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As you can imagine this week has been hectic with the boys being at home for half term. I was a little less organised this time than I'd like and we haven't managed to do an awful lot but we combine a trip to a theme park with a visit to see family on Wednesday. It was great seeing my dad and they got to see what the boys are like when they're going crazy!
The boys are looking forward to going trick-or-treating on Monday, and BP has invited one of his friends along with us which means he'll get into the spirit of it (I hope). LP cannot wait, and this year we even bought a pumpkin - the carving ought to be fun!
The darker days are starting to get me down a little so I'm making the most of the daylight hours by sitting in our lightest rooms and trying to get as much daylight exposure as possible. Of course it is nice to snuggle under a blanket at night when things get colder.
How are you coping with the colder weather and darker days?
Stephanie and I have been putting our heads together over the last few weeks to try and make things a little easier for you. As a result we've come up with a list of questions that you can choose to answer instead of the regular Blogger Showcase feature. We'll put the list of questions on our Pocolo pages so you can look at them and answer them whenever you like but as a starter both Stephanie and I decided to answer them. I'm hosting Stephanie's answers here and she's hosting my answers over on her blog.
We thought this was a great way to make the Blogger Showcase easier and more fun for you. You can still write a regular feature if you choose but if you want to be featured in Blogger Showcase you now have a choice. You can answer our questions or you can write your introduction - it's completely up to you.
Blogger Showcase Stephanie from Life at 139a
Who are you?
Hello! I’m Stephanie and I blog over at Life at 139a (www.lifeat139a.com), I live in South London and now have the most amazing walk to work through Greenwich Park! I blog about all kinds of homes and garden related things, and our holidays and days out. And a bit of cycling too. Oh, and some crafting - I need to do some more of that soon!
I live a busy life (who doesn’t?) and want my blog to be a good reflection of me. I’ve also got a bit of a thing for yellow, that’s more apparent on Instagram though!
How did you discover blogs/blogging?
Well, one day at work many years ago the CIO decided he wanted to blog so I thought I’d better find out a bit more about it. So I read a book on corporate blogging (yes, zzzzzzz!) and read lots of blogs, that was a much better way of doing some research!
I found a blog written by a local lady and started following along. By all accounts her life was quite ordinary, but when she stopped blogging, I kind of missed her and found myself diarising some time each week to see if she’d changed her mind. She didn’t, but that made me realise just how powerful blogs can be. I mean I’d never met this lady, but already I’d formed an emotional connection…
Why did you start blogging?
I started my blog as we planned and scoped some major house redecorations back in 2013. I wanted to write about our schedule, progress (and lack of it) and the frustrations along the way. I didn’t share it for a year, but found the writing cathartic. Then I left my job in the City after thirty years and found I was repeating myself a lot answering the “what are you up to now” question so I blogged about it and shared that instead.
What do you find most challenging?
My first thought was time, but that’s not just blogging related! So instead I’m going for self-promotion, I find that hard.
What is your favourite topic to write about?
I love to write about our garden, and the progress and growing successes on our allotment.
Are you blogging for fun or do you have goals?
A bit of both really. I do enjoy it and can’t imagine not blogging and I do want to improve all sorts of things about it. I have a stack of blogmin tasks I should be doing, but I’d much rather be creating content and catching up with what everyone else is getting up to!
What is your favourite thing about blogging?
Having a creative outlet - and through blogging I’ve reignited my love of crafts - and the community of bloggers. I’ve met some brilliant bloggers online and in real life too and made some real friends, which I never expected to.
Have you ever attended a blogging conference and if so, what did you think?
Yes, I’ve been to a few now. Blogfest was my first one and that felt a bit odd as I’m not a mum so I felt a bit of a fraud being there to start with. I soon got over that though as everyone was so lovely and there was so much going on. Since then I’ve been to BlogCamp and BritMums live where I met up with Morgan for the first time almost six months after we started to co-host #PoCoLo. I’m off to Blogfest again in November so hope to catch up with lots of you there.
What are your 3 best posts?
I’ve interpreted best as posts that have meant the most to me and the ones I’ve had fun with, so here goes:
The post that started it all - What Stephanie did next http://www.lifeat139a.com/139a/2014/04/what-stephanie-did-next.html
Recycling food waste http://www.lifeat139a.com/2015/5/4/recycling-food-waste
Pottering in the greenhouse http://www.lifeat139a.com/139a/2016/3/24/potting-on-aloe-veras-greenhouse
Describe yourself in three words!
Into almost everything!
Are you a tea and biscuits or coffee and cake person?
… Erm both!
What's your idea of a perfect night out?
A night out with MOH involving heels, fancy clothes, steak and chips, red wine, some kind of chocolate pudding and a taxi home!
Your perfect night in?
In front of the TV with our latest box set (we’re still working our way through Lost, yes still!), a bottle of red, some good food and a cuddle.
What would your best friend/OH/mum or kids say is your best quality?
Gah! I set this question, but it’s hard to answer… I can think of lots of things they’d say that probably wouldn’t be my best quality…
I’d like to think MOH would say it’d be getting things done, even if he did add an eventually to that. And I think my mum would say it was my assertiveness, rather than me being bossy! In response I’d say she raised me to be a strong woman so she’s only got herself to blame…
Great answers Steph!
I'm loving the new questions for Blogger Showcase - what do you think?
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