The Drifter and the Gypsy Q&A Answers!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010
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As many of you know, I've been having an ongoing Q&A via Formspring. I promised I would blog the questions/answers, so here they are:

1. What do you most love about yourself?
That I am creative and resourceful.

2. If you had to be trapped in a TV show for a month, which show would you choose?
Well…I don’t watch TV that much, but I guess if I had to choose, I Love Lucy because nothing ever goes horribly bad.

3. What do you believe?
I believe that people should dream more, hope more, and care more.

4. What inspires you?
Blogging and reading other blogs, words, fashion, colors, movies, books, nature, photography, and pretty things.

5. Hey :)
I would just love to know how you managed to promote your blog and end up with so many followers? You have done such a great job! I really admire you.

Well…the number one thing to do when you first start a blog is comment, comment, comment on other blogs! There is no way around it, that is the best thing to promote yourself. You have to seek traffic. Let other people know who you are, build relationships with other bloggers. When I first started out blogging, I had 140-ish blogs in my blog roll and I commented on those blogs every couple of days which turned out to be very beneficial to me. My approach was a little extreme! If you want to attract traffic to your blog, immerse yourself into the blogging community, there’s plenty of room for everyone! And also, with time, you’ll also gain followers as they wander over to your site through someone else’s site. Hope this helps! Blogging is hard, hard work! There’s a lot of time, sweat, and effort put forth into producing one single blog. And thanks for the compliment :)

6. Hello, I was wondering: if your life was a story what would the title be?
Oh gosh, I can’t come up with anything non-cheesy! The story would be somewhat boring as I haven’t had to overcome immense tragedy or anything very dramatic! I don’t know…maybe The Girl Who Thought Too Much? This is so hard!

7. I want to see a picture of YOU! What do you look like?
Well here are a couple pictures of me:
This is...ME!
Yours truly
Another photo I've taken recently

8. What do you do when you are not blogging?
I’m a student, so I have homework to do when I’m not blogging. I look at other blogs on the internet for pretty things…I looove to waste a couple of hours on lookbook.nu and seeing people’s personal styles. I read (I’m currently reading Persuasion), I run (currently training for half marathon), play golf, take my dog Aubrey (who can be seen here) for a walk, sometimes write in my journal (although I’m not very disciplined and so sometimes I let a couple of weeks go by without me writing anything), take pictures, practice violin and piano, and go shopping. And SO MUCH MORE! But you get the general idea :)

9. Where you get all of your amazing photos? I know that they’re all sourced, but where did you hear about all these sites and people? When do find time to look through all these?
I look through weheartit, recordis photography, peoples’ tumblrs, other blogs, etc. Also, if I find a photographer I really like, I tend to follow his/her work and post new stuff from them that I like (It’s okay to use pictures from a specific photographer in more than one post!). Sometimes, I go on photo searching marathons and spend hours creating all these new posts with different photography/art/fashion I like until my eyes glaze over (not much of a system)! This way, I already have around 10-ish or so new posts started so that when I’m short on time/stuck on what to post about, I look through what posts I saved as drafts/started before for ideas. And in the future, I'm hoping to post more of my own photography :)

10. Where do you get all your pictures from? Do you store them on your computer?
Please refer to the previous answer for the first question. And yes, I store all of my images on my computer, then upload them to my flickr.

11. I appreciate you! You’ve been given an honorable mention on my blog. :) See what I have made for you!
Aw thanks :D

12. What would you say is the one most important thing in life to you?
Strength/hope/determination in a person.

13. What is your best memory from your childhood?
When I was 4, my family got a Golden Retriever. I was allowed to pick a name for her and I chose Genevieve, the name of the dog in the movie Madeline (which was my favorite movie back then).

14. Who or what person (dead or living) has made the strongest impression on you/your life & why?
My mom, because she’s the one I have spent most of my life with. She’s my best friend and as a result, has an extreme influence on my decisions/choices in life.

15. Name one place you haven’t been yet but would love to go.
Oh gosh, I’d love to go to SO MANY places! I’d looove to travel around Europe someday. I’ve only been to Austria and Germany. I’d also love to visit Paris, Britain, Iceland, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Italy, Portugal, Australia, South Africa, Argentina, Chile, and the list goes on and on…

16. When its all said & done what do you hope to accomplish/gain from your time here on this little planet we call Earth & what would be your advice to a someone just starting their journey?
This quote from Marilyn Monroe pretty much sums it all up: “I am not interested in money. I just want to be wonderful.” I want to make somewhat of a difference in the world for the better. At the end of the day, I always ask myself, did I somehow help/improve someone’s day? It could be just a simple smile, a ‘How are you?’, helping someone carry their groceries to the car, whatever, I just want to end my day with the satisfaction of brightening someone else’s. My advice to someone just starting their journey is don’t be afraid of taking risks. All brilliant people have failed many more times than they have had successes. If you haven’t failed recently, you haven’t tried.

17. Once you said: “..It’s probably in my top 10 favorite quotes ever.” Can you tell me some of your favorite quotes ever? :)
Ohhhweee yes, I remember. That was this post here.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

1. “Sometimes there’s so much beauty in the world I feel like I can’t take it, like my heart’s going to cave in.”-American Beauty

2. “I am not interested in money. I just want to be wonderful.”-Marilyn Monroe

3. ”It’s never too late to become what you might have been.” -Away from Her

4. ”My dear, here we must run as fast as we can, just to stay in place. And if you wish to go anywhere you must run twice as fast as that.” -Alice in Wonderland

5. ”The only people for me are the mad one, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars…”-Jack Kerouac

6. “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure…” Marianne Williamson

18. Hi! I live in England and I’m an art student.Your blog is always inspiring me, I sometimes get lost in it for way too long! So I just wanted you to know that you are really appreciated! xxx
Thank you for your kind words :)

19. How did you begin blogging?
Originally, I had in mind to write a book and I started a blog (not the one I have now) to write and then get feedback on it. Then I deleted it because no one read it (little did I know you had to seek traffic-comment on other blogs, promote yourself, etc.)! Then I didn't blog for a couple of months until I stumbled upon some inspiration blogs and fell in love. And said to myself, 'Hey, I can totally do something like that.' And now here I am! My blog is now a little over a year old.

20. How do you feel like your blog has changed?
My blogging style has completely evolved from when I first started! Sometimes, when I browse through the archives, it feels like I'm reading a completely different blog. I used to write extremely loooong posts (seriously, they would take HOURS!) and only blogged about once or twice a week. Now I hardly ever write in my posts. I guess I don't want to distract people from the pictures. Plus, it takes me forever just to write two sentences. I don't know why, I can never find the right words.

21. Where do you see your blog going from here?
Hmm...this one is tough! I just want to promote my blog around the blogosphere as much as possible at this point. I see other blogs that have so many readers and so much support. And from there, I'll just see where the wind takes me ;)

22. You said your first shoot was in November. Are your images available anywhere to be viewed?
YES! Well...they will be! I'm opening up a photography shop and I'm hoping it'll be open for business in a week or two :) I'm so excited! One of the pictures (maybe my favorite) from my first shoot in November is this one:
Masks
Annd by photo shoot I don't mean to imply I was working with a professional team of stylists, make-up artists, and all that! I just mean I finally had people to dress up and take pictures of!

23. What camera do you use to take photos? :)
I shoot with a Sony Alpha 200 DSLR, 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 lens. Nothing fancy by all means...

24. If your life were made into a movie, which actress would play you?
I don't pay too much attention to actors/actresses these days. I loooove Zooey Deschanel, so I'm going to say her although I'm not as perky in real life!

25. If you could learn one other language instantly, which would it be?
French! It's so beautiful. I'd love to go to Paris one day :)

26. Other than photography/fashion and blogging, what are your favorite hobbies?
Reading, violin, piano, running.

27. Dead or alive, famous or not - whom would you most like to meet?
I can't narrow it down to one, so I'll say Audrey Hepburn and Zooey Deschanel.

If you were a color, which would you be?
A very light, pale blue.

28. Do you prefer to wear pants or skirts?
Pants.

29. If you had any, what were/are your New Year's resolutions? Have you kept them so far?
I don't do New Year's resolutions-I set goals whenever I feel like it! Two of which are to be a better vintage shopper and dress more lookbook-worthy.

30. Describe your dream house or home.
Small quaint apartment in the city. Filled with Anthropologie and vintage/thrifted décor. Very simple but beautiful. Possibly lots of floral. White walls with photo frame collages.

31. What is your dream job?
Professional blogger or else a picture editor or photographer for Lula Magazine, Frankie Magazine, Anthropologie, or Urban Outfitters. (Psst: If any of you guys reading this are from Lula, Frankie, Anthro, UO, or any other boutique/magazine, email me!)

32. Do you have any siblings?
Nope. Only child and to be truthful, I love it.

33. What is the best present that you ever got?
My friend let me photograph her two little girls in a photo shoot and puts up with me when I want to do more photo shoots with them!

34. What is your favorite smell?
Fresh laundry.

35. If you absolutely had to choose - would you rather be blind or deaf?
Deaf. I love looking at beautiful things too much. Plus, I wouldn't be able to blog! Or know how I look either.

Well, that's all for now folks :)

34 comments on "The Drifter and the Gypsy Q&A Answers!"

Isadora Filković on February 2, 2010 at 7:59 AM said...

It was so lovely getting to know you a little bit more, it made me smile!
I have just started blogging and each day I post a different photograph I've taken, hopefully one day people will come by just as much as they come by your blog :)

Great work and such powerful inspiration you've got here!

Isadora ♥

http://fantastiquememoiresfromtheouterspace.blogspot.com/

paperpocket on February 2, 2010 at 9:59 AM said...

It's nice to get to know some more about you.

Good luck with your photography shop! Hope it all goes swimmingly :)

xoxo

blue eyed night owl on February 2, 2010 at 9:59 AM said...

This was such a great Q&A I enjoyed every minute of it. I've only been following you since you had posts without to much text, so this is like the first time I get to see something of you. And you definitely didn't disappoint me. ;)

Thanks for the tips, I hope my blog will grow out to the size of yours one day.

Olof on February 2, 2010 at 10:03 AM said...

hey, lovely that you've got my pic at the top of the entry! though you've given the credit to my friend who is on the picture haha. but nice to see it here anyway :)

Olof

christina @ sage creek on February 2, 2010 at 10:17 AM said...

you are such an inspiration. thank you for sharing your insights into blogging. i am both a boutique owner and an interior designer and i've just ventured into the world of blogging this past november. i adore writing and sharing, but i really leapt in without knowing much about the blogosphere. it is a tremendous community of inspiration and such a magical little world in itself. i am so appreciative to you for sharing your wonderful tips and bits of beauty with us here on your blog.

*with gratitude*
christina @ sage creek

suzannah on February 2, 2010 at 11:53 AM said...

oh, this post is so lovely dear, and you are so beautiful <3

Anonymous said...

You are so pretty! I LOVED READING THIS!

un petit lapin on February 2, 2010 at 12:22 PM said...

I love it when bloggers write posts like this! It's always interesting to meet the person behind the pretty pictures. I love your blog, the gorgeous photos always brighten my day :)

The Drifter and the Gypsy on February 2, 2010 at 12:30 PM said...

@Olof: I had no idea that that was your picture! It's very lovely! When I found it, it was linked to your friend's blog. Where would you like me to link it?

Kate on February 2, 2010 at 12:48 PM said...

Thank you for taking the time to share a little about yourself with us, your faithful readers. I absolutely love your blog, especially your Monday Mosaics. So inspiring!

Michele Fischer on February 2, 2010 at 1:45 PM said...

Wow it's so great you posted this! It's always lovely to learn a bit more about the person behind the blog! Have a great day!

Cassandra on February 2, 2010 at 2:50 PM said...

It is always so interesting to learn about the person behind the blog. Thank you for sharing :)

Brandi on February 2, 2010 at 3:22 PM said...

Awesome post. It's so nice to finally see photos of you and learn more about what drives you and makes you so cool.

kat on February 2, 2010 at 4:18 PM said...

Hi Micaela
what a treat to hear more about the person behind the blog and to see you- you look so lovely, kat x

a little yellow button. on February 2, 2010 at 7:54 PM said...

I think you are absolutely adorable. I truly admire you and I am so happy that I found your blog. You have inspired me in so many ways. Thank you!

Oh, and I awarded you with the Sunshine Award, by the way! You can check it out on my blog. :)

Two more things:
1. I think you're really uniquely pretty.
2. What type of package should I be expecting for the IHEART project?

Thanks so much!

Melissa on February 2, 2010 at 8:15 PM said...

thanks for sharing! wish you continued luck with your blog, photography, school, and everything else!

Mani on February 2, 2010 at 9:12 PM said...

thanks for writing! i love posts like these, btw you look pretty :)

The Drifter and the Gypsy on February 2, 2010 at 10:32 PM said...

@a little yellow button: I just sent out the last package, so you should be expecting it within the next two or three weeks. just look for a brown envelope in the mail dear :)

jade on February 2, 2010 at 10:49 PM said...

this i such a fantastic post, im always interested in what people are like :) and all that stuff about gaining exposure through comments is true, i will comment more often :)
you have a beautiful blog, thank you

xx

Shell on February 2, 2010 at 11:51 PM said...

I loved getting to know more about you and seeing your picture.

Lola on February 3, 2010 at 1:39 AM said...

Thanks for sharing this hun, it's been insightful and also it has helped me with a block of sorts that I've had in my mind - thank you ♥

xx

steller. on February 3, 2010 at 3:39 AM said...

nice to see the person behind the beautiful blog =) i love reading/looking at your blog and it inspires me a lot!

good luck with it xx

BrittanButterfly on February 3, 2010 at 9:19 AM said...

Thanks for sharing all of that information, and taking the time to create the post! It is always fun to see what people really look like! I love your blog, it is so inspiring!!!

...BrittanButterfly...

heleen on February 3, 2010 at 11:27 AM said...

It's great seeing the face behind this beautiful blog! I really enjoyed reading this little q&a. And I remember when you used to write more in your posts, I wouldn't mind if that came back but of course you shouldn't bother if that's too difficult for you.

Keep up the good work! x

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Katie on February 3, 2010 at 4:12 PM said...

Very pretty adn it's lovely to learn more about you xo

Beth on February 3, 2010 at 10:04 PM said...

'Your friend' thinks you have an amazing gift and amazing potential. We (the fam) consider it a privilege to be a part of your photography, and look forward to seeing where it leads you in the future!

See Hear Say on February 4, 2010 at 1:39 AM said...

good to know more about you :)

Faux Naif on February 4, 2010 at 5:42 AM said...

this was wonderful! it's great to finally be able to place a face on the blogger, hehe...

i hope you're well!

FN.

jordan on February 4, 2010 at 8:11 AM said...

good advice on how to get your blog going! thank you for sharing. i need to work on this.
also, i love that your title would be "The Girl Who Thought Too Much" ...that resonates with me... hee hee

Heidi Rose on February 4, 2010 at 4:17 PM said...

Thank you for the advice on blogging.

I loved this Alice and Wonderland quote: ”My dear, here we must run as fast as we can, just to stay in place. And if you wish to go anywhere you must run twice as fast as that.” -Alice in Wonderland

Are you going to see the AiW movie coming out in March?

The Drifter and the Gypsy on February 4, 2010 at 8:15 PM said...

@Heidi Rose: YES! I am planning on seeing the Alice in Wonderland Movie! Although I have a feeling it still may not be as innocent and magical and the book.

Mila on February 10, 2010 at 2:13 AM said...

lovelovelove

Sabino . on March 17, 2010 at 5:47 AM said...

<3

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