Friday, July 12, 2013

Friday Meet & Greet | There is Grace

Happy Friday, sweet friends!  For today's Meet and Greet Friday, I am super excited to introduce you to Nancy of There is Grace.  I've known Nancy for years... we actually used to work together when I lived in Springfield, MO.  I love this gal -- and she is an incredible writer.  Without further adieu, meet Nancy!
Hi! I'm Nancy from There Is Grace, and I'm so excited to be here with my friend Kelly and all you fabulous bloggers! 

What was your original purpose for starting a blog? Has it changed?
I started my first blog in 2008. It was your typical keep-in-touch-with-family blog, written by a stay at home mom. Lots of photos of the kids and details of what we did that day…truly fascinating stuff (if you happen to be related to me).

In 2012, I started to get serious about blogging more “intentionally.” I was working from home as a freelance writer at the time, but I felt like blogging was a better fit for the type of writing I want to do. So, in the fall of 2012, I launched There Is Grace where I write about my family, my faith, and finding grace in the midst of it all.

What kind of relationship do you have with your followers, and which postshave proven most popular with them?
Since my blog is still quite young, I’d say my relationship with my followers is very new; I’m still trying to figure it all out. Because I write largely to a faith-based audience, I receive the most responses when I write posts related to my faith (like needing a community and how I really feel about my church). But it’s not all serious and deep. I also write about my family and I get a lot of feedback when I write about my take on parenting (like how to survive summer with your kids or you know you’re a mom when…). And since a large part of my job as mom includes food prep, I love to share recipes that I’ve adapted for my son’s food allergies (like my Cinnamon Bun Scones and Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies).

Where do you find your inspirations for new posts?
I often tell my husband that I tend to “think in blog posts,” so I get a lot of my inspiration from everyday life—something my kids do or say, things I discover in relation to my faith, observations of other people, or tips and tricks that I stumble upon. Basically, anything that makes me think, “I need to share that with someone,” will eventually end up in a blog post one way or another.

Describe your workspace to us.
It’s quite glamorous…My laptop is dying a slow death, so for the moment I’m tethered to our desktop at an old table in the corner of our master bedroom. When I can get away for a while (and have access to a power outlet for my dilapidated laptop), I like to tuck myself away in a coffee shop or our local library. I know, you’re jealous aren’t you?

What hobbies do you have outside of blogging?
Are coffee and chocolate considered hobbies?   After all my “jobs” as wife, mom, and writer/blogger, there’s little time left for hobbies. But when I do get a spare moment, I love to dive into a good book, go for a walk (or a run if I’m feeling especially motivated), or meet up with some girlfriends for shopping or a good chat (usually over coffee and chocolate).

You can also find Nancy here:
A meet and greet requires a little chit-chat... so how about leaving a comment on her Facebook page, blog or send off a quick hello in a tweet!  Thanks so much for stopping by.  Hugs all around!