I love this series. It's such a great chance to share some of my favourite writers and bloggers with my own little audience, and I relish the opportunity. There are so many wonderful blogs out there across so many genres, it's so lovely to have a small platform to talk about the ones I read and enjoy regularly.
One blogger whose writing I adore, and someone who I'm lucky enough to see a fair bit of in real life too, is the lovely Erica of Being Erica. Witty, sharp, funny and clever, her posts are always well-crafted and frequently have me in stitches - she has such a great take on things. She's also phenomenally good company - if you're lucky enough to attend an event with her, you'll have a ball! Here's Erica's interview - enjoy!
How long have you been blogging?
it was four years back in March, and I can't quite believe that. the birthday came and went without any fuss - in fact it wasn't until Time Hop reminded me that I'd posted something vaguely funny about booze (naturally) that I realised the time. actually crazy. I've never even had a boyfriend this long.
|The lovely Erica and her awesome hair! (this pic and the two below kindly provided by Erica)|
What do you blog about? Do you have a specific goal with your blog (i.e. reviewing products, promoting a business, transitioning into a writing / media / digital career), or is it more a record of your life?
I blog about me. Yes my blog is very niche! no, I started 'being erica' as a way of documenting my travels and adventures around London when I first moved here, so my friends and family back home could keep up to date. back then I had no idea about all the benefits that came with this platform, and to this day I still maintain that I would carry on regardless. writing is my outlet, and without it I'd be an emotional wreck. I am very grateful for many an opportunity presented to be by way of my blog, but I am certain those are all a bonus. writing is what I really love to do.
What is your favourite thing about blogging?
the incredible friendships I've discovered along the way. who knew that through such an "anti-social" portal so many amazing people could be met?
What is your least favourite thing about blogging?
the pressure to be better than. I blog about what I want to blog about, with my own tone of voice, with my own shitty photos, and that's enough for me. but occasionally you see other bloggers pop up with their super expensive tech and photographers and press trips, and you can't help but think, "that could be me, if only I tried harder, or was better, or had more followers." those things actually don't matter - not to me, and I am perfectly content with my blog, my life, my style of writing, but there is often the unwanted pressure hanging out in the background, ready to pounce at a moment's notice...
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?
uhhhhm.. so, my blog is my happy place but it's also written by me; I'm pretty angsty. I swear a bit, I lose my shit a bit, but I make it out ok in the end. last year I went through some medical stuff that threw me a bit, and I had nothing else to do but write about it. that post was written for me - for me to get out what I was feeling, not to ask for sympathy, or comments, or anything. and yet, I got them. I got loads of them. which showed that loads of people were in the same boat as me, and struggling to talk about it. so, giving them a safe place to talk about it was a good feeling, and being able to know that i wasn't alone in what I was going through was probably the only thing that kept me from going wild at the time.
Whose blogs do you love? I’m always looking for recommendations :)
ugh, so many. I work in digital promotion, so reading blogs is part of my day-to-day, which sadly can mean that sometimes I just do not want. but then there are those blogs you just look forward to reading, that you know will help you focus, will clear your mind, will inspire a change. Rebecca's blog is one of those, as is Jasmin's. I also really love reading about what Amanda gets up to, and Hayley's blog is the only place I go for beauty recommendations.
I love your fashion posts and your Erica sense of style - where do you get your inspiration?
oh Lord. honestly, right out of the H&M kids catalog. for as long as I can remember, I've tended to dress like a bit of a toddler; bright prints and polka dots (and of course: pink on wednesdays) are what takes up the majority of my wardrobe, and bloggers like Kaelah and Kate and Donna really inspire and champion my outfit choices too. I've never been 'trendy' but I have always liked to dress a bit differently to everyone else. life is too boring in black!
Your twitter stream regularly has me in stitches and your insta and snapchat are similarly awesome- which social media platform is your favourite?
instagram, hands down. my friends have put me on a daily limit too, mostly for when I am on holiday, as I can tend to get a bit spammy with my photos. I don't even care though, I love the simpicity of the platform, the instant glimpses into people's lives, and to be able to be so inspired an the touch of a button (er, screen). love, love, love it. come follow me! @imbeingerica across all the things.
What hopes and dreams do you have for ‘Being Erica’ going forward?
oh man, seriously, I have none. I don't want to grow it into an empire, I don't want to brand it into a magazine or TV show (although, could you imagine?!), I just want to keep my little space on the internet for me and my thoughts to live, and it would be nice to have some friends come and visit every now and then. I always say I didn't start writing for the freebies, and I'll be writing long after the freebies are gone.
What tips do you have for bloggers growing and nurturing their blogs?
stay true to yourself, because the minute you start writing with an agenda, you will lose your way. socialise, be nice, say thank you. manners are free and they will get you everywhere.
Thank you so much for taking part, Erica. Such a great interview!