Becky Scott dreams of bigger city, bigger life. This small town girl made her move to a big city like Montreal in hopes of new dreams and getting her name out there. Although it hasn’t been easy, she’s slowly succeeding. She’s not letting anything or anyone get in her way of accomplishing her dreams. We had the pleasure of meeting her at our very first networking event and we’re even luckier that she accepted to be featured on our website. Becky shows that if you dream something hard enough, it’s bound to come true! Read the interview to see what motivates her and how she’s doing it all with a smile on her face!
BWR: What inspired you to start your own blog?
Becky: Anyone that knows me, knows that I love to keep busy. I’m always working on projects- both professionally and personally. I also have a lot of interests- fashion, crafts, travelling, cosmetics, and taking care of myself- body, mind and soul. A few years ago I was feeling stuck- living in a different city, working in a research job and not feeling inspired. It wasn’t how I envisioned my life, nor how I wanted to live it. I kept turning to blogs for inspiration and slowly realized “hey, I could do that!” It was everything I was doing anyway- like art projects or reading up on the latest fashion trends but packaged into one thing- an online space. I planned my blog for a year before I actually launched it.
BWR: People often start a blog because they feel like they have something to say or share with the world. What is it that you’re hoping to accomplish or communicate through your blog?
Becky: I’m hoping to create a space where people feel inspired. Whether that’s to try something new, a DIY, or to take care of themselves, like meditation. I also want to be open and show people who I am. I’m not perfect. I try things and fail. But I’m out here doing the best I can and I hope that others will feel courageous enough to do that as well. To me, it’s about being myself and not conforming to some “look” or “trend”. I see that a lot in this industry- bloggers using the same filters on their social media, or wearing certain outfits because it’s a trend but they don’t genuinely like it. As cheesy as it sounds, my advice is to be authentic and do your own thing.
BWR: When you have a blog, you’re sharing a part of yourself and your life with the world. Where would you say you draw the line between your personal private life and building your brand?
Becky: I share a lot of myself with others and there’s been a few posts that have been extremely personal, like talking about getting over a breakup and learning to truly love myself. I would say I’m a very open person. If you ask me a question, I will most likely answer honestly and blatantly. The good, the bad and the ugly. I share a portion of myself online, along with some of my issues and challenges. However, there are just some things I don’t want to share. For me it’s the things that are happening right now, that are fresh and new which I haven’t processed. Those are definitely off limits. I see my brand as adding value and sharing content that I think is useful for others. Whether it’s tips and tricks for great skin, or therapeutic yoga, it doesn’t necessarily have to be about my “personal life.”
BWR: Starting your own blog and putting yourself out there can be quite challenging. Especially when it comes to growing a loyal audience. What would you say has been your biggest challenge to grow your blog?
Becky: My first priority was being consistent. I’ve been posting on my blog for almost two years consistently, once every week. That’s been a challenge, because some weeks I just don’t feel like writing a post. But I’ve always pushed through because I remind myself why I started. One challenge that I struggle with is getting others to engage beyond just “liking” a post. This has driven me to switch up my tactics. Posting more videos and more “behind the scenes” content.
Another challenge is getting my blog more known. Being from a smaller city (Thunder Bay, ON), it was easier to get the word out about my blog because I have a lot of connections there. The biggest challenge has been moving. Now that I live in Montréal, it’s been more of a struggle because I barely know anyone. I really had to put myself out there. Attend networking events and reaching out to people through Instagram. I think if I keep plugging away and collaborate with local brands and bloggers, I’ll get even more growth.
BWR: Your blog name: Not Your Basic Becky. What do you mean by that?
Becky: I struggled to come up with a name for my blog for a very long time! I wanted something that was me. A name that doesn’t take itself too seriously and that would last a long time. One of my friends actually suggested it and it was the first name that I didn’t hate right away and actually made me laugh. A “Basic Becky” is someone who tries to be different, but just likes things that are popular and that everyone else likes (i.e. pumpkin spice lattés, Free People, Pinkberry). It’s a play on words- I’m basic sometimes, I’m a Becky, but there’s so much more to me than my love for the Real Housewives.
BWR: Who do you look up to the most? Who would you say has had the most positive influence on your life?
Becky: There are so many people I look up to, other bloggers like Color Me Courtney, Kate La Vie, and Gal Meets Glam. I feel that they’re all authentic and have worked hard to launch other ventures, like clothing lines. There are so many Montréal bloggers who inspire me, like Amanda Barnard from The Glam Edit, Leah Mei, and Mary Jbeil. These ladies inspire me because I love how they approach their work. That’s just in the blogging world- there are so many other people who inspire me for different reasons. I recently met Samantha Kris (at your event!), she’s amazing and I’m so excited to read her book! My friends, my family and all the amazingly creative people from Thunder Bay inspire me as well.
BWR: Where do you see yourself in 10 years? What is your main goal?
Becky: I love having goals and I think that’s so important to strive for your dreams and passion in life. But it’s so hard to say where life will take me in 10 years. I would love to continue to inspire others, write a book, speak at events, meet different people. All I know is that I need to keep listening to my gut, keep connecting to others while maintaining a great support system, try new things (and fail- because that’s how you learn and grow) and give it all I got!
To find out more about Becky, make sure to follow her on Instagram @nobasicbecky