PraveenRajarao Dot Me…Thatz All……With a punchline like this, I wouldn’t expect people to come flooding to my site and liking my posts and leaving hundreds of comments and thoughts. Why will anyone be remotely interested in what I write about Me and My thoughts and personal experiences?
BillDorman Dot Me…Thatz All
Now, that makes a lot more sense to me, I would go to this website everyday to know more about a person who is a genius and kind-hearted fella behind this site. If you do not know Bill Dorman yet, you have missed out some of the well written ingenious articles by him, which you should really go and check out in his archives. Though I should say I have known him from a short while ago, he is a person who will make you feel comfortable from the very first interaction with him, with his funny one-liners and humorous remarks and comments.
And YESSSS….he is one of my favorite bloggers out there!!!!
1. How long have you been blogging? My first post saw the light of day on March 4, 2011 with a whopping 2 responses.
2. How many blogs do you own and contribute for? I have a personal blog at BillDorman and contribute to our corporate site at Lanierupshaw
3. What is the main purpose or objective of your blog? Initially it was just to play in the game. I thought you had to have a blog to drag around with you to comment at the other sites. Now, my direction is more like a Chamber of Commerce after hours; I use it for engagement and to develop relationships.
4. How many posts do you write on an average per week? Maximum 2, but sometimes just 1.
5. How much time do you devote for your blog on a daily basis? On average, 1 hour.
6. How much time do you spend on tracking RSS feeds? Typically about 2 hours of my day will be involved checking out my reader.
7. What is your favorite social bookmarking site and Why? If Twitter is considered a bookmarking site, then this would be it because I don’t use any other.
8. What is your blog’s monthly revenue? One million dollars…..ok, maybe something below that…..priceless, how is that for an answer?
9. How many page views does your blog generate daily? One million…..ok, maybe something below that….because I’m lazy and don’t take the time to ‘game’ the system, my site averages around 1,000-1,500 visits a week. I know it could be much better if I were more strategic, but for now I am ‘ok’ with just showing up.
10. Name one blog(apart from yours!!) you read every day without fail. Thejackb ‘cause that sumbich posts everyday; hard to keep up with at times…….:)
11. What is your blog’s main revenue generator? My day job is commercial insurance sales; most people in my community know this. Eventually there will be more of a convergence between the two worlds, but for now, my day job is my only revenue generator.
12. Do you believe in Alexa rankings for measuring traffic? I believe in it because Brankica at Live-Your-Love says I should; but with my current model it is not something I pay attention to.
13. Do you accept Guest Articles on your blog? Yes I do.
14. Do you believing in spending money on promoting your blog? No I don’t; it’s not necessary for my current model. If I have to do more than ‘just show up’, then you might lose me. Plus, I have to go through my wife and it is very tough to get any money out of her; especially for social.
15. Do you answer to all the comments on your blog? Absolutely; I’m not that popular. Now if I was like Jenny Lawson at TheBloggess w/ 4500 comments; that could be a problem.
16. How did you market your blog during your initial days to get the readers that you have? Because I thought you needed to have a blog to comment, I always linked my site to my comments. Essentially, that is all I have done; then and now.
17. Any mistakes to learn from and avoid? Don’t spread yourself too thin; concentrate more on deepening the relationships than trying to be everywhere with thin relationships. Also, develop a thick skin early because you will get ‘bumped’ around; don’t take it personally if you don’t make a ‘list’ or get a mention.
18. What is your source of new post ideas? The fickleness and silliness I see in social, people making big issues out of nothing; other blogs; things that happen to me in real life; my day job.
19. Is having a “niche” important to bloggers? Yes, even though I don’t have one. Being a ‘generalist’ only carries you so far; if you really want to elevate your status and get serious about it, it should be clear what your blog is all about.
20. Any advice to a start-up blogger? My number one advice is take the time to establish relationships first and build from there. Slow down; take the time to see what works for others and what doesn’t. And once again, don’t spread yourself too thin. Be real, be yourself, and don’t be a douche bag.
21. Name a Blogger who inspires you I have several and I would be remiss if I inadvertently left someone off. Each for various reasons, go to some of my posts at http://billdorman.me and see who left comments. I probably have a story to tell for each one.
22. Bio Principal/owner @LanierUpshaw, Inc. FSU grad; Auburn dad; interested in people & relationships, who you want to be when you grow up. My themes will run from social media to life to community to corporate life and what it all means to me, of course. You can find me at