In today’s digital age it’s easy to feel inspired by online bloggers and social media influencers, but how do you know if you’re cut out to become one? With the overwhelming amount of people trying their hand at becoming an online presence, it’s hard not to feel discouraged when thinking about becoming one yourself. Spots held an in-app Q&A with up-and-coming fashion blogger Teresa Vu, aka MondayNalu. Teresa spills about what inspired her to end her path to becoming a dentist to start a blog and how she maintains her passion for online writing.


What inspired you to start blogging and where do you see it going in the future?

Sometimes the paths we set for ourselves don’t go as planned. As Teresa explains, she felt a pull for blogging early on, but decided to ignore that to pursue a more tangible goal. Although at the time dentistry seemed like the most logical path, Teresa decided to take a leap of faith and jump into something she actually felt passionate about. Doing this can be scary, but if you go for what you genuinely feel is right for you, you can’t go wrong.



What’s your favorite thing to write about?

Just like deciding to become a blogger, deciding what exactly to blog about takes following your gut. Teresa simply decided to write what she loves- life and fashion. It’s easy to tell when you’re reading something that doesn’t come from the heart. The words are lackluster and you can’t feel the person through the screen quite like you would if they were speaking on something they deeply cared about. If you’re searching for a theme to your blog, don’t pick something just because you know people will read it. Choose a topic that you treasure. The enthusiasm you elicit alone will draw readers of all interests, and may even spark a passion in someone who wouldn’t normally concern themselves with your topic. It’s more about your voice as a writer, not the content itself.



What’s the meaning behind MondayNalu?

Like Teresa, you should decide on a name that uniquely encapsulates your persona as a writer. Make sure that the name is something familiar, but with a twist so that it sticks in people’s minds. It’s also important to choose a name that rolls off the tongue. If a reader has a hard time hearing the blog name in their head as they read it, it’s likely that they’ll skim over it and it will get lost among the many blogs and brands out there. Try writing a list of all of your favorite things, then ask your friends to describe you in one word- write these down as well. You could find that combining a couple of items from these lists could give you the perfect blog name. It’s all about simplicity!



How did you gain a following in the beginning stages of your blog?

As Teresa pointed out, it’s important to be consistent with your theme or “aesthetic.” People are likely to follow you if they know that the content will be visually and conceptually similar. This doesn’t mean you should be overly repetitive, just be sure to have a similar color scheme throughout all photos, or simply use the same filter or editing settings. Networking at events is also key. Check out Spot’s blog “9 Ways To Link and Build In Your Community” for more tips on exactly how to do this!



How do you stay focused, consistent, and positive throughout the whole process?

With so many people using the internet as a tool to get their voices heard, it really is hard not to compare yourself. It’s important to note that while some people may be farther along than you, that does not make them better. You have something to offer that is unique to only you. Channel that uniqueness into your work instead of putting energy into comparing yourself to others. Trying to be like anyone else is going to bore people, there are way too many wannabees and cookie-cutter replicas. The most popular people on the internet right now are those whose personalities that can’t be compared to anyone else’s. Look at Cardi B



Do you think it’s necessary for a blogger to live in a highly populated city like Atlanta to pop off?

It’s the unique moments that you can capture that will make you stand out as a blogger. While real-life networking can be easier in a major city, if all of your content is stemming from that location, it’s likely that someone has already taken a similar photo or written about the same restaurant, shop, photo spot, or whatever it may be that your blog is tailored to. So don’t let your location hold you back, because it could be the thing that sets you apart!