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Anna Nuttall from AnnaNuttall.com – a lifestyle & fashion blog

15th June 2017
Anna Nuttall

‘In the Blog Seat’ is a series of interviews with bloggers and vloggers who share their blogging journey, inspirations and learning lessons…

Anna Nuttall lives in London with her husband and has been a blogger for the best part of 18 years! Her blog, annanuttall.com,  focuses on fashion and women’s lifestyle.

When she gets any time to herself Anna enjoys RPG games (role playing games) on her PlayStation 4 and, being a bit of a history buff, enjoys visits to castles, historical buildings and places of interest.

What three things can’t you live without to help manage your blog – and why?
Facebook, my phone and camera.

Who is your ideal reader?
I like to think my readers are mainly female and also adore fashion and love going shopping! I also like to think of my readers who look for friendly advice in life and I’m there to help them in any way I can.

How did you first get into blogging?
I’ve always been a writer. I was that kid at school who adored English and would spend hours messing around on the computer.

I remember the first blog I read was a girl from Australia and it inspire me to do the same. I then started reading Catwalk Queen written by Gemma Cartwright and I was transfixed and wanted to be in that world, especially as online media was becoming more mainstream.Anna Nuttall

How did you choose the niche(s) that you have chosen to blog in?
I have always adored fashion from a young age and it wasn’t until I came across a fashion blog that I realised I could make it as a job. I studied fashion journalism at uni as I wanted to be a fashion and lifestyle writer.

How do you manage time to run your blog efficiently?
I often get up early (my husband is an early riser so I get up the same time as him0 and go straight to my computer – and I don’t leave until bedtime! I’m pretty much on my computer all day.

What strategies have worked well for you in getting more traffic to your blog?
The big game changer was last year with Stumbleupon and Facebook, although lately my SEO has been paying off.

What blog achievement are you most proud of?
Last month I made enough money from my blog to pay my mortgage and buy a dress. I was also really proud when I got 20,000 page views.

What are your blogging goals for the next 12 months? 
To keep getting bigger and better. I know it shouldn’t be all about the money, but I would like to earn more so I can do some travelling.

What’s the most challenging issue for you in your blogging journey so far?
Keeping everyone happy. I have people who complain that I have too many beauty posts and then there are some who dislike my fashion posts. I also find it challenging to be more open about myself.

What motivates you to keep your blog up and running?
The freedom to write whatever I like. I know it shouldn’t be all about the money, but the earning potential keeps me motivated. I also love connecting with fellow bloggers.

Is blogging your profession or just a hobby?
It’s my job. I’m a full time blogger and I’m also a Digital Marketing Manager with my digital marketing agency, Nuttall Media. 

Where do you hope your blog will take you?
I tried ‘traditional’ employment and I hated it. I used to work in retail and it drove me mad, so I hope my blog just keeps growing stronger, so I can keep working from home. I also would love my blog to allow me to do more travelling.

Do you monetise your blog – and if so, if what ways?
I do – I use Adwin, Skimlinks and Adsense. I’m also slowly opening up to more sponsored posts.

Anna Nuttall

Where do you get your inspiration for your blog posts?
Honestly anything that comes into my head! I enjoyed writing about subjects that I can relate to and have fun with. I also might read something or watched a YouTube video and that would inspire me. I like my blog post to be informative, fun and interesting for readers.

What’s the best thing a blogger can give to their readers?
A virtual friend – that person they can asked for advice on anything. Be the person they can email and have a good chat with. I always say that people can email me anytime and I’d be happy to chat.

What do you love most about blogging and how long do you spend blogging in a typical week?
The freedom to write whatever I like. I spend approximately 168 hours a week working on my blog.

If someone was interested in starting a blog, what one piece of advice would you offer him or her?
Just do it! Now with smart phones and having blogging tools on smartphones, you can now blog wherever you are!

The nitty gritty...

What is your favourite blog post (or one of your favourite) you’ve written and why? This is an honest account of my problem when I was trying for a baby. I have various miscarriages attributed with dangerous level of preeclampsia. Despite that I would still get judgmental comments from people asking why I’m child-free. After a rather snobby cow encounter I sat down and wrote why I’m child-free.

What type of blog post do you most enjoy writing? 
Fashion and lifestyle posts. I like to think of them as my specialty. I also enjoyed my photos blog post.

Do you regularly collaborate with brands? 
I’m happy to work with brands. Lately a lot of fashion brands been contacting me so that makes me happy.

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54 comments

Fashion and Style Police 14th July 2017 at 10:19 am

This was a lovely read. I enjoy reading Anna’s blog.

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Yaya 26th June 2017 at 2:19 pm

I always love to read bloggers back stories and find out a little bit of the behind the scenes.

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Dannii 25th June 2017 at 7:00 pm

Getting up early is the only way I can stay on top of my blog too.

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LaurettaCWright 25th June 2017 at 9:35 pm

And going to bed late! 🙂

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Charlotte 24th June 2017 at 9:55 pm

Wow this just goes to show the success you can have if you work hard on your blog! Such a great series! Xx

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LaurettaCWright 25th June 2017 at 9:32 am

Thanks Charlotte!

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melissa major 24th June 2017 at 8:43 pm

What a brilliant post and its great to get to know more about anna! blogging can be a lot of hard work

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LaurettaCWright 25th June 2017 at 9:32 am

It’s good to discover the person behind the name isn’t it?

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Lottie 24th June 2017 at 7:32 pm

Really interesting to find out about other blogs! Congrats to her for making such a success so far. 18 years is a long time!

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LaurettaCWright 25th June 2017 at 9:33 am

It certainly is Lottie – Anna could tell us all a thing or two I think!

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Jessica 24th June 2017 at 6:03 pm

I have read Anna’s blog and I love what she writes about. Loved getting to know her through your blog post.

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LaurettaCWright 25th June 2017 at 9:33 am

Thanks Jessica!

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MELANIE EDJOURIAN 24th June 2017 at 5:50 pm

I’ve been visiting Anna’s blog quite regularly she has some great fashion posts. It’s lovely to learn a bit more about the lady behind the blog.

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LaurettaCWright 25th June 2017 at 9:33 am

Definitely – I like learning about the person and not just the blog too.

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Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes 24th June 2017 at 8:27 am

What a great post idea, lovely to get to know more about Anna 🙂

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LaurettaCWright 25th June 2017 at 9:33 am

Thanks Jemma – and defnitely!

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Nayna Kanabar 23rd June 2017 at 9:25 pm

I am a regular visitor to Annas blog so it is nice to know more about the face behind the blog.Great interview.

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LaurettaCWright 25th June 2017 at 9:34 am

Thanks Nayna! Great you liked it 🙂

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Emily Leary 23rd June 2017 at 7:11 pm

Nice to read about Anna and her blog, she certainly has me beat on how long she’s been doing it… 18 years is amazing!

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LaurettaCWright 25th June 2017 at 9:34 am

Isn’t it just? Most people would have drawn a line under it by that time!

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Rachel 23rd June 2017 at 6:58 pm

Its always nice to read more about other Bloggers and having met Anna she is very sweet x

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LaurettaCWright 25th June 2017 at 9:34 am

Ah that’s great – hopefully I’ll get to meet her too one day 🙂

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Anna nuttall 30th June 2017 at 10:05 am

I dunno about that LC – might be a little dodgy. lol i’m kidding. xx

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LaurettaCWright 30th June 2017 at 10:14 am

Very good Anna! Actually…I might be the dodgy one and this is just a ploy to get to meet you 😉

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Anna nuttall 30th June 2017 at 4:38 pm

Dun dun dun – should I be scared? Haha xx

Stephanie Merry 23rd June 2017 at 1:51 pm

What a great series, it’s always lovely to find out more about the person behind the blog x

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Jenni 22nd June 2017 at 10:38 pm

It’s nice to know you a bit better! You spend a lor of time on your blog! My partner gets fed up with me working on my blog in the evenings after I finish work!

I may actually take you up on your offer and message you sometime if thats ok! I’m still new to blogging and have questions but I don’t know who to ask!

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LaurettaCWright 23rd June 2017 at 4:54 am

I’m sure Anna would be happy to help Jenni – as would I… 🙂

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Anna nuttall 23rd June 2017 at 11:35 am

Hi Jenni, yeah sure feel free to message me anytime. 🙂

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Melanie 22nd June 2017 at 6:43 pm

Very sweet to do a series like this to raise other bloggers profiles – well done you 🙂 x

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LaurettaCWright 23rd June 2017 at 4:55 am

Thanks Melanie – it’s nice to be able to help one another.

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Melanie 22nd June 2017 at 6:42 pm

What a great article and interesting to know more about you too 🙂 x

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Sarah Bailey 22nd June 2017 at 1:42 pm

What a lovely post, I do read Anna’s blog quite often so it is so nice to learn a little more about her!

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Gareth Torrance 22nd June 2017 at 1:41 pm

A great interview on a great blogger! And I completely agree with the point about motivation! If it’s just about the money, you’re going to lose interest and motivation. If it’s about the freedom to write and the joy of blogging, then you’re all set!

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LaurettaCWright 22nd June 2017 at 3:21 pm

A good point well made – thanks Gareth!

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Kara 20th June 2017 at 12:12 pm

I have read Anna’s blog a few times and it is a full of great information. Not sure I could devote quite so much time to mine though

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LaurettaCWright 20th June 2017 at 12:26 pm

I certainly wish I had the time that Anna has to work on mine!

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Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs 20th June 2017 at 9:27 am

A lovely idea for a series. It’s nice to get to know other bloggers a little better 🙂

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LaurettaCWright 20th June 2017 at 9:30 am

thanks Jayne!

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Stephanie 19th June 2017 at 9:32 pm

Nice to hear about another blogger, how they’ve got to where they are and a bit more about them

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Lauretta Wright 19th June 2017 at 9:48 pm

Thanks Stephanie!

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Evelina 19th June 2017 at 8:42 pm

So great to read about other blogger’s achievements and their tips on getting more traffic. Thank you for sharing.

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Ana De- Jesus 18th June 2017 at 6:30 pm

Anna is great and she should be proud of the money that she is making and also that she was able to pay off her mortgage. I would love to be interviewed if you wanted someone to interview 🙂 x

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LaurettaCWright 18th June 2017 at 7:20 pm

Thanks Ana – and absolutely – I’ll be in touch! 🙂

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Musings of a tired mummy...zzz... 17th June 2017 at 9:00 pm

Interesting to hear about the people behind the blogs: thanks for the interview!

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LaurettaCWright 17th June 2017 at 9:16 pm

Thanks Laura 🙂

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tots2travel 17th June 2017 at 5:34 pm

You’ve achieved so much. So many page views, paying your mortgage with enough left over for some retail therapy is ideal.

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LaurettaCWright 17th June 2017 at 9:16 pm

Great achievement isn’t it? The girl done good as they say!

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Vesna 16th June 2017 at 8:00 am

Such an inspiration! I love those interviews! Learning a lot!

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LaurettaCWright 17th June 2017 at 9:16 pm

Thanks Vesna – you and me both!

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kerry 16th June 2017 at 7:42 am

I enjoyed this post. Being a new blogger Im hungry to learn how people started, what tips they give etc. I will check out Anna’s blog, but also want to read all the In the Bloggers seat posts now! Let me grab a cuppa……

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LaurettaCWright 16th June 2017 at 10:31 am

Ha ha! Enjoy Kerry…let me know what great tips you pick up! 🙂

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Suzy Mccullough 15th June 2017 at 9:04 pm

This is really interesting. What a good idea. I hate traditional employment too. 168 hours a week on her blog though? Lol

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LaurettaCWright 16th June 2017 at 10:40 am

Yes I know Suzy – I was just as surprised to read that….and I thought I worked hard on my blog!

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