Dinah's blog A Sleepy Kat has been my favourite blog since I started blogging myself - actually she was the one that inspired me to start mine. We've actually known each other for quite a long time, mostly through livejournal and twitter but I feel like I've gotten to know her so much more since I've started reading her blog. I really admire her writing, her photography (some will be featured in this post) and her writing.
I really hope you enjoy this little interview with Dinah & then check out her blog because it's beautiful.
Which content is most fun to create for you?
The photography is the most fun to create. It has become just something I do, like reading or running. Even if I don't have my DSLR with me, you can be sure that I'll be snapping things with my phone or making a mental note to return to the place sometime. 98% of the photos I take never make it to the internet. I take a loooot. It's especially fun because I'm always finding new inspiration - whether it be a subject or another person's photo - and I'm always learning new techniques and finding flaws with my older photos. (This means my photographer's eye is improving!) Taking photos is my favourite part of blogging. (Although as much as I complain, fiddling with html and css thoroughly entertains me also.)
What kind of posts are your favourite to write?
For me, writing (and blogging) is a way to sort out my thoughts and feelings. My favourite posts are those that properly express me. Often I find many subjects too personal to share and I find myself tailoring my words and posts towards my audience. But that isn't why I blog, and usually results in utter frustration and the feeling that I'm censoring myself. I have discussed this more in a post. Incidentally the honesty in that post and the positive reaction I received from my readers has made that one of my favourites.
Do you have a blogging process?
My blogging process is never constant. Sometimes I'll have something I specifically want to write about on my blog, and sometimes I'll have a photo or a set of photos that I want to share. Sometimes, it's a spur-of-the-moment thing where I write my current thoughts if I feel like I haven't made a personal post in a while. Often these are less directed to my audience (sorry guys) and more to document my days. I have been journaling online for about five years now, and my favourite thing is to go back and see what I was doing and what I was like one, two, three, four years ago.
What do you gain from running a blog?
I gain a greater knowledge of myself. I don't blog to make a profit or to become famous. I'm blogging for me. I'm blogging about my thoughts and feelings because I'm in a time in my life that I think I'll want to look back on and remember. Having a record of my thoughts and ideas at the time is like a wonderful time capsule. Additionally, writing out the pain and angst helps me to deal with it. I often use this blog to record my moods.
How do you find inspiration?
Inspiration comes from my life and from other blogs I love. As a self-confessed writer and artist, I find everyday life to be extremely inspiring. Whether it's what I'm doing, what others are doing or what's going on in the world, it's all interesting to me. Often the simplest idea triggers a thought, and somehow I turn that into art.
Which post of yours is your favourite and why?
My favourite post is probably An Existential Crisis. I love it because it's so damn honest and it reflects a positive attitude on a sucky situation. The day I wrote that I was in the midst of a deep depression. It was so bad that I didn't even want to be alive anymore. I haven't actually said that in the post because I was too fragile at the time. Standing on that beach in the chilling wind, staring at the pastel horizon, I remembered happiness. That post is extremely personal to me and it reminds me that although I go down sometimes, I can always pull myself back up. I also love the photos. I'm a sucker for the sea.
Do you have a plan for your blog or do you take it day by day?
I really don't have a plan at all, to be honest. In my mind I have an idea that A Sleepy Kat is a personal photography blog, featuring posts about my life, beauty and fashion, and occasionally fitness. That's the idea, at least. Often my posts end up being a rambling collection of ideas I find wonderful. (I have multiple television-related posts in my drafts but I'm not sure if I'm ready to show my crazy fangirl side!)
Who are your favourite bloggers?
There are blogs that I love from afar, and then there are those written by those that I know personally. K is For Kani, Jess Loves Fred, cavaan, zoella, A Beautiful Mess, Peanut Butter and Chocolate Life and Apartment Therapy are the ones I crush on from afar. Those that I know (and love) personally include: love erin (of course!), the fragile sea, Let's Make Today A Happy Day and Lucid Stars. I'm constantly on the lookout for more blogs to fall in love with, so if you'd like me to check yours out, leave me a comment with your link. :)
Do your friends and family know about your blog?
Some friends do and some family members do. My close family members know it exists but they don't know where to find it. Honestly, I think I'd have trouble freely expressing myself if I knew they were going to read it. But I don't know. I don't hide my blog from friends but I don't necessarily promote it or shove it down their throats. If they want to take a look, cool. :) And if they want to jump on the rollercoaster and make their own blog, awesome!
Your ultimate dream/endeavour (in your life or your blog, answer this question however you'd like)?
I have this image in my head of an older version of me. She lives alone in a little apartment above a bookshop. The place is furnished almost completely from Ikea. The little fridge is stocked with Chobani yoghurts, a small milk, a bunch of shallots and a container of leftover stir-fry. She spends her days at the office where she works as something psychology-related and catches the bus home in the evenings, eyelids drooping against the warmth of golden hour. Weekends are spent sifting through second-hand books in the shop downstairs, writing and sketching in various notebooks, and sipping jasmine tea by the large window, watching the afternoon traffic below. She throws dinner parties when she gets lonely, and friends come over to flop on her couch and chat about things, share her latest TV obsession. She can stand up for herself. She can take care of herself. She's made something of herself. But most of all, she's happy. // I can picture this so vividly, yet I have no idea how to get there.
-------------Dinah interviewed me on her blog if you'd like to read that. Thanks again to Dinah for doing this, I enjoyed your responses a lot! If you'd like to be interviewed next you can email me.