Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Confessions of a Blogger

Confessions of a Blogger

Since I've now been tagged twice by Jacintha Verdegaal at Urban Pixxels Bonnie Rose at A Compass Rose and Gina at Sweet Serenity, I just had to do my part in the Confessions of a Blogger tag. So here goes:

1. When did you first start blogging and why? 
I started blogging after I had taken a creative writing course at LSJ. The teacher ended the course with: ‘Start writing. It doesn’t matter where, but write.’ So since I was working for a website I started writing the blog. I managed to get a blogging gig for another website, but when both of those decided to go a different way, meaning, not paying for the posts, I needed another outlet for my creativity and started my own blog. Et voila, it’s been a year and a half.

2. Have you had any past online presence?
Other than the blog posts at Bookingbuddy.co.uk and Travelstart.nz, I’ve written features for a Dutch women’s magazine called ze.nl.

3. When did you become serious about your blog?
I got serious after having attended several blogging and Social Media workshops at WTM and the ones led by Julie Falconer of A Lady in London. I realised that not only is blogging a lot of fun and a good way to meet new people, you also learn tons about SEO, Social and Content Marketing which I can apply to my day job as well. Yes, I’m a big digital nerd.

4. What was your first blog post?
It was one about British Airways using Paddington Bear as their new main man for their on-board kids’ packs. It’s still online:  http://blog.bookingbuddy.co.uk/2008/11/paddington-bear.html

5. What have been your biggest challenges blogging?
Coming up with stuff. My blog is a travel blog, and although I’d love to travel full time, I have a day job that only gives me 20 days off per year. So sometimes I do run out of stuff to write about. Living in London does help though as there is always something happening here.

6. What is the most rewarding thing about blogging?
Meeting new people, finding new places, learning new things.

7. What is the most discouraging thing about blogging?
When my friends ask me what I did on my holidays. Meaning, I didn’t read your blog.

8. What is your lasting inspiration or motivation?
The world. I’ve travelled to many places, but I still haven’t run out of countries and cities to visit.

9. What do your friends think of your blogging adventure? (Question asked by Jacintha)
I’m not sure if they ‘get’ it or why I do it. But I could be wrong…

My question:
10. Where do you dream your blog will take you?
Will you be jetsetting around the world living off the proceeds of your work, winning all kinds of awards and being invited to speak at conferences? What would you consider your ultimate blogging dream?

Crystal from A Happy Type
Lindsey from A Broad's World
Kim from A Moving Story
Melanie from Melanie Fontaine
Lixx from A Classic Notion
Louisa from My Family and Abruzzo
Mandy from Emm in London
Erin from Erin Out and About
Sarah from The Wanderblogger
Tina from Girl Meets Globe
Anna from Eat, See, Do 
Janelle from The Halfpenny Diaries
Kara from Pen Plus Passport
Shobha from NYLon Living
Annie at Sew Graceful
Samantha from To the Days Like This
Freya from Holiday Nomad
Linzi from Office Breaks
Kirsten from Travel To Gruta

I think most of these bloggers I know have written a post now already, but I'm tagging you anyway. Good for SEO!!


  1. Great answers though! Saturday I'll pop mine up!

  2. Love that you participated! x

  3. This is so funny! When our friends don't read our blog, who will? ;) "What is the most discouraging thing about blogging? When my friends ask me what I did on my holidays. Meaning, I didn’t read your blog."

  4. There's always mum and dad!!! My biggest fans!

  5. Lovely to hear all about your blogging journey - you've come such a long way in a very short time.

  6. Thanks for the tag! Haha #7 - I hear you. I recently had a friend ask me if I'd been to France. My response,"Have you like, never even taken a peek at my blog??"

  7. My favorite question is, "Have you posted anything on your blog lately?" And my answer is, "Every Monday like clockwork for the past nine months." -sigh- :)