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Today's special guest; Karen

December 8, 2016

Finally Today’s special guest is back again and I’m so exited to introduce you my new guest today. Please take time to read her interview and visit her blog page.

Hi Karen, thank you for taking a part on special guest. Let’s start the interview! 

Q.1) What or who inspired you to start blogging?

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I was experiencing a lot of sadness, heartache and stress this past summer and began keeping a journal. Writing my thoughts became a release for me. A very close friend of mine encouraged me to start blogging about what I was feeling to help heal. She also blogs at WordPress and was able to give me some advice on how to start. I found that the more I wrote the more I wanted to write. Writing about my past relationships took me to a place when love was not so complicated and I also found it was a good distraction. My previous relationships were easier to write about, I was able to inject humor into those stories. My more recent relationships have been most difficult to write about and encompass most of my feelings, but writing about them helped me to being my road to healing.

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Q.2) Can you describe your blog to someone that never read it?

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It is very raw and real. I write about the romantic relationships and the breakup of those relationships in my life. I am not afraid to talk about the hurt and the pain associated with each breakup. I also freely call out my own mistakes. I do not bash anyone I was with, it is more about my experiences and what I have learned. As I evolve on my path to healing so does my blog. Sometimes I am able to inject humor into my stories as well as life lessons and advice, although I do not consider myself a relationship expert by any means. Most times I am not writing in real time but occasionally I do and will indicate so. Usually when I am expressing my feelings or writing in generalizations, such as when I write for the daily prompt, I am speaking about what I am feeling at that moment or very recently. My blog posts may also be a mix of exes, not necessarily one unless I indicate that it is.

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Q.3) What’s your favourite part of blogging?

The release of emotions that it gives me. A close second is the connections. I write to heal myself, that was my first intention and still is, but as my blog has grown I have had people that say I am inspiring and thank me for my words and thoughts. It is still very humbling when I receive likes, follows and comments. I do not take it for granted.

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Q.4) What is the most difficult things about blogging? And what do you find the easiest?

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The hardest part is sometimes sharing the side of me that is hurting really badly. I have sobbed as I’ve written some of my blogs, my emotion is real and at that time I may be reliving something that may be pretty recent and the hurt still very fresh. Conversely, writing about relationships is also very easy for me too, as I, maybe fortunately and unfortunately have had many great loves in my life. Also, when you stay true to your words and what you enjoy writing about, it is easy to do.

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Q.5) How much time do you spend on blogging?

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Not enough. It is hard to have a full-time job that I do a lot of writing for and write as much as I do for my blog. I do love it so I do not consider it a chore, I look forward to writing. I have also been asked to write for Tangible Triumph which I try to do weekly. I also had a story published on Make It Ultra and have submitted guest blog pieces for them that hopefully they will use in the future again.

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Q.6) What do you think is the best social media strategy to get more visitors to a blog?

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As someone who blogs anonymously it is difficult for me to promote my blog on social media. I have friends who will share my blog on Facebook and Google+ and not reveal it is me. I have picked up many followers through those platforms. I wish I could use the platforms available but right now that is not possible.

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Q.7) Is blogging worth doing? Would you encourage other people to make their blog?

Yes and Yes! I tell people to journal first, find what you enjoy writing about and go for it. I am so happy I received encouragement to do this and I’ve never looked back. Blogging has not only helped in my healing it has helped me find something I am very passionate about as well.

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Q.8) How do you motivate yourself to keep the blog up and running?

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I just really enjoy it. Participating in daily prompts help too, they keep my writing fresh and I look forward to the word of the day and how it challenges me to write something related. For my longer pieces I find inspiration in my daily life, through either a life lesson, a quote, a memory, or something that has just happened to me. I also use the notepad function on my phone to jot down ideas or quotes. I can’t imagine not blogging. I think when it becomes a passion you have no desire to stop. This of course to can apply to more than blogging in your daily life.
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Q.9) What was the most challenging moment in your blogging journey so far?

Trying to remain anonymous. As my blog grows it is becoming more difficult. I want to shout out to the world who I am and share on social media but I stay anonymous to protect my parents and the people I write about. My family does not know how much I have endured and I protect them from my pain as they have so much going on with medical issues.

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Q.10) Can you name some of your favourite bloggers and explain why they are your favourites?

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This is so hard to answer because I follow so many great blogs. The blogs I chose to list range from beautiful poetry, advice, stories, inspiration. Besides your site Roberta, I enjoy – A Mile in My Shoes, Southern by Design, Emotions of Life, Oaktown Vibes, Tangible Triumph, Eddaz, Cinnamon and Sparkles, Atop the Ferris Wheel, My Journey into Darkness, Lady in the Mountains, Bizarre love triangle, Afternoonified Lady. Phew, there are just so many to name and I hate leaving anyone out as I enjoy them all.

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Q.11) What do you think is the best strategy that worked well for you to get more traffic to your blog?

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In the beginning I participated in many share your blog links which helped. Honestly I never expected it to grow so fast but I think being vulnerable and open attracted followers. Growing it was not my intention, but it started happening. We all share so many of the same experiences and can relate to each other’s stories. Commenting and taking the time to read other blogger’s sites helps to attract followers but most importantly, it also opens yours eyes to the creativity of others, and there is so much creativity out there.

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Q.12) What are you doing besides blogging?

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I am working on two novels. Well actually I should say I started two novels but am concentrating on one for now and will complete the second one after. One novel is about growing up in my very unique Polish-American family. My siblings, cousins and I used to joke that we should write a novel, my family is full of very hilarious stories. My other novel, the one I am actively writing now, is about my life the past two years. It is semi-autobiographical although I will market it as fiction. I have found that it’s much more difficult writing dialogue but most days I enjoy the challenge. I’m not sure if the novels will lead to anything but I am having fun writing them.

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Q.13) Is blogging your profession or just a hobby?

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It is my hobby, actually my therapy, but if it became my profession I would be so very happy. I do write for my full-time job, but it is a whole different area of writing of course.
14. A lot of people think that blogging is an easy way to make money online. Do you have some tips for those people who are interested in making money from the blog?
Honestly I am not familiar in that area but if anyone has any suggestions I am open to listening to them too!

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Q.15) Is there anything else you would like to add?

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Honestly just stay true to yourself when blogging. There are people out there who will call you out and maybe not agree with what you say but it is your voice and your thoughts and words, and as long as you are not writing to just please your audience it will be rewarding for you and for those that follow you. Anyone I write about knows exactly where they stand with me and how they affected me. Believe it or not I actually have exes that follow me. I don’t mind that they do because they know me and have been through my experiences, good and bad. I do not hide behind my computer, except for my name, so anything I say about them I have said to their faces. What you read is the real me, flaws and all. Also read other bloggers sites too, and comment on them, you will be surprised and thoroughly amazed by the talent out there and the connections that you will make as well. The WordPress community is accepting and quite wonderful to be a part of.

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Thank you so much Karen for your honest answers, I enjoyed so much reading your interview. You can visit Karen’s blog at https://andtwobecameone.wordpress.com

If you would like to participate on Today’s special guest you can send me an email at email@robertapimentel.com.

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15 Comments

  • Reply Simon December 8, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    Nice interview Roberta, there’s definitely a lot of different bloggers out there! 🙂

  • Reply Let's CUT the Crap! December 8, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    An illuminating interview. You go girl! 🙂

  • Reply Heartafire December 8, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    I really like the straightforward responses Karen, it is lovely to learn more about you.

  • Reply geminilvr December 8, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    Thank you for this opportunity Roberta ☺

  • Reply geminilvr December 8, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    Reblogged this on And then there was one and commented:
    Thank you so much Roberta for interviewing me – I appreciate the opportunity to share a little about myself with everyone

  • Reply gebbysmith December 8, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    That was a great interview. Congratulations to you both!

  • Reply neesrecordaolcom December 8, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    Roberta, I haven’t seen your posts in a while. It’s good to see that you are back.

  • Reply juantetcts December 9, 2016 at 12:23 am

    Thoroughly enjoyed this interview! She perfectly described how I feel about blogging in a way I couldn’t verbalize! I Writing became a form of therapy by allowing a release of emotions which I found to be of a healing nature!

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  • Reply Syna Flores December 9, 2016 at 11:46 am

    Great Job.

  • Reply Don Massenzio December 9, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    Reblogged this on Don Massenzio's Blog.

  • Reply JESS @PT CONTENDER December 10, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Cool interview! Anonymous blogging is so interesting to me bc I am semi anonymous (at the moment). Thinking of changing that soon :))

  • Reply hintstolifeblog December 10, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    Love this :)) It would mean the world if you checked out my blog. I’m kind of new here, and some tips and comments could help 🙂 I love your blog! hintstolifeblog.wordpress.com

  • Reply ANU FRANCIS January 11, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    Nice!

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