Blog Gem - Mathilde Heart Manech

Yay, it's Blog Gem time! For those of you that are new to my blog, this monthly interview series 
takes a look at the face behind a creative blog, finding out who they are, what inspires them and more. This month, I'm super excited to be interviewing the face behind Mathilde heart Manech. So, want to know more? Me too!

Hello there, who is the face behind the blog?

Hello! I’m Lisa, a thirty something Yorkshire lass with a taste for blogging, crafting, films and photography. I live in a happy valley called Hebden Bridge, work as a freelance writer/pr/social media type and am a marketing officer for an independent cinema. 

What is your creative space like? 
We moved house last year and for the first time I have an office. I would like to say it’s a creative 
haven full of inspiration but instead it’s a bit of a mess! I tend to hoard things and my office is where 
everything lives; flyers, photographs, craft supplies, empty mugs of tea, film posters, props for blog 
posts, camera equipment and ALL the notes. The office is basically where I empty my brain! 

If you had to take only one craft tool to a desert island, what would you choose and why?
I’d ask for a huge pile of paper and make lots of origami figures to keep me company. *Imagines trees filled with hanging origami figures*.

How do you work and get inspired? 
Finding inspiration doesn’t seem to be a problem nowadays, whether you’re crafting, doing a spot of 
DIY or writing a blog post. From Pinterest and blogs to magazines and Instagram; creativity and ideas can be found everywhere.
I write lists every night before I go to sleep of things I need to do the following day. Of course, there 
are always things that are carried forward to the following day but creating lists tends to keep me 
focused and helps me switch off for the night.
When I’m working from home I make sure I go for a small walk or I arrange meetups with friends 
(including bloggers) to make sure I stay motivated and inspired. One of the main benefits of working 
freelance is being able to be flexible with your hours, so occasionally I’ll work in the evenings when 
my brain tends to be more switched on; I’m not a morning person!

What top tips would you give to anyone starting a blog? 
1. Be consistent and create good content that you love to write and your readers will find 
engaging. Think about writing regular features, have good titles for your blog posts, write like 
you are talking to a friend and use photographs that you are proud of. 
2. Utilise all the FREE marketing and photography tools; Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Buffer, 
Picmonkey, Canva and Tweetdeck are my favourites.
3. Engage with the blogging community online and off. I’ve met great friends through blogging 
who I can turn to for advice, tips and support; don’t be afraid to meet in person!

Is there a story behind the name 'Mathilde heart Manech'?
Mathilde and Manech are two characters from one of my favourite films, A Very Long Engagement. In the film Mathilde is told her fiance has been killed in WW1 but she refuses to believe it and her 
optimism takes her on a journey to discover the truth of her fiance whereabouts. A great film, I love
anything with a positive message!

If you could go to a creative blog award dinner with any 5 people and/or fictional characters (dead or alive), who would you choose? 
This was very hard! There are so many creative folk who I follow and have had the opportunity to 
meet, however I’m going to choose 5 people I’d never get the chance to have dinner with.
I would invite Lauren Laverne for her wit, style, music and writing genius, Louis Theroux for his 
general awesomeness (and all the stories he could tell), Amy Poehler (pure joy), PJ Harvey who 
might sing a song or two and Alan Partridge. Oh my.

And finally...if you had to choose one song to represent Mathilde heart Manech, what would it be and why? 
Groove Is In The Heart by Deee-Lite because it puts a smile on my face!

Thank you so much, Lisa! It's been absolutely wonderful hearing all about your creative world and thank you for such great blogging tips! I've never heard of Canva and TweetDeck, so that's super helpful. And ooooh, I would totally be nipping over to your table at the blog award dinner, especially if PJ Harvey did a song or two.

I hope you've all enjoyed this month's Blog Gem. Stay tuned for more and catch up on previous interviews here.

Happy blogging!

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