Hi, Daisy! You were one of the first bloggers to comment on Frugal Portland. You made me realize there’s this whole world of nice people out there!
What’s your story (your elevator pitch, if you will)?
I’m 24, live in the suburbs of Vancouver, Canada with my long-time boyfriend J and two dogs. By day, I’m in business administration. By night, I administer my online businesses – my blogs! I run a few websites and have more side hustles that I can even count, all on the internet. Things I love include animals, documentaries, and reading everything I can get my hands on.
What made you decide to start a blog?
I was a reader of blogs before I started my own. Honestly, though, J and I had just moved, and I knew very few people outside of my extended family in our new town. I was bored and was on a 3 month break from school. I needed something productive to occupy my time! That’s definitely not the case now!
Why are you anonymous? Do you think that will ever change?
I started out blogging anonymously because I was job hunting and didn’t want anybody to be able to Google me and find my blog. Now I’m anonymous because I feel like I’ve built this neat little identity around “Daisy” (so much so that some bloggers turned real life friends have a hard time calling me by my real name).
I’m not anonymous on all of my web ventures, and I think I’ll phase out my anonymity with future websites as well.
I’ll probably always be Daisy on Add Vodka and Suburban Finance, though!
Oh, gosh. Well, I just launched Suburban Finance, which is my current baby, but I’m always starting projects, particularly websites! I joke that I’m addicted to building sites but then get bored with them after they are running smoothly. I already have a niche site brewing.
What part of the world do you live in? Do you think that will change?
Only the most beautiful part, of course! Honestly, I would love to live elsewhere even just for a year, but J isn’t really into it and I’m not married enough to the idea to push the issue. I know we’d end up back here, no matter where we went.
Will I see you at #FinCon13?
Unfortunately, I used all of my vacation time already for this year. Maybe FINCON14 (depending on it’s location – come on, California!)
Do you blog full time? If not, what do you do during the work day?
I do. But I also have a day job.
I spend more time working on my various sites and blogs than I do at my day job, but during the day, I work for a large, government organization in Human Resources. It’s challenging and fun, but I’m grateful to have something I’m truly passionate about on the side.
Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
I’ve never been able to figure it out. Meyer’s Briggs put me 1% over the “extrovert” line, but I’d almost always rather hang out at home than go out. At the same time, I’m very motivated by others and get a lot of energy from community. All of my hobbies are solitary (reading, blogging, watching re-runs of Keeping Up with the Kardashians…) so I think more introverted.
Ooh, fun fact. It’s a matter of where you draw your energy. Does a crowd give you energy or take it away? There’s your answer.
Coffee or tea? What do you put in it?
Coffee. Coffee, coffee, coffee. With maybe a splash of milk, but no sugar.
What would you have as your last meal? Rules of this game: you’re not sick, and you have a super stomach which will allow you to eat more calories than normal.
I have this thing for Indian food. I could eat it all day every day (in fact, I just got back from eating it). My last meal would be an Indian feast.
Name one thing in real life that drives you crazy.
Name one thing on the internet that drives you crazy.
People caring too much what other internet people think. Also, when people post about their children’s potty training progress on Facebook.
Heh, I like this. People in real life don’t care enough, and people on the internet care too much.
What’s the funniest prank you’ve played on someone?
Not my funniest prank, but certainly my most effective: My mom had the hiccups, so I told her I was pregnant. I was 16 at the time and most definitely not pregnant. Her hiccups disappeared immediately.
What are some of your favorite books? Just the ones that come to mind, they don’t have to be the very best books of all time.
I read anywhere from 4-5 books a month, since I’m such an insomniac. This is cliché, but I loved To Kill a Mockingbird. When I was 9-12 I read Charlotte’s Web at least 30 times and cried every single time. My most recent fiction favorite was A Thousand Splendid Suns, and non-fiction favorite was Half the Sky.
Same with movies. What are some of your favorites?
To be honest (and don’t throw stones!) I’m not a huge movie fan. I watch them and then promptly forget about the entire story line and then never watch them again.
Have you ever been in a fight? Did you throw the first punch?
I grew up with an older brother and a younger step brother, who thought it was hilarious to gang up on me, so I have been in plenty of fights! But real fights that included people outside of my sibling group? I’ve never been in one.
Do you have now, or have you ever had, a tattoo? If so, details, please!
I have one. I was going through a rebellious teenager phase and told my mom I either wanted a piercing or tattoo. She finally relented and said she’d sign for the tattoo, but not the piercing. I definitely regret getting it. I just don’t think tattoos are for me. They’re fine on other people, though!
Where’s your next vacation?
I’m going to New Orleans with my best friend in the fall. After that, I’ll have to start planning out 2014!