Today I am starting a new series on my blog called Meet The Blogger, where I’ll be interviewing a selection of my favourite bloggers. I’m all for sharing the love and being as supportive I can be, so I’m excited to share with you one of my favourite bloggers for the first post in this series.
Meet Lucy, the girl behind the blog, Forever September. She’s a nineteen-year-old photography student from the South of England. I’ve been reading Lucy’s blog for a couple of years now and her blog is always one that I thoroughly enjoy. She showcases her amazing photography skills within her blog posts and over on her Instagram. Lucy creates the most light-hearted and easy to read blog posts covering beauty and makeup, mental health and lifestyle.
So if you haven’t already checked her blog out, then I’m sure you’re going to love Lucy’s blog!
I asked Lucy some blog-related questions, so we could both get to know her that little bit better.
Hey, Lucy! What made you want to start blogging?
I remember when I was about 15, watching the likes of Zoella and Sprinkle of Glitter, which made me really want to start up my own YouTube channel. However, I was way too shy, so decided blogging was the next best thing and that’s how I ended up blogging I guess!
Who inspired you to start blogging? Do you still enjoy their content today?
I guess I kind of answered this in the previous question (oops), but mostly Zoella. Such a cliché I know, as every girl used to or still does look up to her. I just really liked her style and felt as though I could relate to her on a personal level, which pushed me to start creating my own content. I do still watch her vlogs, not so much her main channel videos but her vlogs are a really easy watch. So yes, I do still enjoy her content to this day and think she’s a pretty big girl boss!
What’s been your greatest blogging achievement so far?
This is a tough one, ahh! I’m so grateful for all the opportunities that have come my way because of blogging, but one that sticks out quite a lot is the Quiz event I attended last year. I was invited to the re-opening of their Westfield Stratford store, where I got to meet Olivia from season 2 Love Island, drink some lovely cocktails and have a sneak peek at new clothing. It was so much fun and I actually felt like a VIP, which isn’t something you get to feel every day haha.
Is there anything with your blog that you wish you did sooner?
What has been your favourite brand collaboration that you’ve done?
Another tricky one to answer, but it either has to be the collab with Franco Manca or L’Occitane. I was lucky enough to attend the opening of the Franco Manca restaurant in Reading last year, which meant unlimited pizza ALL evening which come’on, is a dream come true. That was a truly lovely night and an event I won’t forget, that’s for sure. Although, I really enjoyed my collab with L’Occitane, just because I love the brand and was shocked when they approached me. It was a bit of a ‘pinch me’ moment!
Which social media platform do you struggle with the most?
The first platform that springs to mind has to be Instagram. I’m pretty sure every blogger has a serious love/hate relationship with that app. Sometimes I struggle with putting out content because I have a complete mind blank and hate all the photos I’ve taken, and other times its all to do with engagement. We all know how bad engagement can be at times (thanks algorithm). Also, follower count can be a pain in the ass, dropping and rising by 20+ overnight…whats that even about?!
If you could offer one piece of advice for a new blogger, what would it be?
I think the first piece of advise I’d give, is not to focus on the business side of it. I started blogging as a hobby and honestly had no intention of getting money from it when I first started. As the years went on and I had brands approach me, that’s when I started to incorporate sponsored and gifted posts into my blog. If you’re in it for the free stuff then people will see right through that and probably not enjoy your content half as much.
Do you have any blogging goals for the next year?
How do you deal with writer’s block and therefore gain your inspiration back?
Ugh, writer’s block. It happens to the best of us and can definitely be difficult to get out of. For me, it’s always best when I take a break from blogging. If I don’t have any ideas coming to mind or I just can’t articulate what I want to say, then I close the laptop, step away and take a short break. I’ll usually have a look through Pinterest to gather some inspiration for posts/photos, or read through some of my favourite blogs to get some ideas. Its always good to look for inspiration elsewhere and usually ideas will start flowing again in no time.
What’s your favourite part of blogging?
Thank you so much to Lucy for taking the time to get involved with the Meet The Blogger series and answering the questions so wonderfully.
You can check out Lucy’s wonderful blog here and I hope you look forward to meeting another blogger very soon.