BGB: Tell us a little about The Serendipity Factory.
Traci: The Serendipity Factory is a resource for encouragement and inspiration. I try to feature positive quotes, happy photos and videos, stories of non-profits with admirable missions and regular people trying to make a difference in the world. I also spotlight independent artists with good messages. Lastly I have little feature called Anti-Woe Wednesday, for people looking for some mid-week cheer.
BGB: How long have you been blogging?
Traci: I started my blog in February 2008.
BGB: What made you start?
Traci: Ever since I was a kid, I have kept notebooks and journals to write down my favorite quotes and poems. There are a few sites that I always go to when I’m looking for some encouraging words, and I decided that I could attempt a small-scale version of that.
BGB: Does it relate to your job at all? If so, how?
Traci: The only way it relates to my “real” job, is that I usually need something to cheer me up when I get home from work! The Factory is my evening & weekend project that fills up my creative void and gives me a chance to do what I enjoy.
BGB: You took a break from blogging for about a year. What effect did that have, and what prompted you to come back to the blogosphere?
Traci: I took a break because I felt like I was spending too much time in front of the computer instead of going out and enjoying life. During my “break” I really missed it and would come across things I wished I could share. I decided if managed my time, I could still fit it in.
BGB: Does having such an optimistic blog effect you greatly in a positive way, personally?
Traci: I believe it does. I spend a lot of time searching for good news, quotes and uplifting stories - so it helps me keep my mind in a happy place.
BGB: Are there bloggers who have inspired you? Which ones?
Traci: I treasure the website Inspiration Peak. Ron Atchison is the founder of the site, and while it's not a blog, he sends out daily or weekly inspiring thoughts and his site was a big part of why I wanted to start my site.
BGB: Who designed your blog?
Traci: I did my own blog design.
BGB: When and where do you write your posts?
Traci: I normally try to write my posts at home on the weekend, and just schedule them for the week ahead.
BGB: Have you ever attended a just for bloggers event? If so, which one(s)?
Traci: I am a really shy person, and although I've been very curious about blogger events, so far I've been too chicken to go!
BGB: Where do you find your inspiration for your blog?
Traci: I find it in a lot of places. Blogs, web searches, books, magazines, TV, friends and family. I also love visiting a blog, and then clicking blogroll link after blogroll link – until I find something nice.
BGB: Which blogs do you read often? Any favorites?
BGB: What are currently working on? Any current or upcoming projects you’d like us to write about?
Traci: I have an idea in the works that involves a traveling art journal with a special message. I am very excited about it and once I get the details ironed out I will post it on my blog. :)
Thanks so much, Traci, for sharing your happy corner of the blogging world!