I told my Instagram followers they could ask me anything and they did! Here are my answers.
@fibrogeek asked: “What made you decide to start blogging? What is the best thing that has happened thanks to blogging? What one piece of advice to other bloggers be?”
In 2010 I was reading lots of vintage style blogs and I took part in a style challenge on Facebook. I wore a dress every day for a month and when it came to an end I started a blog to continue sharing my outfits and because I liked writing. I posted sporadically at first, and because I didn’t have that many outfits to post, and my health made getting dressed up and photographed difficult, I started to write about different things – my cultural influences, where I had been and what I had seen. Everything has evolved quite naturally from there. It began as a hobby, something just for fun, and is slowly turning into something more professional and purposeful, but still fun!
The best thing that has happened because of blogging is that it has helped me get my shit together! The last four years have been so tough and my life has changed massively. Connecting with like-minded people on line has made a huge difference during the times I have been isolated and lonely. Plus I’ve always wanted my blog to be a positive and honest space, so I try to share my best, but authentic self and that has been a really good practise for me. Once you tell the world how you see it, you owe it to yourself and your readers to live it.
My one piece of advice to bloggers (myself included) is to connect with other bloggers and readers in real life whenever you can. Not everyone will turn into your new best friend and you might be surprised by who you do or don’t click with offline, but you are guaranteed to have a load of fun and get a ton of inspiration. Also it is just really lovely to spend time with people that share your ability to have a good conversation while simultaneously editing selfies for Instagram!
@heleniumknits on instagram asked: “What’s your cat’s secret identity? (they all have one)”
Of course they do, cat identities are possibly even more complex than human ones!
Eddie has just had a haircut and it seems to be a massive weight off, he has so much energy now he is lighter and cooler, so he is channelling ‘sprightly Spring lamb’ this season. Eddie actually has a few secret identities, here are my favourites…
Lord Edward Fluffybottom – The little Lord knows he is one of those posh cats, therefore superior and entitled. Even if he was never going to be a best in show or the Downing Street cat, he is still better than his human servants (who inadvertently reinforce his worldview) and the street moggies (that he is terrified of even though he has never met any). He huffs at the riff-raff that surround him and expects to be served his cat treats with a silver spoon. This is the cat we once came home to find he had turned on the TV and was watching the Conservative Conference coverage. Of course, it is hard to tell what he actual political opinions are as he scowls at everyone.
Ed Valiant, Private Investigator – Eddie loves investigating, he likes to sniff everything and likes to observe humans as they do things. You can see his mind calculating and mystery solving as he tries work out how to climb the shelves to see what is in that box at the top. His nickname is stolen from Who Framed Roger Rabbit? because that film is genius, but he is more of a film noir anti-hero, with thoughts narrated in a deep no-nonsense American accent. Example: “I had a chance and I had to take it. The dame left the room, the cupboard was wide open, just like this case, and I knew the answers were inside.”
My Little Cowardly Lion – He gives it all that, picks a fight with you, saying “puttem up puttem up” and then completely freaks out and then hides. Plus he looks like a little lion.
@alubelle3 “If you were stranded on a desert island with 3 things, what would they be?”
I’d like three people please! I’d go totally mad on my own! A survival expert, a doctor and a handsome poetic musician would be nice! As I don’t think people count as ‘things’, I should choose some actual stuff. I have no idea what would be useful in this situation, but I’d like a life supply of a sun lotion with a high SPF, prescription sunglasses and a ukulele! (I would like a hairbrush too, but I’m assuming I could borrow one from a local mermaid).
Of course it is tempting to choose three items of Crown and Glory (Ali is a fellow member of the Glitterati), in that case it’d be the Shauna Tiara, Elbie Crown and my Mermaid Turban!
@nikkiloymusic Top 3 female artists?
I’m assuming this means music artists as Nikki is a singer/songwriter (check out her music). I like artists that write awesome lyrics that are good to sing/scream along to as well as speaking direct to my soul, make feisty, fun and innovative music, have an independent/DIY attitude and are artists in every sense of the word. I’m cheating and doing top 5 (it’s a High Fidelity thing!)
- Ani DiFranco
- Helen Love
- Kathleen Hanna
- Amanda Palmer
@helenthornber What is your proudest achievement so far this year and why?
Argh! Helen is a coach so asks the best, difficult but useful, questions! This is so hard as I feel like I have set lots of things in motion this year, but not got to the actual achievement bit yet! However, I am proud that I have handled a series of personal crises and difficult situations with grace (I think! Not sure if I’m a reliable judge of this, but I’m feeling positive about it!)
In terms of things I have actually done – I’m really proud of my collaborations – the 10 Things I Am Afraid To Tell You posts and #InspirApril challenge. Collaborating has pushed me out of my control freak comfort zone and given me a real boost of confidence, inspiration and enthusiasm.
I am also really proud that I am finally sharing some of my (less bad) poetry. I have so much really bad poetry hidden away (and I’m not being modest, some of it is horrifically cringeworthy) as I have written for years, but not shared. I procrastinate like Hamlet, but have faced the fact that if I want to write, I need to put something out there. My blog posts have only got better because I kept publishing them and learning as I went. Sharing something that isn’t perfect, or that I might decide I don’t like later, is part of the process and is always going to be preferable to stabbing your ex-girlfriend’s dad in your mother’s chamber. Thanks for the perspective Mr Shakespeare.
And thanks everyone for your questions – I might do this again one day as I really enjoyed it! If you can’t wait ’til then, you can always hit me up with questions in the comments!