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Interview With A Blogger: Alexandra Franzen

Hello, friends! It’s Sunday once again, which means we’ve got another insightful Interview With A Blogger to share! Today I’m super honoured to be chatting with writer/teacher/word-guru Alexandra Franzen!

Interview With A Blogger: Alexandra Franzen

So, what prompted you to start blogging?

After years of writing for “other people” — technical writing, freelance journalism, press releases and other bits + bobs for various employers — I began to feel stifled and repressed.

It felt like I was perpetually waiting for those “other people” to sign-off on my writing before I was allowed hit that precious “publish” button.

I was craving a space where I could just … write! My own stories. My own ideas. My own way. Without having to secure permission for every single sentence.

Starting a blog felt like the ultimate act of self-expression. My very own publishing channel — with total creative control. Yes!

Interview With A Blogger: Alexandra Franzen

You can find Alexandra’s awesome book right here!

Interview With A Blogger: Alexandra Franzen

Tell us about your day job/educational pursuits?

I don’t have a “day job.”

I quit my full-time job in public broadcasting on April 1, 2010.

I’ve been self-employed — running my own copywriting + communication consultancy — ever since.

Interview With A Blogger: Alexandra Franzen

Where’s the farthest from home you’ve ever travelled? Tell us about your experience.

New Zealand. Age 21. I fell in love with the beautiful country, then with a beautiful woman, then graduated from university, ran my student visa down the last minute, and had to return to America. It was all very tragic + romantic.

I still dream about the way the clouds move, across the sky…

What skill do you hope to master over the next year?

Patience.

Interview With A Blogger: Alexandra Franzen

What’s your current favourite song/band? And what are you reading?

Just one song? I suppose … “Anything Could Happen” by Ellie Goulding. (My theme song of the year!)

I’m currently reading Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho, The Mastery of Love by don Miguel Ruiz, and … hundreds of emails. Ha!

Share three blogs you adore!

Nubby Twiglet: A fabulous blend of design + marketing advice, twirled with style, travel + home decor.

Yes And Yes: It’s kind of like a teen magazine, except for grown-up ladies.

The New Adventures Of Stephen Fry: Stephen Fry can do no wrong.

Interview With A Blogger: Alexandra Franzen

Thank you so much for chatting with us, Alexandra! You’re an incredible inspiration!

Please pop over to Alexandra’s site for some incredibly motivating, uplifting, no-nonsense articles that’ll make you want to get up and conquer whatever tasks lay ahead — and she’ll give you the tools to do it! You can also catch up with her via Twitter!