It oddly occurred to me (as I was editing this very post) just how long Behind The Blog has been running for… November 2014 is when I first launched the series & since then I’ve had such a blast hosting well into the hundreds of bloggers who’ve featured on here. Getting to know each of you individually in such a fun & creative way has been such a treat, & of course I’m raising a tea cup to many more to come! So if YOU haven’t already featured on Behind The Blog then why not check it out by *Clicking Here* for all the information on how you can get on-board and spread the word of your online haven within the blogging community! Do keep in mind that it books up pretty quickly, so if you’re eager to get involved don’t hesitate to drop me a line 🙂
However, onto our second blogger of the week as we welcome the lovely Egypt who’s joining us on the virtual sofa this morning to chat about her blossoming lifestyle blog A Girl Named Egypt. Egypt is still making her way through school, but has embarked on her very own blogging journey (all thanks to the encouragement of her mum) & now adores pouring her creative skills into fantastic fun features that are such a treat to read. I find it so encouraging to see younger bloggers weaving their creative interests through blogging, and secretly I’m hoping my own daughter takes to blogging every bit as much when the time comes! So if you haven’t already met Egypt, do take a moment to pop over and say a huge hello – I’m sure you’ll enjoy catching up with her posts just as much as the rest of us do!
You know the drill by now gals… grab a cuppa & get yourself comfy as we take a peak Behind The Blog…
In only 5 words describe what readers can expect from your blog?
Reviews, DIY’s & Witty Innuendo-filled Ramblings
What inspired you to start blogging?
My Mum actually gave me the push to do it (Bello, she likes minions, Mum if your reading this ✌ ). Its actually not that exciting of a blog back-story but one day I had just watched the new episode of The Vampire Diaries, and like always, I was rambling on to Mum about everything that happened in the episode. She just casually said “Why don’t you make a blog”, I was like “ What?”, “Yeah, Then you can talk and rant about whatever you want to whenever you want to and you do heaps of nail art and crafts so you can write about that too” My mum said.
I knew about blogs because of people like Zoella and Sprinkleofglitter and I had being thinking about creating one a year before and I loved writing so I thought ‘why not?’ and spent that whole day and night researching, writing ideas and going through about 50 different themes and finally A Girl Named Egypt was born
Tell us about your blog name… what made you decide on it?
Well like I was saying above I had thought about blogging for a while and one day being the YouTube obsessed generation we are, my brother and I were talking about YouTube and I just had an inspirational moment (A
K.A. Fate Fairy) that if I ever had a blog or YouTube channel that I would call it A Girl Named Egypt and I even created this…
…horribly put together banner thing, a while before I actually created this blog.
P.S: I also took this picture with my super old time-stamped digital camera
Plus, I think its self-explanatory. It’s like a quick introduction to… well, everything .
Do you ever suffer from Blogger’s Block & if so how do you overcome it?
Yes I do, I actually had blogger’s block SUPPPER bad in September and I found the best thing was to just take a break and take a step back. Even though my irrational brain felt like I was letting people down for not blogging (but that’s just because I get all thingy and thought I would lose all my followers over just one week) it really helped. Its good to take a break sometimes and I would rather have no blog posts than a bunch of rubbish posts that I’m not proud of.
What’s your favourite post to date?
This is kind off a hard question but I really love my 50 Things That Make Me Happy Part 1 & 2 as i think they were quite funny posts and really “Me” But I really love Beware The Spider Bite (which is a cooking tutorial I made for Halloween) because of how they turned out. Or Hello World as that post is a very big step in my blogging journey; or 2015 In Review as I loved the huge progress I made last year!
(btw you might notice by now that I’m quite indecisive and its really hard for me to pick a favourite)
Describe your everyday clothes style:
In one word… Different.
I don’t really have a “Style”, I kinda just wear what i feel like that day. Today for instance, I’m wearing ripped Skull tights and my “Doc martens” but yesterday I wore all monochrome with a little crop top and my black and white singlet / shirt over top, and tomorrow I will probably wear a dress and ballet shoes or something so yeah I don’t really have a set style.
Although Monochrome and Pastels do play a big role in my dream wardrobe and I can not look past a nerdy, fandom referenced shirt or band merch .
What are your current top 3 beauty items?
- I have a mild non-contagious skin condition which is genetic called Keratosis Pilaris which isn’t as bad as it seems but to keep it at bay you have to moisturise and exfoliate so my moisturiser Nivea Incredibly Smooth is number one everyday item
- Nivea Make-up Wipes. I love these and I use them to remove make-up and just to clean my face morning and night but they are so amazing to use for trips.
- Lip Balm… I take one where ever I go! Currently I’m using Baby Lips tinted lip balm in berry crush and its also SPF so its perfect for NZ Summers.
How do you like to relax & unwind after a stressful day?
YouTube and Music. If I’m having a really crappy day these are my saviours.
Describe your ideal Saturday night:
Hmm, probably sitting in my bed with popcorn and hot chocolate, MORE chocolate and watching Supernatural, Lost, The Originals, The Vampire Diaries, Rupaul Drag Race and again YouTube and music and then reading one of my bi-gillion books.
What do you do to relax?
I struggle with relaxing as I feel really lazy and bad if i have a day “off” but that’s just because my brain works differently to most but usually crafts like clay, knitting (yes, I Knit), or reading and again music (I think close to 95% of the day I have music on) I’m actually listening to Melanie Martinez right now.
Everyone has their bad habits, what’s yours?
Ahh okay time to share but it’s okay because we are all friends here! Peeling off my nail polish is one of the worst. As I do nail art, you wouldn’t think I would but yes… ugh… and procrastinating, I’m really bad at that. If I’m not motivated I will just put things off or do other things I don’t really need to do and make “excuses”. And lastly worrying… this is the worst thing I do. You see my brain thinks of a situation like going on holiday and instead of being a normal brain it thinks up THE worst things that could happen and its really bad. When we used to go on holiday when I was younger I would literally make my self sick or feel bad from all the worrying about things that didn’t happen at all.
What’s your most cherished childhood memory?
I have quite a few from my “Childhood” (I’m only 14 so I’m classifying childhood as 10 and under)
When I was maybe 8 or 9, It was my great auntie’s birthday and she lived about 6-7 hours away so my Nana, Poppa, little Cousin, younger Brother, Mum and I borrowed a big bus / small motor home and it was probably one of the best times of my life. We had so much fun. The bus was huge and had these weird bed/seats and you could walk around while it was moving and there was a bed at the back and because it was such a long trip we kinda looked around the towns too and had a Tiki tour around (Tiki tour is what Kiwis call having a look around places. See we are educational here at AGirlNamedEgypt); but one of my favourite moments was when we were coming home and we stopped off at a beach and played in the sea but the beach didn’t have proper sand it was like tiny pebbles and stuff. Then when we where done, we (the kids), all lay down on the bed/ floor of the bus (because it was moving it kinda rocked us to sleep) and dozed off and i just remember being so relaxed and the beautiful sunset.
What was your favourite school subject?
I’m still in school (home-school) and currently it’s a 3-way tie, Science (Chemistry), Art and History. I’m not that good at Maths and stuff as it doesn’t really make sense to me, where as Art and Science comes sooo much easier. But I want to be a teacher (Primary / ECE) when I’m older so I’m going to keep on trying 😉
What’s your dream job?
Well, I really want to be a day care or primary teacher… but MY DREAM would to continue with Blogging and hopefully start a YouTube channel when I’m older as well.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I will be 20 (eek) so hopefully studying for my degree, have my full license and a small car, saving for England, still blogging and maybe even doing YouTube and having more relaxed fun as in not worrying about every little thing and just enjoying life in general.
What’s your biggest achievement to date?
Probably driving for the first time and not killing anything… and driving a manual for the first time and not stalling it at all (I didn’t even know what stalling was until I finished lol)
Who inspires you?
My Mum and Nana – Our family doesn’t have the best of luck but my Mum and Nana always work through everything and try their hardest to do the best for their families and they are two of the loving and caring people i know 🙂 (Love you both, If your reading and I’m sorry Mum for all the grief I give you I hope you know i don’t mean it, just all that teen angst in me lol)
What top 5 things are on your bucket list?
- Move to England – Probably not forever but i would love to live in England for awhile.
- Visit Japan – My whole family love Japan and Japanese culture, I would love to visit the little tea houses and stuff
- Have a family (when I’m older of cours )
- Go to Vidcon / Playlist Live
- Be HAPPY with my life – whatever happens in life and whatever path I take when I’m old and rocking on a chair on my front porch with all my grandchildren running around I want to be able to look back and think “Yeah, I kicked Life’s Butt” lol
Do you have a favourite inspirational quote?
I have soo many quotes all over my room so these are my top 3:
You are one human with one life and its up to you to make it the best life you can – Dan Howell
You’re Mad. Bonkers, Off your head…. But lt me tell you a secret…. All the best People are – Alice In Wonderland
This is the exact photo that is above my bookcase
Everything will be okay in the end, If its not Okay , Its not the End – From one of my best blogging buddies
What top tips would you give to someone who is thinking of starting their own blog?
Just do it. What have you got to lose? Making my blog was one of the best decisions of my life and it will most likely be one of yours, Blogging is something for you, it’s a chance to express yourself in any way you want to and to be yourself if you feel like you cant in your everyday life 🙂
QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS:
Tea or Coffee = Coffee, Yummy MOCHA LATTE
Coke or Pepsi = Neither, I’m more of a lemonade person
Messy mayhem or Super Organised = Organised Mayhem 😉
Cute kitten or Playful puppy = Cute Kitten, Although i have multiple of both 🙂
Night In or Night Out = Night In
Heels or Flats = FLATS
Lip Stick or Lip Gloss = Lip Stick, Who even thought Lip Gloss and Hair would be a good idea
Rock Chick or Pop Princess = Rock Princess
Paperback or E-book = PAPERBACK!!!
Say hello to Egypt:
Instant Grams – agirlnamedegypt
Bird Noises – @girlnamedegypt
My Blog – AGirlNamedEgypt
Tumblr Blog Official – AGirlNamedEgypt
Tumblr Fandom Ramblings – AFangirlNamedEgypt
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Thanks so much for reading & of course do say hi in the comments below… we adore a good chatter here on Confetti & Curves 🙂