Why did you start blogging?I’ve been blogging since I was 18 (wow, like 11 years or so ago)-clear back to the MySpace and DeadJournal days. I started back then because I’ve always wanted to be a writer, and have journaled most of my life, so blogging seemed like an important evolution for me to start writing and communicating with other like minded people. My So-Called Chaos was started in 2008 when I was working at a Tax job that was slow sometimes, and it’s just grown into what it is today from there.
What is your niche and why did you chose that one?My niche is a pretty broadly defined “Lifestyle” blog, because I couldn’t settle on just one thing I wanted to write about and stick to that. I love so many different things in life, so My So-Called Chaos covers a lot of them. Though I do end up talking about dating and handmade goods more than anything, and recently I’m moving more into home decor and improvement stuff a little too because I just bought my first house. Oh and also dogs, I just rescued my first pup named Handsome Bub.
What is your ideal vacation spot?If we’re talking vacation as in “relaxing” then my ideal vacation spot is a cozy bungalow near the ocean in coastal Oregon. I used to visit a friend who lived there, and it was so peaceful just hanging out and watching the rain fall on the forest in his back yard. Heavenly. If you’re talking travel-wise, then I would have to say Ireland. I’m dying to go.
Biggest life lesson learnedI’d say the biggest life lesson I’ve learned is how to put myself first. Not in a selfish or self-centered way, but in a way that allowed me to stop being a doormat and letting people walk all over me. When you fly, they tell you to put on your own mask first before you can help someone else put their mask on, and life is very much the same way. Take care of yourself first or you’re not good to anyone else.
Favorite childhood memoryI have a lot of great memories as a child, and very few bad ones. I’m very lucky that way. One memory that’s been on my mind a lot lately is the Christmas when we moved into the first home my parents ever actually owned. Before then, we’d rented and moved around quite a bit, and we’d just been living in my great grandparents’ basement-but they’d been in a bad car accident and the home had to be sold. My parent’s bought a prefab home and put it down on a piece of property they’d purchased from a distant relative out in the country, and Christmas eve was the night we were moving in.
We didn’t really have much of anything moved in yet-just our mattresses on the floor, a change of clothing, the Christmas tree, and a laundry hamper full of presents my mom had thoughtfully put together for us. It was so exciting! My first time ever having my own room that I could paint any color I wanted and where I wouldn’t have to fight for closet space with my sister, my dad’s best friend “Uncle Floyd” visiting, and our cozy little beds on the floor. We didn’t have much, but it was a great Christmas anyway.
What inspires you to write?Pretty much everything, but mostly things that happen in my life or things I see and love. I’m not one of those bloggers who experiences “blogger’s block” very often. Sometimes I have too much to say and I have a hard time scheduling it out so I’m not posting three times a day. I just want to write, and that’s how I ended up managing four different blogs! Ha! I write about health and fitness at Health NOT to NUT, books at my co-managed blog Page à Vu, and I host blogger swaps at my co-managed blog Chaotic Goddess Swaps. My So-Called Chaos will always be my first and main love though.
What are your three favorite posts you have written in the past?Top Tips for a First Time Home Buyer – http://mysocalledchaos.com/2015/07/top-tips-for-first-time-homebuyer.html
10 Common Blogging Mistakes You Might be Making – http://mysocalledchaos.com/2015/07/10-common-blogging-mistakes-you-mig.html
DIY Make Your Own Bath Salts – http://mysocalledchaos.com/2015/03/diy-make-your-own-bath-salts-great-for.html
What advice to you have for other bloggers?Learn from other bloggers. Really the biggest thing you can do is follow bloggers you like and learn from what they do. Don’t copy them, you still want to be unique, but you can learn so much by how they interact with readers and how they manage their blog. You can also find so many great resources for blogging out there, like my New Bloggers Series, though it’s really good for any blogger looking to improve. 🙂