Part lifestyle and tech blogger, part engineer, fully Kimberly. If you haven’t heard of All That is Kim allow me to to introduce you.
Kim currently resides in San Francisco, one of the US’s quickly developing tech and startup hubs. She moved there after graduating from the University of Florida with a B.S. degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering along with a minor in Sales Engineering.
She is able to express her creative tendencies through her blog whether she is discussing fashion and travel in her Kim+Life section or interviewing other creatives in her ingenious “Kim in a Minute” videos.
I personally enjoy visiting Kim’s site because she is constantly innovating and improving her brand. While I don’t consider myself a techie by any means, her articles on technology are easy to understand, concise, and witty. Check out her piece on “3 Ideas for an Epic Apple Keynote” for proof. Her musings on life are honest, reflective, and positive. “5 Things I Learned to Be by 25” especially resonated with me as my quarter century celebration quickly approaches.
Basically, Kim is probably your favorite blogger’s favorite blogger, and if she’s not yet, she should be. I was delighted to have the opportunity to interview her about her site, photography, and love of travel. So without further ado, a brief Q&A with the woman behind “All That is Kim”.
Charisse: What’s your ultimate vision for AllThatIsKim.com?
Kim: My vision for All That Is Kim is to become a leading platform that inspires people to explore, capture, and create through innovative content and various collaborations. I want to show that you can be creative while being an engineer; you don’t have to be put in a box.
Charisse: How has your engineering background helped or hindered your creative process for your site?
Kim: My engineering background has definitely helped my creative process. In engineering school, we learn how to solve problems. I take that approach when creating content which adds value to my audience while doing what I love.
Charisse: What do you find is the hardest part of blogging? Do you have any advice for new bloggers?
Kim:I set unrealistic expectations in the beginning. When I first started, I wanted everything to be perfect; however, I realized that I was hindering my progress because I wasn’t giving myself time to learn, improve, and grow. Sometimes, done is better than perfect. So, my advice is to START! You can figure it out as you go, but the first step is to start.
Charisse: How did you become interested in photography?
Kim:Last year, while preparing for my first trip abroad to Turkey and Greece, my friend suggested that I take her camera to document my travels. I had never used a professional camera before, but the first day I used it I fell in love. When I returned to the States, I made it my mission to buy a camera before the end of the year. After a few months of research, I purchased my camera during Black Friday and the rest is history.
Charisse: What type of camera do you use?
Kim:A Sony a6000.
Charisse: What countries have you visited this year? Which was your favorite?
Kim: Portugal, Spain, and Mexico. My favorite was Spain. When I visited Barcelona, I fell in love with the food, culture, and architecture.
Charisse: What country is #1 on your bucket list?
Kim:Italy; I can’t wait to visit the Amalfi Coast, Venice, and Rome.
Charisse: What’s a fun fact about you that most people do not know?
Kim:I love popcorn; it is a low key obsession.
Charisse: If you could give any advice to someone just starting out traveling, what would it be?
Kim:Travel for you, not for anyone else. It is an opportunity for you to experience different cultures, explore new places, and make many memories. See what the world has to offer on your terms.
Charisse: How do you manage to “survive on a shoestring”, or stay within your budget when travelling?
Kim:I use Mint.com to create a savings plan and to set my travel budget months prior to my trip. During the trip, I give myself a daily limit to avoid overspending.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this interview as much as I have. If you have any questions for Kim leave them below and don’t forget to check out her site!