For day one, I'll be answering a few questions posed by Armchair BEA admins.
Hi, I'm Natasha, founder of Kentucky Geek Girl!
- Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?
I began blogging in its most simple form in 2001 or 2002 when Xanga online journals were all the rage. It seemed like everyone at my high school had them and I quickly followed suit. I had two or three different Xanga journals during its popularity and then when Livejournal gained popularity, I joined that site as well. I did blog on my Myspace from time to time. In 2009, I began a personal blog, but it was in May 2010 when I started Kentucky Geek Girl. I initially wanted to talk about gaming, but I started writing about popular culture in general. The rest, they say, is history.
- Where in the world are you blogging from? Tell a random fact or something special about your current location. Feel free to share pictures.
I am blogging from Southgate, Kentucky which is in the Cincinnati, Ohio metro. I moved here in late December just after I finished my BA in History. Things aren't exactly as I'd planned them to be when I moved up here, but I'm happy that I made this change and got out of my comfort zone.
- Have you previously participated in Armchair BEA? What brought you back for another year? If you have not previously participated, what drew you to the event?
I have not participated before, but I have friends who have. I've always like the idea of connecting with other bloggers and I thought that Armchair BEA would be a great opportunity to do that!
- What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2013?
I am currently reading The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare in anticipation of the movie release this August. I think my favorite read of 2013 has to be Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion.
- Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you.
Though I absolutely love books, my blog isn't book specific. My blog readers might not know, as I don't think I've talked about this before, that I tried out for Jeopardy! when I was a Freshman in high school. I, sadly, was not chosen for the show.
- Name your favorite blog(s) and explain why they are your favorite(s).
Beaucoup Pop - The blog for the podcast of the same name. I have found a likemindedness with the crew of BCP and I think that they produce a great show.
- Which is your favorite post that you have written that you want everyone to read?
I'm really proud of my post "Five Plot Points That Should Have Stayed in The Hunger Games Movie" as it was featured on The Mary Sue!
- If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why?
Kay Scarpetta, created by Patricia Cornwell. Before I changed my major back in college, I wanted to be a Forensic Pathologist and it was largely because of this character. The Scarpetta Series made me want to pursue a career in forensics.
- What literary location would you most like to visit? Why?
I'd really like to visit District 12 from The Hunger Games to see how it compares to Appalachia.
- What is your favorite part about the book blogging community?
As I've mentioned, my blog isn't book-specific, but I have found such camaraderie with bloggers of all types over the past three years. I've met some of the most fantastic people through Twitter especially. I am forever changed by their love and support.
- Is there anything that you would like to see change in the coming years?
With my own blog, I'd love to go self-hosted and be able to do it on a more full time basis. However, I don't think that it generates enough revenue for me to be able to do that.