The blog love continues.
One of the best things about being part of this little blogging merry-go-round is the cool people you get to read, enjoy, and meet through their blogs. I started the I Love Your Blog series to celebrate just some of the bloggers I enjoy and to share them with those of you who read here. Today's guest star is the delightful Emma, of Miss Pond.
I've been reading Emma's blog for a couple of years now, and I love her take on life, travel, and gin. She's such a clever, funny writer and her passion for food, and her writing on the city of Manchester, always has me coming back for more. I'm also amazed at all the plates she manages to keep spinning at once - the girl is an organisational marvel! Here's my interview with the lovely Miss (or should that be Dr?) Pond.
|Pictures in the post provided by the lovely Emma :)|
1. How long have you been blogging?
Just over 2 years, although 4 if I hadn't have taken a break and then deleted my old blog before starting again!
2. 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 all sorts- recipes that I have been commissioned too or have written off my own back, accounts of what I get up too and my time in Manchester and other places I visit. I use it as a record mainly, that is not to say I do not enjoy the perks of events and the like, but I would definitely be blogging anyway.
3. What is your favourite thing about blogging?
I have to admit it is the social side of it, I love that I have met some of my favourite people via blogging. It means I have friends that understand those blogging down days and are so supportive, but we also have a right laugh at events. Big love to them!
4. What is your least favourite thing about blogging?
I have to admit it's Twitter chats. I do join in now and again, but it always feels like opinion bashing, with no positivity, despite some people claiming it is positive. I have found it quite easy to get bummed out by them, especially some peoples attitudes towards "freebies" and the like. I blogged before these stupid expectations of us and the competition feelings can be quite evident. I like to just plod along and see where things take me, no pressure!
5. 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?
Yes some posts regarding my rise up through my PhD (here), my life pre- viva (here) and then what it felt like after (here). These have had stupid amounts of hits, numbers I'd never thought I would achieve for posting something different to my usual stuff. I have also received so much positivity for my honesty in these posts, there are many PhD students or other postgrads feeling the same but feel trapped. I'm just glad that people have something to relate to.
6. Whose blogs do you love? I’m always looking for recommendations J
I'm going to give a shout out to some amazing Manchester bloggers here- Emma (What Emma Did), Clare (Tweet) and Charlie (Gin Fuelled Bluestocking) - all fab blogs, go follow them all!
7. I love how much you share about Manchester on your blog (love that place) - what's the blogging community like up there?
Manchester is my city, I feel this is the place I have done my growing up. From 18-28 this place holds so much dear to me and I'm always happy to see people say they love Manchester! The blogging community is great up here, we're smaller in number than the London bloggers, but there are so many amazing and diverse blogs. We all know each other in one way or another and everyone is so welcoming. I love going to events purely to catch up with my friends! I also run the MCR Bloggers Facebook group, which is a lovely community where everyone helps each other out.
8. I've been so in awe of your ability to balance your studies with blogging (and everything else!). What do you think is your secret?
Being incredibly organised, I live for lists and I discovered the Bullet Journal wayyyyyy before this more recent craze (original post from my very early blogging days here). This pretty much meant I could organise my time up to get everything I needed to do done as well as escaping for blog events. I also think when you're motivated in something- blogging- when something else is horrid but you need to get it done -PhD- the good thing can motivate the other one. I would reward chapter edits with time to blow off steam with blog posts or taking blog photos. It worked for me!
9. What hopes and dreams do you have for ‘Miss Pond’ going forward?
That with my potential move south (things have been a bit upside down since my partner moved away for work) that my blog will be able to adapt to life outside of Manchester. I will of course (when it happens) document the whole process. I also hope to start vlogging my gin collection in the near future (watch this space)!
10. What tips do you have for bloggers growing and nurturing their blogs?
It's your blog, not that other person's blog, do with it what you want and never feel like you have to be like someone else. You should be PROUD that your blog is DIFFERENT.
Emma, thank you so much for taking part! Forever in awe of your organisiational abilities!