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….
|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
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
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
proponent of lifelong education and blogging supports learning in so
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 you’re 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
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 or feelings on
6. Whose blogs do you love? I’m always looking for recommendations
I have so many! makes the most gorgeous recipes. I
always look forward to a new post
from Rebecca at . 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
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?
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 last year on Ladies Day with
Appletiser. I also got to spend a
weekend in 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 and that was a dream come true!
9. What hopes and dreams do you have
for ‘Rhyme and Ribbons’ going 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
life throws at me. Making money from a hobby is always pretty nice as
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
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
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.
Amanda, thank you so much for taking part in I Love Your Blog – I loved reading and learning about
your blogging journey!