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IN A CONVERSATION WITH: MR CARRINGTON

Today's In A Conversation With is Iwan Carrington - also known as Mr Carrington! Mr Carrington is a DIY and all-things blogger and now Youtuber. Mr Carrington was one of the first people I found in the industry on Twitter and I've loved his content ever since. I love how his personality shines through his content and he was definitely someone who I wanted on this series. I hope you enjoy. (Photo credit: Luke Catleugh)

What is your blog URL?
Iwan: MrCarrington.co.uk 

How long have you been blogging for and what/who gives you motivation to work hard?
Iwan: I started my blog in 2013, so it's been 6 years now! I started working freelance then and wanted something creative to do in between jobs. I think I've always been a hard worker, moving to London when I was 18 to pursue a career here meant that I had to work hard in order to make that work. For my blog and Youtube the comments really motivate me. Hearing the feedback is so rewarding. Creating content online always brings up new challenges and I feel like I'm learning something new every day. 

What is your idea of success with your blog and do you think it's hard for people to be 'successful' in the industry now, with so many blogs already around?
Iwan: Success for me is largely based on engagement. I always read all of my comments and reply to as many as I can. That is the best feedback, when people are enjoying the content and getting something from it. In terms of it being hard, I think blogging is hard work which is why so many people don't stick at it. Juggling the blog, Youtube and Instagram can take hours of time and a lot of energy. That is why it's so important to actually enjoy what you are doing and creating. For people looking to a gain a large following or brand deals over night then yes I think that would be hard to achieve now. But I think there are still people who are standing out now and becoming successful. They are the ones doing it because they are genuinely passionate about it and are bringing something new to the table, I love stumbling across new blogs and Youtube channels, it can be so refreshing!

What is your biggest achievement so far?
Iwan: For me it's been developing from what was just my blog into a Youtube channel as well. I had to overcome a lot of hurdles to find the confidence to put myself out there and now I love it so much!
I'm also very grateful for the friends I've made through doing this and it was also wonderful to be nominated for Blogger of the Year at the Blogosphere awards this year. I did not see that one coming!

Do you do your blog full time? And if so, how long did it take you to get to that position?
Iwan: Yes I would say I do the blog and Youtube full time now, which blows my mind as it's sort gradually happened. It wasn't like one day I quit the day job to become a blogger! I do still take some jobs doing Producing & Directing work on a freelance basis when I can fit them in and the odd commission for magazines, so it's a bit of a mix. Mr Carrington is taking up more and more of my time which is very exciting and I feel incredibly lucky for that.

Do you think the visuals of someones blog is just as important as the actual written content within a post?
Iwan: I think it depends on the subject and how those visuals help tell the story. Some blogs I find myself reading in depth and others I'm more scrolling through the pictures for outfit or interior inspiration.

And finally, what are your goals for the future (if you have any) and where would you like your blog to be in 5 years time?
Iwan: I've got a few creative ideas of where I would like to take Mr Carrington next year which I am really excited to start working on, but I feel like I need to get Christmas out the way first, I have a lot of festive content coming up! In 5 years time I just hope I'm still enjoying it as much as I am now and that what I'm producing is still of value to people. And maybe find a larger space to do my DIYs because it would be nice to see my living room floor now and again ;) Thank you so much for having me Eddie!


And just quickly, I just want to say a HUGEE thank you to Iwan for taking time to come and be on my series! You can check his blog here and his Youtube out here.

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