Do you ever sit flicking your way through Instagram, staring at all those gorgeous faltlays and dreamy desk spaces with a billion green plants, plenty of ‘blog photography’ props and just inspirational goals – Then you turn your head and look at your current desk space? And think hmph why can’t I have that? – The truth is you can, but we are all human, we have VERY busy hectic lives. Heck! Most of us juggle a full-time job/childcare or family priorities with this blogging malarkey. So a clear white desk with pristine rose gold stationery and inspiration on the walls is just not top of our list. No matter how much we wish it.
So I took to ask 5 ‘hobbie’ blogger girls – a.k.a the girls who are trying their very best to break into this world or just do it for fun!
I asked them 5 questions and a photo of their space. I shall also answer these questions myself, although this post ties in with my exciting news that I shall be getting my own office/blog room very shortly. (yes, I will be succumbing to the typical blogger ways, I just can’t help myself!)
- Describe your blog space in 3 words – Everywhere, messy, uninspiring
- What do you love/hate about your space – The fact I have literally NO designated space, most the time it’s my bed with 2 cats trying to smother me for warmth or be annoying and sit on my laptop, sometimes it’s the rocking chair in my mums sitting room, sometimes the sofa in Robyn’s house. Very occasionally it has been in Starbucks.
- Is there anything you would change about your space? – YES! Get a designated space! Buy a desk, get an office chair not a bar stool (what I used to use in my old apartment) Fill my wall in front of me with inspirational artworks/ photos/ anything to keep my mind from watching Netflix
- What was your influence for your space/ what influence would you like to use for your ideal space – Anything will do, I have a Pinterest board for Desk Space Goals that you can find here, basically I want to put my little tree on the floor, have a white desk and a DIY art wall in front of me with EVERYTHING organised in one spot.
- Do you feel inspired at your blog space – Not really, hopefully, I will soon, though!
- Is your blog space comfortable/practical – Bed, Sofa, Chair – pretty comfy but practical NO. I suffer from lower back and neck problems and staring down at a laptop screen does not help!
Rachel – Beauty and the bird
- Describe your blog space in 3 words. Well-lit, comfortable, practical
- What do you love/hate about your space? I normally use my mum’s desk or else my bed and I love that both of these workspaces are right next to a window so there’s lots of natural daylight during the day. However, the artificial lighting I’ve got isn’t great, especially when I have to rely on it after the sun has set. I do also have my own desk but for some reason, I never manage to concentrate when I’m working there!
- Is there anything you would change about your space? I’d love to have a more Instagram-worthy space to work, they just look sooo pretty!
- What was your influence for your space/ what influence would you like to use for your ideal workspace? I hate to say it but I can’t resist a good old white/marble desk with a pet cactus to keep me company while I work 😉
- Do you feel inspired to work when at your blog space? Yes, yes, yes! Whether I’m sitting at my (mum’s) desk or on my bed, I always feel inspired to work as long as I’ve got my laptop and daily planner with the day’s to-do list. I love ticking things off a list. It keeps me feeling motivated and inspired!
- Is your blog space comfortable/ practical? Yes, I find my blog space both comfortable and practical, although it would be more practical if I had better lighting for when it gets dark outside! I still love my blog space, though, as it’s super comfortable.
Ashleigh – Not a typical teenager
As a blogger, I have heard many things about where people do their work. On the whole, it makes me feel incredibly unorganised because my work is not done in the same way.
I work wherever I can, but as my blog gets bigger, and more people are visiting my blog, I’m trying to make where I work a little bit more consistent. because I’m taking it a little more seriously. Mainly now, I work on this chair in my dining room. It’s a la-z-boy and I sit there with my parent’s laptop for roughly 4 hours straight with a mug of tea and about 7 different tabs open as I try to write valuable content as well as use social media and apply for opportunities.
So Charlee has asked me a few questions about my blog space and these are my answers:
- Describe your blog space in 3 words. Warm, cosy, productive.
- What do you love/hate about your space? I love that I’m close to the WiFi router and so the internet in that area of the house is quick, (priorities!) and that when I work there, the room is quiet because it’s the “reading room” of the house.
- Is there anything you would change about your space? I would really like to have a desk to work at because I feel like that’s a lot more practical, but I can’t fit one in my room and there isn’t one in my house, so I can’t really do anything about that for now. One day, though.
- What was your influence for your space / what influence would you like to use for your ideal workspace? My workspace wasn’t inspired as it’s not really my own space. I think my ideal space would be incredibly blogger aesthetic. A white desk, with a, rose gold and white blogger planner and a computer (because I prefer the keyboard of a computer than a laptop and I like to use a mouse). I would also have post it notes which I could stick everywhere as reminders and it would be next to a window.
- Do you feel inspired to work in my blog space? Yes, it does make me want to write, but I usually have to already have an inspiration or already know what I’m going to write about, but it definitely helps me progress an idea further.
- Is your blog space comfortable/practical? Practical; no. Comfortable? HELL YES! This chair is so so comfy and it does make me more inclined to write.
Overall, I do really like where I work, but I think eventually I will move on to a more practical workspace, which will be great for me, my blog and my back.
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Michelle – Michelle Louise
- Describe your blog space in 3 words. Spacious, professional and practical.
- What do you love/hate about your space? I am not particularly fond of how it looks, I’d rather a lighter colour scheme but I love that it’s a spacious area for me to work. My only issue is there’s a t.v in the room so sometimes it’s not so quiet!
- Is there anything you would change about your space? I’d swap for a different coloured wood desk if I could as I would prefer something a bit brighter.
- What was your influence for your space/ what influence would you like to use for your ideal workspace? My mum actually bought this desk so I wasn’t extremely involved in it. I only use it as I live at home. My ideal workspace would be a complete studio with white wood furniture and hopefully lots of bright, natural lighting. I am very fortunate enough to have a decent photography backdrop though so I have a great backdrop for taking photos.
- Do you feel inspired to work when at your blog space? I do, yes. I spend hours upon hours on posts and the good amount of space I have makes it easy for me to use notes, books, etc.
- Is your blog space comfortable/ practical? It’s definitely practical, yes. As far as comfort goes, it’s okay. I’d look into getting a different chair as I find the wooden one a bit too rigid at times! But other than that I’m fairly happy with it.
Holly – Holly Stockport
- Describe your blog space in 3 words. Practical, Clean & Organised!
- What do you love/hate about your space? I love how white and pristine everything is. Although everyone is hopping onto the trend of everything being white, I can’t help but love it. However, white gets mucky very quickly so I have to keep it extra clean which can be a pain!
- Is there anything you would change about your space? Not at the moment! I’ve just recently moved into my first house, so everything I wanted to change with my space I did. Granted, I wish it could be a bit bigger, but I’ve worked with what I have and I’m very pleased with it.
- What was your influence for your space/ what influence would you like to use for your ideal workspace? The white theme (obviously!) and the idea of having my own personal touch to it with certain items. A good example of this is My Art Journal & my Amazing Story Generator books thatI keep on the desk. I like to be creative with art and stories and they are the books I always find myself reaching to. I wouldn’t say that I have a massive theme apart from all the white, but with the way I organise my desk, I’d like to think that it reflects me somewhat.
- Do you feel inspired to work when at your blog space? Always! As well as working on my blog, I edit my YouTube videos here too, and whenever I’m huddled away with a cup of tea and a clear head (and hopefully a clean workspace too!), it really puts me in the mood for churning out some good content.
- Is your blog space comfortable/ practical? It’s definitely more comfortable that it used to be as I don’t have my old office chair anymore since it’s practically fallen apart. And as for practical, my desk is also from Ikea, who are the king of practicality. Everything has its place and everything is easy to organise. For the many use I get from it (keeping cables, storing pens & pencils, my camera equipment), it’s an incredibly practical space and I’m proud to call it my own.
So does this make you feel a little bit more ‘normal’ when you look at your own space? We haven’t all got the perfect setup but of course, we can all aim to achieve that! So why not make a new goal this year to create a space for yourself, which you can fill with hundreds of unused pretty notebooks, inspirational boards and a proper place to shut yourself off from the world.
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