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Posted by: Elena Grama - 6 January 2011 / 9:00
Welcome to Behind the Blogs, where we take a moment to get to know the bloggers in the Scribnia Community on a more personal level. We’ve read their words, but now it’s time to learn a little bit about the person behind the keyboard.
Today’s interview is with Sara Lechner who writes for The Fabric of Meditation. Sara was born 1948 in Argentina. She studied Art, Literature and Theology and worked as a multilingual secretary. Sara is the mother of 7, an organic farmer, fiber artist. She lives in Mank, Austria.
1) Why did you start blogging? Why do you blog today?
I started blogging on a whim (like most things I do…). I had no idea what a blog was and thought the better way of having an answer to this question was starting one. It was the beginning of a new era in my life. I blog today because I have met so many friends in the web I couldn’t live without them.
2) How has blogging helped you in your life/career?
Living in a farm in the middle of the Austrian-Nowhere isn’t a very good precondition to communicate with the world. I never could have sold a thing in my surroundings. I never would have got to be known or invited to give workshops elsewhere. As a matter of fact I never do any publicity. I just blog on a regular basis (this is one of the most important things in the blogosphere!).
3) How do you define success?
Succes is doing what you like to do in life and for me also to have a positive impact in the environment and telling people I like to work from scratch (I mean using all the things that have accumulated in my studio before all this was an issue for me and trying to not buy new ones). If this also brings you money it’s a perfect success!
4) What do you do when you’re not in front of a computer screen?
This is easy to answer. I work on my art. I have plenty of time while doing embroidery and felting to think about my new entry on the blog and how I’m going to write a little story about the piece I’m making. I like to write very little stories. My native languages were French and Spanish and I couldn’t write a long story in English the way I’d like to do it.
5) What was your life like growing up?
My life like growing up was a very adventurous one. I began as a daughter of a very well situated family in Argentina, with Swiss gouvernante, Italian chauffeur, Spanish cook, Argentinian butler, farm, yacht, you name it and got bored of all this and left for Europe to learn „the real life“. I married a computer programmer from the first wave, we didn’t ever had a computer at home till he he died of a heart attack at 30 due to stress and mobbing. We had already five children at that time! I married an organic farmer five years later. We had a social project in our farm, giving young handicapped people (due to acohol/drug excess, jail or other problems) the possibility to live in a family for some time and then helped them get a job. I had two more children. I worked on the farm. I began to work with fiber art when the children were of age. Now I travel through all Europe giving workshops on Felting with the Embellisher and I have my blog, my window to the world. Blogging is my passion.
Thanks so much for sharing your story with us Sarah. Your blog is a delight to anyone who likes colorful and cheerful. Keep up the good work!
If you know of an interesting blogger/author that we should interview for the Behind the Blogs series, or if YOU are that blogger, send me an email at Elena [at] Scribnia.com