I’m honored to be in the Bloglight this week at Hometalk.
If you haven’t heard of Hometalk before, It’s an awesome site where bloggers, professionals and anyone else under the sun can share and ask questions about home and garden. The site is well laid out, and is a wonderful source of information and inspiration.
First off, this is my crazy-awesome family. These guys support my slight obsession and love of renovating. So much so, that we are all living in a one bedroom apartment right now, while we finish the floors in the 100 yr old home we purchased this summer. …but that’s another story.
For right now, I’m going to answer a few questions that Miriam, the Director of Community Developement at Hometalk, sent me.
1. How did I get into blogging?
It wasn’t actually my love of renovating that got me blogging. Five years ago my husband deployed to Iraq and I thought a blog would be a good way to send pictures and keep people updated on our situation. Within a couple years, I realized there were home/garden blogs and eventually started one of my own. I would say that I started blogging professionally two years ago.
2. How did you decide on a name for your blog?
The blog was originally named Blah 2 Beautiful. I didn’t really love it. It was one of those late night-couldn’t think of anything else names. I later changed it to Creatively Living, since I wanted to blog about different ways to live creatively and save money. Turns out that since I didn’t like cooking, or shopping or any other great things to blog about, I only blogged about my DIY and house projects (go figure), so I decided to just fill my niche.
3. Is blogging something you do on the side, or a full-time job for you.
On the side!!! I wish I could blog more, but my kids and my house renovations take priority. Between kid’s sports and school schedules and spending a lot of time renovating, I’ve had to reduce my blogging to twice a week in the past 6 months. I’m hoping to have more time to blog after some of our major house projects are done.
4. What do your family and friends think about your blog?
At first they thought I was nuts! I think they still think I’m a little nuts for the renovation projects I get myself into, but I think they’ve come around to me being a “blogger”. It’s a fun way to share with people, especially people who have the same interests! At first I spent LOTS of time building my blog, and the schedule with a family was a bit crazy, but I learned to manage my blogging time better, and I think that has helped people realize it’s a part-time job and not just a hobby or a time hoarder. I have also had some fantastic opportunities come my way because of blogging.
5. How has blogging changed you?
Blogging has made me more confident in what I consider my profession, which is house renovation. It has given me a lot of friends who I can call, or e-mail with questions. It also has helped me learn to focus on a room or space long enough to completely finish it, so I can share finished spaces on the blog.
6. What is my most popular project on Hometalk to date?
My most popular project on Hometalk has been my Summer Back Entry. It was actually the back entry to our old home from the summer before last. It was a composition of what I had, what I’d been given, a couple new purchases, spray paint and some fun flowers.
Who do you follow on Hometalk? What people/projects inspire you there?
I follow all sorts of people and projects on Hometalk. There are so many incredible designers, professionals, and really talented and creative people who post. We are just starting on a new house, so the “to-do” list is endless and there are so many ideas on Hometalk that are interesting and inspiring to me right now.
Do you stick to a strict posting schedule? How often do you keep track of how often and when you post?
Ideally, I would love to post my link party (Monday Funday) and two other projects per week. Since I’ve moved this summer and started renovating two 100 yr old houses, I’ve only been able to post the party and one project post per week. The floors in the house have taken about 3-4 times as long as I figured they would. Hopefully I can spend more time posting when they are finished!
What are your favorite kinds of posts to read/write?
I love space/room reveals! I do all the dirty work (floors, drywall, painting, building), just to get to decorate and have a big room reveal.
I also love outside the box type projects. Where trash is turned to treasure in a creative and unusual way.
What advice could you give to other bloggers that you wish you had known before you started blogging?
Organize your blog as soon as possible!
Categorize your projects early on. Get project galleries started right away! These are things that I should have taken time to do in the beginning!
Enjoy it! This should be about sharing what you love! If numbers/ pageviews /comparisons get you down, then you’re probably forgetting why you started blogging in the first place. Do what you love, love what you do.
Thanks Miriam and Hometalk for having me in the Bloglight this week, and thanks to all of you for stopping by!
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