Our second featured blogger for this week is not new into blogging. She has been roaming in the blogosphere for quite a while now in search for glory and pride. She mostly blogs about her food encounters and interesting DIY stuff. If you love scribbling and doodling, her blog is definitely a must-visit portal.
Ladies and gents, let’s hop on to Anne‘s magic carpet and let’s explore her nifty and crafty world at Anne’s Scribbles and Doodles.
TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF AND HOW YOU GOT INTO BLOGGING?
Anne Rochelle: Hey there, I’m Anne! I’m an old soul lost in a digital jungle, a travel junkie, a certified bookworm, an avid shutterbug, a foodie, a freelance writer, a raconteur of sorts, a passionate DIYer, a dreamer and a lifestyle blogger all rolled up in one amazing burrito!
I’m a mishmash of two Philippine metropolitan jungles, Manila where I was born and Cebu where I grew up so you can often see my blog posts hop from one city to the other. Although, that doesn’t mean I’m a jet setter. I wish! I just happen to have so many memories of the two that a week-long stay in one can end up as twenty four blog posts. I’m a chatterbox like that.
I got into blogging after helping my sister out on a project. She knew I had a little HTML background in high school and asked me to code. I honestly forgot how to do it at the time but it was a challenge I had no plans of backing out from. Since then I got hooked and made my own blog! Plus, I’ve always been a frustrated writer with the dreams of a NY Times Bestseller. Blogging for me comes quite close.
WHERE DID YOU GET THE IDEA OF YOUR BLOG’S NAME?
Anne Rochelle: The name for “Anne’s Scribbles and Doodles” is a marriage between two of my passions: writing and the arts. I threw in my name into the mix just to give it some personal touch.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT BLOGGING?
Anne Rochelle: It’s my creative escape. As I’ve mentioned earlier, I’m a frustrated writer and as crazy as it may sound my high school dream was not to go out to prom with my true love but to get myself published on the school paper. Writing may it be in endless sentences or playful rhymes is an escape, a vessel, an adventure, an insight and a window into my thoughts, my emotions and my soul. I’d like to believe that I’m a raconteur with a penchant for sending words from my head and my heart to my fingertips. Blogging allows me to do that. Of course, that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Thanks to blogging, I slowly got out of my shell. I got to meet a lot of people and make new friends locally and abroad. It opened opportunities and experiences I haven’t even dreamed about.
WHAT IS THE NICHE OF YOUR BLOG AND WHY DID YOU CHOOSE IT?
Anne Rochelle: It falls under the Lifestyle category because I could never get myself to write about just one thing! I aim to inspire may it be through travel, food, DIY projects, art, poetry, thoughts to ponder or what have you because life is not meant to be lived in the mundane. You have to experience it in every palette and palate imaginable.
ARE YOU MONETIZING YOUR BLOG? HOW DO YOU MONETIZE YOUR BLOG’S TRAFFIC?
Anne Rochelle: I’ve recently gone into monetizing with the hopes of getting a decent return to help me raise funds in maintaining and improving the blog. Plus, a cup of ice cream can really help push my creativity further. At the moment, my earnings come from sponsored posts, Google Adsense and Nuffnang ads.
TOP 5 SITES YOU VISIT (ALMOST) EVERYDAY
- A Beautiful Mess (abeautifulmess.com)
- Camille Tries to Blog (itscamilleco.com)
- Thought Catalog (thoughtcatalog.com)
- Googly Gooeys (googlygooeys.com)
- Oh Happy Day (ohhappyday.com)
TOOLS YOU USE WITH YOUR BLOGGING
- Sony Cybershot DSC-S730 (Yup, it’s ancient!)
- Adobe Photoshop
- Desktop Computer
- Google Analytics
WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION FOR YOUR BLOG POSTS?
Anne Rochelle: The world in general. There’s nothing really specific. Sometimes a passage from a good book, a color palette, a piece of art, an experience, an article or a person can spark something and make my brain go into blogging overdrive. Just look around you and find inspiration from all of it.
BESIDES BLOGGING, WHAT OTHER INTERESTS DO YOU HAVE?
Anne Rochelle: The blog is somewhat a portfolio of my passions and interests: writing, art, travel and crafts. Apart from that I am a voracious reader and I love to cook and bake.
GIVE US 5 OF YOUR BEST BLOG POSTS
- 10 Dining Spots in Cebu That Make You #Foodgasm
- Nook Cafe: Manila’s Harry Potter Themed Cafe
- To That Guy in My Dream
- DIY Watercolor Pattern Paper
- 5 Occasions When the Food Delivery Guy Equals Bae
HOW WAS YOUR BLOGGING SO FAR? HAVE YOU RECEIVED AWARDS AND RECOGNITION SINCE YOU STARTED?
Anne Rochelle: It has been nothing short of amazing and has since been opening doors and windows for me. I began my blog in 2013 and am beyond thankful for the awards and recognition I have received so far.
- Cebu Blogging Community’s Blogger of the Quarter
- Bloggys Philippine Blogging Awards: Lifestyle and Hobbies Nominee
WHAT ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE WHO JUST STARTED BLOGGING
Anne Rochelle: Don’t be afraid to go out there and bare your soul and talents. Take it one step at a time and improve day after day. Research, learn and take advice. Don’t get easily frustrated because a blog is a work in progress. It’s not going to be easy but it’ll be worth it. Whatever blogging path you choose, stay you, be you and spread inspiration. Go out and meet kindred souls too. Enjoy the ride!
LASTLY, WHERE DO YOU SEE YOUR BLOG IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS?
Anne Rochelle: Five years down the road and I certainly hope “Anne’s Scribbles and Doodles” would remain to be mine and my readers’ slice of happiness and inspiration. It would be amazing to see it evolve and grow with me. I hope to be able to take it to places as it has done for me. Let’s see. Life surprise us.
Before we go, here are 10 Quick Facts about Anne Rochelle
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Anne Rochelle’s Favorites
- Author: J.K Rowling
- Book: The Harry Potter Series
- Band: The “Taylor Swift-Ed Sheeran-One Direction” Band
- Song: I Want to Write You a Song
- Food: Ice Cream
Anne Rochelle is …
- a Rational type of person
- an Introvert
- both Left and Right hemisphere
- a Follower
There you have it folks. Thank you for reading. Stay tuned and watch out for our next edition of Blogger Spotlight.