Who are you? Melanie Yarbrough. Baker, blogger, aspiring creator of things.
Where can you be found online? Do you have a blog or other online receptacle for your work? If so, how would you describe it to a stranger you've just met while on vacation? I have a blog! The things they made. It’s where I share the things I make, which usually consists of baked goods, haphazardly sewn clothing, and most recently, knitted items. Mostly it’s where I write about my daily life, the things that are getting me out of bed each morning. I’ve read so many articles on how to be a successful blogger, and I’m pretty much ignoring all of them, but I’m enjoying it, and I’m glad I’m documenting my twenties.
What inspired you to start writing/blogging? When did it happen? I used to have a Xanga and a LiveJournal, so I’ve been blogging in some form—whether or not I understood what that was way back when—for a while now. My current blog has been open for a couple years now, but writing has always been a part of my life. I have so many journals from growing up and notebooks filled with stories; blogging is just the latest iteration of that passion.
Why do you write? It’s really the only way that I can make sense of things that happen to me, the people I meet, the reactions and feelings I have to the outside world. When I was younger and I’d get in arguments with my parents, I’d go in my room after and “think about what I’d done,” and I’d always end up writing a letter to one or both of them apologizing for what I’d said or done. It’s always just been the best way I know how to communicate.
Your writing inspires me. Who inspires you? Thank you! I’m most inspired by people out there doing what they love. Artists like Rebekka Seale and Elise Blaha are constantly following their passions and finding a way to share it with the world. Sometimes I feel like there’s so much—too much!—that I want to do, that there isn’t enough time to do it all. I’m inspired by people who prove me wrong and challenge me to try harder.
In keeping with the admittedly loose travel theme of Not Intent On Arriving, if you could have an all-expenses paid trip anywhere in the world, where would you go? Oooh, well, my boyfriend and I have officially booked a trip to Europe next year: Paris, Barcelona, Madrid, and Lisbon. So I would say, since that’s taken care of, I’d want to go to Iceland or Alaska! A place I might not be able to convince someone else to go with me and pay for.
What is your favorite place on earth? My home, wherever that is at the time. It is a luxury to go out into the world knowing that I have someplace to go back to.
Anything else you'd like us to know? It officially feels like winter here in Massachusetts, so you can expect a lot more yarn on the blog. [Editor's Note: Melanie was interviewed in November, but this obviously isn't posting until spring. Once you're back in the mood for some knitting, though, definitely take a look at some of her incredible creations for inspiration!]