It’s time for another blogger interview! This has been one of the best series that I have done on The Wise Willow, and I have loved learning more about other bloggers! Blogging is something that has changed my life in so many ways, and I wanted to learn how it has done the same for others.
Today’s interview is Amélie of A Wanderer’s Adventures! I have been following Amélie’s blog since I started my blogging journey, especially since we are both studying abroad this semester!
Amélie of A Wanderer’s Adventures
Amélie is a twenty-something girl from a small town in Quebec, Canada who is currently studying abroad in England. She loves traveling, reading, bingeing shows on Netflix, and eating delicious food. Through her blog, A Wanderer’s Adventures, she hopes to help young women thrive in college and live their best life.
What is your favorite song at the moment?
I’m currently loving How Long by Charlie Puth!
What is your favorite type of food (or types if there are ties!)?
I absolutely love Italian food! Pasta and gelato are the way to my heart, haha.
Coffee, tea, neither, or both?
If you had asked me a month ago, I would have said neither. But I’ve started drinking coffee and I like it!
Do you prefer to hand write or to type?
I’ve always been a pen pal kind of gal.
What is your favorite season?
Fall! (No surprise there, really.)
What is your favorite book (or one that you would recommend at the moment)?
One of my all-time favorite trilogies is To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han! If you like romance novels and cute contemporaries, you’ll love it! I think it also depicts the struggles we face as teenagers pretty well.
Any fun facts you want to share?
I absolutely hate cheese! (Yes, that means that I don’t like pizza.)
When did you start your blog, and what was the reasoning behind it? Similarly, what was the inspiration behind your blog/brand name (and did you find it difficult to create)?
I first started my blog as a way to pass time the summer before I went to university, in April 2015. My hours had been cut off at work, and I needed a way to keep myself occupied so I wouldn’t lose my mind. I wanted to write about my adventures over the summer, hence the name A Wanderer’s Adventures.
When you first started blogging, did you have a goal in mind for where you wanted it to (or thought it would) take you? Have you reached that goal or changed it?
Not at all. I think I just wanted to be famous, haha. In all honesty, that was just a hobby for me, a way to pass time. Also, as I wanted to become a journalist at the time, I thought it would help me build a portfolio. Obviously, my goals changed as I started taking it more seriously. My goals have refined themselves, they’re more specific and realistic. I don’t think I’ll become a famous blogger anytime soon, haha.
What did you know about blogging before you started? What were the resources you used to find out more?
I knew absolutely nothing about blogging when I first started. I was following a few bloggers, and I used them as inspiration and as a resource when it came to blogging. I googled a lot of things. It’s crazy how much information you can find on the Internet nowadays!
What, if anything, has been an unexpected part of your blogging journey?
I honestly did not expect to find such an amazing community. I was very lost and lonely when I first started, but now I’m happy to say that I consider a lot of bloggers to be my friends. The college blogger community is fairly small, but we all know each other and love to chat about anything, whether that is our latest jamming playlist on Spotify or what we want to do after college. I have found supportive people that understood me, and that’s something I had been looking for my whole life.
Where do you find your inspiration to continue blogging? Has your inspiration stayed the same since you started your blog?
Inspiration is quite a struggle for me. There are days where I have so many ideas, I can’t type fast enough to write them down. But there are periods where I’m not feeling inspired. This has been happening a lot to me lately. As I’m heading somewhere else in my life, I’m asking myself a lot of questions, including what I was going to do with my blog. I think most of my posts are inspired from something that is going on in my personal life. Since the beginning, I’ve based my writing on what I was going through as a college student and a young woman, and that hasn’t really changed. Whenever my life feels boring, I hit a creative block. The same happens when it’s the opposite. And I don’t think the way I get inspiration is ever going to change. My blog is an extension of my life.
What is your favorite social media platform or method of communication with your readers? What about the platform makes it your favorite?
I think all social media platforms have a different way to reach your followers. When it comes to engaging with my followers, I absolutely love Twitter. I think it’s easy to start a conversation and engage with your audience. It’s interactive and very fun (and there is no crazy algorithm to get in the way of that, haha).
If you had to sum up everything that you have learned about blogging to tell someone new to the community, what would you tell them?
Don’t give up. Blogging can be so overwhelming and there is definitely a lot to learn, with the blogging world constantly changing. There are new blogs in the market every day, so you have to be willing to put in some work to stand out and reach your audience. But if blogging is something that you really want to do, then don’t give up. It can be hard sometimes to put in some work and not see the expected results, but trust me when I say that it will be worth it in the long run. I’ve tried blogging many times before I started A Wanderer’s Adventures. But I’ve never committed to it the way that I am now, and I can see such a difference. You can’t expect to get thousands of pageviews overnight. You have to work first before that can happen. You can’t just expect to see engagement if you don’t engage with others yourself. But trust me when I say that all those efforts are going to be worth it in the end. I’ve met some life-long friends through blogging, and I am proud to call them my friends, even if we haven’t met in real life (yet). Once you find your community, you will see why it is all worth it. It’s not about the money, but about the community.
Have you ever rebranded your blog or changed direction with it? How did this process come about, and why did you decide to make the change? (Or, are you looking to rebrand your blog in the future?)
I have rebranded my blog a bit in the past. I didn’t really have an editing style before (all my Pinterest graphics looked different), but last year I changed my theme and figured out an aesthetic for my blog. I have thought many times about changing my blog name, but have never been able to make the move. I might rebrand my blog in the (near?) future. I think the reason why we go through rebranding is that our personality changes, we grow as people and we want our blog to reflect that change.
What has been your favorite part about blogging overall (if you could only pick one!)?
Meeting new people! I honestly wasn’t expecting this, but ever since I started blogging, I’ve made friends from all over the world. How cool is that?
Have you ever experienced ‘bloggers block’ or a slump in motivation? How have you overcome this challenge?
Oh, I have been through blogger’s block many times! I think the best way to overcome it is to embrace it. Don’t force it. Step back if you need to. It’s okay to take a break every once and a while (some would even say it’s healthy, even!). If you’re blocker, there’s probably a reason. Try to identify it and work with that!
Where do you see your blog taking you in the future? What are your goals for the next few months/years?
I’m actually in a bit of a blog crisis. I’ve been a college blogger for over two years now, and as I’m approaching graduation, I’m not sure what this blog is going to become. I do not think I’ll remain a college blogger, though I might still write college advice posts every once in a while. I think I might become more of a lifestyle blogger, who posts mostly about books and travel. My goal for the next year is really about growth. I’ve been trying super hard to grow my pageviews and get more people to my blog, and so far it has been working. I’m still considered a fairly small blogger though, so I hope I can continue to grow my blog so it can get where I want it to be!
What is your favorite part about the creative process? (i.e. do you have a favorite step in the blog post writing process, a favorite topic or style, etc.)
I just love writing posts. The main reason why I am majoring in communications is because I love writing, so writing posts is definitely something that I love about blogging! Once I have an idea in mind, I am unstoppable, haha.
If you could pick three words to sum up your blogging journey, what would they be?
Eye-opening, learning, fun.
Who are the creators or people in your life that inspire you?
There are so many! Kerstin from Miss Getaway is the blogger that made me start blogging, and I’ve always admired her. It’s been amazing to see how far she has gotten over the years! Helene from Helene in Between and Erica from Coming Up Roses are two bloggers that I look up to. They have such a strong brand and voice! I also love my friend Sara from Sara Laughed. She is a crazy talented writer and she’s an inspiration!
I’m so glad that I got the chance to interview Amélie about her blogging journey! Check out her blog
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Check out the other interviews in the series here
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