Rhoda from Southern Hospitality We know y’all will give her a warm welcome here At The Picket Fence!
“I began on a whim in Feb. 2007 and haven’t shut up since that day. It’s been a thrilling ride and I still love it.”
“Since I’m a Southern girl, it just seemed like a good name to describe what I wanted to share on my blog. I knew it wouldn’t be just about decorating, so Southern Hospitality seemed like a good name to describe all I wanted to embody with my blog.”
“Be yourself and don’t try to copy anyone else. There are SO many fabulous bloggers out there that it can be quite intimidating to anyone just getting started. I still get intimidated by some of my supah-star blogger friends who do this blog thing much better than I do. But, I just tell myself that there is only ONE me and I have so many faithful readers who stop by to see what I’m up to, so I stay true to myself and blog about those things that are important to me: my family, food, friends, and of course decorating projects and DIY inspiration. So, one piece of advice would be to follow your heart and blog your passion and that is what will come through as “real” and genuine to your readers. That will bring them back for more. They will want to know what YOU are up to!”
(Ha! We couldn’t agree more with Rhoda on that last point…not that we are addicted to blogging or anything…ahem…nope not at all…)
What is one piece of advice you would give to a “seasoned” blogger to avoid the dreaded blogger burn-out?
Rhoda, how have you learned to balance blogging with the rest of your life, which we are sure is something all bloggers struggle with?
“Definitely the friendships I have made through blogging has been the biggest blessing in my life. It’s just amazing that we can meet up with other bloggers that we have never met before and feel like they are lifelong friends. That’s the beauty of blogging. I’d say the friendships are first, then sharing projects and inspiration and finally, the fun perks that come with blogging in this home niche. I’ve been blessed with a lot of perks along the way, from free products to monetary perks.”
Up next we asked Rhoda to share a little bit about her own projects.
What is YOUR favorite project you have ever done?
“As an 8 year old, what I wanted to be when I grew up was not even on my radar. I was too busy being a kid, especially a tomboy girl, who loved climbing trees, riding bikes & playing in the creek. I enjoyed my childhood and didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do/be when I grew up!”
“Candy at the movies? I do love candy and some of my fave is candy corn or malted milk balls.”
…at the picket fence!