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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

BLOGGING: Confessions of a blogger

I'm finally getting the hang of this blogging and networking malarky, and have a new little network of geeky gals which includes the lovely NerdyGirlie.

She posted a challenge to write our five blogger confessions. I love a good challenge. So here we go:

1. Finding Balance

I am a workaholic. Completely. I have a full time job, I freelance in graphic design and write my own magazine on behalf of Contagious, I blog, I study Marketing and sometimes I have a social life.
But finding the balance isn't always easy. I'll admit that blogging is usually the first thing to take a back-burner, along with my social life.

2. I Don't Usually Plan

In my full-time work life, I plan, I organise and I am good at my job. I've planned other peoples schedules. I pride myself in being super organised at all times. But when it comes to blogging, I'm a little bad at planning. I want to be better. I want to be a couple of weeks ahead with my blog so I have consistent content but it's not always possible due to point one!

3. I'm a Night Owl

I work at night. It's when I work best. Usually from 9:30pm I get a burst of creativity and can really roll out the posts, edit photos and get inspired. During the day at weekends I just seem to distract myself, so I save all my focused work for after dark. The only downside, I loose a lot of sleep, especially with my 5:30am starts during the week.

4. Small Fish in a Big World

I sometimes feel like my niche holds me back from a lot of opportunities. I'm no fashion or beauty blogger. I'm unlikely to ever be invited to London Fashion Week, or get a press pass to Clothes Show. And I'm definitely not going to please everyone as a pro-tattoo 20 year old. But in some respects I'm very happy with this situation. I'm fairly unique, which I hope means my loyal readers actually really like what I write. And I love the debates and shared opinions on some of my posts.

5. Big Aspirations

I really want to be a big fish, but not necessarily in the blogging industry. I want to make a name for myself within the tattoo industry. I'm never going to be a tattooist or artist, I just don't have the skill, hence my blog slogan, but I can write and I am truly passionate about learning and teaching about tattoos and their culture. To be amongst the well-known names of Matt Lodder, Alice Snape or Marisa Kakoulas would be a dream come true. And I would love to write for or be featured in Things and Ink magazine - it's just too beautiful.

So what are your blogger confessions?



  1. Nice confessions. Blogging usually takes a back burner for me too when life gets a bit hectic and I feel the same when it comes to the opportunities available - I want to go out and do stuff but I'm a very small fish in such a large ocean of a world!

    Good luck with your aspirations, it would be so cool to see you in Things and Ink! I wonder how you even go about writing for them?

    1. Thank you! I hope to get some achievements in soon!
      I think I'll start badgering the editor at Conventions soon! Plus I have her on Twitter and Instagram. I'm a persistent little thing! lol


  2. I am in the same position as you where by my blog doesn't really fit into a category which kind of confuses people but I am hoping that keeping it uniquely me will build a loyal audience that likes what I am doing. I think a small interesting fish is way better than a big boring one. x

    1. That is very true! By the way, I am so jealous that you were tattooed at Brighton Tattoo Convention!


  3. I think the goal of being a well known tattoo blogger is awesome. I think that world needs more bloggers, especially from a woman's POV!

    1. Aww thank you! I hope I can achieve it! I think I'm slowly getting there!


  4. I loved this! I am the total opposite Rachel, I love working in the morning! I don't enjoy waking up early, but I feel super productive then and once noon hits I feel done! LOL Thank you so much for sharing!! xx

  5. This is great! I work best early in the morning too, until 12....but if I get a nap I'm a night owl too. I guess I do my best work at the extremes, because I'm useless between the hours of 12 and 6 pm.

    I'm not a planner either, so I'm with you there!

  6. I think it's ok for blogging to take the back burner. That's one of my favorite things about being a smaller blog - I can take a break whenever I need to and there's no sponsors yelling at me. I'm normally super organized, but my blog is one place where I just do what I want and I think that's one of the things that keeps me coming back. It's so much easier to be inspired when there's no rules!

  7. I work best during the day... but that's because I stay at home and the house is empty so it's super quiet and peaceful. Once my husband comes home it's harder to concentrate with bombs and guns going off!! (Call of



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