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behind the blog / call me cal

Please welcome Callie from the lovely blog, Call Me Cal. Just the name itself is awesome, right!?

Enough gushing from me, you can find out how awesome Cal is by getting to know her in this Behind the Blog interview! Make sure to check out her blog and say hello. :)

behind the blog / interview with callie of call me cal

So what’s your blog all about?
Short version: Call Me Cal is a travel and adventure blog
Long version: I am a Los Angeles-based blogger writing about finding adventure in the everyday, whether it’s at home or on the road.  I want my blog to be a resource for people looking to bring a little more adventure into their lives.

behind the blog / interview with callie of call me cal

When did you start blogging + what made you decide to go for it?
I started blogging in 2010 because I was feeling stuck in a routine where it seemed like I was constantly looking forward to the next big life event instead of getting excited for the all the days in between the major stuff.  I wanted to inspire my own personal sense of adventure while hopefully inspiring a few readers along the way. Adventure can happen anywhere at anytime: whether it’s trying a new recipe, exploring a new destination in your city or heading off on a vacation or weekend away.

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behind the blog / the curtis casa

It’s been a while but Behind the Blog is back! And who better to bring it back than the lovely Whitney Curtis of The Curtis Casa!? This sweet girl has some great things to say and share about blogging!

behind the blog / the curtis casa

So what’s your blog all about?
Short version: The Curtis Casa is a home, garden and lifestyle blog.
Long version: Part of what I love about blogging, is that it flows with your life. If you happen to be redesigning your bedroom or remodeling your kitchen, your blog reflects that and your readers can follow along and complete the journey with you! All the while, you’re allowed to experiment and grow your own style and sharing new projects!

When did you start blogging + what made you decide to go for it?
I started blogging in May 2010 to keep in touch with family and friends who were far away. I really started “going for it” and taking it seriously when I realized I was spending hours and hours in the evenings and on weekends documenting our projects and our life to share on the blog. I realized I wanted to be like the professionals I’d been reading for so long!

behind the blog / the curtis casa

Walk us through your typical day. How much time per day/week do you devote to your blog?
Well, my typical day has recently changed – significantly! I’m transitioning from quitting my 9-5 (in the non-profit/fundraising world) to blogging and freelancing. I was pretty unhappy at my old job so the fact that I get to stay at home, doing what I love is incredible! Right now I’m working on designating a schedule for projects, writing and social media. It’s all a mess right now!

How do you manage your time + stay organized?
Eek! I don’t! I’m trying really hard to start managing my blogging time better. I’m pretty organized – I have files for everything! – but the time easily slips away if I get distracted on Pinterest! ;)

How do you keep your imagination flowing + get past creative funks when they do sneak in?
I need to clear my head every once in a while when working on a project. Usually, if I get frustrated, it’s because I’m hungry! So I’ll break for snack time or take the dog for a walk and that usually clears my head.

behind the blog / the curtis casa

Do you have any quick + easy post ideas for those days when you’re short on time or inspiration?
I really love to show original content on my blog, photos of our house or diy projects I’m working on, so if time is short and I don’t have any projects I’m working on, I fall back on inspiration boards or style boards. I’m always ready to think up a fresh outfit!

What are a few business/blogging resources ( online or offline ) that have been beneficial for you?
The app and website TeuxDeux (by the brilliant Swiss Miss) basically saves my life every day.
I really loved the book Blog, Inc. by Joy Cho.
And I actually really enjoy HooteSuite for my social media managing and such.

behind the blog / the curtis casa

Do you consider your blog a business or just a creative outlet?
I’m right smack dab in the middle of this conundrum. My blog is definitely a business, I’m just trying to make it a full-time one.

How has blogging influenced your life + relationships?
Oh my goodness, I could probably write a book on this topic. Blogging has changed my life. Blogging has opened my eyes and allowed me to see the world in a different way. Blogging has opened my heart to some tender stories and some heartbreaking truths of my dear internet friends. Blogging has encouraged me to challenge myself, redefine my style and reconsider what I value in this life. How’s that for influence? :)

behind the blog / the curtis casa

How much of your life offline do you share on your blog? How does this effect your readers’ ability to connect with you?
This is a tricky question! I love getting personal with my readers, but building a business of a blog is also a professional thing. I had a funny realization about this recently – I had just posted about quitting my 9-5 and I had a business meeting a few days later. Of course they read my blog to prepare before our meeting, but I didn’t expect that they’d ask me about it in the meeting! I always try to be careful and professional, but sometimes the line between sharing personal stories with your readers and being professional is a bit blurry.

What has been the key to success for you as a blogger? Especially when you were new to the blog world.
I think you have to define what success is for you first – not for anyone else, but for you. I consider myself successful when I post a great blog post with original content and it inspires someone. When you’re new to the blog world it’s easy to get discouraged, but if you stay confident in yourself and your abilities, and don’t compare, you’ll feel successful – no matter how big or small you are.

Any further advice for fellow bloggers?
Fake it ’til you make it!

Thanks, Whitney!

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behind the blog / pinegate road

As usual, I’m crazy excited about the blogger featured in today’s behind the blog post: Kelsey of Pinegate Road! This is super exciting for me because I recently got to meet Kelsey in person when she came to Jacksonville on a little Christmas break vacay. Let me tell you – she is just as precious and wonderful as you’d think from her blog!

Thanks for sharing your tips with us today, Kels!

behind the blog / pinegate road

So what’s your blog all about?
Short version: My daily musings in creative curiosities.
Long version: Pinegate Road is really a place for me to place all of my creative ventures, my inspirations, and my likings and lovings. It’s named after the road I lived on growing up as a metaphor for my personal creative journey. It doesn’t specifically cover any one topic, and it has a tendency to meander into different subject matter beyond just art and design—like health and exercise or recipes I’ve been experimenting with. Nothing has really been defined, but I hope that through my own journey it can inspire others to look further into their own creative processes and inspirations from daily life.

When did you start blogging + what made you decide to go for it?
I started journaling online about twelve years ago. Back then I was scouring the internet through websites like diaryland and live journal sharing intimate stories of my teenagerdom for all to see—weirdo alert! While I took a break from that when college hit, I believe this background was why I reached out to blogging as an output for my creative process when I started grad school. After a year of intense study and being completely over-saturated with design theory, I needed a creative outlet that was for me and my process alone. Then, a little over a year ago Pinegate Road was born. I didn’t have much of a premise for the start of Pinegate Road other than to keep it focused around things that inspire me and to have an outlet for creative ventures. It’s treated me well.

behind the blog / pinegate road

Walk us through your typical day. How much time per day/week do you devote to your blog?
Oh wow, well my typical day has been anything but typical lately after being on break from the holidays! I start school again this week, and now my typical day starts around 6:30AM or 8AM—depending on that morning class I’m taking. I always start the day with a cup of coffee and a green smoothie. I’m the designer for my school’s athletics program, so on any given day I’m probably off to the office for a couple hours, heading back home to work on the blog or some homework, or off to another class. I try to fit in a long walk around Forsyth park every day, but that doesn’t always happen. Walking seriously helps keep me sane, and it helps to give me some time to reflect on blog posts or a project that I’m working on. I’d say I try and devote about 10-15 hours a week to blogging when I’m on my game. It doesn’t always happen, and sometimes I work a lot more on it—it all depends on how my work flow is going.

behind the blog / pinegate road

How do you manage your time + stay organized?
I have been using the Day Designer by Whitney English for a couple months now, and it has seriously been saving my butt. Here’s a review that I wrote about it and all the reasons why it has helped me so much as a creative. My new years resolution is to start saying no—or really reviewing my boundaries when it comes to saying yes to new things. As a semi-noobie designer I want to try and take on everything so that I can have as many experiences as possible before I head out into the ‘real world.’ I’m finally realizing at what cost taking on too much has done to living my life the way I’d like to, and saying no is really helping with staying organized in all facets of my life. My best advice for this is to take on too much, go crazy, and then reevaluate. Life’s a journey, and we’re all going to find our own paths and ways to our particular balance.

How do you keep your imagination flowing + get past creative funks when they do sneak in?
Walking. There is just something about repetitive, almost mediative behaviors and the creative flow. I’m realizing as I write all this I sound a lot more zen than I am or feel in real life. Please don’t let all this jabber fool you, I’m generally running in about twenty different directions all at the same time. I’ve come to the conclusion with my blog that when a creative funk hits, I just don’t blog. It hasn’t been worth it to me to post when I’m feeling uninspired. I’m sure as the blog grows this mind-set might have to change, but while I’m still in school and working, I’m thinking this is ok for now. When I’m working for clients or on a project at school, creating word association maps and mood boarding usually always help to get me out of a creative funk and help me see something in a new light. Oh, and research. Intensive research is always helpful, even if it’s obscure and about world war two razzle dazzle ships—you never know how that might change your perception on a pattern you’re trying to create. True story.

behind the blog / pinegate road

Do you have any quick + easy post ideas for those days when you’re short on time or inspiration? 
The color studies column I have always comes together quickly, so it’s nice to have when I do lack that inspiration. Sometimes I’ll find an inspiring photo on pinterest that corresponds with my current frame of reference, and I’ll just write about what’s going on in my life. I try not to get too personal, but I think a little behind-the-blog action is necessary once in a while.

What are a few business/blogging resources ( online or offline ) that have been beneficial for you?
I read everything that Jessica Hische writes. I think she has been through exactly where I hope to head one day, and it’s been great to read about those experiences and her advice for art students. I love reading columns of the business of design by other bloggers like Breanna Rose and Design Love Fest. I’m also in the middle of reading Blog inc., and I’ve been recommending this to friends who are looking to start blogs. I also love attending Blog Brunch when I’m free on those Saturdays.

Beyond having a space to share my inspirations and creations on a regular basis blogging has helped me connect with other creatives in ways I never thought imaginable.

How has blogging influenced your life + relationships?
Beyond having a space to share my inspirations and creations on a regular basis blogging has helped me connect with other creatives in ways I never thought imaginable. I’ve made so many new connections that I can now call friends through blogging. Ms. sappy-pants over here—you guys are great :) I’ve even been able to kindle some real-life friendships through blogging—like last month when I went to Jacksonville and met Jordan in person! How cool is that? Blog world is out of control awesome. It’s also helped me connect with a lot of friends from the past. I’ll hear from people on Facebook that I haven’t talked to in a while, and they’ll tell me they made one of my recipes, or really like a certain column I do—I’m constantly amazed at how blogging has helped me make deeper connections with people and my surroundings.

behind the blog / pinegate road

How has your blog impacted your business?
In every way possible. While I was doing a little freelance before blogging, it’s now become a steady source of income that I can contribute entirely to my blog. While I’m taking a little break to write my thesis this quarter, blogging has given me the confidence to follow my dreams in design. I have a lot of plans for the future, and I know that starting Pinegate Road set the stage for what I have in store.

How much of your life offline do you share on your blog? How does this effect your readers’ ability to connect with you?
I’ve been struggling with this since I’ve started blogging. Right now I try to keep my readers in the loop about the general happenings in my life but I stray away from daily details. I share more about my personal life on twitterinstagram, and facebook so if readers want to learn more about me beyond the blog they have the opportunity to follow along there. In a recent post I made nods to my love life, and that was something I’ve never done before. I think this is something that I definitely have to play around with to test my own limits. I hope that by opening up more my readers will be able to see me beyond my design and the blog.

behind the blog / pinegate road

What has been the key to success for you as a blogger? Especially when you were new to the blog world.
Reaching out. After having a few months of posts under my belt, and a design I was proud of, I started reaching out to bloggers to see if I could guest post / be featured / or help out in any way possible. While I can be shy at times, I’m a firm believer in the fact that you can’t get what you don’t ask for. I reached out to Erin Leochner at Design for Mankind when she announced that she was pregnant and needing some help on the blog, and then next thing I knew I was contributing a bi-weekly column on typography. It’s all about putting yourself out there and being confident in what you have to offer. Even if you’re turned down—and I have been plenty—you’re one step closer to building the blog you want to build and getting experience under your belt.

Any further advice for fellow bloggers?
Experiment. Blogging is a personal—or communal in some cases—journey, and experimenting with different content, columns, etc. will push you further in your abilities.

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behind the blog / anne the adventurer

behind the blog / anne the adventurer

So what’s your blog all about?
Short version: Anne the Adventurer is a blog that seeks to discover adventure in everyday life.
Long version: Everyone has their passions and stories to share in life. I want my blog to be a place that inspires and challenges people to live life with purpose, and to see that their daily life has value. Whether you’re going to the supermarket today or climbing the tallest peak in Australia tomorrow, your life has meaning. So many women (and men!) today are plagued with self-doubt and worry. As a coping mechanism, we tend to shut ourselves off from each other. I want my blog to inspire and equip people with the resources they need to share themselves openly with one another again. I think the more we truthfully share our stories and passions with others, the better our world will become.

When did you start blogging + what made you decide to go for it?
I started my own personal blog in 2004, but started Anne the Adventurer in 2010 after I graduated from college as a way to document my post-college life. I was back home in Colorado, and trying to find a job. Life was really kicking me in the pants. While I was searching for jobs, I discovered all these incredible and inspiring blogs by women who were my age and who were creating their own careers through blogging. With my writing and design experience, I figured I could do it too! Turns out, I love every minute of it. Plus, I am such a community oriented person, and blogging connects me to other writers and artists in a way that really rejuvenates me.

Walk us through your typical day. How much time per day/week do you devote to your blog?
I wake up around 8am, and eat breakfast while I scroll through my Google Reader. I mark the blog posts I want to read and comment on later that day, and then check my email. Once I’ve checked in on all my social media, I try my best (although sometimes I get completely sucked in) to step away from the computer, and read and journal for an hour or so. When I make a point of doing this, I find that I am much more connected to myself creatively and emotionally, and it makes for a happier and more fulfilling day.

After my “me” time, I get to work on the blog. I approve comments, and reply to a few of them. I spend some quality time engaging with other bloggers on Twitter and facebook, and finish reading the blog posts I saved on my reader. I try to write genuine comments on as many posts as I can everyday. To me, blogging has to say active – especially when reading other people’s content. I also try to share content I love as much as possible on Twitter. After I’m done reading, I get to work on writing and prepping posts.

I usually write a post, and save it as a draft to come back to the next day. That way, I’m not super attached to all the words and I can edit more freely and effectively. Once the post is ready, I create my images in Photoshop Elements. Images can take me anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour, depending on the post. And since I am currently finishing up a big redesign, I have to spend some time reediting images from past posts.

I spend about 5 hours a day on my blog, sometimes more.

How do you manage your time + stay organized?
My iPhone is mission control. My calendar is always up to date, and I use Reminders everyday for errands and appointments. I also organize my folders in email and on my computer like a mad woman. When it comes to time management, I’ve learned a lot this year about taking time for me. I used to be a complete workaholic, and would repress all of my emotions just to be more productive. As an artist, this did not work out well for me. I’m so emotional and sensitive, and tapping into these parts of my heart are key in producing great writing. Once I started to make time for me in addition to my work, I became much happier and my blog flourished.

behind the blog / anne the adventurer

How do you keep your imagination flowing + get past creative funks when they do sneak in?
I read as much as possible. Blog posts, magazines, and books. I also watch a ton of movies because I find visual storytelling to be so inspiring when it comes to reflecting on daily life to find purpose. Dialogue, cinematography, set design – I guess it makes me think of my blog as my movie. My visuals, my stories, my design choices. It’s interactive like a film. Also, journaling and making a point to connect to my emotions helps me get out of creative funks. I’m usually creatively blocked when I’m avoiding something in my life.

Do you have any quick + easy post ideas for those days when you’re short on time or inspiration?
I keep a folder in my bookmarks for articles, blog posts, youtube videos, and more that I find inspiring throughout the week. I usually keep these for my weekend round-up posts on Fridays, but when I’m in a bind, I have a stockpile of interesting links to share with readers, whether that is a quick round up or a short post about something that is inspiring me that day. The best thing that helps me for days when I’m short on time or can’t write is to spend the days where I have a lot of inspiration and time to work to schedule posts ahead of time. If I know I’m going on vacation or have a busy few weeks ahead of me, I try my best to get posts lined up (along with social media links scheduled) so that I don’t have to worry.

What are a few business/blogging resources ( online or offline ) that have been beneficial for you?
Alt Summit online classes have been so helpful for me. They’re usually $15 (sometimes they’re free), and they have a wide variety of topics taught by successful bloggers. I’ve learned a lot about branding, social media, advertising and more through them. Blog Brunch has been an incredible community to get involved in, as well. I love the conversations we have, and getting to know other people’s perspectives and tips. I also did a consult with Joy Cho of Oh Joy, and she helped me in huge ways with my design and general branding. I highly recommend working with her. I also have her books (Creative, Inc and Blog Inc); they’re really great for beginners. When in doubt, I google everything.

Honestly, the most beneficial tools I have in my arsenal are the relationships I’ve formed with other bloggers. When I have a question or a comment for bloggers I admire, I email them or tweet them. I also make a point to attend local blogger meet ups. This is a great way to form collaborations, and to get to know each other better. And have fun! We have SO much fun (one time, five or six of us got together for breakfast, and the waiter loved us so much, she gave us free pancakes!). I have formed really wonderful relationships, and when I have questions or need advice, they are willing to help me as best they can.

the most beneficial tools I have in my arsenal are the relationships I’ve formed with other bloggers

Do you consider your blog a business or just a creative outlet?
I’m in a transition period right now. I definitely see my blog as a potential business, and it is on the verge of becoming that, but it has been a creative outlet first and foremost from day one. Building a blog readership, professional design, and repertoire of unique content so that a blog can be a full time job takes time. I am in it for the long haul; I want this to be my full-time job.

How has blogging influenced your life + relationships?
Blogging has taught me a lot about the importance of being vulnerable with others. I feel more comfortable being honest about who I am now. I also love the relationships I’ve formed through the blogging world. I have met some incredible people from all over the country, and am inspired by them daily.

How much of your life offline do you share on your blog? How does this effect your readers’ ability to connect with you?
I share a great deal of my offline life on my blog, and I think my readers are able to connect with me in a big way because of it. A lot of my posts are reflective, and I find that my readers appreciate being inspired and challenged in that way. When I’m going through a tough time, I try to share it (without being too much of a downer) so that people understand that my life isn’t perfect. However, I see my blog and my readership like a friendship. I’m still getting to know them, and they’re still getting to know me. Maybe I will share more in the future as we get to know each other better.

What has been the key to success for you as a blogger? Especially when you were new to the blog world.
Honestly, keeping at it. When I first started, I wanted instant success and it just doesn’t happen that way. There are a lot of “get rich quick” type ways to gain loads of followers in a few short months, but it’s not just about numbers, it’s about engagement. It’s about unique content! Finding your writing voice takes time and practice. So write, write, write!

Any further advice for fellow bloggers?
Get to know each other! Comment on each other’s posts! Ask questions! Say hello on twitter! Give shout outs on Instagram! It will not only make blogging more fun, but your reader engagement will sky rocket.

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behind the blog / the tiny twig

Friends! I’m super excited to have Hayley Morgan, blogger, shop owner, mom and author of ( most recently ) The No Brainer Blog, with us today on behind the blog. Like I told you guys a few weeks ago, I learned a lot from her book so I was stoked when Hayley agreed to share a bit of her blogging story and tips with us.

behind the blog: the tiny twig. an interview with blogger, author and mom harley morgan

So what’s your blog all about?
Short version: Inspiring women to create lives of more passion and less fuss.
Lng version: No, really. My blog really is just there to inspire women to create lives of more passion and less fuss. There are a lot of ways I try to do that…some ideas work, not all of them do, but it’s the place I’ve committed to “showing up” to…it’s my workplace.

When did you start blogging + what made you decide to go for it?
I started a personal blog in late 2006, but really made a go of Tiny Twig in January of 2010. I decided to go for it because I saw other women who were successful at blogging and I thought it was something that fit my skill set.

Walk us through your typical day. How much time per day/week do you devote to your blog?
Oh, my typical day.  :)  There isn’t a whole lot typical when you have 3 boys (another boy coming in January!).

I wake up (or am woken up) at 7am to get my first guy on the bus by 8am.  From 7-7:30, I spend time reading Scripture and particularly engaging with the She Reads Truth community.  After that brief quiet, the next half hour is the craziest part of my day, lots of reminding and prodding and lunch-making and hat finding and coat zipping.  After he hops on the bus, I take a deep breath and get my middle son started on an activity he’s been scheming while I’m getting #1 ready for school.  I also generally hear #3 rustling in his crib about that same time.  I work to get both of them taken care of and settled.

Then, I scan social media, schedule my tweets for the day, and make a to-do list.  I work on content creation and “fire-fighting” from about 8:30-10:30 while my little guys are playing happily around the house.  At 10:30, I generally take a break to put #3 down for a nap and get #2 working on a project at my desk.  At 11, I normally handle administrative work until lunchtime.

The afternoon looks a lot the same as the morning juggle!

How do you manage your time + stay organized?
Admittedly, I could do better at this!  I am not a routine person, so my days generally look very different from each other.  Each morning I make a to-do list and then prioritize that list with “have to do’s” and “should do’s”.  I also regularly “close up shop” when my husband gets home from work–unless I’m working on a large project under deadline. I find that knowing there is an end to my day helps me accomplish more during the time I do have to work.

Each morning I make a to-do list and then prioritize that list with “have to do’s” and “should do’s”

How do you keep your imagination flowing + get past creative funks when they do sneak in?
I keep an Evernote notebook full of possible post ideas and regularly “clip” items I find or thoughts I have in there.  When I’m in a rut or need a quick post idea–I mine that notebook and nearly everything I need for the post all ready to go.

Do you have any quick + easy post ideas for those days when you’re short on time or inspiration? 
This is something I’m working to develop in 2013!  ”Filler posts” don’t come naturally to me, because I’m all about communicating ideas–but the reality is, sometimes it’s needed when you blog daily!

What are a few business/blogging resources ( online or offline ) that have been beneficial for you?
I love Michael Hyatt’s blogPugly Pixel, and good old Google!

behind the blog: the tiny twig. an interview with blogger, author and mom harley morgan

Do you consider your blog a business or just a creative outlet? 
Definitely a business!  I couldn’t devote the time it takes to run all of my online activities if it wasn’t contributing to my family’s financial health.

How has blogging influenced your life + relationships?
Blogging has opened my eyes to how many creative and enterprising women there are in the world. Sometimes it’s easy to feel alone and like you are the only crazy person who thinks of a billion ideas a day!  :)

How much of your life offline do you share on your blog? How does this effect your readers’ ability to connect with you?
I remain somewhat guarded because of my personal comfort level with public vulnerability. I don’t think there is a right or wrong way to go about this–but I do think you have to choose. I have made peace with the fact that this may sometimes not allow readers to 100% “know” me, and for the trade-off, that’s okay with me!

What has been the key to success for you as a blogger? Especially when you were new to the blog world.
Making connections with bloggers of similar size–y’all will grow together. Understanding and diversifying revenue streams. Putting myself out there to “bigger” bloggers to just get on their radar.

Any further advice for fellow bloggers?
Read my book The No Brainer Blog.  There is lots in there! ;)

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behind the blog / be up & doing

You guys, I’m stoked about this behind the blog interview! Be Up & Doing has become one of my favorite daily reads. I’ve learned a lot from Allie’s Tips for Blogging series especially! Thanks for sharing more of your great blogging advice with us, Allie!

 

behind the blog / be up & doing, an interview with blogger and designer allie lehman. learn from a successful blogger: tips and tricks on blogging, time management and what resources to use. find out how they made it big and made their blogs successful.
So what’s your blog all about? 
Short version: 
Everything that I, myself, love.
Long version: 
My blog has really become a great place for community. I like to blog about what I love (which includes photography, healthy living, design, and life experiences) but really love to write posts where I feel like I’m just chatting with a good friend. I make a point to respond to every comment and love everyone that I’ve met through my blog.

When did you start blogging + what made you decide to go for it? 
I started blogging in 2009. My husband (fiancé at the time) had been blogging since 2007 and had always encouraged me to start one. I mostly blogged about my design work and used it more as a journal.

Walk us through your typical day. How much time per day/week do you devote to your blog? 
Typically I wake up around 9am (I am not a morning person) and make coffee while I let the dog out. I respond to emails, get my freelance clients their revisions and eat breakfast. Around 10am, I head to the studio where I am a contracted freelance designer. I work there until 4pm and head home to freelance more! Sometimes I socialize in the evenings, make dinner, or just relax.
I probably devote 10 hours a week to blogging (including responding to comments). I try to queue up all my blog posts on the weekend to free up my week for friends and work.

 

behind the blog / be up & doing, an interview with blogger and designer allie lehman. learn from a successful blogger: tips and tricks on blogging, time management and what resources to use. find out how they made it big and made their blogs successful.

How do you manage your time + stay organized? 
I am a list maker! I always have a list in front of me and the most important tasks are at the top. My husband and I share our iCals and I use Google Calendar to schedule out my blog posts.
Recently, I’ve decided to schedule all meeting for afternoons and evenings. They tend to be longer and I don’t like starting my mornings off feeling behind.

How do you keep your imagination flowing + get past creative funks when they do sneak in? 
Taking small breaks has been the best thing for my creative funks. I usually blog every weekday but lately I’ve been cool with skipping a day if I’m just not feeling it (and realizing that I don’t owe anyone an apology if it happens). I also try to stay off sites like Pinterest or Facebook. Watching what other people are doing rarely kicks my butt into a creative rush. Also: having a clean house does wonders for my productivity.

Do you have any quick + easy post ideas for those days when you’re short on time or inspiration? 
Yes! I love sharing photos from my Instagram feed or asking your readers questions about themselves!

What are a few business/blogging resources ( online or offline ) that have been beneficial for you? 
Design is a Job by Mike Monteiro was one of the best books that I’ve ever read. I would recommend it to anyone who makes money in a creative field. For blogging, I’ve found that just making a note about why you love another blog post helps you think BIG picture. For example: I love it when bloggers share tips and have realized that sharing is never a bad thing.

 

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How has blogging influenced your life + relationships? 
I’ve made so many friends (like you, Jordan). I feel like I have friends all over the world and actually look forward to meeting them when I visit different cities. There have been times, however, when I’ve taken on too much and blogging can ultimately create a strain on my relationships with my husband. I don’t get paid to blog and I’ve had to learn that my relationship with him is more important. I can’t spend 20 hours a week on it!

How has your blog impacted your business? 
Since I’m blogging almost daily, it definitely keeps me in the back of peoples’ minds. It keeps me relevant and allows potential clients to “meet” me before we work together. I also think it works as a form of accountability. I often hear from people that their last designer “fell off the face of the earth.” To me, that is so odd. I can’t imagine that.

 

behind the blog / be up & doing, an interview with blogger and designer allie lehman. learn from a successful blogger: tips and tricks on blogging, time management and what resources to use. find out how they made it big and made their blogs successful.

How much of your life offline do you share on your blog? How does this effect your readers’ ability to connect with you? 
I think I share a fair amount. I’ve been very open about our financesmy health/diet decisions, and my fears. I try to balance out the dark with the light. I don’t blog to vent or spout out negativity. I also try not to make my life sound like it’s perfect. I tend to avoid things like religion, politics, or post too many photos of my close friends/family.

What has been the key to success for you as a blogger? Especially when you were new to the blog world. 
Original content. I’ve made a point to not “re-blog” or curate a lot of posts. There is absolutely nothing wrong with it but I found that once I started posting original content – you find more fulfillment in blogging. I try not to focus on stats or numbers but I did see my readership increase once that became my focus.

Any further advice for fellow bloggers? 
Don’t blog unless you want to. Try to bring something good into the world.

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