I get lots of emails from my readers. I really love to hear from you! Many of you ask about my decor, or my paint color, or my dishes, or where I got something … most questions are about decor or cooking or gardening and diy’s! But there are also some more personal questions that keep popping up. So, I’m answering the 5 most asked PERSONAL questions my great reader ask!
1. DO YOU DO ALL THE WORK ON YOUR BLOG YOURSELF?
The answer is YES! Like most bloggers, I’m a one girl show! I think up the creative subject matter and design, research ideas and subject matter, keep a detailed blogging calendar, create the post, write the post, edit the post (I admit… I really bad at this!), style the decor, do all my own photography, and edit my images. I also write a daily newsletter (join on my sidebar… get lots of great seasonal posts in one place) and share my post and other’s posts on all my social media outlets. I also try to keep active in my blogging community and I love being a part of bHome (a free app for your smart phone.. check it out here)! One of my favorite daily “jobs” is to keep up with and answer email from my wonderful readers!
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg of what I do daily!
There’s a whole lot more that goes into blogging but much of it is technical and not very sexy and sometimes not so fun! Like when a post link breaks or my site crashes or I’m up until 3:00am learning some new plug in on WordPress!
But I mostly love everything about blogging!
Blogging is more than a 40 hour a week job for me. I work EVERY DAY! Yes, ever day!!! And some times I work into the wee hours of the morning. But, I’m not complaining… I have the best job in the world!
Blogging has opened up whole new worlds to me! I never knew how much I love taking photographs and writing! I also am wild about graphic design! And I have met some of the most fabulous people blogging. My blogging community is filled with the best, sweetest, kindest and most loyal and helpful women… and a few men. REALLY!!! WE ARE A SORORITY OF NICE GIRLS (okay, and men too)!
Here’s another thing you should know about the way I blog. I want a post to do four things… entertain, inform/teach, inspire or give something away. If a post does not meet at least two of those criteria I don’t post it! AND every post I do has YOU in mind!
I adore my readers!!!! YOU ARE THE BEST!!!!
2. DO YOU MAKE MONEY BLOGGING?
Again, yes! My blog started out, years ago, as a hobby. But, as I got more and more readers and I began to spend more and more time blogging and spent more and more money to bring my dear readers the best posts I could create it became pretty clear that for StoneGable to continue I would need revenue. Two years ago I turned StoneGable into a business and I think my blog is much better for it!
Many readers have no idea how expensive it is to run a blog. And I would not expect you to. Bandwidth, blog designers, blog techs, WordPress, cameras, equipment, PicMonkey, Viraltag, Hoot Suite, Mail Chimp, blogging conferences, ebook on how to have a better blog, props… lots of props, and all the things that make a picture pretty to look at… and more.
I know that sometimes the ads on StoneGable can be a little distracting… but I hope not annoying! There are some ads I will not use even though they pay very well because I think they detract from the images and content of my blog!
Working my blog like the business it is has made me very serious about bringing the best I have to my readers!
I love the idea that I have created something out of nothing that inspires people. That is exactly what I want StoneGable to do… INSPIRE you to live the life you love, surrounded by things you love and with people you love!
3. HOW OLD ARE YOU?
Oh goodness! This question has come up several times. The context of the question has been different, but just the same I have been asked my age! YIKES!
I am 61 TODAY!!!! I really am okay with my age! Actually, I love it! I feel like I am still in my 30’s… at least in my mind!!! I am curious person! An avid, lifelong learner and love to do new things and I think that is what keeps me feeling young! I am passionate about all thing HOME!!!!
Don’t think I’m the grandmotherly stereotype… you would be soooo wrong!!!! That is so not me!
Who knew that I would start a new profession in my 50’s and love it so so much!
As bloggers go… I’m on the mature side! But don’t let my age fool you! I like to stay current with the decor trends while using the wisdom of my years to not get wrapped up in passing fads! I see my age as a great advantage because I am in a awesome season of life!!!! I have two married kids, and my fabulous husband, Bobby!!!! No grandbabies yet so StoneGable is sorta like my baby… and I can give it a whole lot of attention. Yes, it’s a fabulous time to be 61! I like to think that I’m “timeless”!
I love that I have broken some of blogging’s “glass ceilings”. Two years ago I sat in a conference with magazine editors who told our group, “Unless you are 35-45 you will never be featured in a magazine”. HA! I’ve been in several! I’m also writing a book! And I own a business I adore! Sometimes I have to pinch myself! Blogging is one of the best things I have ever done… and I don’t know if I could have said that if I would be younger!
4. ARE YOU A SOUTHERNER?
Thank you for asking, but unfortunately, no! I adore southern women! They are sassy and strong and have a code of conduct I admire. And I love love love the way they decorate! I am taken with their style! I’d love to be in the “southern girl” club!!! When someone asks me if I am from the south I take it as the biggest compliment! And I get asked that quite often! Does being a southern girl at heart count?
My favorite southern city is Savannah and I get there as often as I can… just NOT in the summer when the gnats stick to your lipgloss! If I were a city I’d be Savannah! The first time I visited Savannah was like finding the Mothership! THESE ARE MY PEOPLE!!!! They are adorable and I love their down-home, yet sophisticated, language and saying filled with southern sass! Bless my lil’ heart, y’all!
I am a born and breed northern girl. Although I have lived in California, Texas, Delaware, and Europe as my Daddy was in the Air Force.
I now live in the bucolic (that’s what we say here) and historic area of Lancaster Pa. And no, I’m not Amish!
5. ARE YOU AS ORGANIZED AS YOU LOOK?
Oh heavens, NO!!!! What you see on my blog is real life… a slice of my real life. You should see the swath of destruction that occurs when I am doing a photo shoot (can I get an “amen” from my fellow bloggers?). You see what’s in front of the camera, but behind it is another story! Putting together a blog can be messy business.
Because StoneGable is a “lifestyle” blog I am not just decorating, or just creating diy’s or just cooking or just crafting or just gardening or just… fill in the blank. I’m doing all of this in my daily life and more because living at StoneGable is all about this kind of lifestyle! It’s really how I’ve always lived. I’ve been blessed with more creativity than one person should be allowed to have! Sometimes I can’t sleep at night because of all the ideas spinning around in my head… but I digress!
And since I work long long hours and create StoneGable all myself things can take on a unkempt life of their own sometimes!
I change things up so much in my home and am ALWAYS in the middle of a diy or some makeover that there are areas of StoneGable that can get pretty chaotic! I try not too let it get too wildly out of hand. Right now my garage and my study look like squatters could be living in them! At least the rest of the house is under control… sorta!
Since I started blogging my home is better decorated but I must admit it is more disorganized! I do LOVE to be organized but I’m not on top of all the little details like I used to be. There are just not enough hours in the day! Does that sound familiar to anyone?
My new mantra is better to be a tad disorganized than stressed out and on top of it all! I AM A NO DRAMA KIND OF GIRL. And I avoid stress like it was the plague… which it really is. There are real things in life to be stressed out about and being a little disheveled around the corners is not one of them!
I hope this has given you a little peek at the blogger behind the blog and maybe you were wondering about these things too!
Once in a great while I’m very surprised by what one of my readers will ask. And some questions I really could not answer here or anywhere else! But when you email me I love it and try to answer truthfully and quickly and give you my very best!
My favorite emails are from sweet people that tell me they feel like we are best friend, or that they feel like they know me personally or that I must have been reading their minds. I feel that way too! You and I are probably not too different at all!
After all YOU ARE my friend… my community… and I love you… every one! xo