Today marks the beginning of a new series in which interview some of my favourite bloggers and lovely bloggery friends. Each month I will interview a new blogger and get to know a bit more about them.
First up is the lovely Alice from Alice's Wonder Emporium, I have known Alice for almost 3 years and seen her blog start and grown to what it is today.
Why did you start blogging?
I’ve always been interested in fashion and spent many hours on websites such as lookbook.nu finding style inspiration as I was a little clueless on how to style pieces. This is where I came across Lily Melrose from LLYMLRS and I instantly fell in love with her style and signed up to Blogger. For a few years I just read blogs but then decided I wanted to start my own, after many (around six or seven) failed attempts I finally in 2012 launched Alice’s Wonder Emporium.
Whats the story behind your blog name?
It sort of happened by accident. Back in 2012 I set up a small online store selling handmade jewellery and crafts which I wanted to link somehow with my name but also portray an idea of a shop selling lots of little bits and bobs. My housemate came up with the name “Alice’s Wonder Emporium” and I loved it so decided to launch a blog of the same name to interlink them both.
What do you enjoy writing the most?
I’d probably have to say writing about events. Through my blog I’ve been lucky enough to attend loads of local blogging events and met so many amazing bloggers who I now class as my friends. Without my blog I never would have been able to attend such things and meet such amazing people, something which a few years ago I would never been able to do as I suffer from an anxiety disorder. My blog has allowed me to overcome this and push myself to do things I wouldn’t normally. I hope in future years I can look back over the things I’ve done and places I’ve been to see how far I’ve come.
What do you love and hate about blogging?
I love meeting new people. Blogging has allowed me to meet some amazing girls (and the occasional guy) who I adore and can’t imagine my life without. The one thing I hate would sometimes not always having the time to blog as much as I’d like. Juggling blogging, volunteering, a degree, social life and a relationship can get a little difficult at times. Especially when life throws some right corkers at you and before you know if you’ve not blogged in over a month!
Can you tell me something your readers don’t know about you?
This will probably be more for my fellow Geordies than anybody else, but I used to live in the same street as Geoff from Byker Grove. I used to sit in my living room and see him drive past the window. That’s my little claim to fame right there.
Who/ what inspires you to blog?
Other bloggers are my biggest inspiration. Reading other blogs is where I started, ive been able to see how their blogs have grown, like Kavita from She wears fashion who I followed back when she was I Heart Vintage and I've loved seeing how her style has changed over the years. Carrie from WishWishWish has to be one of my biggest inspirations as I can’t help but strive to have a blog that looks as beautiful as hers. Always inspiring me to improve my blog photography.
Is there anything you do when you have writers block?
Writers block isn’t something I’ve suffered from so far. Its mostly been blogger has a busy life and can’t find a spare moment to write anything block. I have a book with blog post ideas lined up I just often struggle to find the time to be able to write and photograph them. I think its time I got a personal assistant to help me organize my life a little better.
Who are your favourite bloggers?
Carrie at WishWishWish is one of my all time favourites, both her outfits and her photography cause me to writhe around in jealously. Amy from The Girl In The Bowler Hat is not only an amazing blogger but also an amazing friend of mine who I finally got to meet properly this year after having talked online to for about three years.
Do you have any advice for those who want to start blogging?
Plan your posts. As boring as that might sound having even just one blog post planned each week will really help. And set aside one evening or even day a week to write up posts so you have designated time aside to write. This will make your life an awful lot easier, though it is something I often forget to do. I’d best practice what I preach!