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An Interview with Artist, Lillian Connelly of “It’s a Dome Life“

Lillian Connelly SheBlogger

Lillian Connelly SheBlogger

Thanks for taking the time to chat with SIW. Tell us a little bit about yourself and your blog.     

Lillian : Thank you for inviting me to your blog. I am an artist and mother working from home. I blog about the importance of creativity and hope to help other people take steps toward living a more creative life. I also write about parenting and enjoy telling humorous stories about my family.

What makes your blog so unique and why should people read it?          

Lillian : My blog is unique because it doesn’t fit neatly into one category. I approach blogging from a place of authenticity and wholeness. In some ways it is a personal blog because I share my life experiences as openly as possible. At the same time it is also a platform to sell my art and polish my writing skills. I think the mix is intriguing to people because they get to read about how my art is made and why. They also get to read about my personal and professional struggles, joys, and accomplishments. So often artists are portrayed as magical or tragic figures. I think people appreciate seeing that it is possible to live a somewhat ordinary life while attempting to do something creative and hopefully extraordinary. I share my failures in both art and parenting along with my triumphs. Often these experiences are very human and easy to relate to. I really want to have a relationship with my readers and so I work hard to create an environment that fosters interaction and inclusiveness. I’ve made several important friendships through my blog and that is really special to me. People who read my blog become part of a community.

What do you find most challenging about blogging?     

Lillian : There are many blogging experts out there telling you how to blog and when. In the beginning it is easy to get caught up in all of that. You want your blog to grow and spend a lot of time learning how to do that. The problem is the Internet is constantly evolving and what worked for one person may not work for another. It took me a few years to realize that blogging is more of a marathon than a sprint. In the long run, it’s better to go with your intuition and to make decisions based on your goals and your style of doing things. It’s always good to learn about the latest blogging trends, but don’t cling to them or try to force things to happen. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the details like daily stats and gaining or losing followers. The challenge is to look at the big picture and make choices that align with your values versus adopting a quick fix that you read about on a how-to blog site.

Do you have any favorite Indian author blog and why?

Lillian : My absolute favorite Indian blogger is Roshni from Indian American Mom ( http://www.indianamericanmom.com/ ) because she’s incredibly smart, funny, and she is an excellent writer. I think she is really good at developing a relationship with her readers too and I admire her for that. I also like it when she writes about Indian food because I love Indian food! Her observations as an Indian American are also really interesting to me because I think she has a unique voice that really stands out in the blogging world.

What are your favorite books that you would recommend SIW family?               

Lillian : For creative people I would recommend “The Right-Brain Business Plan: A Creative, Visual Map for Success” by Jennifer Lee because it really helps you set goals and make decisions when you don’t have a mind for traditional business practices. I would also recommend “How To Blog For Profit: Without Selling Your Soul” by Ruth Soukup because it is filled with valuable information. I found it incredibly helpful with both the technical side of blogging and the ethics of blogging.

Can we really make a living by Blogging? If yes, how we can do that?

Lillian : It is definitely possible to make a living by blogging, but it’s not easy and it is not quick. You have to work really hard and keep at it. Most of the other artists I know report working on their businesses for seven years before it became profitable. In the beginning you have to put all of the money you make back into your business so it can continue to grow. This might mean paying for a better website design, paying for a writing workshop, or in my case, purchasing art supplies and tools so I can keep creating. You have to be resilient and stubborn to succeed.

Would you like to share your blogging best practices?

Lillian : I’m not an expert on blogging by any means, but I have found that people respond the most when you write from your heart. When you can tell a story, and share your feelings and observations honestly, that tends to resonate with people. There may be times when your honesty offends a few people, but you have to have faith that telling your truth will attract the people who fit best into your tribe.

What advice would you give to young women readers of SIW who want to follow a similar career path as you?              

Lillian : The biggest mistake I made was diving into blogging without doing any research first. My advice would be to truly think about what you want to do with your blog and how you want to do it before you even chose a name for your blog. I am working on a new website right now and knowing what I want to do and where I want to go is helping me make decisions more quickly. When I first started blogging I wasted a lot of time through trial and error because I wasn’t really sure what the purpose of my blog was or where I wanted it to take me. I think a little planning ahead of time could make a big difference to someone just starting out. The most important advice I can give, however, is do not give up! There will be challenges and setbacks that make you want to quit. Don’t quit and remember that blogging is a marathon. Slow and steady wins the race!

Blog URL : Itsadomelife.com

Category : Art and Family

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