Jemma, the girl genius behind Dorkface and the loveliness that is The Girl Gang over on social media, is a multi-coloured ray of sunshine. Filled to the brim with humour and creativity, both she and her blog are delightful, and I was so pleased she was able to make time for a quick interview for I Love Your Blog.
|The lady herself! The pictures in this post were kindly provided by Jemma 🙂|
How long have you been blogging?
In total, almost 5 years, however Dorkface has only been 3 and a half! I decided to start taking it seriously and putting my rambles to good use, haha.
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 a range of topics which all build up to give my readers a greater understand of who I am. So there’ll be plenty of lifestyle posts, think pieces, DIY posts, crafty, creative and colourful work, some beauty reviews, and whatever else I fancy! The goals for my blog are mainly just to keep people interested! I love documenting my life for myself, but I’d truly love if this helped me achieve my dreams (SO many! Write a fiction book, create an Art book, Get my designs in places like Paperchase, travel the world!).
What is your favourite thing about blogging?
The inspiration I now feel on a daily basis! I can’t believe there was once a time where I came home from work, watched TV and did NOTHING. I feel sorry for old Jemma, haha!
What is your least favourite thing about blogging?
The gang mentality on social media. It happens, I’ve had it happen. It can be really damaging. Keeping a distance is healthy.
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?
This is a personal piece I wrote, but I felt like I’d bared my soul writing it, and I wrote this recently, on how life can change so much. I also created a full guide to blogging, which I put so much effort into!
Whose blogs do you love? I’m always looking for recommendations.
I LOOOOVE the following SO damn much –
I’m always in awe of the sheer amount of writing you manage to do. What are your best tips for creating and organising content?
Write every damn chance you get! Whether its on your phone scribbling notes on your phone, or writing down an idea in the middle of the night – take advantage of inspiration! I always meticulously plan ahead, for the next month of content. I can switch my schedule around as much as I like, but I have all the ideas/drafts for posts there, ready to go or work on!
I love The Girl Gang, the amazing community you’ve created. What are your hopes and dreams for the future of the group?
I simply hope people will keep the spirit of it alive! I try to do giveaways, plan fun things, get people involved; but at the heart of it is a simple message of spreading joy. I hope it serves as a nice reminder and encourages people.
I love your creativity and I know you make and sell many beautiful things on your etsy. What are your favourite things to create? Are there any items you’d like to make or design that you haven’t done yet?
YES OMG. My favourite things for the past few months have been selling original canvas paintings. Each one is unique, and never replicated; and they’re my babies! I tend to put these on Twitter or Instagram when they’re done, to see if anyone wants them, rather than listing them on Etsy, just as its easier! I’m SOSOSO excited for a current project I’m working on. It’s something I’ve ALWAYS wanted to do, and I’ve been keeping it hidden for months now. I hope it’ll be finished and ready for sale in September, eeep! Keep an eye out!
What tips do you have for bloggers growing and nurturing their blogs?
Do your own thing, only spread joy, take time away from social media often, and do whatever makes you happy! 🙂
Thanks so much for popping over, Jemma! What a fun and inspiring interview!