Meet Harper, TP Blogger Award Winner and Lady Behind Harper Honey

Name: Harper
Blog: Harper Honey
Social Media Handle(s): Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Tell us about your blog. What’s the general theme of your site, and why did you decide to start blogging?

The general theme of my site is set around three things: career, lifestyle, and fun. These are what my life revolves around as a college student. I write a lot about college life, media I consume, places I travel to, food I eat. Blogging has been a really great way for me to develop my skills in writing and social media, as well as a creative outlet.

What’s your favorite part of being a blogger?

I think the consistency of having something you care about, a long-term project with no end in sight, is a really good thing. It’s not about finishing it, or accomplishing a goal by the end—it’s about constant improvement. With school work there’s a point where what’s done is done and you move on from that class, and school is the majority of my life right now, so it’s nice to really nurture something that I’ve worked on since high school.

How do you balance school and blogging?

Scheduling out posts and having some pre-written posts really helps when timing is difficult. I also like to have a few short post ideas on hand—sharing a video or a song for example—that are quick and easy to write.

What has been your favorite moment of your blogging career thus far?

I think I really love when someone tells me that something I’ve written made their lives easier. One time a student emailed me saying that the college application organizers I made had saved them from the depths of an anxiety spiral and they showed it to a teacher who said they were printing out dozens of them for their classes. That was a really great moment.

What other blogs do you look up to and/or read on a daily basis? In other words, what’s your “blogger digest”?

I really like XOSarah, which is a business/design/circus blog masterminded by the Sarah in question. I also read xomia, because I love her take on geek culture. A Beautiful Mess by Elsie and Emma is basically an iconic must-read blog. There are so many other blogs I read but those are some of my favorites.

What advice do you have for other high school and college students hoping to start blogs?

Start now, make mistakes early, and find ways to grow. Be very careful about image copyrights, and credit other people where it’s due. Don’t get in the game for money or fame—those things may never come, and you’ll never get there if those are the only things motivating you.

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Lily Herman is a junior at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. Besides bopping around on The Prospect, Lily is a columnist for USA TODAY College (read the Quad Report, yo); an editorial intern for The Daily Muse; a contributing editor for the campus blog Wesleying; a national contributing editor for Her Campus; and an editorial/marketing intern at HelloFlo. When she is not studying or awkwardly waving at people around campus, Lily enjoys eating Sour Patch Kids and re-watching the Friday Night Lights series finale (she's Team Saracen, by the way). Also (shameless plug alert), feel free to follow her on Twitter, or email her at lherman(at)theprospect(dot)net.

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