Insight: Graphique Fantastique | UKBA14 Individual Winner | Where are you now?

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If you follow Natasha's, Graphique Fantastique Blog you will know that she has an eye for design. Her creativity is what inspired our judges to award her in 2014 as the best individual young blog at the UK Blog Awards. 
During this interview, you can find out how Natasha's content has flourished over the years, as well as her most recent exciting collaboration with one of her favourite organisations!

Tell our readers a bit about you and your Blog content..
is a 7 year old blog covering Design, London lifestyle and everything in between. From exhibition and book reviews to colour inspiration and career advice for students, it aims to inspire a creative lifestyle.

Since your big win, where are you now?
Since winning Best Young Persons Blog in 2014 my blog has continued to grow and develop with my life and readers. I’ve been lucky to work with some brilliant brands including The O2, George by Asda and Barclays, as well as attend amazing events like the MTV EMAs in Glasgow. Graphique Fantastique was highly commended at the UKBA 2015 in the Arts & Culture category too.

Do you think winning a UK Blog Award has helped progress your Blog career?

Well we can never really know, can we? But I think it did open a few doors, especially with my blog being quite niche. Mainly it brought me closer into the blogging community, introducing me to a brilliant group of UKBA finalists which I regularly bump into at events.

So far, what has been the highlight of your Blog career?

Eeek that’s a tough one, but last month I received an email about an opportunity so perfect for me that I thought it was a prank! I’ve loved Borough Market ever since I moved to London and working in the area gave me the excuse to visit and feature it on the blog frequently. There’s always something new to discover (and taste) and being a typography nerd I’m fascinated by the market signs, so when got in touch about writing a piece on typography around the market for their blog, it seemed almost too perfect to be true! It just proves that writing about things you truly love can open doors. If only there were more opportunities like that out there waiting for me…

If you were able to go back in time, what advice would you give to yourself about Blogging?

I wish I’d been more involved in the community – I didn’t really know there were other people blogging about similar things to me until 4 years into my blogging journey. Social media really helped me to find my tribe and now I love connecting with a small but amazing group of like-minded creative bloggers a.k.a #cbloggers. Nowadays I meet with and talk to these people every day and consider them friends both in real life and on the internet. The line is completely blurred!

Would this be the same advice to a Blogger starting out?
Yes, definitely get stuck into the community aspect via social media – hashtags make this really easy. But it’s a lot harder to start a blog nowadays, with so many already out there you really need to be doing something different. What makes you unique? Why do people connect with you? That’s what your readers will want to see.

To those who are nominated or entering into the UK Blog Awards, what advice would you give?
Enjoy and explore the community. Sure, it’s a competition, but at the end of the day bloggers need to support each other because the Internet is a tough place! Also never say never – I had no expectations of winning when I attended the ceremony in 2014. I was SO shocked when they announced my name! Being nominated is an honour in itself of course, but believe in yourself because you never know… it might be you taking the award home at the end of the night! Fingers crossed J

Finally, this year’s UK Blog Awards 2017 theme is #BlogHero. How would you define a hero in the blogosphere?
For me, a hero (or heroine) is someone that really gets stuck in with the community. Always there to lend a helping hand, offer advice or just for a laugh - they don’t know they’re a hero (or try to be) and that’s what makes them even more special!