October 27, 2014

Better Late Than Never....September BOTM

I literally feel like time is flying. So fast in fact that it was already the middle of October by the time I realized I never posted a September Blogger of the Month. Forgive me. Luckily for ya'll this interview will be so worth the wait.

Meet India, the girl behind "The Redd Blogger". I discovered her site serendipitously and instantly  fell in love with her drive and her spirit; yes India's personality comes through every post! She's a fellow Beyonce lover like me, and so many of you, plus her portfolio and accomplishments are to be admired. I hope you'll enjoy her interview as much as I did. 

Happy Monday :]

Where are you from and where do you live now?  I was born and raised in South Carolina! I went to college 45 mins away but moved back to my hometown after graduation. I am planning to move soon!

What inspired you to start The Redd Blogger and how long have you been writing?  I have been writing since I COULD write! I've always loved to write, whether it was creative writing, articles, or writing in my journal. I've been blogging since 2010, but started fresh with TheReddBlogger.com in November 2013.

How would you describe your blog to someone who hasn’t visited your site before?  I would say TheReddBlogger is written by the southern girl who's part introverted and part loud (if there is such a thing!) My site is quirky and inspirational! Think of it as my positive corner of the internet. 

I learned that you recently quite your job to start blogging and writing full time! You're a brave soul! What prompted that decision and how is it going so far?   I've been learning a lot about myself after I graduated college, and I've been realizing more and more the type of career I'm supposed to have. Even though I went to school for journalism, I'm not sure that's where my heart is. I realized this one day while at work, and told myself that I was going to take the leap of faith and God was going to take care of the rest! It's going great so far! It's definitely challenging but I don't regret my decision at all. 

I love your natural hair (I'm 4 months post big chop myself)! What are some of your favorite beauty products?  Thank you! I'm a sucker for a good conditioner, it can make or break your hairstyle! I love Carol's Daughter's deep conditioners.. they're some of the best! For styling my hair, I ALWAYS recommend Bel Nouvo's CoCo Castor Pudding. It leaves my hair shiny and super soft!

What’s been your most rewarding moment as a blogger?  So far, I'd have to say being awarded the Woman of the Quarter Award by Peek-A-Boo Pretty Girl, a non-profit organization in my area. It was really great because I love what they stand for, and they saw me fit to represent their organization because of my blog! 

I recently started doing some freelance social media/PR work. Do you have any tips for girls like me who are trying to get their feet wet working independently?  Yes! Pitch, pitch, pitch. Pitch articles to all of the publications you read. Also, write for free sometimes. It may seem like a pain, but it's a great way to collect writing samples. Start a blog if you don't already have one, and guest post for other blogs! Networking is also key!

Describe a time of gorgeous chaos in your own life?  That would be.. right now! This is definitely gorgeous chaos. Gorgeous because I'm working towards the career that my heart wants and chaos because, well, no one said this would be easy!

If you could interview anyone, who would it be and why?  J.K. Rowling. She wrote a fictional series that was read worldwide and I love that. I love to get people reading and want to write a fictional novel one day. 

Now that fall is upon us and winter is right around the corner, whats your dream vacation destination?  Omg, definitely Paris! I've been having Wanderlust for Paris for months. It seems so beautiful and carefree. But, somewhere a little more feasible right now would be Charleston! I love the food and the architecture there. 


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