We’ve started a new series of posts under the banner ’5 Questions with …’.
The ‘with’ will be an Aussie blogger. First up with have the spirited Eden Riley aka @edenland.
Eden describes herself thus: Redhead. Mother. Wordsmith. Australian. Sometimes hot, mostly not. I’ll show you my Universal Truth if you show me yours.
Her popular blog (Edenland) is an eclectic mix of acute observations laced with acerbic wit, personal stuff, the mummy blogger lifestyle warts ‘n’ all … think of it as a personal journal on speed.
1. What’s the number one thing that has blown you away being involved in this blogging caper?
Blogging has, oddly, really helped me become real. When I turn up to write on my blog, I’m thinking about where I’m at in my life, where I’ve been, and where I am going.
It kind of forces me to become present and mindful – I never expected that. And I never expected to make actual friends. Some of my best friendships have started in the computer! Must be a sign of the times.
2. You recently gave a presentation at the BlogHer Conference in San Diego – how was that experience? Did anyone comment on your hair?
HA! Sadly, nobody commented on my hair … but I know what they were thinking, “Wow. Bouffant!”
Talking at BlogHer was a huge honour. Being the only Australian in such amazing company … I loved everybody’s presentation that night. They were all different, all so amazing. Women’s online voices are a powerful thing indeed. It was definitely one of the best and greatest experiences of my life. Like, the pinnacle of my blogging career. Guess it’s all downhill from here.
3. How do you approach blogging? Are you a planning freak or disorganised freewheeler?
Completely ramshackled and disorganised. I’ve never scheduled a post … I plan them, in my head. But usually I sit down to write one and I write about something completely different. It’s very immediate and in the moment for me.
I don’t really know what I’m doing, or why I am doing it. I just know that I’ll never stop.
4. Which bloggers locally and overseas do you read and admire … and why?
I adore reading C.Jane. At first I didn’t, I thought, who is this loud, brash, unabashed woman? She annoyed me … until I realised she reminded me of myself. She lives in Provo, is Mormon, and lets her light shine.
Heather Spohr from Spohrs are Multiplying. Heather is gold. She is funny, talented, and blogged her way through the grief following the death of her beautiful girl, Madeline Alice. I love her. We recently ate nachos together in her hometown LA. Heather came to Australia on her honeymoon, and is hanging to come back.
Liz from Mom 101 lives in Brooklyn, New York. She has one of the sharpest minds around, I *adore* her take on – everything, really.
Tracey at Sweetney once described herself as the misfit who sat smoking behind the bleaches. In fact, she is one of the Queens of the entire blogosphere.
For so long I thought Chantelle from Fat Mum Slim didn’t like me, because I was too rude and dark … but she does! She is one of the best bloggers in Australia, with a beautiful heart.
Shae from Yay For Home is the coolest homeschoolin’ mama you’ll ever meet. She’s real like Pinocchio.
Magneto Bold Too is an Aussie blogging Goddess. She is very big in America … I love her brain. And her shoes.
Mrs Woog is the funniest blogger in Australia.
And Nikki from Styling You talks about blogging, style, AND is a trained journo. And she posts pics of herself in clothes next to pics of models in the same clothes. Love Styling You.
The Australian blogosphere is red hot right now …. it’s exploding. It’s scary – I hope we all make it though without imploding.
5. If you had to give up either Twitter or Facebook, which would it be?
No-brainer … I’d give up Facebook. Facebook is where you treat your family like friends … twitter is where you treat your friends like family.
But, we all need to step away from social media every once in a while … take a deep breath. There’s a whole world out there. With trees and everything.