Amazingly all these wonderful bloggers are agreeing to be interviewed for my own blog!! The brave and beautiful Brittany Gibbons, of Brittany, Herself, is one of these epic bloggers!
- Where are you from? Have you thought of living anywhere else?
I am from a very small farm town in Northwest Ohio. I have lived here my whole life, and while I know that one day I’ll probably need to relocate, I really love having this as my home base. My family is here. My friends are here. And I live near an airport. For now, this works.
- How is married life treating you?
- When did you start blogging? Was Brittany, Herself your first blog?
I began blogging in 2007, same blog, though it was called something else food related. I thought I wanted to write about food. Turns out, I just wanted to eat food.
- Walk me through the process that you went through to get your blog to where it is today.
I get asked this question a lot, and I really wish I had some sort of calculated plan I could share with you, but the truth is, I was a chubby writer in a small town who was looking to connect with people. So I began writing about my life, not really fitting into the monstrous mommy-blogging sector, and one by one, my audience grew, and every person mattered to me. I’m very engaged with readers, not only on my blog, but on Facebook and Instagram and Tumblr. Really, it was just women all over the globe, looking to connect. I wasn’t looking for fans, I was looking for friends, and I am just so thankful for how my life has evolved thanks to this experience.
- How long were you running your blog before you started getting many followers?
I would say it probably took around 6 months for me to garner any sort of real footing with reader numbers. I never really advertised or worked with brands, so my growth was completely due to women sharing it with their friends and other women in their lives. By the end of the first year, I had around 60k monthly readers, and it basically doubled every few months from that point on.
- Is everyone supportive of your body love and acceptance blog, or do you get heat from fat-haters?
You know, at first yes, I’d get shitty comments. And the internet is always ready and welcoming to people who want to spend inordinate amounts of time tearing others down, but I guess I just don’t care enough about them to even have it weigh on my radar. I used to freak out about negative comments and talk, but that is giving too much attention and power to people who hate you, and not enough to the millions more that love you. I respect my readers too much to do that anymore. I don’t shill, I don’t exploit, I don’t hurt anyone. I do what I love and work hard for women, that is what I focus on.
- What are the top questions you get asked by your readers?
It’s a three-way tie between “who does your eyebrows?” (me), “Is that your real hair?” yup, and “Where did you get your outfit?”
- If a new blogger came up to you today, and you only had a few minutes to talk, what would be your best blogging tip?
Tell your story. Seriously, nobody wants to be marketed to, nobody wants to be bored, you have people making a conscious effort to go to your site and read something meaningful. Think about what that is, and write it.
- How do you juggle blogging, working, reading, and family time so flawlessly?
Well, thankfully, it’s all pretty connected, but it’s definitely not easy. As my plate grows, my time dwindles. Right now I am balancing the blog, the book, a Curvy Girl community of thousands and am in pre-production for a new show, so making that all work while being present for my kids is difficult. My husband and I have a motto that keeps us motivated “we work hard now so that soon, we won’t have to.”
- I was one of the pictures you used in your Confidence post, which was very empowering. Have you always been this brave about putting everything out there?
At first, no way. I hid all the time, heavily cropped photos on my blog and facebook, and genuinely felt terrified of people seeing my body. But, once I womaned-up and did it, I think when I really got brave about it was the first time I went to Times Square in a bathing suit, and the support was just so immensely empowering. I didn’t die. It didn’t kill me. I lived, and as long as I realized that I would survive putting myself out there, the fear was gone.
- You wrote a letter to your kid apologizing for him being bullied, and you didn’t feel like you did enough to stop it. I think this was amazing and supportive of you. Were you bullied?
You know, I was. Very different from what my son experienced, he was actually physically harmed at school; I experienced more constant teasing and harassment for my weight. I was always a fat kid, and graduated into a fat teen. I had a male bully who would scream “fat ass,” “fat whore,” or moo at me when I walked down the hall or walked into an assembly. The teachers did nothing. I think they just truly didn’t want to be involved, he was a dick. My junior year, he hit and killed my dog with his car. Nothing was done. There was just nothing you did back in 1999 for such things.
- What are 5 items you never leave home without?
My iPhone, my aviators, a Diet Pepsi, chapstick and a purse full of clean underwear (I have 3 kids).
My blog: http://brittanyherself.com/
My facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BrittanyHerself
Thank you so much for doing this interview Brittany!! It was very informative. You are, as always, charming and inspiring. Bullying, bikinis, confidence, fashion, sex, your blog has it all, and we can’t stop reading! Look forward to your book next year!