Bonjour, Blogger! : Lizzie
Blog URL: Head Full of Flowers
What is your blog about?
When people ask what’s my blog about, I’ll often just refer to it as a ‘creative lifestyle’ blog because it’s home to so many different passions of mine: cruelty free-DIY beauty, art, literature, lifestyle, travel and living ethically to name a few!
Is this your first blog?
Apart from the few failed attempts I had at tumblr-yes! However I currently also blog over on a creative site I share with my sisters and I’m also working on another blog project of my own- incorporating more of an current affairs/ethical living/lifestyle/travel vibe.
When did you start your current blog?
Head-full-of-flowers was born August 26th 2013!
What was your first blog post about?
My first post ‘Making the switch’ talks about how to transition to cruelty free beauty products.
What do you think is the most useful tool to you as a blogger?
A genuine voice
Do people in your real life know about your blog?
If yes, has your blog helped you career wise?
I’m a student and only work part time so career wise-no. That being said, blogging has opened up a lot of opportunities for me and I’ve been able to do a lot of things I wouldn’t have been able to otherwise.
What has been the one thing (blog post, project, etc) that you have been really proud of?
While I love to share my DIYs and beauty related posts, the posts that have made me truly ‘proud’ or more so exited to write about, have all been charity/project related.
If I had to pick one post that has made me really proud- it would have to be ‘The real life lost boys: The Cinci Lei Project’ where I talk about Joost Vandebrugs incredible mission to help improve the lives of third generation homeless kids in Bucharest. This kind of project is where my real passion lies and I’m so incredibly grateful to of had the opportunity to be involved, even in a small way, with such an amazing and successful project that’s really changing lives.”
Where do you see your blog in a year?
While I quite like where Head full of flowers is now, there are definitely things I’d like to improve and themes I want to hem in on. By next year I’d really like HFOF to be home to many more exiting collaborations, DIYs and perhaps be a little tidier (though not too tidy!) around the edges. I’d also like to have expanded and much improved HFOF shop by next year as it’s a bit of a prototype-y mess at present!
What do you wish you knew when starting your blog?
It’s a recurring problem in the blogosphere and it’s that you shouldn’t let yourself be tied down to one specific topic.
Even if your blog title is ‘beauty, brains, cabbage and recycling bins’ that doesn’t mean you can only blog about ‘beauty, brains, cabbage and recycling bins’. Go crazy, write about your love of karate, tell us your favourite pasta dish because first and foremost when you blog- it should be for you. If your blog doesn’t interest your own self, it won’t be interesting to others.
I used to think I could only blog about cruelty free beauty but I soon realised that while I’m really passionate about it, it isn’t a topic that I find interesting enough to only ever blog about!
What do you wish you know more about now?
HTML and coding.
I’d say WHAT I’d like to know-but that’s the problem, I literally don’t know anything! Thank goodness for google and talented blogging friends!
How do you keep motivated to post?
I simply only post when I feel like I have something I’d like to share, document or something that my readers might benefit from. I’m not one for churning out posts and I never will be; creating a post takes too much time and effort to just be deleted a few hours later because you’ve realised it sounds forced and like you didn’t really enjoy creating it!
Anything else you’d like to add?
Head Full of Flowers is a really happy little community and so if you fancy stopping by that would be brilliant – I’d love for you to come on over for a chat over a virtual cuppa!
Also, a huge thank you to ‘Bonjour, Blogger!’, it’s a real privilege to be able to talk about my favourite hobby in this wonderful space.