Featured Newbie Blogger @Ellen_Ross1
Are you an advice giver or an advice seeker? I'm always looking for advice on something and now I know where I'm going to ask next time!!
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Ellen at Ask Away…
Tell me a little bit about yourself and your family.
I live with my boyfriend and my 4 chihuahuas and 1 cat!
Do you have more than one blog? If so, tell me about them!
Nope, just this blog.
How long have you been blogging?
Almost 2 years now!
Why did you start blogging? Is this also why you continue blogging?
I started because everyone always told me that I gave great advice from a great neutral stand point, so I figured I should start an advice page.
Who does your blog appeal to? Is this who you thought would be your target audience?
My blog appeals to all different people looking for advice, or looking for fashion and beauty tips or for cool information about pets and pet products.
What direction do you see your blog going in the future?
I want my audience to grow and I want people to keep coming for advice.
What is the biggest challenge you have faced so far with your blog?
Trying to get the companies I feature, to follow up with the contest winners by sending them their prize in a timely fashion!
What do you love about blogging?
I love that people find my blog and use it as an educational resource from themselves. It makes me feel so proud!
What do you NOT love about blogging?
When the electricity goes out, internet is down, or certain websites are down. It can be SO FRUSTRATING!!!
What types of product reviews and giveaways do you feature?
Fashion and beauty items as well as pet products.
What was your favorite product to review?
What advice do you have for those wanting to get into this or up the value of their giveaways?
You have to start from nowhere to get somewhere. Starting with things you get as free samples, or things you already have for giveaways helps give you experience with them and examples to showcase to companies. Plus, you can make your requirement be to follow your blog so you build your following.
Besides your blog, how else can people find you? Which method is your favorite/least favorite?
I love twitter because its so easy to communicate with anyone and everyone.
Share your top 3 favorite posts from your blog.
Share your top 3 favorite blogs to read and why.
Do you have any bloggers that you consider to be mentors?
I actually look at a lot of independent fashion bloggers and I also look up to Makobi Scribe, Simply Stacie, and Just Married with Coupons. Also, the Skinny Runner!!
Do you have a weekly, daily, or monthly Blog Hop or Meme that people should join in? Tell me about it and share an info link.
There are so many that I cant even begin to think of them all. But I love blog hops!!
How do you find time to blog?
I make time. I do posts a few days ahead of time, and I have a calendar printed out for JUST blog stuff. If I don’t have it on the calendar, I won’t do it.
What else would you like us to know?
If you are serious about blogging, you will always find a way to make it work!
What is your best advice for a Newbie Blogger?
Network with anyone and everyone, especially other bloggers. And write about things that mean a lot to you, be honest and give your opinion, and express your personality in your posts…it’s okay to be funny and witty!!
Want MORE advice from Ellen – fill out her Advice Form!!
She also has some great giveaways going on!!
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