In this post, part of my Q&A series with bloggers, I catch up with Sarah Porter from Molly and Beans. Sarah shares her personal journey and discoveries through travel, food, her much loved pooches, home, blogging and uplifting thoughts on life and much more. Her gorgeous photography and styling sits perfectly with her lovely ‘story telling’ writing style.
I have been writing an imaginary blog in my head all my life (It’s kind of corny to admit, but for instance; I would be re-arranging my cupboards and whilst doing so, giving tips on what I was doing to my audience in my head – this was from when I was very young before we had the internet!). Plus, I was always taking a bunch of photos, certain that one day I would need them for something. Even before I had a camera phone glued to me I used to take mental snapshots of anything I was drawn to visually. So I guess you could say that it was a creative outlet.
2. Blogger or wordpress?
I use wordpress, I really enjoyed the process of setting up my own website. I detailed how I did it here how to start a blog for newbies , for anyone who is thinking of setting up one of their own.
3. What camera do you use?
What ever is at hand, mostly my iPhone, then a Cannon EOS 100D, and a Sony Cyber-shot. My blog is heavily weighted toward ‘literally’ what ever I am doing that particular day, so that’s why the iPhone gets the most use, as I’ll just snap away in the moment.
4. What graphics programs do you use?
I use lightroom, pic monkey, a bunch of picture editing apps on my phone (VSCOCam, PhotoEditor, Repix, After Photo, Pic Collage ColourFree & Snapseed), oh and Instagram of course!
5. Favourite social media?
It’s a toss up between Pinterest & Instagram. Pinterest gave me a platform to express myself creatively – as you can see from my boards, its colour colour colour & really all over the place, but to me, that’s how I see the world, everything has come out of my head and into this amazing space to be organised, all the plans that I have for different aspects of my life, ideas on the back burner, and ones that take form because they are finally out of my head. I love getting creative inspiration from other people’s pins & connecting with people who are similar. But Instagram is also a favourite because I get to share the images that I have always been taking mentally, just those personal little moments that people like me live for, which can now be displayed. A photo of mine went viral from Instagram this past weekend, I snapped a shot of a friend at the river that was shared and then liked thousands of times, it even ended up in The West Australian newspaper! It’s really a beautiful platform I think.
6. How many hours do you spend a week on creating content?
More than I would like to admit. I pretty much work 27-7 on content, as my brain never shuts down. I can do up a post in a couple of hours, but most times I spend hours and hours finishing a post as I get sidetracked. I am still finding my voice as far as the writing goes – I blurt it all out then try to re-edit it which takes foreverrrr. Then I stay up until rather late (I can’t admit the time out loud) working my social media from bed – but with the TV on in the background so it’s totally multi-tasking.
“It has to be said that it’s really time consuming having a blog,
but for someone like me (and all the other die-hard bloggers out there)
it’s not actually work at all – its fun!”
7. Most regularly or favourite resources.
I’m a trouble shooter, I prefer to tinker around with something, breaking it until it’s fixed. I need to learn from my own mistakes. But if there is something really tricky or it’s taking me too long to figure out I just google it and sift through the info until I find something useful. All the plugins / platforms / tools that we use come with pretty good instructions, it’s just a matter of taking the time to read through it all.
8. Biggest blogging success/ proudest moment?
Being asked to work on a post for Michael Hill International. I have always loved their stores, and treasure the jewellery I have from them, one of my favourite memories is getting a pair of earrings presented in the purple Michael Hill box, so it made it even more special to work with a company that I love so much.
9. Something important you’ve learnt through blogging?
To keep some things for yourself. I’m referring to special moments or times when you have to hold yourself back from taking a bunch of photos. It makes the moment all that more special knowing that it’s just for you. It also means that I don’t miss out on the experience by trying to capture it, instead just enjoying it. It’s important to maintain a balance between reality & blogging – as it so happens, I am about to bring back my Friday Blog Questions, with that as the next topic!
10. A word of advice to anyone wanting to start a blog?
My advice would be to blog about what you love, in your own way. A few times I have been caught up in trying to emulate my favourite bloggers or change the way I blog to fit in with popular blogs, but I lost my passion for it immediately and had to have a break. Now that I work within my own terms I’m much happier. Oh, and just to ENJOY the journey x x
You can discover more from Sarah at mollyandbeans.com