1. When did you first start blogging and why?
I started blogging days before my first son was born in 2005. I started this blog under it’s previous name ‘Mummy Paparazzi’ as a way to share photographs of my son to my friends and family who lived all over the globe.
2. Have you had any past online presence?
Yes. I am thirty now, but I grew up with the internet. As a teenager I fell in love with web design, creating custom graphics in photoshop, and was a web mistress for a band I loved. With my career in the hairdressing and beauty industry I grew my online presence through Myspace, and later through Facebook and Twitter. Now social media is a huge part of my online presence both as a blogger and as a photographer.
3. When did you become serious about your blog?
I take that to mean when I started tailoring my blog for public consumption and not just for my family members. When we made the big move from Hawaii to England I became more serious about my blogging and wanting to keep it updated regularly. It was in the beginning of 2013 that I realised there was a whole expat blogging community and decided to start blogging every day.
4. What was your first blog post.
My very first post on the 4th of January 2005 was entitled Waiting in the Wings. A one paragraph post about what my life was like at that moment, waiting for my first child to be born. We were in between places and on our way to move to Arizona where my husband would be joining the military. It was the prelude to a new chapter in our life.
5. What have been your biggest challenges blogging.
Keeping up with my blog through the ups and downs with life. While I created this blog in 2005 there have been some times in my life where blogging needed to be put on the back burner. Luckily I was always able to come back to my blog and also able to put focus where it needed to be in my life during those times. Though out the challenges I am glad I was able to keep up with my blog to continue to archive my nomadic life.
6. What is the most rewarding thing about blogging?
I do love having an archive of photographs and blog posts about my life through out the years. While that is a personal reward, my blogging reward is all the relationships I have made through having this space in the blogosphere. The people who have connected with my words, who have been moved by my photographs, and connect with this blog. Even more so to me is the blogging community who has given so much to me. All the blogs that I connect to, the posts that have impacted my life, and the bloggers who reach out to me and have become my friend. I am more appreciative to the blogging community than I think anyone will ever truly know.
7. What is the most discouraging thing about blogging?
8. What is your lasting inspiration or motivation?
For me it is to be true to who I am. I do not just post pretty photographs of a ‘perfect’ life living abroad in Europe. I share the good and the bad. I share what inspires and motivates me. I share the beauty around me. I share what I love and what I am passionate about to my readers. As a Third Culture Kid, my blog does not have a simple theme. It has may facets as I have a chameleon soul. However the lasting motivation to blog is to blog for myself and my brand.
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