When I started blogging, I did it because I just wanted to have my own space in the cyberworld. Eventually, I lost my mojo because I couldn’t relate. I ran out of things to say. I ran out of inspiration since all blogs I follow are from the Philippines. So when I decided to reboot my blog in 2010, the first thing I did was do a google search “Filipino bloggers in Dubai”. My next feature is one of the first blogs that I found…
Name: Mariyah Gaspacho
Location: Dubai, UAE
How did you start blogging?
I have been blogging since 2005 about random things, but one fine summer day in 2009, I decided to concentrate on fashion and photography. I was inspired by so many bloggers internationally and when I saw the lack of personal style bloggers in the region, I decided to do my own and share a bit of my world in the sandpit. It was a great way to be productive and creative. Plus I enjoyed dressing up and the fact that I already worked within the industry meant I got a huge advantage in getting an insider in everything that was happening in town.
What do you write about?
I mainly concentrate on personal style and photography. And of course, everything else that inspires me in between. I also write random articles on blogging and photography – my little tips and tricks.
Any tips for new Bloggers?
Be consistent. So many bloggers think that it is all glamour and fun and so many do it for the wrong reasons – freebies, freebies, freebies. Blogging is a huge responsibility and is actual work that requires a lot of time and dedication.
What are the challenges you face with blogging?
Time – with the kind of work that I am in, being able to post regularly is a challenge. I would ideally like to post on a daily basis but sometimes I honestly can’t manage. With blogging taking off real well in the past 2 years, 24 hours is not enough to manage everything.
What do you do outside of blogging?
I am a photographer and honestly, apart from the regular clients that I have, most of the work that I get now comes from the blog itself.
Blogs you recommend my readers should read/follow?
3 Random Facts about you
- I only love wearing basic white, black, beige and grey.
- I hate wearing heels.
- I don’t really enjoy eating desserts – so no cupcakes or chocolates or cakes.