Friday, June 8, 2018

Get to Know the Blogger | Because I Said So

Happy Friday Loves!! This week seemed to go pretty slow, did it for anyone else?? But thankfully Friday is here and the weekend is on the horizon! I have one of my favorite bloggers on Girl Talk today and I can't wait for you to virtually meet Allison from  Because I Said So

Allison was one of the very first bloggers I started following when I began blogging! I have been following her through her pre-engagement days all the way through to now where she is now married to her high school sweetheart! By the way, check out ALL of her  wedding posts because her wedding was simply gorgeous! But anyways, let's get back to getting to know Allison!

Allison is a blogger living in South Louisiana with a love for pups, a good, book, Sauvignon Blanc (but only from New Zealand) and a good adventure.

What is the name of your blog and the story behind your blog name?
Because I Said So. Ok so bear with me because this story really isn’t all that cool. But, at the time I started my blog, Because I Said So was (and still is) one of my favorite movies. You know the one with Diane Keaton, Mandy Moore, and the Gilmore Girls mom? Anyway. The mom daughter relationship is very similar to the one my sisters and I have with our mom and it just kind of stuck.

Why did you start blogging?
I had just graduated college with no job prospects. Depressing, I know. I’ve always had a love for writing and my dad told me I should start a blog to keep my skills sharp. And here we are today!

What is your favorite topic to blog about?
Life in general. I’ve never tried to be someone I’m not and I really just like sharing with y’all what I’m loving/doing at the moment. I try to only blog about things that I really, truly like and enjoy. So that’s basically everything on my blog!

How do you find inspiration for blog posts?
Inspiration hits me at random times. I’m the actual worst at keeping a content calendar and kind of go with the flow when it comes to writing. A lot of the time, when I’m running at the gym, I get really good ideas. Or taking bath. Any activity where my mind tends to wander.

Do you have a favorite post from your blog?
Hmm. Favorite post...more like favorite group of posts. I’m really proud of the Local Louisiana series that I just launched (! I hope you’ll check it out and let me know the next time you’re in town!

What is your favorite social media website?
Ok don’t hate me, but Instagram. I try not to get all wrapped up in the follower/unfollower algorithm nonsense. I just really enjoy the visual and seeing creative things that people share. It also pushes me to be more creative which I enjoy! It’s fun thinking outside of the box (literally)!

To take blog pictures, do you use a real camera or your camera on your phone?
I use a real camera for my blog pictures--and a combination of my iPhone + Camera for Instagram photos. I’ve asked for a DSLR every year for Christmas for the past few years so maybe this will be the year I upgrade my camera game!

What is your favorite blog to read?
I love reading Carly the Prepster’s blog (in fact, she was the first “blogger” I followed back in the day).

What type of blog posts do you enjoy reading the most?
It depends on my mood. Typically I love reading about days in the life of because I’m nosy. But I really love when a blog speaks to what is going on personally in my life (whether that be cleaning out my closets or dealing with harder issues in life).

What advice would you give to someone starting a new blog?
Just do it. Go for it and try not to get bogged down in the followers and what everyone thinks you should be doing. Write about what you love. The readers will come. As soon as you become inauthentic to yourself, your readers will be able to tell.

What is your favorite way to spend your free time?
Outside. Lately, I’ve been craving all of the outside time. I love spending time with my family, taking the boat out down the river, and traveling when I can! But also Netflix. Cheese plates, a nice glass of wine, and an acoustic cover band at a restaurant are also up there in favorite things to do in my free time.

Do you have any pets? If so, what kind and what are their names?
Yes I do! Josh (my husband)  and I adopted Laney our Sophomore year in college an hour before an accounting test--that we both ended up failing. She’s now a seven year, full of energy Jack Russell/Schnauzer mix that loves life. She is literally our child--if I could bring her everywhere I would!

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
New Zealand. Pittsburgh, PA. I’m all over the place. As long as I could still travel, I’d live anywhere!

If you could only wear one beauty product a day for the rest of your life, what product would it be?
Mascara. Someone once said that at the very least, put on mascara before you go in public. I don’t know why I held on to this, but there you have it.

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