While you’re starting up in the blogging world, you probably feel like a rabbit in headlights and unsure of which crossroad to take. There are so many different blogs, designs, topics and styles of writing and taking photographs. You really do have to carry out some research and get creative in order to find your individual niche. Along the way you will probably stumble across a few bloggers/vloggers who you feel you can perfectly relate to.
For me, and quite clearly millions of other girls around the globe, Tanya Burr was one of them. By the way, for those of you who are completely lost and don’t know who or what I am on about, Tanya is a lifestyle, beauty and fashion vlogger. After watching one video on her YouTube channel you will find yourself captivated by her energy and agree that she is a genuine, down to earth person, I know I was hooked.
So as you can imagine when I heard that Tanya was releasing a book I was both excited and curious as to what content would be in it. You’ll be pleased to know, I was impressed. Miss Burr’s début release oozes her contagious personality and I could almost hear and picture her as I flicked through the beautifully designed pages.
I found it so addictive and managed to read it cover to cover in just one weekend. ‘I wanted to write a book to share the things I’ve learnt with you – to reveal my top tips on fashion, beauty, love, friendship, YouTube and loads more,’ Tanya writes in the blurb. She’s not wrong either! Love, Tanya is jam packed with 12 chapters including a mouth-watering baking section in which she shares her scrumptious recipes including some vanilla star-sprinkled cupcakes which look absolutely divine.
What I think is most important though, is the section entitled ‘Confidence and Happiness’ which provides something which everybody, whatever their age can relate to. I read this section when I was feeling particularly down and it really did make me feel so much better. Throughout the book Tanya lists a lot of ‘Top 10s’ and her ‘Top 10 Ways of Dealing with Anxiety and Stress’ list really helped me. She highlights that no matter how hard things are or how down you are, your situation won’t be the same in a few hours or the next day, which is so true. 🙂
As far as appearance goes, the design is minimalistic but beautiful. It’s hard to explain, but the photographs of Tanya which introduce each new chapter, completely capture exactly what it is that has made her so popular. Plus, in one of her recent blogs Tanya admitted that she took the photos in the baking section of the book herself which definitely reinforces the fact that the book is from the bottom of her heart.
I found the writing style quite simplistic partly because I am at the top end of the target age range, but saying this, a lifestyle book needs to be clear and engaging. Throughout each chapter, Tanya encourages you to interact and write down your own ideas, dreams and favourite products, songs or things to do etc, which is a really sweet idea because, after all, who doesn’t love a good list? I know I do!
In today’s world, this book has a perfect place. For the younger generation, having a role model to not only look up to, but who is also accessible, is fundamental. Social media and the internet can be a dark place, so happy, creative vloggers such as Tanya Burr are an extremely important outlet in which we can escape to and enjoy interacting with. Twitter in particular allows us to communicate with bloggers and indeed each other, in a way in which we have never been able to do before, which is so exciting! 🙂
For anyone thinking of starting a blog, it is important to remember that the successful, almost celeb-like YouTubers and bloggers are essentially, just like us. They have no specific talent other than simply being themselves both on camera and in their writing, which is something which we can all do. The hard part is having the confidence to throw yourself out there to be heard. I know from experience that when I first created my blog, I was extremely nervous and worried about what people would think, but at the end of the day it is a brave thing to share your thoughts with the world, and I think more people should take the jump!
So if you have a blog, love reading blogs, or fancy losing yourself in something fun and uplifting then I would definitely recommend ordering a copy of Love, Tanya. Personally, I think it is just the thing to encourage not only teenage girls, but every one of us to embrace all that we are and not be afraid to dream big too.
Have you read Tanya’s book? If so, let me know what you thought of it by tweeting me or commenting 🙂