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
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
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!