If you pop to my blog fairly often, you will have seen that I've rejigged and restarted my 'I Love Your Blog' series. It's such a great way to introduce some fabulous blogs and bloggers to my readers, and I love hearing the opinions and thoughts of others writing blogs!
After my last round up I reached out to the bloggers I mentioned to see if they'd like to do a wee email interview with me, and several said 'yes, please!'. The first of these was the delightful Katy of Little Miss Katy. Katy is a super blogger who writes about London, food, fashion and fun (amongst a brace of other topics). Her blog is a favourite read of mine - she's funny and friendly with a great turn of phrase and a penchant for pop culture. I very much enjoyed having a (virtual) sit down with her and chatting all things blog. Thanks for taking part, Katy!
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How long have you been blogging?
I've been blogging since May 2014, so just under 18 months.
What do you blog about? Do you have a specific goal with your blog, or is it more a record of your life?
It started off as just a place for me to sharpen my writing skills and keep me entertained at work. I'd started a long-distance creative writing course but found the assignments really dull and creative-less! So this was just somewhere for me to break out a bit, while still practising my craft. Nowadays it's definitely a project I'd love to turn into a full-time career!
What is your favourite thing about blogging?
The community. I LOVE meeting new people and making new friends, so that's been a really special side-effect to the blogging. A lot of my close friends now are fellow bloggers and I'm constantly arranging to meet up with readers and tweeters and instagrammers for dinner and drinks. It's definitely my favourite bit!
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What is your least favourite thing about blogging?
The admin side of it! Emails, spreadsheets, lists... all necessary evils for my future goals, but definitely something I sometimes wish I could hand over to an assistant.
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?
I love writing my Happy Mondays and I'm so proud of how much of a Thing they've become. I've had so many people tell me that reading those posts is the highlight of their Monday and that makes me so proud!
Whose blogs do you love? I’m always looking for recommendations :)
I adore Hannah Gale's blog. I'm also a massive fan of The Londoner (but only in small doses cos otherwise I get serious wanderlust pangs!), Forever Amber, Cider with Rosie, The Awkward Blog, Josie's Journal, Dalton Banks, Life Outside London and Rhyme & Ribbons! (I read A LOT of blogs haha!)
Do you enjoy interacting with your readers?
As mentioned above: I LOVE it. I read every single comment and try and set aside a couple of hours a week to reply to them all. I'm much more active and engaged on Twitter and Instagram though, and I love meeting new readers in person too!
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I love the pictures you have on your blog - do you have a favourite camera, or a favourite editing program?
Ahh thank you so much! Until recently I was using a bulky Canon DSLR and 50mm lens to take all my photos, but I just sold that and treated myself to an Olympus PEN e-PL7. It is a DREAM and I am so so happy with it. It's tiny but SO powerful and has some incredible features that are perfect for bloggers or photographers on the move. I can't recommend it enough! For editing I just use the basic Windows editor to up the brightness, contrast, higlights and saturation. I also usually turn down the warmth slightly for a cooler finish.
What hopes and dreams do you have for ‘Little Miss Katy’ going forward?
I'd love to keep growing my community, collaborate with brands and eventually be able to leave my boring office job to work on it full-time. I'm in the middle of a re-design at the moment and have some exciting new features planned for the Winter! So we'll see where it goes :)
What tips do you have for bloggers growing and nurturing their blogs?
Lose the numbers focus. Overtime I've become much less interested in looking at my Google Analytics and Bloglovin numbers. Cos I realised that, all that time I've spent looking at the numbers and feeling bad about my work? I could totally have been having a GIF war on Twitter with one of my readers. Or learning a new editing skill. Or replying to comments! I've learned that nurturing the readers you DO have, and establising meaningful relationships is so much more fun and interesting than just trying to hit 1000 Bloglovin followers or whatever. Work on building a community, not a following!