Introducing...Blogger of the Month!

Friday, June 01, 2012

                                           

 My blog is growing.  It's been a slow growth, but everyone starts somewhere, right?  I'd like for my blog to keep growing.  With that in mind, I have several friends who blog who I'm sure would love to grow their blogs as well.  So I decided to start a Blogger of the Month feature.  Every month, I will feature one blogger whose blog I really enjoy, in hopes that you'll enjoy their blog as well. 

June's Blogger of the Month is my good friend Jess, who blogs at Life, Happily Ever After.  She writes a lifestyle blog with an emphasis on DIY.  I asked her some questions about her life and her blog, and she was kind enough to answer them for me.

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Q: So why did you start your blog?
A: I have been blogging for a long time.  My first blog was actually on LiveJournal and I started it in January 2004.  Since then, I always had a fondness for blogging and sharing my thoughts with the world.  I have had blogs for every topic under the sun.  I had a blog about college, I had a blog about losing weight with a friend, so it only seemed fitting to start a blog about a new time in my life, as a newlywed.

Q: How did you pick the name Life, Happily Ever After?
A: When I first started the blog, the name was "And we live happily ever after", which really stated the topic of the blog as married life.  I have always been a fan of fairy tales, so when I got married, I felt I was really living my "happily ever after".  When I decided to move over to wordpress.org and host my own blog, I was searching for a domain name.  andwelivehappilyeverafter.com was taken, and it seemed waaaaay too long.  I was searching for a name that would keep the same idea of the original name, but shorten it, and I came up with lifehappilyeverafter.com and it was available.

Q: What do you feel is your biggest strength when it comes to your blog?
A: My biggest strength I think is my variety.  There are a lot of blogs out there about specific topics: DIY, Married Life, Fashion, Weight Loss, Recipes, etc.  I have a little of everything.  I think of my blog as a life blog.  I write about it all :)

Q: Your biggest weakness?
A: I think my biggest strength is my biggest weakness.  A lot of blog readers are looking for a specific topic. My blog doesn't really offer that, so I feel that maybe some readers turn away.  Also, I haven't been very consistent with posting.  I really try to post regularly, but if life gets really crazy, it can be 5-10 days before I think about it again.  I have been working on that.

Q: What has been your favorite DIY project so far?
A: Man, there have been so many!  I think my favorite is my bed.  It was one of the first things we built, and we still love it today.

Q: What home decor item are you most lusting after right now?
A: I saw a purple ceramic elephant on Joss and Main a few weeks ago.  I don't know what it is about that little elephant, but I have never wanted something so much!
                                          Urban Trends 15" Ceramic Elephant Statue Color: Purple

Q: What is your next big DIY project?
A: I saw a pin on Pinterest where someone covered large panels of styrofoam with fabric for large art. I want to cover three panels, and paint a 6-foot spoon, fork, and knife in fun, almost Andy Warhol-like colors for my dining room!

Q: What is your favorite part about blogging?
A: My favorite part is getting to inspire people. I love getting a comment on my blog that my weight loss is inspiring them to lose. It keeps me motivated and really touches my heart.

Q: What's next for you?
A: Well, we are moving into an apartment in the middle of June, and so there will be lots of decorating!  Then in the next year or so we are hoping to buy a house and start a family!

Q: Is there anything else you'd like to share with Good Girl Gone Wife readers?
A: I want to thank you all for reading Good Girl Gone Wife and my guest post today!  Without you, we would have nothing to blog for.  I can't thank you enough!

Thanks so much Jess!

Stay tuned for Jess's guest post (probably tomorrow)...she's sharing a secret family recipe, so it's something you can only find here!




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