Interviewing Janie

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! :)

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