We love meeting people who make the internet (and Blogtacular) so awesome and today is no exception, with Tobia from Craftalicious Me popping by to chat all things craft, blog and getting things done.
Thanks for popping by, Tobia. Starting off, tell us a bit about yourself and your blog:
Hey everyone, I am Tobia and I live in Berlin, Germany with my husband. However I have lost my heart to a few other places on this earth. I am a Communications Manager by day and in between I blog, take pictures and waste time on social media.
I love being creative. I have a thing for trying new techniques and crafts. I have a ton of ideas, a numerous number of unfinished projects and million tools to do so – some I have never used… I love hard ware and craft stores. I find inspiration in the weirdest places. I have a big love for the Advent and Christmas season. My blog started out as a crafting/baking blog but turned immediately into a lifestyle blog with a creative touch. I also recently opened a Dawanda shop (German Etsy) – something I have dreamed about a long time. It’s still tiny but I am excited to see where it takes me. I am sometimes shy when being around new people and sometimes very outgoing. Looking forward meeting you all in June.
What made you decide to start blogging in the first place?
I discovered blogs around 2008. However, it took me 5 more years to start my own. I was having a terrible day job – a job were I knew I was in the wrong place surrounded by people who didn’t get me. All that kept me going, was spending my lunch time alone in the nearby forest with my idea book. I started this blog to stay sane, to find my creativity (that I lost growing up) and to figure out where to go in my life. It worked. I am happy and I am thankful for the desperation I felt back then. Otherwise craftaliciousme would still not exist. Sometimes I need a kick in the butt.
Talk us through how you chose your blog name? Has it always been the same?
Originally I wanted to name my blog “Sunday Afternoon” because that’s the time most of the crafting and baking took place, where I felt at peace and it reminded me of childhood when we would sit together. BUT this name was already taken. And I knew I wanted a self hosted space. So I started to think about all the things I love. Crafting and baking was high on that list. But then I love delicious stuff. And I realized that lots of crafty handmade things are also eye candy. And that is how I came up with craftalicious. The “me” ended up there because the domain was taken… I wouldn’t mind loosing it but then it’s a blog and about me… So what gives…
What has been your biggest blogging challenge?
That would have been me. I tend to overthink stuff. Things I don’t know I don’t tackle, I try to research, I get overwhelmed, I leave it, I research again, I get frustrated and then I decided I just do it, realizing it’s not so complicated. My latest challenge CSS. I will get it this year.
Over your time blogging, what has been your biggest blogging success? It could be an award, a post that you think really struck a chord or just a “YES!” moment from your blogging experience?
Every comment on my blog makes me smile and I appreciate everyone taking the time to drop a line. I was really crazed out when I received a blog comment by one of my „blog idols“ and later even a mention on her blog. I also loved being invited to a book release party of two fellow bloggers. My heart also jumped a bit when I saw all my Christmas posts being found through google.
Tell us about your blogging routine. Do you us an editorial calendar? Do you plan in advance or blog it as it happens?
I don’t really plan all my posts in advance. Sometimes I write a post and hit publish other times they sit in my drafts file for quite some time. I came up with a content grid. Certain days mean certain topics. This way recipes will most likely be posted on Sundays, review and life stuff often on Saturday, while crafts are going online Tuesday or Thursday. This gives me structure. Only when I do my Advent series I plan way ahead and have an editorial calendar. I guess I go with the flow and have a good mixture of planning and relaxing.
We’d love to see and hear about where you blog.
This has changed quite a bit. Right after I started in 2013 I lost my job and I had all day to blog. Then it shifted towards the weekends. Lately I draft blog post on my commute time (of 2 hours a day) and finish them up on weekend mornings when hubby is still asleep.
I am lucky enough to have my own crafting and blogging space. I call it „craft lab“. It is usually a mess and still not done the way I want it to be but I am happy. I know it’s a luxury and I really hope I never have to give it up.
What are your blogging goals for 2015?
My biggest goal was to invest more time and a bit of money into the blog by going on a blog meeting or conference in some way. (HELLO BLOGTACULAR!!!) I also want to dive into CSS and figure that out. I would also love to gain some more readers in English speaking countries and connect with some craft bloggers.
If you could give new bloggers one top tip, what would it be?
Don’t be scared just get started. You’ll figure it out and if not, who cares. There might be a ton of nice people in this community to help. And don’t be shy on leaving comments on other blogs or tweet someone that you like their post. I personally answer every comment on my blog and visit the commenters blog at least once and if there is something I like, I also leave a comment. But I do not force it.
What made you push the “Buy Now” button on your ticket for Blogtacular 2015?
My goal setting 😉 When I mentioned my plan to go to a blogging event Elisa from Globetrotting in Heels jumped on the band wagon and together we looked into blog conferences all across Europe and decided that we would try to go to London together. So its meeting a friend, soaking up inspiration and getting to know a ton of new people.
How has blogging changed your life?
Blogging made me more creative. Or better I got my creativity back and made it important again. I also lost some of my self doubt by putting myself „out there“. It taught me that despite that I heard all my life writing isn’t my strength that I actually like it and that I don’t really suck at it. My blogging also made it possible to change careers away from event management towards communications.
Which 3 blogs do you read every week without fail?
This actually changes a lot but the following ones have shown a consistency over the last 3 years:
http://globetrottinginheels.com (English) I guess I have a thing for expats and their life style. I also like Elisa’s fashion posts as I am not too much into it but they inspire me.
http://www.create-enjoy.com (English) One of the first blogs I ever read and it inspired me to start sewing. It now evolved in a more life style blog with healthy paleo recipes.
http://www.waseigenes.com (German) Bine is so authentic and nice and has inspired my a lot. To develop my photo skills and her deep transperancy on how to run a Dawanda Shop helped my a lot.
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