Questions & Answers #2

19th January 2017

Questions & Answers #2

I love a good Q&A post but it’s been almost 5 years since I lasted shared one (and you can read it here if you are interested) and a lot has changed in my life since then.

I asked for questions on Twitter and you guys delivered.

Georgie asked:

How did you and Ty meet?

I actually don’t know when I met Tyrone for the first time because we went to primary school together. But it was during high school, and particularly the last two years of high school, that we became friends and then went on to be a couple.

But in terms of how we got together, I told my best friend I liked him, and she told me that Tyrone had already told her that he liked me. So that I awkwardly approached the subject on MSN because I was too nervous to say anything to his face, and basically the rest is history.

Are you allergic to anything?

Not that I know of. But I’m planning on getting an allergy test this year to discover if my acne is an allergic reaction.

What is your go-to outfit?

My denim shirt, black skinny jeans and Converse. I’ve even referred to this as my uniform because I could wear this every day. And if you asked me this question two years ago I would have never said I like wearing double denim, haha!

What country would you next like to visit?

I really want to go back to the United States because there is still so much I want to explore. But in terms of a country I have never visited before, Denmark is pretty high on my list. I’m obsessed with Scandinavia.

Maddie asked:

Why did you start blogging?

I’m going to say “accidentally”! I had a website with resources (icons, layout, other tacky graphics) and tutorials, and while it wasn’t a blog it did have a blog on the home page where I just shared what I had updated on the website.

Eventually I started writing a couple of sentences about what I had been up to in life with each update post, and it escalated from there. I never intended on starting a blog, it just kind of happened.

Amy asked:

Did you enjoy high school?

I hated it for the first few years. Just before I started high school I had my last major operation on my hip and I think this is when I started suffering from anxiety, although I didn’t know it at the time. I felt like I didn’t fit in and I tried a bit too hard to be cool. I was just an embarrassment.  But towards the end I really started to enjoy it and I was pretty sad to leave. Tyrone and I often reminince about high school and sometimes we laugh until we cry.

What’s your fave book?

I feel like my answer to this changes all of the time, but I’m going to say Along Came A Spider by James Patterson because basically I love Alex Cross and that’s the first book in series.

Which blogger/s inspire you the most?

SO MANY!

I’m inspired by so many bloggers. In fact, I’m working on a new page on my blog with links to all my favourite reads, so that will be live soon. Currently I’m really enjoying blogs about simplicity, sustainability and mindfulness, so I’m feeling inspired by This Last Moment, No Sidebar and Un-Fancy.

Also, I have to give a special shout out to Georgie because she’s one of the main reasons I became a web developer.

What’s your fave animal?

Dolphins. Always.

Bhairavi asked:

What do you like the most about your job?

The people. And I’m not just saying that because some of my colleagues read my blog!

I love being a web developer because I love problem solving. Also, I get this massive kick out of seeing a website I’ve built go live and hearing great feedback from clients. It’s satisfying.

Cat asked:

What has been your favourite trip and why?

I’d have to say New York because it’s a place I’ve always wanted to visit, and it was even better than I expected. Plus we went for my 21st birthday which make it even more special.

Where do you hope to visit in the next few years?

I’m hoping to return to America. I’d like to visit New York again, but this time take Tyrone with me, and also San Francisco, Chicago and Las Vegas just to name a few places. I’m also hoping to do a few city breaks in Europe like Amsterdam, Budapest and Copenhagen.

Pauline asked:

How did you land your WebDev job?

I have no idea! Luck, I guess!

I found the job advertised online and I applied on a whim. I didn’t think I’d even be considered for the role without a relevant degree, but I tried really hard to tailor my CV and cover let for the job. I was shocked when I was invited to an interview. I think my enthusiasm helped me to get the job.

Fun fact: I actually went in for the Web Interface Developer role but they offered me the junior position because my skills weren’t quite there. But then I ended up being promoted after a year anyway.

Michelle asked:

What are your dreams and hopes for the future?

I hope to buy a house, travel more and start my own business, although I’m still trying to figure out what that business will be! One day I’d like to be able to work from home, have a couple of children and own a boat. I don’t want a lot really, haha!

Joy asked:

How would you describe your home decor style?

I really like minimal style. We have simple furniture, most of which is black and white and from Ikea, and we have a lot of plants which sort of add a pop of colour. Also, a lot of the decor in our house reflects our personalities and interests. For instance, we have picture disk vinyl records in our living room walls because of our love of music, and Tyrone has a few model F1 cars on display.

I should do a house tour…

Thanks to everyone who sent me questions!

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  1. I loved reading your answers! Aw, I’m so touched that I inspired you to do what you love. Keep going because it’s totally an amazing story 😎👍

    I think it’s cute (I think everyone would probably think it’s cute though) that you’ve known Tyrone for such a long time. Things always work out when both people like each other, haha!

    I love that Amy asked about high school because I could’ve sworn we had a discussion about how eww high school was. It was a time that I struggled too, and honestly the stuff that schools make you do when you’re already stressing out about being an “adult”, geez.

    I had a good laugh when you mentioned how you got into blogging accidentally. I remember making those tacky graphics too and it just. doesn’t. get. old. 😆 I laugh all the time because back then I always thought my work was good. 😛 I did a talk recently and I mentioned that when you’re pursuing something you love, sometimes you don’t realise that you’re really bad at it because you just keep going and you don’t compare yourself to others. I think that’s probably how we felt back in the day when we thought our graphics were top shit.

    If you start your own business in the internet space maybe you can hire me 😉 😉

    Would love a house tour or more photos of your living space! 😍

    • Holly

      Aww no worries!

      Next time I go home I’m going to try and find some of those tacky graphics I made because I’m sure they’re on my old computer. That would make for an amazing blog post, haha!

      I will definitely have to take some more pictures of my house to share. Especially if I buy a house this year because then I’ll be moving again!

  2. Yay for more girls in the web dev industry. There’s not enough of those, although the numbers are increasing but we still need more. Web dev is a great job isn’t it? It’s super fun, creative, lots of great people and it’s never the same! As you can guess, I’m also a web dev!

    I got into blogging by accident too. I got into web design and was making websites on my favourite games character at the time and then met someone via a chat room that had a blog. I was like “what’s a blog?!” and that’s how it all started really. I’ve been jumping around a lot between domains and style tho, never really settled for one. I think I keep changing my mind. I’m focusing on travel and food now though so I’m hoping I can keep that up!

    • Holly

      There’s definitely not enough of us! I’m currently the only female web developer in our office. And yes, it’s such an amazing job!

      I think that’s the best thing about blogging; you can write about what ever you like and switch things up whenever you like.

  3. Yay! I loved asking questions! ^^ and i love the answers too!

  4. Aww, I missed this on twitter, I would have asked something. Although, I’m not sure what. 🙂 I would love to see the house tour. xx

  5. Cat

    I got into blogging the same way! I was using the updates section of one of my sites like a blog and then decided I should have an actual blog. I also think that’s cute that you and Tyrone told the same person about who you liked 🙂 It reminds me of Becca’s story!

    Thanks for answering my questions! I’d like to visit Chicago one day too, and San Francisco is such a nice city to visit. All of the food and entertainment in Las Vegas are great as well. I liked reading your answers and learning more about you! 😀

    • Holly

      I love that so many of us got into blogging in such a similar way.

      When I read Becca’s story I felt like I was reading my own. They’re so similar.

      Haha I bet Vegas is dead tacky but I’d love to see it anyway. Thanks for sending me a question.

  6. Amy

    I started blogging the same way really. I used to have a Piczo site where I made really awful “graphics” and “glitters” and then I fell into blogging because other people did it. I can’t imagine visiting a website for badly-made images these days, it’s so weird to think that everyone did that back then.

    How you and Ty got together is so cute! I miss MSN!

    The Alex Cross series is on my to-read list, I’ve just never got around to it. I love Torn Apart by James Patterson, so I definitely want to read more of his work!

    I love doing Q&As. The last one I did was for a vlog, and I really want to do a written one at some point, because I prefer being able to think more about my answers. Plus my vlog was a total mess!

    Thank you for answering my questions!

    • Holly

      Haha it was normal, wasn’t it?! The worst thing is I thought my images looked amazing but now I look back and cringe.

      I miss MSN too. I miss rushing home from school to talk to the people I’d just spoken to at school. Haha!

      I really like the Alex Cross series because the books are fast-paced and engaging. I have a terrible attention span but these books grip me.

      I liked your vlog! I remember asking for questions for a Q&A years ago, and I promised to make a video but it never happened. I still hate the sound of my own voice even now.

  7. Aww I don’t know how I overlooked this! Awesome answers, Holly! Georgie asked soo many questions, haha.
    I should do a Q& A once… lets see what questions I might get. But may be after I blog a bit more consistently! 😛