This week's blogger is: Katrin from Land of Candy Canes
[ Part I: About blogging ]01/ How many blogs do you have that are currently active?
I only have one blog. I started it a couple of years ago. I do not find as much time as I want to for my blog at the moment but I hope I will be able to get back to writing more often soon.
02/ What is your blog about? Do you have a tag line?
I write about the things that are close to my heart: my animals, books, my daily life, being vegan, food, animal rights and so on.
03/ Is your blog a reflection of you or just a place for your creative/personal outlet?
It's definitely both. I write about the things that are important for me.
04/ How did you come up with the name for your blog?
It is named after a song.
05/ Do you have a blogroll or a reading list of your favorite blogs? If not, then what blogs do you like reading?
I do have such a list. I have met some wonderful people because of my blog and I enjoy reading their blogs very much. There are all kinds of blogs....personal blogs, blogs about books, vegan-related topics, art, lifestyle and so on.
06/ What category or categories do you think your blogs falls under? For example: book blog, a cooking blog, an art blog, etc. OR simply just a blog?
Well, there is not just one category. I really have no idea how to categorize my blog. There are so many things that are important to me so I guess I just call it the "Close to my heart blog."
07/ Do you have a blogging schedule or do you post any time you like?
I wish I had one. I used to post at least 2 times a week, even more at the beginning. I want to get back to posting twice a week but I usually just post when I have something in my mind that I find worth sharing and when I find the time to come up with a post.
08/ Do you use a blog template (brought or free from the net) or do you design your own blog?
I did design the blog on my own years ago and it is clearly time for a new design. I already know how I want it to look like. I just need to start working on it. I am not really good at it so it will definitely be a challenge.
09/ List 3 things that you always have on your blog.
An introduction page which is called "About me" (very creative), a gadget that shows that I am against animal testing and animal cruelty and a blog roll.
10/ What advice did you wish someone had given to you when you first started blogging?
You do not have to come up with a post every single day.
[ Part II: About the blogger ]01/ Do you have any nicknames? If you have more than one, do you have a preference?
My family and close friends often call me "Kaddy" which started in my childhood and stuck.
02/ List 7 words to describe you.
Book-nerd, vegan, animal-lover, crazy cat/bunny lady, stubborn, chaotic, confused.
03/ If you do not have to worry about time or money, what is your favorite way to spend your day?
Being with animals, reading, doing something creative, going to a flea market, read some more. Oh and eating.
04/ What are some of your favorite hobbies that people might not know about?
Spending a lot of time at flea markets searching for weird things like dog shaped tea pots.
05/ What is the one book that you love that you would recommend to just about everybody?
There isn't "the one book" but I always recommend the Adrian Mole diaries by Sue Townsend and the crime novels by Henning Mankell, Håkan Nesser, Jussi Adler Olsen and Arnaldur Indriðason. I love crime novels.
06/ Do you have a favorite item or items that you often use and would not wish to live without?
A cozy and fuzzy blanket that always keeps me warm on my couch. The cats love it as well. That was the first item that came into my mind because I am sitting on the couch right now.
07/ List 7 of your favorite things.
1. My book collection.
2. A ring from my mom.
3. A really old sewing machine, also from my mom.
4. My iPad and laptop because I use them every day.
5. A teddy bear.
6. My bed because I really love to sleep.
08/ When are you most creative/productive? The morning, the afternoon or night or just about any time?
I would say in the evening/at night. That's also my favorite time for studying. Also, I am most productive when I am under a lot of pressure. My most unproductive time of the day would be in the early afternoon.
09/ Tell us something that you want people to know that they do not already know or simply something you wish they know.
I read those quotes recently and they stuck in my mind:
"You can't do anything violent humanely. Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character; and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man."
10/ Draw, write, photograph or use any form of communication something that represents you in some way.
I have chosen this picture because I love animals so much that even my shoes show that I am crazy animal person. I could never imagine a life without animals. They make me happy and I feel responsible for every single one of them. My dream would be to be able to live on a farm with lots of rescued animals and run my own sanctuary.
Also, my answers to these questions are posted at Katrin's blog which you can visit here.