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Interview with a blogger: Me and Orla

Interview with a blogger: Me and Orla | UK Lifestyle Blog

Tell us a bit about yourself?

I’m a 30-ish mama, photographer and freelance writer living in Yorkshire, England. I’m abnormally attached to Instagram, Twitter and mid-afternoon naps.

Why did you initially decide to start a blog?

I’ve always blogged to some degree or another, simply as an outlet for my photography and writing. After my daughter was born I found my narrative and voice had changed quite drastically, and decided it was time to start again.

What do you blog about and why?

I blog about everything, really – lifestyle, food, parenting, photography. I try to picture my blog as a weekly column, and therefore avoid feeling trapped by labels or categories.

Interview with a blogger: Me and Orla | UK Lifestyle Blog

Any advice to anyone that wants to start a blog?

Be authentically you. So many people start a blog to try and project and new-and-improved version of themselves, and wonder why it fails. It’s impossible to keep up a charade like that indefinitely, & audiences aren’t looking for perfection and shine. Just be you, flaws and all, and people will relate to that.

What are the best aspects of running your own blog? What are the hardest aspects?

I’m my own boss and I get to design my own job description. When one form of monetising doesn’t feel right for me, I have the freedom to simply switch it out for something else and take control of my own happiness.
The hardest part is the stress; it’s all just me, and the limitations of what I can get done in a few days a week. I take my successes and failures very personally, and frequently panic that I’ve ‘lost’ whatever made me able to do this work in the first place.

What’s your golden rule for increasing Instagram followers?

Post beautiful content! So many people want it to be about hashtags or tricks, but the truth is – beautiful content will always win. The rest is just icing on the cake.

Interview with a blogger: Me and Orla | UK Lifestyle Blog

What do you enjoy about blogging and social the most?

The community, the creativity. I laugh every day. I’ve met so many wonderful people and had so many unimaginable experiences.

Where do you see yourself and your blog in five years time?

Still going strong, I dearly hope! I’d love to have written a book, and continued to grow. Maybe an actual column for some publication, and some photography e-courses.

Three blogs you love that we should know?

The Wild Collective – http://thewildcollective.net
Yes & Yes – http://yesandyes.org
2018-01-08T03:33:51+00:00 July 15, 2016|Blogging Tips|

Interview with a blogger: Olivia Bossert

It’s been a couple of months since my last blogger interview post, but believe me, it’s completely worth it!

Over the last couple of months I heard a lot about Olivia Bossert, and since following her blog, social channels and photography, I cannot get enough! That’s why I was stoked when she agreed to answer some questions to feature her on Strawberry Squeeze. I’ll leave her do the talking though:

Interview with a blogger: Olivia Bossert | UK Lifestyle Blog

Tell us a bit about yourself?

I’m 24 years old, a fashion, portrait and wedding photographer, blogger, and the editor in chief of Atlas Magazine. I’ve been living in Falmouth, Cornwall for 6 years now, after I moved here from my hometown of Geneva, Switzerland to study at Falmouth University. I fell in love with the sea, the lifestyle of Cornwall, and a boy, so I couldn’t leave!

I started Atlas alongside one of my best friends, Megan Breukelman, between my first and second year of my Fashion Photography degree. Atlas is a print and digital magazine geared at the promotion of the next generation of fashion creatives. Needless to say, I’ve got my fingers in many pies!

Why did you initially decide to start a blog?

I started my blog in the summer of 2015. Initially, it was out of desperation to have a place where I could express myself, but also to talk about the health issues that I had been facing since I was 14 years old; Irritable Bowel Syndrome. I’d suffered with IBS for such a long time, but had started to have a bit of a break through thanks to going on the Low FODMAP diet a few months prior to starting my blog. It was such an exciting time when I began to FINALLY feel better.

I’d also had a really, really long time off of any photography due to focusing my full attention on Atlas for two years, and my desire to shoot again was slowly creeping back in. Funny enough, starting my blog has totally brought back my personal creativity!

Interview with a blogger: Olivia Bossert | UK Lifestyle Blog

What do you blog about and why?

I began writing about and sharing recipes and tips for IBS sufferers, but found pretty quickly that I wanted to blog more about my photography and other things as well. So it has quickly transitioned into a lifestyle blog. I’m interested in so many things, and the whole point of starting my blog was that I wanted a place where I could express myself freely, with no restrictions, so that’s what my blog is; if I’m interested in something, I’m going to share it.

You’ll find anything from the photoshoots I’ve recently done, to event’s I’ve attended, trips I’ve been on, food I’ve liked, beauty products I love and clothes I like to wear. I’ve not really done many fashion posts yet, mainly out of shyness, but it’s actually top of my list to try and do more of in the next couple of weeks… so stay tuned!

Any advice to anyone that wants to start a blog?

Funny enough, oliviablogs.com isn’t my first blog. I’ve had countless blogs since I was probably about 12 years old, but none of them stuck. I had a real go at it when I was 16, but I didn’t share it with anyone because I was so shy and self conscious about it. With hindsight, I wish I’d ignored that voice and just carried on because I think it would have been so empowering.

If you’re worried about starting a blog because you’re worried what other people will say, ignore them. I’ve found that since I started the blog I now write, I’ve grown in confidence, and I enjoy it so much. Just do it! Don’t care what people think. You’d be surprised: most of the time people are really impressed!

Interview with a blogger: Olivia Bossert | UK Lifestyle Blog

What are the best aspects of running your own blog?

I love the fact that I can be as creative as I want, and just chat about anything that comes to mind. If I’m feeling super creative, it shows itself in the blog. It’s really a space where I can just be myself, and I love that. I also like being able to share advice and ideas. One of the posts I’m proudest of is called “Being Brave” which is all about me being brave, and writing that post felt a bit scary and vulnerable, but once it was out there, I felt so empowered and positive.

What are the hardest aspects?

The hardest part is probably the self doubt. I still suffer with that a lot, and wondering if people just don’t really care about what I’ve got to say. There are so many blogs out there now, so many more than when I was younger, so trying to be seen above all the noise can be a bit intimidating. But I try not to put too much pressure on myself and remind myself that ultimately I’m using my blog as a creative outlet, not so much as a business venture.

Interview with a blogger: Olivia Bossert | UK Lifestyle Blog

Which social media tools do you use the most?

I love Instagram so much. It’s the place which feels the most creative to me, probably because I am a photographer so I think in pictures. Images are my entire life, and they have been for as long as I can remember. I use that and spend the most time there.

I’m starting to like Twitter more and more though. I didn’t used to! People used to ask me about Twitter and I’d say I didn’t like it because of the word restrictions. But actually, throughout the past few months I’ve been trying to be more active on Twitter and I’m seeing really strong benefits from that. It’s a community of such talented people, and you can make great connections!

What is the best opportunity blogger has given you?

Honestly, it’s probably the friendships that I’ve made since starting my blog. I have made SO MANY friends this year, all thanks to the fact that we blog, or they’ve read my blog and reached out to me. I feel like I’ve found “my people!”

Interview with a blogger: Olivia Bossert | UK Lifestyle Blog

Where do you see yourself in five years time?

I’m not sure if I’m honest. I’ll be 29 (ah!) and I imagine still in Cornwall. I’d like to be photographing campaigns and editorials more frequently, and spending less time answering emails. Really, I just want to feel happy and enjoy what I’m doing with my days. Maybe that will be working full time on Atlas, maybe that will be full time photography, maybe it will be blogging. Whatever it is, as long as I enjoy it, I’ll be cool with it!

Three blogs you love that we should know?

Oh god, only three?! I’m going to direct you to my bloglovin feed because I follow so many (https://www.bloglovin.com/people/oliviabossert-3006119/following) but three that are very different but that I adore and always read are On Serpentine Shores by Alex Barker, What Olivia Did by Olivia Purvis (she has such great fashion sense!) and Elle & Company.

2018-01-08T03:33:57+00:00 May 11, 2016|Blogging Tips|

Interview with a blogger: Oh Hello, It’s Hannah!

Back due to popular demand, I’ve decided to grow the interview section on my blog. This week I had the opportunity to chat with a first year university student and beauty blogger, Hannah. She writes over at Oh Hello, It’s Hannah! – so go on over and have a read!

Tell us a bit about yourself?

I’m an 18 year old girl who is a little obsessed with trying new beauty products and the latest fashion trends – sorry bank account. I’m in my first year of university studying Media, and when I’m not knuckling down on my assignments, I’m usually blogging.

Interview with a blogger: Oh Hello, It's Hannah! | UK Lifestyle Blog

Why did you initially decide to start a blog?

I have blogged on and off since I was about fourteen. I always loved writing and I’d watched YouTube videos and read a few blogs here and there since I was about eleven or twelve, so I wanted to try it out for myself. I just wanted to be part of the blogging community by sharing content about the things I loved! Blogging was also a great way for me to escape from school work and let my creative juices flow. I started to take blogging more seriously in 2015, however have stepped up my game even more since the start of 2016. I’ve realised it’s something I really love doing and I don’t want to stop!

What do you blog about and why?

I blog about beauty, fashion and lifestyle, but mostly beauty. I love trying new makeup and sharing my thoughts and opinions about different products, some old and some new. I’ve been a fan of makeup ever since I was in my early teens, so blogging about makeup products is something that I really enjoy. I like to post OOTD’s to share my latest fashion pieces, and I also like to post more personal lifestyle content, for example I have done a post on my experience of being in a long distance relationship, as well as a post about getting motivated to work out. I feel like posts like this can relate to a lot of people and the feedback is always really rewarding. I enjoy baking too, so a few food posts pop up here and there.

Any advice to anyone that wants to start a blog?

I would say to just go for it! And try not to take it too seriously, it’s supposed to be fun and way for you to escape from day to day life! Try to work as hard as you can to meet your personal needs, so don’t feel like you need to post all the time, but enough if you want to keep your readers interested. Blog about what you love and not what you think your readers will love, otherwise you won’t truly enjoy blogging. I would also say try to interact with other bloggers as much as possible. A comment on someone’s new post can make their day, plus leaving a comment might persuade them to take a look at your blog too 🙂

What are the best aspects of running your own blog?

I think the best aspects of running my own blog is definitely being able to talk to so many new people who are interested in the same things as I am. I love interacting with other bloggers on Twitter, it’s so fun and really makes me feel like part of the community! I also love the feedback I get on my posts, reading and replying to comments makes my day and I appreciate every single one of them. Looking back on older posts is also fun because I can see how I have changed both as a person and a blogger. It’s great to look back on all of my hard work too!

What are the hardest aspects?

The hardest aspects are probably writers block and keeping the creative juices flowing! Sometimes I just find it so hard to think of an idea for a post, or I might have an idea, but simply cannot put it into words! I also struggle with taking photos sometimes; I will take them but won’t truly be satisfied with them. It’s hard to not compare your photos and content with other bloggers but this is something I’m trying to overcome, as I do try my best and there’s always room for improvement!

Which social media tools do you use the most?

The only social media tool I use for my blog is Twitter. I use Bloglovin’ of course to follow new blogs and scroll through new posts, however in terms of self-promo and interaction, Twitter is the one for me. I love taking part in blogger chats and interacting with other bloggers. Simply replying to someones tweet is enough to get a conversation flowing! Twitter is also great for promoting blog posts, as you can add hashtags so loads of other bloggers can find it, read it and even leave a friendly comment.

What do you enjoy about blogging the most?

There’s so many things I love about blogging. I love the ability to be creative in terms of my writing style and my photography. It’s such a good feeling when you write a post and you feel truly happy with how it turned out – it makes all your hard work seem worthwhile! Again, I love getting to know new bloggers through reading their blog and interacting with them on Twitter too. It’s so nice to be able to share the same passions as loads of other people. Blogging is great!

Where do you see yourself and your blog in five years time?

That’s a tough question. Hopefully I will still be going strong with my blog and I will still be happy doing what I’m doing. I am very satisfied with my blog and my overall blogging experience at the moment so I hope that continues in the future.

Three blogs you love that we should know?

I love Lauren’s blog at http://itslaurenvictoria.blogspot.co.uk. She does really creative and well thought out posts, plus she’s so sweet and friendly whenever I chat to her. Her blog is always up there when I’m trying to find new posts to read.

I also love Lucy’s blog at http://www.foreverseptemberr.blogspot.co.uk. Her photography is fab and her posts are always great. She did an amazing post on ways to tackle anxiety, which I thoroughly enjoyed and found very relatable.

I also love Lauren’s blog at http://laurenashleighbarden.blogspot.co.uk. She has done some amazing reviews of beauty products that are always so detailed and informative. Her reviews really let me know whether a product is worth buying or not, which is great!

2018-01-08T03:34:02+00:00 March 12, 2016|Beauty, Blogging Tips|
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