Today's interview is the last in a series of chats with other bloggers and vintage sellers, featuring the very lovely Elycia of loveelycia (I am not smart enough to do the fancy heart thing like she does so, there you go).
I discovered Elycia's blog via The Dainty Squid. Both blogs feature beautiful photography, clean-looking and pretty layouts, and tons of great finds, from clothes and accessories to housewares and art. Elycia also writes about her adorable son, Milo (I adore her monthly photos showing how much he has grown), and recently she shared a bunch of great photos from a trip to Seattle. If you are already a fan of loveelycia, I hope you will enjoy reading a little bit more about her, and if you've never done so before, I encourage you to check out her blog.
Tell me in 25 words or fewer what your blog is all about:
My blog is about my life. How's that for short and sweet?
Who are your readers?
I'll get back to you on that one. I'm just getting to know them all again.
What sparked you to start blogging in the first place?
I kind of feel like I had two sparks. My first spark was realizing what a blog actually was and deciding that it looked really fun and like something that I needed to start doing right away. I hesitated thought because it also felt kind of crazy and I thought I needed a 'reason' to start a blog. So, once I started thinking about restarting my Etsy shop I decided that was my second spark to start blogging.
How has your blog evolved, particularly since your son was born?
Oh boy. I feel like I have changed so much in so many ways since Milo was born. I can't speak for everybody, but becoming a parent has changed so much of who I am and the way I think about things. In the beginning I didn't notice much of a change in my attitude towards blogging. Then I started having an identity crisis. I can't describe it very well but I guess I felt like my 'real' self had changed but I was really hesitant to change my 'blog' self. I have always blogged about things that interest me but suddenly my interests were so incredibly different and I wasn't sure how much of my new self I wanted to share. People have lots of different views on parenting and I started to feel really defensive and I began thinking that what I was doing in my life was nobody's business. I took a bit of a break and I finally feel like I am in a good place with blogging again. I will learn as I go what I feel comfortable sharing and I am definitely getting back to blogging about things that I am currently interested in, even if they are not the same things as before.
Do you consider blogging to be a job, a hobby, or something else?
At this point in my life I consider blogging a hobby. A few years ago I was definitely aiming to make it more of a job but I think shifting my attitude back towards hobby makes me much happier.
What’s been the biggest surprise for you since you started out?
This will probably sound silly and weird but the biggest surprise for me was in the beginning when people would tell me I was cute. I never, ever, ever thought of myself as cute.
If you could go back in time and change anything, what would it be?
I would have watched Twin Peaks sooner than I did. I waited way too long to learn of my love for that show.
What’s been the biggest challenge for you as a blogger?
My biggest challenge has been what I mentioned earlier: Learning to blog as the new me.
The most rewarding thing?
The absolute most rewarding thing has been creating a type of diary that I can look back on and catch a glimpse of myself at a particular point in time. I have never been good at keeping a journal so I really appreciate that blogging has given me this gift of time travel.
What are your goals for your blog?
My goal right now is to reconnect with the awesome people who read my blog. I used to spend a lot of time getting to know frequent commenters and then that just stopped. I have recently realized that connecting with people was one of my favourite things about blogging and that I had accidentally cut myself off and turned it into more of a solitary activity. My goal is to engage more and take advantage of the opportunity to meet people from all over the world who share at least some of my interests.
How would you describe your personal style?
Oh boy, this is another thing that has really changed recently. I went from basically an all dresses all the time wardrobe to, "dress...? Oh, that's that thing you wear for special occasions, right?" I have a very laid back personal style at the moment. Things that are comfy and nothing overly fussy. I may get back to dresses one day when wearing one won't mean that I have to pull it over my head to nurse a baby, but we'll see.
Name your 5 favorite items in your wardrobe right now:
Stay Home Club shirts
Hello Apparel Cat shirt
Karaoke Songstress Jeans from ModCloth
Black V-neck t-shirt from Target
Turquoise Converse shoes
Thanks Elycia! I will be traveling for the next few days, and I hope to pick up my regular posts again by Wednesday. Have a great weekend!