When did you start blogging? What’s your blog name mean? Where do you get such awesome pictures for your posts? Here’s some more questions you definitely didn’t ask, but which I’m going to answer anyways!
It’s 9 pm on a Wednesday night and I should have wrote a post Monday like I promised myself I would… But I didn’t keep to my schedule, so here I am wracking my brain some more and trying to come up with something to write. But writing is exhausting, and I’m still not sure exactly where to take this hunk of a mess. So I’m going to settle with the lazy girl’s way out tonight because it’s what I have the energy for.
I want to make this a personable space. Until I figure out how to do that, though, we’re stuck rehashing something I’ve already done- complete with a rehashed site banner because who has the energy for new photographs today? But hey, look on the bright side: At least it’s on a different topic this time!
When did you start blogging, and why?
I started blogging way back in 2010 on Tumblr. While I liked the short form blogging style it allowed, though, Tumblr failed me in a few major ways over the years. So I made the jump to WordPress and hardly looked back.
Now I’ve been on WordPress since 2013 under various names- mostly blogging about Paganism and Witchcraft. I first started by blogging about homemaking and religious things (and sometimes their intersection) as A Sweet and Delicate Thing, though. And that’s probably where most of you will remember me from if you’re familiar with me.
What happened to A Sweet and Delicate Thing?
I’d been blogging as A Sweet and Delicate Thing since before my Husband and I’s wedding in 2015… But at some point along the way it just stopped feeling like me. I tried really hard to remedy that several times- through blog renovations, content redo’s, and anything else I could try. But it never quite hit the mark, so I just decided to get rid of it and start fresh.
Losing hundreds of followers that you spent three years building up is a hard pill to swallow. Having to start from the ground up is, too. But I’m really happy with my decision- and even happier with how Yes, Little Hummingbird is coming out. It feels like me again, and I hope it’ll stay that way for a long time to come.
What’s the reason for your new blog name?
Yes, Little Hummingbird? comes from an event that happened shortly after my Husband and I’s engagement. In this particular case it was early Spring and I was sitting out on the deck in the early morning, sipping Tea and listening to the birds sing… At which point I looked over and saw my first ever Hummingbird.
I’ve always loved Hummingbirds but I’d never actually seen one. I was so ecstatic that I immediately texted my Husband (then Fiancé) at work and screamed as only one can scream over text about how I’d just saw the most amazing thing; of course, he grew up seeing Hummingbirds all the time. But he loves my childish exuberance none the less.
I got to know them intimately over the next week as it became a daily ritual for me; wake up, make Tea, sit on the deck, watch the Hummingbirds. I learned a lot about them. Eventually they became another important symbol of home for me- right alongside Peaches and Lilac Bushes. So when I decided to restart my blog, I wanted to recall that feeling of pure joy that I felt like I’d been missing in my blogging for so long. And since my blog is mostly about home, tea, and adventure? It was only fitting that experience made its way into my blog title.
How do you stay productive when it comes to your blog?
I really don’t. Not one bit… In fact, I could be crowned the Queen of Procrastination if any such competition existed- and if I could be bothered to make it to any such competition. But I’m trying to get better at that!
Is blogging more of a job or a hobby for you?
I don’t think I’d mind making money off of it some day. And I think when faced with the prospect of having an income, few people would give a different answer;
Satan Paper Money (you can thank Damn Girl, Get Your Shit Together for that one) does make the world go ’round, and all that jazz.
It’s not my goal, though. It’s not what I set out to do every time I publish a blog post- and I honestly don’t know if it ever would be even if I am making tons of money from it daily… Because really, I just love doing it. So if I make money, great! But if not? I’m ok with that too.
What’s your favorite part about blogging?
I really love how it connects you to other people in a way that few other mediums really do- though that’s only true when you find a blogger that’s real about their daily struggles and doesn’t try to have that perfectly curated online life. But I think, mostly, my favorite part is just having a space to share!
What’s the most stressful part of blogging?
I’m an incredibly high strung person with anxiety. There’s a reason my 7 Words to Describe Yourself answer was “Overly excitable and generally anxiety riddled cucumber“; I’m like a ferret- or a Chihuahua- on some kind of Drug I definitely shouldn’t be doing, shaking like a leaf and barking at white noise every two seconds.
I’m always stressed and worried. “Stressed and worried” is my default setting. I don’t even know how to function without stress. So if I’m being honest (and I do strive to be)? My answer is literally everything; literally everything about blogging is stressful; it’s all stress. Just piles and piles and piles of stress.
Have you ever considered stopping blogging?
I have; there’ve been quite a few times over the years where I’ve been so frustrated, uninspired, or downright too depressed to blog. And I’m not ashamed to admit the fact that some of those times have seriously made me consider stopping altogether. A few times I actually have, too. But I always come back to it; I always come back to sharing and inspiring. And I don’t think I’ll ever really, truly stop.
Who takes your pictures for the blog?
I do! All creative content here- from the writing, to the recipes, to the pictures, to the art, is and always will be mine. The only exception to that are obviously the covers for whatever books I choose to review. In those cases, all of that belongs to their respective Authors, Publishing Houses, and Artists; I’m only ever using them under Fair Use.
What Camera do you use for your photos?
I use a Nikon D3400 with a stock Nikkor 55 mm lens; the Nikon is my first DSLR, and I love it!
How long have you been a Photographer?
I’ve been into Photography since High School when my adoptive father introduced me to it… I’d always borrow his Canon Rebel EOS K12- a 35 mm film camera that I learned to shoot on.
Despite that, I actually didn’t start off as a Photographer! I actually started out as a Model; starting from 16 I worked a lot for local Photographers doing Test Modeling and dinky shoots here and there. I was even signed to an Agency at one point. I quit doing that eventually, though, because I gained a lot of weight and ran into some health issues (the cumulative byproduct of poor lifestyle choices, horrible Boyfriends, Mental Illness, and Eating Disorders).
When I did, I turned back to Photography. But I didn’t have my own equipment to work with so I went right back to borrowing Dad’s camera again; it wasn’t until recently that I finally got a camera to call my own- when my Husband bought me the Nikon as a two year anniversary gift- that I was really able to get back into it… So while I’ve been into Photography since High School, I wouldn’t feel comfortable calling myself a Photographer back then; I’ve really only vaguely been one since February of this year.
How do you come up with your recipes?
A combination of things, really; sometimes it’s my own spin on a recipe I saw somewhere else. Other times they’re family recipes passed down from my Mother or Father. On most occasions, though, they’re the result of me throwing together a bunch of things and seeing how it came out. Either way, I love sharing them with everyone.
Where do you get inspiration for everything else?
The internet. Life around me. People. Places… Basically anything can inspire me. It’s just a matter of looking at things with a different perspective and (I think) being open to new experiences- or even to just having your mind changed.
What are some other blogs you love?
Damn Girl, Get Your Shit Together is a staple on my reader. Honestly, I probably forget to like / comment on 90% of their posts, but I read every. Single. One of them… Sometimes multiple times; their article “Shit You Might Not Know Because No One Tells Millennials Anything” was one of the first I read and it still has me dying of laughter months later.
I like a lot of food blogs, too- like Half Baked Harvest, Honey + Jam, and, more recently, Cooking with a Wallflower. Additionally, Welcome to LAURIDA, Your Wife is Evolving, Black Ink Birds, Jenna Prosceno, and Tactical Bartending are other blogs I like to read for various reasons. And, of course, there’s Delta Breezes on Tumblr when I just want to look at pretty things.
So now you know a little bit more about me and the blog. Now it’s time for my own question for you: If you’re a blogger, what are some questions you’d answer differently?