This coming weekend I am going to Blog On. It’s a conference for bloggers in Manchester. There’s a suggestion that those people who are going could answer some questions so that we can get to know each other a bit before we get there. So for my regular readers, enjoy finding out a bit more about me. For those attending, see you soon!
Share a recent picture of you
Here I am, on Saturday just gone, at the Chalk Newcastle indie event. Photo kindly taken by Sprog on the Tyne.
Describe yourself in three words
Helpful, list-maker, positive-spinner. I think hyphenated words are ok at this point.
How long have you been blogging and what made you start?
I’ve been blogging since the late 90s, on and off. I started this blog in 2014 before my 2nd son was born. People were telling me I should, so I did. I read a lot, so I’m a fairly avid hoarder of information that may never come in useful. Other people often start talking about something and I have something to contribute to the conversation because of something I’ve read eons ago, so a fair few people told me I should start a blog to share my thoughts and the information with other people. Some things may just never come up in conversation! However, I don’t think I’ve really blogged like that – I’ve stuck to the thoughts I’ve had on places we’ve visited and some parenting topics. Check me out with a niche.
What was the inspiration behind your blog name?
A previous blog I had was all about James as a bump and young baby, and I wanted to do that again for Noah, but incorporate the ideas above. He is my baby, and his surname is Foote, so he is Baby Foote.
What is the best thing to come from your blog so far?
A dazzling sense of insecurity, comparisons with other people through over examination of a ranking chart I can’t control, and a spectacular feeling that I’m letting others down by not charging enough (or at all). Aside from all that, the people I’ve “met” and met in real life have been wonderful, and we have enjoyed lots of things that we wouldn’t otherwise have had as a family.
Your most remembered thing from your childhood
The sun always seems to be shining. Going to museums in Liverpool with my dad. Old cars.
Something interesting you might not know about me is . . .
I am staggeringly inept at small talk. I’d rather just launch into a proper chat about something, than struggle along talking about the weather or the traffic.
Which social media platform best describes your personality and why?
I really like Instagram, because I love happy, smiley photos, and inspirational shots of beautiful places and things. I feel like it’s such a positive platform.
What is your happy song?
A song that makes me sort of hiccup with happiness and then burst into happy tears is Karma Police by Radiohead. I also love Wonderwall by Oasis (although I can also appreciate the Mike Flowers Pops version – that video is so fun).
What is your favourite alcoholic drink?
A good hoppy beer (preferably a brown American style beer), or else Temperanillo red wine.
What is your favourite cake?
I had an amazing watermelon cake at a soft play a few weeks ago. It tasted just like eating fruit. But generally I like carrot cake, so long as there’s not too much frosting.
What is your favourite takeaway dish?
I don’t get takeaways unless I’m at my parents. I actually prefer my mum’s cooking, so although I appreciate her need for a takeaway when we’re visiting, I find it hard to choose. Probably dhansak or dahl, with a naan.
Where is your dream holiday destination and why?
I’d love to try Curacao. Our friends went there recently and they’ve been harping on about it ever since. I’m in, you guys, just name the date!
What would your superhero name be?
Sonrisa. It’s Spanish for smile.
If you had a magical power, would you want to have and why?
I’d like to teleport so that I could go to Italy for lunch, South Africa to pick up some good wine, sunbathing in Cuba while the kids are at school, and home again in the blink of an eye.
What one weapon would help you survive a zombie apocalypse?
Oh, I really hate zombies. They’re such a dull trend. My weapon of choice would be to ignore them. They’d go away when they saw I wasn’t impressed with their drooling, jerky legged- walk, or ridiculous groaning. Tsk.
If you could send something into space, what would it be?
I don’t think anything should go up into space. We don’t know how we might have affected the solar system by sending the rubbish we already have put in space. Keep things tidy until you know more.
What would you have on your gravestone?
She tried to make things better.
You make headline news around the world in 2 years time… but for what reason?
Hopefully nothing that contributed to my need for a gravestone.
If an EMP wiped out all mechanical forms of transport, how would you get to BlogOn?
I might walk, though I’d probably need to set out last week.