Janice Wald is an author, a freelance writer, a blogger and a blogging coach. She blogs at Mostly Blogging.com where she shares tips for bloggers and marketers. Wald has been included in over thirty expert interviews and interview panels. Her blog was nominated for the 2017 Most Informative Blog Award at the London Blogger’s Bash. She recently published AN INSIDER’S GUIDE TO BUILDING A SUCCESSFUL BLOG (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M4QOD41) available on Amazon.
She has agreed to answer some questions for a 4Q Interview.
4Q: You have written An Insider’s Guide to Building a Successful Blog. Please tell us how this came about.
JW: It was always my dream to be a published author. Of course, I never believed in my wildest dreams it would come to fruition.
After I started blogging for about a year, people suggested I combine my blog posts into an ebook. I couldn’t decide if it should be about blogging or social media since my blog post articles contain tips for both.
To find out what the members of my email list would be interested in reading a book about, I polled them.
They indicated they’d be interested in reading a social media tips ebook, so that became the plan.
However, the longer I spent compiling my posts, the clearer it became that there was tremendous overlap between the two topics.
For example, I wrote an article on the best times to blog on social media. Would that go in a social media tips book or a blogging tips book?
My publisher solved the dilemma by changing the title and combining the topics into one book. It was originally going to be called YOUR ONE-STOP GUIDE TO SOCIAL MEDIA.
She actually gave me several choices that fit the combined content. I chose AN INSIDER’S GUIDE TO BUILDING A SUCCESSFUL BLOG.
I hope it’s okay if I give my amazing publisher a shoutout here. I’d recommend Lois Hoffman to anyone planning on publishing an ebook. Her contact information is firstname.lastname@example.org
4Q: Your website www.mostlyblogging.com provides valuable information for bloggers. Tell us about it.
JW: Thank you so much for calling my tips valuable.
My mission is to help bloggers. Although it started out to help new bloggers, many of the bloggers that started blogging when I started writing are no longer new.
Therefore, my tips have evolved. Instead of solely being for new bloggers, they are now for bloggers of all experience levels.
Many bloggers go on to market their goods and services. For that reason, in addition to blogging, social media, SEO, productivity, and technology tips for bloggers, I also write marketing tips for bloggers as well.
I realize many of your readers are writers. I also offer writing tips at my blog. Of course, there is overlap. Bloggers are writers, and many authors are required to have blogs.
4Q: Please share a childhood memory or anecdote.
JW: I would like to share one that relates to my blogging passion.
When I was younger, I considered various professions. I was torn between being a lawyer like my father or a teacher. My father told me lawyers needed extremely strong writing skills. Not having enough confidence in my writing led me to choose teaching. I thought I could teach writing as an English teacher and share my passion for writing that way.
After my children went to college, I completed my Master’s Degree in Education. One of my university professors told me I was the strongest writer in the program!
Confidence in hand, I began my blog and have been blogging ever since I graduated.
4Q: If you could tell us one important thing about our blogs, what would it be?
JW: Can I share two? The first is patience is vital to the success of any blogger. Trust me. I do not say this lightly since I am not the most patient person. If we want success, we’d prefer to have it sooner than later. Other than the rare exception, it takes a great deal of work over a long period of time to build up a blog. Success, for most of us, does not come over night. As soon as I heard that blogging is a marathon not a sprint, I relaxed and enjoyed the ride.
My second tip is related to the first. Part of that work toward blogging success involves networking. Network by commenting, network by Googling top blogs in your niche and networking there. Try to be among the earliest commenters. When you network, suggest people check out your blog. Often, it just won’t occur to people unless you mention it.
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