For my first Spotlight Saturday, I wanted to interview a blogger that had meaning to me and my blog. Julie was my first blogging friend and has been seriously invaluable with the information she’s helped me with in my first few months of blogging. I don’t even think she realizes it, which is probably the best part!
I was lucky enough to meet Julie because my boss, Matt, is her husband. When he found out I had a fashion blog, he told me that she did, too, and the first time we met we talked about blogging for about 3 hours straight (while everyone else watched football) where she proceeded to share everything she knew with me with zero hesitation.
I’ve noticed that people don’t really offer info to help others anymore without holding back because they think that by helping someone else they’re hurting themselves. In my opinion, strong women help other women, which is one of the reasons I decided to start this feature. Another was to get out of my comfort zone and meet new people! Because of how much Julie has helped me, I’m hoping to offer that kind of helpful info to others that could use it, too.
Julie’s blog is a fun play on her maiden name, Scorse (which sounds like source). My favorite thing about her page (and her as a person) is her authenticity. She is very real with how she thinks and feels and doesn’t just say things because she thinks it’s what people want to hear. She’s very genuine and it’s great because it’s so relatable and pretty funny, as you’ll see.
I sat down with Julie and went through some questions to share her story and what tips and tricks she had for you guys.
Q: Tell me a little about you outside of blogging.
A: I work at Cerner, I’m a Nurse and a Solution Designer. I help design the software that nurses use. I work with a lot of engineers every day. My husband travels a lot for work, so I love to cook when he’s gone. I have a sister and 3 neices. I enjoy running races and am very competitive with myself. I really like to go shopping [don’t we all?]. I used to play the violin. I like to create recipes instead of following them. I rearrange my closet almost every weekend to figure out what I really want and don’t want, but can’t actually get rid of it for fear of needing it later.
Q: What got you into fashion blogging and when did you start?
A: I followed other bloggers for a long time and thought “I can totally do that”. Since my husband traveled for work so much (and still does), I had these evenings to myself and I was always around all of these other people and cool spaces. I started in June 2016 as a side thing and I just told myself I could do it. My blogger bestie, Heather, started hers in May of 2016 but we didn’t know each other yet so that was kinda cool. I kept it really hidden in the beginning because I didn’t want anyone to make fun of me. Working with a lot of engineers that don’t want to talk about clothes, this was a way for me to put myself out there and meet other people and get to talk about clothes and really be myself.
Q: Did/do you ever plan to make a full time career out of it, or was it just something you wanted as a hobby/creative outlet?
A: It was definitely a creative outlet to start. I would love to make a career out of it though I’ve debated quitting many times. But you should never quit! At the bare minimum just trickle along because they are so many people that probably quit 4 years ago and now they’re kicking themselves because they could have hundreds of thousands of followers and be talking about fashion as their full-time job. As much as I’d love it as my full-time job, I think I’d need to have a more impactful purpose. If it took a turn toward helping someone in some way, I think that’s the nurse in me.
Q: What do you enjoy most about blogging?
A: Meeting new people, making new friends. When I first started I knew no other bloggers which was kinda great for me being so insecure. But it also made me break out of my shell and it gives you a confidence and you don’t really care what people think of you on the side of the street posing with your hands in your hair 18 times, or sitting on the sidewalk and laughing at nothing [hilarious and true!]. But it totally builds up your “I’m gonna do me” mentality because you see so many other people just being themselves and it’s inspiring.
Q: What has been your best experience thus far? (Trips, freebies, community, etc.)
A: Overall, community for sure. There’s a couple of things I’ve been involved in that were fantastic experiences, like here at Towne Center [where we met at] where we got chauffeured around and got a lot of free food. Meeting other bloggers like Heather and Meg has been great.
Q: What has changed most about your blog since you started?
A: Picture quality has improved! I invested in a quality camera. My overall content has gotten better visually. I want to get back to improving written content, I really like to connect with my readers. I like when things are true and it’s pretty therapeutic to write about real things.
Q: How were your first 6 months?
A: Exciting and really busy! I started in June and the summer is the best time to be starting because you can go out and take pictures. And then that fall I got engaged and I met Heather and we went to Kansas City Fashion Week together and got all of these freebies and got invited to all of these different beauty events, there was all this new and exciting stuff. When you’re just starting your blog and you have your first hits and subscribers you get a rush because it’s so exciting. And really your stats can only really go up during that time and it’s a really good feeling.
Q: Who is your style inspiration, or do you prefer to make your own looks?
A: I definitely have my own inner voice when it comes to fashion, whether that’s good or bad. I don’t know if it’s one individual person that inspires me. I like the classic looks but I also like the rugged looks at the same time. I like the modern minimalist looks but I also really like vintage, so it’s kind of eclectic and a bit of everything at the same time.
Q: Any other bloggers you love to follow right now?
Q: What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment so far? What do you hope to accomplish down the line?
A: Not quitting when it gets hard. It can get un-fun sometimes when you put too much pressure on yourself. I have to remember that it’s a hobby. I want to have more fun with it. I set high standards as I’m sure you do too and it can be hard. Not caring about making sales and making money. Just have fun with it.
Q: Do you have any key tips for newbies like myself?
A: I have a bazillion. Don’t forget to have fun. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Write down the reason you started your blog and stick with it. Remember what sparked your interest and made you passionate about it. Don’t move away from that, don’t be overly influenced by other people. There are millions of other bloggers but there’s only 1 you and your voice is interesting. Don’t be afraid to tell people about your blog. Put yourself out there. Make business cards. Back up your site. Always have a backup plan, a post in your pocket. Don’t try to be charismatic all the time. Don’t post or write something for the likes. Always publish things your proud of.
A HUGE thank you to Julie for taking the time to do this interview with me!!
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I hope everyone has a great weekend!