Can a blog serve a significant role in your creative life? Could it help you to launch a new career, connect with a community, keep up your motivation? And how does that blog change once you’ve found success as a designer, author, or teacher?
These are the question we’re exploring on today’s episode of the podcast. My guests are two long-time bloggers, Amy Karol and Ellen Luckett Baker, both of whom have creative careers that are rooted in their blogs.
Amy Karol has been blogging at AngryChicken since 2005. She’s the author of two sewing books. Bend-the-Rules Sewing came out in 2007 and is now in its fourth printing (that’s amazing for a craft book!). Bend the Rules with Fabric was published in 2009. Both are with Potter Craft. Amy teaches several video classes on CreativeBug (if you don’t know Amy, I highly suggest watching her CreativeBug bio video) and she sells her artwork and a natural skincare line in her Etsy shop. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and three daughters.
Ellen Luckett Baker began blogging at The Long Thread in 2007. She’s also the author of two books. 1, 2, 3 Sew and 1, 2, 3 Quilt were published by Chronicle in 2011 and 2013. Ellen is a fabric designer for the Japanese company, Kokka. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and two daughters.
We talk about:
- The role blogging has played in developing our creativity and in building community.
- How has the presence of other social media channels, like Twitter and Instagram, has effected blogging.
- How blogging changes once the hobby you began with becomes your career, and how to hang in there (or not) as life shifts.
And, of course, we recommend great stuff we’re enjoying right now.
- Colossal, including this dancing stoplight
- Brain Pickings
- Akashiya disposable brush pens
- her secret book project and Greensleeves, which is her secret book
- Unconventional and Unexpected: American Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 (Amy and Ellen both recommend this one)
- the Emery Dress pattern by Christine Haynes
- April Fool’s Day posts (how to make a perfectly white egg, toy-let toy box from a toilet seat, “string” bikini for Barbie, and my favorite of all time, the husband cozy.
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Thank you so much!