Hell yeah, another Friday and as always I’m very exited to introduce a new special guest. If you would like to participate on my special guest interview please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you all the information.
I strongly believe in the power of the people, we all have different characters and as human we always have something that we can learn or get inspired by one another. Today’s special guest is Silvia and I hope you will take the time to give your support and make our community a friendly place to be in.
Hi Silvia so nice to have you here today. Let’s start the interview.
1.) What or who inspired you to start blogging?
I’ve always enjoyed cooking and making DIY’s. So, when I started looking at nice blogs, the idea of having my own blog came naturally. For me, it’s a way to share my ideas, the things I do and what I think. Actually, this is my second blog attempt; I should say the first one was a disaster. After that, I gave up blogging for a while, until I decided to start again.
2.) Can you describe your blog to someone that never read it?
The happiest pixel is mainly a blog about sweets and vegetarian food. But you can find also DIY’s, tips and some art. It’s a happy place where to find inspiration and to share your own ideas. My followers/visitors suggestions are always welcome.
3.) What’s your favourite part of blogging?
My favourite part is making the product itself. A cake, a lasagna, a skirt. Whatever, I choose projects that inspire me, so this way I find them funny to make. I like answering the comments that people leave on my blog, too. Maybe the most boring part is the less creative, like editing photos or all the hard work that people don’t see published.
4.) What is the most difficult things about blogging? And what do you find the easiest?
Taking good pictures can be difficult, but also promoting your work or finding collaborations. The easiest part is having ideas and making the projects. At the beginning I thought that having tons of ideas for posts would be difficult, but it’s not.
5.) How much time do you spend on blogging?
About 4 hours each day. But I have a timetable and I respect it. Blogging is a hard work, and having some rest is important. And, if you take blogging as a job, you need a timetable for people to know it. This way, is easier for them to contact you.
As a part of my rest time, I don’t blog on Sundays or festive days, like Easter or Thanksgiving. Also, I rest an afternoon each week.
6.) What do you think is the best social media strategy to get more visitors to a blog?
Sharing all your posts. Facebook groups or Twitter lists. Leaving comments on other people blogs. But you don’t have to be everywhere. If you don’t like a social media or if you don’t get so much traffic from it, leave it. It’s better to concentrate your efforts in the channels that really work.
7.) Is blogging worth doing? Would you encourage other people to make their blog?
Yes. For me, it’s worth. I would encourage anyone who wants to share a hobby or a passion. Just remember: it’s funny, but things have to get done. Blogs need someone to work for them; and this is you, the blogger.
8.) How do you motivate yourself to keep the blog up and running?
Having ideas for me it’s a source of motivation. I want to make all of them. Comments and likes motivate me a lot, too. But if you enjoy blogging, actually the blog itself is a motivation.
9.) What was the most challenging moment in your blogging journey so far?
This is a difficult question. There have been lots of challenges. Starting the blog was a great one. Having the first ideas, improving my blogging skills, promoting my work, the first collaborations… More challenges are coming. They mean that you’re trying different things and trying to grow as a blogger. The absence of challenges just mean you’re doing just the same again and again. Look for challenges, they keep you motivated.
10.) Can you name some of your favourite bloggers and explain why they are your favourites?
I like lots of blogs. Famous blogs like Brit+Co or A beautiful Mess. And blogs like Treat Yourself Today, Cook and Enjoy Recipes or Snapshots in Cursive. Actually there are lots of blogs that I enjoy reading; the list would be endless.
11.) What do you think is the best strategy that worked well for you to get more traffic to your blog?
Facebook groups have worked for me. Joining them and leaving comments and links to my posts. Usually I have visitors from this kind of strategy.
12.) What are you doing besides blogging?
I’m learning more about online marketing, I read a lot, I’m planning my next trip and next month I’m going to learn about 3D printing.
13.) Is blogging your profession or just a hobby?
At the beginning it was just a hobby. Now it’s evolving into a profession. The process is not that easy, though.
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?
Yes. My tip is not to give up. Making money online is not that easy as it looks on Pinterest posts. It takes hard work, time and dedication. Things are not made in one day, it’s a process. Success always require lots of efforts. That’s my tip.
15.) Is there anything else you would like to add?
My last tip is that you should be happy blogging. It does not matter if it’s a hobby or a profession; if you’re not happy writing a blog, maybe it’s not your ideal job or hobby. Life is too short to make things that make us unhappy.
Thank you so much for all your awesome tip and answer Silvia.