16 January 2012

Blogging Mentor Mondays: Leigh Covington

Blogging Mentor Mondays has returned! Here to kick off 2012 is Leigh Covington. When I first met Leigh, she was known as Abby Flowers. In a savvy marketing move, she adopted a pen name and smoothly transitioned into her alter ego. Her blog, Leigh Covington, is one of two she's been juggling with skill and ease. Her comments are sincere and sweet, and her blog is packed with book reviews, interviews, and surveys. Welcome, Leigh!

Hi Emily! Thanks so much for having me over. I love your Blogging Mentor Mondays, and I'm excited to play a part in them. I have to admit... I feel slightly inadequate compared to the awesome variety of people you have on it each week, but hopefully somebody will find something useful! This is a real honor, so thank you for thinking of me. I am officially ready to answer questions!

When and why did you start your blog? I started blogging in July of last year. It was a hard step to take, knowing I was putting myself “out there” but I wanted to learn more through the writing community.

Since you created your first blog, you've assumed a pen name and a whole new blog. Now you’re discontinuing your first blog. What advice can you give someone who is switching blog domains? Sometimes I wonder if this was a smart move. I worked really hard to get to know others through my other blog and was able to build a good following. It’s not pleasant to think of starting over, but now that I have a pen name that is the platform I want to build.

I think one of the most important things you can do is spread the word. On the blog that I am closing, I am hosting a giveaway. Some people mock these types of things, but … I realize that people are busy. They’ve already taken the time to follow me once and clicking over to a new blog can be time consuming when you’ve got your hands full. I figure, if they are willing to do me the favor of helping me “switch spots” then I can do them a favor in return.

The next important thing is to get out there as your “new self” and visit other people. Comment on their blogs, let them know you switched places, and they should stop by if they get a chance. Twitter and FB are also fabulous ways to spread the word.

All in all, I realize it will take time to build back up again. Still, I just passed 100 followers and I only started it the last week in November. I am thankful that so many have come to follow me in my new spot. I’m lucky to have met such wonderful people in the blogosphere.

What is your most memorable blogging experience? I guess what makes blogging memorable is when you get to meet someone in person and they actually act excited to meet you! I have never found a more supportive group of people, and I really care about them. Even if I haven’t met them in person, I feel like I have gotten to know them through their blog. It’s the relationships that we make with one another, through blog comments, emails, beta requests, crit requests, and lunch dates that will always have a special place in my heart. (Gosh, that sounds cheesy.) But it’s true. The most memorable thing about blogging is the people! YOU GUYS!!!! I LOVE YOU GUYS! (Man, am I sentimental right now, or what?)

What are the top three reasons you blog today?
  • Because I love it! I love blogging, and now it’s even better because I have something to blog about.
  • I have learned SO MUCH! Education, Inspiration and Motivation.
  • The PEOPLE! Yeah, we just got over the mushy part, but I love interacting with everyone each day. I love hearing how they’re doing and seeing what they have to share.
Which would you rather read: mystery or suspense? How can this be the hardest question to answer? Can I choose both? I like both. I read Mary Higgins Clark books forever, and I love John Grisham. Hmm. I swear, Mystery has suspense and Suspense has mystery. So – I would be happy with either, because in reality I’d get both. AND… I like both! *didn’t I just say that?* That wasn’t a good answer, huh? But it’s the best I’ve got!

Hopefully you get something good from that mass of mushy cheesy stuff! Haha. This has been wonderful, Emily. I really appreciate the opportunity to share! You’re the best!

Thanks for being here, Leigh. I'm feelin' the love! *Group hug*

107 comments:

  1. I love Leigh, she's always so upbeat - and the new haircut rocks :-)

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  2. awesome interview. Leigh is super awesome and her blog is one of my favorites to read, and not just because of the eye candy :)

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  3. Yay Leigh!!! LOVE HER! Great interview. Two blogs is rough. I had to stop one of mine and it was sad...

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  4. Don't know Leigh yet, but, hey, we have the same hair!!
    (I really need to update my photo).

    I agree, I blog for many of the same reasons. Mostly the interaction with other writers.

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    1. Get that photo taken! I'd like to see your short hair. I bet it's cute.

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  5. Aww! I love the cheese! :) I don't know how you managed two blogs in the first place, superwoman. I can barely handle one, lol.

    Great interview ladies!

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    1. I couldn't handle more than one blog either.

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  6. LOL! Loving the "group hug" Em! This was so much fun! And thanks for the comments everyone!

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    1. Great having you, Leigh! You're such a love.

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    2. Aww! Thanks Em! Right back atcha! :)

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  7. Lovely interview! Congrats on working a successful move - it's only a matter of time before you're all back to normal, I'm sure!

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  8. Leigh is my favorite. But she already knows that. ;)

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  9. Nice job ladies. I live Leigh. She is such an awesome blogger!!

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  10. Enjoyed the interview. Going to pop right over to Leigh's blog.

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  11. Fantastic interview and very inspiring. I love Leigh Covington's pen name :)

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  12. Leigh is a great example of getting around to fellow bloggers and supporting them. Thanks for the interview!

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    1. She is marvelous at supporting fellow bloggers!

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  13. This is an awesome community! And I know another author who had to start another blog and he's still trying to rebuild. It's tough.

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    1. I can only imagine how tough it would be.

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  14. I like the idea of writing under a pen name. I think I read somewhere that anonymous writers often feel freer to write without censoring themselves, because no one will know that those words belong to them. But on the other hand, I also like the idea of seeing my own name printed on a book that I wrote.

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    1. I had the same inner battle. Ultimately, I chose to stick with plain old me.

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  15. sweet interview guys! you're both positive, perky examples!

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    1. Ah, thanks, Tara. Leigh brings the best out in me.

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  16. I am a huge fan of Leigh/Abby's...she has been a great blogging friend and I will support her no matter what her name happens to be. As long as its not Banana Hamock. (This is a FRIENDS joke btw).

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    1. You're a great friend to her, Jessie! I want to hear about this Banana Hamock. It sounds dirty. : D

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    2. BAHAHAHA! OMG, Jessie - you are so freakin' hilarious! I'll steer clear of Banana Hammock, AND I "Heart" FRIENDS!

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  17. Such a great interview! Leigh is awesome. And Mary Higgins Clark--I used to devour those books!

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    1. I did, too. Mary Higgins Clark is a master storyteller.

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  18. Great interview! We LOVE you Abby!!

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  19. I enjoyed this post. It's interesting changing your blogging ID it says a lot about you. It's a great challenge, one you're obviously up for. I admire that. Good for you! I love blogging too.

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    1. I admire her, too. She's made it look so easy.

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  20. What a cool lady. Love the hair. I blog because of the people too. Thanks for the interview.

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  21. Yay for group hugs! Isn't Leigh awesome? She's one of the reasons I love blogging so much--meeting people like her.

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    1. I agree. She makes blogging worthwhile.

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  22. Hi, Emily and Leigh, the camaraderie among bloggers helps make writing that much more interesting for me.

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  23. Leigh has such a great attitude. That made me smile! Thanks for the fun interview share Emily!

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  24. Starting over on a new blog sounds like an undertaking. You seem to be very positive with it, so I'm sure your followers will click the button to go with you.

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  25. Great interview, ladies! You guys are too fun. :)

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    1. Thanks, Carrie! Leigh made this so easy.

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  26. Great interview! I love Marry Higgins Clark too.

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  27. Great post, and it was great meeting Leigh:) I totally agree with her for the reasons for blogging;)

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    1. She's doing it for the right reasons, isn't she?

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  28. Good luck with your new blog!

    Hi Emily!

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  29. Great interview. Thanks for doing these.

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  30. Excellent interview. Leigh rocks! I agree blogging is so much fun because of the awesome people. :)

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    1. You guys definitely make this worthwhile!

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  31. Aloha Emily,

    Thanks for having Leigh on - that was a fun interview and I will look out for your next one:)

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    1. Great! There will be another wonderful Blogging Mentor next week.

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  32. Thanks for sharing today, ladies. It's always nice to get a glimpse behind the scenes of another writer's day ... Blog on :)

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  33. Wow...switching over is a huge task. Looks like you got it under control. =) Great tips too.

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  34. sweet! Switching over sounds tough, but the encouragement we receive from fellow bloggers is awesome - I'm sure your switchover will finish great!

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  35. Oh my gosh Em! I am overwhelmed with all the awesome comments & blogger love! See - the writing community really is the BEST! And so are YOU! Thanks again!

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  36. Awesome interview! I love Leigh! And I think that name looks good on her. Starting over is such a brave step! And her new blog... I have to say I'm experiencing a little blog jealousy. It's so pretty!

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  37. Leigh - love the new haircut... Okay, I'm hopping over to your new blog now :)
    Thanks for the interview, Emily

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    1. Gotta love a woman who looks good in short hair. ;)

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  38. Nice work, ladies! I made the mistake of reading all the comments on the way down and now I don't feel like I have anything original to say. Hugs anyways! *HUGS*

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    1. Oh, Shelly. You're definitely original. Love ya, girl!

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  39. Duh, how did I not know Leigh is Abby? :)

    Great interview, ladies. I love blogging for all the great people, too!

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  40. I agree, the people make it all worth it:) Thanks for the interview gals!

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  41. Great interview. Awesome! BTW, we gave you the Versatile Blogger award so come to our blog and check it out. I know you've got plenty on your plate, so whether you participate or not, it's your call. We're just big fans! :)

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    1. Thanks, Sara! You're such a sweetheart, you and Angie both.

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  42. Excellent interview! The folks who live in our computers make the ride so much fun. The switchover has got to be hard!!!!!!! But support is THE name of the game. Thank you Emily and Leigh! *group hug*

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    1. You're welcome. And again, I'm glad you got your mojo back, Robyn!

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  43. Awesome interview, I follow both your blogs with much interest:)

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  44. Holy comments Batman! How could anyone not love Leigh?!

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  45. Great interview, girls and I so agree on those comments...WOW!!!

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  46. Top interview again! Great questions, and great answers from Leigh (Abbey) :o)

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  47. Hi there!

    I just wanted to let you know that I left you awards over at my blog!!

    Pop on over and get em' :)

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  48. Great interview - I'll head over to Leigh's blog and check it out!

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    1. I'm glad you are. Leigh is one of a kind.

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  49. Well, I'm behind in my life, but I had to just say that two of my favorite people were talking in this post - Love Leigh and love Emily. Plus, both of you rock short haircuts :)

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  50. Interesting interview, and I'll be hopping over to Leigh's new blog in a moment. Thanks for the introductions, Emily!

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