Interview: Christian Hollingsworth from Smart Boy Designs

Last week Christian Hollingsworth interviewed me at his blog, Smart Boy Designs. It was such a fun interview, and if you clicked over to it you saw just how positive Christian is. I couldn’t wait to interview him here so he could inspire the readers of Working Writers.

One of the things I really enjoyed about his answers was his intention to “serve others” with his blog. Love that, don’t you? Enjoy this interview.

Tell us about your blog, Smart Boy Designs. When did you decide to start blogging and did you have any issues finding your voice?

I started Smart Boy Designs in 2006 but have been blogging (and other related activities) for ten years now.

In the beginning it was just a small place where I’d share my thoughts about design in a very childish manner, but hey, I was only fifteen at the time. Over the course of a few years I had developed more communities and websites online which were reaching success at levels far surpassing that of Smart Boy Designs. At one point I asked my good friend, who hosted my websites, if he could remove Smart Boy Designs. I just didn’t see any point in keeping something that I wasn’t using much. Thankfully he told me he’d keep it online for free, and that I’d regret removing it. He felt like there was a future in the website. I owe a lot to that friend, as now, Smart Boy Designs has become more most viable project online.

So yes, I had a rough start in finding my voice. I think I’ll always be “searching” for that perfect voice, and improving as the years progress.

How often do you update the blog and what is your mission when it comes to blogging?

I’ve experimented much in terms of blog content production, and at the moment I produce some form of content every weekday with the occasional post on Saturday. I think it’s important to constantly feed your readers the content they deserve. When I’m not producing as much content, I usually follow a Monday/Wednesday/Friday schedule.

My mission when it comes to blogging varies depending on the blog. With Smart Boy Designs it’s my place to share thoughts about making money online, changing lives & growing brand visibility. It also gives me a location and platform to interview bloggers, photographers, artists, designers & authors. It’s a great way for me to serve others, presenting them a special opportunity to receive extra, free publicity. I love the special connections that evolve because of it.

Care to share a favorite blog post or project?

That’s a difficult question. I tend to fall in love with blog posts daily. Each blog post “fits” for the day and becomes my current love affair. At the moment a project that I’m really enjoying is the ebook I’m putting together. I hope to have it completed and published by my birthday (November 23rd). It’s been great to gather all my thoughts on blogging in an accumulative manner.

What do you like to do when you’re not being awesome on your blog?

My many passions, hobbies, activities & interests become my saving grace and kryptonite simultaneously.

I’ve always had an ability for singing, and at the moment I’m studying opera with a local opera coach. It’s a real pleasure learning about the history of different operas, working on my Italian pronunciation and singing my little heart out.

For the past year I’ve been ill with an undiagnosed illness, but it’s been important for me to spend time doing some form of exercise daily. I’m an active person, and enjoy everything from dog sledding (I have a team of three huskies), to tennis. Lately I’ve been spending time every morning on my spin bike, listening to podcasts or reading.

Did I mention I love to draw? And write? What about the keychain collection that’s been growing since I was a little boy? Maybe I could talk to you about my interest in psychology? What about the equipment I have for paintball, shooting, my skis and snowboard, mountain bike or surfboard? I warned you…too many fun things to do in this life! 😉

Let’s switch gears to books. Do you enjoy reading? What’s the most interesting book you’ve ever read?

Reading, throughout my life, has been my sanctuary. Throughout my childhood I’m pretty sure the librarians were my best friends. I could relate to them, they’d share new books with me & we could talk for hours and hours. Almost every day after school I’d race to the library to pick up the latest books I had requested, I’d plop myself down, and read and read.

And no, I don’t believe I missed out on a normal childhood because of it. I sailed the seas in the “Flying Dutchman,” aroused my taste buds while visiting my good friend Willy Wonka & fought valiantly on the forefront of the French Revolution in Les misérables. Reading gave me a childhood beyond compare and imagination.

Favorite authors?

For various reasons, some of my favorite authors include: Michael Pollan, Jk Rowling, J.R.R. Tolkien, Dan Brown, Stephen King, Charlotte Bronte, Louisa May Alcott, Victor Hugo, Brian Jacques and many more. What I love about each of these names is that behind, there lies a tremendous work. Value. Imagination. Effort. Each author has shared their soul through their chosen art form (in this case the written word) and my life has been benefited because of that choice.

Where can we learn more about you?

You can learn more about me on my websites about page (http://smartboydesigns.com/about/) and although it’s somewhat messy, I always keep it updated with current projects, latest news pieces and more.

Anything else you’d like to add?

This was a wonderful start to my Monday. My favorite tea in tow (ginger & ginseng) I really enjoyed thinking about my past, enjoying the present, and planning for the future. Thank you for the opportunity!

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