Meet Jodie! | Monthly Interview

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Intro By Jodie: A La Jode is a London-based fashion and lifestyle blog. Born in October 2014, it aims to bridge the gap between aspirational and accessible.

1. So your blog seems to be a mixture of elements all focused around what makes women happy. Can you tell me what drove you to create it?

I’d been reading blogs for a while and after seeing a friend grow hers I thought, “I could do this!”. It was time I finally joined in with the community I’d been observing for a while. It was only once I started my own blog that I realised what an amazing community there is – and I’ve never looked back.

2. While maintaining your blog, you are also a Digital Marketer. How do you balance both your work and your blog?

I’m really lucky that my work and blog complement each other so well. My blog was one of the main reasons I got the job as it was how I heard about the company, the reason I knew the industry existed, and had given me a good foundational knowledge of blogging and SEO. I spend my days reading blogs at work and then come home and put what I learn at work into practice on my blog!
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3. What has been one exciting thing that you’ve gotten to do because of your blog?

I’ve had so many amazing opportunities from my blog, none of which I ever expected when I started. I was just a girl, sat in her room, wanting to know what this blogging thing was all about and now I have some incredible experiences to look back on. If I had to pick one thing, however, it would be the huge South West Blog Social event I organised last June. It started with an idea to go for drinks with some local bloggers and quickly turned into a one-day conference covered by several magazines and with over £13,000 of sponsorship from leading and upcoming brands!

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4. What is your favorite post and why? (Include link!)

Now that’s a tricky one! I would probably have to say my 2014 highlights post as I had a lot of fun putting it together. One of the best things about blogging is that you have a kind of virtual record of everything but it was only when I began pulling it all out that I realised just how much my little blog and I had been through in one year. Looking back on it all made me feel a little emotional – and super glad I have it all saved to look back on.

5. What is something that keeps you motivated to continue blogging?

Without a doubt, the number one thing that keeps me here is the number of amazing people I’ve met through blogging. From Twitter chats and blog comments, to events and meet-ups, I’ve met some of my closest friends through blogging. It’s so much easier to connect with another blogger as we seem to have that instant bond and it’s a really powerful thing.

6. Finally, what is one piece of advice you have for beginner bloggers who want to be successful at it?

Only blog about what you love, but don’t worry if that changes over time. It takes us all a little while to find our feet and some of us have changed our blog’s main theme multiple times over the years. Also never post something you’re not proud of as your most recent post will be the first one people see when they first land on your site. Finally, don’t compare yourself, never underestimate how many skills blogging will give you and make sure you get out there and meet other bloggers. They could become some of your best friends 🙂

I hope you all enjoyed this post and liked reading about Jodie! She is so sweet and very experienced in her craft! Make sure to stay updated, I post Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday!

Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks,

Marin XO

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March Interview With Sydnee!

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This interview is very late, I missed both January and February! But no worries, I will definitely be getting back into the swing of things once my schedule calms down. Anyways, please enjoy this monthly interview and I will have another post this Wednesday!

Sydnee: Hi my name is Sydnee, I’m 23 and I’m a OCT qualified teacher here in Ontario, Canada. I am a very loud and bubbly person who loves to meet people and make new friends both online and in real life. My passion for helping others is one thing that also encouraged me to start my blog, YouTube channel and go into teaching. My blog and channel began back in 2011 while I was a full-time undergrad student. It’s been a challenge keeping up with it while a student & now I’m gearing up to start my teaching career so I have a chance to focus a bit more on developing my blog as I grow as a person. 2015 is the year for me to grow my channel and my blog & see where it takes me.

1. Why did you start your blog? I started my blog as a creative outlet while in university. I needed something different to do & I had played with the idea of starting a YouTube channel as well (which I did). It gave me a place to talk about things I enjoyed and share my thoughts. 

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2. Who is your biggest blogging inspiration? To be honest I don’t really have someone as inspiration. There are aspects of lots of bloggers that I enjoy (Chriselle Lim/Shirley B Eniang) reading and take inspiration from but you have to be your own person and have your own fire & drive without completely emulating another blogger.

 

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3. Other than maintaining your blog, what do you do in your spare time? I have a YouTube channel that I upload 2x a week to and I’ve started to explore fashion illustrations as another activity. Outfits based on my looks as well as fashion I see on IG/online.

 

4. What is one amazing thing that you’ve been able to do because of your blog? To be quite honest, not a whole lot because I was always a full time student while doing it. Now I’m out of school and transitioning into the working world (I’m a teacher) so I have a bit more time to dedicate to it. I have met some great local bloggers & there have been some events that I’ve decided to scope out in the future. I think I will always blog and I’m hoping that it will take some adventurous turns down the road. 

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5. Finally, what is one piece of advice you’d like to give to new bloggers? Do it because you enjoy it. Don’t do it because you think it’s going to make you money or to become “online famous”. If you aren’t feeling inspired it’s better to not force a post because you said you “have to write something”. You can’t force it, people can tell but always be yourself, no matter how quirky! Also, something I didn’t realize for a long time is if you want people to read your blog, you have to read theirs too! Leave (meaningful) comments on fellow bloggers posts & build up relationships with them. Participate in Twitter chats & follow hashtags, great way to network and learn things from others. There is no true recipe for success, it really can just come overnight for some and take longer for others. Just keep it mind while you started and always enjoy doing it. If it becomes work & you’re convincing yourself to do it, it may be time to take a break or perhaps change your focus. You always want to enjoy what you do!

Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks,

Marin XO

November Interview: Alex Nguyen

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A bit about Alex“Snippets with Alex is a blog about life, style, and things worth while — circled around faith and fashion for the everyday woman.”

1. Where did the name of your blog come from? When I first started my blog, I had no idea what direction I wanted to go in. I knew I wanted to include fashion, but I didn’t want to limit myself to just that. After much contemplating, ‘snippets’ just came to mind. Absolutely no boundaries.
 
2. When did you start blogging? I started blogging back in high school to document my crafting endeavors and what not, but that lasted about three posts. Then I tried again, but failed after 5 posts due to lack of time with schooling and then teaching. I decided that the third time’s the charm and decided to go more towards the fashion route, which I soon realized was much more manageable because I had to get dressed in the morning anyway! 😛
3. Where do you get your inspirations from?  I get my inspiration from my conversations with people, other blogs, and pretty much just life in general.
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4. Your taste in clothing is INCREDIBLE! Have you always had an interest in fashion? Aw, you’re sweet. 🙂 I’ve always been interested in fashion, but never really found my style until just recently. Up until college, I always felt like I was in someone else’s skin. I kept dressing myself with the hope to look like that other girl down the street. It was in college that I became comfortable with the body and personality that God gave me. No more trying to impress others. Back then, if I liked it, then I made sure that it was what’s “cool”. But now, if I like it, then I like it with confidence.
5. You say that another aspect of your blog is about encompassing faith into your posts. Can you explain how you do that? My faith in Jesus Christ is a big part of my life and I hope that shows through my blog, whether it’s a full fledge Faith Friday post, or with little words of encouragement. I feel like it’s easy to start getting self-centered, narcissistic, and materialistic when blogging about fashion, and so I try to remind myself daily that our purpose in life is not about our possessions, our own glory, or success, but about living for God in everything we do.
6. How are you able to balance life with your blog? Balancing my life and the blog has been difficult at times. It’s all about the planning — however it helps that I literally see my photographer every day since I drive her to school. 😉 But also, I told myself when I started my blog that my top priorities are still going to be God, family, friends, and my students. This year, with new curriculum and other school happenings, I only blog 1-2 times a week because my students deserve my very best.
7. What do you do outside of your blog?  Outside of my blog, my life mainly consists of teaching and keeping close with my family and friends. You can usually find me at a coffee shop lesson planning or grading, or spending time with friends. When I have extra time, I like to craft. Long story short, I have an off-and-on knitting and stationary business that I would love to dedicate more time to in the near future.
8. What exciting things are you looking forward to that involve your blog? I’m excited for everything and anything. Again, there are no limits [ besides time 😉 ]
9. Obviously you REALLY know how to run a blog! What advice can you give to new bloggers trying to establish themselves in the blogging community? Hmm, I still consider myself a new blogger….but I guess I would have to say, as cliche as it sounds, be yourself and don’t try to write like the bloggers that you admire so much. You’ve got your own voice, and we want to hear it. 🙂
10. Finally, what is the worst outfit you ever wore? My worst outfit? Honestly, probably everything that I wore before sophomore year of college. Honestly, it was more of my hair and glasses choices hence I am probably never going to cut my hair again. ;P
Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks,
Marin XO