Reader Appreciation Week: Blogger Q&A

by Kira @ Her New Leaf on July 20, 2012

Reader Appreciation Week is coming to a close! I hope you had a wonderful week, I’ve had a great time sharing with you. Regular content will return next week, along with some fun new things that I can’t wait to share with you! I asked you lovely readers to submit some Qs for me to A, here are some of my favorites.

When you’re finished reading, please take a moment to take my reader survey – it’s only ten questions, I promise. It will give you the opportunity to share your thoughts about Her New Leaf thus far and your ideas for the future, so I hope you’ll take a moment to participate. I will continue to update the reader pin board and assemble the reader project album this weekend, I’ve gotten some wonderful reader projects that I am excited to share with you!

How did you get into blogging and design?

When I was around 11, I decided I wanted to make a website. My first site was called the “Wussup Hotel” (no, I’m not kidding) and I posted riddles that I had heard, jokes I made up, and horoscopes I copied out of Twist Magazine. It was something special, let me tell you! I worked on that for a while and started to learn HTML to create more pages on sites like Angelfire and Geocities. When I was 13, my friend asked me to make a website for his band, because of course every band of 13 year old boys needs a website. ; ) I designed it and put together some buttons for their different bios and pages – it was pretty good, from my memory!

After that, I started pixeling – creating little images literally pixel by pixel by click-click-clicking all day. I participated in a forum for pixel art called Pixelated Pastels and eventually became a moderator there – I was pretty big time. I wish I still had them saved somewhere because it was definitely a unique skill that I will probably never do again – can you say tedious? In high school, I wrote in a Livejournal (come on, you know you did too) and eventually decided to reenter the world of online journaling with a blog called Her New Leaf!

How did you learn all of your crafting skills?

I was raised to think creatively; growing up with an interior designer and graphic designer as parents, I didn’t really have a choice. I think I’ve mentioned this before, but when my brother and I were young, our home’s formal dining room was converted into a full-time craft room. I was constantly in there drawing, cutting, and pasting. My mom taught me how to sew and crochet, my grandma taught me how to knit and needlepoint, my gran taught me how to scrapbook, and my dad taught me how to Photoshop! I am so grateful to have been raised in such a creative household, someday I hope to raise my own kids that way!

What are your favorite blogs?

When I get a moment, the blogs I check first are Pugly Pixel, Joy the Baker, The Art of Doing Stuff, Making It Lovely, and A Beautiful Mess.

What is your favorite post you’ve ever written?

This answer might surprise you! My favorite post to write was definitely Ten Things You Might Not Know About Hanukkah. I wrote it together with Marcus and I really feel like that process brought us closer together. I usually write about things I know a lot about so writing about something that required a lot of research and collaboration was really fun.

Do you ever NOT feel like blogging?

Yes! And on those days, I let myself off the hook. The biggest way to burn out is to force yourself to do something that you don’t enjoy. Taking a step back helps me feel refreshed and avoid “blah blah blogging,” or blogging when I have nothing to say. I am a firm believer in quality over quantity!

Want to read more? Head over to The Penny Rose to read my interview with the lovely ladies there!

But wait! I have some Qs for you! Please take my reader survey and tell me what you’d like to see on Her New Leaf. I value your feedback so much and I can’t wait to hear your ideas!

Thanks so much for celebrating my blogiversary with me, I’m so excited for what’s to come!

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Ruthy T. (@DiscoveryStreet) July 20, 2012 at 10:20 am

I totally wish I had learned and enjoyed the artsy craftsy side of life as a kid…but I didnt and I’m just learning all the basics now. So much to learn and catch up on!
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Marissa July 20, 2012 at 10:53 am

It has been so fun to get to know you and learn more about the blogging process this week. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your appreciation for your readers! I’ve learned so much and am inspired to work hard to be as successful as you in the blogging world some day! :)
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Emily July 20, 2012 at 11:18 am

I loved every post in your reader appreciation week! It was great getting to know more about you and your blog. It also gave me some inspiration for updates on my blog.

Can’t wait to keep reading, Kira!
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Kelly @ Studio DIY July 22, 2012 at 8:01 am

I love that your parents turned your dining room into a craft room! Can they adopt me? ;)
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Eli and Nicole July 22, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Loved this post, you’re so lucky your family taught you all that! :) x
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Rose October 11, 2013 at 7:21 am

First off I would like to say wonderful blog!
I had a quick question in which I’d like to ask if
you do not mind. I was curious to know how you center yourself and clear your mind prior to
writing. I have had a hard time clearing my thoughts in
getting my ideas out. I truly do enjoy writing however it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes tend
to be lost just trying to figure out how to begin. Any ideas or tips?

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