Being a fairly new blogger is a scary thing! Will people pay attention to me? Do they like what I’m saying? What will the world think? To put your thoughts and beliefs out there for everyone to see requires a certain level of confidence and not really caring what others think. Sure, you want people to read your posts, but when it’s all said and done…I write because I want to! Of course, I hope that others can find inspiration in my posts and interviews, but my desire for a higher purpose far exceeds a want of popularity!
With that said, what better way to learn about this secret society than to seek the advice of those who are doing it and doing it well? I reached out to a successful blogger on Twitter (a couple of weeks ago) and she was kind enough to do a mini Twitter-view with me! Here are the questions I asked and the info that The Jasmine Brand offered up:
1. How long did it take for you to break onto the blogging scene?
@thejasminebrand: It will be two years this summer. I became serious about blogging about a year ago.
2. What advice can you offer new bloggers, i.e. gaining more followers? Gaining visibility?
@thejasminebrand: 1. Be consistent. 2. Be interested in what you cover. 3. Market yourself in non-traditional ways. 4. Be creative.
3. How are you so successful at getting celebrity support/interviews?
@thejasminebrand: When I first started, I would have to damn near beg for interviews. @KennyBurns gave me my first one as a favor because he was friends with my publicist and it’s still not easy. Like any industry, you have to prove yourself and keep at it. I’ve been blessed, lucky, etc. and I just work hard at it and it’s worked thus far and I’m my authentic, corny self.
4. Is there room for non-controversial blogs such as mine?
@thejasminebrand: I wouldn’t call your site “non-controversial” LOL, but yes there is room. You just
have to determine who your audience is.
5. What is the first thing you notice when you visit a website/blog for the first time?
@thejasminebrand: The first thing I notice is lay-out then grammar and writing.
6. O.K. last question…what are your blogger pet peeves, i.e. typos, grammar, etc.
@thejasminebrand: My pet peeves are typos (and I’m 100% guilty of this), seeing the same content on EVERY site, that sort of thing…But it really doesn’t matter what I think because there’s an audience for EVERYONE. There’s enough room for all of us 2.
It was a quick Q&A, but if there’s one thing I always do it’s ask questions! I have no shame in reaching out to others, but most importantly, I love to share information! I don’t feel like I have to hold onto information because there’s competition out there. Teamwork makes the dream work!