Blogging demands a certain level of commitment and attention to detail. When I first started off, Polka Dot gave me a fantastic piece of advise when she recommended that I "post something everyday."
Polka Dot is a very popular streetstyle blogger and photographer who captures a bit of London fashion magic everyday with her lens and write ups. She really helped me out by including a link to my blog on hers, which has helped drive some traffic over.
As well as experiencing blogger solidarity, you also get to connect to people you admire, or more precisely, they connect with you because of something you wrote, which is really special on a personal level.
Just when I was about to give up on blogging after a few months of feeling like I was writing ode's to the void, I wrote a post about the cigarette I smoked whilst sitting at Greta Garbo's grave in Stockholm. The lady lite up the silver screen, so I lit up a fag to make up for lost time.
In the post, I mentioned Diana Mclellan's book "The Girls: Sappho goes to Hollywood" because her book gives the low down on just how intimate Garbo, Tallulah Bankhead and Marlene Dietrich. As one of my all time favourite reads, I like to give the book prime position on my coffee table, so when Diana actually got in touch with me, I almost rolled off my chaise longe.
Since then, Diana has played a pivotal role in encouraging me to write by praising my posts over email and staying in touch... never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that the author of my favourite book would be cheering my writing skills on!
Now, the other day I wrote about burlesque legend Catherine D'Lish - never for once thinking that she would get in touch with me.... but she did this week and it made me so happy, just like when Diana got in touch.
Here is what Catherine wrote to me:
First, I apologize for being so long in answering your email.
Thank you very much for the great review!!!! I am extremely flattered by your generous compliments. I really appreciate your praise and your very kind words!
Thank you again!