Hi everyone! I’m Zoe, the author of Coffee With Zoe. I’m a current literature student based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. I’ve always had a penchant for all things beauty related and decided to combine my love for writing and literature with my passion for make-up. Et voilà – my little blog baby was born. Now I have a place online to share precious memories, aspirations, photography, all whilst reviewing everything minus the kitchen sink! Today I will be answering some questions for Chanelle’s amazing feature ‘Meet the Blogger’. I hope you enjoy!
1. When did you begin blogging?
I created ‘Coffee With Zoe’ during the summer this year, a brief relaxing period between finishing my undergraduate degree and before signing my life away to undertake a Master’s degree. I was surprised at how addictive it can be and I think I spent a huge chunk of my summer taking photos, editing and thinking up of new ideas for posts! I called it the blogging bug… I don’t think non-blogger people quite understand!
2. How did you decide on a name for your blog?
I wanted it to be centred on the concept of a conversation between two friends over a coffee or lunch date. ‘Ladies who lunch’ if you will! I thought this would be a unique idea for making my blog seem more approachable and personal to each and every reader. Therefore, ‘Coffee With Zoe’ seemed apt, and I hope my readers have liked this personal concept. Plus it’s no secret that I can’t function without caffeine.
3. What inspired you to start your blog?
I’ve been a big fan of certain YouTubers (Zoella, Tanya Burr, Sammi Maria, Fleur De Force etc.) for many years, and have always admired their content and eye for beauty and fashion. As a make-up junkie myself I read reviews about a product before buying, especially if it is more high-end, therefore I have always appreciated beauty blogs. It seemed like a natural progression to start one myself – I find it hard to keep a good beauty discovery to myself, and I’m sure my friends and family are sick to death of hearing about them! However, while a major focus of my blog is on my passion for make-up, I also wanted to keep it well-rounded and include more personal elements, such as posts regarding my favourite places to visit or thoughts about life in general. This is why I consider my blog as a kind of online diary or inspiration board these days!
4. What is your favourite thing about running a blog?
Hands down it’s interacting with other bloggers who similarly understand the blogging bug! It’s so lovely to watch other writers grow and establish themselves, and it’s also nice when a reader takes time out of their day to read and give feedback on my own posts.
5. What are your must read blogs?
6. What do you want to achieve with your blog?
I don’t really have an objective in mind as blogging has become my creative outlet and hobby, and not something I created in order to achieve a set goal. I will say however that it keeps me in the habit of writing, which is useful for when I go to approach a new essay at university – the site of a blank word document never seems as daunting. Therefore I consider blogging as a kind of light-hearted remedy for writer’s block!
7. What advice do you have for new bloggers? Tips, pointers etc.
- Enjoy yourself! Blog about what you want, when you want. Putting stress on yourself to create ‘the perfect blog’ will not only give you serious creative-constipation, but make your blog lack that certain personal aspect that readers really love and react to.
- Interact! Beautiful content and passion for your blogging subject will remain largely undiscovered if you don’t interact with others within the blogosphere. By reading and exchanging feedback you will also discover new tips and ideas that you didn’t know before, therefore interaction is key for allowing your blogging style to flourish.
- Take your time with photography! An image says more than a thousand words, yes, but it is the immediacy of a striking picture that draws readers into clicking upon your post and ultimately reading your fabulous content. So play around with lighting and props, the picture can sometimes take the same amount of time to capture as the actual post takes to write! Which is great, you could unleash a love of photography that you never knew you harboured.
- Spellcheck, spellcheck, spellcheck. Maybe it’s the literature student in me, but a post with a lot of errors screams sloppy to me, and could be easily remedied through reading the content once again before uploading! But again, I am a bit of a stickler for grammar and spelling.
8. What keeps you blogging?
The beauty world keeps releasing new products, trends in make-up and style keep changing and there will always be new places to visit and experience. As far as I can see, there will always be content that I will be just itching to write! I love how my fellow bloggers have formed a non-competitive, all-inclusive online community and I hope to remain a part of it for years to come.
Quick fire questions:
9. What was the last song you downloaded or bought?
‘This Is Halloween’ from the Tim Burton film A Nightmare Before Christmas. That film is amazing and a recent out-pouring of Halloween make-up tutorials have got me really excited for Halloween!
10. If you could invite any three celebrity guests or famous people to a dinner party, who would they be?
The huge boring nerd in me would love the opportunity to discuss modern literary theory with past icons such as Virginia Woolf and Lord Byron. The fangirl in me wants Benedict Cumberbatch!
11. Favourite colour?
Navy-blue. Reminiscent of elusive Parisian style or being wrapped up in navy jumpers on a crisp, winter morning.
12. What’s your guilty pleasure?
Salty chips dipped into McFlurry ice-cream. How does that work so well?!
13. Finish this sentence. I wish…
…I didn’t have student debt keeping me back from traveling the world. Sigh.
14. Where else can readers find you online?
15. Lastly, is there anything extra you’d like to mention you haven’t already?
I would like to thank Chanelle for this opportunity to write for her blog! These questions were a pleasure to answer and I look forward to reading what others have said too! Thank you x
Thank you Zoe. If anyone else would like to be featured on Chanelle Hayley in the ‘Meet the Blogger’ section, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.