The Handsome - Ken from Design for Mankind:

March 24, 2011

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I'm sure you all know Erin from Design for Mankind. If you've been lucky to meet Erin, you know she is the biggest sweetheart ever! I'm so excited today to have her husband on the handsome: Ken, who just seems super sweet as well! I think they make for one pretty darn cute couple! Right now you can follow Erin & Ken at hgtv as they're renovating their house! Enjoy!

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Please tell us a little about you and what do you do. I'm a self motivated perfectionist that has decided that life is too short to spend working like crazy JUST to make a buck. Sure, everyone has to pay the bills, put food on the table and plan ahead so they're not forced to shake hands as a Walmart greeter on their 90th birthday. But, both Erin and I are over stressing out for excess. Make do/make pretty...and while you're at it, make it functional. :) Which leads me to my current gig.

Right now I'm renovating our house full time (with some film editing on the side)...and am alllllllllllmost finished with the first floor. If I wasn't almost finished this feature would have to be "ex-husbands of bloggers." ;) It's been a long time coming, but to say I'm proud of all the work I've done would be a gross understatement. I've had a blast and I'd do it all over again. However, next time, I'm thinking cabin in the woods. (You like that, Erin?)

What are your thoughts about blogs + blogging? Blogging has changed a lot from when I first read Erin's Xanga page back in the day. I think blogs are powerful, useful, organic and incredibly misunderstood in terms of their road to success. If one more person asks Erin how to get things donated to their house renovation "for free"... I might kick 'em in the teeth.

For one, "stuff" isn't free -- Erin spends a lot of time managing relationships, documenting and pitching her projects. And all that adds up to more hours in a day than most would care to spend. For two, when people wish to start a blog just to get free stuff (and can't invest their time into Googling "how to start a blog" before asking Erin), I get a little defensive (another gross understatement). ;)

How many hours a day does your wife spend blogging? Well, she eats a couple times during the day and I'm about 93% sure she uses the bathroom. So, I guess whatever is left is how much time she spends blogging and advancing her position in the social media world. Now that's devotion. :)

What do you do during this time? Work on the renovation, or film/edit renovation videos for HGTV.com. Now, I know what you're thinking, "How does he keep up that rockstar lifestyle?" All I'll say is I can't find a 2x4 long enough to fight off all the swooning women. ;)

Any silly/crazy/funny stories or experiences related to blogging you'd like to share with the readers: I honestly don't have any. Man....how crazy is that? She's pretty sane (most of the time) and likes to keep her blog and personal life separate. I mean, a few of our friends don't even know she blogs!

Is there any one thing that annoys you most about having a blogger wife? Just that I feel like I have some sluggish finger condition during the times she's watching me type. 117 words a minutes is something these hands will never achieve.

17 hello's:

  1. hahaha I like the last comment about the 117 words a minute. I can relate. : )

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  2. Omg, this is the cutest interview ever! Just by reading Ken's responses, you could tell that he is just as funny/quirky/charismatic as Erin! :) So cute!!

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  3. HAHAHA. Now THAT is a funny man! The whole interview made me smile :-)

    Relatable Style

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  4. This is so cute! I love that they are together on this as a couple too, and that they support each other. :)

    PS, are you having ALT withdrawals yet?? It was so nice to meet you at Dinner With.

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  5. love erin, of course! but now i love ken. this interview is so cute. and funny. i definitely had a good laugh several times. such a sweet couple! i love this series, danni!

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  6. Ha, this is such a cute interview! I am really enjoying this series.

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  7. I really love this series. The boys add such a nice perspective to blogging and renovation and design. Keep it up! (And I've got a cute one for you to talk to if you are ever looking.)

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  8. haha what a cute couple. He is so funny. thanks for sharing!

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  9. haha what a cute couple. He is so funny. thanks for sharing!

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  10. Her dedication is incredible! Go her!

    Ha! My husband would feel the same about his WPM.

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  11. Thank you so much friends!!! Ken's head is going to be so big when he reads this! :) thanks for having him Danni!

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  12. kenneth loechner24 March, 2011 12:10

    First, thank you danni for including me in your series! Second, thank you everyone for your kind words! What a great bunch of people! Once the paint dries on the front door, we will hang it and leave it open for any of you who want to relax in indiana! :)

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  13. Such incredible inspiration!

    xo

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  15. Absolutely loved this! What a funny guy and a beautiful looking couple!

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  16. I really love this feature. I didn't think I would but I do. :)

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  17. Everything is just supercool on this web site. Thanks you very nuch for sharing

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Friends, Thank you so much for reading + supporting my blog, and for taking the time to leave me a comment. Your comment support truly means so much to me. Have a lovely day! xo, danni