Sunday, February 17, 2008

The Sunday Roast #3

Ramblings Of A Hawk-Eyed Blogger

This week's interview is with Stacy,
who writes the blog Rambling Traveler.

The first of the standard weekly questions: Why do you blog?

I actually wrote a post on the reasons I blog, but I've found my reasons are changing. I started Rambling Traveler to share my travel stories and write about travel in general, and while that is still one of my reasons, I find myself continuing it more because of the things I'm learning, and the people I've met.

What's the story behind your blog name?

When I was thinking about starting my blog, I listed several travel-related words, and travel and ramble kept catching my eye. My brother was helping me choose a name, and between the two of us, Rambling Traveler was created. I loved it, because the definition of Ramble included wandering for pleasure. I used that to create my tag line ... a journey without a definite route, taken merely for pleasure. The Rambling could mean traveling or my writing, as I sometimes veer off the topic of travel. It also tied in to my desire to slow down, while traveling and at home, and taking time to enjoy life.

What is the best thing about being a blogger?

The best thing about blogging is when readers like what you write and let you know by leaving comments or by using social bookmarks like StumbleUpon or The idea that something you wrote can help or affect someone else is incredible. That community of readers is also a great support when you aren't feeling creative or motivated. (The second best thing is the incredible high you get when you have a good idea, and the writing expresses exactly what you want it to.)

What key advice would you give to a newbie blogger?

Decide what your main goal is for writing your blog and write with that goal in mind. It's also important to be yourself, because that comes through in your writing. Your "voice" should be who you are, not who you are trying to be. Some of the best advice I've read is from blogs on blogging, including ProBlogger and Daily Blog Tips.

What is the most significant blog post you've ever read?

The most significant blog post I've ever read. Yikes, that is a tough one. There have been posts that made me laugh until my face hurt, posts on blogging that gave me great advice, and some wonderful travel stories that inspired me, but the post that keeps coming to my mind is Deborah Gamble's Don't Run Away With the Cows... That is one of my favorite all-time reads, and I really hope she does put it in a book someday.

What is the most significant blog post you've ever written?

The most significant blog post that I've written. Another tough one. According to my readers, that would be Wall Murals of Quebec City. For me, though, it would be Respectful Travel.

Today's Sunday Roast with Stacy is the third in a weekly series of interviews with bloggers from around the world.


Sandi McBride said...

Another great interview David. That is a lovely shot of Stacy with the hawk. Her blog is very interesting, and great for the armchair traveler.

Corey~living and loving said...

great interview. I can't wait to go check Stacy out. :)
happy weekend.

Lori said...

What a nice idea! You are a thoughtful, considerate man and it's a pleasure to have come across your blog.

Happy Weekend!

The Egel Nest said...

Another great interview...what a terrific series you have going here David!

The Egel Nest

Jeni said...

I'm really enjoying these "Sunday Roasts" very much. Outstanding efforts all around, David!

Casdok said...

This is such a lovely way of meeting new bloggers!
Thank you.

imac said...

Great,Great interview, will have to travel over to check Stacy's blog out.

This is one of the Reasons I blogged you David.

smilnsigh said...

Thank you for the intro to this gal!


Akelamalu said...

Great interview David and Stacy. I'm heading over to Stacy's blog to read more. :)

Julie at Virtual Voyage said...

Great post - lot to pick up on here.

Interested that Stacy mentions problogger - I've found him very informative, especially for new bloggers; and loved the hawk shot.

Bradley's Mom said...

Wonderful interview David!!!

So nice to be learning about all these interesting people!!


Misty Dawn said...

Another great interview. Sounds like she has a very informative and fun blog - I'm going to check it out right now.

leslie said...

What a great photo of Stacey and her hawk. I'll be checking out her blog as well as the one about "cows" she mentioned.

Stacy said...

Hi David! I've been gone all day, and this was a great surprise to see my interview on your site. Thank you for including Rambling Traveler in your interview series, and thank you to everyone for the nice comments!

B.T.Bear (esq.) said...

This waz very intrestin!

Thank yu for the email, by the way. But did yu want to intervew me, or Mummy?

(Or Dilly?)

(Shorly not Dilly!)

Les Becker said...

Wow! I LOVE that photo! Spectacular.

Deborah Gamble said...

Stacy, I am very flattered you enjoyed one of my posts. You have the life I dream of! Someday I will TRAVEL!

David, Thank you for these spotlights. I look forward to them every week.

Craver Vii said...

I really like the clean, polished look of your site, Stacy. I definitely want to visit again.

And hey, what's the story behind the bird picture? I gotta get me one of those gloves!

Stacy said...

Thank you, craver vii! That picture was taken during a trip to Ireland. We visited the falconry school at Ashford Castle in Cong, County Mayo. We surprised our sons with a falconry lesson/hawk walk. It was an amazing experience. I wrote a post about the hawk walk on Rambling Traveler with more photos.