Today I'd like to introduce Notanothertallblog.com which is a very good blog for tall people. It's not only about fashion as you'll find lots of article about music in general. Easy to read, it became one of my favorites sources. What I do like about it is that it's for tall people in the world and also for music lovers, which is great as tall people are not only interested in fashion.
Being in contact with Angie K, the funder and blogger, I asked her a few questions to know a bit more about her blog. Here is what she said:
A K: I started my blog on 15th May 2014 - just cannot believe it has been nearly two years!!
<<< 2. How did you come up with this idea? >>>
A K: I have always been the writing type of person. When I was younger, I used to publish a lot in my home country: journalist articles, interviews, translations, short fiction. Once I moved to the UK, I gave up (for a number of personal factors). A few years ago, I felt the urge to write again, and decided to try doing it in English. I started the blog just to express myself, and quickly realised that there were people out there interested in what I had to say. This inspired me to keep writing and expanding the blog, and eventually to make it self-hosted in August last year.
<<< 3. Is there one subject, one type of subject you'd rather write about? (music, tall fashion industry...) >>>
A K: My heart is in rock journalism. This has always been a dream of mine, which, unfortunately, wasn't meant to be.
<<< 4. In which way would you say your blog is different? >>>
A K: My blog is one of the many so called "tall blogs", but I try to make the point that this is not a tall blog like the majority of tall blogs in the World Wide Web. I do try to focus my posts around this main theme. However, I do not like to put my ideas in a box and restrict myself to tall posts only. Most tall blogs focus on either fashion, or tall people's issues, while mine is a true reflection of my own interests. I write about rock music which is my greatest passion, as well as general topics, expat issues, parenting woes: anything that I feel like sharing with myself in loud that people might like to read about.
<<< 5. Which values/ideas would you like to share through your blog? >>>
A K: My main value is to show that tall people have their interests, hobbies and worries as everyone else. We don't like to be reminded about our height all the time. We are deeper and more interesting than this! I like to promote body confidence; that everyone is worth respect for who they are and what they do, rather than what they look like. Does this make sense?
<<< 6. What are your plans for the future? >>>
A K: I am hoping to build more collaborations with tall fashion brands and perhaps affiliate the blog with some of them, so that eventually part of my website is like a portal for tall people looking for clothes and shoes that fit. I also hope to interview someone really big, one of my biggest rock idols maybe? I have made one of my dreams come true already: my favourite rock star DC Cooper gave me an interview last year, which is what I was hoping for from the moment I conceived the blog. Who knows, one day I may be given the chance to interview one of those names that everyone knows? Metallica, Def Leppard, Dream Theater? Or my God Russell Allen from Symphony X?
<<< 7. Do you have any anecdotes about being tall yourself? >>>
A K: Oh yes, plenty of them. But the one which has stuck in my mind is from my teenage years when I was walking down a street with my mum. That year I had a growth spurt and my trousers had become too short. My mum had let the hems down, but they were still a tad too short, and I didn't have new trousers long enough. I will never forget the comment a boy behind me made: "Look at this one, she will stumble on her trousers!" Which was meant as an offense, obviously aiming at my short trousers. I felt humiliated and ashamed. I could have taken it humorously, but I grew up to be a bit too sensitive towards my height, and that affected my self-esteem tremendously.
<<< 8. How many readers do you have per month? >>>
A K: Before I became self-hosted, I had anything between 2,000 and 3,000 hits per month. At the time, I used to write mainly general interest posts and my blog was regularly read and followed by other WordPress followers. Since I became self-hosted, it feels like I started my journey all over again. I now focus much more on my main topics, which are rather specialised/narrow, so I now rely mainly on SEO (rather than WordPressers). The number of visits per month now is between 1,500 and 2,000. January was a difficult month for me; I didn't post anything (apart from one post at the end of the month to say I am still alive!), but the blog still had 1,391 hits: I found this really impressive! This wouldn't have happened before I went self-hosted, so my SEO must be working! I have decided not to obsess with stats and chose quality rather than quantity, and focus on the long-term goal: to build a site which has consistent value and interests.
I wish you all the best!
Find the interview about BigandTall News here :
Thanks for reading,