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|Interview with Jennifer Peaslee from Thesavingsopportunity.com : Journey of a Professional Blogger : eAskme|
Please share about yourself and your story to enter in blogging?I have been a freelancer for a little over 2 years, writing, researching, editing, managing social media pages, and so on. My first job was writing for a coupon blog, and then I branched out to Elance and got a number of other jobs on various topics, from coupons and deals to technology and small business topics.
Somewhere along the way I started thinking "hey, if they can do it, why can't I?" I was getting paid for my work, of course, but I knew that the bloggers running the sites were making much more than that. Anyway, I started to gather resources related to blogging - websites, tips, names of affiliate programs, etc - thinking that "some day" I might take the plunge myself. I put it off for a while because I didn't really understand hosting and setting the blog up and I didn't really have extra money to invest in a blog.
However, in mid January, 2015, a blog I follow was offering a special deal - for only $1 they would register my domain name of choice, get me 1 year of hosting, and install WordPress. I knew it was my time, because I would only have to invest $1 and then I'd have a full year to see if I liked blogging on my own! Right now I'm going strong after a little over 3 months. I still work as a freelancer to pay the bills, but I love blogging on my own website. I'm growing it little by little, with hopes that I may start making a little money, which would allow me to cut back on freelancing and spend more time on my blog.
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?As I mentioned earlier, the idea to make my own blog came from working as a freelance writer for other blogs - obviously there was money to be made (more money than I was making as just a writer) and if they could do it, why not me? One of my obstacles was not understanding the web setup part of things - I understood how to use WordPress and I understood blogs from a content standpoint, but I had no clue how to actually get a blog up and running first.
Another obstacle was money - starting a blog requires an upfront cost, paying for your domain, getting hosting and such. However, it felt like it was meant to be one day in January 2015 when I got an email from Blogelina (a blog I was following) about a $1 blog setup that included domain name, 1 year of hosting, and WordPress installation. Tanya from Blogelina was really nice and we worked on getting things set up through a series of emails.
About a week later I had my own blog with nothing but a "Hello World" post. That's when the reality set in - all the work I would have to do not just with content, but also designing the site, setting it up, etc. I wasn't quite prepared for all that, but I just explored on my own and any time I got stuck I just Googled to find an answer. Luckily it was the weekend - and by the end of the weekend I had my basic design/setup and a couple posts on my blog.
Can blogging really change someone`s life?I definitely think blogging can change someone's life - the changes don't have to be big, but they'll definitely have a positive influence on your life.
By blogging on my own (versus just freelancing) I've learned SO much more! I've also been able to connect and network with other bloggers so I've gotten help and made friends along the way.
On a personal note, I think blogging has actually improved my relationship with my husband. He's got a LOT of hobbies (fishing, hunting, archery, trapping, and more) but I never had a hobby that I actually stuck with. Therefore (I admit it!) I'd be somewhat of a nag as he went to pursue his hobbies and left me home alone. With my blog, it doesn't bother me anymore. He has his own hobbies and I have mine. We each do our own thing, then come back later to talk about the hobbies and spend our own quality time together. In that way it has improved our understanding, communication, and overall relationship.
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What is your daily schedule? and how do you maintain your tasks?
Blogging have different definition for different person. What is it for you?To me, blogging is a forum where you can communicate with a world much bigger than your physical space - a world that extends to places you may never visit and people you may never meet. With blogging I can share helpful information, opinions, personal stories, etc - and know that someday, somewhere, my words are going to connect with someone else. Blogging is the forum for story telling in the digital age, giving everyone who does it a voice with a worldwide reach. When a person connects with blogging, it becomes more than just a pasttime, but rather a true passion.
Which are your favorite blogs?
How much time do you spend on social media promotion and SEO of your blog?Regarding SEO, I use the Yoast plugin, so I basically write my post with a keyword in mind, then do all the task that I can to hopefully get the 'green light.' That only takes a few minutes (maybe up to 5 minutes) per article.
On social media, I promote my posts when they are first published (about 5-10 minutes), then I participate in social sharing sites (Triberr, VCB and private FB groups) where I spend maybe 1-2 hours a week promoting others' posts so they will promote mine in return. I definitely need to come up with a better social media strategy on my own sites for my own content. I share them once (when published) but I know I should be promoting more than once on Twitter, and scheduling a repeat post share on Facebook and G+ a few weeks later to keep each post active. (The problem is just finding the time to do it all!)
How much time do you spend for blogging daily?
Message for Readers:
To readers who own their own blog - keep on going, push through the hard times, and put 100% of yourself in every time you blog. Part of the key to blogging success is longevity, so if you can keep at it, your blog will grow over time as will your readers, followers, and other stats. Don't try to go it alone either! Put yourself out there and connect with other bloggers. They can provide the help and support you need, and become your lifelong friends.
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