the lively show: making blogging buddies & books with victoria smith (SF Girl By Bay)

TheLivelyShowWithVictoriaSmithHappy Lively Show Day!

I’d like to ask you a question about an idea I am considering.

A few people have been asking for more podcast episodes, so…

I’m thinking about making an audio version of the written posts on Tuesdays, too. Which means I’d still post the content in writing (like normal) and I’d read the Tuesday post aloud as a short podcast episode. Thursday’s longer interview episodes would remain unchanged.

This would be for those who prefer to listen to audio, or for those who want both written and audio options for blog posts that come out on Tuesdays.

Is this something you’d like?

I might give it a try in the upcoming weeks if the response is positive overall (so far, people have been really excited about it on Facebook and Instagram).

Thanks for your thoughts on this!

Now, it’s time to get on to today’s episode with Victoria Smith of SF Girl By Bay!

Though I’ve always admired Victoria’s wonderful (and very popular) design blog, after having her on the show, I adore her even more!

She is such a sweet and genuine person.

We are talking about blogging, making friends online, her upcoming book, TED Talks, and more.

Let’s go to the show!






  • How discovering Apartment Therapy in 2006 led to Victoria’s blog… and eventually a full-time career in the design blog world.
  • Victoria shares about her upcoming book.
  • What Victoria believes would be a sustainable income source for bloggers sans sponsors(!).
  • What she recommends for those looking to get started in blogging and how to make blogging buddies.
  • How Victoria helped Pinterest (back when it had less than 100 followers!) begin to grow to the scale it is today.
  • Victoria’s favorite book and TED Talk.
  • What Victoria would tell someone just starting out on this journey.




Bri Emery’s Bedroom Reveal

Mighty Girl’s Bedroom Reveal

Google Reverse Image Search

Alt Summit



Brené Brown TED Talk

The Razor’s Edge




Want more? Check out past Lively Show episodes here.


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photo by Sarah Deragon

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  1. I’d enjoy another audio option on Tuesdays – I appreciate having something inspiring to listen to on my morning walks/commute.

  2. Amy

    really enjoyed this recording! super excited about your book victoria – and listening to you speaking about blogging helped me *finally* have a brainwave about something unique i can contribute to the blogosphere 🙂 stoked.

    1. victoria

      that’s so great to hear, amy! good luck and i look forward to seeing what you’ve got up your sleeve! 🙂

  3. Eva

    Just subscribed to your podcast & downloaded older episodes as well. I love consuming content via audio, it’s so easy to do on the go. Hope you keep up the podcasting 🙂

  4. Hi Jess,
    I wanted to let you know how much I am enjoying this series. I listen to your podcasts while working in my studio and always learn something new. You do such a wonderful job with these interviews. I am sure they take a considerable amount of time to orchestrate with such rich content which I appreciate. I particularly loved this interview with Victoria and hearing her story as well as her thoughts on collaboration, blogging, pinterest and other social media outlets. Happy day to you! Laura 🙂

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