You know, I love people and I love blogging and so I thought I would start a new series of blogger interviews as it really interests me to see how people came to blogging and why they do what they do. I haven’t really found many local bloggers close to me yet, well with the lovely exception of one. She’s so lovely in fact, that she agreed to answer a few questions – so let’s get started…
What is your name and what is the name of your blog?
My name is Tilly, and I blog at Lavender Lemonade (www.lavenderlemonade.net!)
Where are you from (originally)
I’m from Bradford, a city on the western side of the Pennines.
If you won a million pounds this afternoon, what would be the first thing you would buy?
I would buy a house, so I have a place to call my own instead of renting like we currently are! Then I can get to grips with making a house well and truly my own instead of being constricted by rental agreements. Although I’d like to add our landlord is amazing and we can do what we like anyway.
How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I started blogging in school, on a website called Livejournal. I started blogging publically in my early twenties on Paper Crowned, then due to offline commitments I had to take a long break. In 2015 I came back and I haven’t looked back since!
How did you choose the name of your blog?
I settled on Lavender Lemonade because it fits well with my life right now. I adore lavender and have a garden currently cultivating lots of it, and cooking with it is certainly the way I’d like to go – I thought Lavender Lemonade was a cosy, homey name which suited my vibe. On a more serious note, I partially settled on the name as the drink was recommended to me for anxiety and it stuck in my head.
Is there any subject that you think of as “off limits” on your blog?
Too much information regarding my step children, my partner and our personal lives. I don’t mind sharing where we go and what we do, but past that is a no-go. I applaud bloggers who can write freely about their intimate life, or their trials and tribulations but it just isn’t me.
As I moved to the North West, my blog is a fantastic way of keeping my beloved family in Bradford updated on how I’m doing and how I look. They don’t need to see more troubling or negative aspects of things I encounter in my life spattered over the internet.
How do your friends and family feel about your blog? Do they “get” it?
My family do – in fact, my Grandmother is an avid reader and that makes me prouder than any follower number. With that in mind I strive to keep my blog something that I hope makes her proud. Friends have an inkling I think – but I haven’t discussed my online hobby with them as such. If asked about it, I’d be happy to really introduce them but I don’t think its something that would come up in day-to-day conversation.
What’s your best experience of blogging so far?
I’ve had the opportunity over the years to be blessed with lots of experiences while blogging – meetups, events, hampers – but the one thing I feel that keeps me going is the people I meet through being a blogger. Its such a widespread hobby these days, and I adore the fact I can connect with people from all walks of life and we have something in common. In fact, Gill, I met you through blogging before I moved here! I’d say that’s a pretty positive experience!
Do you have a long term plan for your blog – is there anything you would like to achieve?
Eventually I’d love to Vlog. I’m a shy introvert, so I think it could be something positive for me to aim for – over summer I’m aiming for more regular, structured postings and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me and Lavenderlemonade.net.
Do you have any tips for someone thinking of starting their own blog?
Social media is a great way of meeting more like-minded folks. Take advantage of that and you’ll go far! The only other thing I’d have to say is you don’t need a fancy camera or an expensive setup. I started blogging with my iPhone 4 and an old laptop. I’ve build up from there to a £450 CANON camera and my own notebook specifically for the blog but it was something that developed over time. Learn to see what works for you and build on that, all bloggers started small.
So there you have it and some great advice there at the end too! I love the fact that Tilly’s blog helps keep her family up to date with her adventures, whilst also informing the wider world of the fab places she discovers. Thanks Tilly, I am sure we will all look forward to lots more blogs and maybe even Vlogs in the future!
Don’t forget to check out Lavender Lemonade and do get in touch if you have any questions about blogging.
Till next time.