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Behind The Blog Scene // Gabrielle Blair of Design Mom


Blogging is a balancing act. Anyone that has tried to juggle work, family, partners and friends while maintaining a blog schedule knows that it's not always easy. The ideas keep coming but sometimes squeezing in that last post before bedtime just isn't a reality. I have a slight obsession with understanding how people balance time, especially busy women whom I admire and who are doing great things.  One of those women is Gabrielle Blair - the force behind the super successful blog, Design Mom and found of of Alt Summit (yes, Alt Summit).

As if those two projects weren't enough to make you stop and take notice, Gabrielle also has 6 kids and up until recently used to live in the French countryside - can this woman be any more amazing? The answer is yes and her smart, witty and insightful advice below proves why. Thanks Gabrielle for sharing your thoughts and look forward to seeing you at Alt next year...

Describe your blog in 3 words…
Design-Parenting Intersection
What is your blogging manifesto?
Hmm. I don't think I have one. Or at least, I don't think I've ever put it into words. Off the top of my head, I would say my blogging manifesto is: To bring happiness to my readers' days. To bring inspiration and learning. To bring support and kindness.
Top 3 blogging essentials?
DSLR, Photoshop, Curiosity
My biggest blogging moment/milestone was?
Having Time Magazine name Design Mom Website of the Year. A total surprise! I had no idea before they made the announcement. I learned about the recognition on Twitter.
Right now I'm listening to?
I'm on a flight and listening to the 80's channel which is playing lots of Depeche Mode.
Best piece of advice to a newbie blogger?
Just start. Publish a post, any post. Like everything, blogging takes practice. I'm 5000+ posts in and still learning.
If I wasn't blogging I'd be...
An art director in New York. In fact, that was my job before blogging. Or, I might be designing textiles — something I've always wanted to try.
Behind the scenes of my blog looks like...
Me, possibly still in my pajamas, working in a home office surrounded by ample evidence of a big, creative family (meaning: it's very messy).
In 2014 I'm most excited about...
So many things! A series I'm working on about women and style and beauty and identity — I hope to launch it in June. And Alt Summit (I'm a founder and owner) is launching some big new events. Also, a series about teaching kids cooking skills.

Blogging talent runs in the family...if you missed our interview with Gabrielle's sister, Jordan Ferney from Oh Happy Day you can check it out here.