7 December 2013

Confessions of a Blogger

They say confessions are good for the soul, right? As I’ve now been tagged several times by so many lovely Tea-ing bloggers (see all the lovely ladies at the end) I couldn’t not join in the fun.
 
 
1. When did you first start blogging and why?
It occurred to me that a part from our initial touristy wanderings through London, we weren't exploring our city as much as we could have been. After reading other peoples for a long time, and completing a 365 project (you take a photograph of a moment in your day every day for a year) one night I simply thought 'hey, why don't I write my own blog?' It's better than spamming everyone on Facebook, and like public weighing when you are losing weight, it keeps you on your toes. It combined all of my favourite hobbies – photography, wandering and reading. It opened up the Foodie world and was better than writing a diary (which never lasts long). It pushes us to keeping finding new places and has led to experiences we never would have considered – zip lining across Wembley Stadium, climbing up to see the real Big Ben and kayaking under the Pont du Gard aqueduct in the south of France.

2. Have you had any past online presence?
Not really, I’ve set up websites for small charities but nothing fun myself. My initial 365 project was completed in secret as I didn’t want to ‘fess up to the world. It’s nice having a little secret all of your own sometimes.
 
 

3. When did you become serious about your blog?
It was right from the beginning I guess, if you can say if I’ve even been serious about it. It was realising that I’d got to the 3rd month & having still found myself still going strong is probably when I realised how badly I’ve caught the bug.

4. What was your first blog post?
Hello World” literally just say hey to the blogoverse. I actually gave myself a head start by drafting a couple of weeks worth of posts to get into the rhythm of posting, and to find a voice that I was confortable with. I look back at my old posts and think ‘yeech’ what was I writing! To be honest sometimes I still do – but then we are our own worst critics aren’t we!


5. What have been your biggest challenges blogging?
Deciding what my ‘niche’ would be. I didn’t really want to pin myself to just one thing – so kind of I just developed one over time with all of my favourite topics. Short term, it’s really finding a balance between having fun, and keeping the blog up to date – how do you choose between so many cool events, places and delicious foods? 

6. What is the most rewarding thing about blogging?
The blogging community without a question. Both online and offline through blogging I’ve met so many warm, funny people. Bloggers as a rule seem to have pretty big hearts – most people are supportive, encouraging and totally understand the whole expat shenanigans (expecially missing good Kiwi pies – I’m glad I’m not the only one).

Additionally, my photography skills are improving, I’m learning how to write much better, read more critically and I feel that my day-to-day confidence is growing. My husband has said to me several times how confident I am now when in groups of people I don’t know (and aghast at just how many people I’m getting to know!) I always thought I was pretty confident and outgoing, but it was all a front. Really, I’m a needy, scaredy cat who puts on a brave face.
 

7. What is the most discouraging thing about blogging?
Feeling like you have nothing to write about, and measuring yourself against other fantastic people and blogs. I'm not a 'writer' and I feel mine is pretty patchy in so many places. Reading everyone else’s blogs where the writing is so beautifully crafted can be disheartening at times. (This feels a little like a job interview question where interviewees ask you “What is your worst quality” and everyone thinks they are clever answering with “I’m a perfectionist”.) Seriously though, in many ways I’ve had to turn those thoughts off and simply crack on with what I do. You guys seem to keep reading anyway which is encouraging...
 

8. What is your lasting inspiration or motivation?
It’s hung between simply enjoying life, and completing my 101 in 1001 goal list.

9. What do your friends think of your blogging adventure? (Question asked by Jacintha)
They think it’s great as they are usually dragged in to adventuring with me – the places we’ve discovered and the afternoons whiled away are fabulous. Without blogging we simply may never would have discovered them!
 

10. Where do you dream your blog will take you? (One of the questions asked by Jaklien)
This is perhaps the toughest question of them all. It’s already taking me in some amazing nooks and crannies.. If you took it away from being a fun hobby and start professionally blogging could it remove the joy in doing it for yourself and sticking it to the man? 

Your turn (if you haven't played already)!!

 Crystal from A Happy Type
Lindsey from A Broad's World
Kim from A Moving Story
Melanie from Melanie Fontaine
Lixx from A Classic Notion
Kate from Diaries of an Essex Girl
Louisa from My Family and Abruzzo
Selena from Oh, the place we will go!
Mandy from Emm in London
Erin from Erin Out and About
Sarah from The Experience Collection Project
Sarah from The Wanderblogger
Tina from Girl Meets Globe
Anna from Eat, See, Do
Emma from Adventures of a London Kiwi
Janelle from The Halfpenny Diaries
Kara from Pen Plus Passport
Sarah from The Secret Life of an Unknown Housewife
Shobha from NYLon Living
Annie at Sew Graceful
Kelly from Around the World in 80 Pairs of Shoes
Samantha from To the Days Like This
 

8 comments :

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    1. Aww, cheers! I certainly had some to live up to!

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  2. I loved reading your answers to these questions! Your writing is perfectly fine and your personality absolutely shines through in what you write which is the important thing. The best piece of advice I received was when I began writing for an external site. I was told to always, without fail, read my posts back to myself in full before submitting my content. That small piece of advice made me a better writer more than any other tips and tricks and I often find that I've not quite finished telling the story I wanted to tell in my first draft.

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    1. You're very, very kind! It is funny though - I've had a few people say my personality shines through my writing.
      Thank you :D advice is always welcome! I tend to read it to grammar check as well for awkward phrases etc.

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  3. Great answers. I absolutely agree about the confidence thing and the blogging community being the best. But also I love your writing! You have a great, natural style and you make me laugh and that's one of the reasons I love reading your posts. I would totally hire you ;)

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    1. Awww, Anna, you're really too kind! I love your posts as well!

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  4. I really need to do this - I think I've been tagged about five times, but my answers wouldn't be nearly as entertaining as yours! :o) I agree - I think there's quite a few things that blogging has prompted me to do. Days when I would have sat around doing nothing, I've thought to myself, "Nothing isn't going to make for a very interesting blog post..." and it's motivated me to get out and do something. So while I don't "live for my blog" per se, it does serve as a kick in the pants occasionally! ;o)

    So I have to know....what ARE you guys doing on the giant blue balls in the first picture? I have one of those that I'm supposed to (but never do) use for ab workouts, but clearly you've found a much more entertaining way to use yours...

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    1. I think that's the perfect balance though - what better impetus when you have a blue day?

      We are on space hopers (a common kid's toy in the 80's) and we are racing. It hurt afterwards... I spent more time fallen over than on the things...

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