I have known Natalie for around 2 years now (we actually met at this event), and she is part of the York blogging squad that I love very dearly. She has recently been upping her blogging game A LOT and I can really see the amount of effort that she has been putting into her content, and I absolutely love it. Natalie Hanson talks a lot about lifestyle, and I think that her blog is seriously under-rated. She is one of my favourite blogs to read regularly, and I think that you will love ‘Natalie Hanson Blog’ if you enjoy my content!
As always, my text will be in bold and Natalie’s will be in a regular font.
What made you start you start your Natalie Hanson page – was it planned or more of a spontaneous decision one day?
Having a blog was something I’d thought about for a long time, especially having followed bloggers and vloggers for years. A friend of a friend had a blog and I just thought what is actually stopping me, so I just went and made one. Wow, was it a shock though. Unless you’re a blogger, you completely underestimate how complicated the whole process can be at first. But, it was worth it and I love blogging. I’m so happy I made the spontaneous decision to just do it and not care what others thought!
What is your favourite social media platform to post on?
Definitely Instagram (@nataliehansonblog). I started my blog Instagram when I first started my blog, but stopped using it for a while. I am now back uploading and I just love how my feed is looking at the moment!
What is your favourite and least favourite thing about blogging?
My favourite thing about blogging is the community. Blogging is such a supportive, loving and fun space, and with that I’ve met some wonderful people. My least favourite thing is how people underestimate the time, money and effort that goes into a single blog post. It usually isn’t until someone watches you put it all together that they realise that it is not as simple as they expected.
If you could give someone who wants to start a blog one piece of advice, what would it be?
Honestly, as I previously said just do it and don’t care about what others think. Take the leap! I have learnt so much, met so many new people (some of whom are now genuine friends!) and I have found a hobby which I thoroughly enjoy.
I know you are graduating super soon – What degree did you do, and did you enjoy it? I like asking people this because everyone has a different experience!
I have very recently finished my undergraduate degree in Criminology at the University of York. Overall, it’s been a mixed bag. I stayed at home whilst at university, so had a very different experience, and made it a lot harder for myself socially. But, after the three years I’ve learnt new lessons and a lot about myself, met so many new people, and I don’t think I’d have changed it. I hated my course in the first year as at the time I just didn’t think the content was relevant, but it built the foundations for the content over the next two years. I have learnt so much and developed a much wider understanding of crime, deviancy, policy and criminal justice.
What is your biggest tip for a university student like me?
As much as you are there to work hard and academically achieve, make sure you make the most of the social aspect of university too. Meet friends, make plans and enjoy the moments. I’ve had different groups of friends over the past three groups of university, but every single friend I’ve met I’ve had some amazing memories with.
What are your plans after graduation?
I have zero plans. At first I was like what the hell was I thinking, but now I am just enjoying the free time. I have worked since I was 12 continuously through education, so it’s been intense, and never really given myself a true break. So, this is the break I need. I’ve just got a summer camp job and I have a few (fingers crossed) travel plans, but for now nothing else concrete. I just want to see where life takes me for a while before I settle into looking for a ‘career’.
What has been your favourite day of 2019 so far?
There are so many days that come to mind. Firstly the days in Iceland because I completely underestimated how beautiful that country is. Also, seeing Hugh Jackman in Manchester, my dissertation hand-in day and celebrations with the girls, and seeing my favourite band Deaf Havana again.
What can we expect to see from ‘Natalie Hanson Blog’ in the future?
I want to start really dedicating myself to my blog. Now I’ve finished university I’ve got no excuse. I want to put my everything into my content, and try to ‘up my game’ a little. One thing I do want is to have more confidence in my blog, especially talking about it to others, and with that I think will come bigger and better content as I learn to embrace this hobby that I love.
As I talk a lot about beauty on my blog, we will have the last question as something beauty related. What is your holy grail product?
Having bad acne and consequently scarring, foundation is a staple product for me. More recently, I’ve learnt to embrace my natural skin, and I’ve also recently found foundations that work more for me too. I used to use such heavy foundations and now I’ve learned a medium coverage just looks so much better. At the moment I’m loving the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation.
So that is the post! I hope you love Natalie as much as I do and if you want to go check out her work then click below to be redirected to her social media pages. She is ‘Natalie Hanson’ on most socials, making it super easy to search for!