How do you become a Huffington Post Blogger?

Thanks to twitter and it’s marvellous ways, I had the chance to get involved with a twitter chat and e – meet the lovely Pippa from Pippa Says. Pippa blogs about new music for the Huffington Post UK and I really wanted to find out more about her freelance career.

Interview Questions below;

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1. How long have you been blogging on your own blog, Pippa Says?

I’ve been blogging for nearly 5 years – I actually turn 5 this Friday! I set it up when I was 17 after doing a presentation in General Studies on “something that is unfair in society” (still the vaguest brief ever). Whilst my class went on about climate change and domestic violence, I got in a rant about how unfair it is that talented musicians never seem to get a break. My teacher asked me what I was going to do about it and I shouted out (without any thought) that I would set up a blog to offer new musicians a promotional platform. It’s evolved a lot over the last 5 years as I now write about other creative careers and have a fashion section, but music has remained a major focus.

2. When did you start blogging for the Huffington Post and how did you get into this?

I started blogging for the Huffington Post a few years ago. I met Carla Buzasi, former UK Editor-in-Chief, when she came to the University of Sheffield for a guest lecture. I was in my second year of journalism there at the time and went up to her afterwards for a chat. I explained that Pippa Says began as a blog that supported emerging artists and she suggested that I blogged on new music for the Huffington Post.

3. Is there anything particularly strange or quirky you have been involved in, purely through blogging?

I once ended up at an art gallery youth group when I was doing a photography competition with Nikon. Bloggers across Europe were given a Nikon camera and told to spend the day capturing a story in your city. I was living in Sheffield at the time and wandered around the city with my camera when I saw a group of people sitting around in the Site Gallery. I ended up talking to the group about blogging and journalism and capturing what they were doing. It was a really unexpected way to spend the day, but also very rewarding. I didn’t win the competition, but I had a very inspiring day.

4. Has blogging opened up new doors for you?

A lot of opportunities have come my way because of Pippa Says. Many of these opportunities have come because I have something to offer, but a huge part of it is that blogging has given me the confidence to knock on the door.

5. What is your favourite social media channel?

This is a tough one! I have that typical blogger problem of spending far too much time on far too many social media channels! I’d say twitter is probably my favourite. You find yourself talking to people that you don’t imagine speaking to without it. It’s also a quick way of finding information and staying in touch with people

6. What advice would you give to others who may want to get into writing for a well known news blog?

I’ve had a lot of great mentors over the last four years who all say the same thing: “know what you want and ask for it.” The worst thing that can happen is that they say no, and if that’s what they say then ask for a reason, work on that reason and ask again.

7. Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

I honestly have absolutely no idea. I graduated from university in the summer and have been trying to find my feet in the “real world”. I’d like to spend a few years working in another country, so perhaps I’ll be elsewhere in five years. The one thing that I’m definitely certain of is that Pippa Says will still be going, there’s no getting rid of her.

8. Do you think your blog will be the same or will you change it?

My blog is so different to how it was 5 years ago. What began as a promotional platform for undiscovered artists has now evolved into a platform to promote and support young talented creatives (musicians, fashion designers, comedians etc) with the beginnings of their career, as well as inspire readers to pursue a career in the creative industry.

9. What is the one piece of equipment you couldn’t live without?

My phone – cliche, I know. I know it makes me sound like a bit of a dinosaur but I’m still amazed at what my phone can do. I’m not letting that baby go anywhere. Although, I did have a dream last night that I lost my DSLR camera in a boating accident and woke up feeling really upset this morning…

10.How many pairs of shoes do you own?

Too many.

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