First up - developing my brand.
Here's how I started out. I started my blog on a whim in 2012 right after we moved to California. So, what lead to starting a blog? 1. No where locally was hiring Interior Designers - we lived about 3 hours from both LA and SF, and there wasn't too much around. 2. Plus, I knew that we would most likely be moving every couple years - not ideal for employers. 3. For the first few years of our marriage, I held off on doing much with our apartment because I knew we'd be moving and I didn't want to invest in a lot of stuff that we couldn't move with us (easily). I reeeeallly wanted to make our apartment our own.
So, starting my blog was really an organic process for me - I wanted to make our apartment our own. DIYing and repurposing things was a great fit for us because we both love designing and building. Plus, using things from the thrift store and other materials was relatively inexpensive, so when we moved, we could sell and get our money back. It was also turned into a job! Between designing, DIYing, writing, photographing, editing, sourcing - I was easily working 40+ hours a week. Of course, I was making zero money at the beginning, but gradually, I started making some. Over the years, I've developed friendships and a community within blogging - having that really helps me feel connected and makes me want to stick around! I've met everyone (in person) participating in this series - they are all amazing and some of my favorite people ever! (neat how doing what you love works out like that!)
Recently, we've been transitioning from apartment DIYs to larger home renovations since we purchased our first home. So in addition to smaller DIYs - we'll be sharing lots of larger renovations like bathroom and kitchens. I'll also be moving over to Wordpress - so look for a new an improved site soon!
|Our Maryland entry|
|Current Maryland living room|
I think what has helped me was doing and sharing what comes naturally and things that I LOVE. I hope that translates here! Feel free to share comments below with your tips or questions.
Be sure to stop by With Heart, Emily A. Clark, The White Buffalo Styling Co. and Bliss at Home to hear their blog stories and their tips!