Today we’d like to introduce you to Lee Cordon.
Lee, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Like many bloggers, I started DoSayGive as an outlet with the hopes of turning it into a business someday. I actually had the idea for DoSayGive in my head for a few years but was in the trenches of motherhood, including having a child with many medical issues. Along our difficult journey with her I realized that in difficult or awkward situations most people want to do and say the right thing, but sometimes don’t always know what that is. And there wasn’t really a place on the internet to go and find the answer to questions like “what do I say when a friend loses a loved one?” Or even less serious situations like “what do I do when an invitation says ‘no gifts’ but then I show up and everyone else brought a gift!?” So three and a half years ago I decided to create a place like that on the web. It quickly became a destination for people to find answers to everyday etiquette topics as well as fabulous gift ideas. And as I began posting photos on social media people would ask me about my clothes and my girls’ clothes so I added in a bit of fashion, too. Over time the website grew into a lifestyle brand covering topics related to motherhood, gifts, classic style, etiquette, and more. I like to say that the DoSayGive follower truly wants to be lovely and gracious in everything they do, say, and give.
Has it been a smooth road?
Another reason I waited so long to launch DoSayGive is that I had absolutely no idea how to start or run a professional lifestyle blog. I didn’t have much of a budget so I had to learn most everything myself. It was a lot of trial and error and frustration. But when I learned something simple like how to add a widget to WordPress, I felt so accomplished. And that feeling helped push me to tackle the next challenge.
Blogging has changed so much with social media and I feel like I am always trying to keep up or learn the new trend. For example, the addition of Instatories to Instagram has turned bloggers into reality stars almost. There is more pressure to have a dynamic personality and be on social media nonstop so you appear in people’s feeds. (The Instagram algorithm drives a lot of bloggers crazy!)
So, as you know, we’re impressed with DoSayGive – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I am most proud of the fact that so many people turn to DoSayGive to find thoughtful gifts for their loved ones. It is so flattering and humbling that people trust me with this and love my ideas.
DoSayGive’s Holiday Gift Guide is unlike any gift guide on the web. I spend months preparing and curating a fabulous selection of gifts. The fact that so many people tell their friends and family about it speaks to the fact that is really is a special thing.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love the arts, culture and fabulous dining spots in Dallas, but most of all the people. My husband and I have lived on both coasts, and in some pretty fantastic places, but we always say we love Dallas the best because of the gracious people.
I wish there were more trees and interesting topography. Sometimes I feel a little trapped and it does our family so much good to get out of the city limits every so often!
- Website: www.dosaygive.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/dosaygive
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/dosaygive
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