#MakerMonday | Interview with Maker Mama

self-portraitThere is no doubt that San Antonio is a creative hub; with a range of diverse cultures, how could the city not be? Last week, I had the opportunity to talk with one of the most influential bloggers in the city, Amy Johnson from Maker Mama. She has been running her blog for nearly six years, and has a dedicated following. With everything from fun DIY projects to do with kids to a lifestyle podcast series, “The Maker View”, the blog is a must-see for all creatives. Amy was just as inspiring as she was kind, and it was truly a pleasure to speak with her on what makes anyone of us a maker.  

Madison: Why do you think self-expression through creativity is important?
Amy: I think it’s important to everyone, to me, it’s essential. It’s a big part of who I am. Creativity is a great, diverse outlet that allows you to tap into things that are difficult to explore in other areas. In today’s world of technology, the creative outlook is important.

What is the biggest benefit of being a blogger/artist/writer?
I think it is definitely the community. It has fostered me when I began my blog. I was isolated, I didn’t know anyone doing what I was doing. I met tons of people here in San Antonio and having that group of people, they are like my co-workers except we don’t have an office (laughs) but we give each other tips and … grow in our work.

How do you think your kids have inspired you in the creative sense?
It’s a mutual inspiration. They see me being creative and they came up with their own ideas. It’s inspiring to see them with the confidence that they have to show me what they come up with which may be something I never would have thought of.

What other blogs inspire you?
I don’t get to read as many blogs as I used to, SouleMama has a beautiful style of photography that I love. There is a big group of women I am involved with, real life and creative mamas. We all share each others work with our own perspective and unique style. 

In the future where do you think your blog will take you?
It has taken me so far to a lot of opportunities I never would have thought of before. I hope it will take me into new projects and small business even maybe.

What advice would you give to new bloggers?
There is a very different blogging world today than when I started. My best advice would be to not put too much pressure on yourself to put out content every day and put out the best quality that you can while being consistent, maybe a couple times a week.

If you’d like to learn more about Amy, visit her website makermama.com and follow her on Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.