20 Questions with Briana of Mamafierce

Happy New Year Lovies! This year, most of my goals are blog and travel related. I plan to focus, be patient and take my blog and brand to new levels. My first step in this process was joining blogger networking groups and getting the courage to ask questions. Then I reached out to some of my favorite female bloggers and writers for guidance.

One of the first people I contacted was Briana Hernandez, the blogger behind Mamafierce. Briana caught my eye on Instagram with her fun and funky fashion choices and ultra inspiring body positive posts. She’s big, blunt and beautiful, three of my favorite things. In this interview, she shares how she balances blogging and family life, where she’d love to vacation, her favorite ice cream and so much more.

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Photo via Mamafierce

A: Tell us about your blog:
B: Mamafierce is a blog about plus size fashion and body positivity.

A: What inspired you to start blogging?
B: I started my blog when I was a stay at home mom with a 3-month-old baby. I needed something to keep me stimulated and I have always been a writer, most recently in online retail.

A: How long have you been blogging?
B: I’ve been blogging for almost 4 years

A: How would you describe your blogging style?
B: I try to make it conversational. I want people to hear my voice as they read. I shout a lot with capslock.

A: How would you describe your personal style?
B: No fucks. Joyful. Edgy.

A:  Favorite look from 2016?

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Photo via Mamafierce

B: I love this look because I felt like I was coming into focus at this exact moment. I just got those baby bangs and I felt like I looked like a girl I would want to be friends with. It’s amazing what a small change can do and I was due for it.

A: Favorite Ice Cream?
B: Cookies and Cream WITHOUT FAIL. Every time.

A: Is blogging your profession or a hobby?
B: I’m trying to make it my profession. I’m a full-time freelance writer. Close enough for now!

A: How do you structure your days?
B: I use project management software to assign myself tasks and deadlines. Try to get a jump on planning the week ahead before Monday morning.

A:  How much time do you spend blogging?
B: I dedicate about 20 hours a week to the blog, whether it be writing, taking photos, or growing my social media accounts.

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Photo via Mamafierce

A: Favorite blogging Apps? 
B: I use Hootsuite for scheduling tweets and BeFunky for collages and pins.

A: What type of networking do you think is best to increase blog traffic?
B: I try to meet as many bloggers and plus size brand people I can. It has lead to some very cool partnerships and has boosted my following for sure!

A: How do you balance work and family life?
B: I make sure to take one day a week to just be with my son. My husband and I go on date nights as often as possible. Most importantly, we almost always eat dinner at the table together.

A: Dream Vacation?
B: I’m dying to go to Iceland. Just to see its natural landscape.

A: What do you find most challenging about blogging?
B: The isolation. I miss a lot about working in an office with a team.

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Photo via Mamafierce

A: Who are your biggest influences?
B: I try to get inspired by as many people as possible so it’s hard to name just a few!

A: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
B: To go for it. I have not regretted it so far.

A: Advice for someone starting a blog:
B: Be patient but dedicated. Do as much as you can in balance with the rest of your life and leave the rest to the universe. But be patient above all.

A: How do you want to improve your blog/brand in 2017?
B: I want to write for more publications to be another voice for fat women and women of color. We can use as many voices as we can get.

A: What are your personal goals for 2017?
B: BE PATIENT. Work consistently, and maybe sell a story or two!

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Photo via Mamafierce

So, what are your goals for 2017? What steps have you taken to make them a reality?

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