Happy Thursday Everyone!! Today I’m delighted to welcome Hannah from Pages, Places and Plates as this weeks featured blogger. Not only does her fabulous site cover some of my all time favourite topics, but I’m thrilled to be able to have her as part of my awesome Book Blogger Squad too! So if you are on the hunt for a new blog to devour I suggest you give today’s interview a read to discover the lowdown on Hannah’s blog.
Tell us a bit about yourself and your blog
My blog is Pages, Places, & Plates where I review several topics I’m passionate about – books, eateries, British experiences, and international travel. I also review products! I live in Essex by the sea which I love but I’m always looking for the next place to escape to – Fuerteventura and Kenya are two of my favourite destinations. I’m also a massive bookworm, particularly into women’s fiction and psychological thrillers, and love eating a variety of different cuisines.
How long have you been blogging?
I haven’t been blogging that long – since February 2019 – but I love it! I threw myself into it headfirst and I’m really enjoying having it as a project. I also feel so integrated with the blogging community already which I wasn’t expecting so soon.
What or who inspired you to create your blog?
As well as my full-time job as a youth employment advisor I write film and game reviews for CEX. In January I’d been sitting down writing reviews and I realised just how much I enjoyed it, and that I wanted to do more. I decided on blogging so I could review even more topics that I love but also so I can build it from a hobby to a career – the goal is to move abroad so blogging is a perfect career to work with that! I also love the idea of being self-employed (which several family members of mine have been), doing something creative that I’m passionate about.
What’s your favourite thing about running your blog?
I love lots of different aspects but one thing I really enjoy is how much it encourages me to get out and experience new things. I’m constantly looking for new content which has inspired me to try out so many new experiences!
How do you stay motivated?
Since starting my blog I’ve redesigned my studio to incorporate a desk (alongside my easel and yoga mat). Before writing I tidy the area, light candles and incense, and make tea – the ritual gets me in the zone and I genuinely look forward to blogging time. I also set monthly blogging goals to hold myself accountable – there’s nothing more motivating than completing a to do list!
What’s been the most challenging part of your blogging journey to date?
Juggling the blog with my full-time job can be difficult – I find it very hard to switch off my ideas during the day, and then when I get home in the evening I’m usually quite tired so it can be hard to get stuff done. I have to be very good at compartmentalising to keep my focus, but also self-aware of my physical and mental health so I can prevent myself feeling too tired or getting migraines and still get my writing done.
Tell us about your favourite blog post
I think my favourite book review post has to be my review for The Summer of Chasing Dreams by Holly Martin as it was the first review I wrote which had been requested by an author! I really enjoyed the book and I felt I did well at conveying how much I enjoyed it through my words. I got a great response as well, which always helps! You can check it out here:
Describe your blog in four words
Reviews to inspire you!
What are your future hopes and dreams for your blog?
The dream is to blog as my career, so I want it to expand and reach more people as I want it to be the place people go for advice, so I can help and inspire! Eventually I’ll go self-hosted and jazz up the site, and I’d also love to feature short courses and eBooks on there as well.
QUICKFIRE GET TO KNOW YOU QUESTIONS:
Early Bird or Night Owl?
Night owl – mornings are not my friend.
Night in or night out?
Night in when in England, but I love nights out abroad.
Ketchup or mayo?
Both mixed together!
Summer or Winter?
Tea or coffee?
It depends on my mood!
Bath or shower?
I absolutely love homemade milk baths so definitely bath.
Pizza or Chinese?
Dog or cat?
That’s too difficult! I choose BOTH.
Movie or box set?
I think I prefer movies – I love how so much emotion and so on can be portrayed in just a couple of hours.
Sweet or savoury?
Savoury (I’m British – it’s all pork pies and sausage rolls here!)
I’d like to say a massive thank you to Hannah for taking part. Check out next week’s post as I welcome another fabulous blogger.
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