I haven’t blogged in ages, which is an unfortunate symptom of becoming an old woman who has a job and is pursuing a career and attending dog training seminars and etcetera. Anyway though, Jen tagged me for the Behind the Blogger Tag so I’m going to be doing that today. Let’s go 😀
1. Why did you start blogging, and why have you kept blogging?
I started blogging mostly because I thought it would be fun and I wanted to have a pre-made platform in case I ever had a book published. Since then, I’ve done it mostly because I really love being part of the community here online and I’ve made a ton of friends. Plus, it’s still really fun, though it’s definitely not all fun.
2. What is your favourite type of blog post to write?
Discussion type posts are always a favourite of mine. There’s also been some fun ones I’ve done discussing books and musicals. I really enjoyed the series I did where I compared musicals with their book and movie counterparts and I’d love to revive that series again. I’ve also loved doing the What God Has Taught Me This Year series twice.
3. What are your top three favourite blog posts?
I think my top favourite is easy, it’s my Christmas Day post from 2018. It’s probably the hardest thing I’ve ever written but it was very cathartic and, even though it hurts, I’m proud of it.
I also like my Finding Rest in An Overstimulated World post, which was also really eye-opening to write.
I think my final one I’ll mention here will be The Root Problem with Christian Fiction. It was an interesting and a bit of a controversial posts–some people agreed with me, some didn’t and that’s fine. It was also fun and interesting to write.
4. What are some of your favourite things to do to relax?
Relax? What is that, my friend?
Joking aside, I like to write blog posts, I like to read, I like to watch a good movie, I like to do calligraphy…I like to look at Pinterest and YouTube.
5. What are three of your favourite things?
Off the top of my head…
6. What are your proudest blogging moments?
I was really proud of myself the first time I reached 1k views in a month and then when I reached 200 followers.
7. What are your hobbies outside of blogging?
For me, dog training has gone from hobby to career, so I’m not going to mention anything to do with dogs here.
I guess my hobbies mainly now are reading, writing and researching history and culture, as well as language learning (I’m learning Hawaiian and Scottish Gaelic at the moment and hoping to learn Te Reo sometime). I also enjoy horse riding, patting friendly cats and knitting.
8. Describe your personality in three words
Definitely quite crazy.
9. What are your top three pet peeves?
I have so many, compartmentalised into different topics. However, things that annoy me in basically all categories are these:
People being lazy and then complaining about poor results. I see this in dog training, I see this in writing, I see this in basically everything and it makes me annoyed.
People who don’t write with good grammar and/or spelling. English isn’t everyone’s forte, or their first language, but I’m pretty sure there’s a lot of people who just aren’t trying.
And people who spread misinformation or are wilfully ignorant. We can only know what we know, obviously and we’re all going to be ignorant about some things, but it annoys me when people don’t make an effort to research and learn, especially when they speak authoritatively on a subject (Looking at pretty much every YouTuber everywhere). One of my favourite quotes is one that some people attribute to Maya Angelou (I think there’s some controversy, but the quote’s good whoever said it) and it simply says “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better”. Be openminded! Try to know better! But don’t be ashamed of being ignorant. Just try to do better.
10. What’s something your followers don’t know about you?
Uh…I’m pretty open about my life on here, there’s nothing I’m purposefully hiding, so I guess it’ll just have to be something random…
I desperately want to visit French Polynesia. It’s beautiful there and its culture/language is one that I appreciate and admire and its the main inspiration for my novel Wattle Fires.
WHAT ABOUT YOU GUYS? WHY DID YOU START BLOGGING? WHAT ARE SOME PET PEEVES YOU HAVE? WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE THINGS?