Today I'm very excited to share an interview with the lovely Elizabeth of Rosalilium. Elizabeth is one of the most creative and entrepreneurial bloggers in the UK, and I love her lifestyle blog which is always full of great style, travel, food, fun and inspiration. I was delighted that she took the time to share her take on all things blogging - thank you, Elizabeth. What a lovely way to kick off this series in 2016.
How long have you been blogging?
Gosh, I think it's nearly 8 years of blogging for me!
I call myself a lifestyle blogger because it's the easiest term to cover the fact that I blog about a wide range of topics. Essentially Rosalilium is a personal blog where I share not only the stories of my life but also the things and ideas I discover along the way whether that is the latest recipe I've come up with, an awesome new skirt or a fun place to visit in my local area.
I have quite a few blog goals both personal and professional. Rosalilium started as a personal blog and at its core remains a place to record life. But it is now my profession as well so it serves as a platform for my career.
The people. Definitely. I have met so many inspiring and incredible people that I might not have crossed paths with if it hadn't been for blogging.
That some folks think it is easy or a quick way to make money. Honestly, I probably spend more hours working than if I had an office job. This really isn't the easy route.
That's such a hard question! A few posts that resonated with my readers include:
Is There Any Point In Blogging Anymore? http://www.
rosalilium.com/2015/09/is- there-any-point-in-blogging- anymore/
Our Engagement Announcement http://www.
Chocolate and Hazelnut Tart http://www.rosalilium.
Caroline Hirons for beauty - she's the best - http://www.carolinehirons.
Forever Amber for fashion and chat - http://www.foreveramber.co.
Junkaholique for personal lifestyle type posts - http://www.junkaholique.com/
It surprises me every day that there are folks all over the world who want to read about my life and thoughts and witterings. It's quite bizarre if I really think about it. But I love it!
I do love a bit of Pinterest, yes! I love that Pinterest helps you discover. That is, I can go onto the platform not even looking for anything in particular and suddenly find something completely new and interesting to inspire me.
That, and it's full of pretty things.
My top tip is to follow lots of people with the same taste, aesthetic or style as you. It's less a place to connect with friends and more about finding what resonates with you personally. I would also recommend creating specific boards to help you find your saved pins again.
Oh jeez! Tell me about it, Blognix is rather time consuming event and website to manage. The simple answer is, I don't sleep much or have weeekends off! I do keep very busy. But it's ultimately very satisfying so I don't mind.
I started Blognix because I didn't feel there was a blogging conference for me. Being a 'lifestyle' blogger and crossing so many niches there wasn't anything for me. I also wanted an event that was a bit more advanced to help me grow as a blogger. Basically, I've just organised the event I want to go to. And that seems to have appealed to a lot of other bloggers as well.
Don't give up. Sometimes it can seem a bit much, or you might burn out, but that's usually just before awesome things are about to happen. Trust me, I've been in this community a long time. But if something doesn't feel right then find a way to pivot. Add something new. Follow your instincts.
For me, I was burning out so I created Awesome Wave, my joint travel blog with my fiance. It was a place to talk about my travel experiences and insights, something I was extremely passionate about. By spending time on that blog/project I was able to come back to Rosalilium feeling refreshed and things really took off for me last year.
Thank you once again Elizabeth - I loved hearing your take on things, and will hope to see you at a conference or event soon.