Delineate Your Dwelling blog by Amy

I write, create and run Delineate Your Dwelling, a creative DIY blog. I have been blogging for about a year and a half and it’s been so rewarding! I have always loved to create and having a blog is a wonderful platform to share that excitement with others. I love when readers share pictures of their projects based off my ideas. I’ve been fortunate to be recognized within the design community with features from blogs like Apartment Therapy, Brit + Co and Huffington Post.

Please tell us something about yourself. Is blogging your profession or just a hobby?

I started blogging after my second child turned a year and a half. I previously worked as a landscape architect and needed to have a creative outlet while being a stay at home mother. I have always been a crafty person and my blog is a wonderful way that I can continue doing what I love, document it and hopefully encourage others
to do the same. I am grateful to make a small income blogging and plan to continue growing that side of my blog.

When did you get an idea to launch your own blog and how important is it for you be online?

I had started an Etsy store, prior to my blog and was loving the interaction with people purchasing my graphic prints. I came across I Heart Organizing, a blog about creative and beautiful ways to organizing all things. Jen, explained how she was able to quit her full time job and through her blog and her Etsy store, she now exceeds her past job. This lit an excitement in me, that it might be possible for me, too!

Did you have someone help you make the website or did you do it by yourself?

I started off blogging using Google’s Blogger platform. I found blogs that I loved and enjoyed reading and then studied their layouts, their sidebar graphics and the icons and buttons they used. Then I would google how to replicate that on my blog. After a year of blogging, I switched to WordPress. It’s been a big learning curve but I’m slowly learning the ins and outs. I’ve found a reliable website designer that I occasionally receive help from, but 98% of my blog is done by me.

The right domain name is important. How long did it take you to come up with the domain name for your blog?

I spent weeks selecting the name for my blog. I would write out lists of creative or colorful adjectives and then pair them together. I kept going back to a few and then realized what does the name, “blue knot” (for example) have to do with me or my style? I wanted my name to instantly give people a clue into what I was all about. I ended up selecting Delineate Your Dwelling because I practiced landscape architecture for either years and because of that, had drawn numerous landscapes plans by hand and in the computer. I liked the word Delineate and thought that encompassed a part of my past with “delineating” plans, drawing them out. Thus was born, “delineate your dwelling”.

What kind of Theme do you use on your blog and what are the “must have” plugins for a blog?

I have the Beautiful theme on my blog and love it’s simple but versatile look. Some of my favorite plugins are Akismet (spam filter), Filament (a share button), WP Editorial Calendar (to easily organize posts) and WordPress SEO (assists with SEO).

How much time do you spend blogging?

I’m a full time stay at home mom, but with naps and evenings, I am able to spend roughly 30 hours a week on blogging.

How do you promote your blog? Do you use social media channels to attract more visitors to your blog?

Social Media is a huge part of the equation for a blogger. There is no point in having amazing projects if no one is coming to your blog to see them. I use Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and Google + to promote my posts. This is a great way to let people know when you have new posts live on your blog and also a great way to promote other bloggers and projects.

Is there a way to monetize (make money) through a blog?

Yes! There are many avenues to making money on a blog. The main ways I accomplish this is through my Etsy store, Google Adsense, Rivit Ads and affiliate links. The key is diversification.

Would you encourage other people to make their own blogs?

I would definitely encourage others to start a blog. I have been overwhelmed by the love and encouragement I receive from friends and family. I also have made wonderful friends who I may never meet in person, but we share similar passions and build each other up.

Please give us some advice for new bloggers and for people who are still not sure should they make a blog of their own?

If you are unsure, start a blog on Blogger. It’s free and very user friendly. You have nothing to lose. Once you decide if it’s something you want to continue with, you can migrate to another blogging platform for more options and creative freedom.

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