WeBlogNorth Featured Content Creator of the Week - Green and Aquamarine
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Name: Eleanor May
Location: York (and hopefully Leeds by autumn 2018!)
Blog URL: greenandaquamarine.com
Twitter followers: 1200
Instagram followers: 1300
Don't be afraid to go off brand a little. Your content should reflect you.
How long have you been blogging/vlogging/creating content?
I’ve been blogging for about four years now, although in the last year or two I’ve really stepped up what I do.
Why did you decide to start Green and Aquamarine?
I’d finished a big piece of work and wanted a new project! I’d tried blogging before and really enjoyed it, so launched a new blog focused more around healthy living, which evolved into the site I have today.
Do you see this becoming a career or part of your career?
Absolutely. Rather than relying on my blog as my only source of income, I’ve started to get qualified in the areas that I write about. I’m now teaching yoga alongside my studies, and am applying for a Masters. This way, my blog will be supporting my career and hopefully connect me with potential clients and brands.
What do you hope to achieve for your content in 2018 and what’s your big-picture goal?
For the first half of the year, I’m on the final push to finish my undergrad, so am holding off on any big projects until then. After that, I’m gearing up towards running some events in Yorkshire and the North of England in collaboration with fellow bloggers and local businesses - I’m really passionate about where I live so want to create more opportunities there. I’m also planning to launch a Youtube channel, with yoga classes and chatty videos featuring prominently. My big picture goal is to facilitate more innovation and collaboration between health professionals in the north of England to bring some of London’s amazing health scene into other cities.
What is your favourite social media channel & why?
Instagram, although of course, it can be a love-hate relationship. I’ve met real friends on IG, and as a yoga teacher, I can share things in a visual way that can’t be translated into a text format in the same way. I love Instagram stories and want to start using that more as it gives a really interesting, less filtered, behind the scenes insights into bloggers lives.
What is your favourite tool or app that helps in your content creation?
Planoly is a fantastic tool for organising my Instagram feed, especially when I’ve had a busy week of photography or a photo shoot and have lots of content to keep track of.
Who is your blogging/vlogging/content inspiration and why?
There are so many! For the yoga side of things, Steffy White, Annie Clarke and Cat Meffan are nailing Instagram. Zanna van Djik has really interesting videos and vlogs and I hugely respect how she’s brought environmental issues into her platform. Then there’s my amazing friend Fab, who founded the Health Blogger’s Community, creating the Health Blog Awards, Health Bloggers’ Summit and so much more.
What do you like to do on weekends? Where can we find you hanging out?
As a uni student, I’m usually still working at my desk on reports and assignments sadly! When I’m at home though, I’ll love to head to York for a 90 minute Sunday vinyasa yoga class, followed by a turmeric latte or brunch at Filmore and Union. Such a health blogger cliche, but a real treat for when I’m not working!
If you could go anywhere in the world or experience any one thing, what would it be?
I have a huge travel bucket list, but I’d love to go on a California road trip: visiting my friend who lives in San Diego and San Jose; walking and wild camping in Yosemite; driving down the coastal road and through redwood giant forests; checking out the yoga scene and visiting San Fransisco!
What're your tips for staying motivated and/or organised in your work?
Going back to a good brainstorming session when you need a boost or directional focus, hiding your phone when you need to focus, and giving yourself breaks roughly every hour.
What is the one piece of advice you’d give other content creators & aspiring bloggers/vloggers?
Don’t be afraid to go off-brand a little. Your content should reflect you and whilst finding your niche can be really helpful, allowing yourself a bit of experimenting now and again keeps things authentic and lets you discover what you’re good at.
Fun/Random fact about you (go on, surprise us!):
Despite the fact that I’m setting myself up in the health industry, my background is actually in Marine Biology! I originally planned to do a PhD and go into research, probably looking at marine plastics. I’ve realised that research isn’t my strong point, but I’m as passionate about the environment as ever. I also think it helps me as a blogger as I’m very picky about there being sufficient scientific evidence behind any health trend or product that becomes popular.
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