8 Years of Blogging – Reintroducing Myself!

Can you believe it? I certainly can’t, which is why I once again forgot this blogiversary was coming up. I always vaguely remember that it’s sometime in early June, but when the WordPress notification tells me “You registered 8 years ago. Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging.”, I am always, always, always surprised and caught off guard.

After blogging for such a long time (really, who would have thought?), it’s tricky to come up with something new for these kind of celebratory posts. I’ve done countless Q&A’s, giveaways, challenges … it’s starting to repeat too much. But, my friend The Orang-utan Librarian has thankfully given me a great idea of what I could do. My style, the content of the blog, me as a person, have all changed over the years and so has the audience here. Some of you have been along for the ride from pretty much the beginning and others have only joined our little community recently. I cherish all of you and thought it was time (and hopefully a fun) to reintroduce myself!

ME, MYSELF AND I

all of the other portraits were drawn by yours truly!

To get some of the basics out of the way: I’m a girl in her late 20s, currently living in Austria. It’s where I’m from originally, but I’ve also lived in Germany, France, the US and Canada before, which is why I always put the “currently” in front of whatever place I’m at. You never truly know where you’ll end up … or at least I don’t.

This blog has gone through several changes since I’ve started it. I’ve purchased the lifeandotherdisasters.com domain a couple years back and haven’t regretted it yet. It somehow made everything more real, confirmed that this was my place and mine alone! There comes a certain freedom with that. Now, when we talk about the content though, I’ve always heavily focused on TV shows, movies and books. Sometimes I will sprinkle in some insights on writing or life or whatever comes to mind, but those topics I mentioned before are definitely the pillars.

But back to talking about myself (couldn’t sound more narcissistic if I tried) – here are a couple things I love:

  • I adore drawing portraits of people! As you can see above (or on my art insta), it’s really all I do. Landscapes, animals, abstract creative musings – none of that has ever really interested me. I love figuring out the shadows and proportions of faces and have found my favorite medium in watercolors. If you ever want to read more about my process, I wrote a handy post, which you can read here!
  • My friends have called me the Queen of TV for ages now, mostly because I’m great at giving show recommendations tailored to people’s specific taste, maybe because I’ve been on TV like four times already, but also because it’s actually my field of work … kinda. I’ve studied film-, TV- and media-production (which couldn’t sound more vague), but gave me a great foundation regarding the economic side of the film biz. I’ve since worked in film distribution, casting, event management, marketing, PR, press and much more. I feel so at home in this area and am forever grateful that I get to make it a career, even if it’s still a work in process and has been halted due to the pandemic.

Actual quote from a previous employer: The fact that [Ms Katja] follows the world of film and TV outside of the workplace makes her an inspiring interlocutor.

  • My most favorite place in the whole world is Vancouver (in British Columbia, although I’ve been to the one in Washington State as well). It has the ocean, mountains, forests and a downtown area with skyscrapers. It’s on the bigger side in terms of people who live there (at least for Canada), but super easy to get around. I’ve made such great friends there and just had the best of times. It also helped that it’s considered Hollywood North, which means there were loads of film and television sets to visit.
  • I’ve always loved to devour and tell stories. Those two things just sort of go hand in hand for me and I would never want to miss eitherfrom my life. I don’t know if I’d want to pursue a life as a published author, but there has never been a time where I didn’t want to share my stories with the world. So, we shall see where my road leads to here. I think I have a couple really good tales still in me.
  • I’ve done about three workshops for acting and I love it. It’s truly a craft in my eyes and I enjoy it a lot, despite not being great at it. There’s people who can just let go, but I always hold back. There’s emotions I have a really hard time letting roam, but I learned (despite usually being very camera shy) that I adore camera acting. Many people love being on stage and I’m the complete opposite. I love the intricacies and detail that goes into camera acting. Your smallest movements get detected, you can do the same scene over and over in a million different ways, it’s entirely different than when you have to project to a large audience in a room and you only get one shot to do it right. And still, I could never do this as a job.
me at one of my workshops several years ago
  • I’ve gone to several comedy shows and improv shows and there are few things that bring me more joy, but I always find them funnier when I’m in the room than when I watch a taping or recording of it. There’s definitely times when I think I have a terrible sense of humor, but when you’re in a room full of laughter, it’s just the best!

I hope you now feel like you’ve learned something new or know more about me than you did before. It’s a very personal post, but so is this freaking milestone I still can’t believe it’s true. The fact that I already (accidentally) paid for the domain for next year means I’ll also be sticking around. Sorry, hope you’re not getting tired of me yet!


So, that’s it! All of this is me and I would love for you to (re)introduce yourself in the comments! Let’s start a little discourse here!

Seven Years of Blogging – I’M STILL HERE! (+Giveaway!)

SEVEN YEARS! It never ceases to amaze me for just how long I’ve been doing this. When I started Life and Other Disasters, I was still in uni and even had a previous blog from High School on my track record that barely lasted a couple weeks. In my mind, there was no way I would keep going for so long. I won’t lie to you, the seven-year-itch has caught me too, and there were times I wondered if I should maintain it at all or maybe let it slide into oblivion with shinier platforms like Twitter, Instagram and YouTube (don’t even get me started on TikTok, I’m too old for that one) out there to take over.

But this isn’t about how things have moved on a bit or how I feel like a lot of people forget about the work bloggers put into their posts. There were definite ups and downs, sometimes entire months without any posts other than trailers. I am guilty of not always bringing my A-game myself. However, I found, no matter what life threw at me, I never regretted having this blog to come back to. But most of all, I cherish the people I have met on here that have become some of my dearest friends. I would never ever want to miss you!! (I hope you know who you are)

So, basically, I’m saying I am still here! And even though I have no clue what the future holds and for how long I will stay here, I think seven years is a mighty fine reason to celebrate. I haven’t done this in a while, but I really wanted to give back to everyone who takes the time to visit Life and Other Disasters, like and comment on a regular basis. It really means so much to me, whether you’ve been sticking around for years or have just recently discovered the blog! Long story short: I’m doing a giveaway!! You lot have been the greatest at doing Q&As and other alternatives I have tried these past years, I thought it was about time I did one of these once more. And nothing seemed more fitting than to take a look at some of my favourite reads from the past years and let the winner choose one of the books I am suggesting.

GIVEAWAY RULES

  • I am giving away ONE (maybe two if enough people take part) of my favourite books (see list below of books to choose from).
  • The giveaway is international as long as Book Depository ships to you or you can link me up to an Indie Bookstore of your choice that will let me order from where I live.
  • You have to be 18+ or have the permission of your parents to give me details such as your full name and address. None of the information will be shared!
  • The giveaway starts today (June 8, 2020) and ends on June 14, 2020. The winner will be chosen at random, contacted via the comment section and asked to send me an email with the necessary information.
  • TO ENTER: you must follow the blog and comment about either a favourite memory we share OR your favourite blog post of mine. (You don’t yet have to pick a book, but feel free to tell me which ones interest you most!)
  • These are the bookish options I’m giving you:

Words in Deep Blue Anna K: A Love Story (Anna K, #1) Jackaby (Jackaby, #1) We Are Okay

Words in Deep Blue | Anna K | Jackaby | We Are Okay

The Field Guide to the North American Teenager All American Boys To Kill a Kingdom Echo North

Field Guide to the North American Teenager | All American Boys | To Kill a Kingdom | Echo North

A Very Large Expanse of Sea Saints and Misfits Dear Martin (Dear Martin, #1) The Light Between Worlds

A Very Large Expanse of Sea | Saints and Misfits | Dear Martin | The Light Between Worlds

How I Live Now Wolf By Wolf (Wolf By Wolf, #1) This Savage Song  (Monsters of Verity, #1) Red Rising (Red Rising Saga, #1)

How I Live Now | Wolf by Wolf | This Savage Song | Red Rising

The Serpent King Normal People The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood

The Serpent King | Normal People | The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society | Born a Crime

I tried to make it a good mix of different books. There’s everything from YA to adult, contemporary to Fantasy and even non-fiction book. You can find more info on all of these by either clicking on the titles to read my review or the cover to get redirected to Goodreads!


I wish the best of luck to everyone who decides to participate and am looking forward to reminisce a little about the past years!