“Blogging has changed my life. I was stuck in a rut and didn’t know what to do with my life and was having visions of being old and regretting not living my life fully. I just sat down one day and though I’m going to start a blog.” says London based style blogger, Natascha Cox. The body image champion and Girls Out Loud ambassador had a chat with Nerve online Lifestyle to discuss all things blogging, style and body image.
In as few words as possible, I would describe Natascha Cox as fun, caring and hard working. I am interested in many things and have a great family. My journey has still not even really begun so I feel like I can achieve anything right now.
What is your relationship like with blogging and what role has it played in your life personally and professionally?
Blogging has changed my life. I was stuck in a rut and didn’t know what to do with my life and was having visions of being old and regretting not living my life fully. I just sat down one day and though I’m going to start a blog. It got a really great reception so I just continued to work on it and it went from there. Besides giving me total control over my work, blogging has enabled me to do so many things that I wouldn’t have even thought possible like travelling. I’ve met some amazing people, attended some great events and worked with brands that I never thought would even bat an eyelid. I am able to fit in my home life without pressure from an employer which is the dream.
What were the challenges when you started and how did you push yourself to keep going?
It’s incredibly hard to find out what you need to do to become a successful blogger and there is no one to give you a step by step guide. There are loads of posts about being successful but they all hold things back because they don’t really want to give away their secrets to what they think is their competition. I just had to keep going after I started to see a bit of progress. I knew that I didn’t want to work for anyone and I am able to incorporate some of the things I love to do in to my work so I never want it to stop.
Why do you love blogging/ the blogging industry in general?
I love the blogging industry because it’s just people being themselves and showing us their interpretation of fashion or beauty or whatever they’re blogging about. It’s great to meet other bloggers at events too as we all have a chat and give each other tips which I think is great.
We’ve seen awards like the Curvy Blog Awards, as a body champion, what is your opinion on dividing the blogging industry based on size and even as far as creating an award show based on that?
I hate division in all forms, I really don’t see the need for it to be separate. Although I get that they are trying to recognize and empower ‘plus sized’ bloggers but I wish that we were all able to be recognized on our achievements instead of categorized by our appearance. It’s also the responsibility of the general Blog Awards to re-evaluate this too.
“It’s incredibly hard to find out what you need to do to become a successful blogger……I just had to keep going after I started to see a bit of progress.”
Blogging is always almost over glamorized, what are some of the downsides you’ve experienced since starting your blog?
I agree, there is a lot of hard work and under appreciation in blogging. So many brands don’t want to pay you for your work and believe me, a lot of time and effort is spent on blog posts.There is tons of networking involved and it can be very time consuming and frustrating if nothing comes of it. You have to be thick skinned too. You are putting yourself out there so rejection or negativity can be very personal.
What are some of the favourite wardrobe staples? What does personal style mean to you?
Sunglasses, an oversized denim jacket, and a statement bag. Personal style is so important to me. I like to show my personality in the way I dress.
How do you think your style has evolved overtime since starting your blog?
My style changes all the time. I normally just go with pieces I like and put them in to an outfit I think will work. I don’t try to dress a certain way all the time, I also dress for the occasion, so I might be classy if its red carpet but really street and funky if it’s just a press event.
How much time do you spend blogging and how do you manage your spare time?
What’s spare time? lol- I have kids too so I literally have no spare time away from work.
If you weren’t blogging, what other fields would you be pursuing instead? Do you think blogging has opened up another creative pathway for you i.e. photography, design?
Photography is very time consuming but I do enjoy it. I don’t think all the editing is for me though! I studied Video Production and Media Studies at uni so I think I’d probably be in film production somewhere.
What role do you think creativity plays in creating content? Do you think it’s enough to just have the passion and not necessarily creativity? This is in particular to the influx of blogs and the mass number of contents constantly put out there.
I think that if you don’t have creativity then it’s probably not the right field for you. The blogs that get noticed are the ones with great images or writers.
I know you’re a very established successful blogger, but what has been your biggest failure in your blogging journey and how did you bounce back?
I’m not sure I’ve have any failures. I think when you’re learning as you go along you will always make tiny mistakes but I haven’t made any major mistakes yet.
Who are some of your role models in the industry?
Victoria from In The Frow, Tanya Burr, Gabi Fresh
Any tips to up and coming bloggers trying to make it in the industry?
Just be you and put effort in to you posts. Perseverance is the key!
“I really don’t see the need for dividing bloggers and creating awards based on size, color or race. Instead I wish that we were all able to be recognized on our achievements instead of categorized by our appearance.”
Can’t get enough of Natascha, see more on her various social media