1. Tell us about yourself . . .
Hey! I’m Chelsea from Oh So Mint, I’m 24 years old & I started my Interiors & Lifestyle blog just under a year and a half ago.
- How did you first get into blogging? Who inspired you?
For a while after leaving university I found myself craving a way of releasing my creative side again, with no real clue as to how I should/would go about it. It was around this time that I started to discover a few bloggers on Instagram – my biggest inspirations were Kate La Vie and Lust Living – and I soon realised that I really wanted a little piece of the internet to call my own. A place to practise my writing skills, to house my new found love for photography and to share my passion for interior styling.
- How would you describe your blogging style?
I would say my blogging style is chatty, really laid back & an easy read. I’ve always wanted Oh So Mint to be a place where anyone and everyone feels like they can sit back, relax and enjoy. My blog is aimed at those seeking advice, inspiration and content to connect with – with content ranging from lists, life lessons and musings, to expressing my love for interiors, styling and homeware.
- How do you come up with new and fresh ideas for your blog?
I’m a pen and paper kind of gal and love to jot down my ideas in a trusty old notebook. When I’m feeling really inspired, I will write a list of different title ideas, so that I have a few posts up my sleeve. I find it really helpful making a spider diagram of a theme, like Autumn for example and then branching off ideas from that. I also try to think about posts that I would like to read myself and find that reading other blogs is a great form of inspiration.
- How do you make sure you always have time to blog?
I have to confess that this isn’t a strong point of mine, but is something that I’m definitely working on and trying to improve. I have a full-time job that’s very full on & I don’t get home until 7:45pm, so I find it difficult to allocate my time effectively. I’ve started to book different slots throughout my week, which is proving to be really helpful. For example I will edit/ draft an Instagram post on the train or reply to comments and work on posts a couple of evenings a week after work. Then at the weekend I will try to shoot as many photos as possible. It’s all about balance though & something that I like to think comes in time (with a lot of dedication).
- Who are your top 3 bloggers?
Wow! This is a toughie. I don’t think that I could pinpoint a top 3, but I love:
- Kate La Vie
- Beth Sandland
- Lust Living
- Honestly Emma
- Number Five Interiors
- Gold Vibes Only
- Rhianna Olivia
- Vix Meldrew
- Pint Sized Beauty
- Gemma Louise
- Hannah Gale
- From Roses
I could honestly list 100000s more! So many amazingly talented bloggers around.
- What do you like to do in your spare time?
A lot of my spare time is taken up by blogging (which I love!). But apart from that, I love to binge watch a new series or get lost in a new book. I also love date nights with friends and spending some quality time with my boyfriend and our cat! I’m definitely a home bird.
- How do you deal with negative comments and feedback about your blog?
I’ve only had one negative incident with my blog (so far) and at first I did find it incredibly hard to deal with. A negative side of blogging is that you put your heart and soul into it & have to put yourself out there for the world to see. So when you get negative comments/ feedback, it’s hard to not take it personally. But the truth is, you won’t always be everyone’s cup of tea & as long as you’re being true to yourself, that’s all that matters. So it’s important to try to isolate yourself from the negativity (which is easier said than done I know)
- What camera do you use to take your blog pictures with?
Last year I saved up and treated myself to my first ‘proper’ camera – an Olympus Pen E- PL7, which I love. Since I started blogging I’ve really got into photography & knew that it would be a worthy investment. However, I also use my iPhone 7 from time to time and love the quality of that too.
- For new bloggers. . . how do you find the money to fund your blog posts?
There is definitely a pressure to keep up with the latest trends when it comes to blogging & the ‘instagram-made-me-do-it’ purchases. But I don’t think it’s a necessity. I tend to buy something that I need (ie a new candle or jumper) or something I’ve wanted for a while that’s a real treat, but I don’t think your blogs success is determined by funding your blog posts. There’s so much ‘free’ content about – like a makeup post on your makeup staples (things you love & already own) or your tips on how to style a living room. You can also write a ‘day in the life’ post or about a topic that is personal to you. I think it’s important to try to live (or blog) within your means.
- How do you keep your readers interested?
I think it’s always easy to doubt yourself and worry about your engagement. I think that one of the ways in which I keep my readers interested is that I try to always be myself & reflect that in my posts as much as possible. I write how I speak and try to make sure that no matter what the subject of the post is, my thoughts and personality come through.
- What is the greatest satisfaction about being a blogger?
I think the greatest satisfaction I’ve had as a blogger is inspiring others – be it one person or 10 people, or even 100s of people! It doesn’t matter. It’s just nice to know that someone has related to what you have to say, or you’ve inspired them to talk about something or challenge themselves – be it upcycling their bedside tables or even starting a blog of their own. Receiving a message like that is just really heart-warming & always makes my day.
13. What is the best way to gain more readers on your blog site?
It’s important to get yourself out there as much as possible. Don’t be afraid to share your content and also try to engage as much as possible – read and comment on other bloggers posts, reply to comments on your feed. And as I said earlier, inject your personality as much as possible & try to always stay true to yourself – relatability is key.
14. For anyone thinking about starting a blog of their own, what advice do you have for them?
Don’t be afraid to be yourself. As much as some really value having a niche, you don’t have to limit yourself (or even have a niche at all). When it comes to blogging, there is no rule book that determines what’s right or wrong. You can be your niche. Write about the things that inspire you, the things you’d like to read and the things that set your soul on fire when you think about them and let your personality shine through in everything that you do. Just be true to yourself – you can never go wrong with that.
Personally I loved reading this back, Chelsea has been so helpful and like all the others, has taken time out of her day to help me to help others wanting to start a blog of their own. If this is your first time hearing about Chelsea and Oh So Mint please go and check her out
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