Interview With A Blogger: Skimbaco Lifestyle
Today we’re chatting with the lovely Katja Presnal, founder of the popular blog, Skimbaco Lifestyle — a site all about inspiring people to live life to the fullest!
So, what prompted you to start blogging?
Skimbaco started as an online store in 2006, and I got to know so many great bloggers as a store owner, and I wanted to be part of the blogging community and start a blog that revealed insights behind the store and our story. I started Skimbaco Lifestyle blog in 2007 and it grew into an online magazine last year when several writers joined my team.
Tell us about your day job/educational pursuits?
Can you believe that I studied Mechanical Engineering and majored in Production Management? I got my first PR-job straight out of high school and worked in PR and sales the entire time I went to college, and a few years ago I worked as a social media director for a large agency.
I’ve always been very fascinated by the entire circle of creating products, selling them to retailers and then marketing them and selling them to consumers. I think the holistic understanding of the entire lifecycle of products combined with understanding of psychology of people is probably the reason why I love social media, and how social media is a holistic way of combining all of the different communication forms of a company.
I know… I am going way too deep here, but it’s just something I am very passionate about, and I hope I can keep building my lifestyle brand Skimbaco in a way that our first own product line is coming out soon. I don’t really have a day job – Skimbaco Lifestyle is much more than a job or a business to me.
Where’s the farthest from home you’ve ever travelled? Tell us about your experience.
Let’s just start by asking what do you mean by “home”? I am from Finland, but I haven’t lived there for 16 years, and in fact all of my 3 children were born in different countries (within 3 years!). So in a way, I am still on that first long trip that I set to take in 1997. But if we think of terms of air miles, the longest trip I ever have done was flying to Singapore when we still lived in New York. It was my first time in Asia, and I was blown away by the city, how clean and modern it was, especially coming from NYC. I remember thinking I just wanted to move there, and I still agree. Given the opportunity, I would move to Singapore in a heart beat.
I love to travel in a way that I get a sense of local culture and lifestyle and I always ask myself “how would it be to live here?”.
What skill do you hope to master by the end of 2013?
Photography!! I take photos almost on daily basis, and I love Instagram (I’m Skimbaco on Instagram), and the easiness of iPhone-photography, but I feel it’s finally the time to upgrade my old camera as well and truly learn more about photography.
What’s your current favourite song/band? And what are you reading?
My theme song at the moment is One Day — Reckoning Song by Asaf Avidan, I love the lyrics of that one day we will all be old, and it inspires me to think we have to live now, so we will have great stories to tell later. I even added the song in our brand video!
Share three blogs you adore!
So many amazing blogs!! It is very difficult to choose only three. I love Adrienne’s The Rich Life (On A Budget) because she knows how to enjoy life, on any budget, and her fashion and travel ideas are always spot on, she knows where to invest your money, and how to save it. Plus Adrienne’s fashion sense is impeccable and I love her outfit ideas.
One of my favourite home decorating bloggers is Michael of Inspired By Charm, his DIY ideas are very stylish, and reflect on today’s trends. I just really love Michael’s style, and he is so nice in person as well.
For culinary travel posts I adore Mardi of Eat. Live. Travel. Write. Her annual trips to Paris and multiple macaron-making and French cooking posts keep me drooling. Mardi is Australian, but lives in Canada, and although she has a soft spot for French cooking, her culinary adventures take her all around the world, just how I like it.