Oh Joy

{oh joy} faq's...
1 Jan 2008

Help! I need career or business advice!
I get a lot of emails asking about the various aspects of starting a design business, product line, and/or blog. For advice on starting a product line, I highly recommend reading Craft, Inc. by Meg Mateo Ilasco, which gives a great overview of all the aspects of owning a creative, product-based business. Meg and I have also co-written a follow-up, Creative, Inc., about how to be a successful freelance creative. And if you want advice about starting or growing your blog, my newest book, Blog, Inc., covers everything I wish I knew when I had started my blog. Finally, if you'd like one-on-one business advice and consulting, I offer my Rx service over the phone anywhere in the U.S., internationally over Skype, or in person locally to those in the L.A. area.

Are you looking for any interns or contributors?
Thanks for your interest in working with Oh Joy. I am not currently looking for new contributors or interns. If I seek new contributors in the future, I'll be sure to post on the site.

What camera do you use?
For the photos that I take (noted at the bottom of image), I used a Nikon D3000 with the 18-55mm or 35mm lens up through 2012. The newer version of that camera is the D3100. It's a lightweight, easy-to-use, not-too-pricey camera as far as DSLRs go. Beginning in 2013, I began shooting with a Sony RX-1. I am by no means a professional photographer, but I always recommend natural and indirect lighting for the best shots. I also use my iPhone a lot and run photos I take with it through filters in Instagram.

Where should I shop and eat while visiting Philly?
For some basic info about Philly (my hometown), or for restaurant recommendations and my favorite shops, click here

Where should I shop and eat while visiting San Diego?
For restaurant recommendations and my favorite shops in San Diego (where I lived for one year), click here.

Where should I shop and eat while visiting LA?
For some restaurant recommendations and my favorite shops in Los Angeles (where I currently live), click here and see a recent post I did for Design*Sponge about my favorite East side spots.

Do you make money from your blog?
Yes. It didn't start out that way, but over the years my blog has gone from a personal hobby to an integral part of my business. It does generate income, which allows me to support my family and maintain the high quality of content I strive to produce. I have traditional advertisers (banner ads)contextual affiliate links, and sponsored posts. All sponsored posts are marked as such. Regardless of the type of sponsorship, I only work with a brand if I feel it is a good fit for my aesthetic, my readership, and something I would buy or use anyway (like this or this or this).

An affiliate link means that I receive commission on sales of the products that are linked to in my posts. So if you click on a link and make a purchase from an affiliate site, then I may make a commission from that purchase. The content of my posts are all items and experiences I genuinely like and support, and are not influenced by advertisers.

Any products which have been gifted or provided gratis to Oh Joy for review are noted with an asterik (*) or c/o (courtesy of) at the bottom of the post, and are only posted if they are good fit for the Oh Joy aesthetic and content. Oh Joy does not accept monetary payment for regular posts, products in exchange for posts, and any giveaways that are sponsored will be noted as such.

I handled 100% of my advertising for my blog's first seven years. In August 2012, I joined Federated Media, an ad network that works with bloggers and which will manage a few of the ad spots on my blog {the leaderboard at the bottom, the tower ad on the right side, and the rectangle between the top two posts}. Working with Federated Media will also help me to partner with some amazing brands and bring you new content that I couldn't otherwise create on my own. I will on occasion have sponsored posts, but I assure you they will always be brands who I love and who will allow me to stick to my voice and produce only content that I think my readers will enjoy. Any sponsored posts will be noted as such; it's these kinds of posts which allow me to keep offering new and unique content to you, my amazing readers.

What is your ethnicity? Your last name sounds Korean, but you don't look Korean.
I am Thai-American {my parents are Thai, but I was born in the States}. My husband is Korean, hence the last name.

How do you eat so many desserts and maintain a healthy weight?
Thanks to my love of sweets, it may seem like I only eat dessert all the time, but dessert is just a fraction of the great food I enjoy on a regular basis. I eat well-balanced meals and love vegetables, grains, and protein. While I do eat dessert almost every day, I also enjoy it in moderation and try to stop when I'm full. I never diet, but I've been very active since I was a teenager and work out 3-5 times per week with a mix of cardio (like kickboxing and tennis) and strength training (Pilates). Personally, I'd rather work out regularly and be able to eat what I want in realistic proportions. Food makes me happy, so I refuse to deprive myself of it!

If you're so into food, how come you don't post a lot of recipes?
There are plenty of amazing food blogs out there that create and photograph recipes, and I like to leave that to those who do it really well. While I do share recipes from time to time (and I require they be easy!) and I do love to cook, I'm really more of an eater at heart. The food aspect of Oh Joy is all about the things I'm eating and enjoying and about where you can get them, too. I believe in supporting new restaurants and small artisanal food businesses. Rather than trying to recreate everything that someone is else is trying to earn a living from, I often prefer to buy items from them because they do a great job at what they're making. Plus, our economy could use a serious boost, and the best way to do that is to support small, growing businesses.

I'm expecting my first baby and would love your suggestions for cool baby gear, pregnancy picks, or musts for the nursery.
I've put together a baby registry and new mama guide right here! You can also check out all baby-specific posts right here. You can also see all of my family travel favorites right here.

Now that you're a mom, have you turned into a "mommy blogger"?
I don't consider myself to be a "mommy blogger", I am simply a blogger who is now a mom. Yes, there may be more baby/kid posts as well as personal photos of my baby—as my life evolves, you'll see that reflected— but the overall content of Oh Joy will always focuses on the various lifestyle aspects I love most. If talking about my baby and the joys and struggles of being a new mom makes me a mommy blogger, though, I'm cool with that, too.

Why did you decide no longer have contributors on your blog?
My contributors were wonderful, and my decision mostly had to do with needing a change and wanting to reconnect with my blog after writing it for seven years. You can read more about that change right here.



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