Your name: Alice
Name of your blog: Copy And Tea
Blog URL: www.copyandtea.co.uk
Blog social media accounts:
- Bloglovin’: https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/copy-tea-18435333
- Instagram: @copyandtea
Let’s get to know YOU:
Tell us a little bit about yourself (mini bio): Twenty-something marketing gal and bookworm. I’m based in the UK, just outside London.
What do you do outside of blogging (think school or work): Marketing specialist by day. Netflix binger by night!
What do you like to do on your down time? Other than reading and anything book related (!), I enjoy going to the theatre, running, long walks in the countryside, writing, trying (and failing) at sports, and cooking.
Blog niche: Mostly books, with a bit of lifestyle, arts and culture thrown in.
What’s the purpose of your blog? Reviews and analysis of literature, tracking my reading goals, and generally being a creative outlet so I don’t bore my (engineer) boyfriend with all my wittering!
Who’s your target? Readers, writers, anyone with a passing interest in anything I’m talking about.
What’s the best way for your audience to contact you?
Via the contact form on my website, or through Instagram.
How would you describe your blogging style?
Chatty, but informative. I’m trying to be a bit more serious and academic about my writing too.
When did you start blogging?
At the end of 2016, although I have a very old blog from several years ago too.
What inspired you to start blogging?
I do a lot of writing for work, but obviously I’m bound by certain topics and marketing tactics there! I wanted to get back into writing for myself again, and talk about all the different things I’m passionate about. I studied English at University and after graduating (a while ago now) I found I really missed writing about literature in a considered way, so my blog offers me the opportunity to do that.
What’s the biggest change in your life since you started blogging?
I’ve recently moved house! But in terms of lifestyle, I’ve found that I’m reading more and getting more excited about writing again.
- Short term: Keep up with regular posts and start building my following.
- Long term: Improve! I’d like to be a better writer, a better editor, have an engaged audience and have a blog to be proud of.
If you could start blogging all over again, what would you do differently?
I’m still relatively new, but I did have a blog before. This time around I’ve self-hosted, so there are so many more options available to me.
How do you motivate yourself to continue blogging? My family, friends and boyfriend all encourage me to keep writing. Seeing a slow (but steady!) growth in my website traffic helps too!
What attributes has helped you become successful blogger? It’s too early to say if I’m successful yet! I think my marketing background has helped me have discipline and think about the strategy that I want.
What’s your favourite social media platform and why?
Instagram – I use the pictures to head up my blog posts, and it’s great for finding likeminded bloggers and posters.
What’s your greatest win so far with blogging?
Anthony Horowitz, who is one of my favourite authors, read and responded to my review of his book, Magpie Murders. That was pretty exciting!
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve so far with blogging?
You’ve got to keep going with it!
How often do you publish a post?
I aim for once a week, though I’ve got a little behind recently – what with moving house and a busy few weeks at work!
Have you had writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it?
Yes, of course! If I’m really stuck I’ll bullet point a few things that I want to say and then come back a couple of days later to see what I can do with it.
Have you guest posted for someone?
Not yet, but it’s definitely something I’ll want to do in the future.
Do you accept guest posts? If yes, tell us about it!
I’ve not yet, but this is something I want to look at in the future.
Give advice to someone who wants to start blogging:
Just do it! It’s really rewarding. Make sure you’ve thought about your topic and what you want to get out of it.
Tell us one thing your readers don’t know about you:
I was a GamesMaker at the London 2012 Olympics.
Leave a message for your readers:
Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoy my blog J