Meet the Blogger Behind: GeminiRed Creations

I cannot believe that this is the last Meet the Blogger Behind the Blog post of 2016. This series has been an incredible one and I am very glad that I decided to start it as I have found some really awesome blogs to read and had the pleasure of learning about the people behind them. If you love this series to, don't worry because there will definitely be more of them to come in 2017.

But first, lets meet our final blogger of 2016 which happens to be 46 year old Heather from the state of Georgia. Heather blogs over at GeminiRed Creations where she has her blog as well as a shop with some pretty cool things for sale. Check out my interview with her below.

1.       What or who inspired you to create your blog?
I originally started a blog about crafting, of any kind. For some their “craft” is writing or drawing or sewing or taking care of others. I wanted to be able to talk about my craft and the craft of others.

2.       What is your #1 favorite thing about blogging and why?
Learning about other people, small businesses, and charitable organizations. My goal is to fill my blog with posts about these things. I enjoy writing about small businesses and charitable organizations because my ultimate goal is to be able to help others in some small way.

3.       What main topics do you blog about?
I write about DIY projects, share an occasional recipe, and stories about small businesses and charitable organizations.

4.       When you’re not blogging, what do you enjoy doing?
I have an online shop along with my blog. In my shop I sell items that I make by sewing and embroidery, as well as some items from a few of my favorite wholesale companies. Creating these items take time and often take me away from blogging, though I would like to find a way to have more time to balance them along with my full-time job.

5.       What has been your favorite place to visit and explore?
Many moons ago my high school graduation gift was a trip to France with other students from my school and the local middle school. I really enjoyed the opportunity to see a country that I had always dreamed about. Later in life I had the opportunity to go to Negril, Jamaica to participate in a marathon to raise money and awareness for the American Stroke Association and a few years after that I participated in a marathon in Athens, Greece to raise money and awareness for the Arthritis Foundation. Those two trips gave me an opportunity to see two beautiful countries and raise money for organizations near and dear to my heart.

6.       Do you blog as a hobby or is it your job?
It’s mostly a hobby, though from time to time I do sponsored posts or posts related to affiliate companies I work with, which both can generate money toward my business. I use those funds to hosts giveaways on my Facebook page and blog that are not sponsored by one of my partners.

7.       Where would you like to take your blog in 5 years?
I would love to have a small business or charitable organization I can spotlight on a weekly basis, with increased readership that helps me to promote those businesses and organizations as well as promote my own online business.

8.       What has been the hardest thing that you’ve encountered since you began blogging?
Finding the right way to market my posts, my blog, and my website in a way to drive traffic to each post, and my site in general.

9.       From your experience, what’s one tip that you would give to a new blogger?
Have a plan. Think about what you really want to deliver and stick with it. Don’t give up the first time you write a post and 5,000 people don’t read it.

10.   What are your top 3 must watch tv shows?
I am a huge Empire fan! My favorite shows are really the old ones – Leave it to Beaver, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Newhart, Family Affair and the like. I watch a lot of that in the background while working on my projects. When I sit and concentrate on TV I watch Empire, So You Think You Can Dance, The Voice and America’s Got Talent. I’m always excited to see people enter a contest that allows them to follow their dreams.

11.   What is something about you or that you that makes you unique?
I have known since I was 11 years old that I wanted to be an entrepreneur. I have tried it in a few forms over the years, and hope to one day be my own boss full-time again. When I was 11 I had a paper route in the condo complex I lived in, and from there I grabbed some index cards and made up my own business cards to offer babysitting services to families in the same complex. I have done house and dog sitting, owned a salon and day spa, and now own GeminiRed Creations. I would love to have a brick and mortar space that is a co-op to sell my handmade items as well as the items of other awesome small business owners.

12.   Do you have a historical or currently living icon that you look up to? Why?
I love the people, like those who have been on the TV show Secret Millionaire. They have become successful people and went to low income areas or similar, and worked undercover and at the end they rewarded the people they worked with by funding initiatives they were working on and things like that. While I don’t aspire to be rich, I would love to have enough money to help others as often as I’d like without fear of budget even if it’s only a small amount here and there.

13.   What is the one blog post that you are the most proud of hitting the publish button on?
I love any post that spotlights a small business owner or charitable organization because both things are so close to my heart. But, one that I posted recently really meant something to me. It was about All or Nothing Day which highlighted a woman, Heather Von St. James, who was diagnosed with mesothelioma which ultimately caused my grandfather’s death in 2005. Cancer is a major concern of so many today, and I have had several people close to me pass away from this evil disease.

14.   What is your favorite season and the one thing that you look forward to during it each year?
I love spring because the flowers are starting to pop out so there is a lot of color around, and the weather is nice – not too hot and not too cold! I especially love when the weather is at that perfect in between stage where you can have the windows open!

15.   Is there anything else that you would like to share about yourself, your life or your blog?
I am currently working through the publishing process to publish my first book that should be ready to “hit the shelves” (or at least my other website) by the end of October. It’s a funny, lighthearted book about reasons not to have kids based on the things I see my friends, who have kids, encountering with their kids. I hope it is successful enough that I am able to donate a portion of the proceeds to local children’s charities. The title is Just Say No…To Kids and our website is www.SayNoToKids.com Prior to that I was a contributor to the book The 20 Project which has advice for 20-somethings from the other side of 20.

Thank you Heather for sharing some things about you and your blog and letting us get to know you. You can keep up to date with Heather by following her on: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and of course her blog. Stop by next Wednesday for another "Meet the Blogger Behind the Blog" to meet another amazing blogger.

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