Earlier this week, I invited my Instagram followers to ask me anything: here’s what they came up with…
Do you get cabin fever from working at home, and if so, how do you deal with it?
[from Lily Kate France]
Honestly? No, I really don’t. I actually have a post in my drafts folder which touches on this, but I consider myself to be at the extreme end of the “introvert” scale, which makes working from home ideal for me, because it means I don’t have to interact with anyone if I don’t want to. It helps, of course, that Terry works from home too, so I’m not totally alone all day, but I’m a real loner, and I like my own space: one of the worst things about traditional employment for me was being surrounded by other people all day – even when I like the people I work with, I find it totally exhausting to have to interact with them constantly, so I love the fact that blogging allows me to be as anti-social as I like. (Which is REALLY anti-social, TBH.)
I think one of the biggest misconceptions about working from home, though, is that you’re never allowed to leave your home, which obviously isn’t true. We make a concerted effort to get out and about as often as possible (much more than I ever did when I worked in an office – which I literally wasn’t allowed to leave during working hours, and which did give me serious cabin fever!), so we’re not stuck at home all the time: or not often, anyway. The only time I’d say I get a bit of cabin fever is during the winter, if it’s snowing, say, or if the weather’s just too horrible to go out in. It gets dark here really early at that time of year, which can feel a bit claustrophobic, but that’s more to do with the weather/winter than working from home. This year I’m determined to try to get out of the house even when it’s freezing, just to try to make the most of the daylight: then again, I say that every year, so… we’ll see.
Do you ever get blogger’s block?
Oh God, YES. I feel like this entire year has been one extended period of blogger’s block, actually: hence the call for questions! I think it happens to anyone who’s been blogging for a while, and my best tip for dealing with it is to make sure your blog niche isn’t too narrow. If I try to stick to one particular subject, then no matter how interested I am when I start, I’ll end up running out of things to say, at which point it just becomes a chore. So I completely ignore the advice to have a set niche, and just blog about whatever I happen to be interested in at any given time: it doesn’t let me completely avoid blogger’s block (This year, for instance, my problem hasn’t been that there’s nothing I want to write about: it’s that the things I want to write about have all been things I can’t really put on the internet, which leaves me having to come up with other ideas, instead…), but it does make it a bit easier to work around it!
I also try to schedule posts in advance as often as I can, so if I do hit a dry spell, I can easily slot something in: and if all else fails, there’s always the good ol’ outfit post – I might not have something interesting to say for myself every day, but I DO get dressed every day (Well, most days, anyway…), so that means there’s always something I can post!
Where do you manage to find inspiration for your blog posts?
I did a post on where to find ideas for blog posts here, but honestly, it’s mostly just life, and whatever’s going on at the time. I have to be genuinely interested in something to want to write about it, which is why my blog is sometimes all fashion, and sometimes all something else!
What would be your dream holiday?
I’d love to do a road trip across America: ideally one where I could really take my time, and visit every single place that takes my interest. I’m not really into roughing it, though, so I suspect I’d only ever do this if I was rich enough to be able to stop at relatively nice hotels along the way: doesn’t have to be 5 star, but it would have to be somewhere clean and quiet at the very least. Failing that, New York and Hawaii are next on my list!
What is your favourite colour to wear?
Green all the way: although in autumn, I tend to find myself wearing a lot of camel and taupe – although not necessarily at the same time. Green is my go-to colour, though: I know a lot of people think it’s very “obvious” for redheads, but hey: I like it!
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
Probably California: I love the climate, I love that it has everything from mountains to beaches, small towns, big cities, you name it. Oh, and shopping, obviously. I really loved Pasadena when we were there last year, but I’d love to live near the coast, so I’d maybe find somewhere outside of L.A. (Which I love), but within driving distance of the city. Wherever I lived, though, it would have to be somewhere warm: I’ve lived through enough harsh winters to last me the rest of my life!