Blogger Interview: Brighton Girl Problems
If you’re new to the city, or are a fully fledged ‘Brightonian’, you need to know about Brighton Girl Problems. Detailing the typical ‘Brighton’ experience, as well as tackling subjects such as dates on Tinder, the blog has clocked 73,000 Twitter followers. I spoke to the anonymous ‘Brighton Girl’ behind the blog to find out more about blogging without revealing who you are online, how the city makes ‘blog material’, and tips for success.
Hello Brighton Girl, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
You're welcome! We do share the same name after all.
How did you come to create your blog?
I'd had the idea in my mind for about 2 years before I actually did it; I kept thinking I'd love to start a blog online and make it Brighton themed but I never got round to it. I was in hospital for a while in May 2013 and it was all I thought about, and then in December 2013 I was out choosing a Christmas tree and arguing with my boyfriend and I thought of a tweet about the situation, so I started my Twitter account and then my blog at the same night.
You also blog anonymously; was there any particular reason for doing this?
Part of it was embarrassment; I absolutely loved reading and writing from a very young age and other kids thought it was weird as I had really little interest in going to the park or anything like that. My older sister always says that my family would wonder where I was and they'd find me in my wardrobe with a torch and a book! I was worried people I knew would laugh at me essentially, which I don't care about at all nearly 5 years later; it's funny how age does that! I also wanted to be more honest and I felt it was harder to do that with people knowing my identity.
Would you ever consider revealing your identity online?
I 100% will one day; there's no doubt about it. There's so much I want to do that requires revealing myself, and I don't want to have regrets when I'm older. It's just a matter of when, as I'm not ready to at the moment. I've had previous partners who didn't want me to go public because they thought it would be inconvenient for them, but I now realise that the right person will support my decision no matter what it is. I am worried and I am nervous, as it's a big step to take as once I do it there's no going back. I think I will know when the time is right.
What do you think about bloggers who decide to blog anonymously?
I completely support it, as I've done the exact same! It's a great thing to do. I just think anyone starting off anonymously now should be aware that if your blog grows, it becomes much more nerve wracking to reveal yourself should you ever want to.
Alongside running the blog, where would we find you on a day-to-day basis?
I do freelance writing for magazines, newspapers and different publications.
What is it about Brighton that appeals to you?
I love it here. Both my parents were born in London and moved down here as toddlers, so it's funny that I actually could've been a London Girl! People look how they want to look and wear what they want to wear, it's such a free place, and there's so much to do, whether you want a night out, or a quiet cinema trip, a meal out, a trip to the beach. We are also so close to lovely places like Ditchling.
I also have so many memories here now, after being born here and growing up here, being a teenager and then an adult, and all of my relationships have taken place here, so I will always hold Brighton dear as so much in my life has happened in this city.
Do you have any favourite places?
I love the beach, I love Hove, North Laine and The Lanes. Don't get me wrong, when I was younger places like West Street would have been top of my list, but I think I'm the wrong side of 21 for that now! The Ivy that's just opened is lovely, and just what we needed. I really like the i360, and the fact there's always something going on like Fringe, Pride or the Spiegel Tent.
What posts are you currently working on?
Lots of dating posts, and a few brand collaborations too which is exciting! Dating posts and updates on my love life, and relationship/advice posts are always highly requested so you've got to give the people what they want.
For people who wish to follow in your footsteps, what would be your advice?
I would say just be yourself and write about the things you're passionate about as that's what I've always done. Try not to focus on numbers and more on the quality of your content and don't start a blog to make money. Don't get me wrong, it's amazing and I am ecstatic I can make an income from it however that's not why I started and if someone just wants money and freebies from it, it'll come across in their writing.
Photos by Brighton Girl Problems
Questions and Interview by Lydia Wilkins