Hello there, and welcome! This is where you will get to know me a bit better.
So, my name is Sjoukje. If you're not from The Netherlands or any Dutch-speaking country, you probably won't be able to pronounce that name. The only explanation I can give: the 'Sjou' part is pronounced like the 'show' part in 'shower'. We pronounce the 'kj' part like we pronounce the 'qu' in 'queue', and the 'e' is pronounced like the 'u' in 'mum'. Showqueu. Sjoukje. Alright.
I have written a few guest articles for Teske (www.teske.nl) - a Dutch blogger/YouTuber. If you're from Belgium/The Netherlands/other Dutch-speaking parts of the world, you may know me from there. In that case: hoi! I will keep on writing articles for her website, as long as Teske allows me to.
I don't have specific hobbies - I'm not part of something special like a cool theater group - but when people ask me about my hobbies, I usually include photography, drawing and writing. Those were the main reasons for me to start my blog - which carries another name that is hard to pronounce. Lying in bed all day watching Modern Family and New Girl is another favorite of mine, but including that wouldn't be socially acceptable so I usually leave that part out.
'Lemontierres' is not a word, so you don't have to worry about an insufficient French vocabulary. I made the word up, after finding out that the original name of my blog (I think it was something like Paperlemon) was already in use. I didn't want that - I wanted something unique - so I made this word up! I think lemons are cute (this image will make you feel the same way) and 'tierres' doesn't have a meaning (according to my beloved Google Translate app - if it does actually have a meaning, my whole life has been a lie) so I usually pronounce the 'lemon' part really clearly, to be followed up by the not really definable 'tierres'. (Just kidding.) Update: a reader told me it was related to the word 'terra', as in 'earth'.
I have always been interested in photo- and videography: when re-watching old videotapes from when I was four I always see my little hands reaching out for the video camera, trying to take it over from my mother. I never really liked being in a photograph or on tape but I've enjoyed capturing moments, still- and moving-picture wise for as long as I can remember. The first 'proper' camera I bought was a Casio point-and-shoot, I must've been ten years old around that time. I then bought a Fujifilm DSLR-like camera which I didn't know how to use because of the many buttons. This triggered my interest in DSLR-photography and I taught myself the basics, after which I quickly changed to a Nikon D3100, and after that, my current camera - a Canon 60D. I kept on exploring, trying out new things, doing little projects on my own - and doing that is still one of my favorite things to do.
I'm Dutch but I chose to start an English blog. Some people might find this a strange choice - but it was a natural decision for me. Languages fascinate me and writing in a language that isn't my native one is quite challenging. Even though I love writing in English I recently started blogging on www.lemontierres.nl as well - as a little extra for my Dutch readers.
I hope you feel like you know me a bit better now. If you have any questions, make sure to leave a comment!