Meet Julianne Buonocore AKA Jules! I met Jules one day at THREADS while she was shopping with her husband prior to a trip to Martha’s Vineyard! A few months passed by and we ran into each other at a comedy club to see one of my favorite comedians, Heather McDonald! Jules and I really hit it off, we had lots of mutual interests in pop culture,entertainment and of course, books! One day I noticed she had turned her personal Instagram account into a book and lifestyle account. I reached out to Jules to see if she would collaborate with me to pick out the books I should be sharing for The Co-op Reads, The Co-op’s monthly digital book club series, which starts next week!
I am often interested in why people choose to write blogs and how they got started, so I asked Jules to share her story on how she got into blogging. Below is her story on how she started Julesbuono.com
“I started my blog for so many reasons, almost exactly a year ago. First, my wedding and honeymoon were officially over and I wanted a creative outlet. Second, I felt like it was a good way to combine so many things I loved, like writing, photography and business, as well as learn new skills, which we can all benefit from in a constantly changing workforce. I was already writing things like book lists and book reviews on a note-taking app, not to mention things like our favorite travel tips, so I thought, why not allow other people the benefit of my notes? I also thought it was a good way to push myself out of my very introverted comfort zone, and I have grown so much from literally shaking when I posted my first Instagram post to now doing videos in my pajamas. I also saw it as a way to meet like-minded friends as an adult, which can be difficult. And, I was looking for a way of spending my free time in a more meaningful way than scrolling through my phone, as well as finding my own personal way of “giving back” — I see promoting books as a great way of doing that, whether it means improving another person’s skills by encouraging them to read more or just giving them a recommendation for the perfect escape. Lastly, I felt like if I made money from my hobby, I could put it towards my student loans, which I am trying to pay off by age 40 (sigh). I decided to make my motto “where books meet lifestyle” because I can pair books with so many other things I love, like style, travel and healthy recipes. ” -Jules Buonocore