Name: Elizabeth Sellers
Location: Always changing! But currently Milton Keynes (in the past 5 years it has been London, Southampton, Birmingham, Northampton and Redditch).
Blog: Rosalilium (www.rosalilium.com)
When did you start blogging?
In 2008 I started a travel blog to record my travels around Southeast Asia. I soon became hooked on writing every day and started Rosalilium in 2010 to cover a broader range of topics and thus falling into the ‘lifestyle’ category of blogging.
What inspired you to start blogging?
I have always been a diary writer and amateur photographer with an innate desire to capture moments and record daily life. It’s always fascinated me to be able to look back at periods of one’s life and be able to instantly transport yourself back there with the prompt of a photo or a few words. So I guess blogging was a natural progression for me. I wanted to record my thoughts, ideas and daily life as well as connect with likeminded individuals from all over the world.
Do you have any other ‘day jobs’?
I am a freelance blogger and social media manager. My favourite thing is to create content and I am passionate about sharing with others. So I seek as many ways as possible to create an income from that.
What are your blogging must-have tools?
Laptop, DSLR, iPhone and Wifi are the absolute basics. After that I love the Google Products – Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs -, Photoshop, Canva, WordPress, Evernote and Hootsuite.
What is your favourite place to blog from?
Definitely a coffee shop. I love to be inspired by different surroundings so I like to constantly change my blogging ‘station’. That being said, I did just get a little office which is such a cute sanctuary of creativity. It’s great for focusing my mind on work. Previously I was working from a little desk in my bedroom with a wall of art and photography to inspire me.
Tell us about your favourite experience through blogging?
First and foremost it has been meeting so many brilliant friends who I might never have found if I didn’t have blogging. Next, I think it would be the time I went to the Dominican Republic on a Green & Black’s Community Development Expedition to help rural cocoa farmers build a gravity-fed water system to their villages. It was one of the most challenging times of my life, but ultimately rewarding through the experience and knowledge that I’d helped others.
What inspires you?
Music, food, my Pinterest feed, travelling and constantly putting myself into uncomfortable situations.
What is your biggest challenge as a blogger?
The ability to adapt to the constantly changing blogosphere is challenging but necessary if you want to succeed in blogging. I try to be creative with my approach and keep my eyes open to the super-fast digital world. It’s exciting to be a part of, but I have to watch out for overwhelm.
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What are your future plans in the blogosphere?
I will be relaunching The Big Blogging Bootcamp soon. Obviously there’s Blognix coming up! And I hope to write another eBook and write a few more e-courses. I am toying with the idea of writing another blog, but I need to work out where to fit it all in. I’d also like to give youtubing a real go as I’m keen to learn more video skills and connect in a different way with my audience.
Thanks for chatting to us today Elizabeth!
This is part of the Blogger Interviews series, more to come soon!
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