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