This week I would like to introduce you to Rose from Randomcreative Art. Now I don't recall how I met Rose but I suspect that I first encountered her blog through Entrecard. Not only is she a very sweet person but she's also very creative. She's a wiz with buttons and beads and makes some of the nicest jewelry like this bracelet that you can find in her Etsy shop
1) How long have you been blogging and what made you start?
I've been keeping some kind of journal ever since I was able to write. I have handwritten journals going all the way back to 1990. I started my first online journal via livejournal in 2002. I still have my livejournal and now also have my randomcreative blog that I started in late 2008. It's extremely rare that I do any journaling offline anymore. Writing comes naturally to me, and it often serves as a means for me to reflect on my thoughts. Since I've been blogging online, it's been neat to share some of those thoughts with others.
2) What is one piece of advice you would give to a new blogger?
Write about your own interests. Do not try to copy a favorite or successful blog or simply write about what you think is trendy and will therefore get a lot of comments or traffic. If your writing is passionate, genuine, and high quality, you will develop regular readers.
3) Do you have any hobbies or special talents?
During the past four years, I have turned my biggest hobby, crafting, into somewhat of a business. While I don't turn a huge profit selling on Etsy and at craft shows, I enjoy having something that I enjoy so much pay for itself. Now that I do make a lot of items to sell, I have to make a conscious effort to take time off from that aspect of my life and make things just for me as well as engage in other hobbies.
4) Of course you love all the blogs you visit but share a link to one of those and tell us why we should check it out.
You should check out Alisa Burke's blog. http://alisaburke.blogspot.com Her work and photography are both very inspiring. Alisa is very forthright about her personal and business life including her successes and failures. It is easy to assume that successful artists have it made or that they don't work hard for everything that they have, but Alisa proves these myths wrong.
5) What is the one things that totally makes you crazy?
Two of my biggest pet peeves in the world of online writing are not giving credit where credit is due and not leaving comments if you expect others to do so for your work. There is nothing more frustrating than seeing a post or article full of unoriginal photos with no credit. If you borrow, make sure that people know that by honoring the original sources appropriately. As someone who makes an effort to comment on articles and blog posts nearly every day, it's always frustrating to find people who don't understand why you should return that favor.
6) Give one random thought. "And may your limits be unknown. And may your efforts be your own." -Be Still, The Killers