Friday, October 16, 2009

lisa leonard : artists who blog

Lisa's blog:
Lisa's website:

Why did you decide to start a blog?

Years ago, I followed a couple blogs and felt so connected with the writers. And inspired by their photos and creativity. Eventually, I began my own blog as a creative outlet and a way to connect with family and friends. I hadn’t intended to use the blog for my business but it’s become not only a daily journal, but also a connection point for my customers.

How did you come up with the name of your blog?

My oldest son was born with a disability and at the time I sincerely thought my life would hold no more joy. Over time, I began to see that it’s the little things that give us joy every day. So I named my blog, “It’s the Little Things’.

How has blogging affected your work as an artist/designer?

Blogging has definitely helped to stretch and grow me as a designer. I appreciate the feedback and input I get from my readers—they are so encouraging!

Name a few of your favorite artist/designer blogs:

Tara Whitney
Smile and Wave
Sarah Markley

Do you have any advice for artists/designers who are starting a blog?

*Blog consistently until you find your voice.
*Be genuine and share a bit of yourself.
*Always include pictures-the more the better.
*Network with other bloggers.
*Be unique-no one likes a copycat!

What has been the most positive and inspirational aspect of having a blog for you?

Definitely the community of blogger-what an amazing group of women I have met.

What do you find the most difficult/most rewarding part of having a creative profession?

I really struggle with setting boundaries between work and family. Sometimes I feel like my computer is calling me—but I need to focus on my boys and get housework done. When you work for yourself, especially if you are in a creative business, there is always more to be done.

Other than your blog, what has been the most effective way for you to promote your art/design?

I love networking with other bloggers. They are the number one thing that has grown my business from a hobby to a career.

How do you maintain a healthy work/life balance?

Yeah, this is really difficult and something I struggle with. Often, we just have to get out of the house and go to the beach and play. I love to snuggle with my boys, play games, create with them, but the house and laundry really suffer. And I don’t cook much.

What would you like to accomplish by the end of 2009?

This is a great question. Some of what needs to be accomplished is very ‘behind the scenes’ with paperwork and website function. Not my favorite stuff, but so important. I’d love to get featured in a couple holiday gift guides this winter—so we are working on that now!

Thanks for sharing with us Lisa!

Thank you, Stephanie! It is such an honor to be included among these amazing artists!

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