The Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award
Thanks to Timo from Crazy Chinese Family for nominating me for this one! It’s been a while (well actually ages) since I wrote a post, and though I have some in the works I’ve been needing a push to get blogging again, so this is a great opportunity!
I’m not really sure what this award is about, but I’m always up for answering some questions and just having fun writing a post. So without further ado, my answers.
1. How did you get into blogging?
Blogging is something I had attempted many times over the years, but never really stuck with. I decided I would definitely blog once I moved overseas, but somehow I could never find the motivation and kept putting pressure on myself to make a great professional-style blog that people would want to read. However after getting to a really low point in my job in Korea, I decided screw all that nonsense, and started writing about my feelings and personal issues – figuring my blog should be what I need it to be and what makes me happy. And so going forward with the idea of never putting pressure on myself to make content for anyone else, it ended up being something that I have stuck to. Albeit with some pretty big writing gaps.
2. What is your own favorite blog post?
Hmm. I think my latest one actually! 5 Reasons Dating a Korean Guy is just like dating ANY OTHER GUY. It’s the beginning of me writing about some things that I find to be very generalised (one could even say stereotyped) on other blogs and websites. I have a few more posts coming up where I have talked to other teachers in Korea (some also bloggers) and with their input and experiences, I will be be writing a few well researched and rounded posts tackling some common issues for expats in Korea. Look forward to that! 🙂
Oh and this one! The Hagwon Environment: Education as a Business. Quite proud of that one, though keep in mind it’s written only from my perspective and my experience to date.
3. Did you learn on other blogs something which helped you later?
Before I started this blog, I was (and still am) a regular reader of Grace Buchele Mineta’s blog, Texan in Tokyo. I really love the way she injects her personality into her blog posts, and you really get a sense of her as a person. Her posts are always entertaining to read no matter the subject, and this is something I try to emulate.
4. What inspires you to write blog posts?
Lots of things! And more often than not, nothing, hence my recent lack of posts. It seems I either have a million ideas at once, or none at all. Definitely something to work on for me. When I am inspired it’s usually through an experience I have where I wonder, did this happen to anyone else? Does anyone share my thoughts on this topic/situation? I should write about this and find out. Or more often than not, this annoys me! I wonder if it annoys anyone else? Issues definitely inspire me more than events.
5. Have you ever been asked about your blog by family or friends?
Yes! Actually my mum knew I had a blog for some time and kept asking me to link her to it. I put her off for a while, saying it wasn’t really “ready” because there was not much on there and she’d find it boring. In the end though, I wrote about a few things that I decided my friends in real life (a.k.a Facebook), might be interested in, so in sharing a post on there I opened up my blog for some family and friends scrutiny. No one’s said anything bad though. Yet.
6. Are you able to blog on a regular basis?
Able? Yes. Do I? No.
I am able to, in the sense I have the time and the resources to do so. I am unable to, due to a lack of motivation and general issues I have with managing stress and decision making in my daily life.
7. Which country do you want to visit?
All of them! But more specifically Japan, again, and for a long time so I can go everywhere! Also-off the the top of my head so I’ll probably miss some-Russia, Ireland, China, Germany (for longer than 3 days), Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Poland and Canada.
But really, everywhere.
8. How did you come up with the name of your blog?
I’m a Kiwi (from New Zealand) living in Korea and Kiwi starts with the same letter as Korea, hence Kiwi in Korea. Pretty neat huh?
9. What are your favorite books?
Hard to name one book, though the best book I read this year and for a long time is Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng – such a good book, 100% recommend. Usually my go to genre is crime, thriller or sci-fi, especially when written with a good human element to the story. I occasionally still get into some fantasy.
10. What tips you have for other bloggers?
Write about what you want to write and what makes you happy, and don’t worry about what either people think or want to read. That’s the best way to make your blog something you can sustain! Be yourself when blogging, and if that ends up drawing people to your blog, then great! 😀
I hope that was interesting and you learned a few things about me.
I have no idea who has already been nominated (and I haven’t checked my Reader in a while), so if you already have, just ignore me! Otherwise shout out to…
My 10 questions for you!
Note: some may be recycled from other people. I apologise but also I am lazy.
- Why did you start blogging?
- What is your favourite blog post of yours and why?
- What post of yours was the most difficult to write and why?
- What do you do when you aren’t blogging?
- What’s/Who’s your favourite blog/blogger and why?
- What do you enjoy the most about blogging?
- If you didn’t have a blog, where would all these thoughts go?
- If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
- What object or thing can you not live without?
- What passion drives you forward in life?