after the jump: amy azzarito + grace bonney (mp3)

by Grace Bonney

Sometimes the best conversation ideas just come naturally. After a guest cancellation for this week’s radio show, I found myself scrambling to come up with a new solo show topic four hours before recording. As I stared at my screen trying to think of a script, I figured I’d email my partner-in-crime, D*S Managing Editor Amy Azzarito, to see if she was up for a last-minute radio discussion. Thankfully she was, and we met an hour later over coffee to plan a discussion for the show.

Amy’s portrait by Ellen Silverman

Both of us feel really strongly about the importance of finding your online voice and staking a place in the creative community, so we decided the show’s theme would be just that. For 30 minutes we shared our tips, experience and advice for turning your passion into an online project and not just finding inspiration, but also keeping it for years to come. We probably could have talked and shared tips for a few more hours, but we managed to jam a decent amount of information (it’s sort of its own little Biz Ladies entry) into a half hour, so I hope you’ll find it helpful. Here are some of the things we covered:

  • How to find your voice
  • Finding the right medium/project for your passion
  • Finding readers/connecting to your community
  • Finding inspiration (and tips for organizing it)
  • Pushing through creative blocks


Thanks so much to Amy for joining me this week. And thanks to all of you for listening. I hope you’ll enjoy the show! xo, grace


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  • I love this podcast and I love that a fellow UNM student was highlighted. I’m going to share this podcast the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market. Yesterday, we had a meeting about how they can better reach a younger audience and blogs were mentioned. I think your podcast will give them a lot to consider and stregth to start talking to the younger, more social media focused audience. Thank you!

    • Thanks so much, Natalie! It’s actually a dress that I got many moons ago from Alter in Brooklyn. The label says ReneeC. xo Amy

  • I’ve read your blog for years, but this is the first time I’ve listened to one of your podcasts. Love it! So much good information crammed in there and I really look forward to future podcasts as well as checking out previous ones. THANKS!

  • I love that you guys touched on sources of inspiration, and how bloggers in a certain niche tend to find inspiration from the same online sources or magazines. Thanks for reminding me to pick up books again!

    And the idea of celebrating your unique identifier is also something that is a very useful tip. While a lot of people tout “content is king”, being memorable is a huge component, especially considering the volume of blogs that are similar to yours.

    You guys have given me a lot to think about, and I appreciate it!

  • Fantastic podcast! So helpful to be reminded of the importance of not only choosing a medium that works for you but also developing your own true voice. I also loved how Amy talked about how her library sciences background informs and inspires her work even if it’s not something she writes directly about regularly.

    Lots to think about!

  • Grace and Amy,
    This is my favorite podcast so far, I think you both did a great job. I loved the topic and I think you should do more podcast like this. I would love if you did more “biz ladies” topics because sometimes it is really hard for me to sit down and read an article, but I love to listen to your podcasts on my way to work during my hour commute.

  • I’m going through these podcasts backwards- after listening to the ATJ with Sarah Brysk Cohen I realize just how valuable these podcasts are! I have been working in New Orleans with a floral designer for only about a month, on social media and in the studio, this podcast couldn’t have been better timed for me to hear! I truly appreciate your insights, and the obvious thought and attention that you bring to each interview, Grace. Thank you x1,000,000!!

  • Hi, Grace and Amy–
    I listened to this podcast twice and have four pages of project ideas/goals to show for it, and my brain is buzzing with more. This was just the kick-in-the pants that I needed. So here is a huge THANK YOU for continuing to inspire your readers, this one in particular:)

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