By: Sandy Nene
What inspired the name of your blog? The name Patricia Blacc is the name I have given to my alter ego. She stands to embody and embrace the ultimate state of confidence. Whilst growing up, I had issues with self-confidence so I decided to create Patricia as a way to grow and ultimately gain my own self-confidence. I believe that the journey to self-discovery, self- introspection and self-confidence is a constant one so I found it only fitting to name my blog after my alter ego in order to show people my personal journey.
How long have you been blogging for? I have been privately blogging for a year and a half, but opened it to the public 8 months ago.
What difficulties did you come across when you first started blogging? Even though blogging is meant to be a personal experience, there is always a fear of judgement from the outside world. Exposing yourself to the fullest is not always an easy decision because it means that majority of your privacy is stripped away. With the good, comes the bad so negative feedback and commentary is always a jab in the throat when you are starting out.
What do you think new bloggers need to know about blogging that most people don’t? Blogging is not easy. It is not all fun and games like people make it out to seem. There are a lot of things which need to be done and a lot of time which needs to be invested in – as well as a lot of money. Also, not everything that you try will work, there will be times where you email a brand for a possible collaboration or even have a photoshoot that you end up not liking very much. The keys are persistence, perseverance and patience. Sooner or later, someone will notice your hard work.
What would you say has been a highlight of your blogging career thus far? Getting to meet and interact with different people who are in the same career field as I am. The knowledge that you are able to gain from having conversations with them is mind blowing. Hearing their success stories, and failure stories only motivates you more to do better, and I appreciate that.
Who are your favourite bloggers? I have quite a few bloggers that I take my inspiration from, both from home (South Africa) and Europe. South Africa – I look up to the likes of Kamogelo Mafokwane who operates the blog “WillKateLady” and Sarah Langa purely because I am able to resonate with their personal styles and look up to their work ethic. In Europe – I look up to Chiara Ferragni because of the success story that she has created for herself. She is a fashion blogger and entrepreneur who has sealed her career in fashion and has clocked over 12 million followers on instagram.
Which is the most read blog post on your blog and why do you think people like it? The most read blog post on my blog is “ Did somebody say Vintage” . The blog post itself speaks about my shift from South Africa to adjusting to my life now in Paris and I how I cope with certain differences, such as the weather. I think it is the most read blog post simply because it is one of the earliest blog posts that I have, and it is the one I chose to launch my blog with. It gives people an early insight into my life and the drastic shift in my life with moving continents.
What else do you do besides blogging? Other than blogging, I am a full time student at the International Fashion Academy in Paris studying a Fashion Marketing degree.
Where do you see your blog in the next two years? In the next two years, as ambitious as it may seem, I hope to reach out to a larger audience on a global scale ( In Europe and in South Africa). I hope to start collaborating with brands in the fashion industry in order to cover events, travel more and discover trends.
Do you look at your blog as a business, hobby or as a portfolio? I look at my blog as both a hobby and a business, Hobby because it is something that I enjoy doing due to the fact that it incorporates two of my passions – Fashion and Imagery. And business because I would like to see it grow and hopefully manifest into a platform that allows me to create a my own brand and create a name for myself in the fashion industry in the near future.