I’m going to Blog On MSI

Keep calm and Blog On

I’m going to my first blogging conference next month – Blog On in Manchester. This is a sort of getting-to-know-you post that all the attendees are meant to do, so in theory when we turn up we’ll be less intimidated by all the strangers. I’m super socially awkward, so I’m probably going to be pretty terrified of everyone anyway. Apologies in advance if I see you at the conference and say something weird.

Share a recent picture of you (if you are an anonymous blog, a drawing is fine)

Me in a green dress with a giant burrito on a plate in front of me
I’m pretty excited about the giant burrito I’m about to stuff in my face.

Describe yourself in three words: Efficient, hungry writer.

How long have you been blogging and what made you start? I’m something of a serial blogger. I started my first blog 11 years ago, long before the days of social media, linkys and WordPress plugins.

The Squirmy Popple launched in July 2015 when my daughter was a month old, and I primarily started it because I wanted to chronicle my journey through new parenthood. Also because I needed something that was just for me during a time when I was so wrapped up in caring for someone else. Also because I kind of couldn’t help myself – I’ve always been the sort of person who makes sense of things by writing them down.

What was the inspiration behind your blog name? When my daughter was a newborn, she used to curl up on my chest like a Popple. You know, those weird, kind of creepy toys from the 80s. Also, she squirmed around a lot. Still does. This kid does not like sitting still.

What is the best thing to come from your blog so far? ‘Meeting’ some amazingly talented and funny people through the blogging community (hello, #tribalchat!).

Your most remembered thing from your childhood Running around outside with the neighbourhood kids all summer, getting sweaty and sunburned and eating ice cream. I swear it never rained. It was idyllic.

Something interesting you might not know about me is . . . Despite my love of Britishisms and tendency to stick the letter u in words like ‘neighbourhood’, I’m American. I grew up on Long Island, New York and have been living in the UK for over a decade, mostly in Glasgow. I think of myself as Americanish – a little bit of both.

Which social media platform best describes your personality and why? Twitter, because I move and talk quickly.

What is your happy song? Stayin’ Alive by the Bee Gees.

What is your favourite alcoholic drink? Prosecco

What is your favourite cake? Whatever you put in front of me, as long as there’s no banana in it.

What is your favourite takeaway dish? Saag paneer with garlic naan and pilau rice.

Where is your dream holiday destination and why? Japan, because I love the culture and food. Also, I hear they have amazing futuristic toilets, so that’s a plus.

What would your superhero name be? Special K. That’s also my rapper name, in case you’re interested.

If you had a magical power, would you want to have and why? To not need to sleep, because let’s face it – I’m not going to get much of it for the next few years.

What one weapon would help you survive a zombie apocalypse? My wit?

If you could send something into space, what would it be? Donald Trump.

What would you have on your gravestone? Well, that was unexpected.

You make headline news around the world in 2 years time… but for what reason? Please let it be because I’ve written a bestselling book. Something good, not some crap about vampires.

If an EMP wiped out all mechanical forms of transport, how would you get to BlogOn? Roller skates. As a former roller derby player, I’m pretty good on eight wheels.

9 Replies to “I’m going to Blog On MSI”

  1. Ahh Katie! I’ll be there too. I’m not sure what I want to get out of it this time, I think I’ll end up just hanging out and drink apple juice and eat too much cake, I didn’t eat enough cake last time. I’m sure everything will be fine though 😀

    1. Squirmy Popple says: Reply

      Let’s eat all the cake together!

  2. That was really interesting and now I want to meet you immediately and ask you a billion questions. Like “what was your derby name?” and “why did you move to Scotland?” and soooo many others.

    See you there. Avoid me if you don’t want to be interrogated 😀

    1. Squirmy Popple says: Reply

      My roller derby name was Empire Skate – a nod to my New York roots. I moved to Scotland because I studied abroad at St Andrews as an undergrad and loved it, so I came back to do my master’s degree, then got a job, and pretty much never looked back!

  3. I love your weapon, I think brains has to win it definitely. At 11 years you are a seasoned blogger, so I hope we can learn something from you as well as send you away having learnt something! Thank you for joining in the icebreaker linky!
    Jenny – commenting on behalf of myself and BlogOnUK.

  4. I look forward to seeing you there, Katie. Give me a nudge if don’t recognise you as I am completely rubbish with names and faces (In fact, have we met before and i’ve already forgotten?!!)….SO unlesss you turn up and you’re in black and white holding a baby with a hairband I have NO CHANCE 😉 Great answers. We agreed on Donald Trump!

  5. I’ll be there too! And I’m glad I won’t be the only one there that is super socially awkward I am the mistress of cringe! Your roller derby days sound very interesting!!!

  6. Your first ever blogging conference! Waaahhhh! Get out the confetti cannons! You’re going to LOVE it!!! I think a blogging conference on eight wheels would be amazing… I think you should recommend it to Laura. Looking forward to seeing you there!

  7. See you there, Katie. Like Jane, I’m awful with names and faces – it’s a miracle I recognise myself some days – so just give me a slap when I stare at you blankly. (Although my default position is to assume all female bloggers are named Kate or Katie, so at least I’m okay there …)

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