Featured O2O Member: Gina Luker

featured-o2o-member-ginalukerGina Luker is an author, photographer & lover of all things aqua. She started The Shabby Creek Cottage in 2009, where she shares creative ways to eat, make & decorate. You can usually find her with a drill in one hand and a cocktail in the other, while blogging along the way.

Favorite O2O Projects you’ve worked on:

Waterpik was a fun project! It included video, which we’ve just started adding to our content consistently. It was a great way to get our “feet wet” to bringing a new aspect to our editorial line up.

Favorite part of being an O2O Member:

The staff is amazing to work with! They’re so helpful and keep things together beautifully. Communication is smooth and the sponsors they recruit are the best of the best. It’s my favorite network to be a member of (and to recommend to others!)

Tell us how you came to be a blogger.

I started blogging in early 2007 on a mom blog that no one ever read because I had just left a position at a newspaper and missed writing terribly. So I started writing there. In 2009, we began remodeling our home, so I created a new blog to catalog the process so my children would have something to look back on – sort of like a virtual scrapbook. Then people started reading. And more people. Now nearly 3/4 of a million people a month read our adventures. I’d have never thought so much would come out of a failed mom blog.

Name another blogger you admire and why.

I believe that all bloggers have an admirable trait if you take the time to get to know them.

Is there a piece of advice, quote, or mantra that you live by?

This is what I fall back on when I’m too hard on myself:

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.” -Ira Glass

What is the best compliment you have ever received?

Recently a member of my Instagram community sent me a message. She’s a realtor in California, and said she used to have a hard time selling mobile homes. Then she started showing people my Instagram feed and told them “This is what a mobile home CAN look like.” Now she closes the deal every single time. It’s amazing to me that our home can inspire so many mobile home owners – and there are more mobile homes in this country than apartments. So that’s a lot of people. And there aren’t many bloggers who showcase mobile home living – so being an inspiration to those who have the same type of home as we do is a huge honor.

What was your last best meal?

The Yak & Yeti at Animal Kingdom in Walt Disney World. Oh holy yum! The vegetarian lo mien is amazing.

Is there a song you can’t get enough of, listen to on repeat, know all the lyrics, obsessed with?

Basically anything by Fall Out Boy. I’m kind of obsessed with them.

What is the best thing to do where you live?

I live wayyyyy out in the country – like 20 minutes to a gas station. My favorite thing to do is to hang out on the porch with my friends and just talk. Talk about life, talk about kids, talk about what we want to do or where we want to go. Just simple things. I like being undistracted and in the company of people I love.

Night owl or early bird?

Early bird – the earlier the better!

What is your favorite time of the year?

I’m a summer girl through and through!

Three things you can’t live without (besides family/friends/faith).

  • The Walking Dead
  • Lego PlayStation games
  • Frozen strawberry margaritas

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