I Love Your Blog: Under A Glass Sky

Huzzah! It's time for another edition of 'I Love Your Blog' - the posts where I get to share all about a blog that I love to read with you lovely folk! This time, the blog in question is Under A Glass Sky, the blog of my very dear friend Emily. What she doesn't know about cooking, parties, events, style, London or gin....isn't worth knowing ;).

How long have you been blogging? 
I started my blog as Pretty Pretentious just over a year ago, but I didn't change it to Under a Glass Sky until earlier this year, when I started posting regularly in February. I first started blogging last summer for Mask Event Design and Production, when I was asked to write about seasonal event trends....it didn't take long for me to get hooked and that's when I started my own blog!
What do you blog about?  Do you have a specific goal with your blog (i.e. reviewing products, using it as a ministry, promoting a business), or is it more a record of your life? 

My blog really just started as a diary.... I would write about the big things I'd been up to each month, as I seemed to be doing so many more exciting things since moving to central London. After a while though I found it was much easier to write smaller posts, but more regularly, and that's when the basis for my blog as it is was formed. I still write about all the things I get up to, be it shopping, a theatre visit, or eating out, but I also now throw in a few recipes, 'how to's', and shop reviews. I think it's pretty much a true representation of my personality....featuring all the random things I love!
What is your favourite thing about blogging? 
Researching! That may sound very commendable but for me 'research' is eating, shopping, going out and generally having fun! I love my Wednesday Wants column because I get an excuse to shop online for things that I wouldn't usually be able to buy....it's the ultimate in window shopping!

What is your least favourite thing about blogging? 

The technomaligicalness. I'm a fairly intelligent and capable person on the whole, but some things I've tried to do with my blog are just beyond me! Ideally I'd love to have sufficient funds to get someone to build my blog for me, exactly how I'd like, based on my hand drawn diagrams and ramblings!  
Do you have any favourite posts on your blog – pieces you’re really proud of, which document something special, or which seemed to strike a chord with your readers? 

Often the posts I'm most proud of are the least popular, and vice versa, but I think that can be quite common! I wrote a piece about Tosca at the ENO a while ago, and thought it was one of the best things I'd written....but it's one of the least visited posts on my blog! I was rather proud of my piece about the Grayson Perry exhibition at the British Museum though, and that is one of the most visited, so I guess my readers and I have at least something in common!

Whose blogs do you love?  

I love my dear friend Vixie's blog Matin Lapin....she finds some enchanting things on Etsy to share, and it very much reflects her personality. I read a lot of home and lifetstyle blogs, and especially love Domestic Sluttery, House of Earnest and Here Comes the Sun....they are all giving me lots of ideas for when I move into my new house and have space to do some lovely things with it!
Do you like meeting bloggers in real life and nurturing connections? 
I recently went along to a bloggers event organised by Lomography.... it was a great chance to meet lots of other bloggers, and hear talks from some really well established bloggers too. I'm still in touch with lots of the people I met there and now I've done it once I know I'll take any chance to meet up with fellow bloggers. I also went along to a cocktail reception with the Domestic Sluttery ladies, and really enjoyed just chatting away the evening with like-minded people....it doesn't have to be all blog-focussed, and I guess that's how so many people find new friends via their blogs.
Do you use other websites or social media in conjunction with your blog? 

I have a Facebook page for my blog, as well as a G+ page (although I'm not using that very much at all!). I have Pinterest, Instagram, Flickr, Lomohome and Twitter accounts under the same banner, and I use Bloglovin and Hello Cotton too. I also have shops within the same brand on Etsy and Folksy. I find using everything for my site works really well, as it's quite a personal blog, and I get most of my page views via them.

What are your ambitions for Under A Glass Sky, moving forward? 
There are a few technical things I'd like to do in order to make navigating my blog easier, and I'd really like to get it hosted so that I can start getting a little sponsorship for it too. I've been amazed with how fast my monthly views have gone up in the last few months, so I'd be delighted if it continues to grow at such a rate.
What tips do you have for bloggers growing and nurturing their blogs? 

Write about what you love! At the end of the day, unless you're writing professionally, your blog is your place to do whatever you like. I find as long as I'm writing about things I want to, that I always want to write....if I try to shoe horn in something I'm not so into, then I find writing a chore and that's exactly what it shouldn't be! It's also good to know when you need a break....if you're feeling uninspired or just don't fancy blogging, then step away for a while! There's no point slogging at it only to start to resent it and there's no harm in taking a little rest....you'll come back refreshed and writing wonderfully!

Thank you so much for your wonderful answers, Ems!

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  1. That sounds like an interesting blog. I'll have to check it out.


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