Hello and welcome to a new fortnightly series on my blog! I have always been a big advocate of celebrating each other in the blogging community and I wanted to celebrate the fact that a lot of bloggers juggle careers that are in some cases completely different to what they blog about. So here we go, let me introduce you to Ellie from Ellie Bee Bakes!
The Blogger ...
When did you start blogging?
I started blogging in April 2015. I've had other blogs before but really struggled to keep up with them. I'm determined to make this one work.
What made you start your blog?
I had so many recipes written down in triplicate I just needed somewhere for them to go! I also wanted somewhere to project my thoughts to keep me on the straight and narrow.
What made you chose your blog name?
It's my name haha! I just went with my name because I didn't know what else to call it and I'd be including lots of things, not just baking, so I wanted it to be universal.
Whats your favourite thing about blogging?
Being able to interact with other people on subjects that interest you the most. I've met up with people that love cake as much as I do and it's a great way of making new friends.
Whats your least favourite thing about blogging?
There can be a lot of jealousy and negativity. I see a lot of tweets about people stealing content from others and that makes me sad.
And The Study Administrator (I work at a University doing administration for a medical research study) ...
How long have you been doing your job?
Gosh, nearly a year now!
Did you always want that job?
In a roundabout way. I'm worked in care and I've always been interested in biology and medicine so I like working in the health sciences department. I wanted to be a secretary when I was a kid (I know, I'm really boring) so I'm enjoying fulfilling that side of things.
What do you do day to day?
A lot of it I can't talk about because it's a study so everything is highly confidential, but mostly I just do a lot of data entry, creating and sending out patient information sheets to clinics so people can get to their appointments on time, looking at spreadsheets, calling people...just the usual boring admin stuff.
What qualifications do you need?
I didn't actually need any because I went through Unitemps, which I can highly recommend if you're looking to get work at the university. I was then offered a permanent position after four or five months. Pretty neat.
What advice would you give someone who wanted to do that job?
Go through Unitemps or apply at the University if you're looking to get into admin work there. The thing about University work is once you're in you're in so once you get a position it'll most likely be secure for life! Always prepare for Unitemps interviews. Even if the job is for 3 weeks you'll be given a professional interview so make sure you do your homework and look up the requirements for the job before you start the application.
Your tips to juggling the two ...
I have planned my blog posts for the next year. Yep, that's right, the entire year. I actually did it on my lunch breaks at work, and that's a great time to do your own thing and escape from work for a while. I think if it's something you really love and want to keep up with then you will, but if you're job is super mega stressful and busy then it's sadly unlikely you'll be able to find the time to do both as it'll just burn you out. If you're really busy and struggling to write posts then you could try doing a photo series for people to follow, just taking a photo a day or something similar, to keep people interested and to keep yourself interested too!
Thankyou for being the first to appear Ellie! If you would like to take part please don't hesitate to get in touch.