Introducing Faryl and ‘The Fearless Blogger’

by Chuck Westbrook on February 16, 2009

For the next two weeks we’ll be reading ‘The Fearless Blogger‘ by Faryl. Be sure to subscribe to her RSS, but don’t forget to look at her great design first.

Hello there, fellow chuckwestbrook.com readers! I’ve been a fan of Chuck’s project since it started, and am thrilled the The Fearless Blogger is being featured!

My blog is still young (about three months old), and still a bit in the development stages. I’m learning from experience, tweaking the site and finding my voice as I go. New as I may be, I’ve quickly fell in love with the opportunity for new connections that come with having a blog. So, I’m especially stoked to get a chance to connect with the community of readers here.

The blog is still evolving, and I always love feedback. I adore hearing from readers and getting a sense of who dropped by, so would love it if you said hello!

Looking forward to meeting you all!

Now onto “the questions”:

1. Who are you?

The over-simplified answer is: I’m a geek girl, living in Southern California writing a blog.

If I had to describe myself in one word it would be “eclectic”.

Being a chatty gal who rarely keeps it simple, I’ll elaborate. The product of a New York Jewish family, I moved to Seattle (my adopted hometown) in my 20’s to (forgive the cliche) “find myself” and slowly have migrated south - with a five year layover in San Francisco before ending up in San Diego (where I’ve surprised myself by being able to envision a long-term future living here). I’ve had jobs ranging from assistant director of a daycare to health club receptionist to manager at a top public accounting firm to unemployed (with accompanying diverse salaries/lifestyles). My music tastes range from the Grateful Dead to Justin Timberlake and I’m not ashamed to admit to have been a card-carrying member of the Ricky Martin fan club.

Aside from cheesy music and warm climates, my passion is technology - especially anything that gives me a creative outlet, connect with people or learn something new. It’s probably not a shocker that I’m equally addicted to anything Apple and the internet. I get jazzed about seeing how the web is evolving and the social technology that’s been popping up to open new ways to form new connections with people. I get even more jazzed sharing (some might say evangelizing) the information with non-techie folks to help demystify the web and identify relevant ways to incorporate it in their lives.

Other randomness that flavors who I am: I have severe ADHD (first diagnosed in my 30s), have a huge soft-spot in my heart for animals, bleach my hair within an inch of its life, am chronically late and diabolically messy. I’m a huge procrastinator (but will tell you more about that later). My preference to focus on the good in the world is somewhat offset by my sarcastic sense of humor. I’m vegetarian and adore carbs. I’m a fan of wordplay and puns. I love to make people laugh.

I also love to talk. And write. Both are evidenced by my oversized collection of run-on sentences, despite a deep yearning to be brief and concise. (Admittedly, I’ve clearly missed the “concise” mark with this answer!)

(For the curious, nosey, masochists, bored-and-needing-something-to-do, or psychologists-looking-for-a-case-study, you can ready yet more about me here.)

2. How would you describe your blog?

If I had to describe it in one word it would be “eclectic”. (Whoa! Deja vu!)

My “official” description is: A girl geek’s musings on technology, web/graphic design, social media trends and life in general.

Although it’s not a cat blog, I consider The Fearless Blogger to be a personal blog in that I blog about things that interest me that I think other people might be interested in. Rather than working to keep myself or my voice out of my posts, I’m trying to get better at injecting more “Faryl” into them.

My posts range from personal reflections and reactions to software/site reviews and social media trends. I write about blogging, but it’s not a blogging blog. I love social media, so find myself frequently writing about that. I’ve been finding myself fascinated by Twitter and the surrounding culture evolving around it - but am making an effort to continue to write about a wider range of topics, since the world really doesn’t need another Twitter blog!

One particular series I’ve been having fun with is Inside the Bloggers Studio, where I ask bloggers and other non-actors the questions from Inside the Actors Studio. (The next one features a familiar face - Johnny Truant!)

3. Why do you blog?

I started blogging because I wanted a place to have a voice. For one thing, I felt after being a bit of a lurker in the blog-o-sphere and gaining so much from the blogs I’ve read, it was my turn to give back and contribute to the online community. I also provide social media consulting services and I wanted a professional homebase.

I’ve continued blogging because I’ve since discovered that blogging is my passion. I love to write and share and I love connecting with my blog’s readers. When I can’t blog, I miss it.

Connecting with readers is the other reason I blog. I don’t mean subscribers or page hits - those are just numbers. I love the emails, comments and tweets. As I’ve said, it’s important to me to write about what interests me and let my voice shine through. But if I didn’t feel I was connecting with or reaching anyone, blogging would lose it’s allure for me. I’m still learning to find that balance between writing for both me and my readers, hopefully it’s something I’ll get better at!

4. What blogs do you love?

Besides chuckwestbrook.com and the featured blogs? (Which I do love!)

For information, resources and trends, I love Mashable, Chris Brogan’s Blog, all the sites in the Envato network, Lifehacker, Seth Godin’s blog and Just Creative Design.

My favorite personal blogs at the moment are Who is Jon Ray and the up-and-coming-brand-new Jocephus.com (OK, I’m biased towards that one, because my sweetie’s the writer!).

I have a tendency to find a blog and spend a day exploring it - so I sure I’m missing some top notch faves, but those are the first that came to mind.

5. What’s something interesting about you that has nothing to do with blogging?

I used to do improv.

I started taking improv lessons as a way to meet new folks when I moved to San Diego, and surprised myself by accepting an invitation to become a member of a group. Even bigger surprise - performing in front of an audience rocks!

Although I’m no longer with the group and it’s been a while since I’ve performed, improv is something I think I’ll remain connected to throughout my life. Chronically running late and procrastinating gives a girl a wealth of experience of thinking on her feet. Turn that into an asset and pair it with making people laugh and I’m hooked!

(On the off-chance you want to learn more random facts about my life: Seven things (I’ve been tagged!)

6. Which 5 of your posts would you recommend for new readers to start with?

  1. To get a sense of how I started and the background of The Fearless Blogger: The Fearless Blogger’s Maiden Voyage.
  2. A post that’s just about me putting my thoughts and feelings out there: Free Fall | Dedicated to my Brother.
  3. In the “least -creative-but-most-popular” category would be: Four Blog Ideas Worth Stealing.
  4. Any of the posts in my Inside the Bloggers Studio series.
  5. Because it’s a message I don’t think can be said enough: Never too Late to Say “Thank You”
  6. Bonus posts:

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

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Ryan 02.16.09 at 8:54 am

Sweet! A blog I was already following. I highly recommend it, and I think the description is apt: eclectic. And awesome.

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Faryl 02.16.09 at 9:25 am

Just wanted to leave a quick note saying once more how stoked I am!!

(@Ryan I appreciate the recommendation!! That made my day (-: )

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Johnny Truant 02.16.09 at 10:52 am

Awesome! I’ve been out of it for a while, but this is a good one to come back to.

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GEMMERZZ 02.16.09 at 12:36 pm

improv?! seriously?? that’s awesome.

i’ve been absent from the project for more than a month and i’m excited about this choice, chuck. thanks!

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Trina 02.16.09 at 1:38 pm

sounds fun, headin’ over…. BTW, loved ‘Sketch Wars”, but am missing exit interviews of late - thoughts on returning to that?

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Melanie @ Mel, A Dramatic Mommy 02.16.09 at 2:05 pm

Yeah Faryl! Someone I know in real life! Congrats on being featured.

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Kristin T. (@kt_writes) 02.16.09 at 5:17 pm

Chuck, I think Faryl is a great choice! We recently found one another on Twitter, and I’ve been enjoying her tweets and posts.

Faryl, I’m really impressed by all you’ve done with your blog in three short months! I can really relate to your “why do you blog” response, and to your self-professed problem with keeping things brief. :) I was already subscribed, but I’ll look forward to following you extra closely these next two weeks!

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ChangeForge | Ken Stewart 02.16.09 at 9:56 pm

The site design is HAWT! I love the mastehead and very open feeling of your space and color choices. Now that is a very interesting way to grab some eyeballs. I look forward to seeing the content lines up with the look.

Warmest Regards,
Ken Stewart
ChangeForge.com

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Zoe 02.17.09 at 4:11 am

Faryl,

Your site looks wonderful, and I’m looking forward to reading through it… off to subscribe :)

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Ian Shepherd 02.17.09 at 6:38 am

Great stuff, Faryl is one of my favourite twitter friends - highly recommended !

Ian

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Niche Marketing for Newbies 02.18.09 at 12:23 am

Found this site almost by accident and now discovering the great content here - thanks!

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Faryl 02.18.09 at 12:31 am

Wow! You guys rock!! Overwhelmed by the sweet remarks about my blog here!

Thanks!

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