Hi all, I’m Britta; I’m currently a college student in Minnesota and will be graduating with a double major in history and English in May. I have a fuzzy idea of what I want to do with my life (something with public history, I think) and am trying to take life one step at a time. I would love to be a published author one day, too, but not now…one step at a time, remember? 🙂 I started blogging in September of 2013 and joined WordPress in May of 2014. My current site, It’s a Britta Bottle! (brittabottle.wordpress.com) was created in August of 2014. I started to blog to force myself to write—I had fallen out of my writing practice for quite some time—and have since discovered this amazing community of supportive and talented bloggers. It’s my pleasure to be in Zoe’s spotlight this week…nice to meet you!
10 Questions, Zoe style…
1. What is your writing process?
My writing process has been constantly changing as a blogger. I used to write and publish a post all in the same day. A little while ago, however, I became really unsatisfied with the work I was producing in that small amount of time. I am learning how to give myself time to think through ideas. I’ve started to utilize my draft folder, which has been really wonderful for coming back to some writing that felt like it wasn’t going anywhere the first time around.
My writing process as a blogger is different than my personal writing process (as in journaling) and the process I have for writing school papers. If I ever do write a book in the future, as I’d like to, I’m sure my writing process for that will be a little different, too.
2. What do you read for pleasure?
Well, I’d like to say everything, but that’s simply not true. I am mostly drawn to historical fiction and the classics. My favorite book is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë and I’m currently reading The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers. I’m also drawn to biographies—I am interested in biography as a subfield of history and love learning about a particular time period or event in time through the lens of one individual. I love books that make me think, allow me to see the world differently. That said, I have been enjoying book reviews by my fellow bloggers because they’ve exposed me to titles I might not have otherwise batted an eye at. I really would like to read more books from many different genres, but that just doesn’t happen as much as I’d like given the books that I am generally drawn to. Well, also, I don’t find a whole lot of time to read for pleasure during school since I’m so busy with reading the bazillions of pages of assigned readings for my history and English classes. 🙂
3. What is the greatest joy of writing/blogging for you?
I started to blog for myself—to better understand myself and allow myself to grow as a person. I believe blogging has helped me with that extensively and I credit all the writing I’ve been doing since I started blogging frequently in really helping me to figure myself out this year—I’m in my last year of college and don’t know where I’m going to be in a year. That’s scary, but writing and blogging has really helped me with that.
I’ve recently developed an immense joy in connecting with other bloggers out there. I had no idea that such an amazing community of bloggers existed when I started blogging, and I’m so thankful I’ve found it. The people I’ve met here in the blogosphere are simply amazing! So, while I do write for myself and love how much I’ve grown in simply writing so much since I’ve started blogging, I have to say that my greatest joy is a tie between writing for myself and interacting with the community—because this community is just so wonderful!
4. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Well, I’m 21—though I’ll be 22 in March. I was born in raised in Minnesota and though it’s been a wonderful state to grow up in, I don’t want to stay here…at least not at this time in my life. I love to read, I love to write, and I love history. I am majoring in history and English, but I don’t want to teach (so don’t ask me that…it’s one of my pet peeves). I am interested in pursuing a career in public history at some point. I did a curatorial internship at the Smithsonian last summer and thought I had an amazing experience, I also learned that I don’t want to be a curator. I’m an introvert (and INFJ to be exact) though I love spending time with people too…especially my good friends and my family. I love coffee, I’m a pescetarian (meaning I don’t eat meat, but DO eat fish), I just started doing yoga daily about two weeks ago and ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT. I can be a little scatterbrained and am definitely random, as you can probably see from my answers to this question.
5. What are your strengths and weaknesses when it comes down to sitting down and writing?
My biggest weakness is FOCUS! This most commonly manifests itself in school papers that I’m really just not feeling. I have spent way too many nights up until 3 am writing a paper the day before it was due simply because of a lack of focus. If I don’t feel inspired, I have a really hard time writing. This is something I’m trying to work on because I’m not necessarily proud of this 3 a.m. nights and the work that is produced through them…but that is certainly easier said than done.
My strength comes is my understanding that writing takes time. This is something that I really learned to embrace last semester when I was taking a composition studies course. A major theme of the course was how writing is a process. I’ve been trying to implement that in my blogging much more of late and I’m much more satisfied with my blog as a whole because of that.
I just realized how intertwined my weakness and strength are. Perhaps if I gave myself more time to write my school papers, I wouldn’t have to worry so much about my lack of focus!
6. Do you have any strange writing habits?
None that I can think of. Well, I guess staying up until 3 am trying to finish a paper is kind of strange…or maybe that’s just an incredibly college student thing to do.
7. What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing/blogging process?
The (I would say self-inflicted) pressure to get more followers, more views, more likes. I started to blog for myself, as I’ve said before; I’ve lost sight of that multiple times already on my journey as a blogger because I’ve felt like I needed to change my blogging style to become more popular. I want to write stuff that speaks to me, though…if people respond well to it, that’s great, if not, at least I know I’m doing something good for myself. That’s really hard to remember sometimes—especially when I see the success of my fellow bloggers. I know shouldn’t be comparing myself to them, but that is certainly easier said than done sometimes!
8. Are you a person who makes their bed in the morning, or do you not see much point?
I make my bed every morning! It’s one of those things that just makes me feel accomplished and ready for the day (like coffee).
9. Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?
Oh, goodness. I’ve always wanted to travel to England. I’ve been to the U.K. before—Northern Ireland, to be exact—but never to England! But that’s just one of many places I’d like to travel to!
10. Choose: Vampires, Werewolves, Demons or Zombies?
Well, one more thing to know about me—I’m terrible at making decisions about things like this—I am going to go with werewolves because Professor Lupin is a werewolf and he’s pretty badass.
Bonus Question: How prepared are you for the Zombie Apocalypse I’ve ordered?
I’m probably not prepared at all. I’ll most likely be the first to die.
Isnt she great?!?! And dont worry Britta, I’ll start prepping you for that Zombie Apocalypse!! 😀
Thank you so much for taking part, and keep on blogging!