Whether you’re new to the blogging game, or you’ve been a part of this world for a while, chances are you will have heard of the legend that is Queen Beady.
When I decided to do this series on my blog, Bee was someone who I definitely wanted to feature because she has inspired me in so many ways during my years in the bloggersphere, and I know she is highly regarded in the online world.
Her blog is a mixture of travel, fashion and all of the life inspiration, and having met the lovely lady herself at an event last month, I can confirm that she is as fabulous in real life as she is on screen.
Get ready to be inspired by – Queen Beady
1. Hey Bee, thanks for being the second guest of #BeInspiredBy – Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your blog?
Hi Ellie, thanks for having me as your guest! I’m a 28-year-old Blogger from Yorkshire. I love the outdoors and find myself travelling as much as I can with my husband, and I also have a penchant for shopping too (my wardrobe can vouch for that.) One way or another I’m either reaching for my Barbour jacket to go walking, booking my next getaway or being (caught) found online shopping!
In 2017 the direction of my blog became very clear to me, my love for slow living, the countryside and UK & world travel became a focus for many blog posts! My blog now focusses mainly on “Slow and Stylish Adventuring” – I’m all about enjoying life to its fullest by exploring the world stylishly, be it abroad or close to home. I showcase cosy retreats, to luxury hotels to my escapades abroad.
Not only that, I throw in a few style, lifestyle and think pieces in there when I want to mix my content up a bit.
2. You’ve been in the blogging game for a few years now. How would you say your writing style has evolved?
Oh my goodness, I really do feel like an old-timer. My blog was born in 2011 and boy, has it changed?! Back when I started writing I wrote how I spoke, and I still do to some ends. However, I think now I enjoy the storytelling aspect of it. I think that’s how I found my voice really develop over the last year or so, and it was so natural when it evolved that way.
3. Your husband takes a lot of your blog photography – do you have any tips for other Instagram husbands out there?
Bless him, he has had many years of practice now. And he’s just about got it. When I started investing in lenses and got my 55mm – 250mm lens, he started showing more of interest in photography as well, he’s a very technical person so he enjoyed getting his teeth into that.
I occasionally show him photos and images from Instagram of how I’d like him to angle the camera and where I’d like to get the shot. A lot of the time though I often make him the model of my photos first and show him what I took so he can try to replicate it afterwards.
When he realised that I was starting to take my blog more seriously as a side hustle, he instantly became my cheerleader and wanted to make my content as good as it could be (to the best of his ability as a non-trained photographer!)
4. You spoke at the icelolly.com ‘Blog At The Beach’ event last month (which I attended and you were FAB!) Could you give the readers your three top tips for reaching out to brands?
Thank you so much – that was such an amazing experience and the feedback has been absolutely tremendous!
I’m hugely passionate about using your 9-5 skills when pitching to brands – use those strengths to make your pitch stand out. I was in the travel industry for 8 years, so my knowledge of what people want to know when reading a travel blog post is key. It’s a fabulous point I like to make when pitching to travel brands that sways it in my favour.
Secondly, I’d say work out what your three unique selling points are. Those achievements are amazing, but they also need to translate to brands that they will give them results. For example, one of mine is that I won a Blog Award for my Photography, when I pitch to brands, I can say that my photography is well-regarded in the industry and one of the main reasons why people come to my blog. The result is that I’m going to create some amazing imagery for their brand, that will entice people to engage with it.
And finally, lay out your proposal in a clear and concise way when you’d done your introduction. Bullet points listing what your blog can offer in exchange for whatever it is you wish to collaborate on is so much easier to read than more waffling. Keep your pitch simple, don’t bombard them with too much information but make sure they know why you are a good fit!
5. Let’s talk about social media – what would you say is your favourite channel and why?
Instagram. Without a shadow of a doubt. It’s a platform that generates so much positivity compared to Twitter where everyone’s bashing each other, drama llama. And it’s so much better than Facebook because you don’t get the cringey parents on it!
I’m a very visual person too, and I love nothing more than taking photos, editing them and uploading them. I’ve become quite inclined to the term “micro-blogger” as it gives me chance to add snippets of the experiences I am having in real time, rather than uploading all my images to my computer, editing the photos, writing a long, wordy post a week or so later. It’s convenient and so many people are switched on to things that are fast fodder nowadays.
6. How do you see your blog progressing in the future? Is your end game to take it full-time?
Never say never. But at the moment, I am quite happy having it as a side hustle – especially now I have a direction with my content strategy.
I can deal with my own company so I think the transition to going to be a full-time blogger would be quite easy, but it would also be nice to have a blogger friend that lived on my doorstep where we could just go grab a coffee and write posts together and take photos all day long.
Luckily, for the time being, a lot of the trips I make for my blog content can be done over weekends, I can meet my photographer during my lunch breaks and my evenings can be spent typing away.
7. Travel is such a huge part of your life. Is there a particular brand you would love to work with in the future?
Gosh, there are so many. I recently worked with a dream brand, the North Star Club and it has been one of my most successful posts to date. But, for the future I’m going to have to narrow it down to three!
I’d love to work with a brand like Kuoni, who specialise in luxury, tailor-made holidays all over the world.
A dream of mine has always been to travel to Canada, so the Rocky Mountaineer would be an aspiring brand to work with.
And finally, InnTravel would be another, purely because they offer so many great tours but they take a slightly slower-paced approach to travel, compared to other tour companies, and I am all about that slow living vibe!
8. And finally, what is your biggest achievement in the blogging world?
Honestly, picking up my laptop and writing all those years ago and still continuing to do it 7 years later. I’m terrible at sticking things out, so, my blog is proof that if I’m dedicated to the cause I can most definitely do it.
Winning my blog award at the Bloggers Blog Awards was also a huge milestone for me. When I was nominated it kind of gave me this validation that I was finally good at something, you know. It felt good to finally believe in myself after so long.
And there you have it – I told you you’d come away feeling a wave of inspiration; Bee has that effect on people.
I hope you enjoyed today’s post, and I already can’t wait for the next one in this series!