Awhile back I did a post featuring the wonderful workings of from The Bright Side Project.
#1: Miss B. and Miss. K I am dying to know, how did the two of you meet?
We met almost three years ago on a business forum we both used to frequent. I [Miss K.] emailed Miss B. regarding a publicity issue. We bonded over our shared love for books, everything old fashioned, and elephants. We have been cyber besties every since.
Q #2: Each month you have a giveaway "mission" or what I like to call theme, how do you come up with your monthly "mission"?
We look to see what is relevant in the marketplace, of course, but we also draw from our own personal tastes and look for potential themes among our varied interests. The timing of the giveaway is important, too. We want our readers to receive an item that is both beautiful and practical, which is why you won’t see us giving away snow boots in July.
Q #3: The two of you seem to have and be leading such interesting lives. Do you mind telling us more about your career backgrounds before you started The Bright Side Project?
Miss B. has been a high end/couture level publicist for 20 years. She is the creator of the cult classic perfumes Monyette and Coquette, and the first independent parfumier to develop a perfume for Sanrio.
Miss K. has a master’s degree in Public Health and is a licensed attorney. She decided to leave the law while her sons were young, and to supplement her income fell back on her true love, writing.
Q #4: What are some trends you see emerging in the art/craft/design world?
Miss B. and I are fans of Grandma Chic, a term we coined to describe a modern design style with old-fashioned sensibilities. I think you will see a return to formality, but in a way that is not ostentatious or stuffy.
Q #5: I see that each of you run additional sites; The Blah, Blah, Blagh, Pancakes and French Fries, and Besotted Brand. How do you find the time to do it all?
We don’t! The work/life/family balance is a tough one to manage. We do the best we can, which means at any given time one project will receive more than it’s fair share. But, we both believe in happy endings, so even when we feel like lying down in the middle of traffic we trust everything will work out as it should.
Q #6: In your opinion, what are the three rules of blog etiquette?
1. Be original. Great ideas should be applauded, not copied.
2. Be appreciative of your readers. Reply to comments as often and as promptly as you can. With The Bright Side Project, that can be hard since the comments aren’t really directed to us personally. But, as a general rule, we always reply to comments on our personal blogs.
3. Be nice. You meet more people, make more friends, and earn more favors.
Now for the fun questions...
Q #7: Any excited plans for the summer?
This summer we will be working and strategizing! We have big plans for all the websites, and we plan to take all of them to the next level.
Q #8: When you see each word, what is the first thing that comes to your mind.
Pencil : Paper
Microwave : Oven
Ostrich : Egg
Tacky : Cloth
Hi-C : Powder
Poster Board : Science Fair
Q #9: If you were to press shuffle on your ipod, what are the first three songs?
Mr. Brightside, The Killers; Good Arms v. Bad Arms, Frightened Rabbit; Do You Wanna Touch Me, Joan Jett.
Last, but not least...
Q #10: At the moment, what are the three things you are in love with, obsessed with, and inspire you?
We love elephants, anything old fashioned, and Buenos Aires, Argentina.
We are obsessed with finding the perfect mascara, living up to our potential, and the set design/wardrobe from Mad Men (okay, and maybe Don Draper, too).
We are inspired by stories of true love, people who live authentically, and a good ol’ fashioned success story. In other words, all of blog land.
Bonus Question: Any advice, for people who are taking the plunge and starting their own blog?
Be yourself. It sounds easy, but it’s not. We struggle with it, too! There are so many blogs out there to inspire you that it’s hard to walk away from so much stimulation without it making you feel a little inferior. But, the same things your mother loves about you will shine through if you keep at it enough to find your own true voice.