We are happy to have another Cape Town Blogger interview.
Say hello to Tasneem and the blog citygirlvibe.com.
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Hi, I’m Tasneem Thomas and I’m the author of citygirlvibe.com. I’m a fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger that’s utterly obsessed with Table mountain and city lights.
I’m a 21year old student studying Clothing and Textile at Cape Peninsula University of Technology. I’m obsessed with my City and tend to fall in love with something new everyday.
How you first got involved in with blogging ?
I followed a lot of bloggers and always fell in love with other people’s blogs, until I was approached by somebody to do a guest post on their blog. That’s when it hit me that I could actually start my own and I guess that’s when City Girl Vibe was born.
What do you do when you aren’t working on your blog?
Being a regular, lazy 21 year old, Shopping, Exploring Cape Town, Hanging out with friends, Finding new coffee shops and lately… Catching up on sleep.
What networking do you do that you feel helps your blogging business?
I don’t blog for money but Twitter definitely is one of the main “promoters” for my blog. Its where I get to interact with new brands, communicate with PR companies, Build my reader base, Score new opportunities, Constantly stay in the loop and build new friendships and bridges that would help me in the future.
How do you keep coming up with material/content for your blogs?
This would probably have to be one of the best perks of being a fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger. There are always new products on the market waiting to be tested and Fashion changes constantly! I get motivated and inspired to blog by the little things.
What would you prioritize?Content? SEO? Traffic? Readers
Content and readers are the most important thing to me. People that actually reads my blog is what keeps me motivated to keep on blogging. I want readers to come back and actually enjoy what they’re reading. I always say Quality over Quantity!
Whats the best thing a blogger can give to his readers?
Originality and honesty. You can read the same thing on different blogs but how you carry your message across is what keeps your readers interested. Honesty is key! I always believe that you should be honest to your readers. Don’t promote a brand/product if you didn’t like using it or if the product doesn’t live up to its expectations. Don’t feel obligated to lie just because you were sent a product for free.
Everyone has a favorite/least favorite post. Name yours and why?
Mine would have to be the post that I did for my 20th birthday when I went on Cape Town’s red bus. I love being a tourist in my own city and being on the City Sightseeing bus was just amazing. Being able to share my experiences with my blog readers especially if they’re good ones, is what makes me happy.
Name some of the bloggers whom you look up to and why?
I love Kim Gray’s blog. Its the first blog I started reading and I just admire how she established a name for herself in the blogging world.
Superficialgirls are another one of my faves. Her love for blogging, fashion and pretty things really shows in her stunning pictures.
Diva Desle . She’s an amazing blogger and individual. She blog’s purely for the love of it.
If someone was interested in blogging, what would be a few things you would suggest?
- Firstly distinguish what type of blogger you’re going to be.
- Choose a name that you won’t get tired of and that’ll be appropriate for the type of blogger that you’re going to be.
- Have a passion for what you do because if you’re not, it’ll show in your blogging.
- Don’t start a blog because you want to be famous or get freebies.
- Always try to be different and yourself.
A big thank you from Cape Town Active to Tasneem for this interview. Please check out her blog at www.citygirlvibe.com. If you want to participate, please visit our Cape Town Blogger Interview page at http://capetownactive.com/capetownbloggerinterview/