Bonjour, Blogger! : Kathryn

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Name Kathryn
Age 18
Location UK
Blog URL Nimble Note

What is your blog about?
Nimble Note is a place I share thoughts (sometimes deep), general life and a sprinkling of notable delicious recipes and simple DIY’s.

Is this your first blog?
Yes. Well unless you count tumblr as a ‘blogging platform’ (although I never wrote posts so…)

When did you start your current blog?
I think I set up my blog in April time in 2014, but didn’t upload anything until June.

What made you do it?
After being a viewer of YouTube for quite a few years, and enjoying watching people like me create and share content easily from their bedrooms, I discovered the blogging world. At the end of 2013, I stumbled upon a few blogs (with the help of pinterest whilst looking at Christmas DIY’s) and it wasn’t to long before I was sucked in! I began reading a whole range of different blog types – lifestyle, food, crafts, opinionated. After wanting to start a blog for a good few months I finally decided to go ahead and just do it. I decided to incorporate all the different factors I enjoy reading and created Nimble Note.

What was your first blog post about?
My first post was called ‘Backwards at Coming Forwards’ and it was about a saying that my dad always uses to describe me. I kind of wanted to go against it by just going ahead and doing something new – blogging.

What do you think is the most useful tool to you as a blogger?
Picmonkey. Photoshop is a no go for me. Picmonkey just makes it so much simpler to edit photos. However in the future I do want to try and learn the art of using photoshop.

Do people in your real life know about your blog? If no, why? Do you purposefully keep it a secret?
Only two people know about Nimble Note – my mum and a close friend. I did try to keep it a secret and managed for about 7/8 months but then my mum wondered why I was always taking wallpaper samples, food, candles, etc into her room (best lighting) and then taking photos of them. Then my friend stumbled across me on twitter; which made me worry that others might but who cares?!

What has been the one thing (blog post, project, etc) that you have been really proud of?
That’s a hard one. I’m really proud of my thought posts, in particular ‘Oh Time’ and ‘Being the Best at Everything’, simply because it takes me a while to get my thoughts out and written down in readable sentences. Also, it’s just really nice to be able to share them with people and it feels so good hearing feedback on them; especially when people say they relate.

Where do you see your blog in a year?
I’m never any good at these types of questions because I always underestimate how fast a year goes but at the same time, I underestimate the amount that can be done (very contradictory I know). The main thing I can think of right now is that I hope to have found more specific focuses, but I won’t put constraints on myself as I still want to be enjoying the whole process of blogging.

What do you wish you knew when starting your blog?
How much time it takes! Seriously, before I started blogging, I thought it would be a doddle. A quick photo or two, 15 minutes to type up a post, hit publish, then bam you’re done. But boy was I wrong! Sometimes just taking photos takes up to an hour, then another hour to edit them and then onto writing the post; which can take anywhere between an hour to a few days. But it doesn’t stop there as you have social media to tend with and interacting with fellow bloggers. Although it sounds like I’m complaining, I’m not, because I’ve actually grown to enjoy taking my time to create content.

What do you wish you know more about now?
One thing I really wish I could master is html. I’ve tried but I just can’t seem to understand anything.

How do you keep motivated to post?
I don’t force myself! If I really don’t feel like blogging, I won’t because I’m usually unhappy with the post at the end and, more often than not, I just scrap it. When feeling lack of motivation, I usually just go on pinterest for creative inspiration, watch YouTube which may spark opinions on things, or simply just let my mind wander. But one thing I tend to do, is avoid reading others blog posts so that I don’t feel even less motivated.

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