I have mentioned about Leora in many of my other posts, one more time doesn’t do any harm. She was the first person who acknowledged my writing and accepted to publish my first ever Guest Post back in July 2010 – SEO for Bing. From that day onwards, there was no stopping for me and I continued to write many other articles for other bloggers and got quite some visibility into this blogosphere. Welcome to another episode of “The Naked Truth” on DailyMorningCoffee.
No matter how much I thank her for this wonderful opportunity, it is always less for me. By getting to know her and her blog, I happened to met many other wonderful bloggers and writers and could learn so much from all of them.
Leora writes for Websites for Small Biz where she helps small business owners to setup their website and help them gain better business advantage in their domains. Apart from this, she also has given many talks on social media at various institutions. You can always read more about her when you come across her profile link below.
I am sure you will enjoy reading through her comments below, at the same time, I would like to hear from you what you thought about this whole series and how to keep it going.
|1.||How long have you been blogging?||I started my first blog in December of 2007. The idea was to learn WordPress - I learned that and so much more. One can connect with people all around the world with blogging. If you want to learn a topic, blog about it.|
|2.||How many blogs do you own and contribute for?||My art and photos blog is Here in HP. My small business blog, Websites for Small Biz, is at Small Biz.|
|3.||What is the main purpose or objective of your blog?||Websites for Small Biz is for informing and discussing issues related to small business, websites, WordPress, social media, marketing, networking, blogging - any topic that will help a small business or non-profit organization grow.|
|4.||How many posts do you write on an average per week?||I would love to say one per week; however, I had a very busy work schedule in the fall, so I was happy when I wrote one per month on Websites for Small Biz. On my art and photos blog, I will put up a photo even on a busy week - it's a quick way to connect.|
|5.||How much time do you devote for your blog on a daily basis?||Sometimes if I don't have plans, I will spend a whole Sunday working on blog posts, reading other blog posts, and redesigning or rebuilding certain parts of my blog. But on most days, if I am busy with work and family, I just respond to bloggers and read a few posts.|
|6.||How much time do you spend on tracking RSS feeds?||Other than paying attention to how my own RSS feed looks in Google Reader, I have thousands of posts showing up every day in my Google Reader; I skim them, and I read maybe twenty of them.|
|7.||What is your favorite social bookmarking site and Why?||I use Delicious. I started using it several years ago, and when it was rumored it might close, I tried a few others. I went back to Delicious. Now they have something called Stacks, and a few people started following my stacks. I have thousands of links - I'm a link junkie. One day I'm going to go back and do every one of those tutorials! (I love learning, so every now and then I do a tutorial, usually one on Photoshop).|
|8.||What is your blog’s monthly revenue?||My web design and development business is growing - I had my best year ever in 2011 (and that was in a recession). Writing both my blogs helps me grow as a professional and allows me to offer more to my clients.|
|9.||How many page views does your blog generate daily?||Let's see - if I have 6,000 pageviews per month, then divide that by 30 and I get 200. But that's for my website overall - I don't have the figures separated by blog and non-blog pages.|
|10.||Name one blog(apart from yours!!) you read every day without fail.||I was going to say yours, Praveen, but everyone who is reading this is already reading your blog. I'll mention PSD Tutorials - great tutorials for anyone who loves design|
|11.||What is your blog’s main revenue generator?||My web business|
|12.||Do you believe in Alexa rankings for measuring traffic?||For certain kinds of blogs, I'm sure it's a valuable tool for measuring. It's not a top priority for me.|
|13.||Do you accept Guest Articles on your blog?||Yes - see Guest Post Guidelines|
|14.||Do you believing in spending money on promoting your blog?||Not at the current time - but I have thought about expanding my business to more than one employee, so a new set of skills and eyes could be part of the process. Not ready for that yet, however.|
|15.||Do you answer to all the comments on your blog?||Since you asked the question, from now on I'm going to do so. Sometimes I get comments that are poorly worded (possibly because someone is struggling with English?) and I'm not quite sure what to say. But from now on, I'm going to think of something.|
|16.||How did you market your blog during your initial days to get the readers that you have?||I used my fans from first blog to help me with my second blog. But most of them aren't working in small business or aren't blogging for money, so it's more of emotional support. But it's greatly appreciated. With my first blog, I had one friend encouraging me, but initially, I felt like I was talking to the air.|
|17.||Any mistakes to learn from and avoid?||Don't let fear get in the way. Try new things, reach out to know people. Don't be so afraid of making a mistake that you don't write the post.|
|18.||What is your source of new post ideas?||Sometimes it is a comment on a previous post. Or someone re-tweeted an old post, and I think, I should rewrite that one so it is more relevant to today. When I've spent a lot of time with a client on a project (I did some great slideshows last year), I then generalize it and write an informative post, so others can benefit from my knowledge.|
|19.||Is having a “niche” important to bloggers?||One of my blogs is more general than the other, and that's the one that gets more traffic. The important part is to write what you know and what you care about. Some people are generalists by nature, others specialize at an early age in specific areas. It's great if you do have a niche that you can write a lot about, but if you don't, don't let that stop you from blogging. It seems that niche blogging might work better for attracting advertisers.|
|20.||Any advice to a start-up blogger?||Visit other blogs. Leave comments. Ask for help from other bloggers. Be kind. Say please and thank you.|
|21.||Bio||Visit my About Section - Read more About me
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Praveen, it is a great honor to be included in your series. Thank you!
Leora – It was great knowing more about you and thanks for sharing all the information with me and my readers.
Always like getting to know you a little more, Leora! Great advice in your post. 🙂
Emily, I’m glad I had some helpful advice to add. Thanks for commenting on the post.
Thanks for stopping by Emily and glad you liked the post.