Friday, February 19, 2016

Blogger Spotlight: The College Prepster

My next blogger spotlight is one my all time favorite blogger Carly Heitlinger from The College Prepster. Her fun and colorful blog can brighten anyone’s day! Not to mention her adorable style and dog Teddy are the best. 

Heitlinger started her blog after her first semester final exams. Now seven years later Heitlinger has made her blog her full time job. She said, “I was really struggling to adjust to college life and needed a creative outlet.”

The College Prepster is a life and style blog with a preppy and girly angle. Heitlinger likes to create a conversation with her audience through her posts.

She said, “If it’s something I’d share with a friend, then it’s something I’d post about. Whether that’s a great book I just read, a snack that I’m loving, a trip I just went on, or an outfit I’ve been wearing on repeat.”

While I create my blog content, I also believe that sharing personal favorites is important. This way you create a dialogue with your readers and help them get to know you as a person and blogger.When Heitlinger first created The College Prepster she didn’t have any set goals or have any set intentions with her blog.

Heitlinger said, “I had no idea what it would turn into, but I would say the main motivation was just to have a creative outlet.”

My blog Sew Cute Style serves as my escape and personal creative outlet. A blog is a great way, in my opinion, to express yourself especially in college or high school.

Heitlinger never expected to make a career out of her blog. During college Heitlinger realized that her blog could help her land a potential job. However, now The College Prepester is Heitlinger’s full time job.

 “I never, ever expected to make my blog my full time job. Even when I quit my full time job, it was to give blogging a chance,” she said, “I thought I’d be bored and want to start interviewing for something new immediately. I loved it though!”

Personally, I use Sew Cute Style as a creative outlet, but also to use potential employers. Creating a blog with good content that shows off your skills and yourself as a personal brand can be highly beneficial.

Blogging as a full time job allows for something different each day. Heitlinger on an average day responds to emails, answers questions through Tumblr, creates content for social media, writing blog posts, editing photos, and more.

Occasionally, Heitlinger will attend events at night. But, most of the time she spends her days in front of her computer. Heitlinger finds her blog rewarding in many ways. Her favorite part of being a blogger is meeting her readers. She said, “Blogging is my job now and it wouldn’t be possible without the amazing readers I have.” 

Heitlinger loves sharing her successes with her readers and her fans! As a big time blogger The College Prepster has a wealth on knowledge on the blogging phenomenon. Heitlinger’s advice to aspiring bloggers is to blog because you love it!

“It’s easy to start comparing yourself to other bloggers or think that you have to have X number of followers or partnerships with XYZ brands,” she said, “But you don’t! As long as you love what you’re doing, you’ll always be successful!”

Despite my small following and lack of sponsored posts I love my blog. Having the outlet to share my thoughts is something I will always cherish. My biggest advice to aspiring bloggers is to create a blog if it is something you are passionate about. Although you may not have a large following, you will personally find it rewarding.

Also, you never know where blogging might lead you. Some day you could be a big time blogger like The College Prepster!

I would like to thank Carly for taking the time out of her busy day to let me ask her a few questions. She is truly one of the sweetest people and she is by far my favorite blogger. She continues to inspire me and influence how I look at blogging. Be sure to follow The College Prepster, if you aren't already because you totally should! 

Who is your favorite blogger? Let me know in the comments! 

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