About Julie

Well, hi there. My name is Julie.  Thanks for being here!

I currently live smack dab in the middle of Oregon with my nerdy husband and our 4 kidlets.  I'm usually seen toting small people from place to place, eating large amounts of bread, working on stuff for church, doing heaps of laundry and dominating at Skipbo. When I grow up I want to be a wedding planner and I dream of having my own line of bedding and home products at Target.


I started blogging way back in 2006 when blogging dinosaurs still existed.  At the time, Blogger only had a few template options. I'm kind of obsessed with customizing everything I have and I was bound and determined to make my blog more attractive.  I studied HTML religiously, taught myself how to navigate the beast called Photoshop, did about 1,403 Google searches and lost about 9 weeks of sleep before I got it just right. The demand for custom blog designs hit my inbox pretty hard, thus, Leelou Blogs was born.

Since then, I've been lucky enough to work with some amazing bloggers, speak at many workshops and conferences, co-created one of the very first Blog Conferences and worked with tons of fun companies and organizations along the way.


The #1 question I get asked is where the name Leelou comes from. When I was 3, my neighbor Jason Johnson couldn't say Julie, so he called me Leelou. My Mom wrote it on my lunch sack every day for 12 years. If you're out there Jason, let me know! I'll make you a custom blog design  🙂

jason and Julie