The first in a new series, "Meet the Bloggers". Swide interviews leading bloggers to ask them what life is really like in the blogsaphere. Do they break out into a cold sweat in a non-WIFI zone? Sit in pyjamas all day, or suffer blog envy?
Melanie Crète is a blogger, digital consultant and DJ. Living in East London she's 26 and reigns over a successful blog blog.melaniecrete.com. Swide picked her brains as to life in the online seat.
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ONLINE IS A WAY OF LIFE. DO YOU OPT FOR A NON-WIFI SPOT IN YOUR SPARE TIME?
Online all the way! Oh I sometime wish I wasn’t addicted that much but let’s say I know how to multitask!
DO YOU STILL READ PRINT MAGAZINES?
Yes I do. I mainly read style press like Numero, V, Purple,… French Vogue being my favourite one. These types of magazines are like coffee table books, always nice to flick through and I collect them... I also have to buy Grazia every Tuesday cause I quite like the way it deals with high street. I like reading Sunday Times Style too but these mags go to the bin as soon as my ‘reading’ is done, less than an hour after I've left the newsagent.
THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF BLOGS - HOW DO YOU SORT THE GOOD FROM THE BAD?
For me a good blog has to be updated regularly with high quality and pretty focused content. I like the idea of a blogger being an expert on something… A blog has to be very visual too, design is as important as content. It usually takes me less than 30 seconds to know if a blog is right for me or not, like when you meet someone.
WHO IN YOUR OPINION ROCKS THE BLOGSPHERE? DO YOU SUFFER FROM BLOG ENVY?
There are no winners or losers. I do have some favourite blogs and definitely get inspired from them - blogs that are very style/music/media orientated. For my blog I try to follow my instincts and be myself as much as I can. Of course I suffer from blog envy but when it happens I try to focus on my blog and work from there!
HAVE YOU EVER BLOGGED UNDER THE INFLUENCE AND REGRETTED IT?
Depends under which influence?!
THE STRANGEST PLACE YOU'VE BLOGGED FROM?
If you can consider my house as a strange place then I would say my house. I tend to stay there!
IS THERE A PERSON YOU'D WISH WOULD START A BLOG?
Mmm… probably Madonna’s daughter, Lourdes. I've always been a bit obsessed with stars’ siblings and I am seriously wondering what kind of life you have when you're Madonna’s daughter.
HOW DO YOU SEE TWITTER IMPACTING ON BLOGGING?
Harder, better, faster, stronger!
(Follow Melanie on Twitter at twitter.com/melaniecrete)
MOST EXTREME BLOGGING SITUATION?
A dead charger, very little battery left and a strong desire to publish my post. 3%, 2%, 1% battery left... post published!
YOUR MOST SUCCESSFUL POST EVER?
In March during Paris Fashion Week I took this great picture of Pedro Winter, Kanye West and Jefferson Hack DJ-ing all together at some party. I put it on my blog and my views tripled the following day.
(Click here to see the pic blog.melaniecrete.com/kanyewest)
FOR ANY BUDDING BLOGGERS - WHAT'S YOUR ADVICE ON MAKING IT WORK?
A. Make sure you know what you talking about.
B. Don’t be afraid to spend hours in front of your computer trying to understand a CSS style sheet, hours of fun.
C. Be yourself.
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A BLOGGER
Most of my day is usually spent in front of my laptop. If not I am playing with my blackberry anyway.
Doing my blog and keeping my twitter alive is one thing. Then because of my job as digital consultant I am constantly online researching and I can spend hours on the internet before I even get on with the brief… I'm also DJ-ing so I would tend to look for new tracks on beatport, hypemachine and spotify… And when I'm bored or can't concentrate I just log on Facebook, it's crazy how many things are going on in there!
I definitely don't work 9 to 5 though (how lame!), which is the great thing about freelancing! I tend to do late night shifts if you know what I mean…
Check out Melanie's blog at blog.melaniecrete.com
Follow Melanie on Twitter at twitter.com/melaniecrete
With special thanks to Melanie Crète
Source & Photo Credit: blog.melaniecrete.com