Patti Davis runs an entertaining blog called Anatomy of a Dinner Party. Check it out for some holiday entertaining inspiration!
LRBN: We’re in this (metaphorical) elevator
together for 30 floors –Hi there, whatdo you do?
PD: I write a blog about
dinner parties and dining out, plus I have just started writing travel articlesand doing PR for the Chastain Park Arts Festival and the Buckhead Spring Arts& Crafts Festival. And I connect people.
LRBN: You're a busy lady! Do all those tasks fall under one title/umbrella or would you say you have several differentjobs/careers?
PD: I started with the
blog, and it blossomed into all these other jobs.
LRBN: I think blogs are a big job/career catalyst
these days. Would you advise all sorts of entrepreneurs to start a blog to help jumpstart their endeavors?
PD: Absolutely. This
medium helps get your message/product/service attention, and it can definitely build your business.
LRBN: When you started yours, was there always
the intention that it would lead to a form of income?
PD: It wasn't. I started
the blog as an online diary about the parties I gave, the parties I attended,and the traveling I've done. Sort of a cyber-scrapbook. The blogging community is remarkable. I have met so many incredible people and everyone is so happy to lend a hand and connect you to other people. Because of the blog I was asked to write for Design Is Magazine, and while writing for them I met a new friend who connected me with the creators of the Chastain Park Arts Festival, who asked me to become their PR director. It's a tight-knit community.
LRBN: That's terrific! Any surprises to owning
your own business (positive or otherwise)?
PD: Well, I don't know
if I would call the blog my business, as it generates no income by itself, but I do believe it has led to money-making ventures, and that in itself has been a big surprise.
LRBN: Well, that actually is a nice segue to
another big topic for entrepreneurs - cash. How did you fund this thing that you've been doing - was it a matter of saving up enough $$$ to live off untilyou found a way to generate income?
PD: No, I am most fortunate that because of my
husband's career, I have been able to take a hobby and parlay it into something that I hope will be profitable. Eric is my biggest cheerleader.
LRBN: How did you build up your fan base?
PD: It was all word of mouth. A few friends started
reading it and told a few more friends, and with the parties I attended, I passed around business cards, and it grew like a little weed.
LRBN: So it's all about connecting and chatting!
Any advice for enterprising indiepreneurs?
PD: Do something each day that frightens you. It might
be making a phone call to a potential investor or client - the worst that can happen is they tell you "no." Keep at it. I blog every weekday. Keep your ideas fresh and your heart and mind open. The places you will go if you just believe are amazing. I just started taking hot yoga. Boy does that scare me.
LRBN: Haha! Great advice! So what's next for
PD: Some exciting things that haven't quite gelled, so
I am not at liberty to divulge. But my husband and I are gearing up for our Black Tie Christmas Party, and it is quite the production. Even bigger and better than last year!
LRBN: Can't wait! Any parting words? (Please feel
free to shamelessly promote yourself here if you so desire…)
PD:I would love for everyone to come by and visit
Anatomy of a Dinner Party, and I am also currently seeking corporate sponsors for the Buckhead Spring Arts & Crafts Festival in May 2011.
And be nice to one
LRBN: Okay, so anyone out there with good
corporate connections, drop Patti a line - email@example.com.