I had an assignment for my course in Digital Design and creativity! The assignment focused on the impact Instagram had had on society. So I approached some big names in Instagram and asked them a couple of questions! If you want to see more interviews check here!
Emma from emmastudiess was one of them – if you haven’t checked out her instagram – you need to! Its filled with gorgeous work on studying! Her “about me ” page is so sweet and gives some amazing insight to her!
When did your Journey Start?
I started my blog (emmastudies.com) in October 2014! I was having a really tough time studying for my first set of big exams. I was really unmotivated and was completing avoiding the subjects I didn’t enjoy! I was already using Tumblr so was familiar with the platform. Whilst procrastinating on there one day I just decided to look up study motivation. I found a couple of blogs dedicated to studying, but nowhere near the amount there is today! I followed about 5 blogs and felt really inspired for the next few weeks. I’d had many Tumblr blogs since I started in 2011, so I thought I’d just make a study one for myself! That is when emmastudies began 🙂
How did you get into this niche?
I really got into it because I lacked motivation and an interest in studying! I probably wouldn’t have stuck with it if I didn’t find it beneficial! It’s definitely taken time to grow but it is bigger than ever. Now that there is ‘studygram’ on Instagram, the concept is much wider. I think it is increasing every day and more people (not just students) are seeing the benefit of it.
Do you have a day job?
I don’t have a traditional day job! I run my Etsy shop (etsy.com/shop/emmastudies) where I sell digital downloads for predominately students but just anyone interested in organisation. I make all the content myself and get paid for purchases and custom orders so my blog did inspire my job. After I started making my own printables and sharing them online, a couple of messages appeared asking if people could support me financially. I was so flattered but felt incredibly cheeky taking money from people for just doing something I did for fun. Eventually, I saw that there wasn’t much out there for students in terms of paid digital downloads or printables. I had been a fan of Etsy for several years – me and a friend used to curate our top picks in history class – so I had an idea of how it worked. One day I thought I’d just set up a small shop and see how it goes! I felt much more comfortable being paid when my followers can get something useful in return. I am still at university but it is a nice job to be doing alongside it 🙂
What was your defining moment? And whats next for you?
Definitely hitting 100,000 followers on Instagram and Tumblr was a pretty awesome moment! It is weird thinking something I started to kick my butt into gear for 3 exams has turned into this massive platform that I’m so dedicated too! As for what’s next, I’m still thinking haha!! I am definitely wanting to start YouTubing and exploring that. I would love to see all my platforms continue growing, especially the Facebook Study Group that I recently set up!
Do you have a good support network
My parents and sister are great! They’re so supportive of my blog and things! I usually share with them things I’m doing, problems I might have, etc. On the odd occasion, they’ve joined in some of my livestreams on Instagram! My parents are sometimes a bit baffled if I mention something entirely new but they’re definitely learning with me! As for my friends, I’ve only got a few that know I run emmastudies. The couple that do are really excited for me which I appreciate so much!
What is your favorite product or tip?
I am currently loving my iPad Pro for college! It is amazing!
What is one thing people would be surprised to learn about you?
I’m a super picky eater, I stick to what I know haha!! Trying new things can really freak me out so I tend to avoid it oops!
She is amazing methodical with her studies and the flow and handwriting is really great to watch!
Thanks for this opportunity Emma!