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Saturday Blogger Interviews – Blogger Katie

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 Name: Katie

Location: West Midlands, England

Age: 21

Blog link: http://www.tattyboots.blogspot.com

Facebook/Twitter: @tattyboots

 

Name three words to describe your blog:

– personal

– creative

– progressive

When did you first start blogging: It was back in early 2011, a couple of months after I had just started university. It felt like the perfect time in a sense, an opportunity to try my hand at something rather new to me.

Why did you begin to blog: This may seem a little funny but I believe I owe part of my interest with blogging to the online game Neopets. When I was 12 I was a massive fan and after a couple of months I began to create websites which offered free graphics to others to use on their accounts. I remember teaching myself the basics of html/css and then getting involved in photoshop. As I got older and the internet got more exciting I found these graphics progressing into other kinds of graphics that people could use on myspace for instance, such as backgrounds and layouts. I still remember the thrill I got from creating and getting to know the community back then which is exactly the same thrill I get today. A few years past and I found myself leaving my tom-boy ways when it came to clothing and really finding myself interested in style. It was this personal change that helped me discover a few fashion blogs and I was hooked ever since. I loved the fact I could learn from them, I often found myself saying ‘I’ll try that combination’ or ‘Maybe I’ll try wearing a skirt’. They helped me discover what I liked and disliked and especially what clothes suited me. Since then I was eager to get involved but being a painfully shy 16-17 year old it really restricted me. It wasn’t until a few years later at university that I designed a blog heading using a few simple photoshop skills remembered from the previous years of Neopets and went ahead and created Tattyboots.

 What’s one blogging tip that you would share with other potential bloggers: Having variety in what you post is something I think is key for keeping things fresh and exciting, not just for your audience but for yourself. It’s incredibly easy to become bored with your blog so posting an outfit one day and then reviewing your favourite book the next seems far more exciting than sticking to one topic. Everyone has more than one thing they enjoy so why not share it? I think people can worry too much over what people want to see so you tell yourself ‘nah, I won’t post about that – no one will like it’. I’m definitely guilty of that in the beginning, I focused more on outfits than anything else but then my drawings soon crept in, they were never as popular as my outfit posts but it didn’t stop me sharing them. Through drawing it helped expand a new audience that I may have never achieved through just posting outfits, so never be scared to try out new things.

 Do you see yourself still blogging in three/five years time: Sure, if it’s still around then why not! I get a real pleasure from it, especially when it comes to sharing illustrations for instance as feedback is what helps me to understand what are my strengths and weaknesses.

 What’s one of the best things about being a blogger: For me it’s knowing that folks seem to like what I do, it has also given me opportunities such as my most recent which is designing the poster and tickets for a creative magazine called Prototype. That would never have happened I imagine without the blog.

 Has blogging helped you significantly in any other way: It’s helped me become more comfortable in myself as a person and as a creative, especially recently I dauntingly decided to offer blogger designs. I remember putting it off for months due to not believing in myself so I’m glad I followed that through as I was contacted by a few people which really warmed my heart. It’s also got me communicating with a whole bunch of other people I just wouldn’t have known without going into blogging. Also another perk is when I find myself in one of those moods where I cannot figure out what to wear so I’ll have a browse through the blog, you know it’s surprising how useful that has actually been for me haha!

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10 Things I Want To Do From My Bucket List

A while ago (roughly 2 years ago) I started writing a bucket list of things I want to do, being ambitious and someone who loves new things and adventures my list has some pretty crazy things on it, but also some very cool easy going things that I wanted to do and try as well! My list is phenomenally long going into the hundreds so I thought I’d share 15 random things that are on it! 🙂

  1. Swim with sharks – I genuinely really want to do this more than anything, I love sharks they’re my favourite animal and I know an incredible useless amount of knowledge on them as well but I think they’re great because they’re fierce and beautiful at the same time. I think to start with I want to swim with sharks in an aquarium as I’m quite scared of the sea, but if I get over that fear then I’d like to swim with some different types of shark in the ocean as well, maybe Black tip reef sharks and whale sharks 🙂
  2. Ride on an Elephant – I would love to ride on an Elephant, they’re so big and quite cute and I’d love to have a photo taken with one!
  3. Go Skydiving – It would be undeniably scary but that’s part of the thrill I guess, plus you’d see some killer views on the way down which would be something unforgettable!
  4. See Northern Lights – I know lots of people who want to do this as well, I think this would be amazing and a beautiful experience which I’d treasure.
  5. Make 1000 Origami Cranes – There is a Japanese legend that whoever makes 1000 origami cranes will be granted a wish, this is something I’d love to do as I learnt how to make origami cranes really well, its just it would take a crazy amount of time!
  6. Experience Holi or a colour festival – Holi is a festival celebrated mainly in India or Nepal and a colour festival is celebrated in South Africa Durban, I’d love to go to one of these events the powders looks so colourful and bright I think it would be amazing.
  7. Go to a fashion show – I’d love to go to a big worldwide fashion show in one of the major cities this would be amazing to see the catwalks and designers as well as the upcoming latest styles.
  8. Hold a bird of prey – Not many people wish to hold a bird of prey but I’m a little different, I love animals and I love to admire their beauty and birds of prey like Eagles are much like sharks in the sense that they are fierce but also beautiful.
  9. Swim with Manta rays – I think manta rays are really incredible, I love how smooth and calm they are and I think it would be an unforgettable experience to swim with them.
  10. Travel everywhere on my travel list – This is a big one that wont be completed for a long time, but will eventually be completed because I love travelling and aim to finish my list 🙂

Well that’s ten random things from my bucket list! Hope you enjoyed!

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