In this first installment of my new series Interview with a Blogger, I have the chance to introduce to you to Devon Riesenberg. She is the creative tour de force behind the travel, foodie, lifestyle blog called The Jack Chronicles. This is her blogging story!
Q.) Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
A.) My name is Devon and I’m a stay-at-home mother to active and sweet Jack, and wife to software engineer/beach bum/super dad John.
I like to cook, craft, and be on vacation as much as possible! My life is filled with hide-and-seek, peek-a-boo, splat mats, strewn toys, cleanups, melt-downs, sunsets, palm trees, ocean breezes, and my photographs that document it all!
Q.) What inspired you to start blogging?
A.) Technically, my first blog was launched in September of 2008 to track my 5 week long honeymoon throughout Europe.
Then, it became a travel blog to record all our previous and future trips. Years later, in February of 2011, I started The Jack Chronicles to savor every memory both bitter and sweet of my baby boy. After about 10 months of journal-like
content revolving around my son, I was totally inspired by the notion of connecting with fellow bloggers and providing help, inspiration, and even friendships through the awesome blogosphere!
Q.) What do you find most challenging about blogging?
A.) Because of my love for memory-keeping (I am picture-obsessed, I keep journals, scrapbooks, and memory books), I struggle sometimes with a balance between recording my life events on my blog and remembering to also speak directly to readers and be conversational and candid.
Q.) What do you find most rewarding about blogging?
A.) Kind emails and comments, and when I know I have genuinely brightened someone’s day—as so many blogs I follow do for me!
Q.) How would someone describe your blogging style?
A.) Vibrantly-photographed, positive, creative, and family-oriented.
Q.) What is your favourite topic to blog about?
A.) My life experiences. It could be just a walk through the neighborhood or a family vacation to Hawaii. I try to pursue experiences and adventures rather than material possessions, but I do love putting together “it lists” with collections of coveted products, delicious recipes, and stylish fashions.
Q.) Everyone has a favourite or least favorite post. Name yours and why?
A.) My favorite post is the one I did on memory books. I received so many positive responses and I think it’s so important to cherish the memories we make in life. Plus keeping a scrapbook is a great creative outlet! Check out the post, here: http://www.thejackchronicles.com/2012/03/love-for-memory-books-it-list.html
Q.) What’s the best thing a blogger can give to their readers?
A.) The ability to relate. There has to be a connection, either in your blog content or in the comments you write back to your readers.
Q.) If someone was interested in blogging, what would be a few things you would suggest?
A.) Join twitter and connect with at least 10 bloggers in your area of interest, seek out “blog hops” and participate, DON’T activate the “captcha” spam filter on your commenting section (it discourages readers because it’s too time consuming), and DO regularly try and respond to every comment.
Q.) How do you spend your time when you aren’t working on your blog?
A.) Raising my 14 month old son is a full-time job! We like to play trucks, read “I Spy” books, go to music class, take stroller rides, and have playground dates. We do not like to have “the talk” about screaming in public or “the talk” about how golf clubs are not for smashing walls.
Q.) Where can we follow you?