Hi (name redacted based on an answer below)
! I don’t remember when we first “met” but I have been reading your blog for a long time, and I’m glad you write.
Now, onto the questions.
What’s your story (your elevator pitch, if you will)?
I’m a twenty-something mother and recent graduate living in Pittsburgh. I blog about money as it pertains to all the different aspects of myself as a whole person: a young adult, a college student, a mother, an engaged woman, etc.
What made you decide to start a blog?
I’ve been pretty dorked out on finances for a while. I would get really excited about my hobby and share what I learned with my friends…who largely didn’t care. Then I discovered the blogosphere, where I could learn from others and hopefully provide new information to people who wanted or needed to hear it. I’m a little bit different in that I’ll sometimes blog about stuff for lower-income people to get help; different programs and organizations that can help. Because when you’re at the bottom, sometimes you do need a little bit of help to get to a place where you can start an emergency fund or do fun stuff like investing.
I gotta ask, when are you going to get a self-hosted blog?
I know there’s advantages to being self-hosted, but I’m probably going to stay with Blogger until my blog starts making enough to consistently pay for the monthly fee as well as hire someone to make an awesome blog design. I’m neither artistic or beyond-the-basics HTML savvy. So until I get there, Blogger is suiting my needs just fine.
Are you anonymous (if so, I’ll take off your name at the top of this)? Do you think that will ever change?
I’m pseudo-anonymous. I’ve let my name leak a couple of times, then changed my mind and removed the posts where I’ve “come-out.” I don’t know if I’ll ever be fully comfortable putting that information out there. Even though I do have a few friends who know about the blog thanks to my fiancé. (Every time he tells someone about it I blush like crazy.)
What’s your next project?
I’m working on getting together all my paperwork to apply for a job this fall! I’m so excited to re-enter the workforce.
What part of the country do you live in? Do you think that will change?
I currently live in Pittsburgh, PA. I’ve lived a myriad of places over my life. I won’t bore you with my laundry list from childhood, but as an adult I’ve lived in North Carolina and Idaho in addition to Pennsylvania. Out of everywhere I’ve lived, Pittsburgh is my favorite. It’s a really great mix of safety and culture for a city of its size. There’s relatively few natural disasters, and I like living near my family. I try to remember those things every time my wanderlust kicks in. It’s enough to say I’m here for keeps.
What’s the best thing about blogging?
I love all the great people I meet! Other bloggers and readers not only make it worth it for me, but also teach me so much.
What’s the hardest thing about blogging?
The time. So much time is required. Not so much for the actual writing itself, but learning how to grow your blog and then doing all the legwork to implement it is a lot. A lot, but it’s worth it.
Do you blog full time? If not, what do you do during the work day?
I wouldn’t call it my full time job. Before I was a full-time student and mother. In the fall I’m hoping to work as an interpreter and mother. In the interim I’m enjoying having the time to be a full-time mama.
Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
It depends on the situation. I’m a small-group extrovert, and a large-group introvert.
Coffee or tea? What do you put in it?
I love raspberry iced tea. Like tea kool-aid, not the brewed kind.
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.
Mmmm….chicken marsala. With Tuscan mashed potatoes. And garlic green beans.
What’s the best (or “best”) pickup line you’ve ever heard or said?
“I’m real grateful for Martin Harris; without him there’d be another 116 pages between us.”
If you don’t get that, you probably weren’t raised Mormon. So let me explain: Joseph Smith found these golden plates that were The Book of Mormon. His friend, Martin Harris, who was helping him with the translation asked if he could show them to his other friend who didn’t believe him that they existed. Joseph asked God. God said no. Joseph did it anyways. The 116 pages he gave to Martin Harris to show his friend were never seen again. (You may have learned this by watching South Park.)
At Mormon dances, kids can’t dance closer together than the thickness of the book of Mormon. So if Martin Harris hadn’t lost those pages, horny teenagers would have to stand even further apart. I don’t practice the religion anymore, but still love the cultural jokes.
Ha. Did you ask for an anthropology lesson? No?
What’s the funniest prank you’ve played on someone?
One time I helped move my camp counselor’s bed onto the roof. Luckily she laughed.
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.
Anything by Kurt Vonnegut.
Who would play you in the movie version of your life?
Emilia Clarke. Mostly because Daenarys Targaryen is slowly becoming my hero.
Do you have now, or have you ever had, a tattoo? If so, details, please!
No. I don’t hate on people who do, especially if the tattoo has a really important meaning. But I hope to live till I’m old, and don’t want it to get all deformed and weird as my skin wrinkles and sags. The coolest tattoo I’ve ever seen was on this Egyptian guy I met. It was this weird splotch on his wrist. He told me that when he was a baby, his parents tattooed a cross on his wrist. For some time it was not good to be a Christian in Egypt, so they tattooed crosses on their babies wrists to identify each other. As you grow, it just become a splotch, but you if you knew what you were looking for you knew you were among friends.
Where’s your next vacation?
I wanted to go a couple places this summer, but I think we’re going to save up for a Caribbean honeymoon sometime next year.