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In the Bloglight with Hometalk | Killer b. Designs

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In the Bloglight with Hometalk

Hey guys! I was contacted by Hometalk to take part in their In the Bloglight blogger series. If you haven’t discovered Hometalk yet, you need to! It’s a great site full of inspiration and community. I promise you’ll be sucked in for hours.

Part of the excitement of this opportunity is that I finally have an excuse to talk more about the blog and less about the projects. I’ve never addressed a lot of these questions about how I got into blogging or why I bother to do it. Anyway, without further yammering, let’s get to it!

 

How did you first get into blogging?

I started blogging back in 2008 with a “lifestyle” (aka had no rhyme or reason) blog. In 2010 I got engaged and started focusing on wedding blogging. I wanted to apply to Weddingbee, and was accepted as Miss Sand Dollar by the summer. I blogged about our DIY wedding that we pulled together with $4000 by ourselves and how I basically went insane. Once the wedding was over, I started up a home/DIY blog and named it Killer b. Designs and invited my Weddingbee readership to follow. So thanks to you guys who have been with me since then!

 

How did you decide on the name of your blog?

I wanted something fun and a little bit daring, and since my name starts with a B I landed on Killer b. and threw in the “designs” because I didn’t know how else to incorporate everything I do. I studied as a graphic designer, have a history of general crafting (sewing, paper crafts, decor, yada yada) and recently have found a passion for carpentry and woodworking. So it wasn’t too scientific, but I’m still really happy with the name and get a kick out of people who address me as “Killer”. It makes me feel like kind of a badass. In a silly way.

 

Is blogging something you do on the side, or is it a full-time job for you?

It’s still a pipe dream to think I could ever rely on this blog as a source of income. Technically I’m a SAHM and do a little freelance design work on the side, and am making a (slow) go at selling furniture at the local flea market. All my blog revenue (which isn’t much) is donated to charity so I don’t get obsessed with advertisers and page views. I don’t have any current goals or plans in motion to “make it big”.

 

What was the first project you ever posted?

I used to do a little tshirt screenprinting for a band, the Midnight River Choir. I used my Yudu which worked well enough, but I charged a pittance and the work was tough. So after a few batches I quit. But from there I started wedding projects (DIY “fancy” hair combs and my butterfly bouquets) and they grew from there.

 

What do your friends and family think about your blog? Do they read all of your updates? 

My immediate family barely follows the blog. I’m not sure if they’ve looked at it more than once or twice. My husband lives it so he feels no need to read it too! Though my in-laws like to keep up through it, as well as some friends. I don’t usually post too many controversial things, so I’m not too nervous about anyone I know reading it. And I try to throw a family/baby update here and there so they can check out their adorable kin 😉

 

How has keeping a blog changed you?

I don’t really think it has, all that much. Mostly I just take more care to document things. I like helping people, but I am a horrible teacher. Much too impatient. So I get my “helping” fix through blog posts!

 

What is your most popular project on Hometalk to date?

I need to catch up on my Hometalk submissions, but my biggest all-time project there (and on Pinterest, and in blog traffic) is my $10 Washer and Dryer Makeover. It has over a thousand pins and likes, and 85,000 views. Who knew one can of paint could generate so much buzz?!

 

Who do you follow on Hometalk? What projects/people have inspired you there?

I of course follow the Shanty 2 Chic sisters, Funky Junk Donna, my girl Ashley from Design Build Love, Addicted 2 Decorating and so many more! I’m inspired daily by projects that feature repurposing, which is a passion of mine right now. Anything amazing made from other old things people normally would toss in the dump to rot strikes my fancy. I also love gardening and homesteading posts so I can get advice and tips on growing my own food and raise livestock. Seriously guys, this place is an amazing resource!

 

Do you stick to a strict posting schedule? How do you keep track of when and how often to post?

No schedule. I find that too much structure burns me out and I procrastinate. Prior to kids I posted nearly every day, and after Charlie I still kept an average of 5 posts per week. Since getting pregnant with my second while raising a toddler, I’ve slowed down a lot. Like one or two posts per week. I’m working on getting that back up to 3-4 posts a week now that I have the energy to do projects that are worth posting about. I’m pretty sure nobody is excited that I finally got around to washing a sink full of dishes and five loads of laundry 😉

 

What are your top 5 favorite home&garden/DIY websites or blogs that you would suggest to those of us looking for new inspiration?

Blogs I look forward to daily are:
1) Ana White
2) Vintage Revivals
3) beingBrook
4) Design Build Love
5) That’s My Letter

 

What are your favorite kinds of posts to read/write? (Ex: gardening, DIy projects, thrifting, etc)

Furniture tutorials. I love coming up with something new and showing others how to build it too.

 

What advice could you give to other bloggers that you wish you had known before you started blogging?

Don’t expect ads or sponsors to suddenly make you start rolling in the dough. It’s exciting, but don’t get carried away. Only accept reviews for products you know you love and feel genuinely good about sharing with readers. Or just have a thick skin and be honest if you don’t like it. Don’t take every guest post or giveaway that rolls around. Be picky. Your blog will show your quality of content and you’ll get more readers (and thus, more income) if you be selective and use sponsors and ads sparingly. Don’t sell out and let your blog be one giant commercial! Nobody likes that.

 

And, that’s it! I hope you enjoyed learning a little more about me and Killer b. Designs as a blog. I’ve had a lot of fun participating. Thank you Hometalk!

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  1. Miriam

    Brooke, I admire what you do! Love your projects and your blog. I hadn’t heard of Wedingbee before your post – very cool! Thank you so much for sharing your story in the Bloglight!

  2. jb @BuildingMoxie

    Love the Washer and Dryer project, love your story (including donating profits) and LOVE the name of your blog … you go Brooke.

  3. Jennifer @ Town and Country Living

    Wow Brooke – I love that you give your blog revenue to charity. What a cool idea! Congrats on being featured by Hometalk. I really enjoyed your story and getting to know you a bit. :)

  4. Pondered Primed Perfected

    You’re blog name is cool…I mean killer! I enjoyed learning more about you Brooke. Heading off to check out more of your furniture builds and repurposing projects.
    Those are my faves as well. :) Congrats on being featured!

  5. Funky Junk Interiors

    Aww girl, loved to hear your story! And yeah… I can totally see why that washer and dryer went viral… they. are. COOL.

    Thanks for the kind mention!! :)

    1. Brooke

      Thank you Donna!

  6. Brooke

    Thank you guys so much! It really was a fun post to write.

  7. paulasweetpea

    Congratulations on being in the limelight!

  8. Therese @ Fresh Idea Studio

    Brooke, stopping in and sooo glad I did! btw you had me at the name, killer b. Love that! But it’s your stylin’ DIYness that’ll keep me coming back. Your blog is cool. And, I’m so happy you’re in the Spotlight. I really liked hearing your story.
    Cheers to you and yours!

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