Q: What city do you live in?
A: Jersey girl at heart, currently transplanted in Philadelphia.
Q: What are your favorite places in Philadelphia?
A: I’ll be posting all of my city insights in regular posts entitled Notes on Philly starting January, 2016.
Q: What did you study in college?
A: I majored public relations and minored in Spanish.
Q: What do you do now?
A: I work in digital marketing handling social media and email marketing, as well as helping to coordinate digital strategy efforts (basically, I make sure cool things happen on the internet).
Q: Are you reading/can you recommend any good books?
A: You can always keep up with what I’m reading by viewing the bookshelf. I also post updates to my reading list often. Feel free to share your recommendations with me!
Q: When you aren’t blogging, what are you doing?
A: Drinking coffee, reading a good book or just hanging out with my family (they’re the best).
About the Blog
Q: Why did you decide to start blogging?
A: My journey as a blogger has been a long one, full of detours and winding roads. I started my first blog in high school, and managed small websites/blogs off and on. When I got to college, I wanted to create a place to showcase what I was learning, and set myself apart from other students. I planned to blog about professional development, career strategies and my experiences as a student and intern. Essentially, I wanted to create a digital portfolio and resume. It didn’t take long for me to realize that my passion was more in building a helpful community for other creatives, and I shifted my focus. A few name changes and rebrands later, Ember and March was born.
Q: How do you come up with new post ideas?
A: I have a few general rules for creating fresh content. First, I try to answer questions that I once had, because I know that someone else is probably now asking the same thing. Second, I listen to my readers. If I see certain topics popping up in the comments section, or buzzing around social media, I try to jump on it and add in my help however I can. Most frequently, I’m inspired by my own life experiences -working on a project, brunch with friends, goals of my own. Working this way has insured a pretty constant flow of fresh content.
Q: What’s the story behind the blog name?
A: Ember & March has a two part meaning —first, my maternal grandmother, for decades, lived in a house that I loved on Ember Lane. I always loved the name of the street, because it was one letter away from my own —Amber. Embers are also small pieces of burning or glowing coal or wood in a dying fire. Embers burn the color Amber —bringing things full circle, back to my name! March is representative of my birthday month, which I’ve always loved because it marks the start of Spring, when everything becomes reborn.
Q: How did you learn to design?
A: I taught myself bits and pieces of graphic design and coding over the years, mainly by being curious, asking questions and doing lots of google searches. I would learn to do one thing, practice it until I knew it well, and then learn to build onto what I already knew.
Q: How did you learn to code?
A: Like design, I started out on Myspace and taught myself bits and pieces of CSS and HTML through Google searches + trial and error.
Q: Are you going to open a design shop?
A: Nope, at least not now or in the foreseeable future. But I have other exciting projects in the works!
Q: Can you help me learn coding and design?
A: I am currently working on putting together a guide filled with resources and links to help aspiring designers learn! Check back for it soon!
Have any more questions? Feel free to shoot me and email, and I’d be happy to answer it 🙂