WOW, I am so excited today to be in the Hometalk Bloglight! This is such a huge honor for me and I am feeling so grateful and humbled. So if you are new here, welcome! If you are one of my regulars, well, you know I love you and thank you for stopping in today! Relax, pour yourself a beverage, hopefully you will learn a few new things about me today.
How did you first get into blogging?
I started blogging in January 2010. Our boys were 3, 5 and 7 and I was ready to mix it up a bit. For the first time in 7 years, I had 6 hours a week all to myself, yes, a whole 6 hours, what to do? Well, start a blog, why not.
We had just finished our Kitchen renovation so I decided to post a few tutorials on a blog. It was kind of my way of giving back.
~Before and After~
During our renovation there were so many tutorials from bloggers who were so nice and eager to help, I thought we could do the same. My husband and I have always had a love for DIY so it has been fun to share our inspiration and help others who have questions. I am in no way an expert, but It sure brightens my day when I get a thank you from a reader.
Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined I would gain a readership, be given some pretty incredible opportunities, and make some really awesome friends, a true blessing!
How did you decide on the name of your blog?
I didn’t hit publish on my first post for about a week because I couldn’t figure out a name. Since we live in a track home and have worked hard to make it reflect our own personal style, I wanted a name that would tell readers exactly what the blog was about. Living in the suburbs and taking a builder-grade home and turning it into something a little unexpected. The lightbulb went off, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia. I googled it to see if the name was taken and to make sure there wasn’t any other blogger out there with a name closely related. I was in luck and the journey began!
Is blogging something you do on the side, or is it a full-time job?
On the side!!! I wish I could blog more, but family always takes priority. Between kids, sports, volunteering at school, and another part-time job it is hard to blog full time. I am thankful to work from home so I can always be here for my boys.
What was the first project you ever posted?
The first project was our kitchen remodel, I split it up into three posts, the first one being how to paint oak cabinets. This remains my most popular project on Hometalk to date.
How often do you blog?
I post a minimum of 3 days and always on Tuesday for my link-up party, Tuesday’s Treasures. You know it’s been a good non-stressful week if I can get 4 posts out.
What advice could you give to other bloggers that you wish you had known before you started blogging?
Organize your blog as soon as possible by creating a picture project gallery. This is something I should have taken the time to do in the beginning and it has been a slow and painful process uploading almost 4 years worth of projects.
If you are serious about blogging, start on WordPress. Transferring from Blogger to WordPress was like starting from scratch all over again.
Blogging is time-consuming!
Purchase a good camera and learn how to use it, this is something I still struggle with!