Five minutes with: Vicki from www.themagpiegirl.com
Vicki lives in Northern Ireland and works in fashion buying and distributing. She has over 4,000 followers on various media platforms and has feature in Company magazine and The Times.
I was fortunate enough to interview Vicki for an article I’m putting together for a university project and though i’d share it with you! 🙂
(My illustration of Vicki)
Where do you get your ideas and inspiration from?
I get a lot of my inspiration from other blogs, street style articles, magazines, pinterest and photography blogs.
Do you intend to transform blogging into a full time career upon graduation? If not, what would you like to work as?
I have already graduated from a Fashion Management hons degree and have been working for the past few years in Fashion buying and distributing. I started my blog a few years later and have found that it has opened a lot of doors for me, from contacts with brands to paid guest blogging and writing for online magazines. I would love it to become a full time career or maybe help me venture into social media and online writing in a more full time capacity.
How did your blog get picked up/ become so well known?
Im not really sure. a lot of hard work! I updated my blog, twitter, chictopia and lookbook page regularly. Replied to every comment on my blog and left comments on lots of other blogs in the hope that they would find me. Eventually it started to snowball.
What is it that makes your blog different from others so that people want to read it?
I like to take pride in my scenery and backdrops for outfit posts that is popular in many american blogs but not so common in UK blogs. I also like to add my personality and wacky sense of humour in what I say and write. I think you have to be confident in being yourself and not following a trend. My blog is pretty girlie and romantic in style and layout now thats not everyones taste but thats mine and that makes me blog me.
Does it put a lot of pressure on you to write knowing that so many people follow you/are interested in your blog?
Emm… I guess a little bit. We have a lot of slang words in Ireland and I have to be careful not to use them in my posts incase people don’t know what I mean! But usually I just write like Im talking to five people not 2000! There is more pressure to post regulalry and more and more often which when working full time proves hard.
What is the most difficult situation that blogging has put you in?
The balancing act between work and my blog, everything online is instant. So I get a lot of tweets and emails from readers, fellow bloggers and brands that expect me to be sitting staring at my inbox ready to reply that minute and that just isn’t the case some times it takes me a day or two to reply. I work 9-5 my blog has to fit in around this.
What is the best freebie that you’ve ever been given/ event that you’ve been invited to due to blogging?
Best freebie would have to be a pair of persciption glasses from an online eyewear retailer. Prescription glasses are expensive so getting a pair for free was pretty cool. Best invite was to the Cosmopolitan blog awards in London I was nominated for best established fashion blog 2011 and the event was VIP Glam dress code with free cocktails, cupcakes and everyones blogs were projected on the walls with comments from readers who had voted for each blog. It was lovely to see what people had said about my blog and to meet so many fellow bloggers.