What’s your blog name?
When did you start blogging and why?
November 2008. I wanted somewhere to record the things I was finding and the opinions I had about products. I couldn’t really find a design blog about the things I liked so decided to start one. I was also working closely with bloggers at the time so wanted to have a blog of my own.
Was there a particular blog that inspired you to start?
My friend Jane Audas pushed me to start one. She blogs at shelfappeal.com and kept saying I should start one. I started a couple before finally settling on ateliertally.com
How do you curate your content?
I find products all the time that I love and want to share. More often than not the products are classic designs, but I try hard to make sure I include new products so that I’m sharing a variety of ideas and products with my audience.
Where do you find inspiration?
Trade shows fill me with lots of inspiration, but sometimes I’ll just spot something that makes me think of an idea. For instance, when I went to the polling station to vote, I got a little obsessed with the polling booths and am researching the many designs of polling booths. If anyone knows about them, please let me know.
How do you stay motivated?
Other bloggers are great motivation – we share ideas all of the time and it makes me get energised about it again. Without a group of bloggers around me I’d struggle to stay motivated.
Which blogs do you read regularly?
How long does it take to write a blog post?
Far too long. It can easily take me 2-3 hours to write a post. I tend to come up with the title first, then the images and finally write the content. I find it easier when I have the images all prepared and in place.
How do you promote your posts?
Twitter is a big one, and I used to do a newsletter which was really useful. It make people share my posts and read them every week. RSS is still quite big for me, with lots of subscribers reading in their favourite reader.
How did you grow your social media following?
I’ve never really “gamed” my social following growth. I’ve just been around for a while. If I was trying to I would be more active but I’m quite happy to grow slowly and organically when people like what I write about.
Which is your favourite social media platform?
I guess it’s Twitter, but probably Instagram more nowadays. I like the instant reaction you get from posting images. I’m secretly a ‘like’ slave, but try not to be.