What’s your blog name?
When did you start blogging and why?
I was at college studying for a BTEC ND when my tutor (a really inspirational guy) had just started a blog and recommended that I should try it too, to put my design work out into the world. That was in 2009, and 7 years on Iâ€™m still posting. I couldnâ€™t imagine my life without blogging now and am really grateful for the opportunities it has brought me. I know itâ€™s not for everyone, but I think itâ€™s important for creative students to have a blog â€“ I wouldnâ€™t have secured my first graduate job without mine!
Was there a particular blog that inspired you to start?
Well, my tutorâ€™s I guess. At the time I didnâ€™t really know about blogs â€“ for a long time I was just blogging in my own little world and didnâ€™t find the community until a lot later down the line. I remember that the first blog I really followed was llymlrs.com â€“ at the time she was a Graphic Design student posting her design work with some fashion, but now sheâ€™s primarily a fashion blogger. I still follow her though!
How do you curate your content?
My content comes quite easily because itâ€™s just things that I have experienced or been inspired by. I try to have a mix of personal, advice and inspiration posts but if Iâ€™m being honest (which I do try to be) I donâ€™t plan too far in advance as I like things to be fresh and relevant. Maybe that makes me a bad blogger, but it seems to work for me anywayâ€¦
Where do you find inspiration?
Everywhere. Honestly, I know thatâ€™s so cheesy but itâ€™s true. It could be some nice typography in Borough Market, a poster I see in a shop window or from a discussion I have with a friend. Iâ€™m naturally quite a curious person and love learning, so Iâ€™m always trying to push myself to find new places/things. Then I share it with my readers and hopefully either inspire them or spark a conversation.
How do you stay motivated?
As a creative I feel quite lucky to be spurred on by inspiration. I enjoy writing and discussions, so anything that I feel passionate about comes easily. A lot of people ask me how I find the time to go out and do things around London, but I like to explore and when I pay so much to live here, I think itâ€™s important to get out there and enjoy the city! Reading other blogs also keeps me motivated too â€“ I love being a part of the small, but amazing creative community.
Which blogs do you read regularly?
Oh! SO many â€“ how long have you got? Ha! My favourites include Found Some Paper, The Creative Outlook and Cardboard Cities. These ladies are all super talented, creative and interesting â€“ go follow them.
How long does it take to write a blog post?
I think Iâ€™m quite slow when it comes to creating posts â€“ this is the perfectionist in me. I go through several stages; brainstorming ideas, writing initial thoughts, researching, writing a draft, taking photos, editing photos, putting it all together. Then I let it settle for a couple of days before I read it again, and after a final edit, then itâ€™s ready for the world to see. I put a lot of heart into my posts â€“ I hope that shows? ha
How do you promote your posts?
Social Media is my best friend. I love it. I love chatting to people, joining in debates and find that it really helps to create a buzz around my posts too. Twitter is the main platform that I use for promoting my posts â€“ I schedule several for the day that a post is going live because I work 9-5, but try to check in with any engagement on my lunch and if I get 5 minutes spare.
How did you grow your social media following?
I donâ€™t really know. Itâ€™s just been a natural growth really. Sure, I have been featured/mentioned a few times so that helps, but mainly itâ€™s been through the conversations and common interests. I know that my blog is quite niche, and so it wonâ€™t appeal to everyone, but I think this strengthens my little community. If they follow me then I know they must have a real interest in what I post about, which helps me connect with them. I feel really lucky having amazing followers.
Which is your favourite social media platform?
I think that because Iâ€™m a creative/ visual person most people would assume Instagram to be my favourite, however I love Twitter. Recently Iâ€™ve been trying to get more into Instagram and Youtube though. Iâ€™ve been posting to Instagram every day, working to improve my photography and hashtagging game. And on Youtube â€“ I think thereâ€™s a bit of a gap for creatives making videos and would love to see more doing it! I started in December and am really loving the challenge. But, yes, Twitter is my favourite for sure because I just love to chatâ€¦ incase you hadnâ€™t already gathered!