I’m back with another ‘Kick-Ass Careers‘. I really want to make this a more regular thing, but the ladies I ask are always so busy I can’t always get their questions back straight away. Are careers type posts something you want to see more of? Todays post is dedicated to Kristabel Plummer, who was one of the first bloggers I met. I caught up with her about her career journey.
I’m Kristabel, a blogger, YouTuber and all round internet person. I’ve been blogging for almost ten years and it’s completely changed my life.
I feel like I’m still getting there! The overriding theme is to keep doing the things you’re drawn to, regardless of what anyone says. I started my first Geocities website at 13 and kept going, even though I got teased by my classmates.
I eventually moved onto Bebo, MySpace, Teen Open Diary and then Blogger. Alongside that I studied knitwear design and did work placements to get a broader understanding of the industry.
There were plenty of knock-backs along the way though, I filmed a video about my career journey and realised that I’d developed an incredible amount of resilience. Every skill you learn can be transferable.
My degree has helped me so much when it comes to critical thinking and following briefs from brands. I’ve always loved research and understanding the context of things and it stops me from getting too complacent.
It’s tricky as my career path has been pretty wavy and there’s no guarantee that you’ll get the same result. The main thing about blogging is a love of creating content, whether it’s a post on a dress that’s changed your life or a video on a subject that’s close to your heart. It’s not just about your ego but adding value to your audience and knowing that things will evolve. You have to be willing to do it, even if there’s no money on the table.
My main highlight was receiving the Highly Commended accolade at the Cosmo Influencer Awards. I was first nominated in 2011 and so much has happened in between, I left my job, went backpacking, started blogging full time and got dropped by management. I feel like I’ve really evolved and found my voice over the last few years.
I’m in the middle of ‘How To Break Up With Your Phone.’
My music taste is stuck in 2007 and my attention span is so short! Probably A Seat At The Table by Solange.
You can’t be backwards in coming forwards.