In this episode I talk to Geraldine DeRuiter, writer of the very popular blog The Everywhereist.
I met Geraldine and her husband Rand when they were in Australia to speak at ProBlogger Event a couple of years ago. When I decided to start this new podcast, she was one of the first people I thought of as a potential guest. We recorded this interview when I was in Seattle in April.
Geraldine started blogging after she was laid off from her job back in 2009. While her blog is essentially a travel blog, she also describes it as “a love letter to my husband”. Her first book is currently in the “edit” phase.
A few days before we met, North Carolina announced its anti-LGBT laws – something I am still incredulous about. We were chatting about this when I hit record, so our conversation starts partway into this conversation.
You can find Geraldine at The Everywhereist.
What we discussed:
- Making a decision on where to go based on law and do you boycott or not?
- Starting The Everywhereist, and where the name came from
- Becoming a full time blogger
- Podcasting vs blogging
- Meeting your significant other online
- Writing online about our husbands
- Dealing with criticism for what you say online – and remembering it’s usually not you, it’s them
- That paleo post
- Coastal Kitchen (in Seattle)
- Trying to eat carb free in the US
- Making the most of every meal in life
- The need to continually eat when you change time zones
- Making the deliberate decision not to monetize her blog and staying true to yourself
- Blog – Not without salt
- Being “functionally unemployed”
- Selling the manuscript for her first book and feeling that she can now call herself a writer
- The challenge of finding an agent
- Having an accountability friend who has cancer
- Chad’s blog – The Brain Chancery
- Being diagnosed with a brain tumor and having brain surgery
- If something seems wrong with your body, get it checked out
- Being scared of pigeons
- Watching for falling coconuts in Australia
- Being lucky to be born how we are
- Shelf stable bacon (WTF?)
- Ashland, Oregon
- Celebrating little wins
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