I first discovered Sophie over on Instagram and fell in love with her gorgeous imagery. When she published her ‘No BullSh*t Guide To Self-Care‘ post over on her blog Sophie Maie the start of the year, her blog soon became one of my favourites. Her writing style is just amazing and I love how effortless it is.
Sophie from Sophie Maie is a nineteen-year-old from Australia (her accent is amazing btw!). She writes about a different range of topics over on Sophie Maie such as lifestyle, beauty, fashion, food and everything in between.
So let’s get to know Sophie a little bit more!
Hey, Sophie! What made you want to start your blog ‘Sophie Maie’?
I honestly started my blog quite out of the blue, I went to a cafe with a friend and took a bunch of photos but I had nowhere to share them so putting them on a blog seemed like the right idea. I never expected my blog to become such a huge part of my life and I love that my blog is a little space I can chat with so many amazing people and allow myself to have a creative outlet which has been so beneficial these past few years.
I think the fact that I went in with no real expectations for anything to come from my blog was the best thing, I still remember when I got 5 followers I was so excited I had to let everyone in my family know. Now to have received so much love and support has made the last few years so much brighter.
What is your favourite topic to write about?
I love having a good old chat and I feel like even though I do enjoy writing the odd beauty and fashion posts, lifestyle is where I fit in best. I really want to focus more on mental health posts this year as it’s something I’m really passionate about and I know how much it has helped me feel less alone to be able to see someone like me who’s just chatting about it, if I can help one person then it’ll make it all worthwhile. It also helps me a lot to be able to write my thoughts about it all out so I can find some answers through them as I honestly get quite lost in my head sometimes.
Do you have any plans for ‘Sophie Maie’ in 2019?
I don’t have any set in stone plans as this year is like taking a step into the unknown, I have no clue how this year will pan out which if I’m being honest, terrifies me. I do know that I want to work so much harder on producing content I’m proud of a lot more regularly. January wasn’t the best example of this as my mental health took priority for a few weeks but I’m hoping to really put my blog first more this year and continue to connect with so many more amazing bloggers.
What is the biggest thing you have learnt since starting a blog?
I’ve learnt so much more about myself by creating my blog. I’ve been blogging for over two and a half years which is crazy and over that time I feel like I’ve really grown to become a totally different person. My blog has helped me realise what’s important to me which is why what I write about now is quite different compared to what I first started writing about.
It’s also given me a sense of purpose, sounds so corny I know, but being able to have something I’ve created purely on my own has allowed me to see that even when I’m feeling like I’m not doing anything beneficial with my life I’ve still got this whole platform on the internet that is purely mine and that’s pretty cool.
What does a typical blogging day look like for you?
I normally start by taking the photos, it can sometimes take me hours to get photos that I’m happy with, that’s the perfectionist in me. Then I start writing, I like to get comfy and turn on my fairy lights so I can get in a calm headspace and focus solely on what I’m writing.
I find that when I’m writing I often just keep going and then worry about editing later, if I’m constantly stopping to fix this or that I often get off my train of thought and find it hard to get back to what I was trying to say in the first place. Then once I’ve finished writing I pop the photos in and go through and edit like there’s no tomorrow. After I’ve hit publish I like to post a photo from the post on my Instagram and then I go through and reply to comments.
What are your top tips for beating writer’s block?
I’ve been dealing with writer’s block for a really long time, I have so many ideas and then as soon as I start to write them it just doesn’t come out the way I want it to. I find that it’s so helpful to go through and read other peoples blog posts, this can spark inspiration and also help with seeing how other people word things in their posts to help you get an idea of how to write your own more smoothly. Also sometimes it can help to just write, even if it doesn’t sound right, just keep going until you finish then at least you have a starting point and you can go back through and edit it until it’s the way you want it to be.
Who are some of your favourite content creators?
I have so many bloggers that I absolutely love, obviously Lauren you’re a no brainer I love all your content it’s perfect when I’m having a chill day and want to do a bit of reading. I’ll list a few other girls that really inspire me, I could write a list as long as a novel but I’ll try to keep it short: Lucy (foreverseptember.co.uk), Ellie (petiteelliee.com), Chloe Plumstead (thelittleplum.co.uk), Michelle (daisybutter.com) and Imii (nettleandblackberry.com). There are so many more, these are just a few from the top of my head.
Is there anything you wish you did sooner when it comes to ‘Sophie Maie’?
I wish I’d connected to more bloggers sooner!! Bloggers are some of the nicest people I’ve ever chatted to, I feel like by connecting with them I’ve found more of a place in the blogging community. When I first started I had no idea how big the blogging community is and I kept to myself… BIG mistake.
I’ve been trying a lot more recently to use take the time to read others posts, comment and have chats with other girls. I feel like I have so many similarities with a lot of bloggers and I just love building online friendships, it 100% makes blogging more enjoyable.
How would you encourage someone to start a blog if they were unsure about starting one but really wanted to?
Just take the plunge and do it!! It’s free to start a blog (on most platforms) and if you find that it’s not for you then at least you gave it a try, but if you’re anything like me and so many other bloggers I know starting a blog can be one of the best decisions they’ve ever made. Also, don’t get stuck in writing what you think you should, you can write about anything you want to find what fits you and get creating!
What piece of your content from ‘Sophie Maie’ has been your favourite?
100% my No Bullsh*t Guide to Self Care. This post was my favourite to write and the response I got was so positive!! It’s been my most viewed post ever and that makes me so happy as it’s the post that I hoped would be able to help people in some way.
It’s inspired me to talk more about mental health as there is still such a stigma around it, I struggle daily with the stigma around my mental health and I find it really hard to open up. If I can do something, however small it may be, to help someone else struggling then you can bet I’m going to do it no matter how nervous it makes me hit publish!!
Thank you so much to Sophie for letting me interview her. Please do go check out her Instagram and blog, share her some big love. Thank you so much for reading and supporting the series. And thank you to everyone who let me interview you! I hope you’ve all enjoyed it.
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