2k Q&A!

Thank you all for asking me amazing questions and celebrating my 2,000 WordPress followers with me. Below are the answers to your questions! 🙂

1. Has your blog followed the path that you wanted it to take or has the content you published changed? What’s been the biggest influence of that change?

So my blog has definitely taken the path I wanted it to take, but the content has really changed. It started out as a relationship blog called Hookup Culture, but as I evolved and grew (this blog is three years old as of the end of October) I changed it to Rosie Culture and made it more personal. The biggest influence of that change was graduating college and then ultimately leaving behind the single life and entering the relationship I’m currently in.

2. What’s your favorite blog post that you’ve done?

I really love the series I did on being better off without my exes. You can start here and go backwards.

3. Least favorite?

Anything I wrote when I was first starting out lol. I really had to dig deep for this one, a very dry post about Tinder.

4. What sort of influence does your blog have on your real life (or vice versa)?

When I was in college, it was almost kind of a negative impact because boys would ask me if I was writing about them and it just created like this weird vibe when I was dating people. Now, it has been super helpful to me mostly because of the advice I’m offered and I have an avenue that I’m not judged on.

5. What do you like most about the U.K? 

While it’s on my list of places to go, I’ve never been to the UK! I have to say my favorite thing that I know about the country though is the awesome accents and slang! 🙂

6. How long have you been blogging, and what are some of your favorites to follow?

At the end of this month, it will be three years! Here are some blogs that I really love 🙂

  1. StyledbyMcKenz
  2. Dishing up Chic
  3. One Degree, No Direction
  4. Healthy & Psyched
  5. Single in the Suburbs

7. A question for my boyfriend: Do you read Rosie’s blog? Is it helpful to your relationship to read her insights or do you feel awkward knowing certain posts are about you that random bloggers are reading?

I do read Rosie’s blog! I check it almost every day, and I actually read it occasionally when it crossed my path in college, back in the Hookup Culture days.

I think it’s super helpful to read it. Sometimes it’s a little weird to know things are about me and strangers are reading them, but I’m comfortable enough with myself and with us that it doesn’t make me uncomfortable. I think that in relationships, the most important things are honesty and communication. And it’s not always easy to be honest about the tough things, or figure out a way to express how you’re feeling. The blog really helps me understand where Rosie’s head is at on things – how she’s feeling, what she’s feeling, what works, what doesn’t – and it even gives me insight into how things have made her feel previously. Our relationship is successful partly because of this blog and the WordPress community because both provide her with an outlet to clear her head and get her thoughts out there. Plus, she literally puts checklists of what she wants to do each season up, which is like handing me date ideas on a silver platter.

8. How do you balance blogging, work, social calendar and the other things life throws your way?

I think it’s a little easier for me because social media and writing come very naturally to me. Usually I write my blog posts during my lunch break or while I’m walking on the treadmill then schedule them. I also have a content calendar for my Instagram. I just kind of consider it a second job that always needs my attention!

9. What makes you more excited on your own blog?

Sometimes I ramble when I write, so I get pretty excited when people leave comments and actually understand what I’m saying lol.

10. What makes your readers get connected to your blog?

I don’t really know. I know my break up and dating posts help a lot of people because it’s not something widely talked about and I always try to be as honest as possible.

11. Have you ever regretted a post that you’ve written?

No, but I do feel bad about how hard I was on some people I wrote about.

12. Do you ever struggle with how much of your life you want to share on your blog? Are there any topics/issues that are off limits?

I do struggle sometimes with how much I feel like I can really put out there because of my professional life. I limit my cursing and anything inappropriate. One thing I almost never talk about anywhere is politics.

 Thanks everyone for reading! xoxo

Rosie


2,000 WordPress Followers and Q&A

I’m so excited to announce that after many months of being on my list of goals, I finally reached 2,000 followers here on WordPress!

I don’t think I thank this community enough for being such an amazing platform  that offers me different points of view, advice, and even agrees with me when I’m not sure if what I’m saying is agreeable. Thank you all so much.

To all my new and old followers, I’d love to do a little Q&A for you to get to know me better. You can always check out my about me or this old Q&A I did a while ago. But I want to give everyone the opportunity to ask any questions that might pop up when they’re reading my blog.

Please drop a question below and I will write a post in the next week with all of my answers ☺️

How I Accidentally Stopped Having Fun

When I was in high school, if you asked me what I did for fun I could name a few things. I liked reading, writing, going to concerts, and hanging out with some of my friends. If you asked me what I did for fun in college I would say I like getting drunk with my best friends, I like writing, I like meeting new people.

If you asked me now, I think I would struggle a little bit. Because I still love going to concerts and seeing my friends. But I’m not too keen on alcohol anymore. I like going new places and I like writing, but both almost feel like a job to me now. My passion projects have turned into work.

I accidentally forgot to have fun because things have become so different after I’ve spent a few years out of college – I don’t know what to define as fun anymore.

I’ve picked up a few things that I like doing. I like knitting/crocheting and cross-stitching (even though I’m not great at it). I am trying to pick up reading again. And I’m trying to find joy in writing and traveling again.

There’s a lot of pressure when you work 5 days a week to make the most of the time you’re not actually working. I didn’t think it was possible, but there is a pressure to have fun that makes having fun not fun.

So I’ve taken a step back, again, to draw a very very very thick line between work and play. I need to go with the flow and just learn to have fun again.

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The Hookup On: Blogs You Should Check Out

I’m headed out on vacation tomorrow until Tuesday! I haven’t traveled in a while so I am so excited to be going to Burlington, Vermont for a couple of days 🙂 While I’m gone, you should definitely check out these amazing and supportive bloggers!

  1. Hunida’s Blog
  2. StyledbyMcKenz
  3. BEXoxoBlog

  4. Scale It Simple
  5. Eats and Etc.
  6. One Degree, No Direction

Enjoy your weekend!

xoxo

Rosie

I Don’t Read Reviews

My favorite band released their fifth album over a week ago and I was extremely excited because they put a lot of time in between each album so the anticipation was real. They have been on the verge of breaking up for years now, so every time they release something or go on tour I am the most excited human in the world.

I saw a lot of people post statuses about the album, I saw famous musicians tweet about it, but I never really read deeply into them because it just doesn’t matter to me. I don’t really care what you think about the album, because I love it. And I don’t need someone dumping negativity all over something I love.

I don’t really trust music or movie reviews because it just comes down to the simple fact that we all have certain emotions that are attached to these things and it gets touchy when other people insert their opinions. It’s almost like politics. I feel very strongly about my favorite band, just as I feel very strongly about certain political stances to the point where no matter how much we argue, you won’t be changing my mind.

We all watched the new Taylor Swift music video and song, some people passionately loved it and some people passionately hated it. But I’m not going to dump all over something you feel strongly about – I don’t really write reviews or read them for this reason.

And I feel like this could be adapted into most things in my life. To form my own opinion before listening to others.

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Giving Up Caffeine

Up until this year, I didn’t like coffee. I stuck with my usual tea and Diet Coke to get my caffeine fix. But slowly I’ve become obsessed with iced coffee and cold brew and now I’m cutting it all out – and it hurts, guys.

I am generally an over-thinker and it doesn’t really stop when I sleep, especially when I’m stressed out. I haven’t been sleeping well at all the past couple of weeks and it’s taken a major toll on me, so I’ve been ordered to give up caffeine for 2-3 weeks to see if it makes a difference. This is being paired with regular exercise.

I switched out my morning tea for decaf and haven’t touched a Diet Coke or coffee in days. I thought I was pretty snappy and cranky when I couldn’t sleep, but without caffeine it seems to be 10 times worse. I told myself I’d allow some cheat days, but I really do want to be able to sleep better so I think I have to at least make it through the work week without any caffeine.

I was told to cut it cold turkey, which seemed a little drastic but now makes sense. It wasn’t so hard, but at the end of the day I get headaches and want to go to bed at 5:30 pm. Which is no good.

Have you ever cut out caffeine? I would love to hear how your experience went, if you’d be able to do it, or if you have any tips!

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Connect With Me On Social Media!

All things Rosie Culture can be found at the links below. I would love to get 550 likes on my Facebook page by the end of summer, I’m at 525 right now so I have about one month to get 25 more! Feel free to also drop your social media links in the comments 🙂

Instagram: @rosieculture

Facebook: facebook.com/rosieculture

Twitter: @rosieculture