Introducing self-care and development blogger Leanne Lindsey...
Tell us a bit about yourself and your blog.
I’m a freelance writer, qualified careers adviser and certified life coach. I use my blog and social media accounts to advocate self-care and self-love as well as to promote personal development and wellness for women. I do this by sharing simple and practical insights into my own personal journey as well as through experience from working with clients. I’m passionate about women living happy, healthy lives they love. I want my blog to be a place that supports women to live authentically and unapologetically.
When did you start blogging and what motivated you to start?
I started blogging around 2008 when I became a certified life coach. I was looking for a way to share what I offered as a life coach with more people and thought a blog was a great platform. I began blogging at www.llcoaching.co.uk and blogged there until last year. I started www.leannelindsey.co.uk as I wanted to write about more than careers and personal development; I wanted an online space that reflected who I am and what I’m interested in.
How has your blog evolved since starting your blogging journey?
As I said above, I started out with a blog that focused predominately on careers and personal development and initially had a more corporate aim. More recently, my focus has been on using my blog as a way to explore my creativity and also to document parts of my own life journey.
My life views have also evolved hugely since 2008. Initially, I resisted reflecting this in my blog content but I felt so inauthentic and creatively stifled that I eventually started my current blog.
In some ways, I feel as though my blogging journey has started over except this time I have so much more knowledge on the technical side. I know and understand SEO, I know my way around Wordpress and its plugins and I’m now a freelance writer getting paid to write articles and manage blogs for others.
Where do you see yourself and your blog in five years’ time?
If you read one of my most recent blog posts, you know what a loaded question this is for me currently…
Honestly, I see my blog as one part of my creative outlet, as well as a place to showcase my writing skills in order to continue securing paid writing opportunities. I used to think I wanted a huge globally recognised platform – or rather I felt that’s what I should want - but now I realise that I’d much rather have a highly interactive community with my blog at the source of it.
I want to do more creative writing and to introduce writing as a healing tool to women. I also have a vision for an online platform/space, but I know that I have a journey and half ahead of me before that comes into fruition. I know that I am not in the right place on my journey yet and I need to be patient and trust the process.
I used to want every idea I had to manifest immediately, but one thing my blogging journey has taught me is that just because you have an idea, and even if you write the perfect article about that idea, it’s not always the right time to publish it.
Do you have any bloggers you admire and follow yourself?
YES! I am a blog fiend and Feedly is one of my favourite things ever. I follow too many blogs to mention them all but some my all-time favs include: All The Many Layers, Las Morenas de Espana, Black Girl in Om, The Sassy She, Rebelle Society, Zen Habits...I could go on for a long time but I’ll leave it there.
Your blog focuses on personal development and wellbeing. Do you have any advice for bloggers who want to get into this type of blogging?
I would say to first get clear about what it is you want to say and share. Get clear on what you want to create, and don’t get caught up on what other people are doing. It can be overwhelming seeing perfect photos and people sharing how great their lives are, but what I found is that people connect with you more authentically, when you share authentically. You won’t always have the answers and that’s OK.
There will be times when you have a “bad” eating day, week or month. Perhaps you’ve been so busy that your yoga or meditation practice has been neglected – or maybe despite being into personal development and wellbeing, you’re not actually a fan of either. Share that. People want to hear that stuff; they want to know that you’re human too and that there’s nothing wrong with them when they stumble or struggle.
Finally, I would say trust your instincts and don’t be afraid to try a different way. For a long time, something about personal development didn’t sit well with me. I couldn’t figure out what it was for a few years – and they were uncomfortable years – but what I realised is that a lot of personal development is too male dominated and comes from a male perspective. A lot of it is structured and goal-focused, but in a way that I felt suppressed the creative and feminine instinct within me. It took me a long time to put my finger on it, and then a while longer to feel that it was OK to feel like that and then I began to find other people in the personal development world who embraced it but from a feminine/heart-centred place. So if something doesn’t sit right with you, don’t ignore that niggling feeling or voice in your head.
What are your hopes for the Black British Blogging community?
I hope that we begin to be included in the blogging community as standard, rather than just to make up diversity numbers. I hope that when you Goggle UK black bloggers, the result brings up more than a couple of articles on hair and fashion bloggers. I hope that more of us start winning mainstream blogging awards and that our blogs are listed in Top/Best listicles compiled by mainstream publications and websites.
I hope to see us create our own profitable platforms such as the Black British Bloggers community and work together to create an online legacy of black bloggers in the UK. I hope to see us continue learning our craft and sharing more information on the technical, financial and business side of blogging, as well as the actual posts themselves; making a commitment to master our skills and encouraging each other to be the best bloggers/writers/creatives we can be.
I think in the black community we sometimes have a culture of not discussing business/finance as well as withholding information that could help the whole community, as very often we’re pit against each other as there can only be “one” to make up the numbers. But I feel if we were more transparent with each other, we could collaborate more and also have more bargaining power with brands and influencers.
But most of all, I hope that we become our own movement, that we create our own opportunities and that we unapologetically take up space in the blogosphere.