We asked Queenstown Blogger Jane Guy to tell us why she loves living in Queenstown & how she turned her writing passion into a career. Read on for some juicy insider tips!
New-Kiwi Blogger Jane Guy
I’m Jane from Queenstown Life, a kiwi blogger originally from the UK, lover of bike riding, cake and all things small but mighty. I have been here in Queenstown for just over ten years and it still never fails to make me smile with all the secrets it holds.
Living in Queenstown
How many times have you been to Queenstown? What is it that makes you return?
I have lived here for over ten years and originated from the UK. Originally coming for 2 years, like many, I never went home! I love its uniqueness, it’s craziness, it’s mountains, biking, running, the underlying business culture that’s constantly changing.
Describe your perfect day in Queenstown?
I’d love to say early morning yoga session with the dawn, green tea and a power walk but in reality a good bike ride at some point in the morning (stopping every 5 minutes to snap photos), late breakfast at Chop Shop in Arrowtown, afternoon snooze, a good book mid afternoon then some dinner and music at The Sherwood. A dirty Martini (always with vodka) in Botswana Butchery to finish.
Ideal Travel Photography Location
If you could go anywhere in the world to photograph & write, where would it be & why?
Probably back to the UK for a while. Because I started this crazy world whilst here I haven’t written or snapped there and so would love to see it through my eyes now. All that green and cake to write about!
Who is your biggest inspiration & why?
Probably my friend ‘Poppy’ who is a blogger in London. Regardless of the craziness of the blog world (and it is crazy) she constantly brings me down to earth with ‘it’s just blogging’. Family and friends are the number one and if the photograph ain’t perfect and your mum just reads your blog, it doesn’t really matter.
Photographer & Writer
Are you a trained photographer & writer or is it something you have picked up along the way?
I have used a phone camera for the past 2 years and only now have bought a camera to use and learn about. I call myself a ‘snapper’ not a photographer. I have a degree in Theatre which also combined some writing which I think is where I learnt to try and make people laugh. I then just started to write and couldn’t stop. I yearn to make people laugh. That’s it. Just laughter. And if people laugh then my job is mostly done.
When did you realise your hobby & passion had actually turned into a career?
I still haven’t really. Blogging is a hard world, where you are constantly working and pushing and emailing and trying to see what fits. I realised earlier this year I had to let my other ‘career’ go (Social work) and concentrate on this fully to see what happens. I’m still making it up, but aren’t we all?
What was the best campaign you have had the chance to work on?
I love small business here in NZ, so many times over the years I’ve found a small business and tried to ‘get them’ through my writing and photographs. They are the best pieces of work, where they are happy that you’ve understood their ‘small but mightiness’ which is also our tagline!
Making Blogging Work
Do you have any tips for people who want to make money blogging?
When you hear ‘stay true and authentic’ it’s actually right but it doesn’t mean be authentic and look like everyone else. I’m guilty of it, doing what I know people will ‘like’ and wonder why I’m not doing this campaign or that. But I always try and bring it back to ‘what is it I’m trying to do? Who do I want to represent?’ And sometimes everyone doesn’t fit my mould. Let them go. Others will come around the corner.Also, don’t spend so much time on social, it’s important but so is emailing, writing, being outside taking pictures.
Can you give us your best photography tip?
Obviously, the best phone is the one in your pocket. But also constantly look up. It’s amazing what you miss up there.