Interview with Amy from One Artsy Mama

Today I have another wonderful treat coming from Amy at One Artsy Mama in continuing out 14 days of blogger love! I just love getting to know our fellow bloggers and Amy has a wonderful story to tell.

1. What’s the reason you began blogging?
Prior to March of 2011, I was totally unaware of the whole craft-blogging world.  I was doing a simple online search for a kids’ St. Patrick’s Day project to do with my {then} 2 year old son and his friend, when I came upon a blog called That Artist Woman.  She had tons of fabulous art projects listed, and even an index where you could search by holiday.  I have always been totally interested in all kinds of art and crafting projects, and it was like a light bulb went off in my head… “I could do this too!  I could put up all the things my Little Crafter and/or I have done and we could share our ideas with other people!”  And so, that day, I went on blogger, chose a name, and started something that changed my life.  At the beginning, I had no idea about all the other amazing blogs and bloggers out there or the reach I’d eventually have.  I never dreamed of having more than 2200 Facebook fans or having opportunities to review products and even make money by doing this.  My original intention was just to share my own projects and ideas in the hope of inspiring someone else, just like my motto says…create, share, love, inspire.  Despite how the blog has grown and evolved over the past almost-two-years, that’s still at the heart of what I do.

2. What’s your favorite DIY project you have done? 
Only one?!  There are so many I love, for such different reasons!  I guess if I have to choose, I’d say it was when I redid our bathroom vanity using paint and a stencil pattern from Cutting Edge Stencils.  It was the first time I ever actually tried doing something with furniture, and I was so excited about the end result.  I still smile when I see it, because I’m so proud that I was able to transform it from something ugly into a work of art! 

3. What hidden talent do you have, which you have not shared with your readers? 
Hmm.  Well, they all know I’m a ballroom dancer, but that’s a fun one to pull out on people who don’t know it.  I don’t know if I’ve ever shared with my readers that I love to sing {alto} and that I have been playing the piano since I was three years old.  I’ll happily sing in front of any size crowd you want, but don’t ask me to play the piano in front of even two people…I freeze up.

4. What blogging goals have you set for 2013?
By January of next year, I hope to have successfully run another round of One Crafty Contest, as well as two or three sessions of the Growing Together Blog Mentoring Program.  I hope to have more fun opportunities for product reviews and giveaways, and to continually improve my photography skills so that craftgawker will accept more of my submissions than they reject…haha.   I’d also like to double my Facebook following and page views per day so that I have the opportunity to inspire even more people.  Oh, and I’d love to actually finish my “Growing Your Blog” e-book.

5. It seems like it that time of the year where a lot of blogging conference are happening. Have you attended any and if so which one would you recommend?
No, but I would sure love to.  I dream of attending SNAP!

6. What was the best blogging tip you ever received and would pass on?
I don’t know that I can single out just one tip, but I’ll say that the most valuable information and feedback I’ve gotten thus far has come from a small, tight-knit group of bloggers I belong to.  It’s a great place to share ideas and questions and to figure this whole thing out together.  So, my best advice would actually be to find a group of bloggers you respect and enjoy talking with and form a small group {ours is a private Facebook group} where you can have the same kind of experience.

7. Do you find it easy reaching out to other bloggers?
Yes and no.  I think that it’s super-easy to approach anyone whose blog is smaller to or equal to mine in size, popularity, following, etc.  I do have to admit that I don’t often reach out to bloggers who have ten times my following.  I figure they’re way too busy to respond, but I guess that isn’t really giving them a fair chance to prove themselves just as generous, thoughtful, kind, and helpful as the rest of the people I’ve interacted with in the blogosphere, now is it?

8. How do you believe you are able to determine yourself between a small blog,a medium blog, large blog and a super star?
I think of a small blog as someone who is just starting out, who perhaps doesn’t post regularly, who has fewer than maybe 300 followers.  A medium blog may have been around longer and the blogger is starting to develop her following and gain a few sponsors.  A large blog has an established following of regular readers and the blogger has probably learned how to effectively interact with them via social media and develop a sense of community.  She probably has multiple sponsors and has somewhat regular sponsored post/review opportunities.  A super star is someone with a crazy-big number of followers, who gets asked to speak at all the conferences, and whose name, blog name, and face we all recognize.  At least that’s my two cents…

9. Where do you see yourself and your blog in five years?
I’d love to be at the point where my blog is a familiar name to others in our niche and is known for fun, high-quality projects and clear tutorials.  I also want to be known as a blogger who is friendly, approachable, helpful, and encouraging, regardless of what my stats may be.  One other thing I’d love to be able to do is make enough money from the blog and my Etsy sales to pay for my son’s tuition to private school.  I’ve found a school that’s just perfect for him, but it’s a bit of a stretch for our budget.

10. Anything else you would like add? 
I just want to thank you for the opportunity to be interviewed, Loren, and to thank everyone in the blogging community for being so supportive and inspiring.  And just plain fun too!  I’ve “met” such wonderful friends and I look forward to many more fun experiences of inspiring each other as we all continue to create, love, share, and inspire!

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