date as it pertains to your blog?

LT: My biggest accomplishment is being honest and raw. That may sound odd, but it can be hard trait to find in bloggers. Everyone wants to display the perfect pictures and life. I do too a lot of times, but over the past year, my life has been anything but. I am getting over a debilitating heartbreak and because I connect with my readers on such a deep level, I could not hide that. So I opened up, which was really scary, but the amount of support and encouragement I received was incredible. I have helped other women and they have helped me. For me, that is what it is all about.

Liz Taylor of Fitness Blondie

GPC: What do you consider the biggest challenge you face blogging in your genre/niche?

LT: Getting the rest of my weight off. I have lost 65 pounds since November and I have 30 more to go. For months and months I did fantastic; perfect almost. However, with my anxiety and stress levels over the past couple of months, it has made it very hard. People consider me a “fitness” blogger obviously – look at my name. I truly need to look the “part” 100% and I am trying, but sometimes the pressure can be hard.

GPC: What has been your most exciting event you have participated in or attended as a blogger?

LT: Partnering with Quest Nutrition for giveaways and products. Quest emailed me about my story and told me how much they believe in me. Since then I have worked alongside them many times giving away products and being featured on their Facebook and Instagram. It is incredible to have one of my favorite company’s in the world believe in someone like me!

GPC: What tips or tricks do you use to encourage engagement from your readers on your blog?

LT: Your audience and readers can tell when a person is “fake” and/or “staged” and people generally gravitate away from that. My approach is being honest about my life and people relate to it. When people relate, they want to engage with you. They want to help you and share their experiences. It is probably my favorite part about blogging.

GPC: What advice do you have for a newbie getting started with blogging?

LT: I wrote a whole post to help someone who is getting started! http://fitnessblondie.blogspot.com/2014/10/my-tips-and-truths-about-blogging.html

GPC: What do you think is the biggest misconception about blogging?

LT: How EASY it is. Blogging is so, so fun, but it is very time consuming. It is grossly underestimated.

GPC: Who are some of blogger inspirations?

LT: Raven Smith at “Don’t Quote the Raven”. She was one of the first blogs I ever read and her raw and unapologetic posts are absolutely hilarious. She has taken me under her wing and really helped my blog grow. She is my number one source of page views of all time and I can’t thank her enough. I also love Danielle at “Blissful and Domestic”. I first read about her on Yahoo in April of 2013 about how her family of 4 lived $15,000 a year! She was the FIRST blog I ever read and SHE inspired me to make one. She has fantastic recipes and tips on how to save money; which is super important to me.

GPC: Please share your blog information and any upcoming events you would like to share with our readers.

LT: I have a giveaway on my blog right now that ends this upcoming Wednesday at 11:59 PM EST. I have teamed up with Quest Nutrition and I am giving away a variety box of their famed Protein Bars AND protein chips – every flavored included in both and there will be 3 different winners.

Feel free to keep in touch:

www.TheFitnessBlondie.com

Liz@TheFitnessBlondie.com

www.Facebook.com/FitnessBlondie

www.Twitter.com/FitnessBlondieL

www.Instagram.com/FitnessBlondieL

14 Comments

  • October 23, 2014 - 7:50 am | Permalink

    Always inspiring to see people that love and work hard on what they do, thank you for the tips on starting your blog.

  • October 23, 2014 - 9:41 am | Permalink

    Diatta, you are such a strong, positive, and driven woman. It was honor to be featured here and I cannot thank you enough for it. You are an amazing friend to have and I have so thankful to have met you through this crazy world of blogging.
    Liz Taylor @ Fitness Blondie recently posted…A Mom Who Does it All: Interview with Model and “The Calling’s” Angela JenningsMy Profile

    • October 23, 2014 - 9:43 am | Permalink

      Awww thank you Liz. I think you are pretty awesome and am glad our paths crossed. You inspire me.

  • October 23, 2014 - 12:30 pm | Permalink

    I agree about a strong community being key to grow your numbers. When I was able to connect more, my numbers were higher. But with a little baby, it’s harder to socialize. :C

  • October 23, 2014 - 1:57 pm | Permalink

    Great interview! What an inspiration! It’s also interesting to learn about other bloggers–thanks for sharing!

  • Kathryn
    October 23, 2014 - 3:02 pm | Permalink

    I love the idea of blogging being a scrapbook of one’s life.

  • October 23, 2014 - 8:33 pm | Permalink

    Ditatta, we need to chat my friend. I’m also a fellow, MBAer who was in corporate America!

    Liz is so inspirations, it’s so hard to lose weight. I just did a 3-Day Refresh that’s basically a Vegan cleanse, and I thought I was going to die. It was so hard to be committed for 3 days let alone for months or years. I applaud Liz and her determination. You go girl!

    • October 24, 2014 - 9:18 am | Permalink

      Let’s definitely chat Tanya and while you are at it link up your IG with us today!!!!

  • October 23, 2014 - 11:23 pm | Permalink

    Welcome to the blogosphere! It’s always nice to have another blonde! Thank you for sharing your story!
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  • October 24, 2014 - 11:29 am | Permalink

    Interesting story, and I agree more hours than expected to blog.

  • Danielle Stewart
    October 25, 2014 - 12:54 am | Permalink

    Great interview. I enjoyed the story.

  • October 26, 2014 - 10:31 am | Permalink

    This is really inspiring, how she grew her blog, I enjoyed reading it! 🙂

  • March 17, 2015 - 12:49 am | Permalink

    Spot on, as usual.

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