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|Interview with David Leonhardt from thgmwriters.com : Journey of a Professional Blogger : eAskme|
Please share about yourself and your story to enter in blogging?
When I first started online, I was not blogging. I don't think blogging existed back then. I did, however, write articles and post them to my website. At some point, I set up my first blog and found that the format for blogging helped better organize articles and integrate them with social media sharing. I also find that blogging helps structure online networking and relationship-building in a way that just adding to a collection of articles never could.
I eventually had six of my own blogs, in addition to the blogs of some clients that I was managing - basically I overextended myself. I now have just two of my own blogs, one of which I make sure not to neglect. ;-)
How the idea to make your own blog came in your mind? How you found the right people to develop it and what big obstacles you faced?
My main business blog was part of a brand new website I set up a year-and-a-half ago. I already had on my team a designer who also does good programming, especially in WordPress, so I decided to build the whole website - not just the blog - in WordPress. Ian did a bang-up job, as you can see: http://thgmwriters.com and http://thgmwriters.com/blog/.
Given that this was not that long ago, I had one big anxiety - how to make sure the new blog and the site itself would be mobile-friendly. That turned out to be fairly simple with WordPress and the Genesis Framework, so it turned out that the one big obstacle was not even much of an obstacle at all. I still have a few small details to deal with the Google Webmaster Tools has indicated, but they are small and I will take care of them shortly.
Can blogging really change someone`s life?
My blog is associated with my freelance writers agency, and the most frequent request we get is for biographies. People want biographies written for a variety of reason, but a frequent one is to get out their story, as part of the healing process, to make sure nobody else has to suffer through the turmoil that has plagued their lives or simply to let others know that "you are not alone". These people can greatly benefit from blogging, by reaching out, telling their story and connecting with audiences that respond well to their message.
Clever people who can't or don't want to make it big in the corporate world, can apply their smarts to a blog and make a nice side income, and in some cases even replace their day jobs. For people who are introverts or hermits at heart, this can be a game-changer in their lives.
What are your favorite Internet marketing tools?
I like Hootesuite to manage my Twitter accounts.
I like Viral Content Buzz, Triberr JustRetweet to expand my reach in social media and build relationships with other bloggers.
I like Digg Digg to help with social sharing.
I like Skype best of all for building relationships, expanding my reach, doing research and even quickly getting some aspects of projects done more efficiently. Of all the tools, Skype is the one I use most often during the day.
I like Sharetally to keep track of progress with each new blog post (I'm bad like that, aren't I?)
I like Tweetguru to keep in touch with certain private networks.
And I like Moonsey to determine quickly how important a new (to me) website is.
Of course, I like MyBlogU to make and build relationships with other bloggers.
What is your daily schedule? and how do you maintain your tasks?
Blogging have different definition for different person. What is it for you?
For me, blogging is a means of keeping discussions going and doors open. It is a vehicle for networking and demonstrating expertise. My targets are my peers, potential clients and the search engines. I want everyone to see that I and my team are connected, that we are in the know, that we have creative ideas and that we are here to help.
For me, blogging is about reputation and social engagement. If we can be successful with that, business will come.
Which are your favorite blogs?
I love Growmap. Gail always makes sure that there is high-quality information and a good mix of high-level and practical advice.
I also love TwelveSkip. Pauline has the best visuals on the Internet.
I alo like Miranda Marquit, because her insights about professional writing are always so poignant.
I find QuickSprout to be the most useful overall, and I actually save a lot of the editions.
Those come quickly to mind.
How much time do you spend on social media promotion and SEO of your blog?
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