The unique part about the tribe we have here is that I personally try and aim at getting to know each and every person on some level. The day will come where that may pose a little challenging, but while it can be done with a level of depth I try and work hard to do just that. Without a doubt, one of the amazing people I have come to know on the grandeur that is the internet is someone who, as a blogger themselves, appreciates the value of a good friendship. I’m humbled to introduce you to Fiona of sunraintea.com.
I’ve come to learn that a lot of people who try to build an online brand often have themselves situated at the focus. Fiona? She is different. Her blog is vulnerable, honest and filled with humility and it shines through to her own tribe, apparent through all of her interactions in the bloggersphere and our social spaces.
Fiona spent some time, I can only imagine in her garden, to answer some fun, yet interesting questions. It’s with pleasure that I feature Fiona in this next instalment of the profile series and hope you connect with her as I have, leading to a fruitful relationship that enriches both your lives.
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Tell us a little about who you are and what you do?
Hi, I’m Fiona, I have just turned fifty – although it sounds so ridiculous to say it out loud! (I don’t feel anywhere near that age and I’m quite sure I don’t act it either.) On a positive note getting older is great as you learn so much along the way, encounter different people, make mistakes – some bigger than others – but everything that happens to us (good and bad) along the way helps to mold us into the people that we are.
That’s kind of what my blog title says: in life we have Sunshine and Raindrops and they are both necessary for life. The ‘Tea in the Garden’ part is just a lovely quintessential thing, isn’t it?
I have two lovely grown-up children and I live in a small village in Surrey, England. Next week I start my new job as an Admin and Marketing Assistant at a family attraction which I am so excited about! It’s a wonderful opportunity for me – I’ll be learning new things and meeting new people – and animals – so I really can’t wait!
What are you most interested in right now? It can be something abstract, completely random, or, out of the ordinary.
Well as I have had a couple of weeks free before starting my new job, I have had more time to focus on my blog. It’s pretty hard to find time to do as much as I’d like to when I’m working, so this is great! I’ve just discovered Canva and I’m really enjoying experimenting to see what I can achieve! Added to that, we’ve bought a new camera recently so I’ve been enjoying exploring that too!
How long have you been blogging for and what does a typical day look like for you in the blogging space?
Well, I started my blog at the beginning of January so I’m relatively new to it all. At the moment I don’t really have a routine – so there are no typical days – generally first thing in the morning I will check if I have any notifications. I’ll explain why a little bit later on. The evening and weekends are when I find time to write my blog posts and respond to any comments I have. I like to check out the WordPress Reader as often as I can too.
What are your top three favorite social platforms at present and why?
Does the WordPress Reader count as a social platform? It does? Great! Well I love checking out the WordPress reader, it’s a brilliant way of finding new posts that bloggers you follow have created, it’s also an awesome way of discovering new bloggers. In the search facility you can find bloggers that talk about any subject that you desire! It’s brilliant! I also love Twitter, I enjoy the interaction with other people on there and have made some truly lovely friends! My third would be instagram but I don’t go on there that often.
What’s the biggest success highlight, either business or personal, for you in the last 12 months?
Well obviously I’ve got to say my new job, haven’t I?! I had been in the same job for nineteen years and was getting itchy feet, craving a new challenge. When I saw my new job advertised I couldn’t believe my luck! It’s in a completely different field. I was working in education and now I’m gong to be working at a family attraction with animals! My new job will involve social media and marketing and I will have the flexibility to be creative too!
How do you stay organised? Do you have any tools or tips you can share for busy writers?
Erm, I’m not the most organised person when it comes to my blog, although I have a couple of beautiful notebooks and pens! I do make notes though, especially if there are people that I want to remember to mention in shout outs. As my blog doesn’t have a particular niche or schedule, I write when I feel like writing something, when that thought or idea pops into my mind – I write about it at the first opportunity that I can.
How would you like to see your blog progress in the next two years?
I thought of a really long answer just then about ambition and vision, but do you know what? I think the most important progression would be for me to have more people reading my blog over time. I would like more people to enjoy the things that I write about. Most of all I would like people to relate to my posts in a way that it might help them in an area of their life or even to feel happier after reading something that I have written. That would make me, in turn, feel so happy and gratified.
What are one or two examples of big wins, or ah-ha moments in the success of your blogging career so far?
At first I didn’t realise that there were so many other bloggers out there but then slowly I realised that bloggers are so supportive of each other.
It’s a wonderful community that I feel proud to be a part of.
I don’t think I have any big wins but I am learning things over time, for instance how to set out my blog and exploring different themes.
Do you have any tips for other bloggers out there?
Personally I think the most important thing is to be yourself. Don’t try and be something that you’re not or try and be like someone else. We are all different and we should embrace that.
Also, interact with people. That’s why I was talking about checking my notifications earlier. I love it when someone takes the time to read one of my blog posts and I love it even more when someone takes the time to make a comment because they like, or can relate to, what I’ve written. If someone makes a comment, it makes me feel so humble and I always respond. I also love reading and commenting on other people’s blogs and it’s great when they respond to my comment. We’re writers and talkers aren’t we?! Oh, and when you’re blogging… write from the heart.
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About the Series – This series puts hardworking parents, community & tribe members under the spotlight. I interview interesting people from all across the world where we go on a journey to pick their brains to bring you engaging interviews, aimed at giving insights into how they juggle a busy work-life schedule in each of their endeavours. We aim to share their wisdom, tips and experience so you too can take away a little magic into your own life.
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