Can you tell our readers a bit about yourself and your blog? My name is Joanna and I am Greek. I’ve been living in Norway for the past 5 years. On my free time, I write on Another House Blog about whatever I find interesting. My blog is a place where I share photos and details for my trips and my life in Norway.
What inspired you to start your blog? I’d been reading blogs since I was on my last year of high school. That’s over 10 years ago. Back then blogs were not that curated. They looked more like a public journal and that’s what I found appealing about them. At first, I just wanted to write anonymously, so I opened my first blog. It was in Greek and nobody knew about it apart from my closest friends. After a while, Another House Blog was born. At the time, I was living with my parents and I was dreaming about my own space. It was supposed to be a design blog, but later I found other topics just as interesting, so it became a lifestyle blog. Now, it’s a bit of everything. A bit of style, a bit of cooking, a bit of traveling and a lot of photography.
How do you shoot and edit your photographs for your blog? Right now, I have a Canon 6D and two lenses, a Canon 50mm f1.4 and a Canon 28-105mm. This is what I use most of the time when I take photos. Otherwise, I use my iPhone, that takes surprisingly good photos. I edit all my photos from my DSLR in Photoshop, using some free actions I found online or custom actions I’ve created myself. When it comes to iPhone photos, I use Instagram filters and the editing options that come with the phone. Nothing too complicated there.
How do you schedule your posts? The truth is I don’t schedule my posts anymore. I have enough deadlines in my work, that I don’t like another one. I have a list of ideas or posts I want to write on a notebook I carry in my bag and I post whatever I feel like it. Most of the time, I have photos from a trip I went to or something I did ready and I write the text right before hitting publish.
What inspires you to write your blog posts? I want to share things I find interesting with other people. Whether it’s an idea, something I bought, a place, I feel that if I see worth in it, somebody else might too.
Can you share your number one personal photography/ blogging tip? Blog about the things you like to read about, the things you’re passionate about.
What do you do when you are not blogging? I am a PhD candidate, doing research in medical technology. It’s a fascinating research area. When I’m not working on my PhD or blogging, you’ll find me running, doing yoga or cooking.
What is your favorite social media platform and how that helps your blogging journey? I like Instagram, but it can get depressive some times. It’s a good way to grow a photography blog. It’s a platform where you can find people with similar interests and connect with ease. However, some days, it can become too much. Too much advertising, too many fake photos. It’s easy to fall in the trap of being “less than”.
What is your favorite blog post from your blog? I have a series of posts about the happiest small moments of the past month. These posts make me happy not only when I read them, but also when I sit down and make the list. They’ve helped me go through tough times by trying to find happy things in months filled with anxiety. Here’s a recent post from the series.
Where would you like to be in blogging five years from now? I’d like to be in Greece and I would love to travel around my country a bit more and blog about that. There are so many amazing places, other than Santorini and Mykonos. I’d also like to grow my readership and connect with other blogs. I’m sure my blog will follow whatever happens in my life and that’s unpredictable.