Nice treat today folks. I had the opportunity to interview a blog superstar. Her name is Brankica Underwood, and if you haven’t heard of her, you will. Her blog is live your love and that is just what she’s doing.
“I never stop in front of them.”
Rob: I wanted to start this off honestly and let you know I’m just getting over being perturbed at you. You see, I thought it would be good to subscribe to comments from a post of yours as I might learn a thing or two.
Here’s the link to the post. It is up to 366 comments and counting. I got in around 70. I hope you feel bad.
Brankica: Lol, I do feel bad cause I always subscribe to posts I comment on even when I see they will have a lot of comments, and then I can’t delete all the updates that keep coming. Sorry 🙂
Rob: No worries 🙂 I asked to interview you because you Live it LOUD! Please tell us a little about your upbringing, background and influences.
Brankica: I don’t even know how to start this one. I was born in Bosnia and due to the war we moved to Serbia where I went to school and spent most of my life in. I am Bosnian Serb so that was the logical move in those circumstances. I grew up in a loving family and I believe the biggest influences on my life were my grandfather (my mother’s side) who taught me to read when I was about 2-3 years old and my dad, who was an army officer.
Rob: If you could break bread with one person from history who would that be and why?
Brankica: This is a tough one cause I love history and there are so many people I would like to break bread with. Probably more of them there than in present time, lol.
If I had to choose one person it would have to be Emperor Dusan Nemanjic, Serbian Emperor from 14th century. Our medieval state was at the peak being an empire while he ruled it and I just think he is one of the worthy ones.
Rob: You are a history buff. You also have some interesting hobbies (besides writing epic posts!). Please tell us what they are.
Brankica: I do have interesting hobbies, like practical shooting (which is kind of my occupation too, since I am a shooting trainer), I love and ride motorcycles, I love tattoos, etc.
Rob: What are some short and long term goals?
Brankica: Short term goal is starting another niche site which I am doing now and long term goals are just continuing doing what I do, try help people live their love – doing stuff they love without slaving at their 9 to 5 jobs.
Rob: How about offline?
Brankica: I guess a short one would be finally teaching myself how to teach my puppy to be a show dog. I have a purebred champion puppy that I don’t know how to teach to be a show dog 🙂
Long term is definitely my family and having kids.
Rob: Sweet. On another note, you really are a generous person as noted by your willingness to teach. How fulfilling is it to know you’re making a difference?
Brankica: It makes me feel great when I get an e-mail saying something like “I applied that tip you posted the other day and I got double the traffic after a week”, or anything along those lines.
It just feels great to be able to help. I mean, I made so many friends in blogosphere because I am being honest and sharing my experience that I would not change it for anything.
Rob: Great outlook. Pay it forward. Okay, even you come up against obstacles. How do you overcome obstacles?
Brankica: I never stop in front of them. I love this saying by Hannibal that I even tattooed on me: “Aut viam inveniam aut faciam” which means that I will find a way or make one.
I always do everything in my power to get over the obstacle and it is usually enough.
Rob: That is a life lesson. Any others to pass on to the readers?
Brankica: Just to do everything in their power to reach the point where they can do what they like. There is nothing that can replace the feeling of “going to work” happy, be it a 9 to 5 you love or working online full time.
Rob: Lastly, can you tell us the best book you’ve read recently?
Brankica: I read all the time and often forget the names of the great books I read. So I will go with my all-time favorite that I could read at least 20 more times – The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett.
Thanks so much Brankica and keep trailblazing.
There you have it folks. Feel free to ask Brankica any additional questions.
Live it LOUD!