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Blogger of the Month - June

Blogger of the Month Questions:

This month, we’re delighted to feature Buckets & Spades as our blog of the month. We caught up with front-man Mat for a look behind the scenes of what it takes to be a blogging success, why he needs someone to pay for him to travel the world for the greater good of creating amazing content and plans for the future.

Tell us a bit about Buckets & Spades…

Good question to start with! Well Buckets & Spades blog all about things I like, it turns out people like them too – I labelled it Fashion, Design, Lifestyle but this includes packaging, graphics, creative marketing, art, travel, innovations and anything else that takes my fancy. Just good stuff you know? I like visual things so posts aren’t too wordy, things that just either make you smile, think or intrigue. That’s the aim.

How did you first start blogging?

I started the blog while I was studying Fashion Promotion at UCLan Uni. At first it was a means to store images as I didn’t have much space on my computer but I soon became obsessed by the blogging community and its warmth and openness. I started it back in March ’08, and there wasn’t very many of us then. Nowadays I have two other contributors, Nik and Yasumi, who both bring unique ideas to the site, of which I’m very appreciative of.

What’s the story behind the name ‘Buckets & Spades’?

Easy one, I grew up by the seaside, it’s the first name that came to mind and it just stuck. I’ve thought about changing it as it could come across as a bit childish but I think it works. The header of the blog loosely represents the sky and beach of my hometown. Lots of people thing my name is Mat Buckets as that’s what I go by on social networks, I don’t mind it!

What is your favourite part of being a blogger?

The types of opportunities it has led me to and door it’s opened, which I may never have happened if I was just doing a 9-5. I’m always flattered when brands get in touch, asking for me to get involved with projects (just like I was when you guys asked me to do this) or even ask for advice, so I’d say that’s my favourite part. Getting to work with brands which I genuinely admire, that’s a bit of a dream right? Another would be the blogging community, from which I have met some truly wonderful people, from all around the world. That takes some beating.

What advice would you give to aspiring bloggers?

Read as many blogs and magazines as humanly possible; find other blogger’s that you like the style of and study their writing/photography/habits. When you find something that hits a cord, draw inspiration from it and make it into your own. Also, get out there and meet people, ask if anyone wants to attend an exhibition or grab a coffee, you never know what it could lead to. Plus it’s good content. I’d also say, be positive. I’ve never liked reading negative things (unless it’s justified or a discussion), if it’s not good then it’s not worth featuring.

If you could only blog about one of the following for the next year what would it be? Food, drink, fashion, travel, beauty.

Read as many blogs and magazines as humanly possible; find other blogger’s that you like the style of and study their writing/photography/habits. When you find something that hits a cord, draw inspiration from it and make it into your own. Also, get out there and meet people, ask if anyone wants to attend an exhibition or grab a coffee, you never know what it could lead to. Plus it’s good content. I’d also say, be positive. I’ve never liked reading negative things (unless it’s justified or a discussion), if it’s not good then it’s not worth featuring.

Describe yourself in three words:

Jovial, visual and geek.

If you had three things that you’d love to achieve in the next 5 years, what would they be?

To own my own place with decent office space would be the main one. As I touched on before, being a blogger is fun and all but I’m still working off my knee here, I haven’t even got a desk! Secondly I’d love to travel around America more, hitting up all the spots I’ve read about in books and seen in films. America appeals to me a lot, each state has its own look, relevance and cultures; like an individual country. Plus there are some of the most amazing national parks to explore and get lost in. Finally, I would really like to learn a craft, something within woodwork. I’ve never been that good at stuff like that but I’ve always admired people who work with their hands. I’ll chuck in a fourth for good measure – learn to skateboard!

Finally…what’s on your Country Attire wish list for this month?

The Dr. Marten’s Black Brogues are quite special, they’d be good with a unstructured suit. They’d be my top pick this month.

To follow Mat and keep up with his blog of 'Just Good Stuff', visit Buckets & Spades.

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