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.
My question for them is…
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Q: “What season is your favourite to travel in and where would you go based on your answer?”
The truth is, I think I’ve only been to New York once in the year that I’ve lived here in America. You see, I actually live on that cusp between rural American and suburbia, between corn fields and super Walmarts. People in the city think we’re nuts for living this far out, and for a long time so did I! But, even as a Brit accustomed to hedgerows, local pubs, and walks through the town center, I’ve learned that living in suburban USA isn’t so bad. Here’s why:
Farm Fresh Food
Beautiful work commute
Driving through rural and suburban PA is a pretty good commute as things go. Even as you get closer to the city, there’s still plenty of wide open spaces, and trees, until you get into Philadelphia proper. Sometimes when I’m traveling even further away from the city I’m the only one on a hidden country road, and I thank my lucky stars I’m not on a busy road caught in traffic.
It’s the best of both worlds
I really miss living in the heart of a busy city, being able to arrange last-minute coffee catch-up with friends, or being able to stroll through neighborhoods filled with different cultures in the space of a few minutes. But we’re still so close to Philadelphia that we can get that urban fix whenever I want. I love Philadelphia, it’s an amazing city and would like to move a little closer to it, but life surrounded by trees and open roads without sidewalks – it’s not so bad.
Travel Q&A: I asked all my sponsors this question, “What landmark or attraction would you love to see next and why?” See what answers we all gave and let me know in the comments what your answer would be too!
“I have never gotten the chance to travel outside of the US. But, one place that is top on my travel list would have to be Venice, Italy! Hopefully I get the chance to travel there sometime in the future!” – The Skinny Student
“I would love to see the Taj Mahal in India. We’ve spent some time exploring Europe now. I’d love to broaden my horizons and visit someplace more exotic and challenging India. My husband loves India and I’m eager to explore it with him.” – Selena the Places
“I would love to see the Coliseum in Rome — just for the pure history of it all (plus, I want to go to Italy and eat tons of pizzas and have pasta and gelato and the Lizzie McGuire experience)!” – Chimerikal
“My one dream in life is to explore the countryside of England. I was raised on a strict diet of British comedy which spread into an obsession with all things UK. I’ve never been to England but believe me that’s the first place I plan on going overseas.” – Mocha Fox
For all of you, my dear old and new readers, it means you can win a whole lot of amazing prizes and maybe get to know some of these bloggers too. (You don’t know what you’ve been missing out!) Here are the bloggers & the goodies you can win: