Introduce yourself! Tell us a bit about you and where we can find you on social media too!
Hi! I'm Milly, I'm 17 and I've recently started my blog, Milly Edna. It's a space to share my thoughts and feelings, born from a love of reading and writing, as well as a sense of loneliness. To me, blogging feels like chatting with friends, and that's what I love most about it.
I've just finished my A Level exams and embarked on the long summer before starting university, which I'm hoping will be filled with sunny days and happy memories.
You can join in with them on twitter (@EdnaMilly), instagram (Milly.Edna), or by reading my blog over at millyedna.blogspot.co.uk.
Why did you start blogging and tell us about your blog?
For as long as I've had access to a computer, I've always been an avid blog reader, (even without knowing it!) I remember getting my first handbag as a little girl and searching up 'good things to put in a handbag'. I'd read through the old-time-classic posts of bloggers spilling the beans on what was in theirs, and write little lists of my own. I spent my pocket money on bits and bobs to put in it, and I wrote my own lists about what was in mine.
I also thought, when I was younger, that having my own wesbite would be the COOLEST thing in the world. I remember begging my mum to help me set one up, and I eventually twigged that I could make something that kinddddd of resembled a website by setting up links to and from different slides on Microsoft Powerpoint. I had clip-art pictures of animals on the front page, that when you clicked them, whizzed you across to another slide with a fact file, and I thought it was amazing. I emailed it out to everyone I knew and felt so proud of myself. Bless!!
Growing up, I started recognizing blogs for what they really were and began following individual bloggers; the likes of Lily Pebbles and Liv Purvis as my favourites. I loved reading about their life and adventures, and I once tried to start my own, but the ridicule I got at school quickly put and end to it and ever since then, I totally shut the idea down.
That being said, I had a tough time during A-Levels and left school recently with poor mental health. To keep myself busy, social and find a productive hobby, I guess you could say I started blogging as a form of self-care!
What is the best thing about blogging for you?
So far, the best thing about blogging has been the community. Less than a week old, my baby blog has already put me in contact with some amazing people!! I got a message from the lovely Alice (@mindspeaksaloud) on twitter who reached out after a blog post of mine mentioned the university I am hoping to go to in September, as she's also studying there!
It's amazing how blogging has introduced me to a world of talented, created and powerful people, a lot of them women!! I love that blogging has become such an empowered platform, with amazing buisness-women around every corner.
What’s your favourite social media platform and why?
I think twitter is best for blogging; easy to share links and connect, but personally I think I'll always love (old-style, algorythmless) Instagram the most. There's something a bit magical to me about taking pictures, editing them, creating a beautiful grid and following your favourties. I love how my feed can go straight from Michelle Obama to my little sister's slime page, or from Rhianna to my mum!! You can follow my Instagram at @Milly.Edna
What would say to someone interested in blogging or just starting out?
I don't feel as though I'm the most qualified person to give advice here because I've only just started out myself... but what I would say is just DO it. Don't worry about a fancy camera or background or having your own website or knowing it all. Give it a go, fall in love with it and the rest will fall into place.
What was the most challenging thing about being a blogger for you?
I think the most challenging thing for me, is being totally open. Somehow, it seems easy to do with the world wide web, writing anything to anyone and not really minding. But the thought of my school mates, family or work collegues finding my blog horrifies me. I think it's definitely something I need to work on, but I guess confidence is something you have to work on and it'll come eventually.
What do you do when you aren’t working on your blog?
Although working on my blog seems to be all I am doing at the moment, I love spending time with my family. I've got an adorable little sister who is horse and slime mad, and is a bit of an instagram star in her own right. A little brother who is destined to be a sportsman, amazingingly talented at football and cricket (and now trying his hand at filming fortnite videos...) I also live with my mum and stepdad who are amazing, and love spending time with my grandparents, who are probably my best friends in the world, alongside my boyfriend Joe.
When I'm not blogging, I'm likely to be with one of them, studying, or at my part-time retail job. I've written more about me in my introductory blog post over at milly-edna.blogspot.co.uk.
Name a female blogger or business owner who inspires you and why.
Olivia Purvis, from whatoliviadid.com is one of my biggest inspirations both in blogging and in day-to-day life. I love that she experiments, stays true to herself and does everything with a smile on her face. She's built a strong community and an honest business. I think she's just a really good egg, and I look up to her so much.