So this is a pleasant surprise! Or I got nominated by accident, probably the latter but let’s think positive thoughts! It’s rather thrilling being part of a virtual sisterhood and being nominated for an award. It’s a great feeling to be recognised by other bloggers especially since my blog is so young. It’s almost 3 months old so it’s basically a fragile little baby who is most certainly getting lots of love from her twitter family. And that’s where I “met” Elina from Luxamundi, who nominated me for the Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award, which if I’m not mistaken is a blogger-nominate-blogger award & tag so please head over to her blog and show some love. I would obviously spread the love and tag some bloggers at the end, but first let’s answer Elina’s questions.
1. Describe yourself in 3 words
Unitidy! Just by lifting my head from my laptop all I can see are bundles of clothes, books, charges and other random objects. Which leads onto #2 – I’m a Hoarder! I honestly wish I could just put everything into a black bag and leave it for the garbage collectors but instead I just put my invaluable objects (just in case you thought them unnecessary) into bags and store them wherever I find place. Also, bags! I hoard all sorts of bags: handbags, gift bags, shopping bags even plastic bags! You never know when you might need a plastic bag. Lastly, I’d say I’m quite driven though I am definitely my own motivator, partly because I live inside my head and partly because my whole family has given up on me. But they still feed me so no hard feelings there.
2. Why did you start blogging?
I finally had the time to sit down and write and I also had a YouTube beauty addiction. In the peak of my YouTube obsession I’d say I first got the idea of starting a blog. I became skincare obsessed and just wanted to blog about it. I actually remember googling how to start a blog (though googling is not a verb – thanks for going to court Google! Way to kill an awesome verb). It seemed complicated at the time as I was a bit of a technophobe back then so it didn’t happen. But the idea kept on resurfacing so I just went for it. I guess it’s one of those things that I always wanted to do but never did for a long time, so at my granny old age I decided to finally start blogging and I couldn’t be happier. Well I could, but…
3. Other than blogging, what is a hobby that you are passionate about?
This is a difficult one for me as I’m more of a stop & starter when it comes to hobbies. I go through phases of interests but they always end at some point. I’ve had a keen interest in ballet from a young age but only started classes a couple of years ago. I’ve been on and off it for a while now but it has definitely been the longest activity that I kept at, even though I’m on an off phase right now. Honestly, I can’t do evening ballet classes after my late afternoon lecture so it’s at a momentary standstill but I’m definitely not giving up on it. But before blogging, writing, reading and photography were my hobbies, still are (evidently) but that’s now incorporated into my blog so does that still count? I swear I have hobbies! I do lots of things in my head.
4. If you could go travelling for a month, and you had unlimited financial resources, where would you go and what would you do?
For someone who has an overactive imagination I can’t actually dream up specifics. I definitely want to see Japan but I’ve got so many friends in Europe that I have not visited yet because a holiday to Europe would literally be a debt trap. Even though the thought of walking through the streets of Italy sounds incredibly beautiful, I’ve developed a deep love for the Far East so I’d probably do week in Japan, a weekend in Seoul (shopping purposes only), 10 days in Kualar Lampur and 10 days in Bali! I’m not much of a planner when it comes to holidays so I usually get a travel guide and read that on the flight and see what appeals to me. But word has it, that my ancestral genealogy goes back to the Indo-Malay region so I basically want to go to the motherland. Find my people! I kid I kid I joke, I’m South African born and bred. But also, Malay. 🙂
5. What is your proudest blogging achievement/experience?
Definitely all the positive feedback I’ve had which I truly didn’t expect. I’m actually quite surprised that I haven’t slid into a foetal position in a dark corner somewhere out of fear that people are reading my written work. Then again, the fact that people are reading my blog has probably been the biggest surprise of all! I thought no one would read yet another blog and that I’d have to force my family members to like my page. Fortunately, it’s been quite the opposite. Just putting my writing out there, even though it’s not life changing, has definitely been a personal achievement.
6. If you could meet anyone, alive or dead, who would it be?
Hmm no-one! Not the answer you were expecting I’m sure but just the idea of meeting people freaks me out. I’m nowhere near a social butterfly and I literally get social anxiety before meeting groups of people. There are many people I’d like to see in person and just be in their company but to converse with them would be something which takes place in my mind alone. It’s better that way.
7. Do you have an object or habit that you consider your lucky charm or do to get you in the zone before doing something?
I used to have a pair of lucky socks, you could say. Ok, they never brought me luck but I liked to wear them when feeling like a need a bit of luck on my side. I’m pretty sure they were Christmas socks. They were a sky blue shade and had brown pine trees on them. Sadly, I don’t have them anymore. Now I just head down to my favourite coffee shop and sit on a bench quietly and mentally prepare myself for what’s ahead. You know, being an adult instead of wearing weird socks. I don’t even celebrate Christmas – that was a strange lucky charm to have. I guess it was all in my head.
8. What’s your earliest childhood memory?
Something that always comes back to me is fond memories of my grandmother. She passed when I was 5 so I still have some vivid memories of her well before that. I remember one day she left the house and my mother and I had seen her off and literally when she got to the bottom of our steps a bird had dropped a little bit of luck on her scarf. I thought it was really funny at the time and I’m still laughing about it today. But she was also the sweetest woman and at 4, hands down she was my friend.
9. Which would you pick to be given: flowers or cake?
Cake! Easy. I’m not an avid lover of flowers I must say. I like the way they can uplift a room but other than that you have really strong scents and death after a few days.
10. What would your advice be to people thinking about or just starting a blog?
Just be yourself. I know that seems obvious but blogging has become the new hype and it’s so easy to see what successful bloggers are doing and trying to mimic them, trying to use the same products as them, the same photos as them and even have the same opinions as them. Be original, be you. Let your individuality stand out whether it’s in your photographs or in your writing style. The only way people will relate to your blog is if they relate to you. So gamble on yourself and don’t try to be anyone else.
Ok so now its my turn to tag some bloggers and add my own list of questions. Firstly, I’m sure most of the bloggers I’m tagging have already been tagged, but I just had to mention you as being a sister and just my way of saying thanks for the reads, the comments and generally just uplifting my mood and making me feel good about my blog and helping me fit in to the sisterhood of bloggers ❤
My questions are:
1. What’s your favourite thing about blogging?
2. How many hours a day do you spend on your blog? (writing, editing, taking photos, blog chats etc.)
3. What do you find most challenging about blogging?
4. How long have you been blogging?
5. How long did it take you to start a blog from the time you had the idea?
6. If you could go back, what would you tell your beginner-blogger self?
7. What do you wish people took from your blog? (meaning or messages that maybe aren’t evident)
8. What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
9. What would you like your readers to know about you?
10. What have you learnt about yourself through blogging?
To my nominees, here are the rules:
- Send some virtual love to the blogger who nominated you and tag her in your post.
- Answer the 10 question tag.
- Create 10 brand new questions for your own nominees.
- Tag other bloggers and spread the love!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post! And another big thank you to Elina for the nomination! Read her blog! Now.
*Apologies for all your names in red. I know this is a terrible thing to do in some cultures but I’m not sure how to change it yet.