Nuffnang Featured Blogger for the month of March
Hi, fellow Nuffies!
My name is Frances Amper Sales and I’m the author of Topaz Horizon. It’s called that because I was born on November and my birthstone is the yellow topaz. So I figured – since I was trying to come up with a name when I was creating my blog 4 years ago – that Topaz Horizon would be a good name because my blog would be anything that’s happening in my life, or my horizon.
Now that I’ve been blogging for quite a bit, I realized that it’s actually a dumb name because it doesn’t have strong recall and everyone keeps asking, “Why Topaz Horizon?”! So a note to fellow bloggers: Come up with a blog name that everyone immediately understands (kikaycorner, marriageandbeyond, seaofshoes). Your name is actually the best blog name, come to think of it…
Anyway, I blog because I’m a writer and that’s all I’m actually really good at. That being the case, my profession revolves around the written word. I’m a magazine editor. I’m the very happy editor-in-chief of OK! magazine and I encourage everyone to buy this month’s issue! Since summer is just around the corner, we’ve got Hollywood’s best diet and fitness tips so that you can be sexy in six weeks!
When I’m not running a magazine, I’m the very contented wife to Vince Sales, a fellow writer and editor. We met at the U.P. National Writers Workshop 10 years ago, and we are still very much in love. We both believe that love–and, of course, marriage–takes a lot of hard work but choosing to love is the best decision we ever made. I’d also like you all to know that life may not be easy but it sure is great to live life with the one you love!
Now that I’ve mentioned the two passions of my life, I’m sure you already have an idea about what’s in my blog. Topaz Horizon is full of everything fun and wonderful and happy! It didn’t start out that way, however. My blog used to be filled with my whining about life, but I noticed I didn’t have a lot of readers. I eventually figured that everyone in the world already has problems so I might as well write about the good stuff. I was surprised to learn that there’s a ton of good stuff in my life, and I was even more surprised that my blog’s readership went up (way way up!) when I started writing about all the things that make me happy, like dresses, shoes, food, beauty products, bags, my rabbits, and–of course!–my friends and my marriage.
I didn’t realize blogging can be so fun! Aside from making many friends all over the world through my blog, I’ve also happily found I can earn money from this pastime. The highlight of my blogging career was winning a limited edition Gucci shoppers bag from Nuffnang! My new designer bag was a prize for a Nuffnang contest with Columbia Pictures and Walt Disney Studios. So my fellow Nuffies, do join the contests here because the prizes are oh so amazing!
Well, it’s been nice chatting with you. Do check out my blog and find out what’s on the Topaz Horizon. Thank you!