Friday, November 16, 2012

Feature Friday: Virginia

Hey guys! You all know what time it is! It’s Feature Friday time!! This week is a friend and a youtuber named Virginia! I found Virginia on youtube, where she makes baby name videos, and fell in love with her videos. Her youtube is She makes some cool videos if you ask me! It was so nice to talk to someone whose videos I look up to. So let’s get started with the interview.

Me: How did you get into baby names?
Virginia: I've always been interested in names since I was a kid for no particular reason. I really love playing Sims and making them have tons of children just so I can name them! I think that was what made me more interested in names, and then I started reading the Q & As on From there I saw some of AnastasiaRuby's videos and then I decided I wanted to do more research on names. :) 

Me: I did the same thing! Sims is the best game out there! How old were you when you first started liking baby names?
Virginia: I don't really remember, probably around 10, but I didn't think of them as baby names. I just liked drawing girls and naming them lol. 

Me: haha I named everything! What are your current favorite baby names?
Virginia: Hmm well I just did an updated top 10 on my Youtube channel a few days ago. But some faves that come to mind right now... Girls: Joyce, Josephine, Willa. These weren't in my top 10 but I'm also currently loving Amory, Hannah, Andromeda and Wren. Boys: Salem, Dale, Theodore. I'm really loving Theodore right now.

Me: I love your names! They seem so you!   If you remember, what were your first favorite baby names?
Virginia: Well like I said I didn't think of them as 'baby' names back then lol. But I was really obsessed with country singer Loretta Lynn's name for a long time haha, and I also had a huuuge obsession with the name Rilee (with that spelling, oddly enough) and Jordan. I also used to love the boys' name Lee.

Me: It's funny the names we use to like. Haha Why did you decide to start making videos and join formspring?
Virginia: I didn't have much to do during the day while I was still looking for a job, and I started watching AnastasiaRuby's videos which made me want to make my own. :) I started with the A-Z names list and from there I started doing more videos. I just joined formspring because it seemed a lot of people interested in names were on there, and I didn't know where else to meet people interested in names. :) 

Me: It's a great way to spend your free time! What has been the most fun about making videos and formspring?
Virginia: Finding new names that I hadn't heard before and having people to talk to about names who are interested in it too. My family gets pretty annoyed if I talk on and on about names to them most of the time, lol.

Me: I love finding new names! All of my top names are from talking withnpeople on formspring. What has been your favorite video and/or formspring question (rename, collages, etc.)  you have done?
Virginia: Hmm, I really love doing rename games or just games where you have to make combos with specific initials :) My favorite name video that I've done is probably my Bird-Inspired names video, just because I love sooo many of those names! I just noticed the description under the video that I wrote too lol it says :"These are names inspired by all different types of birds. This is possibly one of my favorite videos I've made so far! I hope you guys enjoy it!"  So I guess it really was one of my favorites even at the time haha. I didn't remember writing that. 

Me: I love the games and I loved that video! What a coincidence! Are you working on any videos?
Virginia: I just uploaded one! It's a rename game. :) I'm thinking of updating my A-Z video with my current favorites. That was the first name video I made, and I've discovered soooo many new names since then! 

Me: I just saw it! I'm going to go watch it. I can't wait for that video! What do you love about baby names?
Virginia: Well I really love languages so I think that may be part of why I like names. I also really like writing (as in the physical act of pen on a paper, not creating stories necessarily) and the way certain words look. 

Me: I have found that people who like baby names like languages too. What types of baby names to do like (ex. Trendy, vintage, etc.)?
Virginia: I am not a fan of trendy names at all because I would never want my kid to have the same name as everyone else their age. However I don't like crazy weird unique names that people won't know how to pronounce. For me the perfect name is a name that everyone has heard before, but hasn't met someone with that name. I like classic traditional names that have fallen out of style over the years (though of course there are exceptions of names that should never come back in style!)

Me: I like the way you think! When did you tell your friends and family about your love to baby names?
Virginia: Just recently actually, since I started making the videos. I did worry that people would think I was obsessed with babies or something or wanted to have a baby lol. I do want to have kids but not for a while!

Me: haha I think that's what everyone thinks baby namers want, a baby. How did/do your family and friends react to your love for baby names?
Virginia: They thought it was a little odd but didn't really say much about it. I've made a few videos with my youngest siblings because I think hearing kids' opinions on names is interesting. I also talked with my grandma about names a little bit and that was interesting too, she was actually more interested in names than anyone else I talked to. I'd love to do a video with her sometime, but she's in Florida for the winter right now.

Me: I liked the videos with your siblings and one with your grandma would be great! On a scale of 1-10 how would you rate your love/addiction/obsession for baby names?
Virginia: Hmm, I would probably rate it an 8. I know some people are just constantly thinking about names a little more than I am (or so it seems) but I do really enjoy it and love finding interesting names in my everyday life. For example when I'm ringing up people at work I love looking at their credit cards while the register is processing to see what their first name is haha. 

Me: 8 seems to fit you. I loved hearing people's names when I worked at a bridal shop. What is the reason behind your youtube and formspring name?
Virginia: My Youtube name is VirginieLorraine. My name is Virginia Lorraine so it's pretty straightforward lol. But VirginiaLorraine was taken, so I went with the French version of Virginia since Lorraine is also French and I really love France. :) My formspring I think is ginnybug.. ? Lol. This is a nickname my grandma has called me since I was little and my mom dressed me as a ladybug for my first Halloween. 

Me: It's a nice meaning. awwww your grandma has a cute nickname for you! Do you have a favorite baby namer (YouTube, blog, formspring, etc.)?
Virginia: Well I really love AnastasiaRuby's videos. She hasn't been posting many name videos lately but I am really enjoying watching her pregnancy vlogs. I also like watching Kristen (kriscouture) on Youtube, even though we have very different naming styles!

Me: I love both of them! Do you have a #1 fan on your videos and/or formspirng or someone who you talk to a lot because of them?
Virginia: I'm not really sure, I don't have that many subscribers yet - 28 last I checked I think! I have one subscriber named Claude who comments fairly often, and quite a few people from formspring I think who are subscribed to me. To be honest I'm HORRIBLE at remembering screen names and people that way...

Me: You should have more subscribers! What inspired you to make a formspring and videos besides baby names?
Virginia: I'm slowly gaining more! :) The formspring really was only for baby names. I like making videos in general and have had 2 other channels on Youtube before. Originally this channel was going to be for name videos only but I kind of just like putting whatever I feel like on there. :)

Me: Yeah! I like the different videos you put up. They're fun. Where do you find your baby names at?
Virginia: Thanks! My favorite site is but I also use fairly often. Nymbler is fun to play around on sometimes too. :) 

Me: You're welcome! I love playing around on nymbler!  Do you know anyone in real life that has a formspring/youtube/blog?
Virginia: Not pertaining to names!

Me: It's still cool! We are down to the last 3 questions! Random fact about you?
Virginia: No problem! I actually just recorded a video about 19 random facts about me last night haha, but I haven't posted it yet. Umm, another one... I still have a flip phone! xD

Me: I can't wait to see it! What did you think of this interview?
Virginia: I thought it was a lot of fun, thanks for including me! :)

Me: You're welcome! I had fun too! Is there anything else you would like to add?
Virginia: Not that I can think of! Except that I just realized my 19 random facts video is only like... half the video... so I'm gonna have to redo it later :(

Me: awwww boo :( Thanks for doing the interview! I really had fun!

So that is the interview. I had so much fun doing the interview and I am so glad Virginia was able to do it. Thanks again Virginia for doing the interview. So you guys have to go check out her videos and subscribe. That’s all for now. I hope you like this and don’t forget to comment. Bye for now :). 

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