Today we have Debbie from My Random Musings as our Blogger In The Spotlight. You can read all about Debbies thoughts, opinions, rants and raves on parenting and life. This blog is her space to write about her random musings as the title implies; thoughts, feelings, ideas, discussions, debates, pretty much the works. A place to write about anything from her deepest thoughts to light hearted stories from her daily life, anything goes.
Let’s Put My Random Musings In The Spotlight
Can you tell our readers about yourself?
Hi! My name is Debbie, I’m 34 and I’m from North East England. I love writing and blogging and it’s a very strange day if you can’t find me online somewhere.
How would you describe your blog?
If I had to categorise my blog My Random Musings, I would say it’s a lifestyle blog, but the truth is, it doesn’t really fit any sort of niche. You will find anything and everything on there – rants, reviews, book-related posts, blogging tips, bits about my life and probably more things I’ve forgotten!
What inspired you to start your blog?
I originally started my blog with the intention of it being a short term thing. I wanted to write a novel but my writing was a bit rusty so I started a blog to re-find my writing voice. I fell in love with blogging and that short term thing is now almost a year old and I have no intention of stopping.
What topics do you cover on your blog?
I cover lots of topics! Blogging, books, topical items, my opinions on various things and even a bit of fiction.
How do you want to improve yourself and your blog in the next year?
I would like to increase my readership and do a bit more work with brands. My main goal though is to post at least once daily for the full year.
How do you motivate yourself to keep the blog up and running?
I truly enjoy blogging so it’s not like a chore I have to push myself to do. If I do find my motivation slipping a bit, I look back over my list of yearly goals. As I split these into mini goals, I usually find I have completed some parts and that makes me want to keep going and achieve them all.
What do you find the most frustrating aspect of blogging?
Scheduling tweets! It is the one thing about blogging I actively dislike. It is so time-consuming and for all I consider it a necessary evil, I’m always conscious of the other things I would prefer to be doing.
What is the most positive aspect about blogging?
I know it sounds clichéd and everyone says this, but I love the community. The friends made along the way, and how generally, we as bloggers raise each other up rather than knocking each other down.
How much time do you spend blogging?
If I include all the promotion, social media interaction and the linkys and groups I take part in as well as writing posts, I would say around 4-6 hours a day. It sounds a lot when I see it written down like that, but there’s always so much to do. It’s a good job I love it!
Have you always blogged about the same content that you blog about today?
I tend to have monthly themes, so each month is different from the last. I do have some weekly features that are pretty much the same as they were in the beginning.
Would you encourage other people to make their own blog?
Definitely. If you love writing and interacting with like-minded people, blogging is for you.
What is the best advice you could give to someone who is just starting their own blog?
Forget the rules and just have fun. Write for yourself and enjoy every minute of it. Life is too short to be getting bogged down with stats and posting at the exact optimum moment.
What type of networking do you think is better to enhance your traffic to the blog and to engage with your readers?
I love Twitter. I can easily spend hours on there. There’s always someone around to chat with and it’s a great place to promote your posts. I also enjoy taking part in linkys, it’s a fantastic way to get some new readers and discover some new blogs to read.
Is blogging your profession or just a hobby?
Well, I think over a week, I probably put more hours into my blog than I do my full-time job, but as I don’t actively monetize it at the minute, I would say it’s more a hobby.
A lot of people think that blogging is an easy way to make money online? Do you agree?
I think easy is the wrong word. To make a liveable wage from blogging, you have to work hard. You have to put the time and effort into producing good content and not just sponsored posts and reviews. And of course, all the promotion we have to do. Where I believe it can be easier than a 9-5 job is more about job satisfaction than ease. I can’t imagine loving any other job more than I do blogging!
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