Hello my lovely readers! As you may or may not know, I have quite the curious mind and especially when it comes to the lives, worlds, passions and inspirations of other creative folk. And so that's why I created this series, Blog Gems, where I find out just that; what makes creative people tick, what tools are important to them, who inspires them, and what their creative spaces and worlds are like. This month I had the great pleasure of finding all about the person behind the beautiful blog, 'A Cup Of Creative'.
Hello there! Can you tell all of us here a little bit about yourself?
Hello! I’m Stephie, and I am based in the North West, just outside Manchester. I’m 26 and I work in the theatre on many different types of projects. My day job is organising events and shows, and encouraging people to get involved, but I am also a writer and performer, and run a lot of different types of workshops as a freelancer. Basically, I spend most of my time trying to encourage people to embrace their creativity and finally kill off the myth “that art or theatre isn’t for them.” Other than being pretty obsessed with my work, I love good coffee, adventuring with my boyfriend, travel and all the usual things!
Where do you blog? What is that space like?
I blog over at A Cup Of Creative, which is a creativity and lifestyle blog, where I hopefully encourage people to create and live a life they love, which sounds very grand doesn’t it? I try not to be too preachy or ‘woo woo!’ Whenever I sit down to write a post I try to write it as if I’m talking to a friend and I hope that comes across! My posts cover the adventures I’ve been on, the things in life I’m focusing on at the moment, and every Wednesday I publish a conversation I’ve had with some of my favourite people about what creativity means to them.
If you had to take only one creative/craft tool to a desert island, what would you choose and why?
A notebook and a pen! I hope that counts as one thing! All my creative outlets are very much word based! Whether that’s typing up a new blog or writing a new show. Everything starts with my notebook, so if I was on a desert island, I’d no doubt want to capture every minute of it! It would be great material for a show, if I was ever rescued, wouldn’t it?
How do you work and get inspired?
As long as I have my notebook (or if I’m feeling modern, my laptop) I can work anywhere! I always get particularly inspired when I’m out and about though! Especially on trains for some reason. I like to be in an environment where I have nothing else to focus on but my writing. Sometimes that’s at home with a candle lit, and a blanket, but if I really need to hunker down and get something done then going on a walk and ending up in a coffee shop always sorts me out!
My writing for theatre is a bit like my blog. I’m inspired by everyday things. I think everyone has a story to tell, and that is something I keep in mind whenever I’m working, whether that’s trying to encourage people to come see a show, or writing one.
What top tips would you give to anyone starting a blog?
It sounds so cliche but be authentic. I sometimes get really distracted by what other people are posting or writing. So often it will seem like everyone is posting about the same thing, and I then get all worked up, thinking I should also write a post on that! But whenever I get into that headspace I loose my own voice, and the post will be rubbish because of it! You have to keep writing because that is how you’ll get the readers and followers that really love your work and interact with you.
Is there a story behind the name, 'A Cup of Creative'?
Yes! I’ve only recently rebranded my whole blog. I used to be ‘Tea In Your Twenties’ because my blog was all about the things that you chat about over a brew with a friend. Especially things like struggling to work out your career, or love, and growing up. Those things that can be really, really hard in your early twenties but I started to feel like I was growing out of that stage of my life, and so my blog was too. Now I still talk all about the things life throws up at me, but I don’t feel like the things I struggle with now have anything to do with my age. I also wanted my blog to tie in with my creative side and work! So hopefully “ A Cup Of Creative” covers the chatty side of my posts while also giving it a bit more focus!
If you could go to a Blog Award dinner with any 5 people (dead or alive, real or fictional) who would you choose?
Argh this is hard! I very nearly went to the Bloggers Blog Awards at the beginning of October, but I couldn’t make it in the end. I was gutted when I saw all the social media updates and the bloggers I love having an amazing time! So I guess my answer would be the 5 bloggers I would love to meet in real life, because I feel like they are already my friends just from our conversations online. They would be Alice from Wooden Window Sills, Mimmi from Muted Mornings, Amanda from Rhyme and Ribbons, Becky from BKYROUNCEFIELD and Yasmin from Yasmin Qureshi Photography.
And finally...if you had to choose one song to represent 'A Cup of Creative', what would it be and why?
Ooooooooo, this is such a good question! I feel like I should say something cool or arty or indie or something, but that really would be a lie and so wrong for my blog! My blog is hopefully a bit like that song that reminds you of all your best friends in a room laughing! Probably something you can dance to, like a pop guilty pleasure, or that song that makes you walk a little sassier when it comes over your ear phones! For me right now, that’s Mamma Said by Dianna Bromfield!
Thanks so much for taking part, Stephie. It's been absolutely wonderful hearing all about your creative, blogging world.
I love that you feel everyone has a story to tell. I completely agree. There's a story, in fact there are several, inside all of us. This ties in nicely with your advice about anyone thinking of starting a blog - be authentic, be yourself. By doing this your personality will naturally shine through, whereas trying to emulate another blogger will just fall flat. People shouldn't be scared to just be themselves. And ooh, what a lovely selection of people to take to the Blog Award dinner. Lots of great bloggers to check out, yay!
I hope you've all enjoyed this month's Blog Gem interview. Don't forget you can catch up on all my previous Blog Gem interviews here for more inspiring reads. Happy reading!
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