20 February 2012

Blogging Mentor Monday: Crushing on Chantele

I have a secret. I have a HUGE blogging crush on Chantele Sedgwick from My Writing Bug. She's smart, talented, pretty, and funny. Yeah, she's kind of a big deal, and she's here to talk to us about blogging.

Hi, Chantele! Let's get started. When and why did you start your blog? I started my blog in the summer of 2009. I wanted to meet more people like me in the blogging world, since I didn't know any other writers personally. I'm so glad I did. I've made so many awesome friends, critique partners, beta readers and fantastic bloggers. Although, my first few posts on my blog are SO laughable! Ha ha. :)

Argh. Mine are a total embarrassment

What advice can you give bloggers who are just starting out? Be yourself. Don't try to be someone else. Have fun, keep your posts interesting and you'll make so many friends. The writing community is one of the nicest I've ever been involved in. If you start commenting on other blogs, they'll comment on yours. You'll make friends before you know it. :) And I wouldn't worry too much about that darn follower button. Just be focused on making friends and supporting others and you've got it made.

Such good advice!

What is your most memorable blogging experience? Hmmm... I'm not really sure. One thing that sort of made me think blogging was a bigger deal than I thought it was, was when I went to LDStorymakers last year and people knew who I was. They knew my name. People I'd never met in my life. It was crazy! And awesome. :)

I wish I could have been there. (That didn't sound stalkerish at all, did it?)

What are the top three reasons you continue to blog today?
  • To keep my friendships going.
  • To share my personal writing experiences. You never know what people are going through and I hope I've helped at least someone through a tough time.
  • I love it. I think it's so much fun!

Random Question: If you could travel anywhere in the world to research a book, where would you go? I've always loved Greek and Roman mythology. (More Greek.) I'd LOVE to go to Greece and Rome and see all the statues and things of the Gods and Goddess's. That would be awesome.

Can I come? ... No? You're probably right. That would take my crush to an unhealthy level. :-)

Thanks for being here!

My answers are lame, but oh well. Thanks so much for having me!! :)

Okay blogging buddies, what are you waiting for? Go stalk Chantele!

54 comments:

Kyra Lennon said...

Cool stuff, will check out Chantele's blog! :D

Jack said...

It is so wonderful to have a blog hero to look up to! I have one, but I'm not going to reveal their name just as yet. :) I must say though, to have a hero such as this helps and it encourages the writing and the blogging experience. Great interview! :)

Christa Desir said...

Aww...I have a crush on Chantele after this.

Nancy said...

I will have to check out Chantele's blog. Thanks for introducing.

Kelley said...

I LOVE Chantele! Thanks so much ladies. Its so cool to see why other writers blog.

Brinda said...

I think that the advice, "Be yourself" is something all new bloggers should heed. It's easy to look at other blogs and wonder if you should do the same things. Great interview and nice to meet Chantele!

Chantele Sedgwick said...

Thanks so much for having me!! And you can totally come to Rome with me. ;) That's not stalkerish at all. Just two awesome bloggers hitting the town! :D

Angela Cothran said...

I just LOVE Chantele :) She has one of my favorite blogs!

JoLynne Lyon said...

I'll visit her blog--and I love how she says to be yourself. Great advice.

Michelle Merrill said...

Great interview! I LOVE Chantele :) And can I go to Greece with everyone? I also have a special place in my heart for mythology. That's what I took my senior year in high school instead of English. I know, major gasp right? I didn't like English in high school though...that came later.

Deana said...

HA! No Emily, you didn't sound stalkerish at all:)

I would love to go to Greece and Rome too. Makes me want to write a book from over there just so I could have an excuse to go.

Great interview!

Meredith said...

Yay! I have a total blog crush on Chantele, too. And I definitely want to come on that Greece and Rome trip! What a fun interview. :)

Phil said...

I love Chantele's blog, too. She rocks! Great interview, Stalker. Err... I mean, Emily :)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

And I remember when she used to review books!

Morgan said...

Awwwwesome... Chantele, you must REALLY rock if you're Emily's idol--because Emily is pretty rockin' herself ;)

Samantha said...

I LOVE Chantele! The ladybug on her blog is the cutest thing ever!!

Peggy Eddleman said...

I love Chantele! I say, Who cares about unhealthy? Lets sneak into her luggage and go to Greece and Rome with her.

J.L. Campbell said...

Hi, Emily & Chentele,

I've visited Chantele's blog a time or two. Great advice here. I understand being awed by the fact that people you don't know have heard of you through your blog. That's pretty cool!

Cortney Pearson said...

Great stuff! I love how blogging has opened up a new world of friends. I didn't go to the recent LTUE (did I do that right?) but looking at pictures on Peggy Eddelman's blog from it I was like, wait, I know her...and her...and her! Yay blogging and bloggy friends!! :D Emily and Chantele, you guys rock!!

LisaAnn said...

Love this interview! Thanks, Emily, and thanks to Chantele for participating!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Keeping friendships going is why I continue to blog!

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

Your secret is out Emily! I like Chantelle too. Her blog is very fresh.

L.G.Smith said...

I like it when we can admit our girl crushes. :P

I've been really lucky to have met so many great people through my blog. Never saw that coming when I started blogging. Makes it worthwhile.

Leigh Covington said...

A blogging crush! How awesome is that? Chantele really is phenomenal. She has helped me more than anyone knows, but I won't go into details on my stupidity right now! Thanks for having Chan over to share!

Lan said...

I totally agree with everything Chantele has said. I've met so many great people through blogging and even better some of those people have now become critique partners when my real writer's group declined.

Angela Brown said...

Yay, Chantele! I'm already stalking her. Oh, I hope that wasn't too strong a word there.

Seriously though. Great posts and love the random things shared.

The Golden Eagle said...

I would . . . but I already stalk her. ;)

Great interview!

Carrie Butler said...

Blogging crushes are so fun! Great interview, ladies! :D

Medeia Sharif said...

She sounds like a great blogger. I'm following her now.

Carol Kilgore said...

Thanks for the intro, Emily. I'm off to check out her blog.

Emily R. King said...

Look at all the love for Chantele! I knew you guys would like her. : )

So who's in for the trip to Greece? Pack your bags!

Clarissa Draper said...

I would love to go to Greece and Rome too. And your reasons for sticking with blogging are the same as mine.

Leslie Rose said...

Going to pop over. Yay, another new friend.

Chantele Sedgwick said...

Woot! Yay for Greece! :D Anyone have an extra thousand dollars I could borrow? lol ;)

Romance Book Haven said...

Hi Emily!

Chantele really sounds so cool! And all her advice is so good.

Thanks!

Maggie said...

Chantelle's is one of my favorite blogs. Thanks for hosting her here!

Neurotic Workaholic said...

Wouldn't it be cool if we could visit a world where those Greek and Roman gods and goddesses actually existed?
I like how Chantele emphasized the friendships that can be made through blogging. I think that that's definitely true. Except for approaching writers at booksignings for autographs and questions, I never really knew a lot of other writers. But blogging changed that for me.

ladonna watkins said...

Thanks. I've been to both Greece and Rome and they are beautiful.

Emily R. King said...

Ladonna, say what? JEALOUS!

tfwalsh said...

Great interview... loved your answers Chantele - I'm also a huge mythology buff... if only I could step back in time and see it all...

Elizabeth Seckman said...

great interview :)

Ruth Josse said...

Chantele is full of awesome. I love her! And Emily, yours is one of my blog crushes. Just putting that out there. :)

Scarlett said...

I'm on my way to Chantelle's! What a sweetie. (Is there a Stalker's Anonymous?)

Emily, my dear, you've been *tagged* over at my blog (ironically, I am trying to figure out just how I fit in among such prolific writers).

If you want to play, please do stop in! I'd love to know your answers to nonsensical questions. Perhaps I could have borrowed your troll pic for my first question!

Jenny S. Morris said...

Chantele your answers aren't lame! They are down to earth and from your heart. My favorite part is for bloggers to not pay attention the follower button. It's about the relationships, not the numbers.

I love to hitch a ride with you ladies and go to Greece or Rome.

Thanks ladies!

Patti said...

Great interview. All great reasons to blog and Chantele is a great example of just being yourself.

Chaleese said...

Chantele is my sister- so I think I'm the luckiest of all! :D Yay Chan, you are famous! And you're right- you are pretty freakin' awesome sister!

Jay Noel said...

Making my way to stalk her now!

Jess Stork said...

Nice, I enjoyed hearing about Chantele's blogging experiences.

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

What a fun interview. I'm going to check out her blog (How did I miss it?)

Sarah Pearson said...

Emily, you have the best guests on your blog :-)

Cassie Mae said...

I love Chantele! We can stalk her together.

*creeps behind the bushes*

Okay Emily, now you go ring the doorbell and we'll book it inside when she opens the door.

Emily R. King said...

So this settles it. The next big writer's conference should be in Greece or Rome. We're all going, right guys? Right? :D

Thanks for all your comments! It's wonderful how you all showed Chantele some love!

Melanie Fowler said...

Emily, I love that your interviews aren't too long. But they are informative, and funny.

Chantele is pretty cool too though.

Katie Dodge said...

Ahh, I love you both! And I'm all in for Greece and Rome.