Wednesday

09 Nov, 2011

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Inspirational Blogger: Julie Ann

Hello! As alaways I am very excited to share my eighth interview in the series ~ the Inspirational Blogger Interview.

Over the few years I have been reading and keeping my own blog there have been certain bloggers who have made a huge impact on me. Over the coming weeks I would like to share with you some of these inspirational people. This particular blogger is another I have found more recently but I was immediately hooked with her interesting posts and beautiful greetings cards. Without further a do, this weeks interview is with the very talented Julie Ann:

Hi, thank you for agreeing to take part in my Inspirational Blogger interview! First of all, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started on your creative journey?

Hi there, I’m Julie Ann! I’m a blogger, small business owner and DIY lover. I started selling greeting cards on Etsy three years ago, sort of on a whim for something fun to do. My cards are now sold in multiple brick and mortar stores across the U.S. The most recent addition to my business has been my blog, Julie Ann Art, which I use as my creative outlet for all my ideas, inspirations and DIY projects. When I am not blogging or creating I can be found on my pink beach cruiser, with my boyfriend Jordan and our Terrier pup, Penny, by my side.

How did you first find out about blogging and what made you decide to have a go?

 I have admired my favorite blogs for years and one day I just had a sort of “light bulb” moment that was like, “I could do that too.” And just like that, I was working on my blog design and thinking of post ideas. It is a lot of hard work but at this point I can’t imagine NOT blogging.

Has blogging had a positive affect on your creative success and the way you run your business?

 Most definitely. Blogging has been the most rewarding thing I have done for my business because it allows me to interact directly with others, whether it be with my readers or fellow bloggers. The network it has opened me up to is so big, so creative and so inspiring.

How has your blog developed since you began?

 Honestly, my blog has grown so much in its 8 months lifespan that it humbles me every time I think about it. I think it has to do with the content I post and my understanding of promoting online, thanks to my time on Etsy. I have such pride in what I do because I put so much time into creating quality posts. It’s just a refreshing feeling to know that my reader’s enjoy what I enjoy doing.

 What has been the best thing to come out of having your blog?

Support from my readers, hands down. They are awesome! As a modest girl I never really knew people liked what I did until I started blogging. It has been so fun to create a relationship with others who have an interest in what I’m creating and not only support me but inspire me themselves with new ideas.

Can you leave us with one piece of advice for anybody who is just starting out in the blogging world or who would like to improve their blog?

Be yourself. Don’t feel obligated to do what other bloggers are doing. If you feel comfortable with what you are blogging, and enjoy it, it will show through to your readers. And one other thing! Network! Find blogs you like, comment on them, tweet at fellow bloggers! You will make great friends!

Thanks so much for asking me to do this interview Kate! I was honored! :]

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I would just like to take this opportunity to thank Julie Ann again for taking time out of her very busy schedule and answering my questions.

I hope this post has inspired you to enjoy your blogging or perhaps start a blog if you haven’t already!

Wednesday

02 Nov, 2011

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Inspirational Blogger Interview: Kaelah Bee

Hello! As alaways I am very excited to share my seventh interview in the series ~ the Inspirational Blogger Interview.

Over the few years I have been reading and keeping my own blog there have been certain bloggers who have made a huge impact on me. Over the coming weeks I would like to share with you some of these inspirational people. This particular blogger is one I have found more recently but her posts and photography immediately stood out to me. Without further a do, this weeks interview is with the very talented Kaelah Bee:

Hi, thank you for agreeing to take part in my Inspirational Blogger interview! First of all, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started on your creative journey?

My name is Kaelah Bee and I’m a 23 year old small business owner, freelance graphic designer, and bartender. I’m engaged to a wonderful fella named Mike who works as a lifestyle photographer and he’s my right hand man when it comes to owning and operating our mobile retail shoppe, Honeybean Mobile Boutique. I’ve always wanted to live a creative life (well, since my Kindergarten teacher forced me to sit down and color the Christmas tree the right way.) I graduated high school and went on to pursue fashion design and graphic design in college. I worked at BUST magazine in NYC for two summers and it was so very exciting. I decided to veer off of the design path for a bit to live my small indie biz dreams of owning my own boutique. We’re just getting started but it’s already been an adventure!

How did you first find out about blogging and what made you decide to have a go?

I’ve been blogging online since 2002… I was 14! From Xanga and LiveJournal all the way to my current Blogspot, I’ve documented parts of my life that the internet will never let me forget! Ha! I decided to start Little Chief Honeybee when I was moving to NYC by myself at 21. It was a way to show my family and friends what I was up to. I never thought it’d grow into what it is today.

Has blogging had a positive affect on your creative success and the way you run your business?

Absolutely! I owe a lot of my success, motivation and courage to my readers. They support me in so many areas of my life. It’s like having thousands of best friends! Kind of awesome.

How has your blog developed since you began?

I first started it to document my NYC shenanigans and then it was my meditation retreat for a really awful breakup with my long term boyfriend at the time. Then I decided to just share happy positive things. Inspirations, goals, etc. I still am very real on my blog and I share the not so great stuff, too, but it’s just a happy sanctuary where I can be real, but put a positive spin on it. I’m eternally embarrassed by many of my old posts! Then again, who isn’t?! It’s cool to see myself evolve along with my blog, brand and business.

What has been the best thing to come out of having your blog?

I’ve met some of my absolute best friends in the world. In fact, out of my 6 (!!!) bridesmaid, I met 4 online! I’m able to meet people I otherwise would have never come across. It’s a great way to find like-minded people and a support group that is always there for you.

Can you leave us with one piece of advice for anybody who is just starting out in the blogging world or who would like to improve their blog?

Be genuine. No matter how many people read your blog… 1 or 1 million, be YOU. Don’t blog for numbers or free things. Blog for your passions and yourself. If you’re honest and sincere with who you are and how you present yourself, readers will come!

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I would just like to take this opportunity to thank Kaelah again for taking time out of her very busy schedule and answering my questions.

I hope this post has inspired you to enjoy your blogging or perhaps start a blog if you haven’t already!

Wednesday

26 Oct, 2011

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Inspirational Blogger Interview: Kelly Clark

Good morning! I am very excited to share my sixth interview in the series ~ the Inspirational Blogger Interview.

Over the few years I have been reading and keeping my own blog there have been certain bloggers who have made a huge impact on me. Over the coming weeks I would like to share with you some of these inspirational people. This particular blogger is one of the most inspirational people I have come across online. Her words and photography blow me away and I am lucky enough to own one of her beautiful painted pebbles (one of many types of art she produces.) Without further a do, this weeks interview is with the very talented Kelly Clark:

Hi, thank you for agreeing to take part in my Inspirational Blogger interview! First of all, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started on your creative journey?

Hello Hello!  I am Kelly Clark and I live in a little house sandwiched between the edge of the redwood forests and the surf of the Pacific Ocean in Northern California.  I am passionate about art in its myriad forms, finding art everywhere and in everything.  I have been making art, quite literally, from the time I could hold a crayon but it was not until college that the AhHa moment happened and I realized Art was a viable career.  Not only viable, but the only career I could imagine dedicating my life to.  I graduated with a B.F.A. from San Jose State University, emphasis in Oil Painting, which is still my most fervent love.  But as I worked, I came to realize that the thing most important to me was not the medium I worked in, but the message I was trying to share.  It is my joy to translate that which I see, feel, experience into a piece, and my utter delight when that piece finds the exact person with whom it resonates.  On any given day you can find me in the studio working in paint, leather or metal, music on too loud, tea pot on the bench, bouncing around in my little hive of energy.

How did you first find out about blogging and what made you decide to have a go?

You know, I think the very first blogs I found were cooking blogs while running recipe searches online.  I became entirely enamored with a few of them, checking in constantly for new posts, a woman obsessed, but never commenting!  When my husband and I moved out of California, away from all of our family and friends, I decided to start my own blog as a way to share our new life.  That first month I was a blogging fiend with no discernment!  Within six months I had found other bloggers with similar interests and was hooked.  I’m blessed to say several of whom I now call my closest confidants.  It’s such an amazing way to find other members of your tribe across the globe.

 

Has blogging had a positive affect on your creative success and the way you run your business?

Ouph, HUGELY!  I have met a great number of amazing patrons through the blog world, and forging personal relationships with many of them has blessed me to no end.  But perhaps the largest affect has been in the other artists I’ve met via the blog.  We’ve been able to share with and encourage each other on the business side of things, from dealing with creative blocks to establishing pricing structures, learning communally along the way.

How has your blog developed since you began?

It has come a very long way but at the same time, no so far from it’s roots.  I write about what I know, what I see, what I experience, and of course, what I make.  I write more than I did at first, as the blog reawakened my life-long love of writing.  I take many, many more photos, dragging my beloved Canon, Pierré, with me everywhere.  I just get so excited about sharing!  I think that has always been my central motivation behind the blog, and one I am continually honing.  There is just so much beauty in this life and I just want to spread that love around!

 

What has been the best thing to come out of having your blog?

One of the very best things that has come from my blog has been a renewed faith in and a love for humanity.  One and a half years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer.  I talked about it and all my treatments sparingly on the blog, but I tell you true: blog readers came out of the woodwork to encourage and come alongside me on my journey.  They sent emails, cards, care packages.  They truly became my support group, the people I knew were pulling so hard and so earnestly on my behalf.  It was endlessly amazing.  Endlessly heartening.  They helped me make it through.  THEY were the best thing that has come from my blog.  Hands down.

Can you leave us with one piece of advice for anybody who is just starting out in the blogging world or who would like to improve their blog?

I know there is a slew of advice on this out there, but I would say this:  Be the best human being you can be.  This does not mean every thing you write must be cheery, or pretty or anything of the sort.  Not at all!  It means you strive to write from an honest place in your soul.  It means you share with authenticity.  It means you put out into the world that which you hope to receive.  It means that you treat your readers, your blog friends and the writers you read with respect and kindness.  And who doesn’t need a little more kindness in their life?


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I would just like to take this opportunity to thank Kelly again for taking time out of her very busy schedule and answering my questions.

I hope this post has inspired you to enjoy your blogging or perhaps start a blog if you haven’t already!

Thursday

20 Oct, 2011

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Inspirational Blogger Interview: Caisey Wiegand

I am very excited to share my fifth interview in the series ~ the Inspirational Blogger Interview.

Over the few years I have been reading and keeping my own blog there have been certain bloggers who have made a huge impact on me. Over the coming weeks I would like to share with you some of these inspirational people. This weeks interview is with the very beautiful Caisey Wiegand:

Hi, thank you for agreeing to take part in my Inspirational Blogger interview! First of all, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started on your creative journey?

 My name is Casey Wiegand, I am a wife, mama, artist (here), blogger (here), we own an art studio (here) and I do blog design (here).

I love painting and sharing our life through my blog…where you can expect pieces of my perspective on life, faith, kids, marriage, with touches of art, creative inspiration, projects and things I love along the way. I have two little ones with the hopes of lots more and am married to the love of my life! 

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My husband is the reason all of this has happened. He is big about pursuing dreams/ what God created each of us uniquely for. He gave me the courage to step out and try to make my dreams of being an artist as a full.time profession a reality, also our dream of creating”A Little Artsy”…we took out a business loan- put out wedding rings, cars, computers, everything as “collateral” to make a dream happen.

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How did you first find out about blogging and what made you decide to have a go? How has your blog developed since you began?

 In January of this year my blog had around 20 followers, I posted every once in awhile…really only our parents read it! Then I was going through some messy stuff in December and I read this quote by Leslie

“If you haven’t already gathered, or happen to be reading this blog for the first time in your life, I am a melancholy girl through and through. I find beauty in not only the beautiful things in life, but the bittersweet and sad as well. To me, there is something poignantly lovely about the human experience from its splendor to its grief. God created all our emotions, not just the happy ones, and for His good purposes. That’s why a good cry can feel so good. And hitting our limits forces us to look outside ourselves for a Savior. It is in the plea, when we’re at our end, that we can find that which is truly life-giving. Personally, my moments of deepest grief, deepest pain, have resulted in the most beautiful seasons in my heart. I’ve met God more intimately in those moments than in all the other pleasant ones combined. What isn’t completely lovely about that?”

 In a moment where I felt alone, I felt heartbroken, angry…..I read this and suddenly felt like someone out in the world possibly understood. In January of this year with 20 followers I started speaking out on my beliefs. I started talking about mama stuff, some heartache, money trouble, csection scars, NICUs, my miscarriage, almost killing my dog on accident….and that’s not the half of it. I havent even gone down some of the REALLY tough roads of where I have been with my readers yet.

In a way it saved me. The blogging community pulled me out of a horrible heartache. It was like an online diary for me to work through what I was going through. Blogging has helped me immensely.

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 Has blogging had a positive affect on your creative success and the way you run your business?

DEFINITELY! I have learned so much through the blogging community! 

Can you leave us with one piece of advice for anybody who is just starting out in the blogging world or who would like to improve their blog?

Just go for it. Don’t waste time being scared. Following your dreams is priceless- it’s worth it! Also, be yourself. Write about what you know, what you love…you will touch someone out there. Tell your story.

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I would just like to take this opportunity to thank Caisey again for taking time out of her very busy schedule and answering my questions.

I hope this post has inspired you to enjoy your blogging or perhaps start a blog if you haven’t already!

Friday

02 Sep, 2011

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Inspirational Blogger Interview: Sarah Ward

I am very excited to share my fourth interview in the series ~ the Inspirational Blogger Interview.

Over the few years I have been reading and keeping my own blog there have been certain bloggers who have made a huge impact on me. Over the coming weeks I would like to share with you some of these inspirational people. This weeks interview is with Sarah of Gingerbred, the first of my interviewees I have actually met in person!

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Hi, thank you for agreeing to take part in my Inspirational Blogger interview! First of all, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started on your creative journey?

 Mmmm, I think I’ve always loved to create so my journey started a long time ago – as a child I was never happier than with some coloured pencils, felt tips and some paper! So I worked hard on my ‘colouring’ and realised that this was the path for me. From school and college I then went onto a degree in Visual Communication, specializing in Graphic Design. It was during my degree that I started to take my illustrations onto the Mac and experiment with mixing the two elements together. 

 How did you first find out about blogging and what made you decide to have a go?

 I can remember stumbling across a blog which was just someone’s everyday thoughts and ‘findings’ and I thought it was great… short, sweet articles which just gave you an insight to what someone was doing. I continued to explore (the usual flow of ‘clicking’ on tabs and seeing where it takes you!) and came across more and more blogs. This got me eager to start my own so I could also share snippets of what I’ve been working on.

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Has blogging had a positive affect on your creative success and the way you run your business?

 Without a doubt it has definitely had a positive affect on my creative success! It gave me an avenue of quickly and easily sharing some of my work so I could ‘get out there’, it also gave me inspiration and motivation to get creating so I could then share more… I didn’t want a blog that would get updated every 6 months – so it gave me a little bit of ‘pressure’ to make sure I kept going. Having a blog has been a great way of people ‘finding’ me online and being able to see little bits of what I create, rather then just the finished pieces on my portfolio website.

 How has your blog developed since you began?

 At first I was ‘creating’ items just to put on my blog whereas now I’m also posting designs I’ve created for clients, items for my etsy shop and submissions to online communities such as ‘Illustration Friday’ and ‘They Draw and Cook’.

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 What has been the best thing to come out of having your blog?

 Meeting people! I’m amazed at how many people have ‘found’ me through my blog (and vice-versa!)… some of these have been clients and others have been like-minded designers who have turned out to be great friends. It’s a fab community to be a part of!

 Can you leave us with one piece of advice for anybody who is just starting out in the blogging world or who would like to improve their blog?

 Just be yourself and enjoy it! Sometimes I think people spend too much time thinking or worrying about their blogs and what to post, I think you should just go with the flow and stay true to yourself… if you think of something to blog then just go for it! If you’re enjoying what you are doing then it will all come naturally.

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I would just like to take this opportunity to thank Sarah again for taking time out of her very busy schedule and answering my questions.

I hope this post has inspired you to enjoy your blogging or perhaps start a blog if you haven’t already!

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