Over the past year, I've received many questions about myself, my life and, of course, my blog. Today, I'll share the top 10 most frequently asked questions here on Pretty.Random.Things.
1. Why did you choose Taiwan?
I've always wanted to teach abroad for a year after graduating university, but I couldn't decide where to go. One of my friends told me that she was going to Taiwan for a year, as her brother's been teaching here for a while, and that I should join her. I said: "Taiwan? Where is that?" Yes, I know... The fact that I didn't know anything about this country intrigued me and I agreed to join her.
That was four years ago. My friend ended up staying for two and a half years, and The Boyfriend and I have decided to stay here indefinitely.
2. When and why did you start blogging?
I think I wrote my first post in June 2011. At that time, I've been thinking about starting a blog for a while and just decided to do it. I just wanted a place where I can do the things I love; write, post pictures and make lists. It's been a really fun hobby for me.
3. How and when did you meet your boyfriend?
I met Daniel in April 2009 at an Oasis concert in Taipei City. At that time, I was still living in another city in Taiwan, about an hour away from Taipei. I went to Taipei with some friends for the concert and we were introduced by mutual friends. I remember being impressed by this friendly, optimistic Southern boy from North Carolina, speaking perfect Mandarin to the taxi driver. We also bonded over our shared love of ciders. The rest is history.
4. Do you make money with your blog?
I don't really like to share too much about money stuff on my blog, but yes, I do make some money off my blog. It's not a lot, and it's not important to me. I already have a full time job, this is just my hobby. I'm an affiliate for many great companies, get paid for sponsored posts and receive some cash by readers clicking on the advertisements.
Although I will get paid for sponsored posts, I will always be 100% honest about products and services, and will only give my honest opinions.
5. What is your job?
I'm an English second language teacher at a public school in Taipei City. I teach in a scenario center where second language students get opportunities to role play and speak English. It's the best job in the world and I love it!
6. How can you afford to travel so often?
The Boyfriend and I both get good salaries and because I'm at a public school, my benefits are pretty nice, too. We love to travel and want to go to as many places as possible before we have too many other financial responsibilities. We live comfortably, but we don't spend our money on ridiculous things, and try to use most of it for traveling. Things only last for a while, but memories will last forever.
7. How many page views do you get on your blog?
When I started blogging, I used to get around 50 to 100 views on my blog daily. Now my page views will range anything from 700 to 4000 views a day, depending on the day of the week, whether I posted that day and the content.
8. How many siblings do you have?
I have two older brothers and a younger sister. My oldest brother works as a Hotel Controller on cruise ships, my other brother is a flight attendant for Emirates, and so is my sister. They live in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
9. How much longer will you be blogging?
I have no idea. I do it because it's a fun hobby for me, so when it's not fun for me to do it anymore, then I'll stop. But I like to keep my friends and family up to date on my life, as they are all scattered across the world. At least by reading my blog, they know a little of what's going on in my life.
10. How do you advertise your blog?
To ensure my blog is visible to my readers and friends, I will put links to my latest post on Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook and the Pretty.Random.Things. Facebook page.
If you have any other questions you'd like me to answer, feel free to do so on any of the above mentioned social networking sites, or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org