Blogger Survey

Article by Wendy McCance

I have been getting a lot of questions about blogging.  There are so many people either thinking about starting a blog, or are new to blogging and want to know what to expect.  I feel lucky in that I have some great followers who are generous with support and advice.  I figured it would be great to show some support to those just jumping into the blogging world with some advice from those of us that have been blogging for a while.  I hope that many of you decide to participate.  For those of you with questions, please put them in the comment section so that I or one of the other readers can answer it for you.

Here are the questions.  I will be answering them as well.  If there is a question you feel uncomfortable answering, don’t, just go on to the next one.

1.  How long have you been blogging?

14 months.

2.  How often do you write a post?

I used to write every day.  Life has gotten in the way recently and now I write whenever I find a free moment.

3.  Do you advertise your blog anywhere?

I advertise my blog on over 60 sites.  Twitter, Facebook, Twyla, Mommy Blogs and Stumblupon are a few.

4.  Have you ever gotten any money off of your blog?  How?

Yes, mainly from writing articles for companies that have contacted me.

5.  What do you like best about blogging?

I love the blogging community.  There are so many wonderful, generous and supportive people who I have gotten to know through my blog.

6.  Are you a writer or looking to become one?

I am a full-time freelance writer.

7.  Do you feel your blog is taking off the way you would like it to?

Yes, I am stunned by the amount of people who have visited my site since I began blogging.  I currently have over 1,400 followers.

8.  What is the most exciting thing that has happened to you because you have a blog?

My blog is featured in the Oakland Press (local newspaper).

9.  Do you have any advice for those just starting out?

Enjoy the process and don’t stress about what you write.  Be authentic and your blog will be appreciated.

Thanks for participating. 🙂

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Wendy McCance

Wendy McCance is a Michigan based freelance writer and social media consultant. Wendy has gained attention as the founder of the popular blog Searching for the Happiness which can be viewed in 9 local papers online, including the Oakland Press. The combination of writing skills and social media knowledge is what makes Wendy such a powerhouse to work with. Stay tuned for opportunities to advertise, guest post and as always, have your questions answered.

To contact Wendy McCance about a writing or social media assignment, interview or speaking engagement, please email her at: mccance.wendy@gmail.com

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19 thoughts on “Blogger Survey

  1. Here i go: 1) 2 weeks 2) right now, heading into Christmas, every weekday. After Christmas, weekly. 3) Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn 4) nope 5) I really enjoy the writing process, and putting the words out there for people to see. 6) I’m not a writer, but truthfully I am using this process to become better at it. I do want to move in that direction and really concentrate on it in 2013. 7) I think it’s too early to tell. I do know that each day I improve it in some way, so it will be more presentable and readable. I’m not convinced that I really know how to drive traffic my way yet. 8) Nothing too exciting yet. 9) Too early.

  2. 1. Oct 2012, 2. try doing it everyday, otherwise whenever I get time, 3. On facebook, Blogging site Indiblogger and now joined Likedin, 4. No, 5. Blogging gave me platform to project myself onto the world, It rekindled the poet in me and a whole community of creative minds undeterred.6. So far my scribbles do not qualify as writings but I aspire to become one, 7. I am too new to comment, but sometimes I feel my good posts go neglected or I am just impatient, 8. The appreciation I get from some fellow bloggers, 9. To early to advise.

  3. 1. How long have you been blogging?
    3 years
    2. How often do you write a post?
    Once a day
    3. Do you advertise your blog anywhere?
    Yes, Twitter and Facebook
    4. Have you ever gotten any money off of your blog? How?
    Yes, from AdSense, Infolinks, Chitika
    5. What do you like best about blogging?
    I enjoy writing and earning as the icing on the cake.
    6. Are you a writer or looking to become one?
    I’m looking to become one.
    7. Do you feel your blog is taking off the way you would like it to?
    In some ways yes, because Google now indexes me and I earn. In some ways no, because my other blogs are neglected.
    8. What is the most exciting thing that has happened to you because you had a blog?
    I won some contests. I met good friends from all over the world.
    9. Do you have any advice for those just starting out?
    Write with your readers in your mind. Don’t imitate anyone. Be original!

  4. 1. How long have you been blogging?

    2 years

    2. How often do you write a post?

    That depends on the month, hahaha. Now that I’m in the middle of my second to last semester of college, it’s about once a week at most. While I’m home on vacation, usually about 3 times a week. When I was abroad, on average 2-3 times a week.

    3. Do you advertise your blog anywhere?

    As of a year ago, I’ve been using Facebook, Tumblr, and Flickr.

    4. Have you ever gotten any money off of your blog? How?

    No.

    5. What do you like best about blogging?

    It gives me the chance to review my life and learn how I can improve. I love being able to go back a year and see how I wrote then compared to now, and to be able to critique my own photographs. Most importantly, I can see what went wrong with my baking (it’s a baking blog), and improve for the next time. And finally, I can tangibly chart my growth and prove it to people.

    6. Are you a writer or looking to become one?

    I’ve done a little blogging for other groups and would love to be able to do it professionally, or to adopt other writing jobs.

    7. Do you feel your blog is taking off the way you would like it to?

    As of a year ago, when I finally learned to how to reach out, my blog has grown tremendously, exceeding my own expectations. I can only hope that it will continue to grow as a way to connect me to people….and maybe it’ll get me a job someday, hahaha.

    8. What is the most exciting thing that has happened to you because you had a blog?

    Every single moment that people mention my blog, even if I don’t know them too well and they tell me they’ve been following my posts. No matter how often that happens, it’s just as rewarding every time.

    9. Do you have any advice for those just starting out?

    Be you, just be all you. Your blog is yours. And, more concretely, talk it up! Tell people about your blog and ask them to read it!! That’s the only way it’ll grow.

  5. My turn 🙂
    1. I have been blogging about 7 months. 2.) I am still unsure how often to post. I would like to post once or twice a week. 3.) Twitter & Linkedin, I would be interested in learning more about the other sites. Any suggestions? 4.) No money yet, but would be interested if some magically came my way 🙂 5.) I love the community. Reading other peoples views and how honest they become over time. It is hard to hide yourself, when you post so often. 6.) I think I have become a writer over the past year. I finished my first book, I am writing for Textbroker and Odesk and currently interviewing for a Wisconsin magazine. It is painstakingly slow, but I know it will payoff. 8.) The most exciting thing that happened is I have gained confidence. My writing has evolved. I feel like I have made some great friends who, are there to support me as much as I support them. You guys are awesome! 9.) Write from your heart. Be patient and most of all have fun!

    • Congrats on the book and the other writing opportunities. That is the area I feel I could use some good advice on how to break in. As far as other sites to put your blog on, I think I will write a post on what I have found out. Hope it helps you. 🙂

      • Thank you for the post. I found it very helpful. As far as my other writing opportunities, it is hit or miss right now. I wish we could sit and chat over coffee, I think it would be fun for both of us to share ideas!

          • The two places I write for are online that hire you just by signing up. I think it is a good way to test different writing styles.
            I was lucky regarding my latest contact. My mom found the magazine for me. I am submitting the article today. Cross your fingers 🙂

          • The two places I write for are online that hire you just by signing up. I think it is a good way to test different writing styles.
            I was lucky regarding my latest contact. My mom found the magazine for me. I am submitting the article today. Cross your fingers 🙂

  6. 1) 31 Days 2) about once a day sometimes twice 3) twitter, Facebook, linked in, tumblr, Pinterest, 4) yes- Adsense 5) I love the ability to share my indeed thoughts with a community that is warm and welcoming. 6) I have only written privately and for business before, but we may turn part of our blog into a book 7) I feel as if it’s gaining mass each day, but I’m impatient 🙂 8) I’ve been able to see my wife every day instead of working 60-hours a week outside the home 9) just started myself so I will say this: every little win counts. At this point I’m happy when someone at isn’t a friend reads or comments on our blog!

  7. 1) 6 months 2) Weekly – it just happened that way 3) Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, community sites 4) No, but would like to 5) The amazing generosity. 6) No, but if there was an opportunity that came my way, I certainly would entertain the idea 7) Yes, I anticipated it. No, I am impatient 8) Nothing in particular 9) Don’t let what you enjoy become a chore.

  8. 1. 2 months 2. every day for my writing blog, every other day (try to) for my food blog 3. twitter, facebook 4. no 5. I love the people in blogville, and the information and stories are great! 6. I’m trying to become a good writer so I can do it as a living 7 My blogs are doing great! 8.The awards I’ve gotten from fellow bloggers, I am so humbled by them 9. My advice is don’t be afraid to put what you want out there. The readers are so very understanding and helpful.

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