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Interview: Melody, the girl with a dog and a blog!

This week, we have another diary-like blog to share, and we’re sure you will like it!

Melody lives her life with this blog to update, and an ADORABLE corgi dog to pet and care for. She talks every now and then about travels, fitness, or just her getting through life with amily and friends… And of course, her dog.

Life with a dog and a blog - Melody and Gatsby on the sofa again

The cutest couple ever reading their blook on the sofa!

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First, tell us about yourself : You, your passions, your hobbies, your projects… 
Hi, I’m Melody Pendlebury and I am a really indecisive, mess of a person but I try my best. I am a senior at the University of North Florida as an Elementary Education major. It seems as if I’m ready to graduate and start my career, but honestly, I have a quarter life crisis daily. One thing that’s pretty unique about me is that I’m married. This is shocking to a lot of people because I do look like a 12 year old pretending to be an adult, but I’m actually still young but 22. Even though some people think this is the craziest thing in the world, I’m still a normal 22 year old person and a normal married person trapped into one body. Obviously I’m very passionate about my dog, hence the name of my blog. I am also very passionate about health and fitness. This doesn’t mean that I eat healthy all the time or have a rock hard body, because I like to keep life fun and try not to be too serious. This blog is my first attempt at writing something that I actually want people to read and I still get nervous about every articlke I post. Futue projects that I you can expect to see in the future are probably going to be more exercise tutorials and recipes. I love writing about things that interest me and am hoping I’m writing about things that interest other people as well.

 
What is your blog about? Why? Do you have other blogs? If so, what do they talk about? 
I think my blog (https://lifewithadogandablog.com) is a little scattered brain. If I had to say what the main content of my blog was, it would probably be health and fitness. Other than that, I like to write about vacations I’ve taken, how I have saved money on various things, some lifestyle tips, all while trying to fit my dog into everything. This is the first blog that I have ever written other than my numerous diaries that I never let anyone read growing up. I hope to build and improve my content in the future.
Life with a dog and a blog - Melody and Gatsby rad their blook

“Remember that time when…” -“Oh no, you printed that too?”

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Why did you want to turn your blog into a book?
in today’s world everything is digital. This isn’t a bad thing because hey, lets save the trees, but sometimes its nice to have a physical copy of something. Since this is the beginning of my first blog I thought it would be good to have something for me to read and show people and hopefully something I can use to reminisce in the future.

How did you find out about BlookUp? 
I found out about BlookUp because their blog followed my blog. I was curious about who they were and started to check them out. I loved how simple and accessible the website was and the the product was something I absolutely loved.

Life with a dog and a blog - Melody and Gatsby on the sofa

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What are the positive and negative points of the making of your blook? 
Making my blook was super easy. All I had to do was press a few buttons and bam, it was finished. The only negative things I could possibly think of about making my blook was that there was not a lot of templates to choose from. This could also be a positive as well because you don’t have to overthink it and you always come out with a beautiful blook.

 
Do you enjoy the final result? What does your family and friends think about your blook?
i LOVE the the final result! It was so cute and unique and it was awesome to see my blog come to life. My husband also loves my blook and insists that we keep it on the coffee table.

Life with a dog and a blog , cover

Yeah, that’s a geat coffee table decoration!

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Would you recommend BlookUp? 
I would definitely recommend BlookUp to anyone I meet. It is such a unique item and not only can you make your blog into a book, but also your social media!

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Thank you Melody for trying our solution, for answering our questions and for your article on your blog! And also, many thanks to Gatsby for posing with style!

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Interview: Danielle, the Student-to-Staff Nurse!

Wanna hear about lifestyle, ashion, food, lifestyle, health, events… And nursing studies? Yeah, all that, in just one blog!

Well now you can by visiting Danielle Levy’s blog, that we share today through our monthly interview!

Danielle Levy - Portrait

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First, tell us about yourself : You, your passions, your hobbies, your projects…
Hi, I’m Danielle. I’m a Christmas baby, turning 24 just after Christmas and I’m a critical care nurse. I have a blog and a youtube channel that I run alongside working full time so makes me a very busy woman. When I’m not doing either of these things, I’m either cuddling with my dog and cat or talking my border collie out for long walks.

 
What is your blog about? Why? Do you have other blogs ? If so, what do they talk about?
My blog is a lifestyle blog so I include everything from my life, my nursing degree and career, university, beauty, fashion, health and sometimes even fitness.

 
Why did you want to turn your blog into a book?
I wanted to have it as an everlasting memory as my blog is online, things happen and sometimes things get lost or are gone forever and I wanted something that I could always look back on.

Danielle organization

Danielle loves many things, but above all, she really is into organization!

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How did you find out about BlookUp?
I found out about BlookUp through fellow bloggers and got involved because I thought it’s such an amazing idea for anyone with a blog or instagram feed that they work really hard on.

 
What are the positive and negative points of the making of your blook?
I love that you can pick and choose as many blog posts and you can edit things and review them to make it all perfect. My only downsides were that shipping takes a little while (so be prepared when ordering for a specific date like Christmas/Birthday’s) and the more posts that you add, the more expensive it becomes so it’s just something to be mindful of.

Danielle Levy's Blook - Cover

Danielle’s blook, proudly waiting to be read!

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Do you enjoy the final result? What does your family and friends think about your blook?
I love the final product, it so amazing to see all my blog posts from the past two years and see how they developed over to what my blog is today. My family and friends love it and my mum is really jealous cause she would have loved to get me something like that!

 
Would you recommend BlookUp?
I would definitely recommend BlookUp, it make such an amazing gift for yourself or someone else for Christmas, birthdays, or just to celebrate and having something in print whether it be pictures or your blog posts is such a nice thing to look back on.

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Many thanks to Danielle for sharing her thoughts and for having us featured on her 2016 Christmas Guide!

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Art in various forms with Kathryn!

Did you missed us? Because we did! December was a pretty crazy and busy month at BlookUp, but we won’t let it go (don’t sing it) without an interview!

Today, meet Kathryn, a multi-formats artist and explorer, always on the road searching for inspiration, weirdness and crazy stuff! And don’t forget to click on the images in order to see mork ore Kathryn’s work!

Kathryn's Art, two faces in blue and green

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First, tell us about yourself: You, your passions, your hobbies, your projects…
I’m American-born but found from my first international traveling days during college that I prefer being an Earthling to thinking of myself as strictly attached to any particular location or group of people. I love where I grew up on the Pacific Northwest coast of the US (near Seattle) and the culture there very deeply, but there are fabulous people, adventures, landscapes, and cities to be found everywhere I’ve been. So my concept of Home is portable and relates to where I’m happy, where I find the essentials for that happiness, like good company, welcoming surroundings, fine architecture, great food, magnificent scenery, superb music. As these are all among the things that give me my greatest joys, they all eventually find their ways into the blog. There I’m able to share my unique and idiosyncratic way of viewing and enjoying my life with my readers.

Kathryn's famous colored glasses!

Kathryn’s famous colored glasses!

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What is your blog about? Why? Do you have other blogs? If so, what do they talk about?
Art Colored Glasses (artcoloredglasses.com) is my only blog, and serves as my personal art-and-writing journal. My clever husband suggested, after I’d stopped teaching those topics at university for nearly two decades, that since I finally had the time and energy to return to making art and writing poetry and essays for my own enjoyment, I should document the process. Blogging is clearly a convenient way to capture my progress and share the end results of my daily creative work. The site is named for the old expression about seeing the world through “rose colored glasses”—the notion that everything is tinted with an idealized point of view reflects my belief that we all see our experiences through unique lenses, and I try to share that sense in both my factual and fantastical posts.

Kathryn's Educative Art, fishes and pencils

Kathryn's Graphite Muse Practice

Some drawings practiced with graphite.

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Why did you want to turn your blog into a book?
Online documentation in the blog served to keep me motivated and preserve a sense of purpose in my artistry, and it certainly offered a new and supportive community of readers and fellow bloggers and artists. But it, like all other technological resources, comes with no guarantees of perfectly eternal archiving. And it’s hard to curl up in bed with a blog the way that a physical book comforts me! So I wanted both the backup of a concrete object and the pleasure of leafing through a real book that I can carry nearly anywhere with me.

 

How did you find out about BlookUp?
I stumbled across a reference to BlookUp online when I was searching for alternative ways to publish more of my ‘regular’ books (not blog-sourced).

Kathryn's Tuna Salad & Cheese Biscuits

Well, cooking is a art form, they say! Experiment Kathryn’s tuna salad with cheese biscuits!

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What are the positive and negative points of the making of your blook?
The two things I would most like to see added to BlookUp’s offerings are rather simple matters of scale: I’d love to be able to easily change the size of both text and visual images to more closely reflect the ratios and relationships I work to achieve on my blog. I don’t use a blogging platform with complete autonomy in that regard; I have no desire to learn to write code or spend hours tweaking the positions and sizes of every single element I post, when I’ve already spent so much time on making and posting the artworks and writing the content, so I’m glad to use a platform that has very simple templates. But I chose the blog template I do use in order to get a particular layout and I can alter the look of it somewhat to suit the day’s offerings. If I can balance the visual layout in similar ways for my blook, it will be that much more a perfect companion to the blog.

Having said that, I’m delighted with the blook, and the ease of the process by which I can have it made. It’s a tremendous help that the content is downloaded directly from my blog, so I don’t have to cut and paste the entire thing from scratch (or, worse) to retype every word and re-import every picture). I do like being able to design and use my own front cover, which reflects this being a record of an artist’s blog. Also, the blook’s paper quality, its crisp and clear printing and accurate color capture, and the ability to compile a section of my years of blogging output into one compact archival resource all make me very glad BlookUp is available. It will take me a number of blooks to archive over 1600 posts, but it’s always good to have a new project to challenge my creative impulses, and even better when the end result is so attractive.

 

Do you enjoy the final result? What do your family and friends think about your blook?
Everyone’s impressed with this project!

Kathryn's Blook front cover

Kathyn’s Blook cover! There is a very nice touch to it, just like best-sellers in libraries!

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Would you recommend BlookUp?
Absolutely! I already did, and I will again. 🙂

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Thank you, Kathryn, for this interview and for allowing us to share your thoughts on BlookUpWe wish you a (late) Happy Birthday and invite all our followers to visit your blog in order to wish it to you as well!

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