Interview With Em (The Violet Pages): Freedom & Flexibility With Writing

Introduce yourself! Tell us a bit about you and where we can find you on social media too!

Hello! Em Catherine here – writer of The Violet Pages blog. This is a link to my blog directly and my social media is at the bottom when you scroll down. I’m very new to the blogging community so don’t have much of a following yet, but hopefully with time I’ll be more integrated!

Why did you start blogging?

This year I’ve been an active contributor for my university newspaper, Forge Press, yet just a few months ago I got offered the role of being the Lifestyle Editor – something I totally didn’t see possible!

Everyone else on the editorial team are in their third year or completing masters when I’ve just completed my first. So, although it took me by surprise, it was an offer I wasn’t going to let go. However, being an editor means the amount of my own content going into the paper is restricted – which is when the blog kick-started!

This way I have the best of both worlds, working for the paper whist still writing as much as I like.

Tell us about your niche and your blog.

This is quite a difficult question to answer as lifestyle is so broad, but that was something done intentionally. I adore the variety and freedom of one day writing a travel piece, then the next day discussing interiors or style. I do realize that those who have their niche nailed down to a T gain more of a following as people know what to expect, but I’d honestly prefer flexibility when writing.

What is the best thing about blogging for you?

It sorts out my mood entirely. I don’t blog full-time or for money - (no way I could do that for a while anyway, only have a handful of posts!) so I don’t have the stresses of trying to bring in an income from doing what I’m doing. It’s an escape where my words can flow in whatever direction they please.

What’s your favorite social media platform and why?

Twitter! For sure! I didn’t do Twitter a couple of months ago but I can’t explain just how useful it is to promote blogs. Just today I got added into a newbie group chat on Twitter where all us blogging babies can come together and help each other out! That in itself is enough for me to say that Twitter is the most useful and efficient way to connect.

What would say to someone interested in blogging or just starting out?

Absolutely go for it. I’d advise them to use WordPress as I’ve recently transferred over from Blogger and I find it 10x better. I’d also tell them that the views won’t come flooding through the second your first blog post gets published – something I naïvely expected.

I didn’t do my research on promotion and assumed it’d get views instantly. Yet I’d tell them to sort themselves out across various social media platforms and engage in other blogs to become more of a part of the blogging community.

What was the most challenging thing about being a blogger for you?

I can’t say I’ve encountered many challenges yet as I’ve only been blogging for such a short amount of time, however one of the biggest fears I had is that I’d never feel connected to all the others bloggers out there.

When I started, I used to sit and read threads written by bloggers on Twitter that all knew one another, chatting and complimenting everyone on their work, but at the time I didn’t know how to engage or be a part of the community.

It’s something which I now recognize just comes with time and I’m now connecting with people daily through various platforms – it feels great to have overcome something I was so worried about.

What do you do when you aren’t working on your blog?

Since starting my blog I’ve finished my first year of University, so I’ve found I have a lot more time than before.

I love to read and cook – they’re activities I partake in daily, as well as experimenting with baking.

I spend far too much time on department store websites configuring what types of things I’m going to buy for my first home – since doing so, my interest in interior design has shot through the roof!

Name a female blogger or business owner who inspires you and why.

This one may be mentioned a lot, but it has got to be Grace Beverley. I think she’s an incredible role model to anyone in the blogging/business owner industry. She’s so early in her 20s, just graduated from Oxford, is the owner of two sustainable branded businesses who has just bought her first home in London.

I’ve seen her YouTube channel and she regularly posts videos promoting her brands whilst ensuring her audience is aware that her entire business is ran efficiently, fairly and in a way which doesn’t negatively affect the environment. I think everyone should take a page out of her book.

What advice would you have for women wanting to start their own business?

Go out there and get it girl!!! Any woman should feel confident and powerful enough to start their own business. It’s becoming so much more widely recognized that women CAN do the same jobs as men and can perform to the same (if not BETTER) standard. Women shouldn’t be afraid to do their passion and shine!!! Cannot stress this enough – do it and embrace the success!!

Find me on twitter at @violetpagesx

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