Hello everyone! ♡
Happy March and happy St David’s Day to all my fellow Welshies reading this! Also can you believe it is kind of spring, I know it’s not officially spring until the end of March but I still say March is spring! Today is the first of this month of blogger interviews! I loved interviewing all the bloggers and I hope you leave all the posts feeling inspired!
For this post I interviewed Ffion from the blog: https://theessenceofred.co.uk/ , she blogs all about lifestyle, and documents her growth and development in life and she loves to inspire people! She was so lovely to talk to and is also Welsh which is so cool!
Me: Hi Ffion, could you tell my readers a bit about you and your blog?
Ffion: Hey guys, My name’s Ffi, I’m twenty-two, I’m an International Hotel Management student in my final year of university in Swansea, where I live with my partner. I’ve been blogging since I was 14 where I started on LiveJournal and then proceeded with A South Wales Blog and She Means Business. I have now settled on my blog called The Essence of Red, a blog dedicated to my life and my journey to personal development and growth.
Me: Wow that’s amazing! You have been blogging for so long and I’m also welsh aha! How did you get into blogging and your favourite posts to write?
Ffion: I always loved to write, when I was in my final year of Primary School I got a poem published in a children’s poetry book. Growing older I loved help columns and agony aunt sections in magazines and I loved the idea of writing to help people, I then got onto LiveJournal where people would post questions and ask for help so I began writing there and then eventually I started my own blog reviewing products and experiences. It’s really my love for writing and engagement with those who read my blog which continues to inspire me to write.
Me: Love it! I am also very into writing and that’s how I got into blogging! How do you manage to balance blogging with university? Have you got any tips for balancing also?
Ffion: The struggle is real. Balancing work, life and blogging is probably one of the biggest challenges I’ve faced and one I’m still currently working on getting a perfect balance but I definitely recommend getting into a routine and using a planner to plan your time effectively. You’ll also need to learn to prioritise because at some point you will have to slack on one to keep the other afloat.
Me: Very true and realistic! What are your plans for the future ( blog, life job ) etc?
Ffion: I’d never dream of blogging it full time, but what I do dream of is making enough income to work part time in my chosen industry. For my readers, I’d love to provide a space where they can be inspired by my posts, be entertained by my life and trust in my reviews. I’d also love to one day write my own self help book and inspire people to live their best lives. Meanwhile, when I graduate in July I’d like to find a job that I’m happy with!
Me: It’s lovely to know you want to carry on with your blog! It is also great to see that you want to help and inspire people, that is so inspiring. Could you link some of your favourite posts to write and why?
Ffion: I love to write lifestyle posts, especially since we’ve recently moved, I’m looking forward to writing about cohabitation life with my partner. In July I graduate and I’m looking forward to sharing my post-grad life with my followers too.
Me: Aw I find all of those posts so interesting to read! Do you have any holy grail beauty products or a product you swear by and use everyday?
Ffion: Anything Lush Cosmetics. I love soaking in the bath, tired? Bath! stressed? Bath! sad? Bath! The sparkly bathbombs make me feel like a goddess and the facemasks make me feel like I’m relaxing in a spa.
Me: OMG I love Lush so much! Did you have any people that inspired you to start blogging?
Ffion: Influencers and big bloggers were not a thing when I began blogging so I had no one inspiring my to start, however, Sheila Joy is keeping me going with her brand new eBook.
Me: Ooh sounds good! Lastly do you have any advice for new bloggers or people who want to start a blog?
Ffion: Plan. Plan. Plan. The worst thing you can do is launch yourself into a blog without a plan. I recommend checking out Sheila Joy and her new ebook which is what I’m using now to try and improve my blog. I also recommend building up your social media platforms and planning some posts before making your blog live.
Me: Awesome, thank you somuch for taking time out of your day to answer my questions!
Ffion: Thank you so much for the opportunity! It was fantastic chatting to you and I hope my answers help and inspire!
I hope you have enjoyed the first interview of March and are looking forward to more! Thanks to Ffion for taking part!