I Love Your Blog: Matin Lapin

Matin Lapin is the blog of my very talented and sweet friend, Vixie.  Vixie is an incredibly creative crafter, a Eurovision fanatic, and a devoted kitty fan.  She and I met about 5 years go and have been fast friends ever since.  I'm really pleased to share her blog and her answers with you all - enjoy!



How long have you been blogging?
 
I have been attempting to blog for about two years now, but I've only really got into it seriously for the last year or so. I love it now, you can't keep me away!

What do you blog about?  Do you have a specific goal with your blog, or is it more a record of your life?
 
It's all a bit of a jumble of everything - I write about pretty things I love and ridiculous fashion trends of the moment, as well as personal posts about my life, my kitty and the things I make. It's nice to have a little record of what I've been up to and the things I've done. but I have also just left my job to concentrate on my jewellery-making business, so there are bound to be a few posts about my new adventures as a self-employed business lady!

What is your favourite thing about blogging?
 
I have always liked to keep diaries - I have boxes of old diaries from my childhood - but blogging is more fulfilling than just writing for yourself because you get to interact with new people who share the same kinds of interests as you, which is pretty neat. I also love the fact that I can search through my blog and re-read about some of the silly adventures I've got up to over the last couple of years.

What is your least favourite thing about blogging?
 
I really love blogging, and I love finding new things to write about, but I have felt pressured to write every day - especially when you see some of the bigger bloggers who post every single day. When I'm busy doing things, whether it's business related or just other stuff, I sometimes feel guilty for not blogging for a few days.





Whose blogs do you love?  I’m always looking for recommendations :)
 
I have dozens of blogs I regularly read, but I can't possibly list all of them here! Perhaps I'll go with top five, though that is still pretty tough... In no particular order:
 
Kaelah's blog, Little Chief Honeybee (http://honeybeeinthecity.blogspot.co.uk/)
Kate's blog, Scathingly Brilliant (http://scathingly-brilliant.blogspot.co.uk/)
Sherry and John's blog, Young House Love (http://www.younghouselove.com/)
Elsie and Emma's blog, A Beautiful Mess (http://www.abeautifulmess.com/)
Chelsey's blog, The Paper Mama (http://thepapermama.com/)

How has your blog changed and grown as you've moved forward?
 
I go through spurts of change on my blog - sometimes I'll think I've posted about too many pretty things and need to get something properly written, like something personal, which unless you're feeling it and actually want to share it, can be a bit hard to do on a whim. And then other times I'll think, "ooh, I've got too serious, I'd better post about something sparkly to even it out!" I go through phases of what I want my blog to be, but ultimately, it's just a snapshot of how I'm doing at that period in time, and if I'd rather write about pretty things than serious stuff, then I just do!
 
A couple of years ago, Vixie and I and a couple of other friends tried to do a Random Act of Kindness every day for a year!  IIRC we all managed to do so and it was such a fun project! ~ Claire
 
Do you enjoy connecting with other bloggers?
 
Who doesn't love receiving comments and to know your blog is being read!? I've been fortunate enough to have "met" some really lovely ladies in the blogging world, though I've not met any of them in real life... yet! 

What's your vision for Matin Lapin over the next few years?
 
I have never had unrealistically super big dreams for my little bloggy blog, it started off as kind of just an extension of my business. I would like both to grow, obviously, but I don't obsess about followers and stuff too much (though it is always nice when a new person pops by to say hello!) I just hope that I stay focussed enough to keep up with posting regularly, and it really is nice to big-up a pretty shop you have discovered or share a ludicrous music video and have people comment about how much they enjoy it too. I guess as long as there are people reading it, and as long as it doesn't feel too forced, I will keep writing it. It'll be a great thing to look back on, to see what I was up to in this rather transitional time in my life!

What tips do you have for bloggers growing and nurturing their blogs?
 
Like I said up there, as long as you're not feeling too pressured and as long as you're writing about things you genuinely love, it's all good. Once it starts to feel forced or pressured or you find yourself just writing for the sake of it, it's time to take a step back and think about what you actually want your blog to be - it's your blog, you can change the tone of it whenever you like! One minute you could be writing about business stuff, the next about family stuff, the next about glittery stuff, it's up to you - just as long as you stay true to yourself it'll come across as genuine on your blog :)
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3 comments:

  1. Beautiful interview...inspiring, too. My daughter wants to start a jewelry businesses as well and maybe a blog would be a great start (although she's rather private). I love that we can connect and meet others who share similar interests or inspire us to learn new things or even teach us a thing or two when we least expect it. There is so much inspiration in the blogging world.

    I will be clicking on your friend's link in a bit. Thanks for sharing and happy blogging to all of us! :)

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  2. Thank you, sweetie. If your daughter is as madly talented as you, I cannot wait to see her stuff!

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  3. I love Vixie's blog and this series!

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