Hello there and welcome to another Friday and another #PoCoLo! Despite best intentions I seem even more behind than before but as ever I've a master plan to correct that, and if all else fails please know I will get to your post soon. If you were here last week, it was great to see you and I know there's some great posts in my reading list, and if you're new here this week then welcome, it's great to have you along.
In the past week I fell back in love with my plot (well, maybe not the weeds) and with the garden and took a day off to head to Doncaster for a whole day of crafting. It involved colouring, cutting out and a laminator and you may have already spotted the results on instagram. It was great, and a little bit indulgent, to take a day off work for this but it was good to see the Fellowes set up first hand to and to meet up with other bloggers too - look out for more on the day soon.
There were some fantastic brownies there - actually the food and hospitality were brilliant all day - but looking through my photos from the week, this blondie from Miss Friday Bakery had to be the one to share. At the time of writing this post, it was still in the wrapper - but I think you know me well enough by now, to not ask if it's still intact!
Blogger Showcase: Penny from Pebble Pen
1. Who are you?
I'm Penny Dawinter, 19 year old student, born in Hertfordshire, raised in Kent, flirted about with Hampshire & Wiltshire before settling in Yorkshire with my gamer boyfriend, Joel. Surrey is the next great adventure! An ex-bookseller at Waterstones and avid book-blogger. Lover of life, flowers, books, tea, coffee, cats, dogs and all sorts! Too many passions and too little time! My profile picture was drawn for me at London Comic-con (and yes I actually wore the ears!), and my blog is Pebble Pen.
2. How did you discover blogs/blogging?
I read other blogs like girlxoxo and the Waterstones blog. I read a friend’s art blogs and had a tumblr account for a short while as well. I did a creative writing AS course and was encouraged from there to post on a blog regularly, but my fiction pieces were rarely ever blog post length!
3. Why did you start blogging?
I started working at a book store and from there it just flowed. I love meeting people that share my passion, and outside of work, that didn’t really happen, so I formed my book blog. It’s still got a way to go but I’m proud to call it mine.
4. What do you find most challenging?
Finding an audience of genuine people that will enjoy my blog posts. I am active on social media, replying to other bloggers posts and following them, but sometimes it just seems like I’m collecting statistics and not real people that enjoy reading and can give constructive advice to improving the blog.
5. What is your favourite topic to write about?
6. Are you blogging for fun or do you have goals?
I blog for fun, as I think everyone should, but I have goals also. I want to make a bit of pocket money from it, but have no great ambition as far as worldwide blog stardom is concerned! My goals are a few posts a month and to make the blog a little bit better every so often.
7. What is your favourite thing about blogging?
The reading part! But second best the writing part! Third best is the fantastic people I’ve met! And fourth is making the blog all pretty and stuff!
8. Have you ever attended a blogging conference?
Nope, sadly enough.
9. What are your three best posts?
10. Describe yourself in three words:
Please God no.
11. Are you a tea and biscuits or coffee and cake person?
Coffee and cake!!!
12. What is your idea of the perfect night out?
A meal and a few drinks with a close circle of friends that I can get excited about and dress up. Chatting and catching up with people I haven’t seen in a while. Joking, laughing and enjoying good pub food.
13. Your perfect night in?
Me and Joel, a flawless Indian takeaway (delivered early of course and with tons of free poppadums) watching a Studio Ghibli film with the duvet around us on the sofa and the dog snuggled in somewhere too. Hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows. I also get hand-fed chocolate in this scenario too.
14. What would your best friend/OH/mum or kids say was your best quality?
Best friend: optimism and sense of humour
Kids: WOW hold the phone I’m only 19 gimme a chance!
Thanks Penny for sharing your answers it's great to find out more about you and your blog, and I hope you'll find some new blogs and connections through this feature, don't forget to grab your "I was featured on PoCoLo badge" for your blog!
If you'd like to be featured in a future Bloggers Showcase then please do get in touch, our waiting list has just inched into 2018 (I know, that's scary!) but Morgan and I would love to add you to this list.