Here’s this week’s instalment of Blogger Behind the Blog where I interview a blogger all about their reasons for blogging and what it means to them. This week I’m joined by Emma from Emma’s Jots.
Here’s Emma with more about her blogging life:
Where did your blog name come from?
I love writing and I wanted my blog to be about that. I didn’t want to be limited to anything too specific and I decided having my name and what I do best as a blog name suited me perfectly. When I first started designing and writing my blog I toyed with so many different ideas. I was on the phone to my husband and I said “I just want people to see that I jot stuff down then write about it.” He suggested putting it in the name so I wrote down a few variations and liked ‘Emma’s Jots’ the best.
When did you start your blog and why?
I started designing and writing my blog back in the summer of 2016. I was planning a wedding, trying to find a new job AND deciding what kind of blogger I wanted to be so I didn’t actually publish it until April 2017. I started my Instagram account in February 2017 as a starting point. I have always loved writing and have been writing pretty much since I could! I used to love writing about my summer holidays at school, right up until I was a teenager and began to write poetry and have always written short stories or paragraphs – usually of nonsense but I enjoy it! I want to be able to write for a living so I thought to myself, why not start a blog and build a website and start publishing my work myself?
What did you do before you blogged?
So this question is kind of difficult to answer as I am still in full time work at the moment and have been since I left college. I am getting ready to take a step into part time work to make my blogging a priority and one day be able to leave my usual day job to make my writing a full time career. Before I blogged, when I wasn’t at work I did start a part time Open University course in Psychology but after a couple of units of this I just knew it wasn’t for me. That’s when I decided I just wanted to write and that would be my career focus.
What was your first post?
My blog was published on Easter weekend so my first post was a list of 5 things I liked about Easter. I love Easter so it was something I knew I could write about and be current to the time it was published which was important to me. Everyone seemed to have their Easter heads on so to me it was a perfect opportunity.
What inspires you to blog?
So much inspires me, I’m not completely sure where to start! Everyone has busy lives and it’s so nice having the feeling that someone may sit down for five minutes during a hectic day, even when they’re just scrolling through their phone whilst peeing (we’ve all done it!) and spot it on Instagram or Twitter, and have a read of something I have written. Whether it’s about a skincare routine, an afternoon tea I’ve attended or something completely random.
What post has had the best response, which post are you most proud of and which post did you enjoy writing the most?
The post that has had the best response so far has been my latest themed afternoon tea at Colwick Hall post. I know a few people have booked to go, or have put it down to attend one of the future ones mentioned in the post. The post I am most proud of and enjoyed writing the most was quite early one where I wrote about living with IBS and offering a bit of advice and support about having the condition. I got a great response from this one too and I have probably re-shared this one the most.
Have any of your posts not had the response that you expected?
The post I was most surprised about not getting as many views as other posts was the Valentine’s Day post. I opted for a slightly different take on Valentine’s Day as most posts are about what to buy your loved one so I did one about treating yourself. It was a little deflating but the following Potty For Peter one got me back to normal!
Where do you see your blog in a year’s time?
I like to think that in a year I can turn into something bigger and better. Posts most days and the ability for me to not be in full time work so I can dedicate so much more time to it!
What is your favourite thing about blogging?
My favourite thing is the people I get to meet and the community I feel part of. It’s nice having support just one message away. Also getting to talk to brands and fellow consumers about products I love or products I am just discovering and learning more about them.
…and your least favourite?
Least favourite is probably trying to get it OUT there. Sometimes I feel like it isn’t worth the effort and I don’t want to keep promoting and spreading the word around. But obviously I give myself a kick and I know I’m being ridiculous.
What’s the best blog post you have ever read?
This is a hard one too – one of my favourites is a blog called How To Make Friends. I always say I’m too busy doing this, that and the other that I don’t go out and meet new people as much as I could do. Well Gemma wrote a post called I’m Too Busy To Make Friends and it was so inspiring to read!
What blog do you love to read and why?
Not only do I love to write, I also love to read! And I have a bit of a nerdy streak. When I found Tsundoku Girl I was loving it! She has all of these things mixed into one. And I also have the word ‘tsundoku’ on the bottom of my blog so I like to think it was fate. Her photos are always gorgeous too and I get so many book recommendations it’s unreal!
Do you do anything differently now to when you started blogging?
Probably sounds really silly but I can now work Twitter properly! I never used Twitter when I first started blogging but I love it now and get a lot of my traffic through it.
Is blogging what you expected it to be?
Not at all, but it’s definitely better than what I expected. I can’t really remember what I expected back then but I remember being surprised with a few events and things I have been to and the blogging community. All in a good way of course!
What’s been your favourite blog collaboration to date?
I have really enjoyed working with A Thousand Yellow Daisies, reviewing their products and seeing all the new things they are up to. So much so, I have actually started working with their founder’s new up and coming company as a blog and product description writer.
Are there any brands you would love to work with, why?
I would love to work with Belvoir Fruit Farms. They are based near to where I live and they have a beautiful range of products perfect for the summer. I would absolutely love to work with them, hopefully long term.
Have you had any blogging fails so far?
I have had way too many to name. My biggest one is at least every other post that goes live, no matter how many times I proof read the whole thing – there’s always some sort of typo on there! Big fail!
What is your biggest blogging hope, dream or ambition?
The biggest thing for me is to be able to blog and write for a living. Inspiring others and being at home more, especially for when we settle down and have a family!
What do you do when you’re not blogging?
You’ll often find me reading, getting some sort of beauty treatment done, having afternoon tea somewhere, socialising with friends or just sat watching TV with my husband. All of these things make me feel really chilled and very happy!
and lastly, tell us all a random fact about yourself
My glasses sit wonky on my face from when I broke my nose as a child and it’s never been the same since!