Welcome to another episode of “The Naked Truth” on DailyMorningCoffee. Justin is one blogger whom I have been following to get my updates on spiritual and personal development topics. He is very well informed in these areas though I feel there are some differences between his spiritual thoughts and mine (maybe due to cultural differences).
His website – MazzaStick, has a warm feeling from the moment you stumble onto it and takes you through a journey of his personal thoughts about how to make your life more meaningful with good thoughts and healthy habits. Any new blogger should really consider reading his eBook – Guide for New Bloggers.
He has been a regular at my blog and given some good advice in his comments on many of my posts as well. I want to congratulate Justin and also wish him Good Luck in all the awesome changes he has planned for his blog in 2012.
His replies to my questions have been very much in detail and I loved reading through them and gives me much more insight into his blogging habits and I wish his Blog for the Day remains DMC 🙂 I am sure you will find his answers very helpful and hope you will start following him if you aren’t already.
I hope you are enjoying the naked truth series here on DMC. If you would like to get featured, reach out to me using the Contact Form.
|1.||How long have you been blogging?||Hi Praveen, I want to first say “Thank You “ for the interview. It will be one year on January 4th of 2012.|
|2.||How many blogs do you own and contribute for?||I own and operate Mazzastick.com only.|
|3.||What is the main purpose or objective of your blog?||Mazzastick.com is a conscious growth blog dedicated to personal and spiritual growth.
Mazzastick.com has topics about things that I find useful, and that will encourage conscious growth and awareness in your life. I would describe Mazzastick.com as a mixture of personal development meets metaphysical studies.
The purpose of Mazzastick.com is to teach, lead, and Inspire you to take action in your life. The articles that I write are from my own unique point of view based on my personal experiences.
One of the primary goals for this blog is to get you to change your perspective from where you are to one that is broader and more encompassing. To move away from “little me” thinking and into “us” thinking.
|4.||How many posts do you write on an average per week?||I average about two posts per week. This of course could change.|
|5.||How much time do you devote for your blog on a daily basis?||It depends of course, but on average about six hours a day. This includes commenting on other blogs, social media interactions and writing new posts.|
|6.||How much time do you spend on tracking RSS feeds?||Not much. I don't read as many blogs these days as I did when I first started blogging.|
|7.||What is your favorite social bookmarking site and Why?||I have to go with FaceBook. I find it easy to interact with my fans and add mini posts to my fanpage.|
|8.||What is your blog’s monthly revenue?||$500.00|
|9.||How many page views does your blog generate daily?||Over 2000 page views per day.|
|10.||Name one blog(apart from yours!!) you read every day without fail.||Your blog of course. 🙂|
|11.||What is your blog’s main revenue generator?||It varies from month to month. Mazzastick.com earns money through affiliate sales, eBooks, adsense and one on one coaching services.|
|12.||Do you believe in Alexa rankings for measuring traffic?||Alexa is not an accurate indicator of traffic. Mazzastick.com's Alexa rank is 74,000 world wide and I know that my traffic is not better than some blogs with a higher Alexa ranking than mine.|
|13.||Do you accept Guest Articles on your blog?||Absolutely, as long as they are original and of high quality.|
|14.||Do you believing in spending money on promoting your blog?||No on promoting my blog, yes on promoting products and services.|
|15.||Do you answer to all the comments on your blog?||Yes!|
|16.||16. How did you market your blog during your initial days to get the readers that you have?||I commented on every blog that I could find. I didn't care what the blog's niche was either. The key that worked for me was to be consistent on commenting and to go back and commment on every new post.|
|17.||Any mistakes to learn from and avoid?||No mistakes, only lessons to be learned. Outsource the work that you are not good at. I tried to make an eBook cover for my latest eBook: Guide 4 New Bloggers. After wasting so much time I went to Fiverr and paid $5 to have someone do it for me. Key to remember is, value your time, don't waste it doing things that you are not good at.|
|18.||What is your source of new post ideas?||I still read a lot and when I am online I check out videos on Youtube to get inspired and find new topics to write about.|
|19.||Is having a “niche” important to bloggers?||Absolutely. Mine is personal growth which encompasses a whole range of topics and that is why I chose it. I wouldn't be happy writing about a very narrowly defined topic like fly fishing or something like that.|
|20.||Any advice to a start-up blogger?||Get my eBook : Mazzastick's Guide 4 New Bloggers. I wasted so much time in the beginning of my blogging journey trying to find answers to blogging questions. That is why I wrote the book, to save the new blogger their valuable time and their sanity.|
|21.||Bio||I began my personal development journey back in 1997 reading and listening to as many PD products that I could get my hands on. As a result I have read over 700 books about personal development, spiritual development, health and nutrition and metaphysical studies.
I am a self-professed information junkie and I love learning about new topics and ideas and putting them into action. More importantly I love sharing what I learned with others and that is why I chose blogging as my vehicle for expression.
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|Get My E-Book||E-Book For New Bloggers|
Thanks again Praveen for having me featured on your blog. I truly appreciate it my friend.
Justin – Thanks for sharing all the information, it was nice going through your answers and I enjoyed it.
Nice to see you here Justin, and thanks so much Praveen for these wonderful series 🙂
I have known Justin for a while and have read his wonderful blog post, and the recent changes to his blog are surely eye-catching 🙂
Yes indeed, Justin shares some wonderful thoughts on spiritual and personal development topics worth reading. It has been wonderful to be acquainted with him.
Thanks for sharing 🙂
Harleena – If you already know Justin, you should know how wonderful a blogger he is and the stuff he writes about life and happiness and how to balance them both are simply awesome.
Good to see you back and to know that you are enjoying the series about these great bloggers.
Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my interview post. You are far too kind my friend, thank you for your kind words.
You are most welcome Justin, it is always a pleasure to connect- and thanks for your kind words 🙂
Justin, I can’t remember when I first read your blog, but it wasn’t too long ago and I’ve enjoyed your easy-going style. I like that you don’t feel you need to stick to a niche like “fly fishing” (interesting choice). Your niche seems to be connecting with yourself and with others in personal growth.
I like my niche because it can cover so many different topics that relate to personal growth. It seems that life is one giant personal growth experience anyway. 🙂
Justin – I second your choice of niche.
Leora – thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment. Justin really has a wide niche open for any topic of his choice.
Good for you Justin,
I remember when I was first starting out and looking at all kinds of blogs in the personal development nice, that I saw your face everywhere because you literally were commenting on every site.
It led to me having to find out who you were and ever since I’ve regularly been following your site.
Thanks for the inspiration,
Bryce – Thanks for visiting back again and glad you are already in Justin’s network.
I agree that commenting on various blogs will always be beneficial and makes you stand out in the crowd and others to take notice. With CommentLuv, it is even more easy to let others know what you are writing about these days.
Hope to see you back here soon!!
Thanks for your kind words Bryce. I don’t get around to commenting as much as I used to. I have too many projects going on at the moment.
Thanks for reading my guest post!
Praveen – Thanks for introducing us to Justin. I’m looking forward to connecting with him too. Take care!
Thanks for stopping by my site and commenting. I look forward to connecting with you some more.