Posts tagged blogger interview. blogging tips
Blogging 101: Blogging Reality with Liz Marie Blog
Welcome Back!

Are you ready to learn even more from our awesome bloggers?

Today we have Liz from 
make sure you stop by and check out her blog!

Let’s listen and learn from this amazing blogger:)

lizmarie300button

What is your favorite season and why?
My favorite Season is Fall!! Not the snowy cold part of fall, but that part of fall where it's comfortable to walk outside with skinny jeans, boots, a t-shirt & a scarf. I'm not one for the uncomfortable summer heat & I love fall scents. Don't forget delicious pumpkin spice lattes!

What do you do when you are not blogging?
Paint! I am always painting something, whether it be furniture, accessories, or a wall, I am always painting.

What is one post you are really proud of?
I am really proud of my mason jar storage blog post because it has been featured on a lot of blogs & seems to be loved by a lot of my followers. That is why I blog, to inspire others & share my ideas & getting positive feedback is a bonus! {Mason Jar Storage Post: http://www.lizmarieblog.com/2011/01/mason-jar-love.html }

Who are some bloggers you look up to and why?
I really look up to Thrifty Decor Chick. Her blog is what inspired me to blog about my passion for DIY. She is so down to earth & let's face it, she is a decorating genius!!

What does an average week look like for you in upkeep for your blog?
I am always working on projects which I blog about, & I always try to write a new blog post twice a week. Emails are also a huge part of blogging.

How did you find you niche?
I feel like my blog really "started" this past spring when I found my real passion for DIY & sharing my projects with other DIY lovers.

Do you set goals for your blog?
Yes. I am a person who always has goals set in every part of my life. One of my "goals" for my blog is to meet people in my area who love blogging as well {Shout out to any eastern NC bloggers out there!} I also have a goal to grow my furniture painting business through my blog.

What is one (or some) of your pet peeves in the blogging world?
I do not like when someone asks me a specific question on a comment & they do not have their email listed for me to respond. It makes me feel so bad that I can't directly contact them.

What do you do when you have “writers block” or a dry period?
I always try to get inspired again, whether that be shopping at my favorite interior design stores or just reading magazines or other blogs to get inspired and recharged once again. I also have to remind myself why I blog. I blog because it's fun for me & one of my passions. When I forget that, I stress to much about it & that's when I get writers block.

Do you have one or two things you would credit the success of your blog to?
I credit everyone who has ever given by blog a "shout out" I always smile and do a little happy dance when I see my blog getting written about on another blog or elsewhere. Also social networking sites like pinterest & facebook!

How do you define success?
Doing what you love & making the money you want to make while doing it.

What advice would you give to bloggers who want to grow their blogs?
I would say don't stress about "followers" or numbers, just have fun & do your own thing, blogging is supposed to be a personal reflection of yourself, have fun with it & the people who want to follow you will. I would also say that social network sites are your friend. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest & many more.. Get your name out there!

Thanks so much Liz Marie!!

Here is the line-up you have to look forward to hearing form coming up….
Missed ANY??
Read them HERE
Want to read MORE great blogger interviews?
Check out Amanda from Serenity Now's Series HERE
Blogging 101: Blogging Reality with Nikki from Pennies on a Platter!
Welcome back to Blogging 1o1: Blogging Reality!

Today we have my REAL LIFE friend,

1

She has an amazing food blog with amazing recipes you MUST try!!

Her blog is very successful, so let’s learn her tricks and tips…

Here’s Nikki!!

  • What is your favorite season and why?  It's a tie between fall and spring.  Fall is a favorite because I love the cooler weather and the recipes that go with it, including anything pumpkin flavored.  Spring is tied with fall because after living most of my life in the Midwest and enduring long winters, spring would always get me excited for the warmer weather once again.  Now that I live in southern California, the change of seasons are as drastic.  So, fall is probably my over-all favorite if I had to choose one.  :)
  • What do you do when you are not blogging?  Cooking and baking.  :)  I spend my days playing with my toddler son and finding new ways to entertain him with learning activities.  Twice a week we attend a mommy and me class together, but he is now showing interest in my cooking and baking so I can not wait to start teaching him!  I'm also active in our church where my husband and I lead a college group ministry.   We travel a lot, as well, to visit friends and family all across the country.  I liked to read, but we are also one of those couples that can't get enough of our favorite TV shows (Modern Family, Community, Castle, Chuck, The Office, Food Network Star...)
  • What is one post you are really proud of?  The Buffalo Chicken Bites on my blog are one of my top posts.  I'm proud of this post, even though the photos are not extremely great, but because I felt I adapted it enough to make it my own and figured out a way to freeze them for later use.  This might sound like a small accomplishment, but it's a big deal to me.  :)
  • Who are some bloggers you look up to and why?   Annie, from Annie's Eats, is one of the bloggers I look up to the most because of her insane skills to keep herself organized and on task, while leading such a busy life as a mom, blogger and medical doctor!  We started our blogs the same year, yet because of her focus and determination, she has risen to a league beyond my reach.  She has accomplished so many of her goals and is very consistent with posting quality recipes and tutorials.  We have become friends over the years, and I am very happy for her success.  Although my goal is not to become a "famous" blogger, I can't help but admire her for achieving such a status.   Other bloggers I look up to and enjoy reading their blogs are Elly from Elly Says Opa!, Joy from Joy the Baker, and Sara and Kate from Our Best Bites.  Other blogs I consistently read are listed on my links page.
  • What does an average week look like for you in upkeep for your blog?  I'm working towards getting myself on a schedule where I spend one day writing my posts for the week, and another day editing the photos.  Right now, however, I typically write my posts the evening before they are published which means I spend three to four evenings a week writing.  Then, I edit the photos either right before or right after writing the post.  I'm always looking for ways to improve the functionality of my blog, as well.  But rarely do I find time to integrate any of these changes.
  • What do you think the average blogger doesn’t realize about being a success?  Consistency and quality are key.  Be consistent with posting whether it's every day, three times a weeks or once a month.  Your readers will notice how often you post and will expect when to see your work.  Quality is also huge. Don't post something just to post something.  Again, your readers will notice and will stop visiting your blog.
  • How did you find your niche?  Pennies on a Platter was started in 2007 as a way to share recipes with my friends and family who were also trying to save money from eating out a lot.  Ben and I were fairly newly married and living with a very tight budget as he was attending school full time, so cheap recipes were the way to go for us. 
  • Do you set goals for your blog?  Right now I set them mentally, but I would like to make them more formal and write them down.
  • What is something you wish more bloggers knew (in general or specific)? I wish we knew more about each other.  Bloggers tend to compare themselves with other bloggers.  We need to remind ourselves that even if Blogger X is able to spit out 5 quality posts a week, it doesn't mean that we have to as well.  We are all different with different schedules and different skills.  Embark on yours and focus on what you're good at, without comparing yourself to others.  I think if we knew more about each other's personal lives, talents and schedules, then we would understand why Blogger X can write 5 times a day while Blogger Y writes twice a month.  Get it?
  • What is one (or some) of your pet peeves in the blogging world?  Spam comments!  :)
  • What are the most important blogging etiquette behaviors?  As a food blogger, I'm constantly trying recipes from other blogs.  I think it is important to comment on those blogs if I like their recipes.  Bloggers love comments, so feed them! 
  • What are the most important activities for growing your blog?  Posting quality recipes while trying to teach my readers how to cook, as well.
  • What do you do when you have “writers block” or a dry period?  Sometimes I will do a giveaway or just write about something else instead of the topic I originally planned.
  • Do you have one or two things you would credit the success of your blog to? I'll say it again, consistency.  When I was pregnant two years ago, I stopped blogging because I was nauseous and couldn't even think of my blog without gagging.  I tried to pop in here and there with a post, but my hits took a huge down fall and it was because my consistency and quality were lacking.  So, since then, I made a mindful pact with  myself that I would never let that happen again.  Photography has also contributed to my success.  Over the years I have learned MUCH about food photography and still continue to grow.  Readers like photos that are appetizing.  I try to serve that.
  • How do you define success?  Achieving your set goals.
  • What advice would you give to bloggers who want to grow their blogs?  I feel like I'm repeating myself, but it's important to be consistent.  Also, join communities (whether online or in your neighborhood) of people with similar interests.  Attend seminars, classes, etc. to improve your skills.  Interact with other blogs by commenting with purpose, not just to comment.

Thank you Nikki! Such great ideas and information!!
Make sure you go check out her blog HERE for amazing recipes and a lot of great PUMPKIN ideas as well for fall:)
Also Pennies on a Platter was nominated for a Foodbuzz award for Best Family Food Blog! Cast your vote until October 17! (While you're there, check out the other nominees and categories to find some fantastic blogs!) http://www.foodbuzz.com/pages/awards

Here is the line-up you have to look forward to hearing form coming up….
Missed ANY??
Read them HERE
Want to read MORE great blogger interviews?
Check out Amanda from Serenity Now's Series HERE
Blogging 101: Blogging Reality with Kristen from Ladybug Blessings
Today we have awesome Kristen from Ladybug Blessings to give us some insights on how to grow and maintain a bigger blog! Check her out, she has all your crafting need to knows, and a great link party every week as well:)





  • What does an average week look like for you in upkeep for your blog?
I am like most bloggers and try to schedule my posts ahead of time.  You never know what is going to happen the day of or the day before you are planning to do a post and by scheduling it you can ensure that it will post when you want it to.  I find this is especially helpful for my weekly blog hop because I always want to make sure to get that posted... of course it can mess up sometimes but that is life :)
  • What do you think the average blogger doesn’t realize about being a success?
haha, I have no idea.  I know my blog has gotten out there but I don't feel like it is done or anywhere near a success.  I think you keep pushing yourself to new goals.  But one thing I never realized is how much time it actually does take to maintain a blog and to promote it including the commenting, linking etc.  It is also a lot of fun though, I definitely don't think I would do it if it stopped being fun.  
  • How did you find you niche?
Trial and error!  There are so many blogs out there and you want to carve your own way in the blogging world.  If all blogs were the same or if they copied off each other it would be a very boring online community!  So I think it is really important to be yourself on your blog because even though you are behind a computer people can tell.  
  • Do you set goals for your blog?
Most definitely!  If you don't set goals for yourself you will just stay where you are and not grow.  It also helps you learn new skills and new things you want to experiment with.
  • What is something you wish more bloggers knew (in general or specific)?
I think this goes back to finding your niche but blogging is something you should do because you enjoy it, not because you are trying to get a certain number of followers or because you want to get more popular than someone else.  It should be done because you enjoy it and then everything else will fall into place!
  • What is one (or some) of your pet peeves in the blogging world?
One of my biggest pet peeves is word verification!  I understand why some people believe it is necessary but I use a spam filter and nothing gets through :)  I think that and music on the site!  While I appreciate good music, sometimes I am blog hopping and viewing more than one blog at one time etc. and to have the music come on at a ridiculously high volume can be frustrating!  
  • What are the most important blogging etiquette behaviors?
Oh this a good one!  I do think it is nice when you can visit others blogs.  I know sometimes you get too many comments and it would be impossible to visit everyone but it is nice to go to other blogs and comment every once in a while.  Also, attacking people is not nice.  I think a lot of times people either don't think about what they say or they think because they are just commenting on a post and will remain anonymous (which they may not be) they can say whatever they want and it really isn't the case.  I think as bloggers we have the responsibility to treat people with the golden rule and treat other people's blogs as we want others to treat our blog.
  • What are the most important activities for growing your blog?
Commenting and posting!  Hands down!
  • What do you do when you have “writers block” or a dry period?
I have a list of blog post ideas and I am constantly adding to them.  They are normally little tidbits or short posts that I can put on my blog but they keep my blog personalized and help me out when I have no idea what to write about!
  • Do you have one or two things you would credit the success of your blog to?
Time and commenting.  If you want something to work and you truly enjoy doing it you are going to put time into it.  I think you can't expect to have people coming to your blog overnight, it takes time.  But as long as you enjoy what you are doing people are going to see that and they will start coming!  
  • How do you define success?
Success is different for everyone and that is how it should be.  All bloggers should have their own idea of what success looks like to them and once they reach that goal they should reevaluate and see what their new goals are!  But to me success is where I wake up and still enjoy having a blog.  If I would blog whether anyone read it or not, that is success.
  • What advice would you give to bloggers who want to grow their blogs?
Be patient, everything takes time and don't give up!  Also, connect with other bloggers who know more than you and can help you.  I can tell you most bloggers are more than willing to help other bloggers out!  


  • What is your favorite season and why?
My favorite season is spring, right when it is still a little chilly out but the weather is perfect for wearing a t-shirt and jeans.  I love seeing the dogwoods bloom for that small period and knowing the warmer weather is right around the corner! 

  • What do you do when you are not blogging?
Working.  I wish I could blog all the time but I have to pay the bills :)  I also love, love, love to run and am training for my first 1/2 marathon! 

  • What is one post you are really proud of?
Wow, I honestly have no idea!  I think I am the most proud of the posts where I truly laid everything out of the line and let everyone know what I was thinking.  It isn't always easy to be completely open on your blog and when I am able to do that I feel so refreshed and open.  It is especially helpful because so many people have different views and opinions and when you have a problem and have people give you advice it is a form of therapy (and it is free!)

--


Kristen Nelson ladybug blessings
www.ladybug-blessings.com ldybugblessings twitter 







Thanks Kristen!! Make sure you check out her blog and say hi!!
Here is the line-up you have to look forward to hearing form coming up….

Missed ANY?? 
Read them HERE

What tip would you share?
Leave a comment and I will compile them all at the end of the series!



Want to read MORE great blogger interviews?

Check out Amanda from Serenity Now's Series HERE