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Hello Chris, First and for most I like to thank you for deciding to do the interview with me and am very happy you are going through with this interview.
Can you tell us a little about yourself and what you do?
I’m Chris Spooner, a designer and blogger who runs Blog.SpoonGraphics and Line25. I write random design related articles for inspiration, as well as plenty of tutorials covering Illustrator, Photoshop and website design.
Many people know you run multiple design blogs, how do you manage keep up with all of them?
Unlike many design blogs who publish daily, I only post one main topic per week (along with a quick/small news roundup), so this does help free up time to cover the management of two blogs. However these topics can often take a couple of days each to put together, so running my blogs has become a full-time job. Planning post ideas in advance and scheduling up topics according to my monthly calendar definitely helps my productivity.
When first starting your blog how long did it take for you to actually start getting a good amount of visitors, and did you ever feel the need to give up at anytime while working with your start up blogs?
I never felt like giving up because the main purpose of blogging was to give myself a playground to experiment. Visitors didn’t matter so much because I was enjoying what I was doing. My first blog over at Blog.SpoonGraphics has steadily grown since day one, with a decent level of traffic being present after around 6 months. Line25 on the other hand, has the advantage of being able to capture the interest of an already establishing reader base, so it has really shot up to almost the same subscriber level in just one year.
When did you first take interest in design, and what steps did you take to learn it?
I’ve always been an artistic type person, and followed the Art and Design topics right through school, college and university. I’ve basically kept an eye out for inspiration and experimented through my own passion for the subject. I’m still checking out new design subjects to grow my knowledge and experiment with new techniques after being influenced by the great work of others.
Considering there are hundreds or even thousands of ways to promote your website, what advice would you give to someone trying to promote a website of their
First you need to take the time to produce great content that will entice people to view it, then it’s a case of casually networking and getting to know people in your industry. The more you appear across the net the more you’ll be associated with your work. Publish your work on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Behance etc and get to know the other users with a similar passion to yours.
Have you had any regrets in the past dealing with design or running your design blogs, and if so what would you have done differently to get to the point you’re at now?
Everything I’ve done so far seems to have worked out well, so there’s nothing I’d do too differently. Any mistakes have been an opportunity to learn. When I launched Line25, I was armed with the experience I had gained from growing my first blog, so it was great to be able to put all the new ideas into practice.
Many people are wanting to become designers each day and want to start up a blog of their own someday, do you have any advice for new comers who might like to run a design blog?
I always advise not to setup a design blog simply for the exposure or the cash, this way you’ll never succeed because it takes a long time and a lot of work before any results are seen. Instead, blog because you have a passion for the subject and want to learn through experimentation etc.
What do you think you would be doing if you had no interest in design?
That’s always a hard one because I’ve always been creative right from childhood. I don’t really have any passion in my life that’s as strong as the one I have for design, so I’d probably be in an average every day office job!
Thanks Chris for deciding to do this interview. The Webdevtuts community really appreciates it. Thanks for your time!