Meet Mackenzie Newcomb, Blogger Behind “Sparkles & Secrets”

Name: Mackenzie Newcomb
Blog:  Sparkles & Secrets
Social Media Handles: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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

I started my blog when I was working as a stylist, mostly as a way to build a reputation online and gather a cliental. After about 6 months of blogging I started to realize that my satirical pieces were getting more and more attention. I turned to comedy in my fashion posts, which I found to be really helpful when it came to standing out. The first post on my blog that got the attention of people was a story I wrote entitled “Oregon”, and then the sequel “I believe in equality except you should pick up the check at dinner.” It was then I realized that I had stories that needed to be told and there were people who actually wanted to listen.

What’s your favorite part of being a blogger?

There is something very liberating about being able to vocalize your thoughts, and even more so when you know at least SOMEBODY is listening. Don’t get me wrong, it is a lot of work and often times you have to accept that there is no pay—which is why I think so many people, start blogs and quit shortly after. I love seeing my posts shared (which is somewhat of a new thing) every time I see somebody tweeted one of my articles I always check out their pages. Its exciting!

How do you balance school and blogging?

Sometimes it is definitely hard. My friends have to check on me during midterms and finals weeks to make sure I’m studying and not blogging, they know me too well. I occasionally download the “Self Control” app on Mac and block myself from WordPress if I absolutely have to get school-work done!

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

Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine and My Sister’s Keeper) shared my New Years Resolutions article for Elite Daily on Twitter. That was an unreal moment. Also my first article to go viral, “A Letter To a One-Night Stand”, got some serious attention…that was wild.

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

I’m constantly reading Huffington Post and Elite Daily. I also love Damsel in Dior.

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

Give it time! When you first start blogging you’re going to have a rush of ideas for your blog, spread them out. Don’t be discouraged when you aren’t immediately the “next big thing.” Actually—don’t even think about it. Truthfully never anticipated or cared if my blog went viral, when it did I was shocked and flattered. You never know what posts you write with gather the most attention, and you shouldn’t write them with the primary goal of reaching a global audience. Write for you, write everyday, and everyday you will improve.

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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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  1. Neha Mehra on September 27, 2014

    I love her blog,simply adore her.Thanks a ton for this article,it is really inspiring.

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