Before the Paparazzi – Andrea from Oakridge Revival

My first guest to participate in the series, “Before the Paparazzi,” is Andrea from Oakridge Revival. Her blog is still fairly young and I discovered it pretty early on, but from the moment I laid eyes on it, I could tell it was stylish and well done. Andrea is a sweetheart and has great taste.  My favorite project of hers may be the stenciled bathroom.  I just love it. I’m so excited to have her participating with us today! Take it away Andrea.

I am so excited to be included in Kristy’s line-up of new bloggers.  One look at Kristy’s blue painted chair and I was hooked.  I admire her style and she is obviously a very ambitious and creative gal.  I can’t help but like her.

Why did you start blogging?
In 2009, my  husband and I bought a big giant fixer upper.  As soon as our offer was accepted, I started looking for inspiration on-line.  Not being very tech savvy, I would simply do google image searches.  Most of the time, these searches would lead me to a blog.  I didn’t even know what a blog was back then.  It took me about a month to get completely addicted.  I would have loved to have started blogging back then and been able to document the entire renovation, but renovating a house, trying to sell our current house and taking care of three children ages six and under was almost more than I could handle. Once our house sold and we moved into our new home, I felt like I was ready for a new challenge, blogging.  As a stay at home mom, I saw this as an opportunity to connect with other people that shared my passion of renovating and decorating.

What surprised you most about blogging?
What surprised me most are the friendships I have made with other bloggers and readers.  Like I said, I started blogging to connect with others that share my passion, but I didn’t expect to meet so many wonderful people in such a short amount of time.  I am a bit shy, unless I’ve had three two glasses of wine.  So making friends has always been a bit of challenge for me. Blogging has made me come out of my shell a bit.  If I come across a blog that I really love, I usually make an effort to reach out to that blogger and let them know how much I enjoy their blog.  Normally, it leads to a lovely e-mail conversation.

What have you learned as far as reaching new readers?
1.  Leaving comments: I know commenting on other blogs is very important and I try to do it as much as I can.  But posting on my own blog is a pretty time consuming task in itself and then I’ve got these three kids to care for and a household to run and grocery shopping and all that fun stuff.  I try to check my favorite blogs and leave comments first thing in the morning and at night after the kids are in bed.

2.  Being featured: obviously being featured on a blog with a ton of followers is always helpful.  I got a few lucky breaks when I first started blogging and I will always be grateful to those bloggers who helped get me started.

3.  Link parties:  When I first started blogging (way back in January) I had no idea how to join a link party.  I saw them on other blogs, but I had no idea I could link up too.  Now that I figured it out, I try to do it as often as possible.  It really is a great way to get your blog noticed.

Do you think it’s important to post everyday?
I know not everyone has the time or material to post everyday, but I think it’s especially important when you’re a new blogger to post everyday (as least during the week).  It keeps your readers interested and coming back daily.  If you take a few days or weeks off, it seems like readers tend to lose interest in stopping by your blog.

What do you think your readers most want to read about?

If any of my Oak Ridge Revival readers are reading this post, correct me if I’m wrong, but I think my readers like to see before and afters. I know I do, and I seem to get the most comments and feedback from those types of posts.  I still love to post about my family and other fun stuff that’s going on in our lives, but I try to focus mostly on renovations and decorating.  When I first started out, I scrutinized every word I wrote and wondered if people would respond positively or if they would think I was just simply crazy. The more posts I write, the more comfortable I am being me and hopefully that is coming across in my writing.

The kitchen Before the renovation.
The kitchen after the renovation.
Thanks so much, Kristy, for letting me be a part of your new series!
I appreciate you sharing with us, Andrea!  Be sure to check out her blog.  And, don’t forget to check out the same series, but with different guests, at Type A Decorating!


  1. Kim @ keller-creative

    Great little series. I love learning more about bloggers I follow.

  2. Thanks so much for the great series! I'm loving checking out all the other bloggers.

  3. Tammy @ Type A

    Andrea, thanks so much! What great pointers for the us 'newbies', LOVE your home. I agree, with before and afters like that how could you not be hooked!

  4. This is a great series, Kristy. It's fun to learn more about some bloggers & then get a peek inside their blog. Andrea was great & I'll be hopping over to her blog shortly.

  5. I am looking forward to reading more from this series! Great post today!

  6. I like this series! argh.. isn't it stressful when you don't get a chance to post??

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