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What are your thoughts about blogs + blogging? I’ve been blogging on and off for the past 13 year and it’s great to see how accessible it has gotten. There is so much variety now, if you have an interest in something there is probably a couple good, deep, blogs on the topic. I read about 150 different blogs and there surprisingly little overlap between them, that’s wonderful.
How did you & your wife meet? A mutual friend had a party and we hung out the whole night, after that I was hooked.
How many hours a day does your wife spend blogging? 2-4 hours a day, 4-8 on weekends if she’s working on a DIY. Writing posts used to be take the bulk of the time but now it’s things like responding to email, freelance, and Etsy orders that soak up most of the attention. The exception are DIY posts, those are a huge time sink, I bet they average 20-40 hours between coming up with the idea, designing, testing, shopping, shooting/editing photos, and writing the tutorial. It’s crazy just how much work goes into them.
What do you do during this time? Cooking, cleaning, freelance, Etsy orders, IT, helping with the posts, shooting photos, I feel guilty just kicking back if Kathleen is working.
Any silly/crazy/funny/cool stories or experiences related to blogging you’d like to share with the readers: When she started Twig & Thistle two years ago, I couldn’t pay Kathleen to use Twitter. I mean she HATED it. I ended up managing the account for a few months before she started to warm up to the idea. Now she’s a Twitter machine, I couldn’t stop her even if I tried.
Is there any one thing that annoys you most about having a blogger wife? Well! If I have to pick just one, I’d have to say it’s the 11:30pm “Can you edit the post?”. If you ever see a typo on T&T is probably because I was half asleep trying to spell check on my phone so I wouldn’t have to get out of bed.
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How did you & your wife meet? At a kissing booth… true story. Almost sixteen years ago, Shauna paid me 50 cents for a kiss at an art school party. I’ve had her hooked ever since.
You guys are always coming up with such innovative things. Where do you gather inspiration from: Like everyone, our inspiration is a mix of people, places and things. Shauna and I went to grad school at Cranbrook. It has a rich history of mid century “form follows function” design philosophy, and I think that had a lot of influence on both of us. I’ve always felt a connection to vintage Americana from my 66 Chevy pickup truck, vintage Pfaff sewing machine and old wood working tools, to my typical uniform of Red Wing oxfords and paid shirts. I think our Forage Bow Ties are a good example of these influences.
How many hours a day do you/your wife spend blogging? Shauna is the main driver of our social media front. I would lump many outlets into the idea of blogging since technology allows us to be so multifaceted these days (blog, flickr, tumblr, twitter, guest features, etc.). I would say we’re probably at it about 3-6 hours a day. ps. This is the perfect opportunity to plug my new twitter account @FORAGEbowties. Hit me up on the twitters!
You’ve been featured all over the place! What’s been your favorite/most unique experience so far: Hands down, our Martha Stewart Living feature, in the February ’11 issue. We drove to NYC from Philadelphia with a car full of rusty tin dollhouses and a mason jar containing my wood knot collection. I was most excited to meet Fritz Karch, the collections editor (his beard and plaid suits are legendary). Before we knew it, we were in a vacuous, all white photo studio. While admiring the movable sets for the photo shoot, I looked up to see Shauna shaking hands with Martha. EPIC! To cap off the experience, we were given a tour of the “props room” which is indescribable. I’ll never forget that day.
I think lots of couples would ideally love to work with their spouse, I know I would. How is it getting to work with your wife 24/7? Do you guys always get along and see eye to eye? I’m crazy about Shauna, but we definitely duke it out while working on projects together. We approach everything from different angles, which leads us to unexpected solutions. A recent example: while attempting to print a simple poster, we spent ten hours debating what it should look like. Before we knew it, we made a rad letterpress, canvas banner that has inspired new product for us. In the end our common ground lies in our obsession over the details. Everything we make is truly a collaboration – I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
What are your thoughts about blogs + blogging? I love blogs and blogging, and I read them all the time. They’re a fantastic way for people to stay connected to fields or communities they care about.
How did you & your wife meet? Grace and I met during the brief window of time that “Friendster” was a word people used. We had a mutual friend, and that friend set us up on a date. We went out to dinner and have been together ever since!
How many hours a day does your wife spend blogging? Hmm, how many hours are there in a day again? Let me think, well she doesn’t spend ALL day blogging because she also spends time on Twitter. But when she’s not on Twitter, she’s definitely working on the blog. I’ll put it this way: there may be harder working people on the internet than Grace, but I’ve never met them.
What do you do during this time? Sadly, I’m usually working, too. We’re pretty boring. We spend a lot of time side by side on the couch, each on our laptops. But when I’m not working I enjoy reading, playing poker, playing video games, and playing guitar.
Any silly/crazy/funny/cool stories or experiences related to blogging you’d like to share with the readers: Not really – I still think it’s cool meeting people who read the site, and I still get weirded out by the fact that they know about a lot of basic details of our life, such as what furniture we have, or trips we’ve recently taken. So when things will come up in conversation, I say things and I get a lot of “yeah I know!” – which still surprises me even though it shouldn’t because Grace writes about a lot of this stuff on the site.
Is there any one thing that annoys you most about having a blogger wife? I’d say the only thing that’s vaguely annoying is trying to explain what it is that we do to people we meet. It takes a lot of people awhile for people to understand/believe that it’s a real job. Not a bad problem to have, but it’s kind of funny when you work really really hard on stuff, and then when you describe it to someone, it really just sounds like you have no job and are completely making up what you do.
What are your thoughts about blogs + blogging? I’m not just the president of hair club for men, I’m also a member… ZING! Seriously though, I’m a big supporter of blogging for what it can do for one’s personal & career development. It’s the most cost effective marketing platform out there, and if you approach it sincerely, it can be a hell of a lot of fun.
How many hours a day does your wife spend blogging? Not as much as you’d think. This has changed a lot over the past two years for a couple of reasons. First, of course, is because of how much she has diversified her core business. For a while, I think, Ellie’s blog was her priority, but she tried to always have side projects to keep her occupied. One of these projects, Hello Tenfold – her stationery shop, has really taken off and has definitely usurped Mint as her day to day priority. Secondly, she has become, quite simply, very good at blogging. It doesn’t take her nearly as much time to put together a unique post as it did when she first started.
If we’re talking specific hours a day, and I had a rubber band gun to my head, I’d probably say 1-2 hours.
What do you do during this time? If she blogs at night, then I just stare at her in boredom. If I get bored doing that, then I’ll whip up dinner for two or watch Premier League replays. I got her hooked on Dexter recently, though, which meant all of her blogging was already done by the time I get home. How conveeeenient!
Any silly/crazy/funny stories or experiences related to blogging you’d like to share with the readers: I find it very amusing to try to explain blogging to someone my grandparent’s age. I couldn’t tell you the number of times we have had to explain to a family friend (or better yet a family member) that Ellie doesn’t actually make everything on her blog and that it isn’t all for sale. She’s prolific, yes, but good lord!
Is there any one thing that annoys you most about having a blogger wife? She get’s tons of free swag in the mail; she finds amazing things for our house while researching posts; she get’s to talk design with loads of women her age; and she get’s paid for all of this. Nope, nothing annoying about that.
What are your thoughts about blogs + blogging? I think it’s awesome! Blogs are the magazines for the digital age–and they are much more current, focused, and regularly updated than the former. They have transformed what people actually do on a computer–from watching cat tricks on YouTube to reading genuinely inspired content from genuinely inspired people.
How many hours a day does your wife spend blogging? It seems like all the time, but I’m not home when she usually is doing it so I am not sure.
What do you do during this time? I am making the world straighter, one child at a time.
Any silly/crazy/funny stories or experiences related to blogging you’d like to share with the readers: Not too many crazy stories, but I know never to eat any food until a photo is taken of it first. Sometimes I try to get a fork in there before my wife can take a picture, which usually makes her go a bit crazy. I know, simple pleasures…
Is there any one thing that annoys you most about having a blogger wife? Above, as sometimes I just want to eat my hamburger without it being photographed first.
Photo Credit: Bonnie Tsang
Be sure to check out the old archives of The Handsome here! We have husbands from design*sponge, mint, and cakies coming soon, stay tuned! If you have a request or there’s someone you’d love to see up here on the handsome or if there’s a question you’re wanting to ask the guys, leave a comment and let me know! Thanks to Melanie for coming up with the column name!
For today’s feature, we have my sweet husband, Nicholas! I got to marry this awesome guy in September of 2010 and I have been loving every day of it. I’ve been meaning to have Nick guest post over the past few months but we never got around to it, so I’m excited to have him featured here today. Last week’s interview with Ryan was a success, thanks for all your great comments showing Ryan some love. Hope you enjoy this week’s interview for the handsome, friends! … and thanks again to Melanie for coming up with the name for this feature!
What are your thoughts about blogs + blogging? Blogging is awesome, it brings people together who share the same interests from around the world. The blogging community is very encouraging and uplifting, I see how close everyone is and how they support a each other, it truly does reminds me of a family.
How many hours a day does your wife spend blogging? I would say anywhere between 2-10 hours a day. The blog is a huge part of Mrs Keith’s life and every day she is looking for ways to make it better for her readers.
What do you do during this time? Mrs Keith is really good about getting her blogging done when I’m at work, so when I get home we can spend time together. However even if I do find myself at home while she’s blogging, that’s ok. You see a man needs his own time as well to, well, play video games. I call it Game Time. While Mrs. Keith blogs its a perfect time to get my Game on.
Any silly/crazy/funny stories or experiences related to blogging you’d like to share with the readers: Well when ever Mrs Keith and I go out, we always try to remember to bring a camera just in case there is something blog worthy we come across, and when we take pictures, we sometimes might have to retake them to get the “perfect shot” for the blog. One one of my favorite experiences is when a friend of mine from high school contacted me recently on FB saying that she had been reading Mrs Keith’s blog for a while and had just made the connection that she was my wife. Crazy small world!
How do you feel being blogged about? I like when Mrs. Keith includes me in a post. She always finds away to paint me in the best light for which i am very thankful. I do find it quite funny when a stranger comes up to Mrs. Keith and I and knows all about our engagement and our wedding and our little adventures that we go on. I am just glad Mrs. Keith doesn’t blog about my not so flattering features, thanks babe!
What is one thing that annoys you most about having a blogger wife? I’d say really the only issue i have about Mrs. Keith blogging is that sometimes Mrs. Keith really gets focused when she blogs, so much to the point that it can be hard to get her full attention. But I can relate to this since I get the same way when playing games, I turn into zombie Nick, no bueno.