Thursday, 14 February 2013

Blogging away from home

Each time somebody asks me where I live or where I'm from, I give them a different answer. It's not that I'm trying to be coy, or mysterious, I have my own room nestled in my parents house in the depths of Lincolnshire, but the truth is these days I'm very rarely there.

Having a long-distance relationship for the past 6 or 7 years has meant I have become happily accustomed to a nomadic lifestyle. Every weekend I'm in a different city, whether it's Birmingham, Sheffield, Lincoln or London. I work in Leicester, my nearest city is Nottingham. All over the shop.

And I LOVE it like this. True, I'm always tired, and my mates often roll their eyes when I'm difficult to get hold of, but I regularly get a case of itchy feet if I spend more than 4 days in one place. Unsettled, me. The problem is finding a quiet spot somewhere new to blog from. 

Last year I invested in a lightweight netbook, which is perfect for blogging away from home - see above. It's great for jotting down  ideas for posts or writing up copy when photographs have already been taken.

And, as a fashion blogger, it makes sense to have something creative and beautiful to keep my beloved machine in too, right? I designed this lovely magpie case at Caseable, who make bespoke covers for iPhones, tablets and laptops. Here's a link to the one I chose - I toyed with their own ready made patterns, and almost went for a vintage paisley design, but I've got a thing for magpies, so I thought I'd make it a little more recognisable. I've already had three people in coffee shops ask me where I got the case from, and having one you can design really helps put your own stamp on your space.

Plus, Caseable are offering a cheeky 15% discount code, valid until Midnight 28th February. Just enter "jazzpad15" at the checkout!

Here are a few things I bear mind when I blog away from home:
  1. Find somewhere you can concentrate. It doesn't necessarily need to be quiet, but somewhere you won't be too disturbed. Coffee shops are fab, especially if you position yourself near a socket for a few hours. Parks are great, and trains with table seats too.
  2. Take a notepad with you too. If, god forbid, your laptop cuts out mid-paragraph, you wouldn't want to lose all of your ideas. I always carry around a little notepad where I can jot down thoughts for future posts.
  3. Keep well-fed. I'm not talking a full on roast dinner, but if I've got a couple of hours to spare out and about, I'll get a muffin and a cup of tea to keep the hunger at bay. Comfort food like this makes you fell all warm inside, and much happier to write!
What's your strategy when you're blogging out and about? Where do you blog?
Claire x


  1. I love this post! I'm forever posting from trains, long-distance boyfriends have their up-sides!

    Chloe xxxx

  2. oooh I love your choice of case! I really wish I could save up for a netbook, one day maybe! xx

  3. I love your blog;)

    its new please check it out xx

  4. I'm exactly the same, i've done the long distance thing for nearly 5 years so my iPad is an absolute godsend for a cheeky bit of train based blogging or planning!

    Sophs xx
    The Sopho Diaries

  5. I didn't realise you we're from Lincoln,where abouts?

    I invested in an iPad for blogging so that I could write posts on the move, just need to sort pictures then which makes life easier!!


  6. I really enjoyed reading this - even though I don't personally blog on the go. I blog at home a lot but some days I have fantasies about sitting in a posh coffee shop somewhere blogging for hours on end - I'm sometimes get so stressed out with blogger though they would be kicking me out for upsetting the other customers lol
    My laptop is quite heavy so ends up in a big laptop bag - but I really love your case. I've been considering upgrading my my laptop as it is rather old and I may now look at a more lightweight and portable one!

    Jenni x

    Bows Bangles & Bakes

  7. Gosh, before I even read the post I saw the pic and thought it was an amazing clutch bag under your lappy! That is a beaut!

    J x

  8. I don't know HOW you do it you busy bee! That case is gorgeous though!

    Maria xxx

  9. So glad to know I'm not the only blogger to use a netbook! It's so much easier to use than lugging a huge laptop around. And thanks for the tip about Caseable, been dying to get my hands on a new case for ages :) xoxo

  10. I'd have a constant line of food rolling into my mouth if I could but a muffin and coffee aint that bad


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