Tag, You're It! A Blogger Interview


I was tagged in a fellow blogger's post, requesting that I do a Blogger Interview post, answering questions that she herself was requested to answer. In turn, I am tagging some of my fellow bloggers to join in the fun!

How did you get into blogging?

I love to write. I actually have a Master's degree, and my thesis was published as a book when I graduated. I - in general - enjoyed the process of writing my thesis. I feel I write well, and I am able to engage people easily because I am so passionate about so many issues. I have always sort of used my Facebook as a mini-blog, which is 1) annoying for my Facebook friends, and 2) dissatisfying, because I always have so much more to say than a measly Facebook status would allow. I was actually offered a contract to write a second book with another publisher in 2013, and while I knew I loved writing and would love to make a living writing, I didn't feel mentally or emotionally prepared for that process again.

I had considered starting a blog for a long time, and after writing out all the ideas for posts I had, I realized I had months worth of legitimate content. That's when I decided to take the plunge.

What advice would you give a new blogger just starting out?

Ha! I'm not sure I'm really qualified to give advice to "new" bloggers, since I am pretty new, myself! In July, I got 1,300 page views. My goal for August is 3,000 page views and 500 likes on my Facebook page. The views aren't going to be an issue. The Facebook likes, however, are much harder to garner!

Writing a blog and developing it into a profitable business requires an unbelievable amount of hustle. I haven't even monetized my blog yet, but I feel like I am burning the candle at both ends just trying to build a legitimate following! There is so much to learn, I feel like I will be constantly improving (which I love).

If I had to offer one piece of advice to brand-new bloggers, it would be to do your research and take the blog development process one step at a time. Don't try to do too much at once, or you will get overwhelmed extremely quickly! Be patient. There is no magic bullet that will make your blog wildly popular overnight. You just have to take it one day at a time, set small goals each day for yourself, and keep at it.

What would be your dream campaign?

I would love to have a sponsored series of Facebook posts about climbing from a major climbing brand like 5.10, Evolv, Petzl or Black Diamond. That would be a beautiful marriage of my two passions and would make me really feel like my dreams were coming true!

Do you have a plan for your blog?

Gosh…yeah, I guess. I mean, I  have a "plan" for everything, really. I'm a very "planning" type of person. My blog "plan" is kind of all over the place right now, because my LIFE is kind of all over the place. Haha! Right now I have one small goal I try to accomplish each day, I post content every-other day (unless there is a request like this post), and I work to draw traffic to my blog every day through different forums and mediums. Beyond that, I plan to write out real short-term and long-term plans for the blog once I'm out of my current full-time job at the end of August!

What do you think about rankings?

At the moment, they don't matter to me at all. I'm just looking for continuous improvement each day.

I am tagging some of my fellow bloggers to take part in the Blogger Interview series:

Dani Hernandez at My Little Pea Sprout

Rhonda Chapman at Rhonda Chapman.com

Destiny Barker at Journey With Destiny

Sierra Charlesworth at Sierra's View

4 comments:

  1. That's so great! What was your thesis topic on? Sounds like you are really following what you love!

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    1. Haha! My thesis topic was the potential for political insabtility in China. I know, super random. But I actually have a Master's degree in U.S. Foreign Policy with a specialization in domestic Chinese politics. Lol!

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  2. Great Interview! I get about the same number of views per month. I too feel like blogging, or learning to blog, is a process. I try to have a good time with it and not worry about competing or putting pressure on myself. Oh and I love the post with the purple streak!

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    1. Yes exactly! I'm trying to look for continuous improvement rather than instantaneous perfection. And thanks! I'm considering writing a follow up post about how it's faded!

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