Interview with A to Being

A few weeks ago, my gal pal Ashley over at From A to Being asked me to guest post while she was on spring break.  She and I sat down for a one on one interview and I thought I'd share it with you today.  I have a bunch of pictures lingering over my head and things to post about but frankly no time lately since Erik is away.. so enjoy & what would your answers be?
 Come back tomorrow and link up your finds!!! 
About Janette at {The Johanson Journey} 
1} Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I am a full time working Mom in the telecommunications field.  I have 3 beautiful children and a super hero husband.  I love blogging, meeting new people and finding a way to insert myself into the world of crafting!
2} How you first got involved in with blogging?
Originally, I wanted to post pictures for my husband while he was overseas on a tour with the Army and for my parents who were working overseas as well in Saudi Arabia. 
3} How would (someone) describe your blogging style?
I would say I am an evolving blogger.. you pick up on ideas, you learn from posts and other bloggers along the way and eventually you find yourself.  I am as random as they come and as honest and blunt as you can get.. I have confident days and days when I want to throw in the towel but it has become a hobby and my escape from everyday responsibilty.
4} Are you a full time blogger?
I made a New Years resolution in 2010 to start blogging daily, at least on week days and a few weekends here and there.  I learned that the only way I was going to meet people and have anyone come by and visit is if I had something to say or share each day.  It doesnt always work but it motivates me. 
5} What networking do you do that you feel helps your blogging business?
This is a growing lesson because there are so many social networks out there now but I recently set up a
FaceBook Blog Page and am slowly learning through others on how to get myself out there.  I even joined twitter!! I thought I’d never do that!
6} How do you keep coming up with material/content for your blog?
Often times it will be a story that happened over the weekend or a thought I had while driving to work… sometimes another blogger will inspire me or I’ll join in a link party.  Friends are always willing to give you things to talk about…. and everyone loves support from their fellow bloggers when they are creating something new—so helping to promote them is also fun..
7} Do you think Page-rank plays a vital role in a blog’s life?
Most of the stress I think I feel is because there is such thing as a page rank… I mean, would we care about calories if we didn’t know anything about them?  We might eat with less stress… so I think it would be nice to blog with less stress… but its out there and it matters, especially if you are using your blog as your business.   If someone can explain to me how it is so easy to get 15 twitter followers in minutes and yet it takes YEARS to get a blog follower, I'd love to know why it works that way.
8} A lot of people are interested in blogging for the money earning potential. What are some tips for people interesting in making money from blogging?
My best advice is ASK other bloggers you admire or click the links on people’s blogs yourself to see where it leads and read up on the details.  There are so many websites available for getting you started and I wish I had all the right answers but start figuring out what you want out of your blog and what you are willing to do.
9} What has been your strategy for creating visibility to yourself and your blog?
At first it was emailing my friends and saying, HEY!! I have a new post!  But now, I sortof try to just post for me and when I think its a fun post worth grabbing the attention of my readers, I will post about it on facebook or twitter in hopes they’ll stop by and check it out.  I still find this is a struggle.
10} If someone was interested in blogging, what would be a few things you would suggest? 
DO IT!! Its so easy that its scary.  Its addicting for many and an amazing place to meet great friends as odd as that sounds—its true.  I LOVE & ADORE so many that I have met and have enjoyed following friends through ups and downs and sharing joys of life!! You can also turn your blog into a book…. there are so many options!!! JUST DO IT!!  <--—not a sponsored post by Nike…. just my quick way of sayin’ it

See you tomorrow for SHOW US YOUR FIND!! 
I have found yet another Sassy and fun Deal a Day site called Mindy Mae's Market! Check them out!! I also like them on Facebook because they do these fun "I'll Take It" announcements!
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Anonymous said...

What a great interview! I am so glad I found you. I really do love reading your blog.

Stacie said...

Great interview! I just found out about Mindy Mae's a week or so ago and totally thought of you!

Anonymous said...

Awesome interview! It's always nice to learn a little bit more about bloggers.

Four Marrs and One Venus said...

Great and fun interview! Loved learning new things about you!! Your blog is Ahh-mazing and so are you!

Anonymous said...

I remember reading this before when you guest posted it, but it was fun to reread it, too! I like reading about other people's blogging journey's. Everyone does it for different reasons, and I have no doubt that one day, you'll be getting paid big $$ to blog! :o)

Impulsive Addict said...

This is a neat idea! I'm almost non-existant lately on blogger. I guess I'm going through a little slump. I don't make the time to read every day anymore with the weather getting nicer. Blogger is a time suck but the thing is, I have TONS of time sucks. Like pinterest and twitter, and all my iphone games. It's just too much.

I'll never quit blogging but I'm doing it for me and nobody else at this point. I love having followers but I don't mess with keeping track of losing/gaining a few.

Thanks for linking up my sweet friend!! xxoxo

Impulsive Addict said...

PS. We were in East Texas for a wedding this weekend. WOW! Culture shock!!!!

Stacy Uncorked said...

What a great interview! I agree with IA - I don't pay attention to the numbers - I blog for fun not profit. Though if it ever turned into a profitable venture I wouldn't mind. ;) Great learning more about you! :)

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becca said...

great interview and now I know more about you and why you blog

Emmy said...

Love that interview! And girl, you do not need to worry so much - you and your blog are awesome so just enjoy it!

I will be linking up tomorrow :)

Shawn said...

Great questions, great answer, like I would expect anything less.

I have a question? How do you find the time to pour so much of yourself into your blog while chasing your kiddos around, working full time, and being so crafty and generous?

You simply amaze me!

Thanks for linking up friend!

Date Girl said...

Great interview, and I love that we met through blogging. It really is a whole new world of friendships and connections isn't it? Definitely always blog for yourself. And hey, if you get a little kickback once in awhile, all the better!

Anonymous said...

Ok.. I will kick you in the throat if you show me another fun, crafty, TOO CUTE to pass up, site to order things.

FOR REELZ!! You are gonna make me go broke, woman!!

Ok... off to check out Mindy Mae. :)