Doris really enjoyed her first blogger interview with the lovely Rhea Freeman and now she is back in the interview chair and this week she is interviewing Sally Morgan-Moore, better known as saysallymay, the multi award winning lifestyle blogger.
Can you tell our readers about yourself and your blog?
Hi! I’m Sally Morgan-Moore, I’m from Cambridge, and I first launched saysallymay.com back in 2014 (ish) as a food and snack review blog! Over the course of 2014 and onward through 2015, I began to widen my niche to the point that ‘saysallymay’ became 100% “general lifestyle” focused, with content coming in alongside my usual recipes and “foodie bits” in the form of fashion and style articles, my battle with adult acne, travel tales, and now very recently interior design, décor, homeware and renovation tips. To be quite honest, I’ve always been a typical “Jack of all trades, master of none”, so I’m not at all surprised that it all turned out this way…
Is blogging your ‘day job’? If not, what do you do?
It’s not, no. It’s a sweet, sweet accompaniment to my decade long career so far in the “digital entertainment development industry” (posh way of saying “Game Development”), where I’m currently working in Production for one of the largest independent developers in the UK, after previously working alongside companies like Microsoft and Codemasters, as well as Publishers such as Disney Interactive, Dreamworks, Konami, and Wizards of the Coast. I love it. It keeps me on my toes in one of the fasted growing industries around.
How did you first get into blogging?
I’ve always loved to write. Since I was old enough to read I was always documenting things in every new Filofax that would come out, you know? I’d always ask for note books, electronic diaries, anything like that just to fill a few pages with my current brain dumps. I remember one time when I was watching a football match with my dad (1998), I got a whole stack of A4 blank pages and commentated on the match by doodling and writing in a commentator fashion for the full 90 minutes. The thing ended up about 50 pages huge, and was eventually bound together with wool. I still have it now, haha. Anyway, I digress, writing about “stuff” has been in my blood for a long time, so as the internet grew along with me, and blogging became more accessible to everyone in so many different forms, it was just another way I could document my waffle!
How would you describe your blogging style?
Casual as anything. I can’t write any other way than how I actually talk, you know? As a new blogger, I’d take inspiration from other bloggers and find that I was trying to mimic their tone of writing. They were popular, right? So their way of writing must be why people keep coming back to them! I look back on those “copy cat toned” (or shall I just say, “inspired”?) posts now and cringe myself all over the place. They were disjointed, and “not me”, BUT they were also a learning curve, so I’m not mad at them! Now I feel my “style” is truly my own. It’s my “voice” in font form, you know? And not only has it helped with the social engagement of my posts and making friends through blogging, it’s also made blogging ten times easier! I don’t have to think as much, because it’s just the way I witter.
What was the most challenging moment in your blogging journey so far?
Falling off the ceremony stage at ‘The Cambridge Digital Awards’ and breaking my cuboid bone after having my photo taken with my two silver wins (for Best Entertainment Blog. Best Lifestyle and Culture Website). I’m serious. Everything else in the literal sense of writing and progressing with my blog content and style journey hasn’t been a brain burden at all, because I’ve enjoyed the development so much. Breaking my foot and ending up in a boot cast over Christmas in my moments of gratitude for recognition toward my blog though…that’s something else.
How do you motivate yourself to keep the blog up and running?
By not putting any stress upon myself to perform. I found that in my early years of blogging I, again, watched what everyone else was doing, and tried to keep up the pace. “So and so is doing 4 posts a week, but this lady is doing 2, maybe I should blog very day?” – just some of the daunting conversations I’d have with myself. The thing is, other people’s rhythm was not compatible with my way of working, so trying to maintain the actions of others for myself was causing me more brain blocks and writing anxiety than a little! After taking a step back and putting my forward facing blinkers on, I found my own rhythm (which is completely erratic by the way. It can go from radio silence for 3 days, then never ending for a month), and once again everything flowed enjoyably so! I don’t lose the motivation when I don’t pressure myself to BE motivated…if you get me.
What is the biggest difference in your life since starting blogging?
That’s a tough one actually. I guess it would be the sense of feeling like I genuinely am learning to admit that I have something concrete and decent to offer people and brands with this line of “hobby” or “work”. As I think I mentioned before, I’ve always been a “Jack of all trades, master of none” kinda girl, with my nose in so many ideas and interests, none of which continued in any way to A* grade development (and often fell by the wasteside). With my “content creating”, I can actually see the upward progression, development, and I can actually see the recognition for it. For once, my “jam” is working AND sticking in on something!
Saying that though, the snippets of knowledge and experience that I have gained from being such a way with my other fleeting interests, has given me a broad range of skills which I do feel (however wide and thinly they spread) have contributed to my personality and managing other successes, as well as making me lifelong friends in such dynamic and interesting circles.
What does the future hold for your blog?
Very much of the same old “Sally-isms”, I’d say! Mind you, from July 20th the tone takes a slightly gory turn as I’m scheduled to endure corrective double jaw surgery and genioplasty. I’m a little concerned that my lifestyle related content will take a hit because of it, and any “stylish selfies” will be bang out of question as my face balloons into recovery over the space of several months worth of swelling, blood, and gross. Hopefully I can help others with this situation should they ever be facing the same soon, or be enduring it themselves at the same time as me. Needless to say, it won’t be pretty…hopefully informative…but definitely NOT pretty.
In happier news, next year sees a return to “backpacker life” in Japan, where Lloyd and I hope to make a whole new sequel set of content to my currently popular “Japan Diaries” travel segment from 2016.
Bumping those silver awards to a couple of golds might be nice to aim for too, eh? Healthy competition with yourself never harmed anyone. Let’s do this!
You can read Sally’s blog here: https://www.saysallymay.com/
Thank you Sally for a wonderful insight into your world. We wish you all the best for your surgery and look forward to all your adventures to come!