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I’ve been invited to take part in the Blog Hop by the lovely Anna at Angel in the North. I've been reading so many posts this summer of other Blog Hop participants and loved them all, so I'm really happy to have been included too. I just hope my answers live up to some of the others already written. And what makes it even more fun is that my other blog hopper this week is Toni at Lemon Freckles
So, onto answering the questions.......

Why do I write?
I write because I enjoy it.
People ask me why I blog all the time. It’s mostly people who don’t understand blogging and think it’s dumb, and I tell them because I enjoy it. Just like they enjoy running, or playing football or collecting shoes or handbags or whatever. I enjoy it.
Sometimes I write to collate the things that I love and share the things that I make (and so I don’t have to text my friends with everything I love)
Sometimes I write for me so one day I’ll have a better memory of events.
Sometimes I write to get the crazy thoughts out of my head. Mostly I don’t publish those posts, the act of writing is enough!

And the fact that you, none obliged, people pop here and read it is just awesome. 

But I also write because I love being partof this whole blogging world. I've met some wonderful people through blogging, online and in real life and I really love the community that there is round it, not only in the UK but across the world too. 

What am I working on?
In terms of improving my blogging there are a lot of things I want to work on. I want to up my photography game. I need to stop shooting so much with my phone and pick up my camera again. I need to get better at (and find the time to) stage shots more. I need to plan further ahead so I am not rushing to take shots. I need to find that spot in the house with perfect lighting. All the images used in this post are shots from my very neglected flickr stream, from the days my slr was always in my bag and I used to spend time thinking about my photography.

Talking of planning ahead, doing the big blogging bootcamp last month has me thinking about getting some sort of schedule together around my blogging. I also want to sort my tone of voice out. 

In none blog life I’m working on the house. All of it. Every single corner of it. Not at once, as much as I’d like to, but we’ll be working on it for a while now. So expect updates as a by-product of that. And I have so many must do craft projects that are just sitting there waiting for me to start now I have everything unpacked so expect some posts on those too!

How does it differ from others of its genre?
In all honesty, I don’t think it does that much. I’m a lifestyle blogger. Like most lifestyle bloggers I talk about the things I love. I have my monthly ‘Goals’ posts and my lust lists that are regular features. Whilst I do chat about clothes that I'd love I don't really do fashion posts. I admire bloggers who can get up in front of the camera and pose, that’s just not for me. Plus, I’ve talked before about how converse, jeans and a tshirt won’t win me any style awards.

But one of my big selling points is that the other blogs out there don't have Flash! He's the superstar round here. 

How does my writing process work?
At the moment it’s a little chaotic. Working full time and having a lot of commitments I do find it hard to eeek out some time to sit down and blog, so I write and post when I can. I’m sneaking in posts during lunch breaks, or in the couple of hrs that I should be spending painting and sorting the house whilst Jim is at Football. Recently I’ve been getting up and writing early on Saturday mornings whilst catching up with True Blood. Any time Jim and Flash are both asleep or occupied seems to be my most productive period. 

It usually starts with something I have done, an image I've found or a diy I've tried or an event ,and I work from there. I try to convince myself that the excessive time I spend on Pinterest is all 'blog' work as I find a lot of inspiration on there.

So, there you have it, my Blog Hop answers. I hope that you've found it interesting. And as part of the hop, you nominate two other bloggers to join in with the fun. Next week I've asked two wonderful, dog loving ladies to answer the questions - I love reading their blogs so am looking forwards to their responses. First up we have Laura from The Mrs Makes, and next we have Michelle at Life Outside London


  1. Anonymous8/11/2014

    I'm unsure if I'm posting a response twice to this ipad failed horribly and booted me off your blog, so apologise if this is my second response. Adore the photos, of course Flash is just the most adorable. Funny how similar our answers are, looks like we planned it! Hope you had a lovely weekend away. Xx

    1. Isn't it just crazy how similar our answers are? Maybe it's the goal of most bloggers out there - have the time to take more beautiful images and find more time to write. It's tough with a job and soon to be uni course to do though isn't it. And the weekend was great - although it's cemented the fact we NEED another pup! x

  2. Loved finding out a bit more about you Em! And you should definitely pick up your camera more, these shots are all completely beautiful.
    Thanks for getting me involved in the bloggity hop.
    M x Life Outside London


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