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Today's special Guest; Don

September 1, 2016

A new and beautiful day has just began. I must say that this guy is able to inspire other people in an amazing way. I have not yet read his books but I will definitely have a look in the future when things have settled down. Please give him a warm welcome!

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Hi Don. Thanks you for accepting my invitation to be a guest on my blog today. It is a pleasure to have you here today!

It’s my pleasure to participate. I have participated in a few interviews as an author, but this is my first as a blogger.

Q.1) what made you want to start blogging?

I saw blogging as a natural progression in my role as an indie author. Blogs are a great way to exchange information and form a network of like-minded people that you can help and receive help.

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

I blog as an independent author that seeks to help other authors, provide useful information and interesting articles. It is not a self-promotion blog although I do provide information about my upcoming releases. I also have a running serial that runs a new part each week.

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

My favourite aspect is meeting new people, learning from them and keeping up with what is going on in their blogging life.

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

Blogging does take some discipline and requires time to do it well. This cuts into my writing time. The easiest part is reading other blogger’s posts and commenting.

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

I try to schedule the majority of my posts for the week on Mondays. This takes a few hours. I spend at least two hours each day reading others’ posts and responding to them or reblogging the useful ones.

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

I found that starting a Facebook page for my blog resulted in more hits. Also, connecting your blog posts to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, etc. expands your horizons.

Q.7) Would you encourage other people to make their blog?

If you are in a business where you want exposure, or you just want to communicate your ideas and thoughts, it is a low-cost and rewarding way to accomplish these things.

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

It’s the people behind the other blogs that motivate me. I love the information sharing aspect and the interaction with like-minded people in the community. This keeps me coming back each day.

Q.9) What was the most challenging moment in your blogging journey so far?

Things like vacations and family emergencies can be a challenge. Also, I am trying to balance my writing and my pesky day job. These latter influences have caused me to cut back on my blog posts somewhat.

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

There are so many. A couple have really guided me and have directly and indirectly help me to grow. At the risk of offending others, I will name Chris Graham (The Story Reading Ape) and Jason Cushman (A Opinionated Man) in particular, but there are many others that I enjoy reading each day such as BlondeWriteMore and Dream Big Dream Often along with Anna Dobritt’s blog. I constantly adjust the blogs that I follow (nearly 400), but I enjoy each in their own way.

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

It’s been a gradual climb, but I think that creating content that gets noticed is key. Also, making the design of the blog site aesthetically pleasing helps a bit. Finally, the help of other bloggers has been instrumental. Every reblog by a blogger with a following much larger than mine helps immensely.

Q.12)What are you doing besides blogging?

That’s a tough one. I have a 50-60 hours per week day job. I travel 40-45 weeks per year. I have written six books in the past three years, and I have an active eight-year-old daughter that loves to colour and create things with her daddy. I’m working on getting a bit more sleep.

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

It’s a hobby that is a supplement to something I hope to make my profession (writing) in the coming years.

Q.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?

I don’t make money directly from blogging. If someone checks out my writing and buys a book, then there is some income, but I don’t use blogging as an income source. In fact, I probably give away things, like reblogs, reviews, and interviews, that others use to make money. I don’t feel like I’m important enough to do this yet and it might take some enjoyment away.

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

Thanks so much for this opportunity to talk about the blogging aspect of what I do. I hope that some of your followers will at least give my blog a try and maybe check out my writing.

My blog page:  https://donmassenzio.wordpress.com

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10 Comments

  • Reply SeeQuinn September 1, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    This is such a lovely aspect of your blog, I will definitely be checking this one out!

  • Reply Roberta Pimentel September 1, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    Thank you so much for your participation on the interview Don! It was very nice to get to know about you and your work. 🙂

  • Reply Don Massenzio September 1, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    Thanks for having me as a guest. I never really thought of myself as a blogger until now. I’m just a guy who writes and has a blog.

  • Reply Don Massenzio September 1, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    Reblogged this on Don Massenzio's Blog and commented:
    Many thanks to Roberta Pimentel for having me as a guest on her blog.

  • Reply Anna Dobritt September 1, 2016 at 11:23 pm

    Reblogged this on Anna Dobritt — Author.

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