I have been following Violet Glenton online for around 2 years, and have been reading her blog since around that time too. I love her content, and even though we live very different lives (she has a family and talks a lot about motherhood and lifestyle), I do love her content. She is so relatable and down to earth, and I really like her style of photography too. You can see just how much effort she puts into her work, and it really does show.
As always, my questions will be bold and Violet Glenton’s answers will be in regular font.
What made you start you start ‘Violet Glenton’ blog and Instagram? Was it planned or a spontaneous decision one day?
Before ‘Violet Glenton’ existed I operated under a travel blog called ‘The Musings of Travelling’, I worked as a travel agent and quickly began to feel my work/hobby at the time were clashing and causing me to find too much pressure in blogging. When I left my role as Travel Agent to become a Business Development Manager I found myself wanting to document Fashion, Interiors and other things going on in my life. I rebooted my blog and called it ‘I Am No Shrinking Violet’ – primarily writing about Plus Size Fashion. As I changed and grew, it grew with me and rwo years ago I renamed it under my own name to account for all of these things. So it was planned, but just happened at the right time.
What is your favourite and least favourite thing about Instagram?
My favourite thing is the creativity, ability to express yourself and talking to people online. It is after all, what the platform was introduced for! My least favourite thing is the pressure on numbers (this could all change with updates though).
If you could give someone who wants to start a blog one piece of advice, what would it be?
Ensure you’re writing about what you love. If like me, it then becomes more than a ‘hobby’, you’ll never feel like you’re working. Every day is fun and challenging.
I absolutely love your photos, and you always inspire me to push forward with my photography. How do you stay confident in front of the camera?
Firstly, thank you! Ah there is the million dollar question. It honestly comes with time, and practice. I would be lying if I said I didn’t still have my wobbles about certain insecurities but on the whole I ensure I stay confident by reminding myself I deserve to feel confident. I believe every person has a story to tell through photography, and finding a way to do it that makes you happy really brings about confidence.
Since having your little boy, do you think your content has changed? Did you expect it to change?
This was a really tough one for me. I wasn’t sure whether to include Jasper at all in my social persona. However, I believe that talking and writing about Motherhood has told more people about what makes me tick, how I respond to things and exactly how I cope with certain situations. I did expect it to change, its a life-changing event. Suddenly you’re not just on your own and you have this little person to care and provide for. It makes me more driven then I’ve ever been in my life.
Do you prefer having the motherhood element on your blog or instagram?
I actually like it on both. I’d say it was easier to add into my blog, and was like therapy for me. Being able to write about a difficult day, or provide advice on deliveries really helped me cope as I adapted to becoming a mother. I like to include him on my Instagram because I see it as a scrapbook of my life. As he’s such a big part of that it seemed to naturally fit in.
How do you feel about putting jasper online? I know it is such a controversial topic and everyone has different opinions!
If I’m honest, I didn’t give it much thought. I hoped that people would still like my content, I hoped that my audience would welcome him and grow with me. Of course, not all did and some followers that were purely there for fashion content decided to go another way and that’s fine. I wanted to include him in my ‘scrapbook’, I wanted to take photos that would spark big memories. I wasn’t wanting to become a full-fledged ‘Mummy’ blogger, because I have so much more to me than just being a mum that I’d like to share. This isn’t deterring anyone who wishes to do that, you do you honey.
What has been your favourite day of 2019 so far?
Crikey that’s a tough one. I think my favourite day has been on our holiday to Tenerife in April. We took Jasper to a water park and he spent the whole day dancing by the speakers, splashing in the water and just being an all round legend. Joe & I got to sit and drink some wine on our balcony when we got back to our apartment and talk about our lives and our goals. My heart felt very full that day.
What can we expect to see from ‘Violet Glenton’ social media in the future?
I guess continuing the mix of content! I’ve recently started introducing different images to my usual, so expect more travel and lifestyle images. More focus on creating fun imagery, playing with photoshop and trialling out new ideas.
As I talk a lot about beauty on my blog, we will have the last question as something beauty related. What is your holy grail product?
My holy grail product is actually non heavy on the commercial front. I love using coconut oil as a moisturiser and find it reduces issues with irritation on my skin, reduces scarring and moisturises better than any high end product I’ve purchased!
So that is the post! I hope you love Violet Glenton as much as I do and if you want to go check out her work then click below to be redirected.
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