The 'I Love Your Blog' series is genuinely one of my favourite things I get to do with this blog. For me, blogging is a community, and taking the time to share about some of the wonderful bloggers, writers and photographers I get to co-exist with is a real pleasure. Today's share is the gorgeous Milly, who writes over at Mini Adventures. As well as being a brilliant blogger she's also a delightful and hilarious friend, and I'm thrilled to share her interview with you all today. Take it away, Milly (or should that be Milky?)...
1. How long have you been blogging?
Well, technically, I've probably been writing some kind of online journal since the internet started in some way. I definitely had a very emo LiveJournal in my teens, got into Tumblr, started my own Buffy The Vampire slayer fanblog (oh yeah), a film blog, and finally ended up at Mini Adventures in December 2011. Things at work were pretty quiet, and I'd read some blogs and thought HEY YEAH, I COULD DO ONE OF THESE.
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?
The main focus of my blog is definitely 'London-based lifestyle' - including LOTS of food, drinks and cool things to do. I also love writing about travel, music (particularly festivals), and generally the things that I love the most. Specifically for people like me, who are new to London, I want to showcase the best places and things to do in a city that can be pretty alienating and intimidating when you first arrive. It's sort of a record of my life, I guess - but I do also have an interest in moving towards a career in digital writing, so it works as a portfolio too.
3. What is your favourite thing about blogging?
As well as the incredible friends I've made and the amazing opportunities I've had - I'd say the real moment of happiness for me is when my post goes live and I can look at it, perching there on the big ol' internet. When I was younger, people who wanted their writing to be seen would have to fight for publications to take them on board - but with the internet and blogging, people of my generation have a platform to share things they create with the world. And I just love that, so much.
4. What is your least favourite thing about blogging?
This is a tough one! I think remembering to schedule Tweets and general promo can be a bit same-y - I like writing the words, doing the pictures and the rest is a kinda necessary evil. I do LOVE social media and chatting to people on there though, you can usually find me scrolling through Twitter and posting gifs on pretty much any occasion!
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?
I wrote a piece on coping with rejection, when I'd experienced ten straight job interview rejections, and felt like I'd been thrown down seventy flights of stairs by life (emotionally, anyway). I had some amazing responses to that one, and writing it was pretty cathartic for me in a way. I've also loved doing my America series recently, following my travels round West Coast USA. Although it took me about a month to edit down the 1500 photos I took...!
6. Whose blogs do you love? I’m always looking for recommendations :)
Obviously, yours, and the rest of the Bangarang squad - regular reads right there! Also really love Sophie's blog, popcornandglitter.co.uk - I adore her style and the way she effortlessly mixes food and fashion in with her love of films. I've been a big fan of Zoe London's blog for years and always love catching up with her - really enjoying her YouTube content too!
7. I love that yours is a true lifestyle blog, with a broad remit covering lots of topics. Have you ever been tempted to become more 'niche' and follow a more narrow path?
Sometimes I wonder if I should be more 'informative' and more like a 'what to do in London' blog, but adding a whole load of personality into my posts is WHY I love blogging. Honestly, I think if I had a more specific 'niche', I'd get bored - whereas writing about what I get up to in London will probably never leave me short of ideas!
8. Apart from London, which other cities are your favourites to visit and write about? Are there any places you're dying to try but haven't made it to yet?
Oh crikey, there are LOADS I want to visit! After my recent US trip, I'm dying to head off on the Trek America Atlantic Dream trip, and also hopefully heading to Morocco and Venice later this year. Closer to home and perhaps not for the writing side, but I also love visiting Glasgow and Nottingham - always have a great time in both!
9. What hopes and dreams do you have for your blog going forward?
Press trips please. I kid. Well, not really. That'd be cool. But mostly, just to keep putting out content that I love, that I can look back on in years and feel proud of. To interact with more lovely people, and hopefully spread the word of having more fun!
10. What tips do you have for bloggers growing and nurturing their blogs?
Focus on your content. Sure, promoting your work is important, but the content needs to be there in the first place. Find new ways to think about your writing and photography - develop your style. Don't be afraid of your own personality, drink precisely one too many glasses of prosecco at your first blogging event, write about the things you like, make money if you want to, don't worry if you DON'T want to, and, most importantly, just go do YOU.
And then drink some more prosecco.
What a perfect sign off. Milly, thank you so much for taking part in I Love Your Blog - so pleased to have you join in!