So this blog post is a little different from my usual style, however I wanted to write it for a few reasons. One being, my lovely friend Danielle tagged me to do it (she also took the imagery for this post), Lydia from What Lyd Did is another gorgeous blogger friend of mine and she created this tag, so another awesome reason to give it a go. Plus, I always think it’s good to get to know the person behind the blog a little more. You’ll know my thoughts on beauty products, events and eateries, but what about on blogging, dreams and “imagine if’s”? Here’s hoping you like my answers & learn a little more about me.
What’s the story behind your blog name?
When I decided to start my blog I had so many ideas in mind for what to write about, but had not thought about a name, and this I have come to learn is quite important. In the end I decided to go with a variation of my own name. My name’s Jessica Louise, and I get Jessi from some family and friends. When I began teaching I had to change my social media name so I couldn’t be found easily by students, hence where Jessi-Lou came in. Over the years this has stuck with me, my in-laws call me it, some friends now call me it, so I decided to go with it as a blog name. A little fun fact also, JLB for Jessi Lou Blog is also my initials (Jessica Louise Bethany).
What’s your real reason for blogging?
I started blogging because I love to write. I have always enjoyed writing, I used to type short stories when I was younger, and I went on to study English at University as part of my degree. I also started blogging to share tips about places I would go to, or products I would buy. Friends and Family always used to say to me “you always know the events to go to” or “you always know what’s opening where”, so I thought why not start writing it down and sharing it online for others to find and enjoy.
Best thing about blogging?
The best thing about blogging for me has to be the people I have met through it. When I started I thought it was going to be quite a lonely hobby, and how wrong I have been. The community of bloggers in Liverpool is amazing, they are the nicest and most supportive group of people I’ve ever met, and everyone is so creative, it’s really encouraging. The opportunities that come with blogging are brilliant too. If a brand or PR company can see you’re passionate about writing then they will want you to promote a new eatery, an event, or a new product. In my short time of blogging I have had some great opportunities already.
Worst thing about blogging?
I’d say the worst thing is that sometimes there aren’t enough hours in the day and the pressure I put on myself as a result of this. Blogging has become my favourite hobby, but it takes time; so much time. I find it hard sometimes to get home from my full time job and sit writing again for another 3-4 hours, when some nights what I want to do is curl up on the couch with my husband and watch a movie. I am still working out my work/blogging/social life balance.
Proudest moment so far? (Blogging wise)
This has got to be the fact I am starting to be recognised by PR companies and approached to work with them. I never imagined that this would happen, and each time I get contacted by a company I am really interested in I feel so grateful and happy. Another little proud moment for me was launching my new site, I am so pleased with it, and the money I put towards setting it up was earned through blogging. I love that!
What are your ultimate blogging goals? Don’t be shy!
My ultimate goal would be to work with some incredible brands. I love beauty (obviously) so getting to work with Dior Beauty or Chanel Beauty would be beyond my wildest dreams. Going on incredible press trips would be awesome. One of my favourite bloggers got taken to Coachella by GHD; talk about my dream trip with an incredible brand. I’m here and ready to work if any of these brands read this!
If you released a book, what genre would it be?
Remember I said before I used to write short stories when I was younger, well they were all murder mystery/thrillers, so I would have to carry on with this genre. I think I would write them for tweens though, as all my stories involved a group of teenagers that stumbled across something they shouldn’t of. Intriguing hey.
If you released products, what would they be? Homeware, beauty or something unexpected?
I would love to release a range of candles, as I love candles, I have some lit every day at home and all different ones are placed in each room of my house. If no that it would be a jewellery collection. I think jewellery can be the focus point of an outfit and I love specific styles of jewellery, so I’d like to see these come to life.
What would you name the products and why?
I really miss my old surname, Sloane, so I think I’d call my products something with the name Sloane involved. Sloane Scents or Sloane Loves, something like that. If anyone else reading this is married, and you changed your surname, do you miss it? I kind of feel like I’ll always be a Sloane at heart.
What has blogging taught you?
Blogging has taught me to have a certain kind of confidence in myself, not the kind of confidence that Acting used to instill in me but confidence to believe I can achieve anything I want. It has opened up a whole new world of creativity to me, and given me a space on the internet to express this. I used to dream of writing for a magazine, Glamour Mag or Bliss (anyone remember this?), but I never pursued this, now I like to think that if the dream had panned out I would of been writing a beauty or lifestyle column.
Sum up your blog in three words
This is tough!!! Ok, so they’re not the 3 words, but the 3 word challenge is hard. I’d have to say Welcoming, Colourful and Honest.
What do you think? I’d love to know what words you would use to describe my blog.