I met Sandy from Sunkissed Memories in our For the Love of Blogging group (the coolest group EVER). She’s one of the moderators there and has useful information when it comes to Pinterest, she’s awesome. I hope you enjoy reading her answers in the next of our Q & A series!
Please introduce yourself and your blog to my readers.
My name is Sandy and I write a blog called Sunkissed Memories, at https://sunkissedmemories.com. I am a crafter, scrapbooker, jewelry-maker and general DIYer. I originally planned to start my blog to correspond with my scrapbook business but realized I had other topics about which I wanted to write, so Sunkissed Memories became a potpourri of creative, life, and travel blog.
When did you begin your blogging journey?
I published my first post titled, “This is My Blog”, on January 15, 2018.
Can you describe your blogging style?
I don’t know if I have a blogging style – I usually just start writing and let my thoughts flow then go back to better organize those thoughts and edit myself. I majored in Communications and Journalism in college, so I tend to be critical of grammar and sentence structure. I try to keep my posts detailed and grammatically correct without being boring or stiff.
What type of networking do you think is better to grow your audience?
Being an introvert, I am terrible at networking and uncomfortable with self-promotion. Instagram has been my go-to social media platform because I find it the easiest and most fun way to connect with others. I like to play around with graphics, so I enjoy creating images to keep my Instagram active. The best decision I made was to step out of my comfort zone by joining and posting on a Facebook group called “For the Love of Blogging”, where I have met many supporting and interesting bloggers.
What was your greatest failure and how did you overcome it?
My greatest failure was attempting Amazon affiliates too early in my blogging career. I was dropped when I didn’t meet the sales requirements. I now know that I need to concentrate on building up my blog and interacting with my audience before attempting to monetize.
What do you do in your spare time?
I am a terrible at time-management and am a serious procrastinator! That being said and without going into the boring details, I have some health issues, so some projects take double or triple the time for me to accomplish. My husband and I are planning to relocate from Ohio to Florida, which has been mentally and physically exhausting. We are in the process of de-cluttering and downsizing, preparing our current home for sale, and looking for new jobs in Florida. I have been repainting almost all the walls and ceilings in our 2,000 square foot house – so, much of my spare time is spent recuperating.
What is your least favorite post, and why?
My least favorite blog post is probably “Cleaning a Steel Fire Door” because it’s not a very interesting post. Every home in our allotment has a steel fire door connecting the garage to the house, so I’m sure there are other housing developments built the same way, however, I’m still not sure if it’s a relevant post.
What is the biggest trends in your niche?
Even though DIY blogs are plentiful on the inter-webs, I still share some of our DIY projects. I think it is amazing to be able to find free online help for projects, and I like feeling as though my posts can assist someone in their DIY endeavors.
What are some things people don’t know about you?
I was interviewed for a film documentary about 1960’s historic “Leisurama” houses but my segment wound up on the “cutting room floor”. Back in the early 00’s, I played (was addicted to) a game called “The Sims”, for which I created custom content that other players could download to use in their games. I created a game version of the historic “Leisurama” home which was discovered by the documentary’s creator. He and his co-producer/cameraman traveled from New York to my then-home in PA to interview me. Unfortunately, my segment must not have appealed to the pre-screen audience because it didn’t make it into the final cut.
What does a typical day in your life look like?
During the week, I get up with my husband between 5 and 5:30 AM. While he walks our dogs, I make coffee, and sometimes lunch, for him to take to work. After he leaves for work, I usually have breakfast and try to clean out my junk emails. I am a moderator in the Facebook group “For the Love of Blogging” and on Tuesdays and Fridays, I post Pinterest and Twitter learning and/or activities. Some of the other activities on my weekly agenda are de-cluttering, packing, painting, cleaning, laundry, relocation research, job searching, playing computer games, online shopping, etc. I did say I was terrible at time management! I walk our dogs once or twice during the day, and I make dinner for us most every day. Hubs and I walk the dogs after dinner then usually laze on the couch until bedtime.