Hello, my beautiful people and welcome to a new instalment of Creative Corner.
So glad you’ve come to join me to meet a super talented creative. Grab yourself a beverage of choice, get comfy and let’s get to it.
Joining us is 26-year-old blogger, content creator, micro-influencer and freelance writer, Kayla Denise, known in the social media and blogging universe as Deni from Montgomery, Alabama.
Of all the hats they wear, their favourite is Founder/Editor-in-Chief of their blog With Love, Deni.
When not traversing their blog world, Deni creates content centred around beauty, lifestyle, fashion and music spaces and loves to travel, listen to music, discover new restaurants in their areas and plan their wedding. Super exciting!
Additionally, Deni is a makeup enthusiast looking to become a self-taught makeup artist.
There’s so much more to this incredible blogger so keep reading to discover what I mean.
How long have you been in the blogging game?
I started blogging around 13 years ago while I was in middle school! I came across Tumblr (which is having a resurgence now!) and created my first blog space, See Deni Blog. I decided to create a blogging “alter ego” or “alias” because I didn’t want
all my business out there at first.
Why did you start blogging?
For me, blogging started as a way of venting and hearing my thoughts and ideas. But then it grew to me using my blogging platform as a virtual diary. I loved to talk but at that time in my life, I had switched schools and didn’t have any new friends yet.
Writing helped me not feel as alone but also cultivated an inner voice that gave me the confidence to start speaking up. I continued on through my secondary school years but I finally started taking it 100% serious after I graduated high school in 2014.
What’s the most challenging part of running a blog?
I believe the most challenging part is a tie between staying consistent and not getting discouraged. Staying consistent in this day in age can be hard between outside obligations and just the stress of day-to-day jobs or operations. We tend to stretch ourselves thin, which doesn’t always leave time for content creation/writing. Getting discouraged is also another huge challenge.
Creating content can be hard enough, but then you add in the feeling of discouragement that comes when you feel like your views, numbers, or shares should be higher.
It’s a process!
Where do you draw content inspiration from?
Most of my inspiration comes from the musings within my own mind. My mind stays racing and moving and rarely stays idle for long. I also tend to draw inspiration from what’s happening now; trending topics and just things that I’m doing.
I love that my content always has a personal touch to it because it’s an extension of myself.
What are you most passionate about?
Something that always drives me is creating a little more sunshine in the world. I hate to say it, but so many people have a bleak and sad outlook on life. I may not be able to help everyone, but I want to bring a little smile or sunshine to people’s day-to-day life.
What are you currently working on?
I’ve been working on some content for some beauty brands! Can’t disclose them just yet until I finish the content.
When I’m not content creating, I’m working on my first young adult novel, The Celestial Bay Chronicles. Working title, just wait until you all get to read it.
I’m also planning my outfit content for an upcoming trip in October that my fiancé and I are taking to celebrate our birthdays. The two of us have some content brewing on the “foodie” side and vlogs for our upcoming YouTube channel.
Are you an avid reader and if so, what are you currently reading?
I LOVE to read.
I have this bad habit of reading multiple books at once. Can’t help it, it happens when multiple things pique my interest. Currently, I’m reading; “MoreThan Enough” by Elaine Welteroth (I’ve been following her since her EIC at TeenVogue days), “Lore Olympus: Volume One” by Rachel Smythe (popular graphic novel retelling of the love story of Hades & Persephone,) and “Prince of Wolves” by Quinn Loftis (fun werewolf/fantasy book I found randomly on iBooks).
Who are some of your favourite bloggers?
We would be here all day if I named everyone! But some of my faves are Funmi Ford, Teresa Seyi, Tanya Marie, Alana Auston, Yamaya Mason, The Yusufs, Tamarah Brown, Emari, and Jhordan B. I love their styles, aesthetics, content, and everything about their vibe. They are so authentically themselves and shining in their own light. I love it!
What’s one thing you wish you knew before starting your own blog?
I wish I would’ve known earlier the power behind having your own domain.
Although I’ve been blogging for so long and I’ve worked with brands beforehand, I’ve only had my own domain for about a year or so now.
I never truly understood and knew the power behind having a domain to really call your own. It’s very much so a blogging luxury that I wish I knew before. I call it a luxury because when you’re just starting out, you may not have the funds or support to get one right away.
I know I didn’t in the beginning, but it’s so worth it when you graduate to that level. I’ve gone from BlogSpot to Tumblr and finally over to WordPress (powered by Bluehost).
Why should we subscribe to your blog?
Honestly, I pride myself on being like that internet homegirl that’s just talking to you about her day, what’s in her recently played on Spotify, what’s on her mind, and what’s going on in her life. I find that voice very comforting and I like being able to have that resonate with people.
Sometimes that voice is lost in the fray a lot these days, but I keep that authenticity about me always. That in itself has always
been my “thing” of what I feel makes my space special. Everything is said with an abundance of love. Who doesn’t want to feel a little love in what they virtually consume?
Everything about my space screams me and is full of love and authenticity.
Whatever I write about, I’m passionate about it. If I’m reviewing a product, I’m being 100% honest (no one wants to spend their money on anything that doesn’t work.)
With Love, Deni is a welcoming space.
Thanks, Kayla for such an insightful interview. It’s been wonderful getting to know a little more about you and your blog.
Let me know how much you appreciated this post and what you’d like to read about next in the comments.