Sophie in the Sticks is a photography, fashion and lifestyle blog created by “a girl who lives in rural Norfolk” with a love of nature and the countryside. Sophie in the Sticks displays seasonal photographs taken by Sophie on her countryside walks, including images of beautiful sunsets, rural landscapes, quiet meadows and woodland foraging. In the spotlight Sophie chats to us about why people should read her blog, how she measures the success of her blog, and how she likes to work with PRs.
Why should people read your blog? What makes it different? I love to share the best of where I’ve been and the sights you might not have appreciated elsewhere, from the tiniest flowers to the rolling countryside on the horizon. My photographs are how I see the beauty of nature and as a collection represent how it felt to be right there, right then. It’s from the heart and sincere, a little outpouring of my love for the great outdoors. From nature, to fashion, thoughts over images and countryside lifestyle, there’s a whole variety.
How do you measure the success of your website? Feedback in any format is appreciated, I’m ever so grateful for people who return regularly to catch up on my adventures and when people tell me they enjoy my blog. It’s warming to know that what I’m sharing is connecting with others.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to start a blog? Blog about whatever interests you; keep going and let your passion shine through. Be kind to yourself and don’t expect to reach your best straight away. You’ll find your way and hit your stride soon enough.
How do you work with marketers and PRs? I’m not pushy and would far prefer to be approached than to nag my way into working with a brand. I do what I do and if that fits a campaign then that’s great but I won’t change the way I blog.
How do you use social media to promote and share content? What are the challenges? I use Twitter and Instagram to promote content, it’s great to reach out to new people but sometimes I feel like maybe I’m coming across as a broken record.
What can PRs do in working better with you? Understand that things can take time and so much effort. I would really like to be given all the info straight away, not have to make tweaks afterwards.
What has been your blogging highlight? The way blogging has taught me that I can be creative in my own way. Nobody in my day job considers me creative but by having my own corner of the internet to write my thoughts and share things most special to me has fuelled my confidence in being myself.
What will be big in your blogosphere in the coming months? Plenty of wintry countryside scenes; I’m hoping for a few sharp frosts and a good sprinkling of snow. The countryside takes on a whole new magical feeling in the crisp, cold weather.