Hi Holly! What’s your blog name?
Where do you live?
Tell us more about your blog, Home With Holliday.
As an interior design pro, I am always getting questions for ways to improve the design and function in people’s homes. I provide inspirations for interior design projects and how to transition home decor through the seasons. As a frequent party hostess, I also enjoy sharing ways you can entertain elegantly, creatively and cost-effectively.
Is there a fun or unique story behind your blog name?
My middle name is Holliday, but I have always gone by Holly. Most of my close friends call me Holliday. Besides my interior design expertise, I really enjoy hosting guests for all of the holidays throughout the year. Hence…Home with Holliday.
What people don’t realize about blogging is….
It requires a lot more time than I ever imagined, but it is worth it. The backend work to produce a post requires a lot of planning, creative thought and dedication. To be an effective blogger also requires a tremendous amount of research and constant learning. It was also a surprise about how many wonderful, new relationships would be formed through my social media sites and the blogging communtity.
What are three things you wish you knew about blogging before you started?
- I wish I had better photography skills before I started taking my first shots. When I look back at some of my first posts, I am stunned at the first photos that I put out into the blogging world! I am still learning every day.
- I wish I had researched more blogs for ideas and inspirations with regard to the best hosting services, plug-ins, apps, etc.
- SEO!! WOW…that is a big one! It is so important to understand it and how to maximize its power within your posts.
What’s your favorite blogging memory?
I have a few actually. Being named in the Top Ten Lifestyle Bloggers in Denver was a nice honor. Hitting 5 million monthly viewers on Pinterest was very exciting! Oh, and being followed by Trisha Yearwood!!
Give us your best tip to staying on top of the blog work/life balance?
Be organized and consistent. Stay away from being tempted to be too concerned about your numbers. Take the time to be involved in Facebook groups in your niche because you can learn so much from your peers. Be willing to give up some of what you do to people that can do it better.
Instagram or Twitter?
Who is the most interesting person you’ve ever met?
Nancy Brinker…Founder of the Susan Komen Foundation. She has been a huge inspiration to me for decades.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Designer shoes, especially those with red soles!
What’s one product you can’t live without?
My HP touchscreen laptop.
Coffee or tea?
What’s been your favorite post you’ve written or worked on?
This past year was my first full year of blogging so I really enjoyed putting together my Top Ten Posts of 2018. Doing the research to identify them and go back through them was so enlightening and fun to see what my readers responded to.
What’s your favorite blog related app?
Who’s your favorite person to follow on social media?
Kathy Land…she is hilarious!
Books or podcasts?
Books. “Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons” is a favorite as it was the first book and the format for an epic book club I used to be involved in.