How many blogs have you owned? – I have owned three blogs in my life. My very first blog was “Splattered words and Forgotten meanings” on blogspot.com. I ran that blog for about 8 months and had a total of around 20 subscribers. My real blogging began on WordPress with the creation of aopinionatedman.com and shatteredsmoke.com. Aopinionatedman.com is my main blog and shatteredsmoke.com was created to prove that a non-offensive presentation will gain you more subscribers faster.
How long have you been blogging? - Technically about 3 years, but I have only been a powerblogger for 21 months now.
What is your blogging method? – I share clearly my blogging methods in my Blogging Model found HERE. I seperate my focus on blogging into three parts. 33.3% on writing, 33.3% of my time on interaction, and 33.3% on finding new readers. I have stuck to this business/blogging model since I began HR. My true blogging “form” though can be found in my articles on powerblogging found HERE.
How do you interact with so many people so quickly? – I ran forums in my gaming days so I turned my blog into a community forum. It was easy to do because I understand what makes a good forum and the balance between presenting info and working for interaction. I make and take the time to respond to comments as quickly as I can because they are important to me and are a large part of why I blog. Without the numbers and the engagement back from my audience I would not be blogging.
What is the hardest part about blogging? – The hardest part about blogging is seperating the good advice from the bullshit. So many bloggers want to share their insight and two cents on blogging when many of them don’t have a damn clue what they are talking about. Most of it is just noise. I try to present raw views on my experience from blogging and the tips I wish I had known when I began.
If there was one thing you could go back and change when you began blogging what would that be? – Easy, I would have immediately linked multiple platforms together while I was in the “build” process of my blog. Now I have to catch up on my FB and Twitter and that is an uphill battle.
What would cause you to stop blogging? – If my site gets shut down I will either stop blogging or use my backup blog. I would probably just stop though because the amount of time I have put into HR would be gone in a poof.
How many hours do you spend blogging a week? – Because I get to “blog” at work some I can safely say I spend more than 40 hours a week blogging.
Why do you blog so much if you don’t get paid for it? – We all have dreams right? I am chasing mine and sometimes that takes slaving away for free at things you are passionate about. That you care about and that others may not “get.”
Why do you spend so much time helping other bloggers and authors if you don’t get anything back from it and the views you receive from such efforts are miniscule in comparison to your daily numbers? – I believe WordPress is a great website and offers so much more than people realize. The ability to connect and to support each other is an amazing opportunity and communities are created when people care more than just about themselves. I help others when and where I can because I want to and I hope people pay that effort forward to others.
Where do you see yourself ten years from now? – Running an eggroll truck that looks like a giant eggroll.