Recently, I saw this tag circulating on Twitter, and thought that I just had to have a go. (Courtesy of this post here.) Now, I do love a good tag post. So I just had to have a go. The questions have been slightly adapted for purposes of language.
1. When and why did you start blogging?
I started way back in July of 2012; I had collected an old clipping from Shout Magazine, featuring Cat from (what was called at the time) Life Through A Cat’s Eyes. Blogging to me looked really cool! And for a sometimes lonely preteen, it just seemed to be a way in to something…plus the benefit of writing! I’ve always loved writing.
2. Where does your blog name come from?
Two people; Sylvia Plath and Stacey Duguid, the ELLE Columnist from a few years ago. Plath had her internship in 1953 at Mademoiselle Magazine in New York; the original magazine that was literary, full of style, and seemed to suggest a career. Duguid was a very stylish columnist. And I wanted to blend the two together. We can be like the women from Mademoiselle Magazine, and still have substance! (The ‘women’ part of the URL was so I could have Mademoiselle, as it was otherwise taken at the time.)
3. What do you blog about and why?
Lifestyle! Because I can write about whatever I wish, without the constraints of one category.
4. What was the first blog you started following?
What was then called Life Through A Cats Eyes.
5. What is your favorite thing about blogging?
Apart from the writing-which is something I get enormous satisfaction from-my favorite thing would have to be the people. Bloggers are just so nice!
6. What do you find is the toughest thing about blogging?
Keeping organised. As somebody attempting aiming to carry out the 365 day challenge, I have to post daily. And obviously, this is not an easy feat to accomplish! You have to write your content, take/edit photos, organise guest posts, ramp up your hits via social media, pitch to brands, schedule posts on time, and keep coming up with ideas. Then it starts all over again..
7. What is your biggest blogging pet peeve?
Not knowing the difference between a blog and a blog post.
8. What camera and photo editing software do you use?
I either use the camera on my phone or my iPAD. But I have a photo editing app downloaded on my iPAD-I forget the name, but it may just be Photo Editor. And it’s so simple, quick, and easy to use-plus my photos look better.
9. What would be your dream campaign?
To work with Dior or Glamour Magazine UK.
10. How do you come up with posts ideas?
Sometimes I take inspiration from Twitter-posts I’ve enjoyed, so I wrote my own version. (If I do, I link back to the post that inspired me first of all). Secondly, my brain! Ha ha. But in all seriousness, I do take note of the news-I have to as an aspiring journalist-which comes with my opinions, etc. (Then I write!) It may also be what I enjoy-my Filofax, books, etc. Additionally, I also work with brands-I pitch, and write my review. Lastlly, I also coordinate guest posts.
11. How and what keeps you motivated to keep writing?
I keep motivated by sometimes saving drafts, and not automatically scheduling them. That way, if I have a lack of ideas, I can still keep going!
12. What are your blogging goals for 2018?
Have a break! Posting daily is hard work-baring in mind I don’t make any profit-and my ideas do have a limit.
13. What advice would you pass on to new bloggers?
Whatever anyone says, does, thinks, etc, don’t stop. Blogging is a great thing to do; it may take you a while to find your ‘voice’, but it’s so worthwhile when you do.
I tag Kimberly Jessica, Country Katie UK, This Stuff Is Golden, and anyone else who wishes to take part!