Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your blog? How did you first get into blogging?
I’m Emmie and my blog, Carpe Diem Emmie can only be described as a representation of me. I cover Culture (like theatre, music), Food, Lifestyle and throw in a little bit of Travel too. I first got into blogging during the first year of my dance degree at Coventry University. We were asked to create a blog to reflect on our studies and practice, 3 years later I designed Carpe Diem Emmie and the rest is history!
You’ve had some fab opportunities through blogging – what’s been the best opportunity you’ve had so far?
I have definitely experienced ‘pinch me moments’ but my best opportunities are the ones when I sit in one of my local theatres watching some of the best productions around, being able to interview artists from that and even go behind the scenes! 15 year old me at college studying Musical Theatre would be very jealous right now!
What do you think is the best “service” a blogger can provide their audience?
I think it’s honesty, I like to think I am what I say on the tin and give honest reviews of shows too. I also wrote a post about Organ Donation a few years back, which came from the loss of my friend to Cystic Fibrosis in 2013. Her favourite quote was ‘Carpe Diem’ which inspired my blog name just as much as my ethos in my blog.
Do you have a full-time job as well? How do you find the time to run your blog so professionally?
I do, I work as a secondary school teaching assistant. I don’t know how I do it to be honest, I balance a job, friendships, being a girlfriend and running off to shows until after 10pm. I’m quite relaxed with what I can cope with so if I don’t have time I don’t let it bother me. I organise my time well and be very realistic!
How has your blog changed since you first started it, to now? What was your first post about?
It’s gone in a full circle from starting off as a reflection of stepping out into the professional world of Dance to coming back round again to reviewing Dance and feeling more positive about pursuing that kind of career again. My first post was about my internship with a dance organisation.
Do you have a favourite post that you’ve written? Does it differ from your most popular post?
I’ve written many favourites but I will share my most popular, for the right reasons. I briefly touched on the Organ Donation field and in 2015 I did a post a day for a week in awareness of Organ Donation Week. I had a guest post from Andrew Ward who was at the time on the transplant list, I remember the first time I proof read it for my blog, I couldn’t stop crying it was so powerful. Last year Andrew passed away from CF himself late last year (like my friend Emma did) and his post is still being read and shared to this day, it’s important to read http://www.carpediememmie.co.uk/2015/09/ntw-2015-life-on-transplant-list.html.
What’s been the best thing about your blogging journey?
I think it’s been that I’ve worked hard to pursue something that I’ve achieved. Hard work pays off, there’s also some really fabulous friends that have come from it all. I can’t wait to see what my wedding will be like.. I imagine all of the flatlays and hashtags now!
We all know you’re a fantastic lifestyle blogger, but if you could do it all again, would you choose a different niche? Why/why not?
My niche is definitely more Culture and Lifestyle, I wouldn’t do it differently. I’ve created what I’ve wanted to create, it’s took 3 years to get this point and I think everything happens for a reason.
A lot of people think that blogging is an easy way to make money, but we all know it’s not that easy. What advice would you give new bloggers?
Don’t think it happens overnight, get to know people in the community, don’t spend loads of money making your content awesome, just do you and let the hard work create the rewards.
And finally, we want to share the love, so who would you like to see us interview in the next newsletter?
East Midlands have some INCREDIBLE bloggers who don’t always get recognised as much as they should, they’re some of my favourite humans so this decision is hard. I think I’m going to choose Lianne from www.thebrunettesays.co.uk because she’s shit hot, a great mother to two children and produces some great context whilst juggling so much. She’s admirable.
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