Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Blog-erview with Stephanie of Life Created

Its Wednesday and time again for another Blog-erview!!!
Lets welcome Stephanie from Life Created to Agape Love Designs!!
If you are new here, find out about the Blog-erview Series, 
as well as a list of previous blog-erviews {here}!

Tell us a little about yourself and Your blog (and shop if you have one)
My name is Stephanie, and I live in Arizona with my 2 baby girls, husband, dog and cat. My blog is new, and only a few people read it right now, but I have high is called LifeCreated. Its all about loving your organized and handmade family! Most of my posts are about DIY, family friendly crafts, organization, food and photography. I love healthy eating, so recipes and tidbits about our life in the Marine Corps, love for God... and more are thrown in there.
I hope to soon have my blog and ETSY shop up to date and just the way I like it. I have a vision in my head, and just have to find a way to make it the way I like it ;)

How did you first get involved with blogging?
I had a blog a few years ago for my handmade wedding invitation business, but started over when I decided I wanted a different focus. LifeCreated is a better name because it is broad enough to include all of the things I enjoy ...creating, living and loving my family.

Has blogging played a role in the start of or development of your shop? If so, how? If not, tell us how your shop came about.
My shop is being built right now, and only has a 1/3 of what I intend on putting in there. I have a lot of ideas and hope my blog will reflect my shop, but I dont really rely on my blog for my shop to succeed. I just love creating new things and showing them in my shop for others to enjoy with their family.

How do you come up with material/content for your blog each day, What inspires you?
Being a stay at home mom to two girls, I have a lot of inside conversations in my I have something on my mind, or if I am creating something for my family-I blog about it.
It seems I am always trying to create something or learn a new skill. My #1 thing I try to do in each post is have pictures that relate. I am a newbie at photography and find any reason I can to take a picture! Product photography is something I am beginning to practice more of.

What has been the most challenging moment in being a blogger?
After leaving my invitation business to pursue things I enjoy with my family, I saw my fan number drop from the 700's to barely 100. That was hard. Challenging moments include writing blog posts that mean so much to me, and then repeatedly getting no feedback from anyone. It sometimes feels like I am talking to my computer and that's it. I just have to keep reminding myself of the positive things blogging gives me...realtionships with people I would normally never meet, and a way to communicate feelings and ideas.

Name some of the bloggers whom you look up to and why?
The bloggers I look up to are too many to list! I love 100 Days of Real Food, and Craftaholics Anonymous, just to name two! I don't know how the moms with 5 kids do a blog, homeschooling, homemade cooking, and all of the rest. I have 2 (3 if you count my husband;) and I can barely get it all done. I am thankful blogs can be started in advance and saved until I'm ready to hit "publish"!!

If someone was interested in blogging, what would be a few things you would suggest?
Don't get disappointed if no one pays attention in the beginning. We all have to start somewhere. You have to want it and believe in what you are writing, otherwise no one else will. Also encourage other bloggers, and you will also be encouraged. Also, be original.
What Social Networks are you on?
 Life Creared on Pinterest

What networking do you do, that you feel helps your blog and/or shop the most?
I really only get on Facebook and Pinterest. 
Twitter scares me and seems like just ONE more thing for me to be busy with. ;)

What goals do you have, if any, for your blog/shop right now and in the future?
My shop is sort of slow going right now, and my blog is my main focus. It is a vent for me as I go through these busy months of transition for us. My goals include getting more followers, having more interaction and mostly, more time making things for my shop and practicing as a product photographer. I love taking pictures of handmade products, food, nature, etc.
What has been the best thing about blogging so far, feel free to share any exciting triumphs or milestones you have had or reached! :)
 I am choosing to not focus on numbers, but instead focus on my writing, photography and creating. The biggest triumph so far is having a comment here and there from friends who say they enjoyed reading one of my posts on a particular day---Makes me feel pretty good.
Is there anything you know now that you wish you knew before you started blogging?
Some bloggers are nice and generous. Some think numbers are what matter.
Is there anything else you would like to share with my readers?
Please like my page and follow me if you would like to. :) I appreciate the opportunity to be blogger-viewed....thank you!!


Thank you so much Stephanie for your blog-erview!
Your daughters are beautiful, thank you for sharing with us. :)
I encourage all of my readers to stop by the Life Created  blog or fb page and say hello!

Much Love & Hugs,

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