Insight: WTF1 | UKBA15 Automotive Winner | Where Are You Now

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This week, we continue our Insight interviews with UK Blog Awards 2015 Automotive winner, . In this interview, WTF1 talks about how an idea at University and a passion for motorsports sparked the beginning of WTF1's content adventure.  

Being in the Automitive sector for over six years, WTF1 has experienced things he could only have dreamed of. Being in the fast lane of content, there have been times when blogging has had its bumps and provided big life lessons. To help grow WTF1's passion and alternative blog approach, WTF1 has enjoyed many amanzing experiences to date, including an invitation to a race circuit to drive an American NASCAR! What next?  Tell our readers a bit about you and your Blog content.. WTF1 is a motorsport blog that takes a different approach to more traditional sites by providing light-hearted news, memes, quizzes and listicles. I’ve been obsessed with motor racing since I was a kid but never thought a career in it would be possible, so I set up the blog six years ago while at University as a way to share my passion and it’s amazingly going strong!
 
Since your big win, where are you now?
I’m currently freelancing full-time in motorsport for a number of different clients. I’ve been lucky enough to do some amazing things like attending races, interviewing drivers and work with some amazing companies through my blog.
 
Do you think winning a UK Blog Award has helped progress your Blog career?
Absolutely! For one it’s spurred me on even more and seeing the award (that’s still pride of place at home) makes me proud of what the blog has achieved. 
 
So far, what has been the highlight of your Blog career?
Being recognised by the UK Blog Awards has to be up there. It’s always good to hear nice comments from people and having the blog chosen by a group of industry experts made me think ‘I must be doing something right!’ Another one was fairly recently when I was invited to a race circuit to drive an . That was one of those moments where I had to pinch myself and it never would have happened if I’d not started blogging.
 
If you were able to go back in time, what advice would you give to yourself about Blogging?
I don’t think I’d want to change anything. Sure there’s been plenty of stressful moments that could have been avoided but it’s all life lessons and helps you improve down the line. Come to think of it I’d probably say, ‘social media is going to be even bigger than you thought so keep growing your social audience!’
 
Would this be the same advice to a Blogger starting out? 
Definitely, I think just stick at it. Another thing I’d say is be yourself. It’s cheesy I know, but don’t go out there trying to copy someone, be inspired for sure, but the great thing about blogging is that you can put your own unique personality into your writing and that’s what people seem to connect with more than something that reads like an English assignment.
 
To those who are nominated or entering into the UK Blog Awards, what advice would you give?
If you’ve been nominated then you’ve already got something to be hugely proud of. Keep doing what you’re doing because people out there clearly already love what you do enough to want to see you get the recognition.
 
Finally, this year’s UK Blog Awards 2017 theme is #BlogHero. How would you define a hero in the blogosphere? 
I’d say it’s anyone who inspires or influences you in a good way. It may seem odd to some people but you can definitely look up to someone who blogs and be inspired by them just as much as people do with sports or TV stars. I for one wouldn’t have even given it a shot had I not read certain blogs.