Sarah's clever, witty writing style, which oozes with personality and always leaves me wanting to meet her in person, is one of the many reasons that I enjoy reading her blog (along with her fabulous content, interesting interviews, and uplifting point of view). Not only does she blog on Yes and Yes, but she also has a small business blog and a thriving online consulting business (!). Here's how Sarah describes her daily life:
By day, I'm a copywriter/blogger-for-hire/internet awesome-i-fier. I help small businesses and self-employed creatives make a name for themselves on the internet and create content people want to forward to all their friends and add to that Favorites folder.
By night, I plot my next trip, go on adventures with my friends, eat entirely too much cheese, and attempt to make my cat wear outfits.
Needless to say, after reading Yes and Yes for a while, I wanted to learn more about the fabulous woman behind the blog, so I asked Sarah to answer a few simple questions.
Read below for the inside scoop on all things Sarah Von Bargen...
Why did you start blogging? Why have you continued to do so?
I started blogging because there was a very specific type of blog I wanted to read and I couldn't find it. I wanted to read a blog that covered lots of different topics - career, travel, friendships and romantic relationships, design, style, food - in a funny, smart way. I couldn't find anything like that so I decided to write it myself!
Where do you find inspiration for your blog posts?
As cheesy as it sounds I find inspiration everywhere. A lot of my introspective or 'self-development-y' posts spring from conversations I've had with people in my life or things I've experienced. My best friend of 20 years is terribly wise and is often a source of content. Sometimes, after a particularly great conversation with her, I'll tell her that I'm "totally going to blog about this," and she'll say "I know! I could see it in your eyes that whole time."
If you could study under anyone for a year, who would it be?
Miranda July. Her work is warm, thought-provoking, and accessible. Also: she had great hair.
I don't believe in guilty pleasures. I just like what I like. ;)
How do you stay balanced? How do you unwind?
I don't have a data plan on my phone so I can't check email when I'm out and about. I make a very concerted effort to not work after 7 pm or on weekends and I try to limit phone calls to family/friends/clients. None of this 'free brainpicking' stuff, thankyouverymuch. It's also pretty rare that I go to any of those promotional events that brands throw and then invite bloggers to - I want to spend my evenings with my people.
What's your biggest dream for fall?
Balance my insane-o work schedule with trips and parties. Also: all of the scarves and boots, all the time.
If you could give one piece of advice to new bloggers or those wanting to take the plunge and start their own business, what would it be?
Don't give up. It takes quite a while to build a following and find your footing in the blogging world - 75% of bloggers quit within the first 3 months. Keep going! One of the reasons I'm successful is that I just kept writing when lots of other people quit!
You can learn more about Sara by checking out the following links:
Yes and Yes: yesandyes.org
Small Business Blog: sarahvonbargen.com/small-business-blog
Thanks for taking the time to tell me all about it, Sarah!
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