Renee (or Pearl as her friends and family call her) is the blogger behind Pearly Bird, and one of the most creative people we’ve ever met. There’s no DIY she can’t do, and no recipe she won’t attempt. And on top of that, she’s insanely well-versed in the world of tech. At first glance, Pearly Bird is a lifestyle blog, but it is so much more than that. It’s where low-tech, everyday musings and an instructional designer (with a cute pup named Richard, might we add) meet–and it’s wonderful.
How long have you been blogging? Not long! I launched pearlybird.com on June 1! I’m really excited about becoming a blogger and am looking forward to what the future holds.
How did you come up with the idea? Blogging wasn’t really something I had given much thought to until a few months ago. It was pretty much an “ah-ha!” moment. I follow quite a few local crafters, makers, and doers on instagram and saw pictures from the bloguettes launch party, so I looked into it more and was super interested. It was like “yes, this is exactly what I should be doing”. It brings together my loves of crafting, writing, and technology. I was instantly hooked.
What was the hardest part in getting started? The hardest part was definitely striking a balance between wanting to make everything great before I launched and making decisions so that I could launch. I had all these new wonderful photoshop skills from the bloguettes 2-day branding workshop, so I wanted to create a really great brand/blog for my launch, but I also found I could revise forever and had to start making decisions knowing that I can always come back and improve later. I had to keep in mind that where I am in a year will be different from where I am today.
How do you maintain a balance between other aspects of your life and your blog? I’m not sure how to measure if there is a balance, so I’m just trying to keep doing all the things that make me happy and call that the balance. I’m sure there will be weeks where I post less or more, where work takes more time or stress, where a couple extra yoga classes are what I need, or where I temporarily step away from technology. I’m taking the pressure off myself and just doing what makes me happy in each moment.
How do you stay connected with other bloggers and creatives like yourself? I’ve primarily stayed connected through the Bloguettes events and social gatherings. I also follow most of the gals from my class on instagram and via their blogs, so I get to see what they are up to and pull inspiration from them.
What’s your favorite social media channel for personal use? Easy. Instagram.
What’s your favorite social media to use for business/blog related stuff? Instagram and Pinterest. Both are full of inspiration in the visual format, so they are my go-to resources for new ideas, designs, fashion inspiration, decorating tips, etc, etc, etc.
Who do you look up to? All my new friends from the 2-day workshop. Some run small business, some have been blogging for years, some live near, some live far, some just launched recently like me, but they are all inspiring and lovely human beings who are loving what they are doing. I truly feel lucky to have come into such a great group of people.
What advice do you have for others? Trust yourself. You already know what you want to do so do it. Don’t compare yourself to others. Go for it and know that mistakes are part of the gig.
What’s the best advice you’ve received? It’s the advice I received from the Bloguettes that lives on my computer tote and that is to “just keep going.” When the words aren’t flowing as easily or I’m second-guessing myself, I think about this simple advice and just keep going.