Interview with Erin -

I meant to post this earlier but this week has been hectic for me. Assignments, new job and social outings seemed to happen all at once! Anyway, this week Erin and I decided to interview each other. You can see the questions she asked me on her blog. As she wrote in her post, Erin and I have actually known each other for a few years on other social networks, but sharing this blogging experience has really allowed us to get to know each other more. I'm in love with the photos she takes and the wonderful ideas for posts that she comes up with. I'm always struck by how honest she can be with herself and with others. It's something I really admire. Erin's blog is definitely one of my favourites so go and take a look for yourself.

How long have you been blogging and how did you get started? 
I have had numerous blogs over the last 10 years - primarily on livejournal and tumblr - but I recently started to feel like I had outgrown both of those and decided to try running a grown up blog. I've always liked to write and take photos so blogging is a great outlet for me.

How would you describe your blog? (In terms of what you blog about)
This is a tough one and a question I've been thinking about for a while now. I would probably consider it to be a lifestyle blog.

Who knows about your blog? Do you promote it?
My mum and brother know I have one and that I really enjoy it but I don't think they've ever read it. I link my blog in all my social media profiles and when I comment on other people's blog posts but I don't necessarily go out of my way to promote it. I really want to promote it a little more but I don't want it to be seen as spam. I'm really shy about self-promotion and get embarrassed easily over things I write or create.

Your favourite post and why?
This is a really easy one for me, it was definitely Nostalgia: The Perfect Childhood. I loved this one because I love to look back on my childhood - I was so lucky to have had those first 8 years of my life be as perfect as they could've been. It's nice to see the innocence in my face and remember the way I felt as a child - I can't remember a lot of events from my childhood or things I did but I do remember feelings and specific moments. I'd love to do a follow up post to this one in the future. I also really enjoyed Sydney Trip: Day 1.

Who are your favourite bloggers?
Oh, where do I begin? Obviously A Sleepy Kat, Dipped In Rococo, A Beautiful Mess, Zoella, Curating Cuteness, Sprinkle of Glitter, and my most recent favourite blog Lamb Loves Fox. There are many more I enjoy reading but these are the ones I look forward to checking every day and genuinely love every post.

What, in your opinion, is the hardest aspect of running a blog? 
For me it's just sorting through all my ideas and picking something to stick with. Sometimes blog posts slip through that I'm not completely happy with or excited about which makes me upset for awhile but then I just have to pick myself up and make sure the next one is one I can be more satisfied.

What, in your opinion, is the most enjoyable aspect of running a blog? 
Apart from blogging being a personal outlet, I love finding people who I share things in common with - nobody in my real life shares as many interests or cares to know the things I write about on here. Having people take interest in what I have to say is amazing. I've always said I want to be heard and have something I say change someone's life or mentality.

Do you try and stick to certain topics? 
I do try but it doesn't always work! At first I just posted photos, hauls and written personal posts but it has expanded a little since then. I do want to try and narrow it back down in future and not post just because it's been a couple of days and I feel like I have to.

What inspires you? 
In general or for my blog? In my own life my future inspires me. I'm always dreaming about the future and possible scenarios and how my life will be in 1, 5 or even 10 years. Blog-wise I get inspiration from a lot of places - most of it comes from music, books, psychology, friendships and of course other people's blogs are very inspirational and make me want to be a better photographer. Nostalgia is also a major source of inspiration for me - I love diving into previous decades and wondering what it would've been like to live in such a different time when technology wasn't such a big part of our lives. I'm really into the 90s in particular because it really was the beginning of so much change and technological development. I think a lot of twenty-year-olds have the same fascination with the 90s and have a sense of nostalgia for a time when everything was much simpler.

Where do you see your blogging adventures taking you? 
You know, I'd love to have it be something more than "just a blog". I'd love to follow in the footsteps of A Beautiful Mess and have my own book and store. That would be the ultimate dream.

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