I’ve always wanted to have one of these – because they simultaneously annoy and amuse me. I hope it’ll also stop people asking me the same question over and over again but it probably won’t.
1. How do you call yourself and be part of Independent Fashion Bloggers when you do sponsored posts?
I started my blog so I could write my own crap on the internet that I didn’t necessarily write for articles. Somehow it came to fruition, and people actually read it and gain some enjoyment from it. Who knew? Who knew! It’s also a way for me to make a bit of pin money. I do “pay for play” for some posts, but I always have them tagged as ‘Sponsored’ – see my disclaimer for more details. However, I always aim to write honestly and state that it is my opinion, and I only do pay for play for brands I actually would use myself/like. Meaning I’ve turned down a few. I will never be rich from my blog (not jinxing it) or be like any of the huge fashion bloggers out there, but I’m ok with that. The aim of blogs was first and foremost to write your own opinion on topics that you felt strongly about. Now a lot of people think all you have to do is be a brownnose. Unfortunately, that’s not my style. I’d like to think that’s what separates the wheat from the chaff.
2. What is this flashing thing in the top corner?
That my dear reader, is what you call an advertisement. I’m part of the Glam Media network. This means I do have adverts on my blog, but you don’t have to click on them if you don’t want to. Like before, it’s a way for me to have a few extra -pennies in my pocket. Put it this way – do you want me to live with my parents forever?
3. What makes you qualified to comment on fashion and related areas?
What makes anyone qualified? I own my site and I like to write things. Do you have to read it? Not necessarily. Disagree? Write a comment. Think you’re too good? I don’t think I need to point you to the exit.
4. How do I make money from a blog?
I get a lot of people asking me this question. It is not a quick fire to make money. You may think that bloggers may be everywhere you look, but it’s merely because they’re in the media. It’s pretty difficult, as it is a saturated market. All I would say is ask yourself if you really want to keep and maintain a blog. Write about something that interests you, not about something you think you should be interested in. Do some research on SEO, find out how to make your blog found. If you can gain a solid readership, you can gain financial interest. But it’s not a surefire thing. Above all, I keep a blog because I enjoy spouting rubbish on the internetz. Do it because you want to do it.
5. Where did the name “The Science of Style” come from?
When I wanted to start my blog, and then my site, my good friend (and muse) Tina Gao suggested the name, as I wanted something that expressed my interests in both areas. To be honest, when I explain it doesn’t even make that much sense. But I wanted a strong name for my ‘brand’ so to speak and I like it, and so do other people.
6. What did you study to get where you are?
I studied a Psychology degree at Royal Holloway, University of London; beautiful campus, looks like Hogwarts, however unfortunately it’s situated in what I affectionately refer to as an elephant’s graveyard. For those looking for a popular culture reference, click here.
7. So you don’t have a fashion background at all? How have you done what you’ve done so far?
In terms of formal training no. I always wanted to write, and fashion was kind of a happy accident. I don’t just do fashion, but also arts and culture. I just worked hard, and also, apparently I’m charming. I wanted to become a doctor, but I realised that wasn’t going to be my path. Do I still want to study? Hell yes. I’m just one of those people who loves school.
8. Do you actually look like your picture?
Yes, after Photoshop.
9. This doesn’t answer any of my questions.
If there’s something you have a cystisis like burning desire to ask me, drop me a line here. I also recommend plain yoghurt and cranberry juice.