The Blogging Life: Jerod Interviews Grace Boyle of Small Hands, Big Ideas

by Jerod Morris on September 21, 2010

interview with grace boyle

Welcome to the first episode of The Blogging Life!

This is a brand new weekly podcast, posted every Tuesday morning, with a simple objective: to highlight, celebrate, educate, and inspire bloggers.

I’ll be interviewing a wide spectrum of bloggers, inviting them to share their experiences, processes, and philosophies. My goal, in addition to providing fun and engaging conversation, is for each guest to share what he or she has learned and for each listener to learn something new with each episode.

And I’m very excited that one of my favorite bloggers, Grace Boyle of, was gracious enough with her time to join me for the first episode.

You might remember Grace. She was also our first guest author when H2B launched, providing tips and advice for new bloggers. She is also the Publisher Services Manager for Lijit, a company I’ve written glowingly about here at H2B.

Without further ado, I will share you with our conversation. A summary of the topics we discuss is below, along with some of the links that are referenced during our discussion.

This week’s episode is sponsored by HostCo, which offers reliable and secure WordPress hosting.


Intro/Outro song credit: “Fame” by KontraBand

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  • I briefly introduce The Blogging Life and what it will be about.
  • Grace joins me and we discuss the following quote from her About page: “My four words are: passionate, gregarious, irreverent and connecting.”
  • We delve into Grace’s blogging life: why she started; what her blogging goals are; how she defines success; the experiences she has had because of her blog; her process for generating ideas and writing.
  • I read a passage from one of my favorite posts on Small Hands, Big Ideas, entitled “Comparing the Eras: Where People Wrote Letters and When They Did Not“. Grace and I discuss the inspiration for this post, our shared affinity for handwritten letters, and what it will mean if this already “lost art” goes away forever.
  • Grace tells us what her favorite post from the archives of SHBI is, as well as the favorite post she has yet to write…which actually leads to us breaking news (on our first episode! Score!) about a future blog project that Grace has in the works.

As I expect most of the conversations on The Blogging Life will be for me personally, the 30 or so minutes I spent talking with Grace were enjoyable, educational, and inspiring. Grace is one of the most genuine bloggers you will find on the Internet, which is precisely why I wanted her to be our first guest.

Thanks for tuning in, and be on the lookout every Tuesday for that week’s edition of The Blogging Life.

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September 27, 2010 at 9:03 am

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Grace Boyle September 21, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Thanks for including me!

This was fun and a great idea for How To Blog.TV!

Love you guys :)


Jerod Morris September 22, 2010 at 8:25 am

Thanks for the time! I enjoyed the conversation and hopefully the listeners do as well. You’ve been a great asset to me as a blogger through Lijit and an inspiring source of thoughts and ideas through SHBI. Keep it up!


Erica September 21, 2010 at 3:40 pm

Awesome! Well deserved post on someone that really knows how to blog! So cool you were able to connect via Lijit and feature Grace….looooove it.


Jerod Morris September 22, 2010 at 8:25 am



Lenora Boyle September 26, 2010 at 8:10 am

Grace, as your first and one of your most devoted blog readers, I must say this interview was powerful, informative and insightful. Thanks for the tips that will help me write more often in my blogs, and not take the writing all so seriously. Jerod, you’re also an effective and comforting interviewer. Have fun with your podcasts.
Grace’s mom!


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