Nuffnang’s featured blogger for the month of March!
Gretchen Gatan of GretasJunkyard.com
1. Who are you and what is your blog about?
My name is Gretchen, not Greta. “Greta” is actually just a nickname my cousin uses to tease me! I graduated from Ateneo with a major in Creative Writing, so I’m really a writer by heart. But when I’m not writing in the wee hours of the morning, I work in my day job as a marketing manager for several beauty and cosmetics brands. I also co-founded a small website design business that caters to start-up companies, and help with the marketing of my mom’s kesong puti business.
Greta’s Junkyard is literally a dump site of all my favorite things. This includes food, beauty, lifestyle, and travel. Occasionally, I tend to word vomit random thoughts that plague my head.
2. What can we expect from your blog?
The articles that come out on Greta’s Junkyard really depend on my mood or what I feel like writing, but you’ll see a lot of reviews and tips on makeup and skincare products, restaurants I’ve tried, and travel features. I really love travelling, and I hope to see more of the world! As of 2015, I’ve been to Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Ho Chi Minh, Siem Reap, New York, Florida, Connecticut, Alaska, and Canada. My dream is to add more to that list!
3. When and how did you start blogging?
I started blogging in 2009 when my best friend introduced me to the wonderful world of Tumblr, but back then my posts were mostly personal (borderline emo). In 2011, I started contributing to a few online publications, which inspired me to expand and start GretasJunkyard.com in 2012.
4. What separates your blog from other blogs?
I guess what makes my blog different is that it’s literally a creative outlet, so that I don’t go insane. Writing has always been my passion ever since I was a little girl, and my ultimate goal is to write and publish a novel that will skyrocket like the Harry Potter series. But until I have bills to pay, makeup to buy, a dog to care for, and more countries in my wish list that I want to visit, I know that writing and writing alone won’t be able to sustain me. So I’ll take what I can get and write as much as I can (or as much as I want to) on GretasJunkyard.com—at least until I find the time to finally write that novel and fulfil the dark and broody fictionist in me.
5. What is the best thing about being a blogger?
There are so many amazing things about being a blogger! The best ones would have to be being given all these one-of-a-kind opportunities, and being able to help others, even in the smallest of ways. I once wrote an article called “How to Plan for a Vietnam-Cambodia Trip with Php 20,000” and I’ve gotten so much feedback, it’s overwhelming!
To be honest, there are moments when I start to overthink about my strength as a writer. But then I suddenly get a comment from a random stranger thanking me and telling me that he or she loved my article, which gives me that push I need to just keep writing and to never stop writing.