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!
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!
You can find Alexandra’s awesome book right here!
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.
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?
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.
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!