Meet the Blogger – Sophie Chennell
In our latest interview series which I like to call “Meet the Blogger”, where I spotlight inspiring creatives on this Blogger Magazine. We caught up with Sophie Chennell who runs Sophie Joan blog.
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself and your blog?
Hi, my name is Sophie Chennell, I am 21 years old from Worthing. I was originally born in Horsham, West Sussex so I’ve never strayed far from home. I studied Photography at The University of Portsmouth, where I graduated last July! It’s gone very quickly, too quickly for my liking. You’ll either find me blogging, nestled into a book in the corner, binge watching a Netflix series or enjoying a workout. I also love pugs!
My blog, Sophie Joan, is focused around life updates, book reviews, beauty reviews, mental health topics and most currently an interview series. Basically, anything that comes out of my mouth, I talk about haha! You wouldn’t want to meet me in person, I’d chew your ear off (not literally)!
2. Describe what inspired you to start your blog?
I’ve always loved writing ever since I was a little girl. I always used to write creative stories and get my family to read them, persistently haha. I grew up with my grandad and my mum loving photography too, so joining my two passions together was no brainer.
3. How do you motivate yourself to keep the blog up and running?
Once I am focused and passionate about something, that’s what keeps me going. I think if your passionate enough and you’ve got clear goals, you can do anything you put your mind to.
4. How active are you on a weekly basis? How often do you communicate with your followers?
I am as active as I can be! I work 9-6 remotely at the moment, due to our current situation so any chance I have I am always blogging. You’ll find me in the evenings still at my desk till 11pm which I know is really bad, but eventually all this hard work will pay off. I always communicate with my followers, it’s the best feeling in the world having support from others and giving it back. The blogging community is what keeps me going.
5. What do you think is the best social media strategy for getting more visitors to a blog?
You need to know who your audience are and what content is relevant right now. People will read what is most popular and also what is most personal. That’s the content I have found has done the best on my blog.
6. Would you encourage other people to make their blog?
100%!! Starting my blog is the best thing I have ever done, I have made tons of new friendships, and gained so much experience and knowledge from doing what I love.
7. A lot of people think that blogging is an easy way to make money online. Do you have some tips for those people who are interested in making money from the blog?
I am currently myself looking into how to monetise my blog, I have only been running my blog for three and a half years, for the majority of it I was at University, so I didn’t spend as much time doing it then. I am now in a place where I am ready to learn about how to make money from my blog. I think the only thing I can suggest is it takes time; don’t think you will earn straight away. Dedication, time and patience will take you a long way.
8. What was the most challenging moment in your blogging journey so far?
Definitely learning the technology part to blogging, it doesn’t come easy, but I never give up! There is always a solution.
9. What is your greatest achievement outside of blogging?
My degree in Photography! My English teacher at college actually told me that I would never make it to University, so hah I proved him wrong didn’t I!
10. Who is your blogging hero And Why?
There are definitely too many to name, a lot of people inspire me for different reasons. I always think it’s important to learn from others.
11. What advice would you give to a new blogger starting out?
My advice would be to be patient. Hard work pays off, most people don’t realise how much work goes into blogging. Learn as much as you can and implement it. Always be kind to yourself and most importantly batch task your content!
12. Have you collaborate with brands? If yes, name few brands you worked with
I have worked with a few brands on a gifted basis, one being Dermalogica. I have used their products for years, so it was an absolute honour for them to ask me to be one of their brand ambassadors. It’s a collaboration I will always cherish!
13. Finally, what are your thoughts about BloggerMagazine?
Blogger Magazine is a great networking opportunity for influencers and brands to build relationships. Being a part of the community is what blogging is all about and this is exactly what Blogger Magazine does, brings everyone together!
Follow Sophie Chennell on her journey at:
sophiejoan.co.uk | instagram.com/_sophiejoan_ | twitter.com/SophChennell | facebook.com/sophiejoanblog | pinterest.co.uk/sophchennell/