It feels like blogging conferences are a little bit like buses. Before April, I hadn’t been to one since my visit to Blogfest in 2015. Now, hot on the heels of Traverse17, I’m heading off to my second conference in a month! The organisers at BlogOn MSI have invited attendees to publish a ‘getting to know you’ post before the event. So here are a few little facts about me, and I’ll be adding this post to the BlogOn MSI icebreaker linky.
Describe yourself in three words
Curvy, tattooed red-head.
How long have you been blogging and what made you start?
I first started blogging back in about 2007 when I added a blog to the online shop I used to run. I took a break from it from 2009, and then started this blog in 2012. It has had a few false starts, but I’ve been blogging regularly now for over 2 years.
What was the inspiration behind your blog name?
It’s more a lack of inspiration really! I tried a few other blog names and didn’t like them, so I decided to use my own name as a placeholder seeing as I owned the domain already. 5 years down the line, I do occasionally feel like rebranding, but I’m kind of used to it now. But I do have another domain name that I’m thinking of using as a side project.
What is the best thing to come from your blog so far?
This might sound a bit trite, but it’s not the nice products and experiences – as lovely as they are, of course! It’s the added self-confidence that I’ve gained from doing something that I love, and feeling like I might finally have found what I want to do when I grow up!
Your most remembered thing from your childhood
Playing outside with my friends from morning til it went dark in the school holidays. I grew up in a little village, and back in those days we all had masses of freedom to go off and do whatever we liked really. I’m well aware of how old that makes me sound though…
Something interesting you might not know about me is . . .
I have a form of synaesthesia called mirror-touch synaesthesia. It means that when I see someone injured and in pain, I physically feel pain as well. It’s a pain, quite literally. I’ve had it since I was a child, but whenever I mentioned it when I was growing up, people looked at me like I’m mad. I read an article about it at the end of last year, and felt like ‘Ohhh, I’m not so crazy after all!’ It was lovely to finally have a name for what was happening to me.
Which social media platform best describes your personality and why?
Pinterest – I tend to get a little obsessed by new-found interests and have to know ALL the information about them. My brain becomes like a big pinboard, LOL!
What is your happy song?
I absolutely love music and listen to everything from 1960s onwards. But The Jean Genie is definitely a song that gets me up and moving if I’m feeling a bit flat.
What is your favourite alcoholic drink?
Generally I like a gin and tonic, and I have a small collection of gins at home. It’s rare for me to turn down a glass of (good) champagne though!
What is your favourite cake?
To be completely honest, I’m not a huge cake fan. It’s not that I don’t like cake, more that there are a lot of other foods that I like better. But a good chocolate cake is always nice.
What is your favourite takeaway dish?
I’d always choose Indian takeaway over anything else, and like to go for something medium-hot. Something like a chicken saag would be nice.
Where is your dream holiday destination and why?
There are far too many to mention. I really want to travel more now when the boys leave school, and have got a massive list of dream destinations. I’m currently looking at Marrakesh and Cuba for next year.
What would your superhero name be?
Madam Encyclopaedia – seriously, I retain all sorts of useless information in my head. It’s no wonder I sometimes forget the important stuff.
If you had a magical power, would you want to have and why?
Being able to teleport around the world would be fab, because I’m quite a nervous flyer. But I’d also love Mary Poppins’ ability to tidy things up by clicking her fingers.
What one weapon would help you survive a zombie apocalypse?
The ability to change direction while running. I don’t really watch zombie programmes, except iZombie which I love! But they always seem to lurch slowly in a straight line, so I guess changing direction quickly is a useful skill.
If you could send something into space, what would it be?
Donald Trump. And I bet I’m not the only person who has put that as their answer!
What would you have on your gravestone?
I really don’t want a gravestone. Seriously, just scatter my ashes in a nice location somewhere.
You make headline news around the world in 2 years time… but for what reason?
Well, I’m unlikely to make any groundbreaking discoveries, so I can only imagine that it’s something highly inappropriate! Which sounds like great fun to me…
If an EMP wiped out all mechanical forms of transport, how would you get to BlogOn?
I guess I’d probably have to borrow my son’s scooter.