1. Why did you start blogging?
I’ve been blogging for a long, long time. It began with MSN, then Myspace blogs, then Facebook notes, until I finally broke down and created to be real. Which was four.years. ago.
But why have I always been a blogger? I’m not 100% sure. I’m a bit obsessive about documenting my life, I think. I’ve always kept journals, too. This might come from my forgetful nature…writing everything down is a great way to keep track of where you were years ago.
Beyond that, it’s just a really good outlet for me. I like being able to write about my thoughts or things that make me excited. I like having a place to share my passions. And in doing so, I get to meet other people with similar passions. Win-win.
2. What’s the story behind your blog’s name?
I talk about that in this post, which was one of my first posts here. Although honestly, I’ve been thinking about a name change for a while now. I’m not the same blogger I was when I began here…I’m not full of angst anymore, I’m not convinced I’m the next greatest literary figure. Over the years, I’ve gained more viewers, which has caused me to offer up less of my personal life. I have mixed feelings about that. On one hand, I want to be fearless and open and not be embarrassed about who I am or things that happen to me. But on the other hand, there is so little privacy left in the world anymore that part of me wants to reclaim it. There’s a great moment in the movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty when the photographer finally sees a snow leopard, but doesn’t take its picture. Walter Mitty asks why, and he replies, “If I like a moment, for me, personally, I don't like to have the distraction of the camera. I just want to stay in it.”
I’ve been thinking about that quote ever since I saw the movie months ago. I think it’s something that every photographer needs to think about.
…And I’m not sure how I got to talking about snow leopards with this question, but there it is.
3. How many designs have you been through since you started blogging? (Pictures! We demand pictures!)
Quite a few different designs, but none of them have really been designed by me. I use Blogger’s templates and tweak them from there. The most I ever do is make a header, but lately I haven’t even had one of those and just have the title written at the top.
My old header (which I still really love):
This is one area where I feel my blog is lacking. If I knew even a little bit about graphic design, or if I were artistic in any way whatsoever, I’d give my blog a makeover. Unfortunately I’m not to that level so I just use the templates and go from there.
4. Have you ever switched blog platforms? What made you move? If you haven’t ever changed…why?
Nope…but with the whole name change I’ve been considering, I’ve also thought that I could just make a new blog. Start fresh. Like I said before, I’m not the same blogger I was when I started here. And there are personal things that I once wrote about that I would rather leave in the past. I’m a bit terrified to think that anyone goes back too far in my archives. A lot of what I wrote is just embarrassing. So if I ever do get around to switching to a new blog, I might try out a new platform. Blogger does have some complications that I dislike…like messing with fonts or links or trying to get the photos exactly where you want them.
5. How long does it take you to write a post? What’s your postly process like?
It takes me about an hour for each post, whether short or long. If it’s particularly long, it might take me several hours or multiple days. Sometimes I get an idea and have to think through it for a few days before getting it all together, too.
Some examples of epic posts:
6. Have you ever been super nervous about a post? Why?! What was it?
Yes—in fact, I’m unbelievably nervous with just about every post. I go back and reread them obsessively, making sure everything is in order. With photos, I’ll look through them and decide that I hate every photo and that I’m not a good photographer and that I shouldn’t even try. So I might go back and re-edit the photos. Or just close out of the tab, take a deep breath, and hope that my photos don’t suck as much as I think they do.
But I get the most nervous whenever I post things that might be controversial, such as this post or this post.
7. Do you have a blogging schedule?
For some reason, my mind is programmed to think quantity is better than quality in terms of posting. I know this is not really the case, but I cannot get past it. Because of that, I shoot to post 15 times a month, or one post every other day.
As you can see through my archives, I often do not meet this goal. But I’m trying to tell myself that’s okay, as long as what I did write was worthwhile.
8. Do you tell people In-Real-Life about your blog? Their reactions?
No, not really. Not if I can help it.
I mean, people generally have some idea about what blogging is these days, but it’s still not something you typically hear people doing in their spare time. I’ve been sharing the links on my Facebook and Twitter recently, which is about as far as I go with telling people I know about it. (I do this now more than in previous years because I’ve decided not to post full albums of photos on Facebook anymore.) Over the past few years, I’ve had people I know come up to me or message me about how they enjoy reading my blog, and it honestly freaks me out every time. It’s comforting to know that I have readers, but I don’t want to know who those readers are.
9. Top ten blogs you read/comment on the most! Go! Go!
Oh geez. Top ten?
I’ll just list the ones I tend to visit the most, but not in any order.
Sincerely, Kinsley ; Yours, Truly... ; Today's Letters ; The Misadventures of A Globetrotter in Training ; (life is too short not to) wear red shoes ; dramatic elegance ; 20-Nothings ; All Things E ; moth speaker ; and I did read Hannah Nicole frequently but she has recently stopped blogging regularly, which greatly saddens me.
10. If you could change/improve things about your blog, what would they be?
The design, like I said before. Also my writing style. I want to find a balance between professional/fun/relaxed/goofy/serious. I want my personality to be present, but I also want some parts of my life to be private. I’ve read so many bloggers who have mastered this, but I’m still trying to learn.
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