Hello there and welcome to this week's #PoCoLo. If you were here last week, it was great to see you and if you're new here then you're very welcome. Either way Morgan and I are sure you'll find some great posts (and blogs) to read as you link up.
We've had the shortest of working weeks with just two days in the office and the rest at home. It's been a momentous week too, as the builders have all but finished and we're starting to "reload" our conservatory. There's been more cleaning (joy!), some shed tidying up (yes, we know how to live) and quite a few deliveries.
My photo this week is what we saw when we opened one of our deliveries, not quite what we expected, and not right either. A replacement is on its way and should be with us later today, I hope - look out for more, including where it's from soon.
Blogger Showcase: Tamanisha from Sincerely Tawn
1. Who are you?
My name is Tamanisha (Tawm-uh-ni-sha) John and I am a Ph.D. student at Florida International University, where I study International Relations full time and run a “relaxed lifestyle” blog— sincerelytawm.com — whenever I’m procrastinating.
2. How did you discover blogs/blogging?
I’ve always been fond of writing in general, and have always loved the idea of having my own blog.
3. Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging because staying up late at night and writing in my iPhone notes became much easier than writing in a notebook. However, due to space constraints on my phone, I made the switch to blogging. In my notes, I would simply reflect on my days, reflect on events that happened, ideas I’d have, and food places I’d love to try eating at or have gone to eat and enjoyed it. It was sort of like memory keeping.
4. What do you find most challenging?
At the moment, the most challenging thing has been balancing being 100% honest with myself— as I had been with my iPhone notes— on a more public platform. I fear being judged. However, this fear may be a bit irrational since everyone that I’ve ‘met’ (online) whilst blogging has been encouraging.
5. What is your favourite topic to write about?
My favourite topic to write about is memory keeping for myself. Something unique to my blog that I was not writing about before in my notes, were movie and book reviews. I really enjoy writing those. I also enjoy doing more in depth food reviews, by researching restaurant owners beforehand.
6. Are you blogging for fun or do you have goals?
Initially I was blogging for fun, but now I do think that I have goals. My mom is probably the most ardent reader of my blog, and she followed my entire left hand planner creation process and has convinced me to share and create a left handed planner in my image. This has gotten a lot of traction from other interested lefties, and righties. And so my current goal is to be the ‘home of the #leftyplanner’ that others can practically use.
7. What is your favourite thing about blogging?
My favourite thing about blogging is being able to share my memories with others. I never knew how helpful individual and personal memories can to be others. I also like being able to relate to my co-workers and colleagues more who read and enjoy— both my lifestyle blog and academic blog.
8. Have you ever attended a blogging conference and if so, what did you think?
I have never attended a blogging conference, but it does sound like something I’d be interested in!
9. What are your 3 best posts?
In terms of views and engagements, my three best performing posts are: ‘Finally A (Healthy) Brunch Shop in South Florida,’ ‘PlannerCon 2018, San Francisco Weekend: Day 3,’ ‘PlannerCon 2018, San Francisco Weekend: Day 2.’ But personally, my top three favourite posts that I’ve written are: ‘Rest Peacefully, Granny LJJ,’ ‘The [not so] Automatic Millionaire. A Review...,’ ‘Life and Planner Updates!’
10. Describe yourself in three words!
Responsible, Outgoing, Mellow
11, Are you a tea and biscuits or coffee and cake person?
Tea and biscuits please!
12. What's your idea of a perfect night out?
A perfect night out for me, consists of dressing cute and going out with my friends to a nice lounge that has great music to dance to.
13. Your perfect night in?
A perfect night in consists of a criminal investigation type series or sci-fi movie, as I eat my favourite pizza. My favourite is Pizza Hut‘s thin and crispy pizza, with garlic buttery crust, topped with beef, green peppers and Peruvian cherry peppers
14. What would your best friend/OH/mum or kids say is your best quality?
From friends to my mom— and also my ex— they would say my best quality is my honesty. My co-workers would describe me as blunt and diplomatic.