Hi everyone, we are Jacque & Matt of theDIYvillage. When we were contacted by Hometalk to share about ourselves rather than our projects we were beyond excited and just like that I’m pretty sure my stomach did a back flip. We are used to talking about our projects not ourselves! We are truly honored to be in the Bloglight on hometalk’s blogtalk. There are so many wonderful bloggers out there the fact that theDIYvillage has been chosen is beyond words!
How did you first get into blogging?
Jacque: Oddly enough my first blog was not a DIY/Home blog. My first blog was Chasing Rainbows, it was a blog dedicated to the thoughts and emotions surrounding my (our) journey to becoming parents and how we dealt with the sadness of multiple miscarriages. The few months that I did write at Chasing Rainbows I kept on Matt about how fun it would be to write about the projects we were constantly working on around our house. What better way could we share all of these projects with our family around the US? I laid off of him for a while and one day in the Fall of 2011 he came to me and told me he had started a blog for us and was working on it’s first post … On October 23. 2011 our first post was published and theDIYvillage was born! My first post came some three months later.
How did you decide on the name of your blog?
Matt: When we decided to join forces on a blog, it made sense to focus on DIY projects, thus the DIY. But the Village actually has two different origins. First off, our neighborhood is named the Village! It’s the type of neighborhood that Jacque and I have always wanted to live in, so it just felt fitting to incorporate it into our name! And secondly, because a Village is a community of people…And that’s what we wanted our site to feel like, a welcoming community!
Is blogging a full time job, or something you do on the side?
Jacque: Blogging started out as a hobby for the both of us but has quickly turned into a full time “side job”. I run the office for a landscape/irrigation contractor and Matt is a career firefighter for a local fire department. In our spare time we enjoy long walks on the beach, candle light dinners, pina coladas, and getting caught in the rain … Kidding of course, who has time for that kinda stuff when you are working on your Never Ending Honey-do list?
What is the first project you ever posted?
Matt: My first post was a re-finished desk I did for a friend, I published it on October 23, 2011. The refinishing part of the project came easy to me…The writing did not!
Jacque: My first post was a tutorial on how to make a Valentine’s Day wreath, I published it on January 26, 2012. It was by far the hardest post I have ever written. I am pretty sure I re-wrote it 10 times making sure I was getting it right!
What project that has brought you the most traffic to date?
Matt: My most taxing DIY project to date would have to be my Paver Path! And I take great pride in being able to say that, of the posts that I have written, it has attracted the most traffic! I couldn’t even begin to come up with a total on how many hours went into planning, gathering materials, and actual execution of the walkway, but it really was worth every minute!
I wrote in the post that it was my first and last paver stone project…But, I won’t lie, I’ve been so happy with the results that I’ve considered planning out another paver stone project for the yard! (Just don’t tell Jacque, she’s already got me booked up for 2012…and 2013)
What advice would you give to other bloggers that you wish you would have known before you started blogging?
Matt: I would share the advice that was given to Jacque and I by Tauni of SNAP -Creativity at your fingers, Define what makes you and your blog unique. After that just focus on quality content. By far some of the best advice I’ve gotten since we’ve joined the blogging community.
Jacque: There are a few I have heard over and over that still ring true to me Content is KING. Be genuine, your readers can tell when you’re not. But most of all investing time with the blogging community itself is huge! Fellow bloggers can be your second best cheerleader (next to you of course), support each other and the rewards will be great!
Thank you so much for taking the time to learn a little more about us here at theDIYvillage. Feel free to hang around for a while and check out our site. We have a project gallery loaded with lots of great projects!
A huge thanks again to Hometalk for selecting us to be in the Bloglight. And remember if you are looking for a great place to search projects, have questions answered by the pros, post your projects, and best of all be inspired then Hometalk is the place for you!