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Meet Traneah Ford

Today we’d like to introduce you to Traneah Ford.

Hi Traneah, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
My name is Traneah Ford, and I am an aspiring content writer that currently runs the lifestyle blog, Naeisme.com. I guess you could say it was love at first write? Oh my gosh, I know that was corny, but hear me out! I suppose my story begins in third grade. I know, quite the walk down memory lane, but I think understanding how you got to where you are is imperative in appreciating the outcome. So back to third grade, I remember we had this writing assignment to create our own children’s book, “all about us.” I was always a child that wanted to try my luck at everything because I hate focusing on only one skill and I get bored fairly easily.

Although as soon as that assignment began, I kind of just knew. It felt natural and it felt like home. So from that moment going forward, writing became my fortress of comfort. I was constantly reading and researching how to be better and finding different writing styles I could add to my own. I think one of my biggest credits to where I am today would have to be all of the amazing mentors and English teachers I had as I honed in on my skill. Each one of them holds a special place in my heart and pushed me to be better in their own ways. For each of them, I am forever grateful.

I guess you could say my huge “when I grow up” dream job was to work for a dope publication and potentially branch off into publishing some of my own writing. While I have done a bit of freelancing and interned for an awesome STL-based publication, I’m still on the hunt for that dream job.

That leads us to today. I now run my lifestyle blog Naeisme.com. I began this blog in 2018 as I was entering my junior year of college. I had already had a passion for social media influencing as I found that to be a way that I could express myself. My Instagram handle is Nae.Is.Me by the way. Anyways, after much inner dialogue, I talked myself into beginning my blog. It’s something I had wanted to do for a while, but I was too nervous to take the plunge. It seemed as if it may be too much for me to handle. I came up with every excuse as to why I shouldn’t until finally, I said, “nobody is holding you back but yourself.” So I spent that summer leading up to my junior year of college building my website, zoning in on my brand, and figuring out what the heck I was even going to talk about. My biggest fear was building this baby of mine and no one would be interested. Finally, I just had to say, “Hey, you’re building this blog for your sanity. Even if no one reads it, you know you’ll read each post a million times”. Although the process has been less than perfect, it’s something I’m proud of.

I began Naeisme.com as an escape from reality — an open journal. Space where I could write freely on various topics or just about aspects of my life. I genuinely wanted to create a safe space for girls my age that was just figuring out life as it comes. My blog is currently a combination of advice pieces, fashion, hair, beauty, and random nonsense about my life. I plan on expanding into food-oriented blog posts since I’m such a foodie and even sprinkling in some travel since I’m doing more of that after having graduated.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Heck no! The process of even building the website was beyond a headache. Just imagine countless hours of trying to figure out what a host site is or which one I should use. Then realizing there’s such thing as having to buy a domain and don’t even get me started on building my website layout! My blog now is actually a completely new site with a different host than I started out with. Let’s just say WordPress was not my pal. I had no idea what I was doing starting out, but I must admit it was still a fun process.

I’ve rebranded and switched up my blog too many times to count. Even today, I’m still growing, researching, and changing to find different things that may work better. I think for me, constant change and switch up helps me stay motivated. I’d be lying if I say I don’t take huge breaks between posts nowadays. This blog is my baby, but I do still work a 9-5 since survival is necessary. It’s definitely stifling to your creativity, so I often find myself taking these long breaks because I have either no energy or no creativity left. That’s why I’m constantly researching to refresh my blog. It gives me a boost of motivation when I get in these moods.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I would consider myself a lifestyle blogger. I carry that throughout many different mediums ranging from my own YouTube channel (Traneah Ford), to my Instagram (Nae.is.me), to my lovely blog (Naeisme.com). I believe my authenticity sets me apart from many lifestyle bloggers. Yes, I’m letting you into my life, but I’m not sugar-coating it either to fit a specific stigma like other influencers with larger followings. I’m still just your average 23-year-old woman, doing average 23-year-old things.

We love surprises, fun facts and unexpected stories. Is there something you can share that might surprise us?
I don’t want my work to stop with my blog. I have been published with two online publications as a content writer role. My ultimate goal is to dive back into content writing, freelancing and eventually be able to take over a content management role. As my blog continues to grow, I would like to be able to add to it by having an awesome job that sets my creative soul on fire. I just graduated in May of 2020 with my degree in English liberal arts! So, if anyone out there is looking for a motivated writer, I’m your girl!

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