Interview: Joanna Turner
Joanna Turner is a lifestyle blogger, currently studying in Brighton. I was lucky enough to interview Joanna about her blog and career plans.
Hello! Thank you so much for letting me interview you. How are you?
Hi, I am great thank you, busy busy but that is the best way to be!
Tell us a little bit about your background.
So my name is Joanna and I run the lifestyle blog joannascorner.com. I was born and grew up in London but am currently studying at the University of Sussex so I live in Brighton and couldn’t choose a better place to study. I have been blogging to near enough 3 years and don’t know what I would do without it. It is not only my creative outlet but it is a way for me to destress. The thing I love about blogging is that I can really truly be my own boss!
Describe your style.
It is hard to describe your own style I think but I would maybe say simplicity?
I adore your blog posts. What inspired you to create your blog?
Funnily enough it was photography that inspired me to create the blog and the love for writing followed. I wanted somewhere to share my photography and a blog seemed the perfect place. I was also inspired by a few bloggers who I followed at the time, it felt nice to have a place on the internet that wasn’t ruled by another platform. It’s not like a YouTube channel where you are subject to changes YouTube make. With a blog you can really do whatever you love.
What do you write about on your blog?
My blog is lifestyle based which means I cover things that I am loving at the moment. This ranges completely from my favourite recipes to tips for running or the importance of greenery in the home. I really just write about whatever I am feeling that week and that way it is authentic. I try not to follow trends and instead just write about things I am passionate about.
What is the reason behind the name of your blog?
I set up JoannasCorner years and years ago and don’t really remember the exact reason. I have a feeling it was probably to do with the fact I could have my own little corner of the internet.
What is an important design element to have for a blog?
I think photos are the most important design element for a blog. Of course the writing is most important in terms of content, but it is the photos that catch people’s eye and draw you in. I try and make sure my photos look similar in terms of colour and editing across all posts so that I can start to have my own recognisable style.
What equipment do you use for your photography and Instagram page?
I am definitely a believer that you don’t need fancy expensive equipment to succeed. Whilst I do yes have a DSLR, it is a Canon 600D and I have had it for 3 years now. It has served me so well and I don’t have any immediate plans to upgrade. If people want to spend a lot of money on equipment then they should go for it and of course we all wish we could upgrade, but the best camera is the one you can afford.
Why has social media been an important platform for you to use?
I think social media can be useful for bloggers in two ways. Firstly and most obviously it is a great platform to share new posts and to get your blog out there but I think social media should also be used to engage with your readers and fellow bloggers. Getting to know people who read your work is important as a blogger and they can really help you evolve your style and writing.
Who inspires your blog and Instagram page?
My main blogging inspiration is probably Poppy Deyes. I love her style and her content is varied but has her stamp on every single post. Her writing is so easy to read and her personality is personable. Photography wise it is hard to pinpoint people who inspire me because it comes from everyone I follow really. All I need to do is scroll my feed and my love for photography triples!!
How many posts do you aim to put out each month?
I have a schedule of posting twice a week and I have actually done pretty well at keeping that up which I am proud of. Of course there will be some weeks where my university essays get in the way but I am quite an organised person so I try to stick to my schedule.
What do we hope to see in this up and coming year for your blog?
More content and maybe an evolution of style because I think that is natural. Every week I find I am doing something different and new and that is the exciting thing about putting content out so regularly. I can look back at my posts from two months ago and already feel like I have changed and improved. In 2018 I hope to keep doing what I am doing, reach more people with my writing and hopefully inspire others to start a blog or follow their passions. I want to do more baking recipe posts as I really enjoy making those right now and gives me an excuse to fill my flat with the joys of baked goods...
When did you start getting into blogging?
About 3 years ago I set up my first website and that would be unrecognisable now. I had no idea what I was doing and I think that became pretty clear. I am happy to say that most of the old content is gone but the lessons I learnt are still with me and that is the most important thing.
What could you not live without?
Easy. My Netflix account and my biscuit barrel. Oh and maybe Brighton beach. I go there when I am stressed and the waves and enormity of the ocean put things into perspective for me.
Do you have any career plans?
I am in my last year of studying History at university so in Summer 2018 I am released into the scary real world. I want to do something with writing but we will see what comes around the corner!
Where would you like to be in blogging three years from now?
If I am still blogging in three years time I want to still be enjoying it and writing about things that I am passionate about. If I am not enjoying it then I don’t see any point. And if in three years time I am no longer blogging, I hope that is because I found something else that I love doing and there is no time for it anymore. The future does scare me a lot but everything will work out, of that I am sure!
Do you have any advice for anyone who would like to set up their own blog?
To this question I feel everyone answers with the words “just start” and although I completely agree I want to add a little more to that. When I first started out I didn’t tell a single soul about it. It took the pressure off and it allowed me to make mistakes and improve without the knowledge that everyone I knew and their aunties would read it. People like to drag other people down and I didn’t want that to put me off when I first started. I gained the knowledge and experience that I needed to create a very nice looking blog and now no ones opinions can affect me.
What's the best piece of creative advice you've ever been given?
“You need to be crap at something before you get better at it”. In my opinion this sums everything up.
You can follow Joanna on her website and blog 'joannascorner.com'. Joanna posts some great content on her blog, so please take a look.