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

  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

  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 (
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 (
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

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

I have no idea as that as growth has never been my ambition, but keep
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).


  1. Wiwille
    17th October 2012 / 5:25 pm

    I might just steal this.

  2. Riot Kitty
    17th October 2012 / 11:13 pm

    #5 is awesome! Good for you, Siobhan!

    • Siobhan
      22nd October 2012 / 11:00 am

      Thank you!

  3. Christielli
    18th October 2012 / 12:54 am

    I love this blog too! 🙂

    • Siobhan
      22nd October 2012 / 11:00 am


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