When I started this series, I really wanted to feature some of my real-life friends who I have either met through blogging, or have a blog outside of our friendship, and today I’m doing just that.

I first met Erin at a travel event with Jet2 just over 2 years ago, and since then our friendship has blossomed and we’ve even been on holiday together (with our third musketeer, Lily, as well).

Erin now lives in London (she’s a northern girl at heart) after studying a Zoology degree and a masters in sustainability and consultancy at Leeds University whilst blogging on the side – is there anything this girl can’t do?

Get ready to be inspired by – Erin Williams

1. Hi Erin, thanks for joining us today on the Be Inspired By series – can you tell us a bit about your blog and why you started it?

Hi Ellie, thanks for having me.

I started blogging 4/5 years ago now whilst at university. My first blog ‘erinthemadcatter’ was all about conservation and the stuff a zoologist gets up to. During my placement year though I wanted to talk about more than just wildlife and so E.K.W. was born.

Today my blog is filled with sustainability content but that relates to everything from hotels and restaurants to fashion and beauty: It’s a place I hope inspires people to try new things, find new brands and gain a little inspiration.

2. You’ve become much more focused on sustainability on your blog recently – what spurred you on to talk about this on your blog?

It’s safe to say doing a masters in sustainability was definitely the main driver. I became really aware of the cost that, particularly fashion, has on the world and it spurred me on to try and find brands that are doing more and places that are trying to be incredible yet not destructive.

With sustainability becoming such a buzzword I think it’s something we are all going to see much more of.

3. You’ve been blogging now for almost 5 years. How have you seen the industry change during this time?

The industry continues to amaze me. The focus to produce incredible photos and have blogs solely on Instagram has been crazy. With so many people now calling themselves a blogger, finding a niche is certainly a little harder than it was.

For me, it’s the amount of ‘stuff’ large bloggers now buy, show, wear once, and then bag up for a charity shop that has been the biggest change. Hauls used to be a once a month not once a week kind of thing!

4. Since being based in London, how do you feel about the blogging scene down south? Does it rival the north or is it too disparate?

Of course not but that may be my fault.

Three months into my London living and I still haven’t attended a meetup. Sadly moving and work are majorly dampening my blogging ability. Come September though, I’m determined to dive in and give the London blogging scene some serious time!

5. Who are your blogging inspirations and why?

Me oh my, where to begin?

First would be Recess City – their photos are incredible and currently living a life that I can only dream of!

Then for really polished and calming content, it would have to be The Good Trade. Now it’s grown from one person and the platform is so different than most and their daily newsletter is fabulous.

Rhymes & Ribbons along with Wish Wish Wish‘s travel content pieces are always so inspiring.

For London reading, I love The Awkward Blog and Love London.

For easy reads and a happy place, your blog is my go to, and if I want to read something more lengthy and rambly, then it’s Chloe Plumstead or Lily from Joli House.

Finally, for sustainability inspiration, I often find myself on Moral Fibres, Ethical Elephant or Eco Boost – Kate’s YouTube channel has more regular posting than her blog, but I love both.

6. Travel is a really important part of your blog – hard question, but where is the best place you have visited and why?

This is such a hard question!

I would say Namibia and South Africa are my top destinations and would recommend them to anyone who likes being in the wilderness.  As a nature lover, the opportunity to be immersed in beauty at every turn is something magical.

7. How do you manage to have a blog and post, whilst having a full-time job?

Im not going to lie, it’s been hard.

Taking time one evening a week to research and write is something I’m vowing to do and batch editing photos has been a lifesaver! I currently have a list of nearly 40 posts I want to write but I’m determined not to turn my blog into a chore and so only writing when I’m actually inspired.

8. And finally, what words of advice would you give to someone who wanted to start their own sustainability blog?

Be passionate and do loads of reading first – so much of sustainability is education. The facts will blow your mind whether that’s related to ethical beauty, sustainable travel, or just how to live a more eco-friendly life. We all have the power to make a change and that’s why the area is so accessible to all.

I really hope reading this has inspired you to live a more sustainable life, and if you want any more information on this then head over to Erin’s blog, Instagram and Twitter accounts.

xx

Welcome back to another ‘Be Inspired By’ blog post, with the gorgeous Gabriella Manchester. I’ve followed Gabi for the last few years on social media and her blog and met her a few times at events and the like and can confirm she is one of the sweetest, most genuine people in the blogging world.

I thought she would be a great person to interview as she has been in the blogging game for the past few years after moving to Manchester from Yorkshire, and has recently started working for herself, and even launched her YouTube channel earlier this year – she is definitely a force to be reckoned with.

Get ready to be inspired by – Gabriella Manchester

1. Hi Gabi, thanks for joining us today for the Be Inspired By series. Can you start by telling us a bit about yourself?

Thanks for inviting me to take part, I’m honoured! So a bit about me…I work for myself in Digital Marketing, and have a blog and now a YouTube channel where I share my travels, life and style content. I’ve lived in Manchester for eight years and grew up in a small town in West Yorkshire. I live with my boyfriend of five years in our apartment in Ancoats.

2. You’ve been blogging now for a few years: How have you seen the industry change over that time?

It’s been almost 4 years now since I began blogging. The main change I’ve noticed that has been brought about by the saturation of blogs, is that to grow an audience today, you need to be just as committed (if not more) to other platforms, as they hold just as much weight and feed each other.
It’s one of the reasons I’ve started a YouTube channel, because if I consume most of my media from YouTube videos and Podcasts then I can assume other people do too. I don’t have as much time or inclination to read lengthy blog posts anymore, and there’s so much choice out there for what to read/listen to/watch/scroll through. I think that’s the case for a lot of people so it’s important to diversify and try new platforms.

3. What are your favourite and least favourite things about blogging?

My favourite thing about blogging is documenting my travels and as cheesy as it sounds, getting to taste experiences twice. It’s given me a really good excuse to take a million pictures, to seek out interesting things to see and do, to eat in wonderful restaurants and to thoroughly research each place I visit so I squeeze as much out of a trip as possible. I love to flick through old blog posts (skim reading my terrible writing from when I just started out) and remember lots of wonderful experiences I’ve had. I also love nothing more than to pass on the baton when I’ve found a really cool little bar down some side street in a city that you’d never find in a guidebook. It’s rare to find those gems these days, but I’m always on the lookout.
My least favourite thing about blogging is that I’ve always felt pressure to portray myself and my ‘blogger brand’ in a certain way, and it’s not the full picture of me. I’m only sharing a small amount of my interests which happen to be the fairly skin-deep things like fashion, new restaurants, travelling to nice places, and skincare products. I never really share anything too revealing or too political, and I worry that anyone who doesn’t know me in real life, just scrolling through my Instagram or flicking through my blog posts or videos would get the impression that I’m one-dimensional and trite. On the other hand, I worry that people that do know me in real life, who maybe don’t read blogs or follow fashion and travel influencers on Instagram, and so maybe don’t quite ‘get it’, would think me vain and narcissistic for even having a blog in the first place, let alone posting lots of pictures of myself on Instagram. But I don’t let that stop me from doing what I’m doing.

4. You’re Manchester based: What do you think is the future of the blogging scene in Manchester?

To be truthful, I’m not particularly engaged in the Manchester blogging community. It’s because I don’t have a lot of spare time to go to events, so I’m missing out on meeting other local bloggers. I know there are lots of brilliant women who are doing brilliant things and building this supportive blogging community here and I hope that continues to grow. Content creators in Manchester, in general, are absolutely killing it, and it’s exciting to feel like a (very small) part of this large creative community here.

5. You’ve recently started your own YouTube channel – what made you take the plunge?

The realisation that I’m watching YouTube more and more, and so the audience I’m trying to reach probably are too. As well as this, a lot of my clients are really intrigued about video and working with YouTube influencers, so I really want to be able to understand the channel inside out, and be able to advise my clients accordingly. Lastly, this is a big year of travel for me, and I want to document it and share my experience. I think video is the best way to really capture the vibes of a place, and so I intend to create lots whilst I’m on the road. I’m still going to blog a lot too, but I’m really enjoying making videos and learning new skills.

6. Are there any words of advice you would give someone just starting out in the blogging world?

Think carefully about the content you want to create, and what your angle on it is going to be. Choose the best vessel for that, which may not necessarily be a blog, but could be an Instagram channel, or a Podcast, or a YouTube channel, or a combination. Just start, ask for support from friends and family, don’t be shy when it comes to self-promotion, be true to yourself and your personality, your style, your tone of voice. Be inspired by others but try not to imitate. Don’t get analysis paralysis, just begin.

7. Travel is a huge part of your life, and you’re heading around the world at the end of the year: What would be your ideal trip if money was no object?

I really want to do a tour of India. I would love to visit Delhi, colourful Jaipur, Jodhpur, see the Taj Mahal in Agra of course, and then on to Mumbai, Goa, Chennai, Kerala and finish up in Sri Lanka. I think it would be around a six-week trip, and I probably wouldn’t be able to work on the go, so I haven’t quite worked out how to make it feasible yet!

8. And finally, what is your biggest achievement in the blogging world?

On a personal level, my biggest achievement is sticking with a hobby that I enjoy and merging it into my career. What has spurred me on is that every time a reader engages with me on any of my channels, I get a little boost of encouragement that what I’ve created, as inconsequential as it may be, has resonated enough to compel someone to reach out to me.
I also get to meet lots of likeminded people who are also content creators, both online and in real life (when I get the time to go to events). I just love people and thrive off making new connections, so that’s what keeps me motivated.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the next instalment of the ‘Be Inspired By’ series.

You can find Gabi on Instagram, YouTube and her blog.

xx

I first read Ellie’s blog – The Wandering Quinn – back in February whilst I was in Bath and I saw she had written a post about places to go and since then I have been hooked. She’s also been a guest on two of my favourite podcasts – The Travelust Podcast by Sam Sparrow and What She Said by Lucy Lucraft.

Ellie lives in London and works full time whilst fitting her love of travel into her annual leave. Her posts are full of tips and tricks for travelling abroad on your own or in a group, and her quest to see the world will definitely leave you wanting to book a holiday ASAP.

Get ready to be inspired by – Ellie Quinn

1. Hi Ellie, (great name!) thanks for joining us today for the 4th Be Inspired By blog. Let’s start at the beginning – How long have you been blogging for and how did you get into it? 

I’ve been blogging for 4 years now. I started in March 2014 after leaving Australia, I had been there for 2 years and was about to start a big trip around South East Asia. A friend said I should start a blog to document my travels, I had been reading blogs to get ideas on where to go in South East Asia and I liked the idea of journaling and sharing my knowledge so I did and I wrote regularly on a Tumblr account for 6 months (old school I know!).

After that, I created www.thewanderingquinn.com where I continued to blog in a journal style for another year or so and doing it very much as a hobby when I fancied doing it. It wasn’t until I moved to London at the start of 2016 where I thought ‘this could be a thing!’ and I was aware of bloggers actually doing this full time, going on press trips and earning money from it, at that point I started posting more regularly and improving my writing, photos etc.

 

2. Your blog is one of the best travel blogs I’ve ever read. Do you have any tips for people who are wanting to start one of their own? 

Thank you!

Definitely just start! I met a lady at a yoga event in September, I casually told her I have a blog and she saw it on my Facebook after the event. She recently felt like she needed some creativity and something different in her life so she started a blog and really likes it. It’s so good to see how its changed her outlook on things and boosted her creativity, she’s also joined some pages on Facebook where there is a lovely community of people. I think the community is the best thing about blogging, to be honest.

Secondly, work out your passion, this doesn’t have to be too much of a ‘niche’ but work out what you are passionate to write and post about. If you want to keep blogging and create a successful blog (‘success’ will mean different things to different people) you do have to start it from passion I think. Passion for the subject, passion for the sharing, as it can take up a lot of time and it takes a lot of time to grow too. If you want to make blogging your career I say go for it but unless you have the passion it’s going to feel like hard work pretty quickly! And whether it’s you’re career or not you’ll often question ‘why am I doing this??’.

As a more practical tip, I’d say be sure to spend some time thinking about a name. Your name should reflect what you’re blogging about (unless you use your own name), but don’t categorise yourself too much. So many people have blog names that relate to budget travel which is fine for them now but if they start posting about fancier places in the future and travelling on a higher budget then it’ll be hard to market yourself and your blog.

 

3. Where is your favourite place you’ve ever visited? 

This is a hard one!

I say that Thailand is my favourite Country as I’ve been there so many times and I just love it but I feel like this question isn’t asking that, so I’d say my favourite place that I’ve visited is Ayampe in Ecuador, that’s the first place that comes to mind anyway, it’s a little beach village, its so quiet and beautiful and it was just what I needed at that time on that trip.

 

4. Is there any part of blogging that you aren’t a fan of? 

The comparison and the numbers!

It’s so so easy to start comparing myself to other people. Looking at their blog and thinking it looks better than mine, seeing that their numbers are higher than mine, seeing that they’ve been invited on a trip and I haven’t. I’m a very positive person and I’ve never been one to put myself down too much so I never think ‘mine is rubbish and I’m a rubbish blogger etc.’ but it’s easy to get discouraged and feel a bit disappointed.

The numbers annoy me too. Again its so easy to put my worth and our worth as bloggers into numbers – number of likes, number of followers, number of subscribers!

I try to remember that I’m running my own race, how far I’ve come and remind myself of how proud I am of my blog when I’m not in that comparison mindset.

 

5. You still work full time whilst being an avid writer. How do you fit your blog and all your travels in around your blog?

It’s hard that’s for sure.

Right now I’m blogging more than ever and feel like I’m at max capacity. I generally use the weekends to do most of my work, during the winter this was ok but I know it’s going to be harder once the summer comes around. As I am a travel blogger usually I’ll go away for one weekend and then spend at least one day the next weekend writing about it. It can feel like a lot but I remind myself of the awesome weekend I had the week before and without me working on the blog that wouldn’t have happened (if it was a press trip).

I also get up earlier now and again to spend an hour on my blog before going to work, I use my hour commute to and from work to do all my social media posting and interaction, and occasionally I do things in the evenings but nothing too intensive unless I’m struggling for time. I love my blog and I love blogging but not enough to ‘burn out’. My full-time job pays for my rent and my life and I know that nothing is going to happen if I don’t post!

 

6. Do you have any tips for the people reading this on how to pitch to travel brands?

I’d say to put a media pack together with all of your numbers, a bit about you and your blog along with any brands you may have worked with, if you don’t have any, thats fine. I think media packs are a great way of keeping all this information together in an easy to read format.

Don’t send a general cover email. Make it relevant to the brand you are pitching to, tell them why you want to work with them, give them some ideas on how you can work together. Ask if they work with bloggers or have worked with bloggers.

Don’t be afraid to be specific too. If you want a 2 night stay in a hotel, write in the email that that’s what you want and write what you will do in return.

Another tip is to pitch to brands that you have seen working with bloggers, that way you know they are open for collaborations and understand blogging and bloggers.

Also note that often tourist boards and even other travel brands work with PR companies. I look on their website to get contact details but if I can’t see them I’ll send them a message on twitter or instagram and sometimes its the PR company that will reply. It’s always good to get on a PR’s radar and if they can’t work with you on this occasion ask to be put on the mailing list for future campaigns for their travel clients!

 

7. Would you ever want to take your blog full-time? 

Honestly yes. If you’d asked me that this time last year or even this time 6 months ago I would have probably said no, but I’m seeing more and more growth from my blog every month and its exciting. It’s just scary to take the leap, right now I’m not earning enough or even being offered enough work to cover my rent and life in London but at the same time I don’t have the time to pitch for all of that work because of my full time job! I’m also conscious that I don’t want my blog to become too much like work and I like having a regular income so we’ll have to see what the future brings!

 

8. What is your biggest blogging achievement to date? 

For me its my page views. They literally tripled in 2017 from 2016 and they are growing month by month now in 2018. I’m seeing older posts starting to get views, some are only low numbers, others are now in my top 10 viewed posts most days and seeing this growth makes me so proud.

I also think that it helps that page views aren’t spoken about that much, everyone keeps them to themselves (aside from telling brands) so its easy not to compare myself to others as I don’t see other peoples to compare too. It’s a kind-of private achievement I guess.

My aim is to reach a point where I can start advertising on my site with a particular platform and monetise that way (if you’re wondering why I’m so into my page views!).

 

9. And finally, what would be your ultimate brand to work with? 

Ooh this is hard! I’d probably have to say a tourist board of a Country I love or would love to visit! Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Japan, China, all of Central America are all places I really want to go so if I was contacted by any of their tourist boards to work with them I’d be pretty happy!

And there you have the wonderful Ellie Quinn talking through her journey to where she is today.

Find The Wandering Quinn on Twitter, Instagram and on her blog.

xx

Welcome to the third instalment of the ‘Be Inspired By’ series where today we are joined by one of my favourite bloggers, Sophie Cliff.

Sophie lives and works in Leeds, but is originally from my side of the Pennies, growing up in between Manchester and Liverpool before moving over for university. Her blog is a mixture of Lifestyle, Travel and Fashion but she shares heartfelt, personal posts and shared a lot of her wedding with her audience last year which was an absolute joy to read.

She has been nominated for a number of prestigious blog awards, has launched her own e-course and worked with some incredible brands from Jet2 to Dorothy Perkins amongst many more.

Get ready to be inspired by – Sophie Cliff!

1. Hey Sophie, thanks for joining us today – can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Hi Ellie, thanks for having me! I’m a travel and lifestyle blogger based in Leeds. By day, I work for a tech startup in the beauty industry, and by night, I share my life with the world via my blog, SophieCliff.com. I live with my husband, Sam, and our cat, Lola, and I’m a big fan of holidays!

2. What were your reasons for starting a blog?

I started my blog just over 3 years ago. I had just moved to a new job and while I loved it, I missed the creative elements that my previous role had offered. I was looking for a creative outlet, and as I was a massive fan of reading blogs, I figured blogging would be a good hobby for me!

I was also really keen to have a bit of an online scrapbook of everything I was up to too – looking back now, I’m so glad I decided to start. Not only have I learnt tonnes and met some brilliant people, I also have a record of some really exciting moments in my life, such as buying my first home, getting engaged and getting married.

3. You’ve recently started an e-course alongside having a full-time job (find it here) can you tell us what motivated you to do so?

One of the questions I get asked the most is how I manage to run my blog with a full-time job. I realised that over the past 3 years I’ve picked up quite a lot of hints and tips and I was keen to share them with anyone who was interested. I knew that a blog post wouldn’t quite be enough to cover everything, and so I decided to start my e-course “How To Grow Your Blog With A Full-Time Job“.

It’s been a huge learning curve as I’ve never really taught anything before, but I’ve really enjoyed it too. It’s incredibly rewarding to see people falling back in love with their blogs as they work through the course, and there’s a lovely community of bloggers taking part.

4. You got married last year in what looked like the dream location; did you have any hesitations about sharing such an intimate part of your life with your readers?

In a nutshell – no! I know for some people it would seem really strange to share such a personal day with the world wide web, but my blog has been such a huge part of my life for the past 3 years that I always knew I wanted to share our wedding planning process and the day itself on my blog.

I’m so happy I have all of those emotions and thoughts captured somewhere – just 9 months on it’s hard to remember some of the little details, so I’m really glad I wrote about the day while it was still fresh in my mind. Plus, we worked with some really fantastic suppliers who helped us to create our dream day, and I wanted to share them with my readers!

5. I’ve been following your blog for a couple of years now and seen you grow massively in that time. Do you think not having a specific niche has helped you write about such a wide variety of topics and attract a large audience?

Thank you so much for being a long time reader!

I’ve always been very wary about having a specific niche as my blog is very much a hobby first and foremost, and I never wanted to put too many restrictions on it. It’s a space for me to exercise my creativity, and I knew that setting rules would only demotivate me.

Instead, I’ve always just tried to be as authentic as possible. I know that the word authentic gets bandied around a lot in this industry, but I’ve always written my blog as if I was writing to my best friend or my Mum, and I think that helps me to be as genuine and relatable as possible. I guess it also means that there is a lot of variety in my content as no two weeks are the same!

6. You focus on travel a lot in your posts; which three places would be on your bucket list if money was no option?

Oooooh, this is a fun question! There are so many places I’d love to visit, and in fact, I’m not sure there is anywhere I wouldn’t visit if annual leave and money weren’t a constraint.

Japan is high on my bucket list at the moment, and I’d love to visit somewhere tropical, like Bali or Thailand. I’ve always wanted to visit the West Coast of the USA, and I’m very excited that we’re finally going this year for our belated honeymoon!

7. You recently started a new job just before the end of last year. Do you mention your blog in the world of work?

I certainly do!

My blog is a big part of who I am and I’m incredibly passionate about it, so it would feel strange for me to keep it a secret. Plus, there are so many skills that I’ve learnt through blogging that are really relevant to the world of work – above anything else it shows self-determination and drive which is important for any job.

8. And finally, what is your biggest achievement in the blogging world?

Ooooh, this is a toughie! I’ve been afforded some incredible opportunities through my blog during the past few years, and I’m proud of every brand collaboration and award nomination.

However, nothing makes me happier than when I receive an email or a DM from a reader telling me that my blog post has resonated with them or helped them in some way. It sounds super cheesy, but it really does feel incredible to know that people use my travel tips to book their holiday or feel a little less sad because of something I’ve written.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the third instalment of the ‘Be Inspired By’ with Sophie.

Find her here on Twitter, Instagram and on her blog.

xx

Whether you’re new to the blogging game, or you’ve been a part of this world for a while, chances are you will have heard of the legend that is Queen Beady.

When I decided to do this series on my blog, Bee was someone who I definitely wanted to feature because she has inspired me in so many ways during my years in the bloggersphere, and I know she is highly regarded in the online world.

Her blog is a mixture of travel, fashion and all of the life inspiration, and having met the lovely lady herself at an event last month, I can confirm that she is as fabulous in real life as she is on screen.

Get ready to be inspired by – Queen Beady!

1. Hey Bee, thanks for being the second guest of #BeInspiredBy – Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your blog?

Hi Ellie, thanks for having me as your guest! I’m a 28-year-old Blogger from Yorkshire. I love the outdoors and find myself travelling as much as I can with my husband, and I also have a penchant for shopping too (my wardrobe can vouch for that.) One way or another I’m either reaching for my Barbour jacket to go walking, booking my next getaway or being (caught) found online shopping!

In 2017 the direction of my blog became very clear to me, my love for slow living, the countryside and UK & world travel became a focus for many blog posts! My blog now focusses mainly on “Slow and Stylish Adventuring” – I’m all about enjoying life to its fullest by exploring the world stylishly, be it abroad or close to home. I showcase cosy retreats, to luxury hotels to my escapades abroad.

Not only that, I throw in a few style, lifestyle and think pieces in there when I want to mix my content up a bit.

 

2. You’ve been in the blogging game for a few years now. How would you say your writing style has evolved?

Oh my goodness, I really do feel like an old-timer. My blog was born in 2011 and boy, has it changed?! Back when I started writing I wrote how I spoke, and I still do to some ends. However, I think now I enjoy the storytelling aspect of it. I think that’s how I found my voice really develop over the last year or so, and it was so natural when it evolved that way.

 

3. Your husband takes a lot of your blog photography – do you have any tips for other Instagram husbands out there?

Bless him, he has had many years of practice now. And he’s just about got it. When I started investing in lenses and got my 55mm – 250mm lens, he started showing more of interest in photography as well, he’s a very technical person so he enjoyed getting his teeth into that.

I occasionally show him photos and images from Instagram of how I’d like him to angle the camera and where I’d like to get the shot. A lot of the time though I often make him the model of my photos first and show him what I took so he can try to replicate it afterwards.

When he realised that I was starting to take my blog more seriously as a side hustle, he instantly became my cheerleader and wanted to make my content as good as it could be (to the best of his ability as a non-trained photographer!)

 

4. You spoke at the icelolly.com ‘Blog At The Beach’ event last month (which I attended and you were FAB!) Could you give the readers your three top tips for reaching out to brands? 

Thank you so much – that was such an amazing experience and the feedback has been absolutely tremendous!

I’m hugely passionate about using your 9-5 skills when pitching to brands – use those strengths to make your pitch stand out. I was in the travel industry for 8 years, so my knowledge of what people want to know when reading a travel blog post is key. It’s a fabulous point I like to make when pitching to travel brands that sways it in my favour.

Secondly, I’d say work out what your three unique selling points are. Those achievements are amazing, but they also need to translate to brands that they will give them results. For example, one of mine is that I won a Blog Award for my Photography when I pitch to brands, I can say that my photography is well-regarded in the industry and one of the main reasons why people come to my blog. The result is that I’m going to create some amazing imagery for their brand, that will entice people to engage with it. 

And finally, lay out your proposal in a clear and concise way when you’d done your introduction. Bullet points listing what your blog can offer in exchange for whatever it is you wish to collaborate on is so much easier to read than more waffling. Keep your pitch simple, don’t bombard them with too much information but make sure they know why you are a good fit!

 

5. Let’s talk about social media – what would you say is your favourite channel and why?

Instagram. Without a shadow of a doubt. It’s a platform that generates so much positivity compared to Twitter where everyone’s bashing each other, drama llama. And it’s so much better than Facebook because you don’t get the cringey parents on it!

I’m a very visual person too, and I love nothing more than taking photos, editing them and uploading them. I’ve become quite inclined to the term “micro-blogger” as it gives me chance to add snippets of the experiences I am having in real time, rather than uploading all my images to my computer, editing the photos, writing a long, wordy post a week or so later. It’s convenient and so many people are switched on to things that are fast fodder nowadays.

 

6. How do you see your blog progressing in the future? Is your end game to take it full-time? 

Never say never. But at the moment, I am quite happy having it as a side hustle – especially now I have a direction with my content strategy.

I can deal with my own company so I think the transition to going to be a full-time blogger would be quite easy, but it would also be nice to have a blogger friend that lived on my doorstep where we could just go grab a coffee and write posts together and take photos all day long.

Luckily, for the time being, a lot of the trips I make for my blog content can be done over weekends, I can meet my photographer during my lunch breaks and my evenings can be spent typing away. 

 

7. Travel is such a huge part of your life. Is there a particular brand you would love to work with in the future?

Gosh, there are so many. I recently worked with a dream brand, the North Star Club and it has been one of my most successful posts to date. But, for the future, I’m going to have to narrow it down to three!

I’d love to work with a brand like Kuoni, who specialise in luxury, tailor-made holidays all over the world.

A dream of mine has always been to travel to Canada, so the Rocky Mountaineer would be an aspiring brand to work with.

And finally, InnTravel would be another, purely because they offer so many great tours but they take a slightly slower-paced approach to travel, compared to other tour companies, and I am all about that slow living vibe!

 

8. And finally, what is your biggest achievement in the blogging world? 

Honestly, picking up my laptop and writing all those years ago and still continuing to do it 7 years later. I’m terrible at sticking things out, so, my blog is proof that if I’m dedicated to the cause I can most definitely do it.

Winning my blog award at the Bloggers Blog Awards was also a huge milestone for me. When I was nominated it kind of gave me this validation that I was finally good at something, you know. It felt good to finally believe in myself after so long.

And there you have it – I told you you’d come away feeling a wave of inspiration; Bee has that effect on people.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post, and I already can’t wait for the next one in this series!

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xx