Introducing Kemi of SKYLISH...
Tell us a bit about yourself and your blog.
My name is Kemi and I'm a full time Investment Banking analyst who blogs part time. I blog about all things fashion/life/advice with a little bit of beauty here and there. A definite niche to my blog is the number of advice posts I churn out - essentially my goal is to support, motivate and empower women. This is one of the ways I do it. I tend to reminisce about a lot of experiences I have had myself in order to give some insight and tips to those who may be going through similar things.
When did you start blogging and what motivated you to start?
I actually started making websites when I was very young, around 10 years old. I had the generic website where I would just post photos and talk about my friends and days out (memories), then I started creating websites whereby I offered out free graphics for people to use on their websites. There was a huge community of us young 'graphic designers' back then, we all ranged between 13-15 years old however a lot of those people have disappeared off the web now. I started having a go at beauty websites when I was 16 but I was really quite in and out of it until I was around 19/20 where I started to take it a lot more seriously.
In terms of what motivated me to start… I think I've always just been a creative person, and this was just a means of expressing that side of me. For example by the age of 5 I started writing stories, and by 15 I was typing up 100+ page novels onto Word; I used to edit videos of all of my family holiday videos on Windows Movie Maker which I started doing around age 12; I also self-taught myself to code HTML at a similar age and started selling web designs when I was 15. Basically - I was always, always doing something creative, so when I fell in love with makeup I decided to combine both things and make a beauty blog, which of course has evolved over time.
How has your blog evolved since starting your blogging journey?
I think the number one thing has got to be the quality of my blog - the content I produce now versus what I was producing a while back is simply so much better. I also put a lot more effort into my blog now in general, it's definitely still a hobby (as it was when I started out) but of course the longer you blog the more it starts to become a sort of business where you're managing your own finances, content and also interacting with brands. Naturally you devote more of yourself and your time into producing content that is as top notch as can be. However, one thing I miss about being a new blogger that is that there was a lot less pressure (because I didn’t take it too seriously), and therefore a lot more fluidity in terms of what I content I would create.
What has been the most challenging part about running a blog?
I think the hardest thing about blogging is how mentally challenging it can be. Of course producing content and trying to grow your blog is tiring and requires a lot of hard work and dedication - but the mental challenges of blogging to me are even more tiring! Basically, there are some days I'm so proud of my blog and the direction it's going in, but there are many days I just feel like giving up and essentially feel lost in a world of thousands of blogs, completely irrelevant. It's so hard sometimes not to compare your blog and your content to others - so I'm always in between these two mind sets.
What's your favourite post/s and why?
Of my recent blog posts, three of my favourites include:
1. "The tragedies of Valentine's Days passed" - this was a post for Valentine's Day where I just reminisced on a few funny stories of v-days I've had in the past. It was just nice to appreciate how much I've changed and how much life has changed since these events.
2. "How to balance blogging with a 12h a day job" - this blog was quite a popular one, so I guess a lot of people found it useful to learn a bit about how I stay organised with my blog when I'm not a full time blogger! As everyone knows investment banking isn't a 9-5 job, in fact it's more like an 8-8 job and that’s on a good day! But it’s definitely not a job that can ever pull me away from my passion for blogging.
3. "My 2016 in words" - because who doesn't love a good yearly round up post? And 2016 was definitely a good year...
Where do you see yourself and your blog in five years’ time?
In 5 years’ time for myself - I'll be 27, and by that time I would hope I had purchased my first property/have a mortgage of some sort. For my blog – I would want my blog to have expanded to being more than just a blog; in 5 years I want 'Skylish' to be a full-fledged brand name! And of course, I would want another business of my own by that time as well.
Do you have any bloggers you admire and follow yourself?
I'm a big fan of Fisayo Longe, love her work ethic and think she's generally just killing the industry. Same goes for Sarah Ashcroft, I really cannot pinpoint many people that produce content that's as high quality as what Sarah produces. Others I like include of course Patricia Bright, Shirley B, Sammi Maria, Chloe Plumstead from The Little Plum, and so many others.
Do you have any advice for bloggers who want to get into blogging?
To get into it – just start, put yourself out there and start creating content. Also, strive for quality! Blogging/vlogging is now a very over saturated market so one way to get yourself out there is to just produce amazing quality content, it's a proven method of success. Otherwise be passionate, put your all into it, and also be patient. Do it because you love it and everything else will fall into place.
What are your hopes for the Black British Blogging community?
Recognition! There are too many times I just sit and shake my head at brands seeming to never work with black bloggers when it comes to their campaigns and their events, so for the BBB community, what I really want to see is more recognition!