Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Interview a Blogger : Part Two - Michala

Welcome to part two of my Interview a Blogger series! Hope you've been enjoying it so far!

This week I'm featuring Michala from And Honestly.

Hi! Introduce yourself and your blog.
Hi! My name's Michala and I hate talking about myself. I'm verging on 30, live with my boyfriend of 9 years and own two adorable cats. I run a little blog called Reviews à La Mode. I tend to review things I enjoy, places I've been to and generally just ramble about stuff I feel like talking about. It's mostly an excuse to buy more bathing products, I cannot lie.

How did you get into blogging?
I'd wanted to try my hand at blogging for about 5 years before I took the plunge. Writing is something I love to do but I never thought anyone would want to be read about the things I wanted to write about. It wasn't until Samm started her blog, and told me how much she enjoyed doing it, that I decided to go for it.

How do you want to improve within the next year?
I want to get into a routine. Write, schedule and post on a regular basis. At the moment, I'm in a space where I never think I have the time so I don't do it. Even though, in the time that I didn't do it, I could have at least drafted an outline. I also want to put myself out there and interact with other bloggers more. I'm a huge introvert and find it difficult to socialise. It's definitely something I'd like to work on.

What has been your proudest blogging moment?
I know this is nothing amazing, it's just a way to get to know bloggers, but a few weeks ago I was nominated for a Liebster Award. I was like “Hey, someone actually reads my stuff and cares enough to want to get to know me”.

Who has most impacted you in blogging and how?My bestie Samm. She has a lot going on and still manages to put so much time and effort into her blog. She encouraged me to get started, she helped me choose a name, she reads my posts, she calls me out on my mistakes and I love her for it.

What motivates you to keep blogging?
Reading other people's blogs. Right now I've got a bit of a creative block going on and reading about other people's lives and the things they enjoy makes me want to put metaphorical pen to paper again.

What is the biggest difference in your life post-blogging?
I'm a worrier. Not one of those wringing your hands, crying in the toilets at work worriers, but an internaliser. I don't like to concern other people so instead I keep it all in and will probably die of a heart attack by 40. Blogging has become a huge de-stress technique. When life gets me down I find a topic I want to write about and it works out all my frustration. Instead of thinking about the thing that's upset me, I focus on inconsequential stuff, like the consistency of shower gel or the undertone of a book and by the time I've completed the first draft I've forgot what the big deal was in the first place. Of course, you can't solve all your problems discussing the pros and cons of a moisturiser but it does help give perspective.

What do you do in your spare time?
I'm fairly generic with my hobbies. I watch a lot of Netflix. When I say a lot I mean a lot. I also love to read. Currently, I'm working on Yes Please! By Amy Poehler, From a Buick 8 by Stephen King and I'm almost finished with Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz. I like to take online courses in subjects such as the History of Rock, I taught myself how to knit and recently I've begun to learn German.

What would you say is the greatest satisfaction of being a blogger? 
I've always believed that the greatest satisfaction is in a job well done. But in this case, that might seem a little self-serving. The thing I enjoy most is finding out about new things. For example; a book review about a title you've never heard of but later come to enjoy, or a shampoo that might just work for my hair which becomes something new to try.

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
I've never been a planner. I don't organise my life with a goal in mind. I'm not particularly ambitious, which in this day and age is a sin in itself. The only thing I'm working towards is our wedding as we've been engaged for years. The only other things I would like to for the future is to be happy, healthy and with enough money in the bank to pay the bills whilst simultaneously keeping me in Lush-like comfort.

I just want to say big thanks to Michala for taking part! Join me again next Wednesday for an interview from Alisha-Valerie.

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