Thursday 20 March 2008

Cheap therapy

Yesterday, my husband got me a terrarium. We didn't make it ourselves because it's pretty difficult to find moss downtown under 2' of snow. We just added the little plastic squirrel. It makes a big difference!

I was recently tagged by fellow montrealer Linaloo about blogging. I had to put my crafts aside this week because I was in charge of a fancy gala at work. Perfect timing for a little Q&A :)

Why did you start your blog?

I didn't know anything about blogs until last spring when I was getting info on Sweden for a trip. My first blog encounter was Karin's style blog. I rapidly got hooked to that "new world". I wanted to be part of that almost exclusive community but was too nervous about my capacity at entertaining readers. I decided to jump when, bored with work, I needed to find new ways to express my creativity. After 4 months I don't regret it! Oh, yes, I use it to practice my English.

How did you come up with your blog name?
I have a university degree in management so I had to invent many fake business proposals. Once I used aux petits oiseaux for a little assignment in marketing. I always said that if I ever had a store, I would call it aux petits oiseaux but since it probably won't happen I decided to use it for my blog. Aux petits oiseaux means something like "at little birds" which doesn't mean anything but it is also a French expression for being very happy. For example, I'm aux petits oiseaux to know so many interesting people through my blog :)

Do your friends and family know about your blog? What do they think of it?
My parents and a few friends know about my blog but I don't think that a lot of them actually understand the concept. That's fine with me because I can have a different "liberty of speech". Sometimes, I find it easier to communicate when there is a computer screen in front of me. I don't know if that's healthy?

How do you write posts?
I try to write twice a week and it's always very spontaneous. I want to keep my posts short and sweet because...well...I got trained at school to do so! Business people don't have a whole day to read your proposal! (note: I'm freaking out because I didn't realized until now how my studies have influence my thing I know I will be talking about opportunity costs!).

Have you ever had a troll or had to delete unkind comments?
Nope. Lets hope that it won't happen.

Do you check your stats? Do you care how many people read your blog?
I got a free stats tracker and I take a look sometimes but I have to restart it after 500 entries. I mostly use it to look at the visitors map because I think it's cool!

What kind of blogs/posts interest you?
I really like crafty and artistic blogs done by "real people". I want to read about honest and true stories...even if that it's not pretty! Life is not alway perfect and it's ok to have "bird nest" hair, unshaved armpits and sandals with socks (even if that's very not classy)! I'm also into photography and design blogs but between you and me, they intimidate me a little...I don't know...they look so "wow"!!!

What do you like and dislike about blogging?
I like to connect and I don't want to disappoint. Man, after that, who needs a psychoanalyst ;)

If anybody want a cheap therapy, consider yourself tagged!


Anonymous said...

That was a good tag. It asked some really good questions and your answers were good too. I should probably try to cut down the size of my posts...but sometimes you just gotta say what you gotta say! :() Have a great weekend and I hope you get your package soon.

Lina said...

Thanks for playing along Claudia. Loving that lumberjack dress!

Di said...

It's interesting to learn things about fellow bloggers! I had never thought about French being your language for example.

I also think I agree completely on the blog front - I love to look at photography and design blogs but my favourites are the craft and life blogs!

And I also agree with the stats map thing! I have a geography degree and have always loved maps so it's interesting to see where people are who look at your blog!!

Thank you for sharing! I look forward to many more posts!

Anonymous said...

Hi Claudia,

I love your little terrarium it is so cute, and what a lovely little touch adding the squirrel. When are the tulips going to spring? I'm getting impatient!!

Lobster and swan said...

I enjoyed reading this.

A few things similar to what I may say if asked the same : )

Anonymous said...

A lovely sharing of your start in blogland. And the squirrel does give your terrarium that "wow" touch!!

Anonymous said...

That squirrel is perfect! Now I want a terrarium!