Sunday, April 24, 2016

I Love Your Blog: Rhyme & Ribbons


There are so many wonderful blogs out there, and I'm so lucky to be able to co-ordinate this series, which gives me a platform to share a few of my favourites with you all.

One such favourite is the lovely Amanda, who writes over at Rhyme & Ribbons.  From food, to travel, to the things making her smile each week, Amanda shares her life beautifully, and she's a dab hand with instagram too.  Here's the interview with the lovely Amanda....

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The lovely Amanda!  Pictures accompanying this interview kindly provided by the lady herself.


1.      How long have you been blogging?

I’ve been blogging since the beginning of 2013. Rhyme & Ribbons turned 3 this year, which is
shocking to me. I’m not sure I’ve ever stuck with one thing for so long before!

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 the things that interest me; travel, fashion, food, baking and a few personal posts
thrown in for good measure. I trained as an actor, and even though I’m not acting right now, I’ve
always needed a creative outlet after my 9-5 and that’s how my blog evolved. I’d love to blog
full-time one day, but I’m happily hobby blogging at the moment. I’d also love to write my own
cookbook one day. That or get to be a contestant on GBBO.

3.      What is your favourite thing about blogging?

My favourite thing about blogging is that it’s encouraged me to grow as a person. I’ve learned so
many new skills since I’ve started blogging from photography to basic html. I’m a huge
proponent of lifelong education and blogging supports learning in so many ways.

4.      What is your least favourite thing about blogging?

My least favourite aspect of blogging the is follower counting. Everyone falls into the spiral of
worrying about their follower amount at least once in their blogging career. But there’s always
going to be someone out there with more followers than me, and that’s okay!



5.      Do you have any favourite posts on your blog pieces youre really proud of, which document something special, or which seemed to strike a chord with your readers?

My favourite posts are always the ones that are most personal to me. They are the ones that I
always hesitate to hit publish on, because I’m nervous about how they will be perceived but the
blogging community never fails to surprise me with their supportive behaviour. Even when
blogging about sensitive subjects like my special bond with my grandparents or feelings on the
6.      Whose blogs do you love?  Im always looking for recommendations 

I have so many! Club Narwhal makes the most gorgeous recipes. I always look forward to a new post
from Rebecca at From Roses. And I love how refreshing Hannah Gale’s posts are.

7.      I love your travel posts - where's next on your list?  What's the big dream destination?

I’d like to prioritise going to Italy and Ireland next. I’ve never been to either and they are both top of
my list! But since my wedding is looming ever closer (July - eek!) travel is on the back burner for the
time being. The Maldives are my ultimate dream destination though.

8.     You get to do all sorts of cool things through your blogging - do you have any favourites?

Oh, good question! I’ve been so fortunate in that I’ve been invited to some incredible things so it’s so hard to choose. Personally, I loved getting to go to Royal Ascot last year on Ladies Day with Appletiser.  I also got to spend a weekend in Cardiff with Visit Wales and that was absolutely incredible! But I’ve also gotten to eat some phenomenal meals for reviewing purposes. I got to spend the evening with Ping from Masterchef and that was a dream come true!


9.      What hopes and dreams do you have for Rhyme and Ribbonsgoing forward?


I’m always excited to see R & R grow, and I love seeing how my own posts have gotten better.
When I look back at some of my early recipe posts, the poor photography is very cringe inducing.  I
just hope to keep this space open and exciting for as long as possible no matter what curveballs that
life throws at me. Making money from a hobby is always pretty nice as well. 

10.  What tips do you have for bloggers growing and nurturing their blogs?

In terms of growth, everyone always says that content is key which is absolutely true. No one is
going to continue to read your blog if your posts are rubbish, but nor is anyone going to read your
blog if you aren’t engaging with other bloggers and the wider blogger community. My biggest newbie
error was that I didn’t start a blog twitter until after my first year of blogging. To nurture your blog, I
recommend not being so hard on it and yourself. Maybe it won’t grow as quickly as you’d like and
maybe you are too busy to post that day. That’s okay. I think most readers can tell when posts are
forced, so if you aren’t feeling writing that day, then don’t. Quality over quantity is better for you in
the long run. 

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Amanda, thank you so much for taking part in I Love Your Blog - I loved reading and learning about
your blogging journey!

1 comment:

Thank you for your comment - I do read them all but it may take me a little while (a couple of days) to respond during busy times. I love reading what you have to say!

Have a wonderful day!

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