Continuing our series into the virtual life of superbloggers – Elizabeth Spiridakis is the New York based brains behind one our favorite blogs, Feels Like White Lightning. We find out more abut the voice behind the virtual irony.
Meet the bloggers: White Lightning
The cutting New York tone, the refreshing wit and honesty, cheeky captions and quirky posts – we have White Lightning bookmarked for our daily dose of NY style. Curious to know more about the brains behind the blog – Swide caught up with blogger Elizabeth Spiridakis.
How did the idea for your blog start? I started my blog on a total whim..My best friend urged me to do it, probably because she was tired of getting emails from me that were rants about celebrities and music and fashion stuff (all the things that make up the blog now, basically) It started as a way to amuse myself and my friends, really..somewhere to post all things pop culture and style related that came to my mind.
ONLINE IS A WAY OF LIFE – DO YOU OPT FOR A NON-WIFI SPOT IN YOUR SPARE TIME OR IS YOUR SITE ALL CONSUMING?
Most of the time my site is pretty all consuming, but in a good way (I think?). Laptop + iPhone = constant internets, which means constant information which means constantly thinking about blogging. Recently I have been posting less on the weekends (or not at all) because I’ve started to fear for my sanity-and my posture. If Blogger let me do mobile blogging, I would never look anyone in the eye ever again; I’d be the crazyface in the corner glued to her iPhone (maybe I already am…Twitter certainly isn’t helping things!)
WHO IN YOUR OPINION ROCKS THE BLOGASPHERE?
Swedish girls rock the blogosphere. I will never tire of streetstyle pics from Stockholm. I also live for any of the boys that are killing it in heels and bags and sick haircuts, London girls, Japanese boys, and I always have a special place in my heart for the teenage girls who KILL IT on the daily (tavi, arabelle, jane, isabel, camille, to name some of my faves)
HAVE YOU EVER BLOGGED WHEN UNDER THE INFLUENCE AND REGRETTED IT?
Good grief, I am SURE I have. My bigger problem is TWITTERING under the influence. Sometimes the next day I will reread them and die first from laughing and then from major embarrassment. Oopsydoops.
STRANGEST PLACE YOU’VE PHOTOGRAPHED?
Hmm. Probably the Peggy Noland store in Kansas City, Mossouri. The ENTIRE interior walls, cielings, furniture, was covered in stuffed animals, thousands of them! It was amazing. And a little cluastrophoibe, but more amazing.
IS THERE A PERSON YOU’D WISH WOULD START A BLOG?
Hm. This is a difficult question…I don’t know! Um..Ina Garten (the barefoot contessa)? So I know how she has the shiniest hair I have ever seen in my life? Suri Cruise so she can post her outfits? Winona Ryder during the early 90s? I’m sure I will think of the perfect answer for this way too late.
BLOGGERS YOU ADMIRE
I admire any blogger who puts out their own unique view on whatever they are passionate about. A few of my tops are: Sunshine (BlogFullofJelly) for her without-equal DIY talents and for being a kindred spirit of thriftcraziness, Michael K (Dlisted) as he is the absolute funniest person alive, Zana (GarbageDress) for her also enviable skill at making things, Tavi for her fearlessness, Yokoo for having her own special sense of aesthetics, Brendan (thebrendandonnelly.blogspot.com) for his sense of the ridiculous, Alix (thecherryblossomgirl) for constantly being able to concoct some sort of fairytale icecreamsundaebeautydreamlife in every post.
WHAT POST THAT RECEIVED THE BIGGEST HITS ON YOUR SITE OR THAT YOU CONSIDER TO BE THE MOST SUCCESSFUL?
Well, earlier this year I wrote a little jokeyjoke about Kanye West and HE READ IT and then blogged about White Lightning on his site?!! That was probably the craziest posting thing ever. Second to that everyone seems to love Gossip Girl recaps (which I have ceased to do, the show has let me down…), anything Gaga related and outfit posts are always the most commented.
HOW DO YOU SEE TWITTER IMPACTING ON BLOGGING?
Twitter has sort of made blogging more of a dimensional thing, if that makes any sense. I feel like a know a lot more about my fellow and fave bloggers by what they like to post on their twitter, and I consider my twitter feed to be an extension of my blog, I put new updates there, funny things I find on the internets, and any of the myriad goofball thoughts I have all day long. I really do think that if you are serious about your blog you have to have a twitter account by now, it’s just part of the scene.
FOR ANY BUDDING BLOGGERS – WHAT WOULD BE YOUR ADVICE ON MAKING IT WORK?
This is always a hard question to answer..I get asked this fairly often and I always feel at a loss for words because it suggests that there is some sort of magic answer and there really isn’t? Be yourself, be funny, be interesting, be PROLIFIC. Don’t try to imitate anyone else and don’t worry so much about what anyone else is going to think.
A LIFE IN THE DAY OF A BLOGGER
Truly an odd thing. A day in my life consists of coffee, spending too much time in my messy closet, lugging around everything I need to post/email/facebook/twitter (laptop, iphone, USB internets, camera/card reader, metrocard, sharpies, notebooks, gum, lipstick, sunglasses, ipod, magazines), blogging either at my office or a coffeeshop that isnt too annoying, or a friend’s house with good wifi, coffee, constantly capturing myself in funny moments, going on appointments, having meetings, pitching ideas, keeping in touch, reading the internet, coffee, sometimes having an afternoon adventure, more coffee, drinks and carousing with peolple I like. At least that is my life as a “blogger”.
**TAKE A LOOK AT ELIZABETH’S BLOG AT feelslikewhitelightning.blogspot.com**
With special thanks to Elizabeth Spiridakis
Source & Photo Credit: Elizabeth Spiridakis
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