ABBIE | april avenue

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

MEET ABBIE EMMONS.




Abbie (also stylized as Abbiee) is a blogger, songwriter, and indie music artist who currently resides here, and even though she was supremely busy, she allowed me to interview her for my series! 





First off, I’d love to thank Rachel tremendously for collaborating with me! We did a post swap in February (which was awesomesauce) (Rachel's note: IT WAS) so the fact that she wanted to interview me for this fabulous April project means she’s way cooler than we originally thought. (Seriously, girl – you deserve a unicorn and a waffle.)

WHAT OR WHO INSPIRED YOU TO START BLOGGING?

My sister and writing (which are basically the same thing.) When I was little, I always looked up to my sister (I mean I still do today…metaphorically. Physically I look an inch or two down. Muahaha, yes – I am slightly taller.) Everything – and I mean everything – she did was cool, so I obviously had to copy her.

I was really interested in writing (even when I was a small watermelon) so I decided to rant endlessly about that. My blog was born as “Crazy Rants of an Overly-Obsessed Writer” and, after a few years of discovering myself in music and other talents, I migrated to “Abbiee.” (Which describes me much better, don’t you think? HA.)


I AGREE; I SEE YOU MORE AS AN "ABBIEE" THAN AS AN "OVERLY-OBSESSED WRITER"! I UNDERSTAND THAT YOU HAD A COOKING BLOG BEFORE YOU HAD A MUSIC BLOG; WHAT CAUSED YOU TO MAKE THE TRANSITION?

Oh yes – Everything Needs Salt. I started this blog about three years ago on a whim. I was starting to find enjoyment in cooking, so I decided to blog about it. The experience was fun at first – I made some new friends, learned a TON of cool stuff about nutrition, and probably consumed my weight in chocolate. I was even featured in a book (Future Chefs by Ramin Ganeshram) and a magazine (Go Gluten Free, Spring 2015). The whole experience was exciting and full of possibilities – but then something happened.

I got burnt out. There is really no better way to say it – I was tired. So tired of the pressure and the non-stop lifestyle of cooking, cleaning, taking pictures, editing pictures, uploading pictures, writing recipes, updating social media, networking… I had literally no time to do what I truly loved anymore. I was working non-stop for a blog that wasn’t producing an income or a reward of any kind. I was running myself ragged. So I had to stop.

My family was very supportive of me during this transition. Being super close, we’re all a part of each other’s successes and failures. I decided that I would never again work for something I didn’t love and feel passion for. Music is something I’ve always escaped to – not to mention other things! I’m a multi-talented human being and I’m not afraid to admit it. I love writing, photography, travel, waffles, and now – thanks to chasing my passions with outstretched arms – I love blogging.


I LOVE BLOGGING TOO! OUTSIDE OF YOUR INTERNET LIFE, DO YOUR FAMILY/FRIENDS KNOW YOU HAVE A BLOG? HOW DOES IT RANK ON YOUR PRIORITY LIST?

Most of my friends and family know that I have a blog and give me the strength and courage to keep chasing my dreams. In fact, I have so many close friends and family members to thank for helping guide me in the right direction. It’s pretty awesome.

I rank blogging pretty high on my priority list. It is my biggest platform for presenting my art to the rest of the world. My blog is super important to me because it is my connection to everyone and everything. I really don’t know what I would do without the internet – it offers endless opportunities for people like me who want to get their face in front of other people’s faces, but don’t want to leave their houses. Ever. (Ahem.)

WHAT IS YOUR APPROACH TO YOUR INTERNET LIFE? (SAFETY, TIME LIMIT, ETC.)

I try to bring love and light wherever I go – not only in “real life,” but also on the Internet. I firmly believe that what is said and done on the Internet is said and done in real life. As a society, we’ve been conditioned to understand the Internet as something that doesn’t really exist – hence the overused acronym, IRL (in real life). But to me, my Internet self is my real self, and I approach everything I do on the internet as a representation of who I am as a person.

Time limits? Meh. I try not to fry my eyes outta my head by staring at the good ole LCD for too long, but I also have THINGS! TO! DO! and more often than not, I spend wayyy too much time on the computer (oops…) Safety? Also meh. I try not to give out my EXACT location (just in case) but I try not to be like Carmen San Diego, either. If people want to be my friends, they’re going to have to know some things about me.


TRUE, TRUE. DO YOUR REAL-LIFE EXPERIENCES INSPIRE YOU? WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION FOR YOUR POSTS/CREATIVE CONTENT?

Real life experiences absolutely inspire me!! I get ideas for content all over the place, (my brain is a messy landscape, guys) but usually content poofs out of the heavens when my mind is quiet and relaxed. OR OR OR if a situation/experience gets me really emotional/touched, I’ll feel the need to DROP EVERYTHING (including waffles, tbh) and write it down. These bursts of creativity eventually lead to new content on my blog.


FAVORITE PART OF BEING A BLOGGER?

Definitely the people. I KNOW THAT SOUNDS CLICHÉ, ALRIGHT. But I’m serious – if I had a blog and followers who were paying attention to my art? I would be one sad little legume. (Idk why I turned into a legume. I just did. Roll with it.) The support I receive from my followers/friends is BEYOND WORDS. Like I can never thank you!! What can I do??? Hmm?? (I guess I could give you some chocolate. Seeing as I’ve stolen the world’s supply.)


HOW HAS YOUR LOCATION AFFECTED YOUR CONTENT/WORLDVIEW?

This is a really interesting question!! The answer? My location has affected me a lot. I live in a very rural part of Vermont – the woods, some might call it. My town’s population is right around 1,000 and my house is situated at the end of a little dirt road that turns into a beast during mud season (did you guys know that in some parts of the world there’s a SEASON for MUD?? Yeah. It’s not fun.) Living in a small town my whole life has definitely helped shape me – I’ve been nurtured by creative, focused people who are open to new encounters.

I’ve also come to see how extensive the internet really is. It’s our connection to the world – even if we live in a place with only 999 other people. I can choose the kind of life I want – I don’t have to play by the rules. I can be anything I want to be, so long as I work hard enough at it. Blogging has shown me that there are so many opportunities out there, waiting for us to grab hold.

Take music for example – I could be a coffee shop musician, kicking back at a relaxing gig here and there, or I could have a couple million people around the world watching my face on YouTube. One isn’t better or worse than the other – they are just totally different lifestyles. And because of the internet, I have the ability to choose which one I want to go for.


THAT'S SO COOL! DO YOU SEE YOURSELF MORE AS A MUSICIAN OR AS A WRITER?

THIS IS A HARD QUESTION, BRO. I’m going to be confusing (because you know me) and say: neither. I see myself more as a kid who is exploring stuff. Like I said before, I’m a multi-talented, multifaceted person and I love trying new things. I make music, I write stories, I take pictures, I fdhjfkdsk on the internet – but who knows what the future may bring?? In ten years’ time I might be composing musical scores for movies, or painting ceilings of European chapels, or taking over a small square of America (where you shall pledge allegiance to waffles. And me.) So yes. Lots of exciting things happening! I’m ready to rock and roll.


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Thanks so much for letting me interview you, Abbie! It was so cool to see a little bit more of yourself and who you are as a person!

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