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Blogging 101: Blogging Reality with Mandy from Sugar Bee Crafts
Welcome to the last interview in the Blogging 101 series! 
Make sure to check the link at the bottom of the post if you have missed any. 

Our final guest blogger is 
Mandy from 

Mandy has an amazing and very successful craft blog full of great ideas and features.
 Make sure to stop by and check it out!


  • What is your favorite season and why? I really love them all - each has something unique to offer, so I love when it's time to change to a new season.  After summer, fall is so welcoming with crispy air and warm colors.  Then winter, with the excitement of the holidays and fresh fallen snow.  After being in the drag of winter for a while, I can't help but love spring and the first buds of flowers.  And who doesn't love summer, with it's carefree lifestyle and outdoor fun.  So I can't pick - but I definitely have to live somewhere that has all 4 seasons!

 
  • What do you do when you are not blogging? - - hmm - in my free time - crafting things to be blogged about :)   Otherwise it's  being a mom to 4 kids and all the fun that comes with that.

 
  • What is one post you are really proud of? - I don't think I can pick just one.  I love the posts that inspire other people - when I get comments "this is great, I'm going to try it for sure", that's when I know I loved that post.
 
  • Who are some bloggers you look up to and why?  I love Kimbo at A Girl and A Glue Gun, because she keeps it real and fun - - Ashley over at Make It and Love It always has great tutorials and I love all her stuff - - Jen at Tatertots and Jello does it all and that's something to look up to for sure
 
  • What does an average week look like for you in upkeep for your blog? For starts, I have to make sure my link party is up and running - then in real time I have to check out the links and pick ones I want to feature.  Other than that, I try to "blog ahead" a little - it's nice to have several posts ready for the week so I don't feel crunched to get a post written for the following day.  But to keep that rolling, I've got to write several posts a week for the following week.
 
  • What do you think the average blogger doesn’t realize about being a success? - it really takes a lot of work - I've always got "blog on the brain" - constantly thinking of different craft ideas, how to write interesting posts, etc.  It's not overnight success - just takes time and perseverance.
 
  • Do you set goals for your blog? - - I don't have many goals - at first it was to just showoff my projects.  Then I started to grown and got the idea that I might actually be able to make some money with it.  I have a loose goal to not lose readers - always go up in followers and hits, but nothing specific.

  • What are the most important activities for growing your blog? For sure, link parties.  I really started growing when I started linking up to other blogs - it drives lots of traffic that normally wouldn't come - and some of those people stick around and become followers.  I also try to guest post on other blogs pretty frequently, to get in front of different audiences.

  • What do you do when you have “writers block” or a dry period?  Blog Stalk, of course - although now Pinterest is rivaling that.  I love to look around at other ideas and think about how I can tweak them for my needs - or get inspired by others and use their ideas as a launching pad for ideas of my own.

  • How do you define success?  I thought my blog was successful when I had a couple hundred followers, so it's all about how you measure success.  For me, success is enjoying what I'm doing, and that's still the case.  I love crafting and showing off what I make  - it's fun!!

  • What advice would you give to bloggers who want to grow their blogs?  Put yourself out there - link up, guest post, leave lots of comments on other blogs.  I love to visit the blogs of those who leave comments on my blog.  Also the technical stuff - blog daily, take good crisp pictures, interesting projects, etc. 

 Thanks so much Mandy! 
Make sure you stop by her blog and follow you won't regret it!!

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Blogging 101: Blogging Reality with Anna from In Honor of Design!
Welcome back to Blogging 101
today we have
 Anna from In Honor of Design!

Her blog is filled with all things beautiful and she keeps up a thriving blog,
 let's learn from her!





  • What is your favorite season and why? Fall. Its full of so much festive food, decor, and beautiful weather! Not to mention I get to wear boots;) The colors of the outdoors and cool fall air always leaves a fun spirit in the air!
  • What do you do when you are not blogging? Probably one too many things! Design work, housework, teaching, snuggling with my babies, cooking, etc.
  • What is one post you are really proud of? Veronica Rose's birth story. I wanted to record all of my emotions and thoughts on the experience while it was fresh in my mind and I am so happy I did. I will always love to re-visit those moments.
  • Who are some bloggers you look up to and why? So many! Oh Joy! Blog for her unique finds and graphic design style, Creature Comforts for her incredible DIY's, Atlantic-Pacific for her ability to come up with insanely cool outfit posts, etc, etc!
  • What does an average week look like for you in upkeep for your blog? I usually have a weeks worth of post content ready at the beginning of the week. I prepare the actual post the night before in order to have it ready to go in the morning. I also take time each day to visit my reader's blogs, answer any comment questions, or collaborate with sponsors. I try to limit my time though, because I could spend hours reading blogs:) 
  • What do you think the average blogger doesn’t realize about being a success? It takes consistency, but also trial and error until you find your niche in the blogosphere. Its so important to come up with your own unique ideas that reflect your style and personality! When readers can relate to you, it becomes fun to follow along. The blogs I tend to enjoy most are blogs that have a writing style or content that gives me an idea of who they are and also provides content that is fun and inspirational.
  • How did you find you niche? It took me a while to narrow down what I wanted to keep my blog topics to, what original content I wanted to share, and how to make it relatable to the reader. When I started to really make it my own and share more personal style posts or design finds, is when I felt like I had finally found my spot.
  • Do you set goals for your blog? Yes, I think you have to have some idea of where you want it to go in order to get there! Although, there are definately times where life is so crazy I have to blog on autopilot!
  • What is something you wish more bloggers knew (in general or specific)? It would be nice to see more links to the original sources for artists, designers, and photographers. I think we have gotten lost in the pinterest world and get lazy with sourcing. I love when I see a find that was the bloggers own find, and not repinned 10 times. :)
  • What is one (or some) of your pet peeves in the blogging world? I think one of the main ones is when commenters leave a comment that doesn't relate to the post or shows that they really didn't read the post at all. Instead, they are leaving a link to a giveaway on their blog or a "come follow me" type of comment. On the flipside, it makes my day when someone takes the time to leave a nice thought or opinion about the post.
  • What are the most important blogging etiquette behaviors? Like previously said, I don't think its cool to leave comments that try to get you to come over to your blog. I honestly like to visit all my readers, and will go on my own. Also, source your finds and images. Its only fair to the artist!
  • What are the most important activities for growing your blog? I think staying engaged with your readers is very important. Blogging isn't a one sided relationship. Its so nice when you visit your favorite blogs, leave a thoughtful comment, and they actually respond! Makes you want to keep supporting them! Also, I noticed when I created my own DIY's, style boards, or photography, people will come back to your blog to find more ideas!
  • What do you do when you have “writers block” or a dry period? I take a break from the internet. Sometimes, we can be over stimulated and it helps to break away and come back with fresh ideas:)
  • Do you have one or two things you would credit the success of your blog to? I blogged every single week day for almost two years now! I also put myself out there several times by reaching out to bigger blogs, introducing myself or my business. I also did lots of guest posts, or had people as guests on my blog which always draws in new readers.
  • How do you define success? I think I would define it as consistently taking steps torwards your dreams or goals, and not compromising yourself in the process. It can be challenging but worth it.


Thanks so much Anna! 

Make sure you stop by her blog and check out all the amazing things she has to say there! 


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Blogging 101: Blogging Reality with Mandey from Mama & The Dudes!
Welcome back to Blogging Reality!

Today we have
Mandey from
Mama and the Dudes!!



Her blog is seriously so funny and she is so relate-able and down to earth, make sure you stop by her blog and leave her some love!

Here's Mandey!!


What is your favorite season and why?
I love fall. My birthday is in October so I always have something to look forward to in the fall. But really, I just love the beautiful changing leaves, the crispness of the air, wearing sweatshirts and drinking cider. Oh, and football. I won't even get started on the football. 
What do you do when you are not blogging?
When I'm not blogging...I'm living life! Half of having a good blog is living life. You have to actually step away from your computer and DO something otherwise you won't ever have anything to write about. I'm usually creating, outdoors enjoying nature, playing with the boys or cleaning.  
What is one post you are really proud of?

I don't have one specific post I'm proud of, but I think I'm most proud of the posts where I really delve deep into myself and reveal some truths I've learned about myself and life. Posts like this and this and this. 
Who are some bloggers you look up to and why?
Gosh, I don't know if there is a specific blogger I look up to. I love Chelsey from the Paper Mama for her creativity and ability to do like 8000 different things. Her blog always has cute pictures, some good tutorials, and a good balance of the serious stuff.  
    What does an average week look like for you in upkeep for your blog?
    I really am not as organized as some bloggers and I'm really working on it. I blog when I get the time (like when the boys are napping or in bed at night). I'm really working on getting ahead of the game and posting in advance. Sometimes I get the urge to move things around or make a new header and on those days I spend a little more time on the computer. I keep a notebook around at all times for when the mood strikes and I get some ideas for blog topics. I keep the notebook in my purse too so I always have something available to write down ideas and thoughts. I go back to this notebook when I need some inspiration.
      What do you think the average blogger doesn’t realize about being a success?
      You define your own success. It's hard not to compare yourself to other blogs who are bigger or seem more successful than you. But what I think a lot of people don't realize is that it's all completely up to you. You set your own expectations and goals and your successes are self defined. Once you start comparing yourself to others your blogging outlook changes quickly. 
        How did you find you niche?
        I have no idea. I really just write about the things that interest me. Sometimes I'm all over the board. That's really my personality though. My life isn't anchored in one thing. I have many interests and talents (I'd like to think) and my blog is a reflection of that. 
          Do you set goals for your blog?
          I'm working on setting more specific goals. I'm really working on networking more with other bloggers. I've taken myself off of all "voting" sites like Top Baby Blogs, which was one of my main sources of traffic. I've had to work a lot harder to get traffic and readers but I feel it's more genuine now and I feel better about what I'm doing now that I'm not begging for votes. I've also set goals to interact with my readers more, trying to reply to emails more quickly and to comments more often. 
            What is something you wish more bloggers knew (in general or specific)?
            I wish more bloggers realized the importance of layouts. Some blog layouts are just too jam packed with stuff. And I wish people knew more about advertising. You can't just "get" advertising for you blog no matter the size or content. You really have to do your research on these things. 
              What is one (or some) of your pet peeves in the blogging world?
              Auto play music. Lack of pictures in posts. (I'm sorry but if it's huge and not broken up I probably won't read it all.) Auto word verification on comments. The voting sites that suck people in to asking for votes on their blog. I was part of it and I stopped. And I feel so much better because of it.   

                  What are the most important blogging etiquette behaviors?
                  Leave comments that make sense. You actually have to read the post and the blog, you can't just comment something random. I get a lot of comments telling me how cute my son is. I have twins. It's even in the blog banner and if you take even 5 seconds to read anything I write you know I have two babies and not just one. When people leave generic comments it's kind of offensive. Or when you leave comments asking someone to follow your blog. If you comment regularly on my blog and leave meaningful messages I'll visit your blog. I don't want to be solicited.  
                     

                        What are the most important activities for growing your blog?
                        1. Post frequently. People visit blogs more often when the content is new and fresh.
                        2. Network! Leave comments on other blogs, talk to other bloggers on twitter, etc. 
                        3. Be genuine and be yourself. People can spot a fake very quickly. 
                          What do you do when you have “writers block” or a dry period?
                          I stop blogging. I get out of the house, take my camera and go on some kind of adventure. The more things I do away from the computer, the more I have to write about. 
                            Do you have one or two things you would credit the success of your blog to?
                            The boys. Hands down. Pictures of them are irresistible! They definitely draw people to the blog or draw them to stay. And this baby-book of sorts is why I like blogging in the first place. 
                              How do you define success?
                              As I said earlier, success is self defined. To me, success is staying true to myself. Whenever I feel like my blog is more of a job than fun, I reassess where I am and what I'm writing about. If I don't like it, I change it. As long as I'm still enjoying it, it will be a success. 
                                What advice would you give to bloggers who want to grow their blogs?
                                1. Post often.
                                2. Network through social media. And online presence is crucial.
                                3. Blog for you, not for what you think others want to see. 


                                Thanks so much Mandy! 
                                Make sure you stop by her blog and follow you won't regret it!!

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