This week’s Blogger Spotlight goes to a college lifestyle blogger named Taylor! She talks about everything from fashion to fitness on her blog. The interview itself dived into her blogging life and a little about her going to school. Read the interview below, check out the links to her social media, and her blog.
Q1: What is your favorite topic to write about on your blog?
Anything related to organization/productivity! I’m super into making everything look neat and organizing my time well – my friends constantly tell me it seems like I’m doing everything, which is really just a result of being super organized and efficient. I created my blog to help and inspire other young women, so being able to share things like this that I personally feel like I’m really great at allows me to really get to the center of that purpose. It also means I’m super excited for the back-to-school season because I have an excuse to write organization/planning posts all the time. I also love writing travel posts after I get back from trips because it almost allows me to relive the trip while I’m writing about it.
Q2: Who are your top 3 blogging influences?
Ooh, let’s see. The first is definitely Carly from The College Prepster – that was the first blog I ever started reading (back in high school, I think!) and I still read it daily even now. I just think Carly’s very similar to me personality-wise, so it’s fun to see what she’s up to. I also love Dorothy at Prep in Your Step, who’s way preppier than I could ever be and pulls it off so well. Finally, although she’s originally a YouTuber, I love Sarahbelle93x (she also recently started a blog, so it counts). I also started watching her videos back in high school, and I think she’s just such a cool person and I’ve loved watching her style evolve over the years.
Q3: What are some tips you would give someone who is just starting out blogging?
Stay true to yourself and your voice. As a developing blogger, it’s easy to see the writing styles of other popular bloggers and want to bring elements of their blog into yours, but ultimately, readers want to hear from you, not some overly picturesque version of yourself that you’ve created. Blogging should be a fun passion first, a business second. And on that note —don’t necessarily partner with the first brand that reaches out to you! It’s tempting to jump on every sponsored opportunity you’re handed, but once again, it’s important to stay true to yourself and your blog’s mission.
Q4: As you are a college lifestyle blogger, what is your major and what do you plan to do with that?
LOL, so I’m actually a triple major — I’m majoring in International Affairs, Public Relations, and Economics. (I just really love school, okay?) I do eventually want to go to law school and become a lawyer, but I think I’m going to take a year or two off before I start law school. I want to move to DC and work for a non-profit – although you wouldn’t know it by my blog alone, I’m really passionate about a lot of political issues and really want to be able to work on them in the future. The law school thing is really my big goal – I’m basically a real-life Elle Woods anyways, so might as well add a J.D. onto that!
Q5: What was the inspiration behind your blog’s name, Espresso and Ambition?
think the name actually came to me before I even planned on starting a blog. I’m a huge coffee lover and an incredibly ambitious gal, so the name describes me perfectly. I was probably doing random hand-lettering (my version of doodling) and put the two words side-by-side and liked the aesthetic. When I started considering creating a blog for my study abroad adventures, that name just popped into my mind. Suddenly, the name had a blog to go with it, and boom, Espresso and Ambition was born.
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