I am Gillian, a Hong Kong based Canadian blogger who keeps a local lifestyle blog. Since writing is not my day job, I must say this has been a very humbling experience, and I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to take a glimpse of what the glamorous editorial world is like. I have never even thought of keeping a blog until December 2010, when my friend Erica invited me to go to a fashion show with her on behalf of the online magazine she represents, and casually asked if I could do the write up for the evening, which gave a kick start to my guest contribution with Lifestyle Asia. On February 2011, after several months of guest contributing on various online magazines and blogs, I decided to keep my own blog on top of writing for others, pretty much because I have just way too much to write about than an occasional guest post.
我Gillian是駐香港的加拿大籍博客，而寫作題材多數環繞時裝、藝術及旅遊。由於寫作是我的興趣而不是職業，所以我很慶幸能夠有機會一嘗為生活雜誌獻稿的滋味。為Lifestyle Asia寫文之前，我從來都無想過要做博客。但當時好友兼Lifestyle Asia編輯Erica需要有人幫手寫幾篇派對報導，所以就因此開展了我的博客生涯。
Shortly after establishing my own blog, I was excited as we began receiving invites for cool events, which obviously my friends accompanied me to, both for ogling at the latest art and fashion, as well as stuffing our faces with yummy canapés and bubblies. The incentive for joining Nuffnang is quite similar to the event invitations – they dig around for the best stuff around town for us to sample, and it is always exciting to stay ahead of the crowd! After going through all the photo shooting and modeling, Jasmine, Jessie, and Keely, my best friends as well as diehard fans of the blog, decided they wanted a piece of the action as well and started contributing guest posts to my blog, each focusing on their very own interests and expertise. The entire journey was more a discovery of old friends and making new ones, because interviewing my friends has allowed me learn a lot more about their recent changes in life, and heading to parties with them is an awesome way to catch up, as well as meeting new friends through interviews and parties, which interestingly, we usually are able to find a handful of common friends!
So what is the best part about blogging? It is pretty cool to be able to call myself a blogger, and definitely super encouraging seeing a steady increase in visits to my blog as well as in email subscription to my newsletter. Best of all, because I need to find stuff to write about, I have been discovering shops worthy of purchases from all around town as well as new innovations that is just totally eye opening! Blogging entirely changed my worldview – everywhere I go and everything I encounter now I would think, hmm, is this bloggable?
At the beginning of my blogging career, I have always imagined that one day I will run out of stuff to write about and that will be the end of everything. But surprisingly, that day simply never came. Ideas just kept on coming, to a point where I never have enough time to finish writing everything. The biggest challenge with blogging, I must say, is that it does hijack my life quite a bit. Although I love the events going and even the writing itself, I feel like I don’t have much time for anything else. I am trying to learn to strike a balance this year though.
It is difficult for me to choose which piece I like the most, because they are all my babies, and no mom would ever think of their own kids as ugly looking. But a few of my most clicked on posts do include a Singapore travel piece , an interview with Percy on her paper art and a guide for men in lingerie shopping.This pretty much covers the most significant areas of my blogging interest – Travel, Art, and Fashion.