I Love Your Blog: Siobhán Claude van Damme

Continuing the 'I Love Your Blog' series with the lovely Siobhán!

  1. How long have you been blogging?
If you count all the blogs I have had, this would be my eleventh year of blogging but my current blog is nearly five years old, with the first post in it on 1st January 2008.
  1. What do you blog about?  Do you have a specific goal with your blog (i.e. reviewing products, using it as a ministry, promoting a business), or is it more a record of your life?
I blog primarily for me and for meeting other lovely bloggers so it is mostly a record of my life and a place to store recipes and ideas, in fact I often search my own blog for recipes and use them to recreate ideas I liked before.
  1. What is your favourite thing about blogging?
The interaction with others and the range of people I am lucky enough to meet both online and in person through it.  Particularly the people I may never have met otherwise but who I have surprising common ground with. 

  1. What is your least favourite thing about blogging?
When I get behind on comments and reading  other people’s blogs as I don’t like it when blogging feels like a chore, it has always been a fun hobby and I hope to keep it that way.
  1. Do you have any favourite posts on your blog – pieces you’re really proud of, which document something special, or which seemed to strike a chord with your readers?
I wrote a post on my agoraphobia (http://somethingshavehappened.blogspot.co.uk/2010_08_01_archive.html) and this helped me a lot as it made me feel less alone and I hope it helped others to as well.  I don’t write particularly personal posts often so am glad that one went down as well as it did.
  1. Whose blogs do you love?  I’m always looking for recommendations :)
I like Blether (http://jblethers.blogspot.co.uk/)  a lot as I love Jacqueline’s take on the world, I adore Backwards in High Heels (http://taniakindersley.blogspot.co.uk/) as Tania Kindersley is a brilliant writer with a wonderful world view, I also love to read Any Other Woman (http://anyotherwoman.com/) and oh so many others – just read my blog roll list (http://somethingshavehappened.blogspot.co.uk/p/blogs-i-follow.html) and go check them all out!

  1. Do you enjoy meeting and connecting with other bloggers?
Yes, very much – this is my favourite thing about blogging.
  1. Do you use other forms of social media in conjunction with your blog?
I tend to keep my social media streams and my blog separate.  I’m not sure I want to start promoting my blog much outside of the blogging world.  It’s not really occurred to me to do that at any point, and once when I found out that I was accidentally sharing it on Facebook I stopped. I do however follow many bloggers on twitter and most of them know about my blog so the two worlds do intertwine, though not very directly.
  1. Have you learned anything in the writing of your blog and in your development as a blogger?
I think my style started to change around the time I started writing about our wedding as that introduced me to a lot of brilliant blogs by smart and exciting women.  This is still shaping my writing now, so I think time will tell what the change to my style is, so I think the main thing I have learned is to keep learning and to keep an open mind to what you might find.

  1. What tips do you have for bloggers growing and nurturing their blogs?
I have no idea as that as growth has never been my ambition, but keep it honest and true to who you are and the rest flows from there.  I think that is where the friendships start, that and reading other interesting blogs and getting to know people by getting involved in the comments.  The comments are the conversation and that is always the most fun part of a blog (that and pretty pictures).
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