Janie is another of my best friends and favorite people. She is one of the first people I met on Vox and in real life (Jenny is the first, as you may remember).
She’s been blogging for over a decade. “Started in November 2001 at Diaryland. I really thought it was weird to have an online `diary,’ but a friend talked me into it.”
Like most people, she loves the community she’s found online.
“I’ve made awesome lifelong close friends with so many bloggers. People I couldn’t imagine my life without. Another great part is taking a few hours and reading old posts, especially the ones about my kids. I forgot so much, so it’s nice to go back and read about something we did together as a family or something cute one of the kids said when they were younger. Worst part, actually finding the time to write. I know it’s important, I just put it off way too much. Months go by and I’ve written nothing and that makes me sad.”
She’s taking a pass on the mandatory book. “The book that really changed my thinking was `The Pursuit of Holiness’ but I wouldn’t make everyone read it, because I think you’ve got to be in a place where you are ready to read it.”
The Pursuit of Holiness is also one of her top five books. (Number two, behind The Bible.) The other three are A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Jane Eyre and The Poisonwood Bible.
She also loves historical nonfiction. “I really enjoy historical books when they are written like a novel. That’s got to have a name. I loved Manhunt by James Swanson and The Devil In The White City by Erik Larson.”
I got Devil in the White City for Christmas and am excited to read it, especially since Janie loved it. :)
In 2012, she’s looking forward to reading “whatever you recommend.”
She’d love to chat with “ Scott Kelby. He writes books about photography and I have lots of questions!”
In case you didn’t know, Janie’s recently started a photography business! Her pictures are awesome, and so you should book her for sessions. You can learn more here!
That is why I love Janie. :) She always has the perfect thing to say. *slips check into mail*
(Another reason to love Janie? She loves 30 Rock!)
She’s also a big movie fan, but can’t get too much more specific. “Favorite movie? That’s like asking me to pick a favorite out of my five kids. Favorite actor and actress depends on whether I think we could be friends (I know, I’m weird), so Tina Fey and Matt Damon.”
Thanks, Janie! :)