Hometalk...what a wonderful site to gather and share wonderful ideas of everything related to the “home”…
I was introduced to the wonderful site a few months ago and I posted my sunroom and received over 10,000 views!
Now, Hometalk has a venue for bloggers called “Blogtalk”…
…..it is such a wonderful Facebook venue for bloggers to share their ideas,
…..to ask questions of all types of concerns or related subjects of blogging.
I believe that when Kim at Savvy Southern featured my sunroom, it was the post that had received the most traffic..other than when it was posted on Hometalk.
And…a large gain in followers when Kari did this post on Twirly, Whirly Skirts.
Today, I am so honored and happy to say that I am being featured by Blogtalk “IN THE BLOGLIGHT”
One of the questions I was asked by Blogtalk was “How did you get into blogging”?…
…..so I shall start on this note.
ONCE UPON A TIME (I love fairytales)….
I relocated from Florida to North Carolina to be near to our son and family…..
…..leaving most of my friends and family in Florida…
……….it was a very difficult decision, but then again, one of the best decisions we have made.
We built a home in Chapel Hill…we closed on our home the day our granddaughter was born..talk about timing!
It was the most joyous of days!
I was sending pictures of my Christmas decorations to my friends and family to see….
…..as Christmas decorating is one of my passions.
Here are two photos that were featured last year…they were my first features:
My Christmas Tree from last year…
Stacy Curran of South Shore Decorating Blog (formerly Conspicuous Design) featured my tree…
….if you went to this post, I had two comments…one of them from Stacy…
I thank Stacy so very much for being a wonderful blogger friend who has been so very encouraging to a very new blogger!
This tree was also featured by The Adventures of Tartanscot…he was having a holiday decor contest….
…..in which he also featured one of my mantels.
My son saw me sending pictures the conventional way….
…..he told me that I needed to start a blog to post my pictures of my Christmas decor.
That way, my friends and family could just go on the blog and see my pictures…
“BLOG???….I cannot do a blog…it must be hard to do!”…I am very computer challenged.
He worked me through one of my posts and through much trial and error I was off and running…
THIS IS GREAT, I EXCLAIMED!!…SO that is how I started…how it began…
………….Once Upon a Time.
My friend Linda, who is an avid blog reader…guided me on the parties I needed to join….
…..and that was another learning curve!
However, this is the real CEO of Housepitality Designs:
I started blogging, for lack of a better word, “impulsively”…I just went to WordPress on the advice of my son…
…..picked out a standard theme…and away I went.
If I had to do it all over again, I would have consulted a blog designer first….
…..choosing a blog appearance that I love and inquiring information from that blogger…
I was hesitant to do that…to ask a blogger…but I have quickly come to learn that bloggers are the most wonderful people…they are so anxious to help a fellow blogger in need.
The Blogtalk Facebook Community is just that…a community of bloggers helping bloggers.
To this day, I still have that standard theme, but not for long, as there will be a new look soon!
I already had a name…I owned the domain name of “Housepitality Designs”…
…..the name of my interior design/redesign business that I started after I retired from the healthcare field.
I love the “South”…I love the symbol of the pineapple…of HOSPITALITY…thus, Housepitality Designs.
I have pineapples all over the house…
Like the foyer light:
I can honestly say that I love blogging….for several reasons.
I keep it fun…I do not have a blogging schedule…I post when I have a new project..or want to join an interesting party with a great theme.
However, I must say, I love blogging for I have met the most wonderful people…people who I consider friends…
…..friends from all over…with a common goal…with common interests…
of caring and sharing…of true compassion…
I am in awe of so many bloggers…of their talents…from DIY to design…amazing people.
Blogging has made me become more interested in photography…..
…..I am in awe (there’s that word again) of the bloggers with such talent in photography.
My hubby bought me a great camera for Christmas last year…I can say it has really made a difference.
Old photo: Last year’s Christmas tablescape
Newer photos with better camera:
So my suggestion to any new blogger is to invest in the best camera your budget will allow.
…..a macro lens is on my “Santa Wish List”.
I have been honored by so many wonderful bloggers…many featuring my projects or my entire home..
…..my entire home was featured a while ago at Debbiedoo’s.
I must say that Hometalk on many occasions has been my number one referrer!..
I thank you Blogtalk…..for the wonderful honor of being in the “BLOGLIGHT”…
…..and to those who follow me and all the wonderful bloggers I have come to know…
I end this with post to say that, I hope you all “dance”..
I love the song, “I Hope You Dance”…and I have been….with excitement dancing every day….
…..as I learn the new “dance steps” of blogging…
……….for blogging is wonderful…when you BLOG FROM THE HEART!!!
And, they all lived happily ever after!