Q&A With N About My Blogging
I've been getting questions about N's take on my blogging for a while now and lately the frequency had gone up so much, I decided to just interview this guy and hear from him directly. So I asked everyone to send me their questions on Snapchat a few days ago and compiled the most common ones into this super list that should cover just about everything (I skipped questions some of you asked on other personal aspects because I wanted to keep this post just about my blogging, I'll pick them up later for some other post).
I do everything I want to do in life as long as I'm not hurting someone (the same goes for him) and therefore hadn't really asked him some of these questions myself so this is an interesting post even for me. He answered these on his own and I only proof-read this morning so this is as unadulterated as it can get. He's not very comfortable being this much in the forefront, so I love him for doing this and will be on my best behavior for the next 24 hours (there can be no guarantees beyond that).
Hope you enjoy.
Do you read her blog everyday?
Most days I do read full posts but even when I don't, I generally know what she's blogged about everyday because we talk about it after work when discussing our day (with chai thanks to yours truly).
What was your reaction when she said she wanted to be a full-time blogger?
Well, actually 'I' was the one who said you should be a full-time blogger so.....
Were you always supportive of her blogging or did she have to convince you?
See above. *grin*
What things does she ask you to do for the blog? Do you advise her on blogging related things?
She manages pretty well on her own, even some of the technical stuff, but sometimes when she's feeling lazy she asks me to help out with the backend. Otherwise, I'm mostly her sounding board - she asks for opinions on different ideas she has - most of the times she won't go with my recommendation (how rude) but it helps her out in making a decision.
How much does she work on the blog?
Typical 9-5 workday, and some days an extra couple of hours, like anyone else. She used to be an obsessive workaholic but since a few years she's been able to balance stuff better and switch off at the end of the day.
What are the things you love about her job?
It's very inspiring to live with someone who's following her passion and see it live 24/7. Also, I don't mind that I get to eat lots of free food from time to time (reference: her food reviews).
What are the things you hate about her job?
Really can't think of anything :O
What was the one thing about her blog everyone advised her against but she went ahead?
When she started, nobody took it seriously and everyone thought it was a hobby of sorts. And the most frequently asked question used to be, 'Do you plan to work or stay at home?' because it wasn't considered a legitimate career, especially given her background. But she really believed in it and had a clear vision of what she wanted it to be. And slowly managed to create something unique entirely on her own.
Have you ever wanted her to quit blogging?
No, never. Why would I want her to quit something she loves and that I enjoy as well. Whatever career she chooses or quits is always going to be entirely her choice. My job is only to support what she's happy with.
Has she changed as a person since she started blogging?
Other than balancing out the workaholic bit that I mentioned earlier, I can see that she has become more mindful, values the meaningful things in life more and has really grown as a person. I feel that it reflects in her writing as well.
Do you have to help her out with housework because of her blogging?
I do that irrespective of the blogging. It's our house so both of us have to contribute. Besides, if she wasn't blogging she'd be doing something else so I naturally have to do my part. And in fact, do more when she's unusually busy just like she would do for me if I were tied up.
Has she ever gotten recognized in public? What's your reaction if yes?
A few times and I just feel proud because it feels like an appreciation of her hard work and it's just great to hear people say she's been an inspiration.
Did you prefer her previous corporate job or this one?
This one, no doubt. She's working for herself and has created something on her own. What could be better than that.
How are you not insecure about her having such a job?
Honestly, I never thought about this until I got this question. I don't feel there's anything to be insecure about.
How do you take all the snapping she does?
Frankly, it's never bothered me. Snaps are generally so short they're not more than 2-3 minutes overall, in our entire day. Besides there are some that I really enjoy myself like when we're doing something together - like our more recent puzzles.
Do you think she'll blog forever?
I think she would blog for as long as she wants and finds it fulfilling. I've seen her evolve a lot over the last ten years and she makes a conscious effort to live a full life. So I think if she later finds something that she's more passionate about, she just might choose to go in a different direction.
And a nasty one that someone left on the blog a week ago or so, I thought I'd ask him to answer that too: How do you tolerate her?
Are you serious? I'm very fortunate to have found my soulmate as a life partner and I love every minute that I spend with her. Willing to 'tolerate' that forever ;)
Thatzzzz it. Did you enjoy? Tell me all about it.
The blog will be off tomorrow because there's a holiday in the UAE and I'll be in chutti mode. I'll be back on Friday, boys.