Tags and Q&As| The Newbie Tag

I was tagged by Ashleigh (ashleighbekkah.wordpress.com) to do the Newbie tag. I thought it was especially fitting, because of today, PAE Reviews is a month old! It’s weird to think that I haven’t been doing this that long, but I want to thank everyone for taking the time to read, comment, like, RT and support me. I appreciate each and every one of you.

I don’t have anyone to tag specifically at the moment. So I openly tag all new bloggers to do this. I have changed some of the questions to fit me.


WHY DID YOU START THIS BLOG?

My life kind of felt like it was at an impasse. I’m currently doing physical therapy to prep me for another surgery. My health and my schedule don’t leave me with a lot of options. One day recently, I started to think about what I was good at and what my health would allow me to do. Writing has always seemed like second nature to me. So the thought popped up in my head that I could start a blog and share my reviews and opinions. I’m kind of skilled at talking myself out of things so instead of thinking about all of the negatives, I just did it, and I’ve enjoyed making that decisionΒ ever since.

WHAT ARE SOME FUN AND UNIQUE THINGS THAT YOU CAN BRING TO BLOGGING?

I don’t want to be stuck in one particular niche or genre. I think it’s important to know what you want to blog about and have a theme, but I don’t think that blogging should be restrictive. For the most part, yes, you can call me a lifestyle blogger. But I like to think that I’m so much more than that.

WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT THIS NEW BLOG?

I’m really excited to see where this journey goes. Like so many, I would love for this to become my job. The people that I have met so far have been wonderful so I hope that I can meet more.

WHAT CHALLENGES DO YOU THINK STARTING A BLOG WILL BE THE HARDEST TO OVERCOME?

Making a schedule and sticking to it. Just with doctor appointments and physical therapy I’ve found that it’s hard to get up the energy to write some days. So I can only imagine how other feel that lead full lives with school, work and a family. I’ve found that inspiration can be a struggle too. I’ve started to keep a notepad on me at all times so I can write down blog ideas when I think of them. Coming up with blog ideas on the spot is difficult.

WHERE DO YOU WRITE?

I like using my laptop to write on. Occasionally, I’ll start a post on my iPhone but I will always switch over to my computer. I use Grammarly as I’m writing and they don’t have an app for phones yet. You can normally find me writing where I can stretch out and get comfortable.

WHAT BLOGS DO YOU LIKE TO READ?

At the moment, a little bit of everything. But maybe mostly makeup. I have to admit that I don’t know much about it. I am learning, though.

WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THIS BLOG?

My goal is to continue to progress in making quality content. One day I hope to own my domain, but that goal is long off into the distance. I would like to start getting guest writers for some of my #hastag segments.

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26 Comments

  • Reply lindaslittlelibrary

    I agree with you: A blog doesn’t need a restriction. As long as you like what you write that’s the most important thing. πŸ™‚

    October 14, 2017 at 3:33 PM
    • Reply PAEReviews

      So true!

      October 14, 2017 at 4:06 PM
  • Reply DreamsAndLashes (@DreamsAndLashes)

    Lovely post!! Good lock with your blog for the future and keep working for your goals! I like to think (almost) everything is possible if we work hard for it!! xx
    http://www.dreamsandlashes.com

    October 14, 2017 at 5:59 PM
    • Reply PAEReviews

      Thank you for the kind words and I think so too. I’m positive that as long as we make the effort that everything will turn out

      October 14, 2017 at 6:07 PM
  • Reply lalaylovesblog

    I believe you can achieve your domain goal sooner than you think good luck and lovely post!

    October 14, 2017 at 6:05 PM
    • Reply PAEReviews

      Thank you for the lovely words 😊

      October 14, 2017 at 6:08 PM
  • Reply geets582

    Good luck with your blog and no goal is far if you continue to do what you are doing I.e. Creating amazing content X

    October 15, 2017 at 1:27 PM
    • Reply PAEReviews

      Thank you for kind words

      October 15, 2017 at 1:53 PM
  • Reply PopularIsWrong

    Sounds like we could be friends πŸ˜‰ I don’t like being stuck in a nieche either, who needs that! Just write about who you are and if people like it, then they will πŸ™‚ I will deffo check your blog out again.

    October 15, 2017 at 7:40 PM
  • Reply PAEReviews

    Thanks, and I think we’ll be great friends. But I honestly think we should enjoy what we write about and stay true to ourselves. If we try to fit ourselves in a mold that’s not authentic to who we are it will definitely show in the way we write.

    October 15, 2017 at 7:51 PM
  • Reply hrhthelastredhead

    Definitely agree with you on how a blog shouldn’t be restrictive. Trying to find a balance myself so thank you for sharing this!

    October 15, 2017 at 11:33 PM
  • Reply Books and Belle

    Lovely post! I agree that blogging should not be restrictive. X

    October 16, 2017 at 7:38 AM
    • Reply PAEReviews

      I’ve had a few agree with me and I’m so glad.

      October 16, 2017 at 1:30 PM
  • Reply Mary

    You are so right! I don’t think blogging should be restrictive and we should be able to write about everything we love at the moment. And we share the same goal… I’m looking forward to have the possibility to buy my own domain and write quality content. I think this is gonna take time because practice makes perfect but we’re gonna get there! xx https://xmaryslife.wordpress.com

    October 16, 2017 at 12:30 PM
  • Reply Margaret Holmes (@cadyquotidienne)

    Totally agree with you on not restricting yourself! I’m typically fashion, travel and lifestyle but I tie in all sorts of other passions into my posts. Have a wonderful week!

    xx Margaret
    https://cadyquotidienne.com/

    October 16, 2017 at 1:47 PM
    • Reply PAEReviews

      Thank you. I hope you have a great week too. I’ve had so many people agree with me on not restricting themselves and I’m so glad. I think you can think up ideas more when you write freely.

      October 16, 2017 at 1:50 PM
  • Reply jennaleeannllc

    I definitely found it difficult to create a schedule and stick to it. But once you make it a routine it becomes easier! Welcome to the blogging world! πŸ™‚

    Jenna LeeAnn
    http://www.jennaleeann.com

    October 16, 2017 at 4:51 PM
    • Reply PAEReviews

      Thank you. I know it takes awhile to create habits so I’m going to keep at and work on sticking to my schedule

      October 16, 2017 at 5:22 PM
  • Reply bbbryony

    I hope you achieve your blog goals, I love the goal of just create quality content, I feel like everyone should aim to this x

    October 17, 2017 at 7:07 PM
    • Reply PAEReviews

      I agree completely

      October 17, 2017 at 7:59 PM
  • Reply Nele

    Good luck with achieving your blogging goals! Such a lovely read, never seen this tag before but it’s great to read the thoughts of other bloggers on these topics πŸ™‚

    October 17, 2017 at 8:41 PM
    • Reply PAEReviews

      Thank you for taking the time to read. I appreciate it, until I was tagged I didn’t know about it either lol

      October 17, 2017 at 9:00 PM
  • Reply Queen Sapphire

    Love these little Q&As that allow you to get to know the blogger behind the amazing writing. I noticed you mentioned about preparing for surgery, I hope it goes well and that you have a very speedy recovery

    October 18, 2017 at 2:42 AM
    • Reply PAEReviews

      Thank you for taking the time to read and for your kind words 😊.

      October 18, 2017 at 2:44 AM
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    October 19, 2017 at 12:36 AM
  • Reply Ash Williams

    Fantastic answers ☺️

    October 21, 2017 at 8:15 AM
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