What makes a blogger a blogger?
Continuing my series of blogger interviews, here’s Alana from Burnished Chaos.
1. Tell me about yourself and your blog?
My name’s Alana (waves) and I live in the North-East with my husband and two children and blog over at burnishedchaos.com.
2. How long have you been blogging for?
I started at the end of July 2016, so a little over 7 months now.
3. What led you to start your blog?
I needed some kind of creative outlet. I’d been reading a few other blogs and thought, I could do that. Ha ha, if only I’d known! It always looks so easy but I had no idea just how hard and time consuming it would be.
4. What is your motivation to keep going?
I love it. It has given me back a sense of purpose outside of my roles of wife and mum.
5. How much time do you spend blogging?
Too much! The ideal would be two hours a day plus dribs and drabs as and when but with all the linkies that’s impossible. Probably about 6/7 hours a week writing and editing images etc. Linkies 2-3 hours a day. Social media who knows. I’m on there every time I have two minutes; while boiling a kettle, waiting for the kids, whenever my phone pings and I’m not busy with something else. I always get sucked in and spend longer than intended on there.
6. What works best for you to drive more traffic to your blog?
Linkies without a doubt. I join far too many though and keep saying I’m going to cut back but hate missing out. I’m toying with the idea of going cold turkey for a month and concentrating on the writing and promoting on social media and seeing what happens. I’ve just started getting the odd bit of work though and I’m worried the loss of traffic will be so big my stats will nose dive and the offers will all vanish. I’ve made a rod for my own back really.
7. What is your favourite tool or plugin?
I love the Calendar plugin and Copy to Draft. A lot of my posts are part of a series and so the opening paragraph, and the tags etc may be the same. I use Copy to Draft to make multiple copies of the basic version of these posts then use the Calendar plugin to move the drafts onto the specific days. It’s then easier to move other posts I have in the pipe line around to fit in with these. I learnt this trick from Aby at You Baby Me Mummy and it was a game changer for me.
8. How do you promote your posts?
Linkies and Twitter. I add them to Pinterest too and have joined a few Pinterest groups but I didn’t think it’s brought me much traffic yet. I also post on Facebook but have like 5 followers so don’t think anyone even knows I’m there :-).
9. What is your best tip for fitting blogging in around work or home commitments?
I wish I knew. Having a schedule helps if you actually stick to it. Then using those odd minutes here and there to catch up on comments etc.
10. What do you do in your spare time?
Spare time? What’s that? I love sitting down with a good book but it rarely happens these days. I enjoy crochet too, I find it calms my mind and stops me shoving snacks in my face while catching up on my favourite shows. On a weekend I love getting outdoors and exploring with the kids.
11. What was the first CD you ever bought?
I’m not entirely sure. I know the first one I owned was a Take That one but it was bought for me. The first one I paid for myself was probably something really cringing like PJ and Duncan!
12. What was the last thing you watched on TV?
13. What’s your most embarrassing memory?
My most embarrassing moments all happened while drunk so thankfully I can’t remember them. One sober one though involved my son. I had taken him to the opticians and he was chatting away with the lady fitting his glasses. She asked him if we lived in the town and he said no but he really liked it there. All good so far. Then he piped up and said “I’d really like to live here but my mum says its full of scabbers.” Had we been in a private room this may not have been so bad, as the lady herself found it hysterical. But we were in the middle of the waiting room with about 20 other people who all turned and glared at me. Big mummy fail, I forgot the golden rule of never saying anything to your child that you don’t want repeated at the worst possible moment and completely out of context. I feel I should point out that I used to live in that town myself and our best friends still do. The ‘scabbers’ comment was made in jest months previously (although admittedly some areas are a bit scabby, sorry) and I’ve no idea where he pulled that memory from.
14. Who is your favourite celebrity?
I’m not really sure. If you want to know who I have a crush on I’d have to say Jared Leto.
15. Cats or dogs?
Thank you Alana for sharing your blogging journey with us. I actually laughed out loud at the opticians moment. I’m dreading when Lady P reaches the age when her honesty catches me out!
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