Today’s interviewee here on Dexterous Diva is Emma, a rather talented lady; book blogger, writer, photographer and marketing designer, I am thrilled that Emma has taken the time to share her top blogging tips with us. Over to you Emma…
Tell us about your blog – when did you start it and why?
Mab is Mab is a book blog that I started about three years ago. Initially I had no idea about blogging as a tool, and would just post up random book-thoughts now and then and leave it at that. It’s only when I joined a marketing department a year and a half ago, as a designer, that I realised what a great opportunity for networking, making friends and getting exposure blogging is! From that point I started dedicating a lot more time to my blog and learning the ins and outs of SEO, advertising and just “getting out there”. It’s been a wonderful journey and I’ve met some great people through it.
Does blogging have a place in other areas of your career too? If so, how?
Blogging is not a part of my 9-5 job, but it is a supplement to my freelance design and copywriting services. I view it as something of a “Portfolio with a voice”.
What do you love most about blogging?
As I said before, the people you meet – virtually and in person – as a result of blogging is such a great thing. I love being able to debate a book from lots of different viewpoints, with people all over the world!
What inspires you to blog?
I blog because I know that when I look for books to read myself, I would take a recommendation from a friend over a marketing blurb. I hope that people see my blog as that friendly recommendation. When people find a great book as a result of one of my reviews it’s the best feeling. That inspires me to keep on bloggin’!
How often do you post?
I try to post at least every week. Very often I post two or three times a week. It depends what exciting things the book world has in store for us – and how long the book I’m reading is!
Which blogs do you read most often and admire?
I LOVE Orisi’s Blah Blah Blah. Her personality shines through in her reviews and she has very similar tastes to me. I have also recently discovered Roosts Blog. The photos are divine! I’m addicted.
What problems have you encountered with your blog?
Being on the Blogger platform is a constant source of despair for me. I hate being at Google’s mercy! However, the limited custom design capability of WordPress puts me off that even more. I hope to be self-hosted soon, so I’m free of it all!
What top 3 tips would you give to other bloggers?
Be patient, be consistent, be you.
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